It's this time of year that I can't get Michael Jackson's song "Thriller" out of my head. DFW has the scariest haunted houses around -- and some are not appropriate for small children. Insert Vincent Price's diabolical laughter here now.
Warning: Many haunted houses aren't appropriate for small children. Some specifically advise against bringing children under age 10. Some houses may also use strobe lights, which might pose some potential health issues -- especially for those with certain forms of epilepsy.
Most locations offer discounts if you purchase online or for a group. Some offer VIP Speed Passes so you don't have to stand in line until you die.
Have a safe and happy Halloween.
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What: Cutting Edge Haunted House is the world's largest walk-through haunted house according to the Guiness Book of World Records. It's inside a 235,000 sq. ft. warehouse built in the 1920's. It's supposed to be a real haunted house. Check out the scary props, spooky ghosts, frightening haunted decorations, strobe lights, fog and monsters that will haunt your dreams. You have to sign a waiver before you enter. Voted one of the best Haunted Houses in America.
Where: Intersection of I-30 & I-35, 1701 E. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth, Texas 76102. 817-348-8444.
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Dolllz Haunted House Presented by the Fatal End in the West End
What: Fatal End is the only year-round haunted attraction in North Texas. They offer 3 options. You can visit a spooky haunted house, go on a historic lantern-guided ghost tour, or you can also host your next birthday party there. (Teenagers love the birthday party option). Below the West End Marketplace, there is a lower level passage leading to an entry point to a paranormal world of darkness. No one has had access to these notorious inner chambers for years. But now a society of paranormal archeologists has prevailed in its quest to open these forbidden rooms to the public.
Where: 603 Munger Ave, Dallas, TX 75202
Admission: $23.09; less if you order online. Fast Pass available.
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Fright Fest at Six Flags over Texas
Six Flags Over Texas promises to have more haunted houses and scare zones than ever before, and the fun begins even earlier this year! The popular theme park transforms to a “scream park” beginning in September during Fright Fest, the largest Halloween festival in North Texas. The event runs weekends through the month of October.
By day, the park offers Halloween-themed shows and treats for younger guests and families. Then by sun’s set the ghastly ghouls, goblins and zombies emerge and the hunting and haunting begins throughout the park’s midways. Among the nighttime attractions are the park’s six bone-chilling haunted houses, including two ALL NEW ones— Total Darkness and The Zombie Factory.Continue to 5 of 19 below.
05 of 19Check out the 7,000 square feet Theater of Carnage Haunted House in Lake Dallas. It was once a haunted house that a father and son started in their own front yard. Now it's the real deal. The story is...the venue, the once-famous Duck Inn Restaurant was haunted -- according to three paranormal investigators. Hello. That's enough for me! Do they need a ghost buster? Maybe. But I think you should go check it out yourself.
Theater of Carnage, 503 Main Street, Lake Dallas, TX 75065
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What: This is one of the coolest haunted houses in the metroplex. They are recruiting volunteers to learn Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” dance in order to participate in THRILL THE WORLD at Hangman’s House of Horrors on Saturday night, October 26, 2013. In the past more than 4,000 dancers participated in the world-wide simultaneous event from 10 different countries. To learn the dance, just attend one of the free 3-hour seminars.
Where: 2300 West Freeway, Fort Worth, TX. 817-336-4264.
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Check out Fort Worth's newest haunt. It's a 20,000 square foot haunted house on the west side of town. They look forward to being a part of the Halloween season and helping make it safe and fun for the DFW area.
Location: 12301 Camp Bowie West Suite C., Aledo Texas 76008. 817-304-5268.
Admission: $20; $10 for under 10; Speedpass $30; $5 off with college id and service ID. Cash only at the door. An ATM is located at the door.
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I can assume from the warnings alone that this place will scare the crap out of you. Read the warnings from their website: You may experience intense audio, lighting, extreme low visibility, strobe-lights, fog, damp or wet conditions, moving floors, special effects, sudden actions, and an overall physically demanding environment. You should NOT ENTER the haunted house if you suffer from asthma, heart conditions, prone to seizures, physical ailments, respiratory, or any type of medical problem, or are pregnant, or suffer any form of mental disease, including claustrophobia. Wow. Intense. Scary indeed.
Where: Moxley Manor is located in the Harwood Village Shopping Center at 510 Harwood Rd., Suite O, Bedford, TX 76021. 682-231-1313.Continue to 9 of 19 below.
