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Openings and Closings for 2019

01.08.2019 (5:06 am) – Filed under: Haunt News


Halls of Horror-Could return in 2020

Kingswood Asylum

Fearaphobia-Could return in 2020

Rotting Flesh Factory

Psycho Asylum

Fearshire Farms-Could return in 2020


01.08.2019 (5:05 am) – Filed under: Listings,RIP

This is a list of haunted houses from years past. Of course, nearly every haunted houses that opened before 1996 is closed now, so this is a list of personal favorites that have closed.

Dallas Scaregrounds  A great haunted house that started out as Dr Blood’s and developed into a haunted festival, in the Dallas Design District. It was very popular, but fell victim to the redevelopment of the Design District. This was one of the first extra large haunted houses in DFW.

Fatal End/Dollhouse  Another popular haunted house that was ended by redevelopment in the downtown Dallas area. Fatal End opened in the late 2000’s. It had a great location in the West End, and had great props. Necroplex merged with Fatal End in 2011 and the name changed to The Dollhouse.

Dallas Slaughterhouse  This haunt started in the West End in Dallas in the mid 2000’s and eventually moved to Deep Ellum, before merging with J&F in Garland in 2016.

Dungeon of Doom  The original DoD, in the basement of the Arlington Museum of Art, was formed as a way to raise money for the museum. It probably had the best decor of any haunted house I’ve been to, with the possible exception of Verdun Manor. Kay, and her husband Milton, ran the place. With so many multi haunt attractions opening in the 2000’s, Kay felt that DoD could no longer compete and closed down after the 2007 season. Many of the props went to the new Dungeon of Doom in the Reindeer Manor/13 Street Morgue complex.

Necroplex started in Italy, south of Waxahachie, in 2008, and merged with Fatal End in 2011. Necroplex had great Old West style Gothic props and decor.

Tayman Manor  One of the most intense haunted houses of the 90’s and early 2000’s was Tayman Manor in Midlothian. Actors made some contact, the place looked great, and had a creepy setting. Tayman Manor was destroyed in a fire, along with most of Addamsville, but Tayman Graveyard lives on to this day.

Addamsville was a haunt park, next to Tayman Manor. It was only open for 2002 and 2003, but it was fun while it lasted. Addamsville had a coupon system, similar to the State Fair. It had a trail, a clown house, a mortuary, a haunted museum, and a standard haunted house. Concessions and a gift shop were at one end of the park. Stilt walkers roamed through the night. It had a great festival atmosphere. Sadly, most of Addamsville was destroyed in the fire that took out Tayman Manor. The mortuary and concessions stand are still around at Tayman Graveyard.

Dr Haunt’s Chamber of Fear  Located in Gainesville, Dr Haunts was a throwback to ’80’s side of the road haunted houses. The quality varied year to year, but a unique layout and enthusiastic college volunteers made the trip worthwhile through the 2000’s.

Terrorplex was a small haunt park located in the outskirts of the Mansfield area, south of Arlington. It had four to five small haunted houses at a time. Mead Manor was the best of the haunts.

Lafitte’s Landing was a pirate themed haunted house that opened in the mid 2000’s, and reopened for one more year in Allen.

Phantom’s Haunted House  This was the haunt that would not die. Originally located in Lewisville, on the west side of the 1-35 access road, Phantoms had to move to Frisco after it’s property was bought by a car dealership. After one season in Frisco (I think that was 2003) Phantoms moved to the State Fair for three seasons, before moving back to Frisco, or Plano, at an Old West attraction in 2010. Phantom’s final location was in Allen, off of 75, where the outdoor mall is today. The Lewisville location had the best haunted house, but the Allen location had the best hayride I’ve been on. It wound through a densely forested area, with tree branches close enough to touch at times.

Faustas Sanitarium was located in Cleburne in the Wright Plaza building, which shows up on lots of paranormal sites as a haunted location. Faustas was upstairs, and was fairly small, but was extremely well decorated due to being designed by Lance Pope’s company, Wolf Productions. Wright Plaza was closed at night, aside from Faustas, and in those days downtown Cleburne was deserted at night, so the entire area had an eerie feel to it. Faustas was open in the 90’s and closed down around 2003.

Haunt House  Located in Caddo Mills, off of the I-30 access road, Haunt House was a small, but creative place. This was the first haunt in the area to use shock pads on walls.

Ripley’s Haunted House  Ripley’s in Grand Prairie had a very good haunted house in the wax figure section of it’s building in the 2000’s. I went for the first time in 2004, and it closed a few years later. The wax figures of horror movie monsters and liberal use of fog machines were the best parts of the haunt.

Strangling Brothers Haunted Circus  This still exists in Utah, but the DFW version was around for three seasons, beginning in 2013. The circus was a collection of 18 wheeler trailers, each with it’s own scene and actors, plus some props and actors between the trailers. It moved each year, from two locations in Irving, to Grand Prairie, before closing shop in Texas. It was a unique approach to haunting, but was probably too expensive for the market.

Other notable closed haunted attractions:

Fearaphobia (Could return in 2020)

Halls of Horror (could return in 2020)

Southlake Carroll haunted house

Dan’s Haunted House

The Boneyard Haunted House

Dr Fright’s in Arlington

Haunted Hollow at the Hill

Fear Factory in the Colony

Nightmare on Forest Lane

Count Dracula’s in McKinney

Zombie Manor

Dark Path Haunt

Jefferson Fright Train

Kingswood Asylum (Could return in 2020)

Rotting Flesh Factory

Psycho Asylum




Mid Summer Nights Scream at Thrillvania

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

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,Haunt News,Haunted House Listings

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: Haunt News,Haunted House Listings

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: Haunt News,Haunted House Listings

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: Haunt News,Haunted House Listings

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: Haunt News,Haunted House Listings

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.

Twisted Love at Cutting Edge

29.01.2019 (11:05 am) – Filed under: Cutting Edge,Haunt News

Cutting Edge will have it’s Twisted Love Valentine’s special on February 14 and 16, from 8pm-10pm both nights. Reservations begin February 1st at noon. You can buy your tickets here beginning Friday, February 1 at noon.

Haunted Attractions in the Off Season

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

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: Haunt News,Haunted House Listings,Listings,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







Happy Halloween

30.10.2018 (5:36 pm) – Filed under: Haunt News,Site News

Happy Halloween from Texas Haunts! We hope you have a great time, and to help with that, here is a rundown of what there is to do on Halloween.

Haunted Houses-Aside from Screams, all haunted attractions are open for Halloween. Check our statewide haunted house listings for times. Generally, haunted houses close earlier on Halloween, usually around 10pm.

Parties/Trick or Treating/Other Events-Check our listing of Halloween events for everything other than haunted houses and movies. Catfish Plantation in Waxahachie has a Halloween buffet at 5 and 7. The big costume party is at the Church, and you will want to arrive early, or have a hell of a time finding parking. There are some big trick or treat events happening in DFW, and there are some other events, like murder mystery theater, a boat party, and face painting.

Movies-Alamo Drafthouses, Angelika Dallas and Plano, Texas Theater, The Granada, all Movie Taverns and Studio Movie Grills have vintage horror movies playing on Halloween. The new Halloween is in wide release. Check our horror movie listings for showtimes and links to each theater. Check the theater’s site to verify the showtime late morning or early afternoon. I can’t stress this enough because theaters sometimes make last minute changes to showtimes. Alamo Drafthouse locations are playing an advance screening of the new Suspiria, and a showing of the original Halloween. Angelika Dallas and Plano are showing Psycho, Texas Theater is showing the original Suspiria, Granada is showing Hocus Pocus, Movie Taverns are showing The Shining, and Studio Movie Grills are showing the original Nightmare on Elm Street and Hell Fest.

