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Texas Haunts 2021

20.09.2021 (7:20 am) – Filed under: Site News

Welcome to Texas Haunts 2021, bringing you news and reviews of Texas haunted houses, plus listings of Halloween events all over Texas. Scores are on a 1-10 scale. Please click on the haunted house links for information about dates of operation, prices, location, and directions. We also list current and vintage genre movies and TV shows, pumpkin patches, links to a variety of Halloween stores, and paranormal sites and restaurants with the Halloween spirit. We will also have a full list of Halloween parties in the DFW area. Thanks for visiting and please come again soon!

 

Site Links Post

20.09.2021 (7:19 am) – Filed under: Site News,Uncategorized

We’re getting to the part of the season where there will be quite a few posts every week. Some posts get buried, so here are the most important links, as you plan your Halloween season.

Haunted House Opening Dates

Statewide Haunted House Listings

Halloween Merchandise and Costume Links

Paranormal Places and Ghost Tours in Texas

 

Haunted Houses Opening the Weekend of September 24th

19.09.2021 (10:46 pm) – Filed under: Haunted House Listings,Haunted House Opening Dates

Opening September 24

Dark Hour Haunted House 7pm-Midnight

J&F House of Terror 7pm-Midnight

Graystone Haunted Manor 7pm-Midnight

World of Khaos Thrill Park 7pm-Midnight

Doc Wilkes House of Horrors 7:30pm-Midnight

6th Street Massacre 7pm-Midnight

Houston Terrordome 8pm-11pm

Hex House 7pm-11pm

Creepy Hollow Haunted House 7:30pm-Midnight

Haunted Drive 7:30-Midnight.

 

Opening September 25

Phobia 8pm-11pm

Amarillo Scaregrounds Sneak peak night, ticket booth 7:30pm-9:30pm (7-11:30 regularly)

Dungeon of Doom Sneak peek night, half price, 5pm-10pm

Nightmare on 19th Street 7:30pm-11pm

P-6 Farms 10am-6pm

Horror Movies and TV Shows October 2021

16.09.2021 (6:30 pm) – Filed under: Horror Movies and TV Shows

TV Listings

Syfy 31 Days of Halloween: October 1-Halloween. Their full schedule will be here. The full schedule will be released later in September, or October.

AMC Fear Fest: October 1-Halloween. Their full schedule will be here. The full schedule will be out later in September, or October.

TCM October Horror: From October 2-Halloween. The full schedule will be here.

Travel Channel Ghostober: Travel Channel has only paranormal programming, but their special Ghostober lineup begins on September 13. Check their daily schedule here.

The Food Network has several Halloween related shows, the best known of which is  are Halloween Wars and Outrageous Pumpkins. New seasons of it’s Halloween shows premiere during mid September. Read about Halloween Wars here, and the Food Network schedule is here.

Freeform 31 Nights of Halloween: From October 1-Halloween. Full schedule is here.

Disney Channel Monstober: From October 1-Halloween. Partial schedule is here. The full schedule will be out later in September, or October.

I get a lot of my information from a site called Halloween Movies on TV. They are a comprehensive resource, and the site is updated daily. Their home page is here.

 

Horror Movies in Theaters

Most horror movies shown in theaters in October are shown at dinner and movies places, and at retro theaters. Both types of theaters have been struggling, due to covid, so for the most part, they won’t show as many horror movies as usual this October. Alamo Drafthouse has most of it’s Texas locations open, and the same is true for Studio Movie Grill and Movie Tavern locations. There are so few horror movies listed on their calendars that I’m going to post links to their calendars for now, instead of listing all movies for each theater. At this point, The Inwood Theater in Dallas will not be showing midnight movies, and the Sundown at the Granada (also in Dallas) will not be showing any movies.

New Releases

Halloween Kills will be out on October 15, in wide release. Night Teeth, from Netflix, will be out on October 20, possible only on Netflix. Hypnotic will be out on October 27, and Last Night in Soho will be out on October 29. Antlers will also be out on October 29.

Vintage Horror

Texas Theater

The Texas Theater is the only indie theater that shows lots of genre movies, and they have a pretty good lineup for this October. They begin showing horror movies on September 24. Their calendar is here.

Alamo Drafthouse

You can check each theater in calendar view for the entire month of October.

Movie Tavern

Search any of their Texas locations by date.

Studio Movie Grill

The link takes you to the Spring Valley location in Richardson, but you can use the location drop down to search all of their locations.

The Moviehouse and Eatery

Search it’s five Texas locations from the link.

The Rooftop Cinema Club Dallas

The Rooftop Cinema Club Houston

Scream Hollow Is Opening This Weekend!

12.09.2021 (9:55 pm) – Filed under: Haunted House Listings,Haunted House Opening Dates

Scream Hollow Halloween Park opens for the 2021 season this Friday, September 17. They are open Fridays and Saturdays from 7pm-midnight, and on Thursdays and Sundays from 7pm-10pm. They will be open on their opening weekend Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. There will be a Pitch Black event on the weekend following Halloween, November 5 and 6, from 7pm-Midnight.

Scream Hollow features five main attractions, Mansion of Terror, Lost Pines Asylum, Wicked Darkness Maze, The Slaughterhouse 2, and the brand new Hell on Wheels hayride. You can drink alcohol at the Rabid Bat Vampire Bar, and at the Dragon’s Breath Tavern. Food is available at the Cackling Witch Cafe and Bakery. Merchandise can be found at Madame Tinker’s Magic Emporium. Another new attraction for 2021 is the Halloween History Museum, the only international Halloween history museum in the world.

The gates open at 7pm. Scream Hollow does not use time slots, so it’s first come, first serve. Wearing masks is optional this year. Credit cards, Apple Pay, and cash are accepted at all venues. You can buy tickets online here. The prices are very reasonable, and since there isn’t much difference between the cost of admission to one main attraction, and all five, I would get a ticket to see all five. The price for admission to the park, and one main attraction is $21.95 on Thursdays and Fridays, and $31.95 for the same, on Saturdays. The ticket for park admission, and admission to all five main attractions is $32.95 on Thursdays and Fridays, and $39.95 for the same on Saturdays. On Sundays, park admission and all five main attractions is $24.95. A Wolf Pack ticket gives park entry, and entry to the five main attractions to four people, for $119. Tickets for Pitch Black are $29.95 and grant park admission, plus admission to the five main attractions. There is a park admission only ticket, with no main attractions, for $6. Not a bad idea for people who go to the park a lot and want to eat and drink, but have already seen the haunted attractions as much as they want to.

