“Erie” House of Horrors: Ghostly Manor
West of Cleveland, near the Lake Erie shores of Sandusky, there’s a supernatural sort of fun brewing. They call it Ghostly Manor and the spooky castle looms large off of U.S. Route 250, on Woodlawn Avenue near Oakland Cemetery. Visitors from all over the country come to explore 6000-square foot foot of high-startle, non-stop horror action thrills in 21 unique rooms at one of the best haunted houses in the United States.
“Our acclaimed haunt has recently received additional national recognition,” says owner/operator Bill Criscione, a lifelong Halloween enthusiast who opened the haunted house with his wife Jayme in 2001. “Just recently Ghostly Manor was recognized by Haunted Attraction Magazine as one of the ‘Top 25 Must-See Haunts in the United States’ and we’re proud of that honor. Also, Darkride and Funhouse Enthusiasts ranked us as one of their top ten walkthrough attractions for 2008.” And Ghostly Manor has been nationally ranked for the last five years, taking the number four spot the last two consecutive years.
The doors of Ghostly Manor rarely close (it is open year-round) and the mansion seems to grow more expansive and shuddersome every season (explore bedrooms, bathrooms, a nursery, dining room, kitchen, den, library and more than a few dark corners). Each room is haunted by live actors, state-of-the-art props, animatronics and lots of unexplained apparitions. “Each room in Ghostly Manor can scare you from at least four different places,” warns Criscione.
Ghostly Manor is also an entertainment complex, housing Ohio’s only XD 3D Motion Theater (a theater set up with eight individual seats that move with the action of the film) and Skate World right next door (where ghost hunters can relax for a spell skating on a 10,000 square foot rink). Each season brings something new to Sandusky’s Ghostly Manor and this year includes a brand new interactive facade complete with a 20 foot dragon and two climbing gargoyles. But, no matter the season, this is a good ghostly fun close to the indoor waterparks and outdoor amusement park (Cedar Point) of Sandusky.
Cost: Adults are $11 and children (under 10) are $6. For more information, visit Ghostly Manor online at www.ghostlymanor.com or call at 419.626.4467. –Submitted by Keith Gribbins