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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

Nightscape Haunted House

18.10.2020 (10:16 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.

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.

Statewide Haunted House Listings

11.10.2020 (5:48 pm) – Filed under: Haunted House Listings

 

North Texas

Screams  Waxahachie Closed in 2020, back in 2021

Cutting Edge  Fort Worth

Thrillvania  Terrell

Nightscape in Lewisville, in Music City Mall (formerly Vista Ridge Mall)

Parker House  Denton

Texas Scaregrounds Mineral Wells

Creekside Manor  Midlothian

Tayman Graveyard  Midlothian Closed in 2020, back in 2021

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 Closed in 2020, back in 2021

Zombie Safari  Forney

Six Flags Fright Fest Arlington No haunted attractions in 2020, rides only

 

 

Central Texas

Waco Haunted Houses   Elm Mott (Waco area)

Scream Hollow Halloween Park  Smithville

House of Torment  Austin Closed for 2020, back in 2021

Silo of Screams Temple

 

 

Houston area

Screamworld  Houston Permanently closed

Phobia  Houston

Houston TerrorDome  Houston

Houston Screamfest  Houston

Purgatory Scream Park Kingwood

3Haunts Haunted House  Shepherd

Redrum Fear Park Richmond

Haunted Trails  Houston

Creepy Hollow Haunted House  Rosharon

Dungeon of Doom  Kemah Closed in 2020, back in 2021

P-6 Farms Fall Festival and Corn Maze Montgomery

 

 

Galveston

Haunted Mayfield Manor

 

 

San Antonio

Ripley’s Haunted Adventure

13th Floor

 

 

East Texas

Graystone Manor  Longview

World of Khaos Tyler

Doc Wilkes House of Horrors  Longview

Terror Trails  Yantis Closed in 2020, back in 2021

Afterlife  Blossom

Texas Maze of Terror Vidor

The Asylum Haunted House Talco Closed in 2020, back in 2021

Zip Line with Zombies  Diana

Yesterland Fright Farm Canton

 

 

West Texas

Terror Trail Canutillo  (El Paso area) Closed in 2020, back in 2021

Nightmare on 19th Street  Lubbock

Amarillo Scaregrounds  Amarillo

6th Street Massacre  Amarillo

Van Buren Frightmare  Amarillo Closed in 2020, back in 2021

Old Midland Trail of Horrors Midland Closed in 2020

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 2020, back in 2021

House of Thorn Dewey Permanently closed

Nightmare in the Country  Woodward Closed in 2020, back in 2021

Psycho Path Haunt  Sperry

Haunted House Opening Dates

11.10.2020 (5:13 pm) – Filed under: Halloween News,Haunted House Listings,Haunted House Opening Dates

Due to Covid, it’s possible that haunted attractions will have to close with little notice, so please check with the haunted attraction before buying tickets, and before you leave for the attraction. It’s best to call the number for the attraction for updates, or to check their Facebook site. Websites are usually last to be updated. Please remember to take a mask with you. Most attractions will be required to enforce mask wearing, and most will not have masks to provide to customers.

Update: Some haunted attractions will be selling a limited number of tickets, online only, this season, so it’s best to buy your tickets in advance this year. If nothing else, check with the attraction’s site, or Facebook page to find out whether advance tickets are required. In 2020, don’t show up at a haunted house with the expectation of being able to buy tickets at the box office.

Update II: House of Torment is closed for the 2020 season.

Dates and times are for opening night only. Please check with the haunted house’s site for all other dates and times.

 

All Year

Ripley’s Haunted Adventure 11am-6pm Sun-Thu, 10am-9pm Fri-Sat (210) 226-2828 Facebook

Haunted Mayfield Manor 1pm-6pm, except Saturday 1pm-8pm. (409) 762-6677 Facebook

 

Opening September 18

Scream Hollow 7pm-Midnight (512) 710-8267 Facebook

13th Floor 7:30-10pm (210) 910-6450 Facebook

 

Opening September 25

World Of Khaos 7pm-Midnight (903) 283-8939 Facebook

Doc Wilkes House of Horrors 7:30-Midnight (903) 297-5397 Facebook

Purgatory Scream Park 8pm-Midnight (281) 622-6186  Facebook

6th Street Massacre 7pm-Midnight (806) 337-0749 Facebook

 

Opening September 26

Amarillo Scaregrounds 7-9pm, tickets on sale only at the box office. (806) 367-9516 Facebook

P6 Farms Fall Festival and Corn Maze 10am-6pm (936) 597-6062 Facebook

 

Opening October 2

Cutting Edge  8-11pm (817) 348-8444 Facebook

13th Gate 6:30-11:30pm (225) 389-1313 Facebook

Hangman’s House of Horrors 8pm-Midnight (817) 336-4264 Facebook

Houston Screamfest 8pm-11pm Must sign waiver before entering park. Facebook

Phobia 8pm-Midnight (713) 526-3323 Facebook

J&F House of Terror (Online tickets only) (972) 278-7692  Facebook

Texas Scaregrounds  7:30pm-Midnight (817) 819-6773 Facebook

The Mortuary 6:30pm-Midnight (504) 483-2350 Limited tickets, time slot only Facebook

Hex House 7-11pm (877) 980-7882 Facebook

Houston Terror Dome 8-11pm (281) 864-9686 Facebook

Haunted Trails 8pm-Midnight (713) 618-3323 Facebook

Creepy Hollow 7pm-Midnight (800) 357-3323 Facebook

Graystone Manor 7pm-Midnight (In person sales only, at 50% capacity) (903) 918-3889 Facebook