Scream Hollow is one of the highest rated haunted parks in the world, and it’s in a great location, in the country to the southeast of Austin. Directions can be found here. I haven’t reviewed Scream Hollow yet (I hope to make it down there this year) but it looks like the kind of park that will take a full evening to appreciate. I recommend arriving as close to 7pm as possible so that you can see everything without rushing. One of the best things about haunt parks is taking time to look around, eat, drink, and shop.

 

Haunted Houses Opening the Weekend of September 17

12.09.2021 (9:28 pm) – Filed under: Haunted House Opening Dates

Opening September 17

Scream Hollow 7pm-Midnight

Purgatory Scream Park 8pm-11:30pm

13th Floor 7:30pm-10pm

 

Opening September 18

The Mortuary 7pm-11pm

Final Update on Halloween Merchandise

12.09.2021 (9:27 pm) – Filed under: Halloween News

Due to production and massive supply chain problems, there is about half as much Halloween merchandise at most stores this year. Michael’s and At Home have been hit the hardest, and Party City is just now beginning to stock their shelves. Home Depot is the only store with about the same amount of Halloween items as usual, and they have a great selection this year. Spirit is trying, and has creative themes for 2021, but they haven’t been able to stock as much merchandise as usual, and are especially low on animatronics. Lowe’s and Hallmark have less than normal, but a decent selection, by their standards. Target and Walmart are getting their shelves stocked now, but they probably will have less than in 2020.

Lemax is in incredibly short supply in 2021. Michael’s had very little Lemax this year, and are almost completely sold out of Lemax in stores. If you want any of the 2021 Lemax Spookytown line, you will probably have to order it online.

I had hoped for a return to normal with Halloween merchandise in 2021, but it look like that won’t happen until next year.

Opening the Weekend of September 11

07.09.2021 (9:19 pm) – Filed under: Haunted House Listings,Haunted House Opening Dates

Six Flags Fright Fest Park hours are noon-10pm

House of Torment 7pm-10pm

Screams Tickets On Sale

07.09.2021 (9:16 pm) – Filed under: Screams
Tickets Now on Sale for the 2021 Season!
Screams® is back for its 25th Season every Friday and Saturday night October 1 – October 30, 2021!
* Opening Weekend Special *
$5 off Tickets for 10/1 and 10/2 Only
Screams® is a totally immersive Halloween experience that includes 5 haunted houses and a whole lot more! Each haunted house has a different theme – with two new ones for the 2021 season: the all New Klownz in 3D and the Times Up Maze. Plus you don’t want to miss the Rottingwood Cemetery, live entertainment, Scary-Oke and games of skill for an entire night of Halloween fun! When you are ready to take a break enjoy the food court, pubs (yes, we serve alcohol for those 21+), and shops.
Screams® single admission price is $42 (for all ages) and includes all 5 haunted houses, Rottingwood Cemetery, live entertainment and Scary-Oke. Plus, you may go through the houses as many times as you like (as the crowds will allow). To cut your wait times in half make sure to get yourself a VIP Fast Pass for an additional $30.
Screams® is designed for ages 16+ and is not recommended for young children.
COVID-19 Disclaimer:
Screams® 2021 will be requiring protective facemasks for all Screams® employees and participants regardless of vaccination status. Protective facemasks are also strongly recommended for all attendees to Screams® 2021. Decorative or Halloween masks are NOT allowed at Screams®. According to the CDC an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. By visiting Screams®, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

American Scaregrounds Haunted Attraction

01.09.2021 (11:38 pm) – Filed under: Haunted House News

John and Denea at Waco Haunted Houses celebrated the 30 year anniversary of their haunted house in 2020, but sadly that was their last year operating Waco Haunted Houses, which was formerly known as Museum of Horrors. Age and health led to the sale of the property, which thankfully has been purchased by people who will be opening American Scaregrounds Haunted Attraction on the property this October 1.

Texas Haunts has reviewed Museum or Horrors/Waco Haunted Houses many times, and we look forward to seeing American Scaregrounds this year. It’s located on the northbound I-35 service road, in Elm Mott, which is a little north of Waco. It’s not too far of a drive from DFW or Austin, so be sure to check out this new haunted attraction in October!

Update on Halloween Merchandise

31.08.2021 (11:04 pm) – Filed under: Halloween News

As of tonight, August 31, Michael’s has only a small amount of Halloween merchandise out, including maybe half of the Lemax Spookytown 2021 line. At Home is also far behind in stocking for Halloween, with maybe a third as much Halloween merchandise on shelves as usual. Spirit is doing a better job, but they are also planning to put out more merchandise throughout September. Some Spirit stores have more than others, but none have their full line of animatronics, or movie related merchandise. Spirit has a lot of Sam Trick r Treat items this year, with more coming in through September. I will stopping by Home Depot and Lowes tomorrow, so I will post another update.

Update 9/2. Home Depot has just begun to put out Halloween merchandise. Lowes has put out most of what they have, which is about a fourth of their normal Halloween merchandise.

Update 9/3 According to employees at Michael’s, Spirit, and At Home, the reason stores are so far behind in stocking Halloween merchandise is the massive supply chain problem in California. Most of all Halloween items are made in China, and reach the US through California ports. Those ports have huge backlogs of container ships waiting to be unloaded. It’s possible that more merchandise will reach stores before Halloween. It’s also possible that what is in stores now will be all we get this year.

If you’re wondering, Party City, Target, and grocery stores don’t have much Halloween out until mid September, in a normal year.

The merchandise delays this year are being caused by slowed production and shipping in the Pacific Rim, due to Covid. Production runs many months ahead of the holidays, so most of the 2020 merchandise had been made by the time Covid hit. That’s why 2020 was a fairly normal year for Halloween shopping. The production delays caused by Covid have begun hitting us this year.