For at home entertaiment, AMC has Fearfest, TCM has vintage horror movies, SYFY has the final day of 31 Days of Halloween, Travel Channel has Ghostober, Freeform has 31 Nights of Halloween, Food Channel and Disney Channel have Halloween shows, and most other networks and channels will have some genre programming on Halloween. Check our listing of horror movies and shows for more information.

Halloween Week

28.10.2018 (7:15 pm) – Filed under: Haunt News,Site News

The weekend is almost over, but remember that, with the exception of Screams, all haunted attractions will be open on Halloween, and many will be open Monday, and/or Tuesday. Check my haunted attractions listings for haunted houses in your area. Click on the link and go to the haunt’s site to check for hours, as haunted houses have hours this week that differ from their regular hours.

There are some Halloween parties Sunday night, the Church has the largest, and there are a few Halloween events on Monday and Tuesday, but most of the remaining Halloween parties and events will be on Halloween day and night. Check my Halloween events listing for more information. It’s in chronological order, to make it easier to search.

The new Halloween is in theaters now, and it’s pretty good, though not as good as the original. Speaking of the original Halloween, Alamo Drafthouse has it playing on Halloween night at it’s locations. There are lots of classic horror movies playing at Alamo, Movie Tavern, Studio Movie Grill, Angelika, and the Granada this week, plus lots of movies and shows on television, so take a look at my movie and TV listing for showtimes and horror marathons on TV.

The weather will be nice this week, so get out and do something while the season lasts!

Final Weekend Of The Season

24.10.2018 (8:41 pm) – Filed under: Haunt News,Site News

While there are parties on Halloween, and most haunted attractions will be open on Halloween, this weekend has the best parties, and is the best time to see haunted houses and theme parks. Check out my Other Halloween Activities post for information about everything offered from now through Halloween.

Remember that Screams will not be open on Halloween, so this Friday and Saturday are your last chances to see Screams this season. Most haunted houses will be open late this Friday and Saturday. Be sure to check out Cutting Edge, Thrillvania, Parker House, and Halls of Horror!

There are lots of vintage horror movies being shown at local theaters, marathons of horror and scifi movies and shows on TV, plus several new horror movies in theaters. Check out my listing of horror movies and shows to find something to watch in your area, or on TV.

Nearly every club and bar will have a Halloween party over the next week, and there are lots of other types of fun Halloween activities between now and Halloween. Check out my listing of the best parties and other events for more information.

Final Weekend For Screams 2018!

22.10.2018 (5:41 pm) – Filed under: Haunt 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 2018 season at Screams. All of the haunted attractions, and most of the park, have been redesigned and remodeled for this season, so even if you’ve seen Screams in the past, everything will be new to you. Please read my review of Screams from earlier this season, if you want more detailed information about the changes Screams has made this year.

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, live nightly entertainment on the main stage, 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.

Below are the events on the main stage this final weekend, and the Screams photo gallery. 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.


Complete DJ on the Main Stage


Complete DJ on the Main Stage & the last night of Screams® 2018!

Screams This Weekend

17.10.2018 (4:07 pm) – Filed under: Haunt News,Screams

The weather looks better for haunted houses this weekend, and Screams has the following on their main stage, in addition to their regular attractions! The Screams Gallery has also been updated, with new shots of Hotel D’Feers and Full Moon Cafe.


Complete DJ on the Main Stage


100.3 Jack FM on the Main Stage with a Dance Off Party


Screams Gallery and Update

07.10.2018 (7:55 pm) – Filed under: Reviews,Screams

I returned to Screams on October 6th to take more pictures, and because it’s a lot of fun. It was another hot, humid night, but the setting was great. There were thunderstorms to the east and north of Screams, but it didn’t rain in the park. The dark clouds and lighting added to the Halloween atmosphere. Next weekend will be an ideal time to visit Screams since the temperature will finally drop. Friday looks like it will have a high in the low 70’s, and Saturday should be a little warmer, in the mid 70’s for a high. It should feel like Fall for the first time this season!

I tried some more specialty drinks at Full Moon Cafe. Dracula’s Kiss is still my favorite, but Michael and Chelsea made The Bloody Bat (vodka based, like Dracula’s Kiss) and Harley’s Hammer (tequila based) and Bloody Bat is almost as good as Dracula’s Kiss. The food is good too, the portions are generous, and Rachel is a very friendly Harley Quinn/server. Full Moon is located on the far side of the food court building, close to the West Market Arch. I stop by Full Moon either before or after going through the Zombie Wasteland trail, since that is behind the food court area.

You can check out the Screams site here.

Parker House

06.10.2018 (2:04 am) – Filed under: Parker House,Reviews

October 5, 2018

Score 9.5

Site Here

Address  8550 West University Drive Denton Texas 76207

Phone 469 556 3475

Directions The entrance to Parker House is easy to miss. It is located on Hwy 380 (University Drive) and is 2.2 miles west of I-35, on the north (westbound) side of 380. From the south, take exit 469 from I-35. That is the exit for University Drive/380. Take a left on University. Drive 2.2 miles, and look for the entrance to Parker House on the right. Drive slowly, the entrance is easy to overlook. There is an old school bus with Parker House on the side, but the bus is so far back from the road that you won’t see it until it’s too late. From the north, take exit 469 (University Drive/380) from I-35 and turn right. 2.2 miles to the entrance to Parker House on the right.

Dates and Hours open-October 6,12,13, from 7:30-midnight. October 19,20,26,27, from 7pm-midnight. October 14 from 7:30pm to 10pm. October 18,21,25,28, and 30, from 7pm-10pm. Halloween from 7pm-11pm.

Price $25 for general admission. $40 for the fast pass. Cash only at the ticket booth. You can buy online here. There is a fee for online ticket purchases. There are group rates available. Call 469 556 3475 or email dfwfrightnights@gmail.com for group tickets. Your group ticket purchase must be approved before the ticket booth opens on the day of your arrival.

Miscellaneous-Parker House is in the country, so it will be a few degrees cooler than Dallas or Ft Worth at night, on cool nights. There is some uneven terrain, and it’s a large house with a trail, so wear comfortable shoes with good traction. Unless it’s a cold night, put on lots of Off, or some sort of mosquito repellent. The line to get into the house is long and it’s near a pond, which makes it a buffet for mosquitoes.

Walk through time-around 25 minutes total, for the main house, trail, and sanitarium. This makes Parker a good value, at the general admission price. The fast pass is only $15 more. On busy nights, it’s probably a good idea to spend the extra money on the fast pass because Parker House only lets in a few people at a time. That makes for a long wait in line later in October.

Last year, Parker House was being remodeled and only had a trail and a hayride. The house is back this year, along with the sanitarium. The trail runs between the two, and there is no hayride. The bridge over the pond is front of Parker House is not safe this year, so follow the cones to the entrance of the main house. The house is eerily lit, and it’s a great looking setting. The entry room still has a host, but there was no long talk this time, just directions. At first it does look like you’re walking through an old southern Gothic country house, with some macabre touches here and there. Actors become involved after you’ve passed through a couple of rooms. This year, the actors are a mixture of crazy country guys and crazy young women. There is a backstory to the house. Mary Parker was obsessed with blood and slaughter as a girl, while living with her parents at their funeral home. The parents died when she was still fairly young, she took over the family business, and all hell broke loose. The characters encountered in the house are mostly Mary’s minions and victims. There is also a sanitarium, close to the house, full of some other people who were involved with Mary Parker. This is the short version. You can read the full story on the Parker House site. This back story explains a lot of what you see while going through the house. The deeper in you go, the more it looks like a funeral home. Parker House is very well decorated, the actors do a pretty good job of finding places to hide before jumping out at you, and the lighting is just right to make the place look as creepy as possible.