Afterlife Haunted House 8-11pm (903) 202-0123 Facebook

Yesterland Fright Farm “Dark until 10” (903) 567-2255 Facebook

Parker House  7:30-11pm  (469) 556-3475 Facebook

Creekside Manor Dusk till Midnight (469) 471-4030 Facebook

Moxley Manor Hours TBA (682) 231-1313 Facebook

Haunted Shadows Lake Trail 7:45pm-Midnight  Facebook

3Haunts 8-11pm (713) 962-2339 Facebook

Psycho Path Haunted House 7:30-11:30pm  Timed tickets sold online only. (918) 288-7685 Facebook

The Blackness Haunted House 7:30-11pm Facebook

Redrum Fear Park 7pm-Midnight (281) 762-0034 Facebook

Rise Haunted House 7pm-10pm (985) 277-9666 Facebook

Haunting on the Blue Ghost 7:30-10pm (361) 248-8268 Facebook

Nightmare on Main Street 7:30-10 pm Facebook

Tree Farm Massacre 7pm-Midnight (337) 378-8726 Facebook

Dark Woods Adventure Park 7-11 pm (318) 289-9019 Facebook

Zombie Safari 7-10pm (972) 203-0014 Facebook

 

Opening October 3

Nightmare on 19th Street 7:30-10:30pm (Tickets online only) Facebook

Zip Line With Zombies (903) 968-6924 Begins at 7, reservations only, made by phone only. Facebook

 

Opening October 9

Thrillvania 8:30-10pm (972) 428-9653 Facebook

Waco Haunted Houses 8pm-Midnight (254) 826-7473 Facebook

Silo of Screams  Opens at 8 for first showing, 10:15 for second showing Facebook

Fright Night Haunted House Online ticket sales only, limited tickets, timed entry. 7-11pm Facebook

Evil Visions Haunted House 7pm-Midnight (318) 355-1751 Facebook

 

Opening October 16

Texas Maze of Terror Timed tickets only this year, buy online. 8 to 10 (409) 681-5115 Facebook

 

Opening October 23

Defcon One and Circus of the Dead 7pm-Midnight (432) 894-2494 Facebook

 

 

 

 

 

Thrillvania Opens This Weekend!

04.10.2020 (9:31 pm) – Filed under: Haunted House Listings,Haunted House Opening Dates,Thrillvania

Thrillvania Haunted House Park opens this Friday, October 9th, at 8:30pm. The hours for this coming weekend are 8:30-10pm Friday, 8:30-10:30pm Saturday, and 8:30-10pm Sunday. Thrillvania features Verdun Manor, Cassandra’s House of Clowns, and Sam Hain’s Trail of Torment.

Thrillvania encourages guests to purchase tickets in advance. You can buy tickets here. Once on the property, you can join a virtual queue line, and remain in your car until your group is up for entrance into the haunted attractions. You can read about Thrillvania’s safety protocols here.

Check their Facebook page for updates, and remember to buy your tickets in advance.

Waco Haunted Houses Opens October 9!

Waco Haunted Houses opens Friday, October 9, at 8pm. Plans are for 8pm-midnight, Friday and Saturday. This attraction features two haunted houses, and nice gift shop. Things will be a little different this year, as with all haunted houses, but you can refer to my 2019 review for a full rundown of Waco Haunted Houses. This place has always been one of my favorites, and it’s worth the drive if you live in DFW or Austin. Check their Facebook page for updates.

Haunted Houses Opening October 9

04.10.2020 (8:23 pm) – Filed under: Haunted House Listings,Haunted House Opening Dates

Thrillvania 8:30-10pm (972) 428-9653 Facebook

Waco Haunted Houses 8pm-Midnight (254) 826-7473 Facebook

Silo of Screams  Opens at 8 for first showing, 10:15 for second showing Facebook

Fright Night Haunted House Online ticket sales only, limited tickets, timed entry. 7-11pm Facebook

Evil Visions Haunted House 7pm-Midnight (318) 355-1751 Facebook

Haunted Houses Opening October 2-3

28.09.2020 (8:25 pm) – Filed under: Haunted House Listings,Haunted House Opening Dates

Opening October 2

Cutting Edge  8-11pm (817) 348-8444 Facebook

13th Gate 6:30-11:30pm (225) 389-1313 Facebook

Hangman’s House of Horrors 8pm-Midnight (817) 336-4264 Facebook

Houston Screamfest 8pm-11pm Must sign waiver before entering park. Facebook

Phobia 8pm-Midnight (713) 526-3323 Facebook

J&F House of Terror (Online tickets only) (972) 278-7692  Facebook

Texas Scaregrounds  7:30pm-Midnight (817) 819-6773 Facebook

The Mortuary 6:30pm-Midnight (504) 483-2350 Limited tickets, time slot only Facebook

Hex House 7-11pm (877) 980-7882 Facebook

Houston Terror Dome 8-11pm (281) 864-9686 Facebook

Haunted Trails 8pm-Midnight (713) 618-3323 Facebook

Creepy Hollow 7pm-Midnight (800) 357-3323 Facebook

Graystone Manor 7pm-Midnight (In person sales only, at 50% capacity) (903) 918-3889 Facebook

Afterlife Haunted House 8-11pm (903) 202-0123 Facebook

Yesterland Fright Farm “Dark until 10” (903) 567-2255 Facebook

Parker House  7:30-11pm  (469) 556-3475 Facebook

Creekside Manor Dusk till Midnight (469) 471-4030 Facebook

Moxley Manor Timed tickets, online sales, 7:30-11:30pm (682) 231-1313 Facebook

Haunted Shadows Lake Trail 7:45pm-Midnight  Facebook

3Haunts 8-11pm (713) 962-2339 Facebook

Psycho Path Haunted House 7:30-11:30pm  Timed tickets sold online only. (918) 288-7685 Facebook