2021 Haunted House Opening Dates

24.08.2021 (8:47 pm) – Filed under: Haunted House Listings,Haunted House Opening Dates

Open All Year

Haunted Mayfield Manor

Ripley’s Haunted Adventure

 

Opening September 11

Six Flags Fright Fest Park hours are noon-10pm

House of Torment 7pm-10pm

 

Opening September 17

Scream Hollow 7pm-Midnight

Purgatory Scream Park 8pm-11:30pm

13th Floor 7:30pm-10pm

 

Opening September 18

The Mortuary 7pm-11pm

 

Opening September 24

Dark Hour Haunted House 7pm-Midnight

J&F House of Terror 7pm-Midnight

Graystone Haunted Manor 7pm-Midnight

World of Khaos Thrill Park 7pm-Midnight

Doc Wilkes House of Horrors 7:30pm-Midnight

6th Street Massacre 7pm-Midnight

Houston Terrordome 8pm-11pm

Hex House 7pm-11pm

Creepy Hollow Haunted House 7:30pm-Midnight

Haunted Drive 7:30-Midnight.

 

Opening September 25

Phobia 8pm-11pm

Amarillo Scaregrounds Sneak peak night, ticket booth 7:30pm-9:30pm (7-11:30 regularly)

Dungeon of Doom Sneak peek night, half price, 5pm-10pm

Nightmare on 19th Street 7:30pm-11pm

P-6 Farms 10am-6pm

 

Opening October 1

Screams 7:30pm-1:30am

Cutting Edge 8pm-10pm (opens at 7:30pm on October 2)

American Scaregrounds Haunted Attraction (formerly Waco Haunted Houses) 7:30pm-Midnight

13th Gate 6:30pm-11:30pm

Moxley Manor 7:30pm-11:30pm

Texas Scaregrounds 7pm-Midnight

Hangman’s House of Horrors 8pm-Midnight

Haunted Shadows Lake Trail 7:30pm-Midnight

Houston Screamfest 8pm-11pm

Creekside Manor 7:30-Midnight

Redrum Fear Park 7pm-Midnight

Haunted Trails 8pm-Midnight

Afterlife Haunted Attraction 8pm-11pm

The Asylum Haunted House 7:30pm-11pm

Evil Visions Haunted House 7pm-Midnight

Nightmare in the Country 8pm-11pm

Yesterland Farm Spooktacular Nights Dark until 10pm

Nightmare on Main Street 7:30pm-10pm

Zombie Safari 7pm-10pm

Parker House 8pm-11pm

Zip Line With Zombies Reservations required, day and night reservations available. Call 903 968 6924.

Fright Night Haunted House 7pm-11pm

Redrum Fear Park 7pm-Midnight

Psycho Path Haunted Attraction 8pm-Midnight. Tickets online only.

The Blackness Haunted House Hours TBA

 

Opening October 2

Rise Haunted House 7pm-10pm

 

Opening October 8

Thrillvania 8:30 pm-10pm

Haunting on the Blue Ghost 7pm-10:30pm

 

Opening October 15

Defcon 1 and Circus of the Dead 7pm-Midnight

Statewide Haunted House Listings

24.08.2021 (8:00 pm) – Filed under: Haunted House Listings

 

North Texas

Screams  Waxahachie

Cutting Edge  Fort Worth

Thrillvania  Terrell

Parker House  Denton

Texas Scaregrounds Mineral Wells

Creekside Manor  Midlothian

Tayman Graveyard  Midlothian

Haunted Shadows Lake Trail  The Colony

Moxley Manor  Bedford

J&F House of Terror  Garland

Hangman’s House of Horrors  Fort Worth

Dark Hour Haunted House  Plano

Zombie Safari  Forney

Six Flags Fright Fest Arlington

 

 

Central Texas

American Scaregrounds Haunted Attraction Elm Mott (Formerly Waco Haunted Houses)

Scream Hollow Halloween Park  Smithville

House of Torment  Austin

Silo of Screams Temple

 

 

Houston area

Phobia  Houston

Houston TerrorDome  Houston

Houston Screamfest  Houston

Purgatory Scream Park Kingwood

3Haunts Haunted House  Shepherd Closed in 2021

Redrum Fear Park Richmond

Haunted Trails  Houston

Creepy Hollow Haunted House  Rosharon

Dungeon of Doom  Kemah

P-6 Farms Fall Festival and Corn Maze Montgomery

Haunted Drive Cleveland

 

 

Galveston

Haunted Mayfield Manor

 

 

San Antonio

Ripley’s Haunted Adventure

13th Floor

 

 

East Texas

Graystone Manor  Longview

World of Khaos Thrill Park Tyler

Doc Wilkes House of Horrors  Longview

Terror Trails  Yantis Closed in 2021, back in 2022

Afterlife Haunted Attraction Blossom

Texas Maze of Terror Vidor Closed in 2021, back in 2022

The Asylum Haunted House Talco

Zip Line with Zombies  Diana

Yesterland Fright Farm Spooktacular Nights Canton

 

 

West Texas

Terror Trail Canutillo  (El Paso area)

Nightmare on 19th Street  Lubbock

Amarillo Scaregrounds  Amarillo

6th Street Massacre  Amarillo

Old Midland Trail of Horrors Midland

The Blackness Haunted House  Plainview

Nightmare on Main Street  Vernon

DefCon 1 and Circus of the Dead Odessa

 

 

South Texas

Haunting on the Blue Ghost Corpus Christi

Fright Night Haunted House Corpus Christi

 

 

Louisiana

13th Gate  Baton Rouge

The Mortuary  New Orleans

Evil Visions Haunted House  Monroe

Tree Farm Massacre  Leesville

Rise Haunted House  Hammond

Dark Woods Haunted Attraction Natchitoches

 

 

Oklahoma

Hex House  Tulsa

The Sanctuary  Oklahoma City Closed in 2021, back in 2022

Nightmare in the Country  Woodward

Psycho Path Haunted Attraction  Sperry

Halloween Merchandise and Costume Links

24.08.2021 (5:20 pm) – Filed under: Halloween Links,Halloween News

Here is an updated list of stores that sell quality Halloween merchandise and costumes. These links should take you directly to their Halloween departments. Walgreens, Kroger, Tom Thumb, Albertsons, and CVS usually sell a fair amount of Halloween decorations and candy, but they list little to nothing online, so I’m not linking to them. They are worth checking out in person, especially CVS. Many of the costume shops listed also carry decorations.

