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The 10 best haunted attractions in Texas

Why not make your Halloween date night the most nail-biting yet by visiting some of the best haunted attractions in Texas?

Creepy faces and hands peering through a veil with the text overlay The top 10 haunted attractions in Texas.

People love to be scared.

We watch movies and tv shows in darkness to get spooked – then we wonder why we want to sleep with the lights on!

We take this to the next level during the Halloween season, inviting ghosts, ghouls, zombies and evil spirits to find their way through the cracks and holes to scare the good out of us – all in the name of fun of course.

If you’re wondering where I’m going with this, I’m talking about adding some fright night to your date night this Halloween season by checking out a haunted attraction – or 10.

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Now, Texas does everything big, and that applies to its haunted attractions.

Here’s a look at some of the scariest haunted attractions for your Halloween thrills!

Screams Halloween Theme Park – Waxahachie

Located in  Waxahachie, about 30 minutes south of Dallas, Screams Halloween Theme Park is recommended for people 16 and older.

Be prepared to encounter zombies, evil spirits, monsters and more at any time you’re wandering the grounds.

With five haunted houses on your itinerary, and a whole lot more (such as Scary-oke, Rottingwood cemetery and games of skill), you’re sure to receive your fair share of horror and thrills.


Screams is open from October 1 to 31, every Friday and Saturday night.


General admission: $36.71

Fast pass: An additional $26.35

These prices reflect the online discount. If you check out Screams on its opening weekend, you’ll pay even less.

House of Torment – Austin

With truly frightening attractions, Austin’s House of Torment will challenge your senses during a visit.

From unique smells to ghastly sights, House of Torment is considered Austin’s premier haunted attraction, scaring people for more than 15 years.

2021 features The Boogeyman: As a kid, it’s hard to escape the fear of something under the bed or in the closet. Everything is always scarier in the dark. But what if the monster in the dark, the boogeyman, was real? What if generations of past were telling the truth of these monsters, and no one believed them?

This is the tale of the Jensen’s family massacre on Blackthorn Drive.

You’ll also find The Foresaken and Operation: Laughing Place.

House of Torment has a great cast of characters who bring a sense of realism to their roles.

The park is also home to an escape room, ax throwing, and a lounge.


House of Torment is open from September 11 through to November 13, beginning with Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, and open nightly from October 13 to 31.


General admission: Base price, which ranges from $19.99 to $32.99, depending on the day.

Fast pass (reduce your wait time): An additional $10 to the base price.

Skip the line (reserve your time): An additional $20 to the base price.

Dark Hour Haunted House – Plano

Dark Hour’s general admission ticket will take you on a journey into the unknown as you explore the grounds of Coven Manor.

A coven of witches has held control over this landscape since the late 1800’s. Various witches rise to power within the Coven and each one brings with her a slew of new nightmares.

Can you survive an encounter with the Coven?

Dark Hour’s second attraction, Annabelle’s Asylum, is an intense actor-driven show with a modern twist. The inmates are terrible but the staff are far worse! You’re stuck in the asylum with every cell open and every evil notion indulged.


September 24 until October 31, opening on select nights.


Ticket prices start as follows and do increase in price the closer you get to Halloween:

Dark hour general admission: $27

Dark Hour fast pass (reduce your wait time): $47

Dark hour and Annabelle’s Asylum combo general admission: $40

You can also upgrade to a VIP experience and back stage tours.

Purgatory Scream Park – Kingwood

At 27,000 sq ft  and a 30-40 minute walk through, Purgatory Scream Park is the largest haunt in the state of Texas.

Come see Kill Count, Dredzo, Lester the Jester, Bendy and the crew of signature characters who have been tormenting North Houston for years.


Open Friday and Saturday on September 24 and 25, and November 5 and 6.

Open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October.


General admission: $40

Fast pass: $60

Cutting Edge Haunted House – Fort Worth

Located in a 100-year-old abandoned meat packing plant in a section of Fort Worth historically dubbed as “Hell’s Half Acre,” the Cutting Edge Haunted House is built upon a foundation of fear.

The meat packing equipment from the Old West is still in use, but now it is a two-story human processing area. 

It takes an average 55 minutes to explore Cutting Edge Haunted House.