There is a great trail between the main house and the sanitarium. It’s more fun on a cool night, but we enjoyed it, even though it was hot and humid when we reviewed. It’s a winding trail that passes some shacks, and ends up in the woods. Moonshiners are the main inhabitants of this area. They are a lively bunch and will follow you until the next batch of shiners find you. A couple of girls want to play games along the way, like rock paper scissors. Avoid them. There is a little shack along the trail where you spend a few minutes listening to the resident before being sent on your way. The shack even has a couch, so you can rest while listening to the woman talk.

The trail leads to the Ratliff Sanitarium. You’re greeted by an employee of the sanitarium (Alice Parker?) who fills you in on the rules of the place. There are some extremely dark areas, so dark that you will have to feel along the walls to keep going. Ratliff looks as much like a slaughterhouse as a sanitarium, which you will understand if you read the story behind the place. There is even a chainsaw wielding inmate to chase you around.

Parker House has something for everyone. I like haunted trails, and the Parker trail is the longest in this part of the state. The main house looks great, inside and out, and the sanitarium is a nice way to end the experience. Hopefully, the hayride will be back next year. The price is reasonable given the combined size of the three attractions. Even though Parker House is minutes from the UNT campus and Golden Triangle Mall, it feels like it’s deep in the country. I’ve been reviewing this haunt since 2008, and it’s still one of my favorite places to see each October.



Screams Halloween Theme Park

30.09.2018 (7:07 am) – Filed under: Reviews,Screams,Screams Review

September 29, 2018

Score 10

Site Here

Address  2511 FM 66 Waxahachie TX, 75167

Directions From the north, exit 399A from I-35 South, go west (right) and Screams will be on your left in about a mile and a half. From the south, take I-35 North, exit 399, go west (left) and Screams will be on your left in about a mile and a half.

Phone 972 398 3247

Price $35  for general admission at the ticket booth, $32 online (plus a $1 fee, except for group purchases) and fast passes are $20. Parking is free.

Discounts and coupons-North Texas Metro PCS stores have a $3 off coupon, Waxahachie Nissan has $2 off coupons, and Waxahachie Nissan gives two free tickets per test drive.  Screams offers a military discount of $3 off admission for active military personnel and up to four family members. Groups of 15 or more can buy tickets at $30, if all tickets are purchased at the same time.

Dates/Hours Every Friday and Saturday in October from 7:30pm-1:30am, but the ticket booth closes at midnight.

When to arrive/How to see the attractions-Unless you plan to buy fast passes (always a good idea if you arrive late or want to go through the attractions multiple times) you need to arrive no later than 7:15. The park opens at 7:30, but it will take a few minutes to walk from your car to the ticket booth, and the entrance lines become long by 7:30.  I arrive by 7, get my tickets, take some pictures of the outside, then get in line by 7:10. The order in which to see the attractions is something that I’ve tested for years. By far the best order is: The Witches of Terra Mythica Castle, Hotel D’Feers, Capt’n Barbarosa’s Blood Harbour, PT Harmum’s Carnival of Chaos, and Zombie Wasteland Apocalypse. No matter what, always see the Castle first. It’s the main attraction, with the longest lines, and the lines become long within 15-20 minutes of the park opening. You may be tempted to eat first, but it’s better to see the attractions, then eat. There is a booth serving drinks next to the entrance to the Castle, if you don’t want to wait to get a drink.

Number of attractions-Five main attractions, Cursed: The Witches of Terra Mythica Castle, Hotel D’Feers, Capt’n Barbarosa’s Blood Harbour, PT Harmum’s Carnival of Chaos, and Zombie Wasteland Apocalypse.

Walk through times for the main attractions-Screams has redesigned all of it’s main attractions for 2018, and some are quite a bit longer than before. I would say that the main attractions, not including the maze, take 45-50 minutes to go through, combined. Add 10-25 minutes for the maze.

Other attractions-Screams has a large food court in the back of the park, three taverns, and a full service bar and restaurant called Full Moon Cafe. Veg-ta-bul Justice is located in the very back of the park, next to the entrance to the Zombie Wasteland trail. Scaryoke is at the stage next to the Taboo Tavern, and there are musical acts and live entertainment on the main stage every night. Souvenir shops are available, as well as tarot card readings, wax hands, Henna tattoos, temporary tattoos, a climbing tower, and various merchants. Games of skill, an electric chair, and paintball are across from the food court. There is also a short haunt path across from the entrance to the park. The area around it is very well decorated.

Full Moon Cafe-I thought that Full Moon Cafe should have a special mention this year. Full Moon is the full service bar and restaurant in the back of the food court area, close to the West Market Arch. Like the rest of Screams, it has had a thorough makeover this year. Full Moon Cafe has never looked this good. It used to be sparsely decorated, but now it’s full of Halloween lights and props. The bartenders and servers in the Full Moon Cafe now have great costumes and makeup. This is the way I had hoped that Full Moon would look when it reopened a few years ago. There are new specialty drinks this year and Dracula’s Kiss is my favorite. It’s a vodka based drink, with blackberry flavoring, probably grenadine, and maybe a couple of other ingredients. It tastes great, and is surprisingly refreshing. It cooled me down when I was in a full sweat after walking around the park on a very humid night. The bartenders are fast and good at what they do. The restaurant serves short order food, like stuffed taters, chicken sandwiches, and cheese fries. The bacon cheese fries are my favorite, and the portion they give is huge. Full Moon is a good place to rest and relax while you eat and drink, and they take all major credit cards. This is the only place in Screams where you can use credit cards to pay for food and drink.

Miscellaneous-Wear comfortable shoes. Screams is mostly outdoors and you will do a lot of walking on dirt and gravel, and it won’t always be even ground. This is not the place for high heels. Dress warmly on cool nights, the temperature is usually a few degrees cooler at Screams than in Dallas. Do not wear costumes. Costumes are prohibited for customers at Screams for security reasons. Screams is mostly handicapped accessible.


Every main attraction at Screams has been redone for 2018. The themes are different, the actors have a new, more energetic approach to haunting, the decor is different, and some of the attractions have been rearranged and lengthened. While in the main attractions, you’ll never go more than a few feet without some kind of action, either from an actor, an animatronic prop, or an air gun. The entire park has been upgraded this year. You’ll notice greater attention to detail in the way the park is decorated, especially around the park entrance, and the Taboo Tavern/dining area. There are more roaming characters around the park, and each main attraction has costumed characters by the line entrance to guide you in. Overall, Screams looks much more festive this year.

Cursed: The Witches of Terra Mythica Castle

This is the largest attraction at Screams. The Castle is impressive from a distance, with its walls and turrets illuminated by light from torch fires above it’s entrance. After a talk with the host, who is also a witch, you go through the gate, over the bridge, and into the body of the castle. The decor in the Castle is the best in Screams. It is heavy on witches and black magic, but also has some outstanding werewolf props. There is a strange werewolf prop after the entryway. I’m not sure what it’s doing, but it looks great. You’ll see more werewolves later in the first half of the Castle, but by then you’ll have witches all around you. The witches and minions have a lot to work with. There are entrances to the path you follow built for them all over the Castle, and they are usually well obscured, so you won’t see the actors coming. Some follow you, others startle you, they are all very good and well costumed. They don’t touch, but they come close enough to make you uncomfortable.

The witches have been busy, in addition to rooms for black magic, they have built torture areas, a great looking library and den, and they’ve even webbed up some of their victims. If you’re lucky, you’ll have enough time to check out the detail on the corridor walls and in the rooms. It’s outstanding, and worth a second trip through, especially if you have a fast pass. The path descends as you go deeper into the castle until you’re in catacombs with eerie lighting. This is probably my favorite part of the Castle because it looks like it’s straight out of a high grade horror movie. It’s genuinely creepy in the depths of the Castle, and the actors make the most of it by popping out when you least expect them. Like the Hotel, you’ll think that you’re about to exit the Castle, only to find more dark paths ahead. There is a great scene deep in the Castle with witches around a giant cauldron. It’s movie quality and typifies the effort put into the remodel of this attraction.