Merchandise

In Person and online

Spirit

Michaels

At Home

Party City

Home Depot

Lowes

Halloween Town

Halloween Club

Halloween City

Halloween MegaStore

Halloween Adventure

Spookers Halloween

Phantom Halloween

Halloween Express

Halloween Mart

Hallmark

Joann Fabrics

EHobby Tools

Target

Walmart

Costco

Lemax Spooky Town 2021

 

Online only

Amazon Halloween

Haunted Props

The Horror Dome

Fright Props

Poison Props

Creepy Collection

Mostly Dead

Dapper Cadaver

Dark Side Displays

Best Halloween Store

Halloween Found

Oriental Trading

 

Costume Shops

Online

Costume Super Center

Halloween Costumes.com

Costume Express

Buy Costumes

Wholesale Halloween Costumes

Costume Kingdom

Costumes 4 Less

The Halloween Spot

Mask World

Halloween Costumes 4U

Pure Costumes

 

In Person and online

Costume World

Norcostco

Rose Costumes

Magic Etc

 

Paranormal Places and Ghost Tours in Texas

24.08.2021 (5:00 pm) – Filed under: Paranormal

Since it’s looking like at least some haunted attractions in Texas will join Screams in cancelling, we are going to post alternatives to haunted houses this season. Without commenting on whether paranormal activity is real, I will say that investigating paranormal sites can be fun, even if you aren’t a believer. After all, we all know that haunted houses aren’t full of real monsters, but they are great fun anyway. Below are some links to paranormal sites and ghost tours.

 

Haunted Places

Haunted Places.org The Most Haunted Places In Texas

Backpackerverse 10 Most Haunted Places in Texas

Texas Monthly Fear Factor

Caller.com 13 Haunted Places in Texas

Mysterious Heartland: 10 Most Haunted Places in Texas

Haunted Rooms: 14 Most Haunted Places in Texas

Haunted Rooms Most Haunted Places in DFW

Texas Escapes Texas Ghosts List

Click2Houston Creepiest Places in Texas

Arlington Tourism 18 Most Haunted Places in DFW

Haunted Texas Road Trip

Travel Texas Haunted Places to Visit

Austin Ghosts Top 10 Most Haunted Places in Texas

Texas Highways 5 Most Haunted

Shadowlands Haunted Places in Texas

 

Ghost Tours

Viator Top Texas Ghost Tours

Trip Advisor Ghost Tours in Texas

Top 7 Ghost Tours in Texas

Jefferson Ghost Walk

Dallas Ghost Tour

Granbury Ghost Tour

Austin Ghost Tours

Ghost Tours of Galveston Island

Ft Worth Stockyard Ghost Tours

San Antonio Haunted Tours

Houston Ghost Tour

 

 

 

 

 

Openings and Closings 2021

24.08.2021 (4:17 pm) – Filed under: Haunted House News

Closed

Screamworld Houston

Van Buren Frightmare Amarillo

House of Thorn Oklahoma

3 Haunts Houston area

The Sanctuary Oklahoma, possibly back in 2022.

Terror Trails Yantis (East Texas) back in 2022

Texas Maze of Terror Vidor Back in 2022

 

Screams Opening

18.08.2021 (8:47 pm) – Filed under: Haunted House News,Screams

From Screams:

Screams® Halloween Theme Park Returns October 1st!
Dallas/Fort Worth, TX (August 10, 2021) – Save the date! Screams® Halloween Theme Park is back for its 25th season Friday and Saturday Nights October 1 – October 30, 2021 to provide the most immersive Halloween experience in D/FW.
Come be a part of the thrills and chills of Screams®! Applications for part-time, seasonal employees are now open for the 2021 season. Looking for extra cash? Screams® is a fun way to earn it! Seasonal positions include actors, food & beverage sales, safety services, front gate & ticket office personnel, games, restroom attendants, grounds crew, souvenir sales, and more.
Applicants of all ages (16+) are invited to apply today at www.screamspark.com/employment and schedule their interview.
Screams® is an equal opportunity employer.
Screams® will hold actor auditions Saturday, August 14th and Saturday August 21st. Screams® job fair for seasonal part time employment will take place on Saturday, August 28th from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Screams® offices located at 2511 FM 66 Waxahachie, TX 75167.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all Screams® employees will be required to wear protective facemasks and visitors will be strongly encouraged to wear protective facemasks as well. Decorative and/or Halloween masks are not allowed at Screams®.
Screams® has lots of surprises in store for its 25th season, so stay tuned for more details! Screams® 2021 will run Friday and Saturday nights October 1st through October 30th 7:30 pm – 1:00 am at the Scarborough Faire® site in Waxahachie, Tx. The Screams® totally immersive Halloween experience includes 5 haunted houses – each with a different theme – plus a haunted cemetery, live entertainment, Scary-Oke, games of skill, a food court, pubs, shops, and much more for an entire night of Halloween fun!
The admission price is $42 at the gate (for all ages) and includes all 5 haunted houses, the haunted cemetery, live entertainment, and Scary-Oke. Plus, visitors may go through the haunted houses as many times as they like (as the crowds will allow). To cut the wait times in half, they can purchase a VIP Fast Pass for an additional $30. Screams® is designed for ages 16+ and is not recommended for small children. Discount tickets will be available at www.ScreamsPark.com beginning September 7, 2021.
Screams® is sponsored by Dr Pepper. For more information visit ScreamsPark.com or follow us at ScreamsPark on FaceBook, Twitter, or Instagram. Photographs, video, and/or interviews available upon request.

Delays in Stocking Halloween Merchandise

06.08.2021 (9:07 pm) – Filed under: Halloween News

By this time of year, Michael’s and At Home typically have at least 70% of their Halloween merchandise on shelves. Due to the lingering effects of Covid, stores are running far behind in putting out Halloween merchandise this year. At Home has maybe 10% of their stock out, and Michael’s has put only a few items on their shelves. Home Depot and Lowe’s had not put any Halloween merch out, as of Wednesday, August 4. Spirit has announced their store locations, but opening dates are not listed. It looks like we will need to be patient this year. It seems like a safe bet that stores that stock up early, like Michael’s, At Home, and Home Depot, will have quite a bit of their Halloween stock out by late August.

