This year’s spooktacular Halloween lineup includes drive-through and virtual options.
Haunted houses trace their origins to 19th-century London with Marie Tussaud’s collection of wax figures known as the “Chamber of Horrors,” according to Smithsonian Magazine. Today, people all over the world pay to be scared, and so can you at these spooky attractions across Dallas-Fort Worth.
Keep in mind that haunted attractions make use of fog, lights, loud noises and other scare tactics. Our list below includes a wide range of attractions — from family-friendly haunts to more hardcore scare-grounds — to help meet your desired fright level.
Check attraction websites for hours of operation and event-specific COVID-19 regulations. In general, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends wearing face masks in public, keeping 6 feet of social distance, and washing and sanitizing your hands regularly.
Enjoy a spooky night from the comfort of your vehicle at DriveBoo’s contact-free, family-friendly attraction in American Airlines Center’s Silver Parking Garage. Halloween costumes are encouraged. Each level of the garage has a different theme, from carnivals to classic Halloween scares and fun movie characters. In a general admission visit, characters won’t touch your vehicle.
But if you’re looking for a more frightening time, the Apocalypse upgrade provides access to the top floor with terrors that will have you double-checking your seat belts and door locks.
Through Oct. 31 at 2503 Victory Ave., Dallas. General admission is $30 per car. Apocalypse upgrade admission is $40. driveboohalloween.com.
Forest of Fear
Journey through Grand Prairie’s Forest of Fear, nearing its 30th year, in a new but still frightening way. Experience a campground transformed by Halloween displays as you spend anywhere from 30 minutes to three hours rounding spooky loops in your car. There will be no hayrides or out-of-car activities this year, and personal trailers are not allowed.
Oct. 16-17 and 23-24 at Loyd Park, 3401 Ragland Road, Grand Prairie. Admission is $15 per vehicle. grandfungp.com/events-calendar.
Hallowfest at Six Flags
There will not be a full Fright Fest offering this year, but Six Flags Over Texas has put together an alternative, Hallowfest, which promises family-friendly “Thrills by Day” like a pumpkin patch and the Trick-or-Treat Trail, as well as “Chills by Night” like the Zombie Zoo and Big-Top Terror, where the scare factor comes from clowns. And don’t forget the chills and thrills of the amusement park’s hair-raising roller coasters and other rides.
Through Nov. 1 at 2201 E. Road to Six Flags, Arlington. Admission is $29.99-$39.99; see website for info on fast passes. Parking is $27.78- $37.04. sixflags.com/overtexas/special-events/hallowfest.
Hatch and Kraven’s Slaughterhouse
The slaughterhouse returns weekends through Halloween, weather permitting, to frighten guests in a new location as part of an outdoor spooktacular experience called the Trail of Death. This haunted attraction is not recommended for children under 16, and parental discretion is strongly advised.
Through Oct. 31 at 2316 FM120, Denison. Admission is $15-$25. Free parking. hatchandkravens.com.
J & F House of Terror
Venture through a haunted maze as J & F House of Terror instills fear in a new place this year — Firewheel Town Center. Only groups that arrive together may venture together, so if you’re easily spooked, make sure you go with a buddy. The maze will be open Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 1, as well as some Thursdays and Sundays. Tickets for the indoor attraction will be sold in timed windows. It’s recommended for ages 14 and older, though those under 14 can attend with a parent or guardian.
Through Nov. 1 at 245 Cedar Sage Drive, Garland. Admission is $20. Free parking. jandfhouseofterror.com.
Nightscape Haunted House
Luci, a blind woman plagued by nightmares that have become reality, has locked herself in a decaying Victorian mansion, according to the storyline at this haunted attraction at Music City Mall. She’s also lost her guide dog, Dario. Attendees must venture through a self-guided, socially distanced and haunted tour to help Luci find Dario before something worse does. Only one group will be allowed through Nightscape at a time. Tours take place Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in October, as well as Oct. 29.
Through Oct. 31 at 2401 S. Stemmons Freeway, Lewisville. Admission is $12 each or $35 for three or more in a group. Free parking. facebook.com/NightscapeHaunt.
Reindeer Manor Halloween Park
In its 47th season, Reindeer Manor Halloween Park has shifted gears to offer Operation B.E.R.S.E.R.K., a haunted drive-through. Here’s what you’re up against: A secret chemical from a failed supersoldier experiment is causing chaos. Make it through the post-apocalyptic wasteland, avoiding monsters and mutants, to reach the safety of Outpost 59. You can explore parts of the Halloween park never seen before as the entirety of its 32 acres will be part of the fun this year. Tickets will be sold in timed windows for Friday and Saturday nights through Halloween.
Through Oct. 31 at 410 Houston School Road, Red Oak. Admission for a car of up to eight people is $50, $80 for nine or more people. reindeermanor.com.
Texas Scaregrounds Nazareth, a haunted attraction inside old Nazareth Hospital and Sanatorium — “an actual haunted hospital” — runs Fridays and Saturdays through Halloween. Save $5 on admission by taking a canned good to benefit the Palo Pinto County Food Bank.
Through Oct. 31 at 314 NW Fourth St., Mineral Wells. Admission is $20. texasscaregrounds.com.
Thrillvania Haunted House Park
At the park, three haunted houses stand amid 50 acres of spooky scenery: the World Famous Haunted Verdun Manor, Cassandra’s House of Clowns and Sam Hain’s Trail of Torment. The attractions will be open Fridays and Saturdays through Halloween, as well as Oct. 11 and Nov. 13-14. Tickets will be sold online, in timed windows.
Through Nov. 14 at 2330 County Road 138, Terrell. General admission is $39.95. FastPass admission is $55. Additional fee for parking. thrillvania.com.
Every year Plano offers a spooky walking tour of the city’s paranormal past through homes and historic buildings, but this year’s Apparition Expedition is going virtual for two haunted nights. Zoom attendees will get a tour manifesto and have special keepsakes delivered by mail. The virtual event will also feature new locations that can’t be explored on the usual walking tour.
Oct. 16-17. Virtual event held on Zoom. $15. plano.gov/3139/apparition-expedition.