Built in and around a massive hydro electric power plant that was constructed in 1911 and used by the city to generate power until 1943, Haunted Hydro is a unique historic structure that draws thousands of people from all over Ohio and surrounding states. This year, Northwest Ohio’s longest-running and most authentic Halloween event celebrates its 20th anniversary.
The attraction drew the interests of two paranormal investigation teams with high-tech equipment to detect possible paranormal activity. Both teams found several unexplained readings and several spikes and electronic voice phenomena (EVPs).
The Hydro has won many national awards and recognitions for their operations. Owners Bob and Beth Turner train their actors in a style of entertaining they call “hauntertaining,” which features heavy emphasis on makeup, costuming and creative character development. To this they add realistic, high-tech and detailed sets for a complete entertainment experience.
The park features two Haunted Houses, the Wheel of Fortune/Misfortune patron interactive game show, Paintball, Tarot Card Readings, Hit the Haunted Hooptie for charity, merchants and food concessions. This year’s theme is the “20th Year Ghoul-A-Bration” with the Hydro being called “Your Worst Nightmare” and the second haunted house dubbed “Industrial Mayhem.”
To commemorate their 20th anniversary, there will be a nightly “Ghoul-A-Bration” show from 7-7:30 p.m. that will feature a Monster Parade, Hauntertainer Dance Performance, Fire-Eating Show and fun interactive crowd activities including prizes.
The park, which is recommended for guests 9 and older, is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Halloween. It is recommend for ages 9 and above, however, three “Friendly Monster Sunday Matinee” events will be offered for families with underage children who love Halloween and dress-up but are not quite ready for our night scare event.
This year, on Halloween night, the Hydro is sponsoring a Halloween Fantasy Ball with two Ghoul-A-Bration overnight packages to choose from at the Holiday Inn French Quarter in Perrysburg. For a complete schedule and more information, visit www.thehauntedhydro.com or call 419-332-7380.