Screams 2021

22.07.2021 (6:42 pm) – Filed under: Haunted House News,Screams

Screams Halloween Theme Park will open on October 1, for the first time since 2019. No details are available yet, but it’s likely that the park will open at 7:30pm and will remain open to 1:30am, every Friday and Saturday in October. Five major haunted attractions should return, along with several smaller attractions, the Full Moon Cafe, Taboo Tavern, Scaryoke, live music on the main stage, a food court, games, and merchants.

I haven’t seen Screams in two years, so I’ll be there on opening weekend. If we’re lucky, it will be business as usual everywhere by October and we can have a normal Haloween season!

Spirit Halloween Stores

11.07.2021 (10:46 pm) – Filed under: Halloween Links,Halloween News

Spirit has announced most of it’s store locations for 2021, although more locations will be added over the next month or so. Click here for the store locater.

Also, Michael’s and At Home (Gardenridge) are beginning to stock Halloween merchandise. I usually wait until the second to the last Saturday of July to check out those stores. By that time, Michael’s has most of it’s Lemax display in place, and Gardenridge has more than half of it’s Halloween displays out. July 24 is the beginning of my Halloween preseason this year.

 

Update July 24: Michael’s has yet to stock Halloween merchandise. They probably won’t have any out until early August.

2021 Halloween Season

08.07.2021 (7:58 pm) – Filed under: Halloween News,Site News

It looks like things are returning to normal, so the outlook for the 2021 Halloween season is bright. I was surprised by how many haunted attractions opened last year, and it looks like the rest will reopen this year. I expect that Halloween parties and movie theaters will be back to normal in 2021 as well. The new Halloween movie, which had been scheduled for last year, will be out in October. There may be some mask requirements, but I’m thinking that most places will allow vaccinated people to not wear masks, and will use the honor system for that.

Halloween is on a Sunday this year, which is my favorite night for Halloween. Halloween on Saturday is great, but with Sunday, you get to celebrate all weekend long. Haunted house opening dates and the statewide listings will be updated in late July. The first haunted attractions of the year will be opening in mid September, so hopefully we can all make up for last year’s hamstrung season!

Scream Hollow Summer Monster Bash

We haven’t had any haunted house news to pass along since the close of last season, due to Covid, but the first haunted house special opening of the year is close! Scream Hollow (southeast of Austin) will be having it’s summer special this June, beginning on June 11. The Summer Monster Bash dates are June 11,12,18,19,25, and the 26th. The hours will be 7pm-midnight on all dates. A new attraction at Scream Hollow this year is the only interactive hayride in Texas, called Hell on Wheels. Hell on Wheels joins four other main attractions: Mansion of Terror: Coven, Lost Pines Asylum, Wicked Darkness: The Maze, and Slaughterhouse 2: Lunatik’s Revenge.

Scream Hollow is a large outdoor Halloween theme park, and has the Rabid Bat Vampire Bar, the Dragon’s Breath Tavern, the Cackling Witch Cafe & Bakery, as well as Madame Tinker’s Magic Emporium gift shop. More detailed info on food and drinks can he found here. Live music will also be a part of the Summer Monster Bash.

Tickets may be purchased here and are $32.95 for admission to the park, and all attractions, or $23.95 for admission to the park and one attraction. A Wolf Pack special is also available; four tickets for all five attractions for $99, which is a $31 savings. There are a limited number of Wolf Pack tickets available.

If you live anywhere close to Austin, or are in the mood for a road trip, Scream Hollow’s Summer Monster Bash sounds like a great night out, or part of a summer vacation!

No Valentine Shows This Year

25.01.2021 (5:58 pm) – Filed under: Halloween News

Some haunted attractions usually open for Valentine’s Day, typically one or two in each major city, but there won’t be any Valentine’s Day openings in 2021. It looks like the next haunted attraction opening will be Scream Hollow, this June. They are working on a new, half mile hayride, which will be ready by this summer.

However, remember that Ripley’s Haunted Adventure in San Antonio, and Haunted Mayfield Manor in Galveston, are open all year.

2021 Is Here

01.01.2021 (7:57 pm) – Filed under: Haunted House Listings,Haunted House News,Site News

2021 has arrived, and hopefully, life will return to normal as the year progresses. With any luck, the new vaccines will be effective in reducing the spread of Covid, and the 2021 Halloween season will be pretty much normal. Until then, we’re not likely to see many haunted attractions open for special dates in the off season, but Texas Haunts will keep you up to date on all special openings. Meanwhile, remember that Ripley’s Haunted Adventure (San Antonio) and Haunted Mayfield Manor (Galveston) are open all year.

Haunted Houses Open In The Off Season

16.11.2020 (6:49 pm) – Filed under: Haunted House Listings,Haunted House News

There will be fewer special shows at haunted houses in the off season, due to Covid, but we will keep you updated on openings for Valentine’s Day, and any Friday the 13ths.

Scream Hollow will have it’s Christmas show December 4, 5, 11 , 12 ,18, and 19, from 7-11.

Nightscape Haunted House at Music City Mall in Lewisville is open for Krampus, each Saturday and Sunday afternoon through Christmas.

Ripley’s Haunted Adventure, and Haunted Mayfield Manor are open all year.

Haunted Houses Open After Halloween

Cutting Edge will be open on Friday the 13th in November, from 8:30-10pm.

Scream Hollow, in Smithville, southeast of Austin, will be open November 6 and 7, from 7-11pm for their pitch black haunt, and December 4, 5, 11 , 12 ,18, and 19, from 7-11 for their Twisted Christmas attraction.

13th Gate in Baton Rouge will be open November 6 and 7, for flashlight nights, from 6:30-11:30pm, and on Friday the 13th, from 6:30-11:30pm.

The Parker House in Denton has a special Outbreak at Crystal Lake show on Friday the 13th, and Saturday the 14, in November, from 6-10pm.

Phobia Haunted House in Houston will be open on November 6 and 7, from 7:30-11, and on Friday the 13th, from 7:30-10:30.