The Blackness Haunted House 7:30-11pm Facebook

Redrum Fear Park 7pm-Midnight (281) 762-0034 Facebook

Rise Haunted House 7pm-10pm (985) 277-9666 Facebook

Haunting on the Blue Ghost 7-11pm (361) 248-8268 Facebook

Nightmare on Main Street 7:30-10 pm Facebook

Tree Farm Massacre 7pm-Midnight (337) 378-8726 Facebook

Dark Woods Adventure Park 7-11 pm (318) 289-9019 Facebook

Zombie Safari 7-10pm (972) 203-0014 Facebook

 

Opening October 3

Nightmare on 19th Street 7:30-10:30pm (Tickets online only) Facebook

Zip Line With Zombies (903) 968-6924 Begins at 7, reservations only, made by phone only. Facebook

 

Haunted Houses Opening September 25-26

22.09.2020 (5:53 pm) – Filed under: Haunted House Listings,Haunted House Opening Dates

Scream Hollow and 13th Floor are already open. Haunted Mayfield Manor and Ripley’s Haunted Adventure are open all year. The Mortuary  and Dark Woods Adventure Park have changed their opening night from September 25 to October 2.

 

Opening September 25

World Of Khaos 7pm-Midnight (903) 283-8939 Facebook

Doc Wilkes House of Horrors 7:30-Midnight (903) 297-5397 Facebook

Purgatory Scream Park 8pm-Midnight (281) 622-6186  Facebook

6th Street Massacre 7pm-Midnight (806) 337-0749 Facebook

 

Opening September 26

Amarillo Scaregrounds 7-9pm, tickets on sale only at the box office. (806) 367-9516 Facebook

P6 Farms Fall Festival and Corn Maze 10am-6pm (936) 597-6062 Facebook

 

 

Waco Haunted Houses to Open for Friday the 13th in March

16.02.2020 (9:29 am) – Filed under: Haunted House Listings,Haunted House News

Waco Haunted Houses, in Elm Mott, just north of Waco, is the first haunted house to announce that they will be open for Friday the 13th in March. I had a great time reviewing this haunt last October, and you can read the review here. There are two haunted houses on the grounds, plus a gift shop. Waco Haunted Houses is located off of the access road for northbound I-35, between Waco and West, and yes, West is the name of a town. The address is 14656 I-35 N Elm Mott, Texas 7664, their phone is 254 826 7473, and you can also check their Facebook. It’s great for people in the Waco and Waxahachie areas, and is within easy driving distance of DFW and Austin.

Valentine’s Day Haunted Houses

23.01.2020 (8:19 pm) – Filed under: Haunted House Listings,Haunted House News

The following haunted houses will be open for Valentine’s Day.

Dark Hour Haunted House on Feb 14 and 15, from 7pm-11pm.

House of Torment beginning at 7pm on Feb 14 and 15. Tickets here

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

 

Haunted Houses in December

09.12.2019 (11:58 pm) – Filed under: Haunted House Listings,Haunted House News

Dark Hour Haunted House in Plano is open December 13-14, and December 27-28. 7pm-11pm each night. A behind the scenes tour is available on December 28, from noon-3pm. Tickets here.

Scream Hollow is open December 13-14, and December 20-21, from 6pm-11pm each night. Tickets here.

House of Torment in Austin will be open December 13-14, and December 20. Hours are 8pm-Midnight each night. Tickets here.

Screamworld in Houston will be open on December 13, 8pm-11pm. Tickets here.

Ripley’s Haunted Adventure in San Antonio, and Haunted Mayfield Manor in Galveston are open all year. Check their sites for times and prices.

 

Haunted Houses Open After Halloween

01.11.2019 (4:56 am) – Filed under: Haunted House Listings

Halloween is over, but many haunted attractions will be open this Friday and/or Saturday. A few will be open the weekend of the 8th and 9th. Check the statewide haunted house listing page for hours of the haunt that you want to see this weekend, and beyond. Ripley’s Haunted Adventure and Mayfield Manor are open all year. Cutting Edge and Dark Hour open for special nights in the off season. Texas Haunts will be open and updated all year, so check back with us for listings of special events between December and July. Thanks for visiting our site this season, and we hope you had a great Halloween. The 2020 season of Texas Haunts will begin in August of 2020!

 

 

Halloween Week

With the exception of Screams, all haunted attractions are open on Halloween, and many are open Monday-Wednesday. Check listings here for the haunts you want to see. My recommended haunted houses are here. Most haunted houses will also be open Friday and Saturday. I will have a post later in the week for haunts that will be open past Halloween.

For all things Halloween, check out the following pages. All have been updated for this week.

Statewide listing of haunted attractions

Halloween movie and TV listings

Halloween Parties October 29-November 2

Other Halloween Activities

Haunted House Reviews

Halloween links

Final Weekend for Screams

21.10.2019 (5:07 pm) – Filed under: Haunted House Listings,Haunted House News,Screams

This coming weekend is your last chance to see Screams this year! Please remember that Screams will not be open on Halloween, so this Friday and Saturday are the final days for the 2019 season at Screams. All of the haunted attractions, and most of the park, have been remodeled for this season, so even if you’ve seen Screams in the past, there will be things for you to see. Please refer to my review of Screams from October 5th for more detailed information.

Screams has five main attractions, Cursed: the Witches of Terra Mythica Castle, Hotel D’Feers, Capt’n Barbarosa’s Blood Harbour (3D), PT Harmum’s Carnival of Chaos (maze), and the Zombie Wasteland Apocalypse trail. I listed the attractions in the best order to see them in, especially if you don’t have a fast pass. Screams also has a large food court, three pubs, and a full service bar and cafe called Full Moon Cafe. Full Moon has an excellent selection of Halloween specialty drinks (Dracula’s Kiss is my favorite) and great bartenders. They also have good food, generous portions, and reasonable prices. Full Moon is well decorated too, it’s like eating and drinking inside a haunted house. You can find Full Moon Cafe on the side of the food court by the West Market Arch.

