Travel

The Scariest Haunted Experiences in Dallas-Fort Worth

Including drive-thru scares.

Halloween in Texas means almost as many haunted houses as gas station taco joints, and even though some of them look a little different this year (drive-thru scares vs. up-close-and-personal), the spirits are undead and well in these parts. Here’s a quick guide to all the best places to see people in masks—and not just N95s for a change.

Cutting Edge Haunted House

1701 East Lancaster Avenue, Fort Worth
Looking for the largest haunted attraction in the world? Look no further than this four-time Guinness World Record holder with multiple levels, numerous themes, and some of the most realistic special effects outside of Hollywood. Safety measures include social distancing, a virtual queue line, temperature checks of guests and employees, and masks required for everyone.
Price: $45 (Speed pass option is $65)
Dates: Weekends in October; November 1 and 13

 

Dark Hour Haunted House

701 Taylor Drive, Plano, Texas
Like Santa Claus on December 26, the ghouls and goblins of Dark Hour Haunted House are getting some much-needed R&R. The haunted house itself will be closed this year, but you can embark on a three-hour tour (when did one of those ever go wrong?) and see the behind-the-scenes workings of one of the region’s most popular attractions. Face coverings required for all guests.
Price: $40
Dates: October 29-31

 

Hallowfest

2201 East Road to Six Flags Street, Arlington
Six Flags Over Texas transforms into 212 acres of terror in so many forms, whether it’s being chased by a chainsaw-wielding madman while you’re trying to buy a funnel cake or that split section regret before you make that 255-foot, 85mph drop on the Titan in total darkness. Masks that cover the mouth and nose required of all visitors.
Price: $39.99-49.99; Free with $59.99 2021 Season Pass (which includes Hurricane Harbor access)
Dates: Weekends in October
 

Hangman’s House of Horrors

4400 Blue Mound Road, Fort Worth
Explore the main haunted attraction, a 45-minute spine-tingling affair, but don’t forget to check out the smaller, Zombie-infested attraction—OUTBREAK (how appropriate). To avoid a real outbreak, temperatures will be taken of all guests, who are required to wear masks, and tickets are timed to avoid crowding.
Price: $34 (VIP tickets are $54)
Dates: Weekends in October with additional dates leading up to Halloween

 

Haunted Shadows Lake Trail

7801 North Main Street, The Colony
Wander through a mile-long outdoor trail armed with nothing but a flashlight and a strong will. The 45-minute-ish trek uncovers the disturbing truth about what farmer Jeremiah Brody did years ago to people on his secluded farm. Social distancing will be in place and even though it’s outside, masks are required of all visitors.
Price: $25
Dates: Weekends in October

 

Haunted Tall Tales

300 Reunion Boulevard East, Dallas
Learn the haunted history of Dallas from a bird’s-eye view (a raven most likely) as you walk through Reunion Tower’s Geo-Deck 470 feet above the city, being regaled by some of Dallas’ most famous ghosts. Purchase tickets close to sunset to watch the view changed from day to night. Guests are required to wear face masks and timed entry procedures are in place.
Price: $45
Dates: Daily through Halloween

 

Moxley Manor

510 Harwood Road, Bedford
Get more BOO bang for your buck with three separate attractions included in the price: Moxley Manor, Regan’s Revenge and Big Top Terror. (Y’all have fun in that clown one while the rest of us head to the car.) Timed entry tickets and masks required of all guests to reduce Covid-19 risks.
Price: $30-35
Dates: Daily through Halloween (except Mondays)

 

The Parker House

8550 West University Drive, Denton
Start out in the creepy house where Mary Parker murdered so many people over the years before venturing through the graveyard, then into specially equipped zombie assault vehicles where you can shoot the approaching monsters with paintballs. Numerous safety measures, including masks required of all guests and partitions between passengers on the assault vehicles.
Price: $15 (Haunted walkthrough only); $30 (Haunted walkthrough, vehicle ride, ammo)
Dates: Weekends in October

 

Reindeer Manor Halloween Park
Reindeer Manor Halloween Park

Reindeer Manor

410 Houston School Road, Red Oak
Operation B.E.S.E.R.K. has unleashed super soldiers in a biological experiment gone horribly wrong and you’re trapped in your car as you drive through the aftermath. The good news, you’re trapped in your car. So roll up your windows, scream as loud as you want, and leave the face masks in the glove compartment. 
Price: $50 per vehicle (up to 8 people legally seated); $80 per vehicle (more than 9 people legally seated)
Dates: Weekends in October

Zombie Safari

8975 FM 740 South, Forney
Embark on an interactive adventure, shooting at Corona-virus-infected zombies (you read that correctly) that have taken over the property at Cousins Paintball. This real-time, first-person experience will put your skills to the test as you try to escape the swarming undead. All experiences are open-air and private rides for groups of eight or more together can be arranged for an upcharge. Wait times can be up to three hours, so it’s worth considering the VIP fast pass.
Cost: $24.95 (general admission); $39.95 (VIP with fast pass & extra rounds of ammo); $299.95-599.95 (private rides for 8-16 shooters)
Dates: Weekends in October

 

Sign up here for our daily Dallas email and be the first to get all the food/drink/fun DFW has to offer.