I went through the Castle three times and I could have gone through a fourth time, if I hadn’t needed to get home to write this review. This is an haunt where a fast pass comes in handy.

Hotel D’Feers

The Hotel has had a major renovation this year. It’s new theme is based on a mass murder, and the actors, props, and decor are better coordinated and more consistent than in previous years. The act begins before you enter, with excellent hosts setting the stage for the Hotel. The action is nonstop once you enter. I don’t know whether the Hotel has more actors this year, or whether they are just covering more areas, but I was never without an actor around me for more than a few seconds. They were as active as any haunted house actors I’ve seen, and they have lots of hiding places and blind spots to use to startle you. The props are a combination of hotel, and either hospital or slaughterhouse. The actors have outstanding makeup and can be difficult to look at some of the time. Fog is used pretty heavily in some parts of the Hotel, while other areas are very dark. The design makes you think that you are about to exit, only to have more corridors ahead. The Castle is much improved this year, but the Hotel is probably still the most frightening attraction at Screams.

Capt’n Barbarosa’s Blood Harbour

The 3D house at Screams has a new design, and a new look. The outside of the house has a strong dead pirate theme. The props outside are cool, and the host makes you feel at home at the entrance. If you’ve been to the old 3D pirate house, you’ll realize that the path through the place has been reversed, and an even bigger difference is that the first half is not 3D, but is instead a great looking pirate village. I think there are more actors in Barbarosa’s than in the old pirate house, and they really like to get close to you. The standout of Barbarosa’s are the crab men. Like some other actors, they do a great job of blending in with their surroundings. Moving planks, shaking halls, and creatively uneven flooring will keep you on your toes, especially when you put on your 3D glasses midway through Barbarosa’s. The vortex tunnel is probably a little faster this year. The people in front of me had to hold onto the rails to get through it. The 3D paint is very good, with enough actors in the 3D area to keep it interesting. This house is fun, and it has a good number of scares mixed in.

PT Harmum’s Carnival of Chaos

This is a very challenging maze. It has wire fences and you can see surrounding buildings when you’re on the edge of the maze, so you’ll think that it’s easy to find the way out, but this maze has an unusual design and you can’t find the exit by keeping sight of other buildings. The 2018 redesign took away some things that could help you find the exit, and of course, the clowns always give false directions to the exit. Speaking of clowns, they are great at startling guests, even though there aren’t many good hiding places for them. They are always around, and their constant chattering is so distracting that I probably missed the path to the exit more than once. I became completely lost in the interior of the maze and wound up reaching the entrance. I thought about going back in, then exited. This is the second year in a row I’ve failed to find the real exit. You’ll spend more time in the Carnival of Chaos than in any of the other Screams attractions.

Zombie Wasteland Apocalypse

At the back of the park, behind Taboo Tavern, is the entrance to the Zombie Wasteland trail. This year’s zombie trail is much longer than in the past. There are fewer wide open spaces, with a narrower path and lots of turns. The zombies now get into the trail with you, instead of mostly remaining outside the pathway. The result is that Zombie Wasteland is more intense and you are now having to avoid zombies instead of just looking at props along the trail. The actors must practice quite a bit because they were able to startle me several times on both trips through. Props are solid, post apocalyptic fare, with creepy sound effects through the trail. This is an effective, winding zombie trail, and a bonus is that it’s the least crowded of the attractions at Screams since it’s in the back of the park.

A great deal of effort went into the remake of Screams, and the hard work has paid off in a big way. Every aspect of Screams has improved noticeably, from the actors and props, down to the smallest details in outside decor. All this has been accomplished while keeping the ticket price reasonable. Screams is still the best value in North Texas. The new themes for the big attractions are creative and have rejuvenated a great haunt park. 2018 is without question the best year yet for Screams!






Halls of Horror

29.09.2018 (12:42 am) – Filed under: Halls of Horror,Reviews

September 28, 2018


Halls of Horror is a new haunted house located inside of Music City Mall (formerly Vista Ridge Mall) on the second story, across from the food court. The entrance is inside the mall. Music City Mall is at the southwest corner of I-35 and Hebron Parkway in Lewisville. 2401 S Stemmons Fwy, Lewisville, TX 75067

Site/Social Media- https://www.facebook.com/hallsofhorrorlewisville/


Hours can vary, check their Facebook page for updates. Generally, it’s 4pm until midnight, and from noon until midnight on Saturdays. I stress to check their Facebook page before going. They do close early sometimes, especially on weeknights.

Number of attractions-single attraction

Remaining dates open-Halls of Horror is open on days when Music City Mall is open, after 4pm, or noon on Saturdays.

Walk through time varies, but I would say around 7-8 minutes.


This is the first time I’ve been to a haunted house in a mall since 2000. It’s a great idea for a location, but spaces large enough for haunted houses aren’t usually available in malls. I was surprised by how long it took to walk through this haunt. They did a great job of dividing their space up to extend the length of the place. The animatronics were very good, some of them jump out at you and are startling. Everything is well decorated, with good attention to detail, especially in the main rooms. They either use ground based foggers or misters, which enhances the atmosphere as you enter the main part of the haunt. The fog or mist is also used with lasers to create the illusion that you are moving through water in one area. All in all, a great job of using props and decor.

There are either actors or animatronics in every part of Halls of Horror so you won’t encounter dead space. Some actors seemed to be guides, but most were well positioned to surprise you. The costumes and makeup were good and went well with the decor. You’ll find as many actors per square foot as you will in any haunted house in Texas.

My group enjoyed the overall feel of the place. It reminded us of haunted houses when we were growing up. A plus is that you have a mall available to you when you exit (before 9pm) and plenty of other shopping and restaurants within a quarter of a mile. Cinemark has a recently remodeled theater in the mall, with late showings available. When possible, I like to eat and see a movie after going to a haunted house, so this is an ideal location.

Halls of Horror is a great buy at $10. That price makes it the least expensive haunted house I’ve reviewed, or heard of, this decade. It has extremely convenient hours, and because of it’s location, you can plan an evening around it. An additional bonus is that it’s located well within the Metroplex, just a few minutes north of Dallas, and next to Carrollton. With no haunted attractions within Dallas city limits, Halls of Horror is as short a drive as you’re going to have going to a haunted house, if you live in the northern half of Dallas or the northern suburbs. This is a refreshing take on haunted houses, and it’s the only new haunted attraction in north Texas this year. My group had fun here, and I’m pretty sure your’s will too.




Movies and TV October 2018

12.09.2018 (12:38 pm) – Filed under: Horror Movies and Shows,Listings

I thought I would add something new this year, a listing of horror movies and TV shows for October. In addition to first run theatrical releases, I will include vintage horror movies playing at local theaters in DFW. This list will be updated frequently, so check back.

Syfy’s 31 Days of Halloween. Starting October 1, running through Halloween. 31 Days has a mixture of Syfy originals, reruns of genre TV shows, and mainstream horror movies. ZNation, Channel Cove, Van Helsing, and The Magicians have season premieres in October.  There doesn’t appear to be a full schedule for 31 Days. Syfy’s daily schedule is here.

AMC’s Fear Fest. It isn’t what it used to be, but it’s still worth watching. It looks like AMC has decided to include some classic genre movies in the early AM. This site has printed out the entire Fear Fest schedule on this page.

Freeform has a more kid friendly lineup of genre movies, called 31 Nights of Halloween. There are some pretty good movies on their schedule, but don’t expect something like Hellraiser. Their schedule is here.