Cutting Edge is open from Friday October 1 through to the end of the month on selected nights: 1-2, 8-10, 15-16, 22-24, 28-31.


General admission: Tickets are on sale from $39.99 on opening weekend.

Speedpass: $54

You can also buy a combo ticket at a big discount for Thrillvania Haunted House Park ticket in Terrell – and no you don’t have to use it on the same day!

13th Floor Haunted House – San Antonio

Have you ever noticed you rarely see a 13th floor on an elevator?

It’s generally viewed that 13 is considered an unlucky number, so building developers often skip using a 13th floor during construction, and therefore elevator companies do the same.

But is 13 really unlucky?

As you make your way through San Antonio’s 13th floor haunted house, you’ll find out why it’s truly an unlucky, even evil, number.

As you attempt to safely get off the floor alive, you’ll encounter challenges of the evil kind – perhaps the undead, perhaps something even worse.

The haunted attraction is considered one of the best haunted houses in Texas.


13th Floor haunted house is open from September 17 through to November 6, beginning with Friday and Saturday nights, and open nightly from October 19 to 31.


General admission: Base price, which ranges from $19.99 to $29.99, depending on the day.

Fast pass (reduce your wait time): An additional $10 to the base price.

Skip the line (reserve your time): An additional $20 to the base price.

Scream Hollow – Smithville

With four haunted houses and almost 20 buildings scattered over 20 acres of horror, Scream Hollow in Smithville challenges you to remain calm as the spirits of orphans and their spiritual guardian roam the grounds.

You can try to run away, but be on the  lookout for clowns and the undead (both equally frightening in my opinion) as they can’t rest peacefully in their graveyard.

With all kinds of evil and horror awaiting you, rest well in knowing that you will enjoy the thrills of a night in the dark.


With the haunted attraction open Friday and Sunday from September 18 through to Halloween, you have plenty of opportunities to return for more frights.


With 4 haunted attractions on offer, there’s a variety of ticket combinations, starting at $21.95. Check the ticket page for details.

Creepy Hollow Haunted House – Rosharon

Creepy Hollow Haunted House in Rosharon ties each of its three attractions to a genetics experiment gone wrong.

As a lab tried to create a cure for all of humanity’s ills, an accident occurred while testing feral hogs.

Today, you need to make your way through the lab, navigating your way through the throng of undead occupying the facility.

As – more like if – you succeed, you’ll need to travel through the Dark Woods, home to mutated humans, bent on surviving no matter the cost- and this may include by making you their victim.

The third area is a blacked out area where former test subjects are kept.


You can visit the attraction each Friday and Saturday from September 24 through to November 6.

Creepy Hollow will also be open on Sunday, October 24 and 31.


Tickets are $40 per person with an additional $10 for a speed pass.

Fright fest – Six Flags Theme Park – Arlington

Evil takes over the Six Flags theme park nightly with Fright fest.

Ghouls, zombies and more evil bodies come out of hiding to roam the park as the park closes for the day.

As you seek to safely make it through your visit, scare zones are located throughout the haunted area.

As part of the fun, visitors can enjoy rides as part of their park admission as well as take in live shows.

While the ghouls, evil clowns and zombies patrol the grounds looking for new souls to take, you can enjoy a timeout and take in some fun.


Fright fest runs from September 11 until October 31.


Check the ticket page for deals on one day passes and memberships.

Moxely Manor Haunted House – Fort Worth

Moxely Manor is not your average haunted house. It’s inspired by the murders of Charles Moxley, his wife Grace, and his son William in their Dallas mansion who were brutally killed one by one between 1920-1922 allegedly by one of the maid’s Lillian, who had a more than friendly relationship with Charles.

But that’s not all. With two more attractions aimed to scare Halloween out of you, Regan’s revenge and Big top terror, makes for a killer of a date night.


Moxely Manor is open from October 1 through to 31 on selected nights.


General admission: $35

Fast pass admission: $50

Haunted attractions in Texas

There’s no place like Texas, and there’s no haunted house attractions as scary as those in the Lone Star state.

No matter where you live, a frighteningly fun time awaits just a short car ride away.

Have fun touring the haunted houses around the state, but be safe! That ghoul you said hi to earlier in the evening may take that as an invitation to haunt you.

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