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.
Have a safe and happy Halloween.
What: Cutting Edge Haunted House is the world's largest haunted house and it's even in 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.
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.
Dollz Haunted House: In 2013, open nightly from October 10 - November 2.
Where: 603 Munger Ave, Dallas, TX 75202
Admission: $23.09; less if you order online. Fast Pass available.
What: You can check into the Rosehill Hotel -- but you may not ever be able to check out.
When: In 2013, they are open Fridays and Saturdays 8 p.m. to Midnight Friday October 11th through Saturday November 2nd.
Where: 6303 Main Street, The Colony, TX 75056. 214-801-4869. (Behind the Government Center).
Not recommended for children under 10.
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.
More information on Fright Fest at Six Flags over Texas Arlington is available.
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. Watch the zombie dance video.
When: In 2013, they are open through November 2.
Where: 2300 West Freeway, Fort Worth, TX. 817-336-4264.
Cost: $25 to $35/fast pass. Free parking. Net proceeds donated to charity.
Dates: In 2013, they are open through November 2.
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.
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.
When: In 2013, they are open through November 2nd.
Where: Moxley Manor is located in the Harwood Village Shopping Center at 510 Harwood Rd., Suite O, Bedford, TX 76021. 682-231-1313.
Admission: $17, speed pass $25; discounts available: Text “Fear” to “75309".
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. Directions.
When: In 2012, they are open Oct 5-6, 12-13, 19-21,26-28, 31, and Nov 2-3.
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!
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.
When: In 2013, they are open through October 27.
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.
Cost: $24 online; $27 at the door. Discounts available.
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
When:Open Fridays & Saturdays Sept 13 – Oct 5th. Open Thurs, Fri, Sat Oct 10th-Oct 19th. Open Monday through Saturday Oct 21st – November 2, 2013.