The Food Channel has an interesting show called Halloween Wars. It’s a reality show that features teams competing against each other to create the best edible Halloween display in the category chosen by the hosts. The teams include pumpkin carvers and pastry chefs. The show’s page on the Food Channel site is here.

Turner Classic Movies has it’s annual month long horror fest running again this year. It’s full schedule is here.

The Disney Channel has it’s kids friendly Monstober again this October. A partial schedule is here. This schedule is updated frequently, so check back for updates.

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.

New Feature Film Releases

Currently in theaters-Hellfest, The House With a Clock In It’s Walls, and The Predator.

October 5-Venom. Ok, not a horror movie, but it looks like a damn good comic book movie. Opening wide on the evening of October 4, after 7pm.

October 12-Bad Times at the El Royale and Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween. Bad Times is more of a thriller, but it looks interesting and has a good cast. Goosebumps 2 is aimed at kids, and adults with kids.

October 19-Halloween (2018). This is the one we have all been waiting for. This is a direct sequel to the original Halloween. It ignores the 2,617 Halloween sequels and remakes made after the original. The trailer looks great, and early word is that it won’t disappoint. Opening wide on the evening of October 18, after 7pm.

October 26-Suspiria (2018). This is a remake of the 70’s classic. It may not be opening wide, so check local listings. The puzzling thing is that Hollywood has decided to not open a genre movie wide on the Friday before Halloween this year. They have done so every year since at least 2013, and the movies have generally done well. I’m saving the Halloween sequel for this weekend, instead of watching it when it opens.


Vintage genre films playing in DFW

Always check showtimes on the theater’s site the day of the showing. Theaters sometimes make last minute changes to showtimes.


Inwood Theater. The Inwood is one of the oldest theaters in Texas. It’s located in Inwood Village, at the southeast corner of Inwood and Lovers, in North Dallas. It’s just west of the Dallas North Tollway, and just south of Northwest Highway. Inwood has had midnight movies playing on Friday and Saturday since the 2000’s, and they are playing all genre at midnight in October. It’s best to arrive early for the midnight showings in October, in order to get a good seat. The Inwood Lounge, a full bar, connects to the theater lobby, and the theater has good concessions, with alcohol. The Inwood’s site is here. All showtimes are midnight.

October 5th and 6th-Bubba Ho-Tep. A 2003 classic starring Bruce Campbell and Ossie Davis, about Elvis Presley living in an East Texas retirement home. Elvis (Campbell) teams up with a fellow resident (Davis) to battle an evil Egyptian entity.

October 12th and 13th-The original Halloween. If you don’t know what this movie is about, you shouldn’t be on this site.

October 19th and 20th-The Hills Have Eyes. The original 1977 movie about a vacationing family who encounter a clan of cannibals in a remote part of the Southwest.

October 26th and 27th. The Rocky Horror Picture Show, featuring a live shadow cast.


Alamo Drafthouse. There are now several Alamos in DFW, with locations in Richardson, Cedars (close to Downtown), Las Colinas, Lake Highlands, and Denton. Alamo has reserved seating, a full menu, and a full bar. Some of their showings are movie parties, with a host and interactive items passed out to the crowd. Do not be late. Alamo won’t seat after the show’s start time.


Alamo Cedars

Monday, October 1-Tremors at 7:45pm

Tuesday, October 2-Videodrome at 7:45pm

Wednesday, October 3-Donnie Darko at 7:45pm

Friday, October 5-Beetlejuice Movie Party at 7pm

Sunday, October 7-Dracula (1931) at 3:55pm

Monday, October 8-Christine at 7pm

Tuesday, October 9-The Love Witch at 7pm

Friday, October 12- The Rocky Horror Picture Show Movie Party at 9:30pm

Sunday, October 14-Frankenstein&Bride of Frankenstein Double Feature at 11:55am

Monday, October 15-John Carpenter’s Vampires at 7pm

Wednesday, October 17-Night of the Demons at 7pm

Thursday, October 18-The original Halloween at 6pm.

Friday, October 19-The Shining Movie Party at 7pm

Sunday, October 21-The Mummy (1932) at 4:15pm

Monday, October 22-The Thing (1982) at 7pm

Friday, October 26-The Fog 4K restoration at 9pm

Saturday, October 27 The Fog 4K restoration at 9pm

Sunday, October 28- The Invisible Man at 4pm, The Fog 4K restoration at 9pm

Monday, October 29-The Fog 4K restoration at 7pm

Halloween- Advance sceening of Suspiria (2018) at 7pm, the original Halloween at 7:30pm


Alamo Lake Highlands

Sunday, October 7-Frankenstein&Bride of Frankenstein Double Feature at 3:55pm

Monday, October 8-The Thing (1982) at 7pm

Tuesday, October 9-Beetlejuice-7pm

Wednesday, October 10-Night of the Demons (1988) at 7pm

Sunday, October 14-The Mummy (1932) at 4pm

Monday, October 15-The Love Witch at 7pm

Tuesday, October 16- The Rocky Horror Picture Show Movie Party at 7pm

Thursday, October 18-The original Halloween at 5:20pm

Sunday, October 21-The Invisible Man at 4:15pm

Monday, October 22-Christine at 7pm

Tuesday, October 23-The Shining Movie Party at 7pm

Wednesday, October 24-Donnie Darko at 7pm, Videodrome at 9pm

Friday, October 26-The Fog at 9pm

Saturday, October 27-The Fog at 9pm

Sunday, October 28- The Wolfman (original) at 4pm, The Fog at 9pm

Monday, October 29-The Fog at 7pm

Tuesday, October 30-Halloween Horror Mixtape at 9pm

Halloween-The original Halloween at 9:15pm


Alamo Richardson

Monday, October 1-The Thing (1982) at 6:05pm

Thursday, October 4-The Rocky Horror Picture Show Movie Party at 9pm

Sunday, October 7-Scars of Dracula at 4:15pm

Tuesday, October 9-Creature From The Black Lagoon at 7pm

Wednesday, October 10-Cabin in the Woods at 7pm, Donnie Darko at 9pm

Thursday, October 11-The Shining Movie Party at 6:45pm

Saturday, October 12-The Evil Dead Marathon at 2:30pm

Wednesday, October 17-Prince of Darkness at 9pm

Thursday, October 18-Halloween (1978) at 4:20pm

Sunday, October 21-Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde at 3:45pm

Monday, October 22-Videodrome at 7pm, John Carpenter’s Vampires at 9:10pm

Tuesday, October 23-Pumpkinhead at 9pm

Wednesday, October 24 Night of the Demons at 7pm, The Love Witch at 9:05pm

Thursday, October 25-Beetlejuice Movie Party at 7pm, In the Mouth of Madness at 9:05

Friday, October 26-The Fog 4K restoration at 9pm

Saturday, October 27-Dismember the Alamo at noon

Sunday, October 28-Mad Monster Cereal Party at 10am, Blood From The Mummy’s Tomb at 4:05pm, The Fog 4K restoration at 6:50pm

Monday, October 29-Practical Magic Movie Party at 7pm,The Fog 4K restoration at 8:10pm

Tuesday, October 30-Ghostbusters (1984) at 7pm, It Clown Screening at 9pm

Halloween-Advance screening of Suspiria (2018) at 7pm, Halloween (1978) at 7:30pm


Alamo Denton

Monday, October 1-John Carpenter’s Vampires at 6:30pm

Tuesday, October 2-The Horror of Frankenstein at 6:30pm

Sunday, October 7-The Invisible Man at 1:50pm

Monday, October 8-Cabin the Woods at 7pm

Tuesday, October 9-Scars of Dracula at 7pm

Wednesday, October 10-Donnie Darko at 7pm

Saturday, October 13-Rocky Horror Picture Show with shadow cast at 10pm

Sunday, October 14-The Wolf Man (1932) at 4:15pm

Monday, October 15th-The Thing (1982) at 7pm

Thuesday, October 16-Videodrome at 7pm, Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde at 9pm

