Rat Trap: This is a large maze that patrons have to negotiate. Not only do they have to find their way out, but there are also 20 individual scenes within the maze to walk through.
Hollywood: A classic, old-school haunt that features all of your favorite Hollywood slashers, including Jason, Michael Myers, and others.
VIP: The VIP option is a fast pass to the three attractions above but also admission to the fourth attraction. Compton describes it as an “unlit, find-your-way-through” fright populated by zombies, vampires, werewolves, and the like.
“The guy who does the Texas scene has won several awards,” Compton said. “All of our actors are 100 percent volunteer, not like some places where people do it for $25 a night, and I’ve had people doing this for 10 years.”
Compton recommends that small children and pregnant women not go through any of the haunts. “Of course, some people do bring kids,” he said. “Some love it, and some don’t.”
Best Time to Go?
“The earlier the better,” Compton said. “Friday nights used to be slower, but with COVID and people wanting to get out, that might change. We get busier in October.”
Places to Eat Nearby
Mostly fast-food places such as McDonald’s and KFC.
All haunts take place outside, so masks are recommended but not required. Hand-sanitizing stations will be found at the ticket booth, the concession stand, and the restrooms. Lines will be socially distanced.
How to Go
What: Dayton Scream Park
Where: 5117 Valley St., Dayton
When: Sept. 11-Oct. 31, 8 p.m.-midnight
Cost: $20 (regular admission), $40 (VIP)
More Info: 937-397-2273 or www.daytonscreampark.com