An actor peers out of the set as part of the show at the Dark Hour Haunted House in Plano on Oct. 12, 2017.

An actor peers out of the set as part of the show at the Dark Hour Haunted House in Plano on Oct. 12, 2017.

Anja Schlein/Special Contributor

The signs of October are aplenty — plastic spiders and pumpkins on store shelves, kids plotting their costumes and candy conquests, the full swing of football fun. But for those who don't quite feel like it's the spooky season, maybe getting spooked will do the trick.

Get your blood pumping at one of the area's haunted attractions, many of which have been recognized nationally for their ability to get under your skin.

Check attraction websites for specific dates and hours of operation, which frequently change. "Fast pass" tickets typically let you go to the front of the line. Parking is an additional cost at some locations.

Creekside Manor Haunted House

Surrounded by dark, ominous woods and sinister waters, Creekside Manor offers a traditional haunted house experience with a nontraditional mission: raising money for a local nonprofit. Through Oct. 31 at 2411 Plainview Rd., Midlothian. $15 for adults, $12 for kids under 48 inches.

Cutting Edge Haunted House

Cutting Edge Haunted House

Located in an abandoned meat-packing plant, Cutting Edge has consistently been ranked one of the largest haunted houses in the country, as well as one of the most terrifying. The unnervingly realistic setup combines live actors with lifelike mannequins and special effects. Through Nov. 3 at 1701 E. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth. $34.99-$44.99, $54.99 for a fast pass; pay cash at the door or with a credit card online.

Dan's Haunted House

One of the only Japanese horror-themed attractions in the country, Dan's certainly breaks the typical haunted house mold. Building on the same story line each year, Dan's Haunted House presents "V" for 2018. The overarching themes include evil spirits, demons and other dark elements of Japanese folklore. Through Oct. 28 at 501 E. Swisher Rd., Lake Dallas. $20.

Dark Hour Haunted House

The eerily authentic-looking performers at the Dark Hour Haunted House take you on a journey into the depths of evil as you explore the Coven Manor. The dark forces of the witches' coven come alive through the use of animatronics, Broadway-worthy sets and professional actors. Through Oct. 31 at 701 Taylor Dr., Plano. $24, $51 for fast pass, $71 for combo pass.


This haunted schoolhouse in small-town Bridgeport was almost lost this year to fire, but the spirits that are known to haunt the building have come back with a vengeance. Find 37 scenes of terror in the bowels of the building and explore your own mortality through the theme of "Good vs. Evil." Through Nov. 2 at 1407 Carpenter St., Bridgeport. $15-$20, $25 for fast pass.

Fright Fest

Fright Fest

Six Flags Over Texas is home to Fright Fest, the annual Halloween event that transforms the classic amusement park into a spooky maze of haunted attractions. For a tamer experience, families can visit the park during daylight, while the scarier activities begin after dark. Extra scares can be found in the park's haunted houses. Through Oct. 31 at Six Flags Over Texas, 2201 Road to Six Flags, Arlington. $66.99-$81.99 general admission, $14.99 for one haunted house, $29.99 for all six.

Hangman's House of Horrors

2018 marks 30 years of scaring and caring for Hangman's House of Horrors, the haunted attraction whose net proceeds support area nonprofit organizations. The vacant, century-old building provides the perfect locale for this year's event, themed "Escape Labs: Mission Z." In addition to a full tour of the haunted house, general admission includes access to live music, food trucks and two other terrifying tours. Through Nov. 3 at 4400 Blue Mound Rd., Fort Worth. $29, $39 for fast pass.

Hatch and Kraven's Slaughterhouse

Housed in a former slaughterhouse, this walk-through haunted attraction is actor-driven, meaning that each visit includes new improvisation and interaction. Two haunts, the Slaughterhouse and the Crypt, are available for touring. Through Oct. 31 at 1400 W. Taylor St., Sherman. $12 for the Crypt, $17 for the Slaughterhouse, $23 for both.

J and F House of Terror

This Garland-based lawn equipment repair shop turns into the terrifying haunted house maze of your nightmares during its off-season. J and F House of Terror switches up the theme and extends the experience each year, so you get more scares for your money. Through Nov. 3 at 1855 Wall St., Garland. $20, $30 for fast pass.

Moxley Manor Haunted House

Moxley Manor Haunted House, voted one of the scariest haunted houses in Texas, will provide a pulse-pumping, heart-pounding, terrifying haunted house experience. For one price, you have access to two haunted houses: Moxley Manor Haunted House and the Big Top Terror Haunted House. Through Oct. 31 at 510 Harwood Rd., Bedford. $25, $40 for fast pass.

The Parker House

This Denton-based haunted house features three main attractions: the Parker's Mortuary, the Parker Plantation and Ratliff's Sanitarium. Through Oct. 31 at 8550 W. University Dr., Denton. $25, $40 for fast pass; tickets sold at the door, cash only.

Reindeer Manor Halloween Park

Reindeer Manor, the oldest haunted house in Texas, sits timeless, with an abundance of people attending and anticipating that the spirits of the past are coming alive. It offers three main attractions, Reindeer Manor, 13 Street Morgue and Dungeon of Doom, plus Shadow House, a bonus experience for patrons who buy tickets to all three haunted attractions. Through Oct. 31 at 410 Houston School Rd., Red Oak. $15 for one attraction, $25 for two and $35 for all three; $50 for fast pass.



Screams is a Halloween theme park featuring five haunted houses, scary-oke, live entertainment and more. If you need a break after venturing through the Hotel of Horror or the Carnevil Clown Maze, you can head over to the food court or one of the three taverns for a quick bite and a drink. Through Oct. 27 at 2511 FM 66, Waxahachie. $32-$35 general admission, $20 more for fast pass.

Tayman Graveyard Haunted Theme Park

Enter a hellish nightmare taking place across multiple attractions and enjoy a true night of terror. Attractions include the Tayman Funeral Home, the graveyard and an abandoned gold mine. Through Oct. 28 at 4721 Cecilia Ave., Midlothian. $15-$25 with discounts for donations.

Terror Trails

This woodsy haunted attraction is celebrating its 20th year of offering frights in a traditional haunted house and along a half-mile trail. The bravest visitors take on both. Through Oct. 31 at 1085 County Road 1960, Sulphur Springs. $7-$10 for a single attraction; $13-$19 for both.

Thrillvania Haunted House Park

This long-running spook park has been featured on TV and selected as one of the top haunted houses in the nation by several national publications. Thrillvania includes three haunted attractions on 50 acres, including the World Famous Verdun Manor, Cassandra's House of Clowns and Sam Hain's Trail of Torment. Through Oct. 31 at 2330 County Road 138, Terrell. $29.99-$32.99 general admission; $44.99-$47.99 for a fast pass.

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