Get Your Haunt On This Weekend

by Steven Doyle

Needing a scare for the weekend? We have collected some of the better haunted attractions in DFW. Note that many of the houses are not created for your little creatures, but there are a few that have separate scare tactics for youngsters.

Most haunted houses have two prices, one for regular admission, and a second speed pass price to exit through the long lines that you will surely meet. Jump in the haunted pit of horrors for a list of our local favorites.          

Cutting Edge: Considered one of DFW’s best haunted houses, this 100-year old abandoned meat packing plant has been converted into a human-processing area. A conveyor system lifts bodies several stories high and offers a unique look at fright. The 55 minute thrill will set you back 29.95 but coupons are available at their website. Located in Fort Worth.

The Parker House: Located in Lewisville, the Parker House ($17)is more a series of movie sets that aim to scare. The premise behind this house is that it is in an abandoned mortuary and haunted by the owners daughter Mari who has an insatiable appetite for death and torture. The house also features Carnival of Carnage ($10) which is a frightful maze of carnies and clowns.

Slaughterhouse: This 16,000 square feet of mayhem located in downtown Dallas’ West End is an extremely graphic version of Nightmare on Elm Street. Tickets are $18 (cash) with a VIP speed pass for $30 that can only be purchased online.

The Boneyard: The Boneyard, located in Arlington, is a high tech thrill that offers a light show and grueling dark passages full of surprises with over 50 movie quality sets. The premise behind this house is that it is the sight of paranormal activity and is being investigated by ghost hunters. In addition to haunted scares The Boneyard offers a full bar complete in their VooDoo Lounge.

Reindeer Manor: Said to be a true haunted house located in Red Oak and run for nearly 40 years. Featuring a variety of scares including the Dungeon of Doom and 13th Street Morgue, and the Manor itself, this house is high on the fright list. The attractions are priced separately, but an all-inclusive pass can be had for $35.

Hangman’s House of Horrors: The most theatrical of all the houses in the area with over 125 actors guiding you through four attractions including the Hangman’s House, McDagenville, Labyrinth and 3-D Wonderland (the latter best suited for children). Enjoy other features like live bands, karaoke, a Euro-bungee, laser tag, and concessions. Another Fort Worth house.

Zombie Manor: Zombies are the It Monster of our generation and this house is full of them. Great details and story line that only involves zombies. This house has been featured nationally and is recognized as one of the better attractions in DFW. To catch zombie fever you merely need $15. Located in Arlington.


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