Houston Screamfest will be open November 6, 7, 13, and 14, from 8-11pm. They have reduced prices for these nights, $25 for the 6th and 7th, and $20 for the 13th and 14th.

Purgatory Scream Park in the Houston area will be open on November 6 and 7, from 8-11:30pm.

Redrum Fear Park in the Houston area, will be open November 6 and 7, from 7pm-midnight. November 7 is blackout night.

Creepy Hollow Haunted House, in the Houston area, is open November 6, 7, 13, and 14, from 7-10pm.

13th Floor in San Antonio, is open November 6 and 7, from 7-11pm.

Doc Wilkes House of Horrors in Longview will be open November 6 and 7, from 7:30-midnight.

The Mortuary , in New Orleans, will be open on November 6, 7pm-midnight, and November 7, 6pm-midnight. The will also be open on Friday the 13th, from 6pm-midnight.

Afterlife Haunted Attraction, in Blossom (East Texas) will be open on November 7 from 8-10pm, for a blackout night.

Evil Visions, in Monroe LA, will be open for blackout nights on November 6 and 7, from 7-11pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Halloween

29.10.2020 (5:01 pm) – Filed under: Site News

Happy Halloween from Texas Haunts! 2020 didn’t exactly turn out as we hoped, but Halloween is on a Saturday, with a full moon, great weather, and an extra hour. Check out the post below for all of the listings to plan your weekend, and remember that some haunted attractions will also be open on Sunday. Stay safe, and have a great Halloween!

Halloween Week and Weekend

Most of the action will be this weekend, but you can watch movies in theaters, and movies and TV shows at home this week, plus, it’s not too late to order costumes and merchandise for Halloween weekend. Weather permitting, you can check out some paranormal hotspots too. Below is a list of links to help you plan out the final week of October, and Halloween weekend.

Statewide Haunted House Listings

Recommended Haunted Houses

Halloween Parties and Events October 29-Halloween

Horror Movie and TV Show Listings

Paranormal Places and Ghost Tours in Texas

Halloween Merchandise and Costume Links

Other Halloween Activities

Halloween Parties and Events October 29-Halloween

25.10.2020 (9:41 pm) – Filed under: Halloween Links,Halloween News,Halloween Parties

October 29-30

Howl O Ween Yappy Hour and Costume Contest in Frisco on October 29, from 5-7pm

Spirits of Halloween Beer and Boos Dinner at the Social House in Arlington, from 7-9pm on October 29.

Brewed Halloween Bash in Ft Worth, October 30 from 6-10pm

Legends of McKinney Ghost Walk at Heritage Village in McKinney, October 30 at 6pm

Fall Festival in Frisco, October 30, from 6:30-9:30pm

Carbaret showing of Hocus Pocus and Nightmare on Elm Street, in Richardson, Oct 30, 6:30-9:30pm

Haunted Hollywood Party in Frisco, October 30, 7-11:30pm

Discover Studios Halloween Party October 30, 8-11:30 pm, in downtown Dallas.

A Gothic Affair at Lorenzo’s at Hotel Lorenzo in downtown Dallas, October 30, 8pm-midnight

Tunnel of Terror Haunted Car Wash in Frisco, from 8-11pm, October 30.

 

Halloween

Halloween Portrait Pawty at the Shops at Park Lane (Dallas, close to 75 and NW Hwy) dog park, from 10am-2pm. Have your pet’s photo taken by professional photographers, proceeds benefit Dallas Street Dog Advocates. Costumes are encouraged.

Pooch Parade and Costume Contest in Burleson, check in begins at 8:30am, parade at 9:30am

1st Annual Halloween Treats and Photos In Saginaw, from 3pm-9pm. Free, leashed pets welcome.

Truck Yard Halloween Bash in Lower Greenville, begins at 11am, dog costume contest at 2, human contest begins at 6.

Trick Or Treat in Lowest Greenville (Dallas) from 11am-3pm

Trick R Treat Train Grapevine 11am, 1pm, 3pm.

Night Vision Zombie Hunt, with real firearms, in Grapevine, 10am or 1pm.

Un-Cancel Halloween at Main Event in Lewisville from noon to 4pm

Ft Worth Halloween Crawl from 2-10pm

Uptown Halloween Bar Crawl, 2-10pm, starts at Playground Bar on McKinney.

The Haunting of Jasper’s Uptown from 2pm-7:30pm, followed by a showing of Scream

Halloweentown Market and Cinema showing Night of the Demons in Richardson, 6-10pm

Bob’s Annual Halloween Bash in Granbury, from 7-11pm

The Adolphus Cinema Series: Halloween Edition showing of the Shining 8-11pm

Halloween Party and Costume Contest at Lava Cantina, hosted by Infinite Journey. Doors open at 6:30.

Halloween Bash in Rhome, 8-11pm

2020 Dallas Halloween Night Bar Crawl 8pm-2am, exact location TBA, Uptown and Deep Ellum venues. Limited tickets, will sell out, so get your tickets early.

Death by Disco in Dallas 8:30pm-2am

Nightmare on Main St on Main St in Dallas, from 8pm-2am

Haunted W Dallas Rooftop Halloween Night Masquerade Ball  9pm-2am

Nightmare on Elm St Party in downtown Dallas, 9pm-2am

Zombie Safari Hunt in Forney, from 7-10pm

Halloween Vampire Murder Mystery Dinner at the Vineyard  6pm-10pm

Hall O Ween at Legacy Hall in Plano, from 9pm-1am.

House of Halloween at Sanctuary Studios in north Irving, from 9pm-2am

Canvas Hotel Halloween Party from 10pm-2am, at the Canvas Hotel in downtown Dallas.

MASK Halloween Party in Plano, from 8pm-1am.

Haunted Hotel at Lorenzo at the Hotel Lorenzo in downtown Dallas 8pm-2am

Halloween on Halloween at the It’ll Do Club (where the Church moved) from 9pm-2am

Nightscape Haunted House

18.10.2020 (10:45 pm) – Filed under: Haunted House Listings,Haunted House News

A new haunted house called Nightscape has opened up in Lewisville, inside of Music City Mall (formerly Vista Ridge Mall) and is open October 23, 24, 25 29, 30 and Halloween. Hours are 3-8 Fridays and Saturdays, and 3-7 on Sunday, October 25, and Halloween.

