SANDUSKY -- Lurking near Lake Erie's shoreline is a spooky expansion of monstrous proportions.
The twisted minds behind the Ghostly Manor haunted house have unleashed Lake Eerie Fearfest by adding four new freaky attractions for the 2012 Halloween season in one location.
Photos: Ghostly Manor haunted house 2012
In addition to entry into their main attraction -- Ghostly Manor -- admission to Lake Eerie Fearfest gets brave souls inside the four new haunted houses: Darkmare, Caged, Quarantine and Eerie Chateau.
Watch the video above for a gory glance inside Ghostly Manor
Ghostly Manor, which has been featured on the Travel Channel, is the only haunted house in Ohio that's open nearly year-round. The four new haunted attractions are only open for the Halloween season.
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Lake Eerie Fearfest is open every Friday-Sunday throughout the month of October. (Fridays and Saturdays from 7:30 p.m. - midnight, Sundays from 7:30-10 p.m.). Closing night falls on Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 7:30-10 p.m. Tickets are $25 for all five attractions or $15 for just Ghostly Manor.
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Here's how the Lake Eerie Fearfest website describes the legend behind each of the four new haunted attractions:
Darkmare: In the late 1860s, an oversized merchant ship traveled across Lake Erie to an unknown destination. Thought to be transporting 50,000 metric tons of coal, the carrier mysteriously disappeared overnight. Legend has it that an unknown spirit forced the cargo to the deepest, darkest depths of Lake Erie. A container hidden aboard the bulk freighter, carried the bodies of the world's most feared killers who had been tortured to death. The container was recovered, only to find it was still intact and chained closed with thousands of pounds of steel and locks. After years in total darkness under water, the container was opened and those who entered never returned. What is inside the darkness? Do you dare enter Darkmare?
Caged: Dr. Syman Starck, a marine biologist, spent his life searching for a discovery that would make him a legend. Starck built the largest man-made exploration cage and pitched it into the Nasbian Sea, the most bacteria-ridden, deadly water in the entire world. Taken from Starck's personal illustrations, many believe that organisms thriving in the underworld were trapped in the cage, starving and unable to escape. Modern day machinery was able to haul the mysterious cage out of the water. The cage is said to be the home of hungry beings who hold a grudge against mankind. Lake Eerie Fearfest bought the cage at auction and brings it out for its first public display this haunt season. Enter the cage that Dr. Starck died for. It's an outdoor haunted hunt where you are the prey amongst the underworlds' most feared. Come get CAGED.
Quarantine: In the late 1920s there was an institute that placed thousands of humans in solitary confinement for long periods of time, segregating them from the rest of society. It is unknown if these outcasts were disease-ridden or imprisoned for other reasons. However, the confinement turned these undeserving humans into brutal, dangerous animals fighting for survival within the corroding quarantine walls. Discovered on an unmarked island on Lake Erie is the most gruesome of institutes, where the imprisoned bodies leave a deadly odor amongst the surviving villains you cannot escape.
Eerie Chateau: Defy fear and enter one of the world's oldest and most terrifying haunted mansions. Thousands of stories have come out as folklore about the Eerie Chateau, but the dark matter that exists there cannot be ignored. The lakefront home of the late Friedderik family was known for the uninvited spirits that were drawn into the mansion. Call it a phenomenon, call it ghosts, but many just call the Eerie Chateau "Hell on Earth." Those who have been strong enough to make it out, describe the chateau as "outside the range of normal experience or scientific explanation." Your life may never be the same after you take a journey through the Chateau.