Screams also has Scaryoke in the covered seating area next to Taboo Tavern, games of skill across from the food court, Halloween related shops, wax hands, henna tattoos, palm and tarot readings, and feather extensions.

Screams has general admission tickets, fast passes, and group tickets available here. Group tickets have to be purchased in advance, online. They are not available at the ticket booth.

Screams has never been better, so be sure to check it out this weekend! Screams is located in Waxahachie, on the Scarborough Faire grounds. Their address is 2511 FM 66 Waxahachie, TX 75167. If you are coming from the north, take exit 399A from I-35, and head west (right), if you are coming from the south, take exit 399, and head west (left). Screams is 1.6 miles west of I-35. Visit their site here for more information.

 

 

 

Recommended Haunted Houses

16.10.2019 (2:27 pm) – Filed under: Haunted House Listings

With the Halloween season entering it’s final phase, I thought I would post a list of haunted attractions that I personally recommend. Keep in mind that I live in the DFW area and mostly see haunted houses around here, so most of the recommended haunts will be in this region.

Screams-A great haunted park with five major attractions, games, merchants, and lots of options for food and alcohol at three pubs, plus a full service bar and cafe.

Cutting Edge-A huge haunted house in downtown Fort Worth. As good a haunted house as you will find anywhere, it takes over half an hour to go through it.

Thrillvania-A large haunt park in Terrell, about 30 minutes east of downtown Dallas. Three attractions, including the famous Verdun Manor.

Texas Scaregrounds-A haunted house in a haunted hospital, in Mineral Wells, west of Fort Worth. It’s a fun, intense house, and it’s nestled in an area with major paranormal hotspots. You can combine Texas Scaregrounds with a ghost hunt in the old hospital it’s in, as well as the nearby Baker Hotel.

Waco Haunted Houses-Two attractions and a nice gift shop on the northbound access road of I-35. a little north of Waco. These are great looking haunted houses, and everyone has fun here, including the actors.

Dark Hour-Fantastic props and decor, and first rate actors make this Plano haunted house one of the best in the country.

Scream Hollow-A huge haunt park southeast of Austin with multiple attractions, and a cafe and bar.

Screamworld-If you are in the Houston area, this is a must see haunted attraction.

13th Gate-World famous, and deservedly so. The best haunt in Louisiana, by far. People travel from all over the country to see 13th Gate.

House of Torment in Austin and San Antonio’s 13th Floor-Owned by the same company, they feature movie quality sets, props, costumes, and makeup.

 

Screams Halloween Theme Park Review

06.10.2019 (2:31 am) – Filed under: Haunted House Listings,Reviews,Screams

October 5, 2019

Score-10

Site here

Facebook here

Tickets here

Phone-972-938-3247

Location-2511 FM 66 Waxahachie, TX 75167

Directions-from Dallas: Take I-35E South to Exit 399A, Go west on FM66 1.6 miles

From Ft Worth: Take Hwy 287 South to I-35E South, Take I-35E South to Exit 399A, Go west on FM66 1.6 miles

From Waco:Due to I-35E construction, the exit for Screams has temporarily changed to exit 397 on northbound I-35E. Proceed to FM66, go west 1.6 miles

Attractions-Five major haunted attractions, plus a cemetery trail, food court, multiple taverns, a great full service bar and cafe (Full Moon Cafe) games of skill, a climbing tower, live music, Scaryoke, Halloween related merchants, a psychic, Henna tattoos, wax hands, palm readings, and more!

Full Moon Cafe is the full bar and full service cafe at Screams, on the west end of the Food Court area. Cheltsea and Michael are excellent bartenders, and Rachael looks after the dining area. This is the only place in Screams where you can eat, drink and pay with a credit card. Full Moon has plenty of seating and is well decorated. It’s dimly lit, with a cozy Halloween feel to it, and the bartenders and servers dress up in Halloween costumes. I spoke with a few people who said that this is their favorite place to go in Screams. The food was excellent on our visit (we had bacon and cheese fries, plus cheeseburgers) and I love the Dracula’s Kiss drink. It’s refreshing, and has a kick since it’s vodka based. Cheltsea has come up with a peanut butter and banana flavored drink that tastes like ice cream, that was very welcome on the incredibly hot night of our review. Other Halloween specialty drinks are available, and Michael and Cheltsea can take requests. Full Moon is a great place to begin, or end your night at Screams.

Dates open-Fridays and Saturdays in October, from 7:30pm-1:30am. Ticket sales end at midnight.

Tickets-General admission is $35 at the box office, $32 online (plus a $1 service fee) while group tickets are $30 for groups of 15 or more. Group tickets have to be purchased in advance and are not available at the gate. Fast passes are $20 each, and are highly advisable later in the season. $4 off coupons are available at participating T-Mobile stores.

Parking -Parking is free

Miscellaneous info-Always wear comfortable shoes or boots at Screams. You will have problems in high heels. This is a park, and the terrain is natural. On warm nights, dress in your coolest clothing, but on colder nights, remember that Screams is in the country, so it’s going to be several degrees cooler than DFW or Austin. Remember to not wear costumes or masks. For security reasons, guests can’t wear either at Screams.

Walk through time-Around an hour for all of the attractions combined. Please keep in mind that this is a haunted park, not just a haunted house. A great deal of the fun at Screams is being able to walk around, checking out merchants, music, and eating and drinking. It’s best to allow a good part of the night to spend at Screams. You can go through the attractions as many times as you want, although having a fast pass really helps if you want to see the attractions multiple times. On our review, we arrived before the park opened, and left around midnight. We could easily have spent more time in the park. This is a place to take your time, have fun, and relax.

