Come Halloween, every year the Dallas Fort Worth area gets a little bit spookier with some of the scariest haunted houses around—many which are not appropriate for small children. If you'll be around in October, here are some of the best haunted houses near Dallas and Fort Worth to get your scares in for the season.
Cutting Edge Haunted House is an enormous haunted house complex that held the title the world's largest walk-through haunted house according to the Guinness Book of World Records until 2015. Contained inside a 235,000 square-foot warehouse built in the 1920s, this haunted house features scary props, spooky ghosts, frightening decorations, strobe lights, fog machines, and monsters that will haunt your dreams. Before you enter, you will even have to sign a waiver. Cutting Edge will be open from late September through November 2, 2019.
Intricate sets, professional actors, and new shows set the Dark Hour Haunted House apart from the rest. For a real fright and high production value, this haunted house will deliver a full experience. Open on select nights between September 20 and November 2, 2019, this year's main production is Coven Manor which tells the story of a group of late 19th century witches and Annabelle's Asylum, where you will be stuck in the asylum with a cast of haunting inmates.
During Fright Fest, Six Flags Over Texas transforms to a “scream park” for the largest Halloween festival in North Texas that runs every weekend throughout the month of October and until November 3, 2019. During the day, families with young children will love the Halloween-themed shows and treats. At night, older visitors can enjoy a fright from the ghouls, goblins, and zombies who haunt the park. In addition to the costumed actors, there are multiple haunted houses throughout the park where you can get good and scared.
With over three decades of scaring experience, Hangman's House of Horrors is a local favorite. Based on the century-old legend of Hezekiah Jones, a Hangman who is said to still lurk the city, this is Fort Worth's original haunted house complete with actors, sets, and special effects. Other haunted attractions include The Baker Hotel, El Paso High School, Catfish Plantation Restaurant, the Bexar County Hospital, the mysterious Bragg and Bethesda Roads, and more. Hangman's is open every weekend from the beginning of October to November 2, 2019.
On the Moxley Manor website, the warnings alone should get you excited:
"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."
Based on the true story of the Moxley family murders, this attraction offers two haunted houses in one location, although neither is located in the famously abandoned family home. Moxley Manor is open from September 27 to November 1, 2019 and is located in Bedford Texas, which is about thirty minutes away from downtown Dallas.
The Reindeer Manor is a great location to go for four haunted houses in one. Each with different themes—Reindeer Manor, 13th Street Morgue, Dungeon of Doom, and Shadow House, these haunted houses really pack in the screams with murderous families, killer clowns, and even arcade-game inspired horror. You'll also find rooftop shows, pyrotechnics events, and axe throwing. Reindeer Manor is located less than twenty minutes from downtown Dallas and is open ever weekend from September 28 to November 12, 2019.
Screams is a park that offers five major haunted attractions, which are all included in general admission. You'll be free to go through as many times as you like and other attractions, like karaoke, throwing games, tarot card readings, and more are available for an additional fee. Don't miss the full-service restaurant and pubs, which will, of course, be all dressed up for Halloween. Screams is open Friday and Saturday nights until October 26, 2019 and is located in Waxahachie, which is a thirty minute drive south of Dallas
With a mortuary, cemetery, and sanitarium, the Parker House is an attraction sure to creep you out. Not only will you learn the history of the property, you will meet many of its residents like the murderous Mary Parker and the mad Reverend Samuel Poe. By creating a complete story, this haunted house is truly immersive and makes for a fun and hard-to-forget experience. Tickets are available between September 13 and November 3, 2019. The Parker House is located in Denton, which is located north of Dallas and Fort Worth near Lewisville Lake.
On fifty acres of haunted fun with four main attractions, Thrillvania at Verdun Manor tells the story of Baron Michael Verdun, a psychotic werewolf who built a grotesque house on the Voodoo Bayou. Here, you can enjoy the story of the baron and his vampire wife, plus the unique Maze of Chaos, a disorienting experience through a web of light, sound, and metal. Other attractions include Cassandra's House of Clowns and Sam Hain's Trail of Torment. Thrillvania is on Fridays and Saturday until October 26 and located in Terrell, which is a 40 minute drive away from Dallas.
Taking places at the historic Nazareth Hospital, Texas Scaregrounds is an immersive haunted house located in the town of Mineral Wells, Texas. In addition to being a traditional haunted house with a cast of frightening characters, ghost walks are also available for anyone with an interest in the paranormal.