Wednesday, October 17-The Love Witch at 7pm

Thursday, October 18-Halloween (1978) at 4:20pm

Saturday, October 20-The Shining Movie Party at 10pm

Sunday, October 21-Dracula (1931) at 4pm

Tuesday, October 23-Blood From The Mummy’s Tomb at 9pm

Wednesday, October 24-Tremors at 7pm, Night of the Demons at 9pm

Thursday, October 25-Creature From The Black Lagoon at 7pm

Friday, October 26-The Fog 4k restoration at 9pm

Saturday, October 27-Beetlejuide Movie Party at 7pm, The Fog 4K restoration at 9pm

Sunday, October 28-Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein at 4:35pm, The Fog 4K restoration at 9pm

Monday, October 29-The Fog 4k restoration at 7:10pm, Halloween Mixtape at 8:15pm

Tuesday, October 30-Pumpkinhead at 7:10pm and 9pm

Halloween-Advance screening of Suspiria (2018) at 7pm, Halloween (1978) at 9pm


Alamo Las Colinas

Monday, October 1-The Shining Movie Party at 7:35

Tuesday, October 2-Tremors at 7:30pm

Wednesday, October 3-Night of the Demons at 7:35pm

Sunday, October 7-The Wolf Man (1932) at 1pm

Tuesday, October 9-Cabin in the Woods at 7pm

Sunday, October 14-Dracula (1931) at 3:55pm

Monday, October 15-Beetlejuice movie party at 9pm

Tuesday, October 16-Christine at 9pm

Wednesday, October 17-Donnie Darko at 9:10pm

Thursday, October 18-Halloween (1978) at 4:20pm

Saturday, October 20-Buffy the Vampire Slayer, with Kristy Swanson Live at 8pm

Sunday, October 21-Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein at 3:10pm

Monday, October 22-The Rocky Horror Picture Show Movie Party at 7pm

Tuesday, October 23-The Love Witch at 7pm

Friday, October 26-The Fog 4K restoration at 9:05pm

Saturday, October 27-The Fog 4K restoration at 9:05pm

Sunday, October 28-The Mummy (1932) at 3:15, The Fog 4k restoration at 9:05pm

Monday, October 29-The Fog 4K restoration at 7pm, Videodrome at 8:10pm

Tuesday, October 30-The Thing (1982) at 7:10pm

Halloween-Advance Screening Suspiria (2018) at 7pm, Halloween (1978) at 9pm


Texas Theater. This is an extremely old theater, and it could stand to be remodeled, but it has an interesting lineup for October. It also has a full bar, and is located 3 blocks from the Bishop Arts District, in the Jefferson Blvd shopping district.

Tuesday, October 2-HauntedWeen at 9:15

Saturday, October 6-Evil Dead 4K restoration at 7pm, Fulci’s Zombie 4K restoration at 9pm

Thursday, October 18- 35mm Killer Klowns From Outer Space at 8pm, with music behind the screen

Thursday, October 25-Halloween (1978) at 9:15pm

Friday, October 26-The Fog at 7pm, Halloween (1978) at 9:15pm

Saturday, October 27-Trick or Treat (1986), with behind the screen performances at 8pm. Dress code-Halloween appropriate.

Sunday, October 29-Psycho, showing at the Majestic Theater

Tuesday, October 30-Nosferatu, with a live orchestra

Halloween-Suspiria 4K with live ballet


Granada Theater Rooftop Movie Nights

Every Wednesday night the Granada Theater in Lower Greenville shows a movie on it’s rooftop, for free. It’s all genre in October. The Granada has a full bar and menu.

Wednesday-October 3-Ghostbusters at 8:30, doors open at 7pm

Wednesday, October 10-Edward Scissorhands at 8:30, doors open at 7pm

Wednesday, October 17-Young Frankenstein at 8:30, doors open at 7pm

Wednesday, October 24-Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) at 8:30, doors open at 7pm.

Halloween-Hocus Pocus at 8:30pm, doors open at 7pm


Movie Tavern-A chain of dinner and a movie places in Texas. Several locations in DFW. It’s theaters have Fright Nights in October on Friday and Saturday, featuring classic horror movies.


Arlington Green Oaks.

Friday, October 5th-Phantasm at 10:30pm

Saturday, October 6th-Phantasm at 10:30pm

Wednesday, October 10-Halloween (1978) at 2pm and 6pm

Friday, October 12th-Suspiria (1977) at 11pm

Saturday, October 13th-Suspiria (1977) at 11pm

Friday, October 19th-Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) at 10:30pm

Saturday, October 20th -Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) at 10:30pm

Friday, October 26th-Shaun of the Dead at 10:30pm

Saturday, October 27th-Shaun of the Dead at 10:30pm

Sunday, October 28-The Shining at 2pm and 6pm

Halloween-The Shining at 2pm and 6pm



Friday, October 5th, and Saturday, October 6th-Phantasm at 10:30pm

Wednesday, October 10-Halloween (1978) at 2pm and 5:30pm

Friday, October 12th, and Saturday, October 13th-Suspiria (1977) at 10:30pm

Friday October 19th, and Saturday, October 20-Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) at 10:30pm

Friday, October 26, and Saturday, October 27-Shaun of the Dead at 11pm

Sunday, October 28-The Shining at 3:00pm and 7:15pm

Halloween-The Shining at 3pm and 7:15pm




Friday, October 5th and Saturday, October 6th-Phantasm at 10:30pm

Wednesday, October 10-Halloween (1978) at 2pm and 7pm

Friday, October 12th, and Saturday, October 13th-Suspiria (1977) at 10:30pm

Friday, October 19th, and Saturday, October 20th-Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) at 10:30pm

Friday, October 26th, and Saturday, October 27th-Shaun of the Dead at 10:30pm

Sunday, October 28-The Shining at 2pm and 7pm

Halloween-The Shining at 2pm and 7pm


Ft Worth Hulen

Friday, October 5th and Saturday, October 6th-Phantasm at 11pm

Wednesday, October 10-Halloween (1978) at 2pm and 7pm

Friday, October 12th and Saturday, October 13th-Suspiria (1977) at 11pm

Friday, October 19th, and Saturday, October 20th-Nightmare on Elm Street at 11pm

Friday, October 26, and Saturday, October 27-Shaun of the Dead at 11pm

Sunday, October 28-The Shining at 2pm and 7pm

Halloween-The Shining at 2pm and 7pm



Studio Movie Grill is the original dinner and a movie chain, with numerous locations in DFW. It has classic horror movies on the same night, at the same time at it’s locations. Check the showtimes the day you go, to make sure that they haven’t changed the start time.



Arlington Highlands

Arlington Lincoln Square


Dallas Royal Lane


Dallas Northwest Highway


Spring Valley

The Colony


Wednesday, October 10-Little Shop of Horrors (Director’s Cut) at 7:15pm

Thursday, October 11th-Sweet Sixteen and The Convent at 7:45pm

Monday, October 15th-Halloween (1978) at 7:45

Tuesday, October 16th-Halloween (1978) at 7:45pm

Wednesday, October 17th-The Shining at 7:15

Wednesday, October 24th-The Exorcist (1973) (Director’s Cut) at 7:15 and Night of the Living Dead (1968) at 7pm and 10pm

Thursday, October 25th-Night of the Living Dead (1968) at 7pm and 10pm

Monday, October 29th-Beetlejuice at 7:15pm

Tuesday, October 30-Beetlejuice at 7:15pm

Halloween-Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) at 7:15, Hell Fest at 7:45pm and 10:30pm


Angelika Plano

Located in the Shops at Legacy center at the southeast corner of the Dallas North Tollway and Legacy Drive in Plano.