Review:

Screams is the largest Halloween park I’ve been to, and it helps to have a plan for seeing the main attractions. I always advise people to see the attractions first, and eat and drink afterward. I save checking out the games and merchants for after dinner and drinks. It’s also fun to mix it up and alternate between roaming around the park and visiting the food court and Full Moon Cafe, but see the attractions first. On busy nights, Screams can be kind of hectic, so below is the schedule that I follow when I review Screams. It’s worked well for me for many years. If you need to orient yourself, a map of the park is located next to the entrance to the cemetery trail, in front of the park entrance. A signpost pointing out the direction of the attractions and services is in front of the souvenir shop, also close to the park entrance. Reviews of the individual attractions follow my guide.

As tempting as it is to go through the cemetery trail in front of the park entrance, it’s always best to start with the Witches of Terra Mythica Castle. The line for the Castle becomes long early in the evening, and even the fast pass wait can eat heavily into your evening. See the Castle first, then go to your right after exiting the Castle, walk uphill to the trail from the food court to the park entrance, and take a right. That will take you to Hotel D’Feers, which will be on your right. After the Hotel, head straight across the park to Blood Harbour, the 3D pirate themed funhouse. When you exit Blood Harbour, take a right and go to Carnival of Chaos, a clown themed maze. Zombie Wasteland is the main trail at Screams and is located behind the food court. From the Carnival exit, head straight across the park to the food court, wrap around the food court, and you will find Zombie Wasteland. The lines at Zombie Wasteland are usually not as long as at the other big attractions, so I save it for last.

Once you have been through the main attractions, you’ll have worked up an appetite, and the food court is next to the exit for Zombie Wasteland. For food, you have a choice of the full service Full Moon Cafe, located on the west side of the food court, or a wide variety of carnival food at the court itself. Fajitas, pizza, turkey legs, barbecue sandwiches, chicken or sausage on a stick are some of the offerings at the food court. 21 and over can find alcohol at Taboo Tavern, Spider Web Bar, and the Morgue Tavern. All are located in the food court area. Full Moon Cafe is the only place in Screams with a full bar.

After you’ve eaten and visited the taverns, you can turn your attention to playing and shopping. Across from the food court, by the exit for the Castle, are the games, and a well decorated kettle corn stand. Henna Tattoos is now located catty-corner from the food court. Nightly Scaryoke is held at the stage under the pavilion by Taboo Tavern (it’s the King’s Pub Stage during Scarborough) and the main stage (at the back of the park, Crown Meadow Stage during Scarborough) features live musical acts. If you want to rock climb, or just watch people climb, a climbing tower is located close to the Carnival of Chaos.

For shopping, head to Merchant’s Row, located close to the park entrance. Waxed hands, Glo items, jewelry, tombstones, glass pipes, feather extensions, a psychic, tarot card readings, and palm readings are all on Merchant’s Row. Screams also has a souvenir shop located between Merchant’s Row and the park entrance. Before you leave, don’t forget the cemetery trail, with some of the coolest lighting and props in the park. It’s located directly across from the park entrance. There is no line for this trail, you just walk in. It’s a nice way to wind up the evening, and you can get some good pictures without using a flash.

Main Attractions:

Cursed: The Witches of Terra Mythica Castle

The Castle has a great setting. You can see pictures taken from the trail leading to the castle in the gallery below. I love the lighting of the Castle walls and the flames shooting out, near the Castle entrance. You walk over a little bridge to get into the Castle, passing under a gate. Action comes as soon as you are inside, with actors all around you while you’re surrounded by undead armored knights. Dark hallways lead into the dungeon, illuminated by dim lighting, alternating between red, blue, and green. A swampy area follows after a bridge, with heavy fog and orange lighting. Look for the library in this area, it has some of the best decor in Screams. The sound effects are creepy, with werewolves and bats seemingly around you as you descend into the catacombs. This is my favorite part of the Castle. It could be my imagination, but the walkway seems to narrow in this area, and the lighting is perfectly adjusted to unnerve you. An extra long vibrating bridge frightened the group in front of us, and actors kept popping in and out of the hall. A group of angry witches follow the catacombs, giving you a proper send off, although there is more to be seen just outside the Castle.

Throughout the Castle, halls are narrow and well decorated, with actors blending in with the scenery. There are two actors who are so well camouflaged that they can’t be detected until they jump out at you. If you want to try to look for them, they are in the swamp and catacombs. I thought that the one in the catacombs was part of the wall. This is the largest and best decorated attraction at Screams, and it’s probably the most intense, though Hotel D’Feers gives it strong competition in that department. I’ve mentioned this before, but be sure to see the Castle first.

Hotel D’Feers

Actors in the Hotel waste no time. Two or three are there to “greet” guests just past the entrance, with quite a bit of movement and screaming. The screaming girl must use a bag of lozenges a night because she didn’t stop until we were well past the front room. Playing elevator music after the front room was an interesting choice, it made for a sharp contrast with the chaos at the entrance to the Hotel. Heavy fog follows and guests move very slowly in this area, due to limited visibility, so slow down too and avoid forming a conga line for the rest of the Hotel. In addition to heavy fog, there are lots of twists and turns in the hallway, plus animatronic props popping out. The actors interact with you, asking for a donation of body parts from time to time. A foggy swamp changed the mood of the Hotel, apparently the place has fallen into such disrepair that heavy vegetation has taken over. Try to find the camouflaged actor in the swamp. You won’t be able to, but you’ll have fun trying. White strobes and more fog are disorienting just past the swamp, with wooden fencing keeping you from wandering off the path. The residential part of the Hotel that follows has a run down, Texas Chainsaw look and feel to it, with energetic actors making almost as much noise as the screaming girl at the front.

The Hotel is loud, foggy, and designed to keep you on edge. It’s not as long as the Castle, but it’s close to being as intense. The actors are the main attraction of this haunt. I’m not sure how many there were, but they didn’t let up on the guests at any point.