Full Halloween Season Listings

Here are the major listings on Texas Haunts, to help you plan the remainder of your Halloween season. Our Halloween parties and events listing is the largest in Texas, and we have the only listing of horror movies in local theaters. Movie listings updated 10-25.

Haunted House Opening Dates

Statewide Haunted House Listings

Recommended Haunted Houses

Halloween Parties and Events

Horror Movie and TV Show Listings

Paranormal Places and Ghost Tours in Texas

Halloween Merchandise and Costume Links

Other Halloween Activities

Recommended Haunted Houses

11.10.2020 (5:49 pm) – Filed under: Haunted House Listings,Haunted House News

Screams and Dark Hour aren’t open this year, but some of the best haunted attractions in Texas and surrounding states are. Below is a list of haunted houses that we recommend.

Cutting Edge Haunted House in Ft Worth.

Waco Haunted Houses in Elm Mott, just north of Waco.

Thrillvania Haunted Park in Terrell.

Scream Hollow Halloween Park in Smithville, southeast of Austin.

Ripley’s Haunted Adventure in San Antonio.

Haunted Mayfield Manor in Galveston.

13th Gate in Baton Rouge.

Halloween Parties and Events

11.10.2020 (5:40 pm) – Filed under: Halloween Parties,Other Halloween Activities

Many of the parties and events that are held this year will probably have reduced capacity, so order your tickets early. Free Play Richardson is limiting ticket sales to 25% capacity. I’m only posting in person events, no online events will be listed here.

Pocket Sandwich Theater in Dallas, Attack of the Killer Mutant Leeches, opening October 16.

Scream and Halloween Trivia at Trinity Cider, in downtown Dallas, October 20, 7-9:30pm

Palace Arts Center Halloween Flicks, October 22,23,29,30, in Grapevine

 

October 23-24

Spooktacular Celebration at Cathy’s Critters Education Farm in Princeton, all weekend, starting at 5.

Murders and Mysteries of Dealey Plaza: A Ghost Tour October 23 at 5 pm, John Neely Bryan Cabin on Elm St, in downtown Dallas.

Free Play Richardson  Halloween party, October 23, from 9pm-2am

PetBar Grand Opening Howl O Ween October 24, from 10am to noon, at Petbar, across the street from Inwood Village in Dallas.

Halloween Celebration at Shops at Highland Village, October 24, 2-5pm

Pumpkin Pick Me Up in Hurst October 23 and 24, from 3-6pm

Forest of Fear October 23 and 24, from 7 to 10pm. Drive through around Joe Pool Lake.

Pumkinfest by Prestoncrest October 24, from 5:30-8pm, in Dallas.

Outdoor Movies in the Park: Beetlejuice, October 24, at 8pm

Haunted Forest in Oak Cliff, October 24, from 5:30-7:30pm

Drive Boo in the American Airlines Center garage, drive through, each level has a different theme. October 23, 24, 30, from 7-11pm.

Dragons Halloween Ball October 24 9pm-4am. One of the oldest, and largest, of the major Halloween parties in DFW.

Cult Fest II in Dallas, from 8pm-2am, October 24

Halloween Bar Crawl in Legacy Hall, Plano, October 24, from 10pm-1am

 

October 25

Monster Mash Dance Party at Reunion Tower in Dallas, October 25, starting at 5pm.

 

October 29-30

Howl O Ween Yappy Hour and Costume Contest in Frisco on October 29, from 5-7pm

Spirits of Halloween Beer and Boos Dinner at the Social House in Arlington, from 7-9pm on October 29.

Brewed Halloween Bash in Ft Worth, October 30 from 6-10pm

Legends of McKinney Ghost Walk at Heritage Village in McKinney, October 30 at 6pm

Fall Festival in Frisco, October 30, from 6:30-9:30pm

Carbaret showing of Hocus Pocus and Nightmare on Elm Street, in Richardson, Oct 30, 6:30-9:30pm

Haunted Hollywood Party in Frisco, October 30, 7-11:30pm

Discover Studios Halloween Party October 30, 8-11:30 pm, in downtown Dallas.

A Gothic Affair at Lorenzo’s at Hotel Lorenzo in downtown Dallas, October 30, 8pm-midnight

Tunnel of Terror Haunted Car Wash in Frisco, from 8-11pm, October 30.

 

Halloween

Halloween Portrait Pawty at the Shops at Park Lane (Dallas, close to 75 and NW Hwy) dog park, from 10am-2pm. Have your pet’s photo taken by professional photographers, proceeds benefit Dallas Street Dog Advocates. Costumes are encouraged.

Pooch Parade and Costume Contest in Burleson, check in begins at 8:30am, parade at 9:30am

1st Annual Halloween Treats and Photos In Saginaw, from 3pm-9pm. Free, leashed pets welcome.

Truck Yard Halloween Bash in Lower Greenville, begins at 11am, dog costume contest at 2, human contest begins at 6.

Trick Or Treat in Lowest Greenville (Dallas) from 11am-3pm

Trick R Treat Train Grapevine 11am, 1pm, 3pm.

Night Vision Zombie Hunt, with real firearms, in Grapevine, 10am or 1pm.

Un-Cancel Halloween at Main Event in Lewisville from noon to 4pm

Ft Worth Halloween Crawl from 2-10pm

Uptown Halloween Bar Crawl, 2-10pm, starts at Playground Bar on McKinney.

The Haunting of Jasper’s Uptown from 2pm-7:30pm, followed by a showing of Scream

Halloweentown Market and Cinema showing Night of the Demons in Richardson, 6-10pm

Bob’s Annual Halloween Bash in Granbury, from 7-11pm

The Adolphus Cinema Series: Halloween Edition showing of the Shining 8-11pm

Halloween Party and Costume Contest at Lava Cantina, hosted by Infinite Journey. Doors open at 6:30.

Halloween Bash in Rhome, 8-11pm

2020 Dallas Halloween Night Bar Crawl 8pm-2am, exact location TBA, Uptown and Deep Ellum venues. Limited tickets, will sell out, so get your tickets early.