Monday, October 8-Carrie (the original) at 7pm

Halloween-Psycho at 7pm


Angelika Dallas

Located in Mockingbird Station at the northeast corner of US 75 and Mockingbird Lane in Dallas.

Halloween-Psycho at 7pm




Other Halloween Activities

12.09.2018 (12:38 pm) – Filed under: Listings,Other Halloween Activities

This is a listing of pumpkin patches, festivals, and other Halloween related activities that aren’t haunted attractions, in the DFW area.

Boo at the Zoo runs from October 26-28  at the Fort Worth Zoo. It’s a daytime event, free with zoo admission or membership. It’s basically a carnival at the zoo. Boo at the Zoo has the same hours as the zoo. Check the zoo’s site for hours, prices, and directions.

Halloweekend at the Dallas Zoo. The Dallas Zoo has a Halloween festival on the final weekend of October, the 27th and 28th, from 9am-4pm. It features trick or treat stations, mazes, a bounce house, face painting, snakes, toads, and newts, plus craft beer for adults. It’s free with a zoo ticket, or zoo membership.

Dallas Arboretum has Autumn at the Arboretum through November 21. They have a spectacular Pumpkin Village, with more than 90,000 pumpkins. They are open from 9am until 5pm. Parking is difficult to find in the area, due to it’s location by White Rock Lake, so your only option is usually to park in their paid lot at their front entrance, or in their new parking garage, two blocks north. Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $10 for children 2-12, children under 2 are admitted for free. Parking is $15, but you can buy your parking online for $9. Parking can be bought here  The street address for the Arboretum is 8525 Garland Road Dallas, Texas 75218.


Pumpkin Patches-DFW

Royal Lane Baptist Church pumpkin patch-Opens by October 5. This church has a large selection of large, medium, and small pumpkins, plus various sizes of gourds. The pumpkin patch is nicely decorated, and has hay on the ground.  The patch is just west of Hillcrest on westbound Royal Lane, in North Dallas.

Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch Open now through Halloween, 9am-7pm. They have pumpkins, cornstalks, hay bales, and refreshments. There are activities for children, and local vendors provide food for purchase. Parking is $5, activities are free, purchases are optional.

Halls Pumpkin Farm in Grapevine. Open daily through Halloween. Hayrides are available Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. $5 during the day, $3 after dark. Cash only. Corn maze-$5. Everything at Hall’s is cash only. 3pm-8pm Monday-Thursday. 3pm-10pm Friday. 10am-10pm Saturday. 1pm-8pm Sunday.

Preston Trail Farms in Gunter has a pumpkin patch, open from 8am-8pm daily through Halloween. They also have a cafe and allow dogs on a leash. Gunter is north of Frisco, on Preston Road.


Ghost Tours- This site has a full list of Ghost Tours in DFW and elsewhere in Texas.


Costume Parties and other Halloween events DFW

Nearly every bar and club in Texas has some sort of Halloween party. The Dallas Morning News Guide Live and Dallas Observer have lists of the various parties. The parties below are the larger costume parties in the area. Other Halloween activities, including events for kids and pets, have been including in this section.

Dragons Ball is the largest costume party in DFW. It has a new theme each year. It’s on October 20th, from 9pm-4am.

Thursday, October 25

Spookedelic Robot Halloween Party  at Palamino, Thursday, October 25, at 6pm

YAP Halloween Party Thursday, October 25 at Vidorra, starting at 6pm.

Friday, October 26

Free Play Arlington Halloween Party Friday, October 26, from 6pm-2am

Nightmare on Henderson Halloween Block Party-At High Fives, on Thursday, October 25 beginning at 8pm

Eclipse Halloween Party at Southfork, Friday, October 26 at 7pm

Halloween 2018 Murder Mystery at Maggiano’s in Northpark, Friday, October 26 at 7pm

Boos and Booze Halloween Bash at Stirr, Friday, October 26 at 10:30pm

Hotel ZaZa Halloween Party-Friday, October 26, starting at 10pm.

Halloween Family Night at Oak Highlands Brewery on Friday,October 26, from 5pm-9pm

Pumpkins, Pinot, and Pooches at the Heritage Farmstead Museum on Friday, October 26 from 6pm-9pm

The GrapeYard at Oak Grove Ballfield Complex on Friday, October 26, from 6pm-11pm

Dallas Storytellers Guild Ghost Tales at the Bath House Cultural Center, Friday October 26 at 7pm, Saturday, October 27 at 2pm and 7pm.

Saturday, October 27

Halloween Costume Contest and Pumpkin Smash, plus dog adoptions at the Truck Yard in Lower Greenville. All day event, with the SPCA, features a costume contest for dogs at 3pm, and for people at 9pm, dog adoptions from 2pm-5pm, drink specials, and pumpkin throwing.

Howl-O-Ween Bash at noon on Saturday, October 27, at Chef Point Cafe

Pumpkin Patch at the Farm on Saturday, October 27 from 10am-5pm

Weekend Long Halloween Party at the Statler. A party each night, October 26-28, beginning at 9pm.

Halloween at Free Play Richardson Saturday, October 27, from 11am-1am

Friscovania on Saturday, October 27, from 3pm-8pm

Halloween Party Bus Edition Saturday, October 27 starting at 9pm

Paranormal Activity at the Palace on Saturday, October 27 from 7pm-midnight

Harwood Halloween Party Saturday, October 27 starting at 9pm

Cedar Springs Block Party-This takes up the entire block with bars and clubs on Cedar Springs. The block is closed off to traffic for the night. It’s known for elaborate costumes, but is costume optional. The block party is open to everyone, but the area is mostly gay. It’s on Saturday, October 27th. Arrive very early (before 6pm) to get parking. You can have dinner on the block before the party, or start drinking early. You don’t want to arrive late because parking will be a nightmare.

Dallas Halloween Bar Crawl in Uptown, Lower Greenville, Deep Ellum, on October 27.

Trick or Treat Train on Saturday, October 27, at 2pm

Witches Brew Train on Saturday, October 27, from 6:30pm-9pm

Halloween Party at the National Videogame Museum Saturday, October 27 from 10am-8pm

Trunk or Treat in Frisco on Saturday, October 27, from 10am-2pm

Halloween Bar Crawl in Uptown, Saturday, October 27.

Deep Ellum Bar Crawl on Saturday, October 27, starting at 7pm

Halloween in the Cedars BOOze Crawl Saturday, October 27 at the Vetted Well (Alamo Drafthouse) starting at 7pm

Halloween on Henderson on Saturday, October 27, starting at 8pm

The Freak Show at Don’t Tell Supper Club on Saturday, October 27, beginning at 9pm

W Haunted Halloween Rooftop Party-On the roof of the W hotel on October 27, 9pm-2am.

Thriller Halloween Party at House of Blues, on Saturday October 27th starting at 10pm

Haunted Castle Halloween Bash in the Old Red Courthouse in Downtown Dallas on Saturday, October 27 10pm-2am.

Gatsby’s Masquerade Halloween Ball  at 9pm on Saturday, October 27 in the Stoneleigh Penthouse

The Walking Dead Trivia Night at Pocket Sandwich Theater on Saturday, October 27, at 11pm

Sunday, October 28

Oak Cliff Pumpkinfest on Sunday, October 28, from 4pm-8pm

Halloween Safe-tacular for Kids and Pets on the Ron Kirk Bridge, Sunday, October 28 from 4pm-7pm

The Church Halloween parties-The Church (in the Lizard Lounge) has an annual Halloween party and costume contest. This year it has two, a zombie party on Sunday, October 28th, and the main party and costume contest on Halloween.