Capt’n Barbarossa’s Blood Harbour

This year all of Blood Harbour is 3D. The outside of the haunt is dark, with the exception of the area around the sign, but the inside is covered in bright neon paint, with props appropriate for a pirate ship.  The vortex tunnel and the hallway of crabs are my favorites, but the shaking hallway is fun too. 3D glasses make it difficult to see the doors the actors use to pop in and out, so they nearly always surprised me. The laser and smoke effect that makes it look like you’re waist deep in water worked much better this year. All animatronics were in good working order, sound effects were loud enough to be distracting, which helped the actors sneak up on our group. This is one of the last dedicated 3D houses around, so be sure to check it out after the Hotel. Everyone in Blood Harbour seemed to have a good time, including the actors.

PT Harmum’s Carnival of Chaos

This is a clown heavy maze, with chain link fencing, and lots of strobes to disorient you. The clowns give terrible directions and harass throughout the maze. Loud carnival music also makes it difficult to concentrate. For the first time ever, my group found the exit quickly, and with no outside help. Randell, a member of the review team, has a freakish ability to navigate mazes. He heads for the middle of the maze, somehow pictures the layout from there, and finds the exit quickly. We did see an interesting circus scene made of dinosaur bones and clowns, and a four clown animatronic with Pennywise that moved like a train. If not for Randell, the strobes and clowns would have kept me in the maze for a long time and would have forced me to do what I usually do, which is to use an emergency exit to get out. Try Randell’s strategy and get to middle of the maze, then try to go straight ahead from there.

Zombie Wasteland…Apocalypse

The location of the zombie trail is important. Being at the back of Screams allows the trail to seem isolated once you enter, and the surrounding Scarborough buildings add to the eerie atmosphere. The terrain does look like a wasteland, with overturned cars, burnt out electronics, and ruined buildings around the trail. Creepy sound effects block out sound from the rest of the park, and set the mood for the entire trail. Props are perfectly lit, and the zombie computer room is probably the first of it’s kind. Strobes are well placed, and alternating between red, blue and orange lighting in different areas works well. I love this part of Scarborough (Holly Field) and I had thought that it would make a great haunted trail during Screams. I would like for the trail to go deeper into Holly Field, but it’s winding layout does give actors plenty of opportunities to scare guests. Speaking of the actors, they really get into their roles. They deserve a lot of credit for going all out on an incredibly hot and humid night. Their level of intensity makes me wonder how great they will be on colder nights, when people and makeup aren’t melting. I heard more screams from guests in Zombie Wasteland than in any other attraction at Screams. The actors were so in character that the guests were freaked out by the end. This is an attraction to go through more than once, especially if you have a fast pass.

2018 was a season that featured major upgrades at Screams. 2019 continues the park wide upgrades. New props and decorations by the ticket booth and front gate get people in the mood to be scared, the main attractions have all improved, and the cemetery trail is a full length trail again. New merchants and games have been added, while the park is even better decorated than before, with great attention to detail from the outside of the park, all the way back to Zombie Wasteland. Screams has never looked better, and it’s still the best overall value in North Texas. It is possible to see the attractions pretty quickly, if you arrive early or get a fast pass, but Screams is so much more fun if you take your time and make a night of it. This is the greatest Halloween festival close to DFW, and the weather is finally going to feel like Fall this coming weekend, so see Screams while the cool weather lasts!

 

 

 

 

Screams Opens This Weekend

Screams® 2019 Opens This Friday, September 27th!

 

Dallas/Fort Worth, TX (September 23, 2019):  Screams® Halloween Theme Park, presented by Metro® by T-Mobile, will open its doors for its 24th season this Friday, September 27, 2019 at 7:30 pm.

Screams®, presented by Metro® by T-Mobile, is 5 Haunted Houses and a whole lot more!  After being transformed over the last several years, Screams® has been further enhanced for the 2019 season to provide the scariest Screams® experience ever! There are 5 haunted houses, each with a different theme along with a haunted graveyard and Strigoi (evil souls) roaming throughout the site – they are sure to find what terrifies you! The haunted houses include:

  • Cursed… the witches of TerraMythica Castle – A terrifying trip in the Medieval Myths surrounding the Magdena Sisters and their evil!
  • PT Harmum’s Carnival of Chaos – Get lost and hopefully not found in this Carnival of Clowns and Freaks
  • Captain Barbarosa’s Blood Harbour – Looting, murder & magic await as you enter a cursed pirate village and encounter the evil that encompasses it!
  • Hotel D’Feers – Frozen in time after a brutal mass murder, meet the ones who STAYED for eternity!
  • Zombie Wasteland… Apocalypse – Fight to the finish: survivors think you’re zombies, Zombies think you’re food… Good Luck!

       “If you’ve never been to Screams® before or it’s been a while since you’ve been back, make sure this is the year you come!” says Coy Sevier, Screams® General Manager. “With the enhancements we’ve made to all 5 of the haunted houses, the spooky haunted graveyard, and the great cast of creepy new characters, the 2019 season of Screams® is sure to be the scariest Screams® ever. You don’t want to miss it!”

Plus, there’s a whole lot more! When you’re ready to take a break from being scared, Screams® has a DJ spinning music on the Screams® stage, Scary-Oke, games of skill, shops, face painting, waxed hands, Henna tattoos, Palm Readers, Psychic readings and more.

Screams® also has a food court and full-service restaurant. For those over 21, there is a full bar and 3 different pubs featuring a great selection of seasonal and craft beers such as ZiegenBock, Spaten Oktoberfest, Bishop Crackberry Cider, Spaten Lager, Belhaven Black Scottish Stout, Bishop Apple Pineapple Cider, Deep Ellum Blind Lemon, White Claw Black Cherry Hard Seltzer, Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin Ale, Bon & Viv Cranberry Spiked Seltzer and Ace Pear Cider along with Bud Light Platinum, Michelob Ultra and Lime & Cherry Jell-O Shots.