Death by Disco in Dallas 8:30pm-2am

Nightmare on Main St on Main St in Dallas, from 8pm-2am

Haunted W Dallas Rooftop Halloween Night Masquerade Ball  9pm-2am

Nightmare on Elm St Party in downtown Dallas, 9pm-2am

Zombie Safari Hunt in Forney, from 7-10pm

Halloween Vampire Murder Mystery Dinner at the Vineyard  6pm-10pm

Hall O Ween at Legacy Hall in Plano, from 9pm-1am.

House of Halloween at Sanctuary Studios in north Irving, from 9pm-2am

Canvas Hotel Halloween Party from 10pm-2am, at the Canvas Hotel in downtown Dallas.

MASK Halloween Party in Plano, from 8pm-1am.

Haunted Hotel at Lorenzo at the Hotel Lorenzo in downtown Dallas 8pm-2am

Halloween on Halloween at the It’ll Do Club (where the Church moved) from 9pm-2am

 

 

 

Horror Movie and TV Shows October 2020

11.10.2020 (5:35 pm) – Filed under: Horror Movies and TV Shows

Sadly, there are no current mainstream horror movies to be released this October, Alamo Drafthouses are closed, and the Inwood Theater isn’t showing midnight movies.

Update: Due to a lack of new releases, national theater chains are showing classic horror movies from now through Halloween. Cinemark is showing The Shining and the original Nightmare on Elm St, for example. Check your local listings. These showings are typically one night, and vary from theater to theater.

However, the original Halloween, plus Halloween 4 and 5, will be released in select markets this October, including Dallas, San Antonio, Houston, Tyler-Longview, and Austin. I haven’t found comprehensive listings, but in Dallas (according to Google) Halloween will be playing Friday, October 30, Halloween, and November 1, at Studio Movie Grills, Cinepolis Cinemas, and Moviehouse and Eatery locations.

Additionally, those three chains will show other vintage horror movies in October. Cinepolis will be showing It, It Ends, Beetlejuice, Hocus Pocus beginning October 9, and will show the original Halloween, The Exorcist, Friday the 13th, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Practical Magic, and The Addams Family later in the month.

Studio Movie Grills will be showing The Goonies, Hocus Pocus, and new indies No Escape and Death of Me, beginning October 9.  Brand new indie horror movie, The Empty Man, will begin showing on October 23. Saw is showing during the final week of October. The original Halloween will be shown on Halloween weekend, beginning on October 30.

Moviehouse and Eatery locations are showing Beetlejuice, Hocus Pocus, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Practical Magic beginning October 9. The Exorcist will begin playing on October 23. The original Halloween will be gin playing on October 30.

Movie Tavern locations will be playing The Conjuring, Scream, Annabelle, Lights Out, Beetlejuice, Hocus Pocus, beginning October 9. A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Hotel Transylvania will be out later in the month.

The Drive In at the Central Rooftop Cinema Club in Dallas, close to Uptown, has horror movies playing nightly from October 18-Halloween. Early shows start at 7:15 or 7:30, with later shows starting between 9:45 and 10:30. Showings include Halloween, Friday the 13th, The Conjuring, The Craft, Scream, Ghostbusters, Hocus Pocus, The Lost Boys, Beetlejuice, and Nightmare on Elm Street.

The Texas Theater is showing Sleepaway Camp (Oct 23 8pm), the original Nightmare on Elm St Oct 24 4 and 9pm), The Love Witch (Oct 29 8pm), and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Halloween at 4:30 and 9pm).

Amazon Prime has Welcome to the Blumhouse, with four horror movies, dropping in October.

 

TV Listings

Syfy 31 Days of Halloween: October 1-Halloween. Their full schedule is here. The full schedule will be released later in September, or October.

AMC Fear Fest: October 1-Halloween. Their full schedule is here. The full schedule will be out later in September, or October.

TCM October Horror: From October 2-Halloween. Full schedule is here.

Travel Channel Ghostober: Travel Channel has only paranormal programming, but their special Ghostober lineup begins on October 14, with the premiere of the new season of Ghost Nation. They have numerous specials during the last seven days of October. See their lineup here, and check their daily schedule here.

The Food Network has several Halloween related shows, the best known of which is Halloween Wars. Halloween Wars began it’s new season on September 13, and has a new show every Sunday night, through October. You can catch up on past episodes on the Food Network site. Read about Halloween Wars here, and the Food Network schedule is here.

Freeform 31 Nights of Halloween: From October 1-Halloween. Full schedule is here.

Disney Channel Monstober: From October 1-Halloween. Partial schedule is here. The full schedule will be out later in September, or October.

I get a lot of my information from a site called Halloween Movies on TV. They are a comprehensive resource, and the site is updated daily. Their home page is here.

 

 

Other Halloween Activities

11.10.2020 (5:30 pm) – Filed under: Halloween Links,Halloween News,Other Halloween Activities

Due to the fluid nature of Covid, check the site of the event that you want to attend for the latest in days open and hours of operation.

Boo at the Zoo October 22-25, with a drive through this year.

Dallas Arboretum Art of the Pumpkin Now through November 1. Located next to White Rock Lake. Separate charges for admission and parking. There have been changes to ticketing, so check their site for current information before you go.

 

Pumpkin Patches DFW

Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch Attendance by reservation only. See the site for details.

Halls Pumpkin Farm Opens October 2, check the site for hours, directions, and prices.

Preston Trail Farm Open now, check the site for hours, prices, and directions.

More pumpkin patches and outdoor Halloween activities are listed here.

 

Costume Shops DFW

Incognito Costume World-Dallas, on Inwood, close to the Galleria. Open for in person business.

Dallas Vintage Costume Shop-Plano, off of 75, just north of Collin Creek Mall. Open for in person business.

Magic Etc. In Ft Worth, on Forest Park Blvd, just north of I-30, west of downtown Ft Worth. Open for in person business, seven days a week.

Norcostco Dallas Closed for in person shopping. Online and phone orders only, with curbside pickup. On Wycliff, south of I-35, in the Design District.

Rose Costumes-Denton, off of I-35 (northbound side) at 288. Closed for in person shopping, but they have online shopping available.

Dallas Costume Shoppe-in east Dallas, on Main. By appointment only, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.