Halloween at Free Play Denton Sunday, October 28, from noon-11pm

Halloween Cookie Decorating Party Sunday, October 28, starting at 2pm

Family Halloween Party Sunday, October 28, starting at 2pm

Monday, October 29

National Theater Live:Frankenstein at the Northpark AMC at 7pm

Tuesday, October 30

Rocktober Halloween Bash Featuring Le Freak Tuesday, October 30, starting at 5pm

Singapore Slingers Halloween Special Tuesday, October 30, starting at 7:30pm at Pocket Sandwich Theater


Black Champagne Halloween Buffet at Catfish Plantation. Seatings at 5pm and 7pm.

Ick or Treat on Halloween from 10am to 5pm

Trick or Treat in Downtown Dallas starting at 4:30pm. Trick or Treating goes on until 7pm, a showing of Hocus Pocus is available, starting at 7:30pm.

Boo Bash Trick or Treating in Firewheel Center, from 5pm-7pm

Treat Street in the Ft Worth Stockyards, from 5pm-7pm

Decks in the Park Halloween Party Halloween, from 5pm-10pm

The Haunting of Whiskey Ranch: Murder Mystery Dinner from 6:30pm-9pm

Psycho screening at the Allen Public Library at 7pm

Halloween Party at Sundown at the Granada, starting at 7pm

Halloween Night Painting on Halloween, starting at 7pm

Circo Halloween:Walk of Fame costume party, from 7pm-10pm

People’s Halloween Party in Mockingbird Station on Halloween, starting at 8pm

Halloween Swing 2018 at Sons of Hermann Hall on Halloween from 8pm-midnight

Halloween Boat Party on Halloween, at Eagle Point Marina on Lewisville Lake, at 9pm

Halloween With Dada Live and Elephante at 8pm on Halloween.


Costume Shops DFW

Incognito Costume World-Dallas, on Inwood, close to the Galleria.

Norcostco Dallas, on Wycliff, south of I-35, in the Design District.

Dallas Vintage Costume Shop-Plano, off of 75, just north of Collin Creek Mall.

Rose Costumes-Denton, off of I-35 (northbound side) at 288.

Dallas Costume Shoppe-in east Dallas, on Main. Old shop, never open later than 5:30.

Magic Etc. In Ft Worth, on Forest Park Blvd, just north of I-30, west of downtown Ft Worth.


A New Season and New Attractions for Screams

12.09.2018 (1:30 am) – Filed under: Haunt News,Screams

All attractions at Screams will be new for 2018! From the Screams press office:

Dallas/Fort Worth, TX (September 10, 2018) Screams® is all new and completely transformed for 2018! Think you know Screams®, then think again! The 23rd season of Screams®will begin on Friday, September 28, 2018 with all five of its haunted houses completely redesigned and enhanced for the 2018 season along with scores of haunting new characters added to provide the scariest Screams® experience ever!

Screams® 2018 will be much more shocking and terrifying than in years’ past with frights hitting you the minute you enter the park and not stopping throughout the night! Screams®is NOT recommended for children under 16.

“Our new Creative Director, Ray Don Mitchell, has brought 15+ years of Fright and Haunted House experience to Screams® to help take Screams® up to the next level of creative frights and downright terror in each of our 5 haunted houses” says Coy Sevier, Screams® General Manager. “In addition, we have a whole new corps of roaming actors that will help set the atmosphere of heightened fear from the moment people enter our event. You don’t want to miss a minute of Screams® 2018!” 

As part of the Screams® 2018 transformation, each of the 5 haunted houses have been completely redesigned and have new names/themes. You will experience:  Cursed…The Witches of TerraMythica Castle, PT Harmum’s Carnival of Chaos MazeCaptain Babarossa’s Blood HarbourHotel D’feers and the Zombie Wasteland…Apocalypse.

The new menacing Strigoi (meaning evil souls) characters include: Snuffs & Cuffs (horrible roaming clown couple), “The Count of Bloodworth” (the Screams®vampire), Hayward & Lanterna (living …or not so living…scarecrows), Captain Barbarossa & his Mate, Hansel, sister witches Haga, Baga & Smew (casting spells on all those they encounter) and el Cucuy (the Boogeyman).

Additionally Screams® offers a whole lot more for an entire night of Halloween fun such as live entertainment, Scary-Oke, Psychic Readings, Palm Readings, face painting, henna tattoos, and games of skill. Screams® shops will feature wares like jewelry, medicine bags, glo products, feather extensions, hats & crowns, infused oils, wax hands, wax roses, and of course Screams® souvenirs.

There is food and drink at the food court and the full-service restaurant & bar along with adult beverages at the pubs for those 21 and older. New foods for the 2018 season include onion petals and Bomb Pop ice cups. Featured seasonal & craft beers will include Deep Ellum IPA, Deep Ellum Dallas Blonde, Deep Ellum Local Legend, Spaten Oktoberfest, Bishop Crackberry Cider, Billy Jenkins Wild Acre, Spaten Lager, Bishop Apple Pineapple Cider, Franconia Chicken Dance, Founders Dirty Bastard, Ace Pear Cider, Bishop The OG Cider, Left Hand Milk Stout, Ziegenbock, and Brooklyn Post Road Pumpkin Ale.   The Spider’s Web pub will also feature lime & cherry Jello shots (in a syringe shot glass)!

The entertainment line-up for Screams® 2018 will include Screams® radio partners taking over the Screams® stage bringing their own brand of entertainment with the KSCS Scary-Oke Battle on September 29th, ALT 103.7’s Halloween Trivia Contest on October 13th and Jack-FM Dance-Off Party on October 20th.  Complete DJ will take the Screams® stage the rest of the season spinning music and creating a festive atmosphere.

Screams® Halloween Theme Park is 5 Haunted Houses and a Whole Lot More that runs every Friday and Saturday night September 28 through October 27, 2018 7:30 pm – 1:30 am.Screams® single admission price is $35 at the gate and includes all 5 haunted houses, live entertainment and Scary-Oke. Plus, visitors may go through the haunted houses as many times as they like (as the crowds will allow).

Discount tickets can be purchased in advance on-line at ScreamsPark.com. Starting on September 22, 2018 visitors can also get discount coupons at North Texas MetroPCS stores and at Waxahachie Nissan. Waxahachie Nissan is also offering two free tickets with a test drive at Waxahachie Nissan while supplies last.  To cut the wait times in half, visitors can purchase a Fast Pass for $20 in advance or during their visit at the gate or at the Fast Pass kiosk.   Screams® is a top 10 pick for Halloween Spooktacular Fun by TopFor.com and rated as the best Haunted Theme Park – ‘A 10 out of 10’ by Texas Haunts.

Screams® is located just 30 minutes south of downtown Dallas and Fort Worth off I-35E at exit 399A on the Scarborough Faire® site. From Waco, follow I-35E north to Exit 399.  Parking is free compliments of Waxahachie Nissan.  Screams® is sponsored by Dr Pepper and MetroPCS.

For more information visit ScreamsPark.com, ScreamsPark on FaceBook, Twitter or Instagram. The Screams hashtag is:  #ScreamsPark.

Openings and Closings for 2018

12.09.2018 (1:20 am) – Filed under: Haunt News,Haunted House Openings and Closings 2018

New Haunted Attraction

Halls Of Horror-Lewisville, in Music City Mall (Formerly Vista Ridge Mall). Opens Saturday, September 15 at 4pm, and will be open until 1am. The 15th is also the reopening of Music City Mall, with a festival and stage acts inside the mall.


Closed Haunted Attractions

Nightmare on the Bayou

Dark Path Haunt

Texas Scaregrounds, though they could return in 2019

Frightmares at Whatz-Up

Jefferson Fright Train

Texas Maze of Terror

13th Ward

Rotting Flesh Factory appears to be closed for 2018, may return in 2019.