Screams® Halloween Theme Park, presented by Metro® by T-Mobile, is the ultimate Halloween experience running every Friday and Saturday night September 27 through October 26, 2019 from 7:30 PM and open late until 1:30 AM.  The single admission price is $35 at the gate and includes all 5 haunted houses, music and Scary-Oke.  $4 off discount coupons are available at North Texas Metro® by T-Mobile stores and discount tickets can be purchased on-line at ScreamsPark.com. Visitors can go through the haunted houses as many times as they like (as the crowds will allow). To cut the wait times in half, you can also purchase a VIP Fast Pass for $20 on-line or at the event. Screams® is designed for ages 16+ and is not recommended for small children. Costumes and masks are NOT allowed at Screams®.

Screams® is located in Waxahachie, just 30 minutes south of the downtowns of Dallas and Fort Worth off I-35E at exit 399A on the Scarborough Faire® site.  Just 60 minutes from Waco.  Due to I-35E construction, the exit for Screams® has temporarily changed to exit 397 on northbound I-35E.  Parking is free compliments of Waxahachie Nissan.  Screams® is presented by Metro® by T-Mobile and is sponsored by Dr Pepper and Waxahachie Nissan.

For more information visit ScreamsPark.com, or ScreamsPark on FaceBook, Twitter or Instagram.

Cutting Edge Opens This Weekend

The world famous Cutting Edge Haunted House opens this weekend, on Saturday! Hours are from 8-10 pm. To avoid lines, arrive around 7:30, get tickets, and get in line. Even better, buy your tickets online here. Remember that this is a huge haunted house, so wear comfortable shoes and clothes. Visiting Cutting Edge is always a highlight of my Halloween season, and I’m sure you will have a great time too!

Mid Summer Nights Scream at Thrillvania

02.07.2019 (5:30 pm) – Filed under: Haunted House Listings,Haunted House News,Thrillvania

Thrillvania Theme Park will be open on July 20, from 8:30pm-10pm. Tickets will be available here later in the spring.

Dog Days of Summer at Dark Hour

01.07.2019 (5:45 pm) – Filed under: Haunted House Listings,Haunted House News

Dark Hour Haunted House will have it’s annual summer special, Dog Days of Summer, on July 19-20, and 26-27. Show hours are 7pm-11pm. Annabelle’s Asylum will also be open, with the same dates and hours. Individual tickets, combo tickets for Dog Days and Annabelle’s, group tickets, and VIP package tickets are available. A behind the scenes tour is available on Sunday, July 28, from 5pm-8pm. Tickets can be purchased here.

Mid Summer Nights Scream at Cutting Edge

10.04.2019 (5:48 pm) – Filed under: Cutting Edge,Haunted House Listings,Haunted House News

Cutting Edge will be open for their summer special event on July 6th from 8pm to 10pm. Tickets can be purchased here. This will be your only chance to see Cutting Edge before September, so plan ahead and put it on your calender!

Wicked Summer Vacation at Scream Hollow

10.04.2019 (5:44 pm) – Filed under: Haunted House Listings,Haunted House News

Scream Hollow will be having it’s summer special, Wicked Summer Vacation: Clowns of Crystal Lake, on June 14, 15, 21, and 22. The hours are 7pm-midnight. Tickets can be purchased here. The following is from the Scream Hollow site.

The Scream Hollow Wicked Halloween Park is a truly spectacular Halloween experience that you don’t want to miss! For summer we have the all new Wicked Summer Vacation: Clowns of Crystal Lake! 4 Haunted Houses across 18 buildings in the woods. Cackling Witch Café and Bakery with the best brisket sandwiches in Texas. The all NEW Blind Owl Bistro with homemade pizzas and funnel cakes. Three bars: the Rabid Bat bar, The Cottonmouth Cauldron, and the all NEW Dragon’s Breath Bar! . Our steampunk stage for bands and live music. Madame Tinker’s Magic Emporium has keepsakes for everyone. Halloween retail vendors, fortune tellers, witches bonfire and much more! A great evening experience! Rated the #1 Haunted House in the nation by Lions Gate Films! Rated Top 10 in the US by USA Today. Featured on the Travel Channel! Come see what everyone is talking about! Open summer 2019 from June 14 through June 22nd Friday and Saturday nights from 7pm to midnight.

Zombie Apocalypse at House of Torment

10.04.2019 (5:43 pm) – Filed under: Haunted House Listings,Haunted House News

House of Torment will host Zombie Apocalypse on May 3rd and 4th. This is a show that travels around the country, appearing at haunted houses. It’s an interactive laser tag event where customers hunt zombies with realistic looking M4 laser tag guns. There are three packages available, with prices starting at $29.99. Tickets go on sale April 12 at noon. More information on the packages and pricing will be available once the tickets go on sale. You can have an email reminder for the ticket sale set on the Zombie Apocalypse site.

Hangman’s House of Horrors Special Event

10.04.2019 (5:41 pm) – Filed under: Haunted House Listings,Haunted House News

Hangman’s House of Horrors will be open Friday, April 12, and Saturday, April 13 for a live paranormal investigation. The event is called Ghosts & Stuff, and will begin each evening at 8pm. A schedule of events can be viewed here and tickets can be purchased here

St Patrick’s Slay at Dark Hour

26.02.2019 (2:39 am) – Filed under: Haunted House Listings,Haunted House News

Dark Hour Haunted House in Plano will be having it’s annual St Patrick’s Slay on March 15, 16, and 17. Annebelle’s Asylum will also be open, and combo tickets for Slay and the Asylum are available.

