For some people getting “a good scare” is the best part about Halloween. Some Brilliant staffers even rate a scare fest, monster movie marathon, and the like as higher than their must-do list than bobbing for apples and trick-or-treating! If you’re someone who enjoys a small adrenaline rush or terrifying stories, then visiting a good Halloween attraction should definitely be on the agenda this year.
To help you find one of the best attractions in your area, we’ve researched some of the most one-of-a-kind Halloween sites out there. Here are 6 haunted houses and ghost tours to visit in Texas.
Nothing’s spookier than visiting a cemetery on Halloween. So the team at North Fort Worth Historical Society hosts its annual “Saints and Sinners Tour” the last weekend of October. Actors dress up in period costumes and take guests on afternoon walking tours throughout the Oakwood Cemetery. For “teasers” of the cemetery's lifelong residents (and who the actors will portray) visit their Facebook page. Tickets are $5 to $10.
Head north to visit Amarillo Scaregrounds, which features five attractions: Blackout Maze, Insanitarium, Terror, The Basement, and Zombie Apocalypse. Blackout Maze doesn’t offer any haunts, but you do have to find your way out of the maze in total darkness; Insanitarium is a zombie-infested hospital; Terror features every worst nightmare come to life; The Basement is 15,000 square feet of dankness and darkness; and Zombie Apocalypse gets you prepared for the end of the world with a laser tag training center. Sign us up for all of them! Open every weekend. Tickets per attraction are $5 to $20, or purchase an unlimited, same-day pass for all five for $50.
Visit the ultimate Halloween mash-up experience
Houston Scream Fest gives you the ultimate Halloween experience by granting you unlimited admission to, count 'em, 10 haunting attractions at the Scream Fest park near William P. Hobby Airport. You can practice your marksmanship skills by heading over to the Zombie Paintball Shoot (two to choose from). Other scary attractions include a Sanitarium, Castle of Doom medieval maze, Cassa De La Llorona, The Graveyard, Texas Chainsaw Maze, and Sleepy Holler. There are also vendor booths, live shows, carnival games, horror flicks, and more that round out the 10-attraction list at this festival. Tickets are $35 to $50, and first responders and military members get in for free. And if you take a selfie in front of ScreamWorld Nights and give them a copy they'll let you in for free on select evenings.
One common complaint people have about haunted houses is they never last long enough. But Cutting Edge Haunted House in Fort Worth just might be the haunted house of your nightmares. It’s located in a 100-year-old abandoned meat-packing plant, and has a Guinness World record for largest haunted house attraction. Since it’s located in such a large facility, it actually takes patrons 55 minutes to explore every nook and crany! Advanced registration is required. Tickets are available throughout the week for $43.
If the sound of all that walking has got you tired, then a ghost tour via Segway may be a better fit for you. The San Antonio City Lights Ghost Tour by Segway (and other vendors) takes you on a 1.5-to-2-hour night tour throughout the historical town. You’ll visit historic and bloodying sites, like the Alamo, local haunted hotels, including Menger Hotel, Emily Morgan Hotel, and La Villita. You’ll also cruise by the Tower of Americas in HemisFair Park and the San Fernando Cathedral, where the Alamo’s heroes are entombed. Tickets average $50 from various vendors.
If you’re looking for something more interactive, head to Thomas Falls in Diana, Texas to dive and dash around zombies via a zip line and swamp. You’ll get a few scares as you travel from Skull Cliff over a dark abyss over 800 feet in darkness, and ride it through the forest before running off through a sticky swamp overrun with the dead. Advanced reservations are required. Tickets are $20 to $39.