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What: A real haunted house? Maybe. They neither confirm nor deny that Reindeer Manor is a real Haunted Place. They do document various sightings and occurances. Reindeer Manor is a howling good time. All proceeds benefit the Boy Scouts of America. In addition to their regular show this year Reindeer Manor, 13th Street Morgue, and the Dungeon of Doom are hosting a 2-night Holiday in the Dark event!
Where: 410 Houston School Rd., Red Oak Texas 75154. 972-218-7287.
Cost: Prices vary; coupons available on the website. They will also trade $5 or $3 off regular admission for any canned food item that you donate to their drive for local food banks. That’s right five whole dollars if you bring two cans to us when you attend the show on a Friday, or three dollars if you bring one on a Saturday!
Through Nov 7, 2015.
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What: Screams offers 5 major haunted attractions. All 5 are included in general admission and you may tour each of them as many times as you like. A few attractions for an additional fee. Henna temporary tattoos, face painting, souvenir shop.
Where: 2511 FM 66 Waxahachie, TX 75167. From Dallas: Take I-35E South to Exit 399A. Go west on FM66 1.6 miles. From Fort Worth: Take Hwy 287 South to I-35E South, take I-35E South to Exit 399A. Go west on FM66 1.6 miles.
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What: The Strangling Brothers Texas Haunted Circus is the first “Mobile, Modular & Mega Haunt” in the world. Their 32 specialized trailers create a ¾ mile long corridor that packs in over 100 separate haunt scenes with cutting edge animatronics & special effects. It’s an hour-long journey through 60,000 square foot of production.
Where: Hwy 114 & Esters Blvd., 8225 Esters Blvd, Irving, TX 75063
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What: A hauntingly good time at Chaos - one of the largest haunted houses in the world. Open rain or shine. Haunted festival with concessions, fire spinners, nightly DJ or band. Voted one of the top Haunts in the Country 2009 by Haunted Attractions Magazine
Where: 800 W. Kennedale, Kennedale, TX 76060. 817-819-6673
Panic’s Playground, featuring games, face painting, and more has no cover charge (individual games, events, and concessions may be extra).
Cash and all major credit cards accepted.Continue to 13 of 19 below.
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What: This haunted house is supposed to be really haunted. There have been some inexplicable things rolling across the floor and scaring the owners of the place. Creepy huh? Visit the largest Haunted House in Texas (over 40,000 square feet of haunted space). With over 20 years of combined haunting experience, The Boneyard’s design team is highly distinguished for their prestigious and thrilling attractions featuring digital surround sound audio with computerized theatrical show lighting, those who dare to enter will experience a new dimension of terror.
The Boneyard ticket sales benefit local non-profit groups and offers so much more than a walk-thru attraction, including a stage for live bands, a VooDoo Lounge serving food and beverages and a large game room with pool tables, air hockey and classic arcade.
Where: 2921 E. Division St. Arlington, Texas 76011
Warning: The Boneyard is not recommended for small children.
Coupon: Text the word "FEAR" to "313131" and get a coupon code on your phone.
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This haunted attraction has amazing special effects and they may just scare the ever-living daylights out of you. Don't miss the creepy fun. I recommend going to the restroom before visiting.
Where: 8550 West University, Dr. Denton, Tx 76207. The Parker House is located on the North side of University Dr. (Hwy 380) 2.2 miles west of I-35 and University Dr. (Hwy 380).
Extras: Host a birthday party or special event here. 469-556-3475 for details.
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What: Four attractions, 50 acres of haunted fun. Baron Micahel Verdun was a psychotic werewolf who built a grotesque house on Voodoo Bayou. With his vampire wife, they hosted events and may have been murdered. Now their ghosts haunt those who walk through the overgrown cemetery and rotted mansion. Enter the Maze of Chaos: take a disorienting trip through a web of light, sound and metal. If you survive the terror that awaits, you may find your way out. In 2011, they were voted the Victim's Choice Top 31 for the Best Haunted Houses in America.
Where: I-20 at Watson Road in Terrell, Texas.Continue to 17 of 19 below.
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For those of you who believe in the Zombie Apocolypse, this is the place for you. They certainly play up the zombie element at this haunted house. Visitors to Zombie Manor have said that the zombie actors are really great. It just might scare the pants off of you. Yes there are some strobe lights.
Where: 7501 US Highway 287, Arlington, TX.
Admission: $2 off coupon if you check their website.
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Closed in 2014Fear Factory Insanitarium in The Colony is closed for 2014.
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