Hours are 7pm-11pm, all three nights. A behind the scenes tour is available on the 17th, from 1pm-4pm. A VIP experience is available at 7pm, and 8:30 pm, all three nights. Group tickets are also available. Tickets can be purchased here, and at the box office.

Haunted Attractions in the Off Season

16.11.2018 (1:44 am) – Filed under: Haunted House Listings,Haunted House News

Cutting Edge is open on Valentine’s Day and all Friday the 13ths

Dark Hour has several shows in the offseason. Fever in February, St Patrick’s Slay in March, and Dog Days of Summer in July.

Fever and Annabell’s Asylum will be held on February 14, 15, and 16th, from 7pm-11pm. You can buy a combo ticket for Fever and Annabell’s, a ticket for Fever or Annabell’s alone, and a ticket for the Fever VIP experience. You can buy a ticket for the Fever behind the scenes tour on February 17, from 1pm-4pm. Buy tickets here.

House of Torment in Austin has a Valentine’s show called Love Bites on February 15 and 16. You can buy tickets here.

Haunted Mayfield Manor  Open on weekends year round, check site or contact haunt for hours.

Ripley’s Haunted Adventure Ripley’s is open daily, all year. Here are their hours

  • September – May
    Sunday – Thursday: 10am – 8pm
    Friday – Saturday: 10am – 11pm
  • Memorial Day – Labor Day
    Sunday – Thursday: 10am – 11pm
    Friday – Saturday: 10am – 12am

Final Weekends For Haunted Houses

01.11.2018 (10:20 pm) – Filed under: Haunted House Listings,Haunted House News,Site News

Halloween is over, but many haunted attractions will be open this Friday and/or Saturday. A few will be open the weekend of the 9th and 10th. Ripley’s Haunted Adventure and Mayfield Manor are open all year. Cutting Edge and Dark Hour open for special nights in the off season. Texas Haunts will be open and updated all year, so check back with us for listings of special events between December and July. Thanks for visiting our site this season, and we hope you had a great Halloween. The 2019 season of Texas Haunts will begin in August of 2019!

Open Daily

Ripley’s Haunted Adventure Ripleys is open daily, all year. Here are their hours

  • September – May
    Sunday – Thursday: 10am – 8pm
    Friday – Saturday: 10am – 11pm
  • Memorial Day – Labor Day
    Sunday – Thursday: 10am – 11pm
    Friday – Saturday: 10am – 12am

Haunted Mayfield Manor  Open on weekends year round, check site or contact haunt for hours.

 

Open Friday, November 9

House of Torment from 7:30pm-11pm

Haunted Mayfield Manor Contact haunt for times

Rise Haunted House from 7pm-10:30pm

 

Open Saturday, November 10

House of Torment from 7:30pm-11pm

Haunted Mayfield Manor Contact haunt for times

Rise Haunted House from 7pm-10:30pm

 

Beyond November 10

Scream Hollow has family friendly activities in December. They are open on Fridays from 6pm-11pm and Saturdays from 4pm-11pm, Sundays 4pm-8pm.

3Haunts is open December 21,22,28,29

 

Open Friday, November 2

Scream Hollow from 7pm-midnight

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

Haunted Shadows Lake Trail from 7:15-midnight

Fearaphobia from 7pm-midnight

J&F House of Terror from 8:30pm until the line dies down, or midnight

Hangman’s House of Horrors from 8pm-midnight

House of Torment from 7:30pm-11pm

Screamworld 8pm-midnight

Phobia 7:30pm-11pm

Houston Terror Dome 8pm-midnight

3Haunts 8pm-11pm

Fearshire Farms from 7pm-11pm

Haunted Trails from 8pm-midnight

Creepy Hollow Haunted House from 7pm-midnight

Kingswood Asylum from 8pm-11pm

Haunted Mayfield Manor Contact haunt for times

13th Floor 7pm-midnight

Graystone Manor from 7pm-midnight

Doc Wilkes House of Horrors Contact haunt for hours

Yesterland Fright Farm 6pm-10pm

Nightmare on 19th Street 7:30pm-11:30pm

The Blackness Haunted House from 7:30pm-11:30pm

The Mortuary opens at dusk

Evil Visions Haunted House from 7pm-midnight

Rise Haunted House 7pm-11:30pm

The Hex House from 7:30pm-11pm

The Sanctuary from 8pm-11pm

Nightmare in the Country 8pm-11pm

 

Open Saturday, November 3

Cutting Edge 8pm-10pm

Fearaphobia from 7pm-midnight

Scream Hollow from 7pm-midnight

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

Hangman’s House of Horrors from 8pm-midnight

Haunted Shadows Lake Trail from 7:15pm-midnight

Screamworld 8pm-midnight

J&F House of Terror from 8:30pm until the line dies down, or midnight

Zombie Safari opens at 7pm

House of Torment from 7:30pm-11pm

Phobia 7:30pm-11pm

Houston Terror Dome 8pm-midnight

3Haunts 8pm-11pm

Fearshire Farms from 7pm-11pm

Redrum Haunted House from 7pm-midnight

Haunted Trails from 8pm-midnight

Creepy Hollow Haunted House from 7pm-midnight

Kingswood Asylum from 8pm-11pm

Haunted Mayfield Manor Contact haunt for times

13th Floor 7pm-midnight

Graystone Manor from 7pm-midnight

Afterlife Haunted Attraction from 8pm-11pm

Doc Wilkes House of Horrors Contact haunt for hours

Yesterland Fright Farm 10am-10pm

Nightmare on 19th Street 7:30pm-11:30pm

The Blackness Haunted House from 7:30pm-11:30pm

The Mortuary opens at dusk

Evil Visions Haunted House from 7pm-midnight

Rise Haunted House 7pm-11:30pm

The Hex House from 7:30pm-11pm

The Sanctuary from 8pm-11pm

Nightmare in the Country 8pm-11pm