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October 2012: Houston-Area Haunted Houses

Some people like nothing better than to get good and scared on Halloween (or the days preceding it). For these people, Houston truly comes alive during the month of October.  Here is a listing of Houston-area haunted houses (please note age restrictions on this list), followed by a list of kid/family-friendly Halloween events around town. 

FOR ADULTS AND OLDER KIDS/TEENS:

NIGHTMARE ON THE BAYOU
Nightmare on the Bayou is located at I-10 & Studemont near the Heights in the shadow of downtown Houston and offers over 15,000 sq. feet of Hauntedness. And when we say “Next to the Graveyard”, we mean it! Nightmare on the Bayou is located directly next to Houston’s oldest graveyard. Nightmare on the Bayou is Houston’s only haunted house that claims to be really haunted. Caretakers of Nightmare on the Bayou say that actual hauntings abound in and around the multiple haunted attractions and property.

Tickets:
$32 Regular ticket (including tax)
$45 Speed pass (including tax) gets you to the front of the line
Sunday is Family Night – Tickets are $27 (including tax)
This offer not valid on October 21 or 28 or with any other discount
Every Thursday: Firemen, Policemen and Active Military Personnel get $10 OFF regular admission tickets. Proper ID is required.
TICKET BOOTH OPEN AT 7:00 PM : DOORS OPEN AT 7:30 PM
www.nightmareonthebayou.com

PHOBIA HAUNTED HOUSES
Houston’s mega-screampark returns for the 2012 season. Experience psycho clowns, chilling chainsaws, depraved robots, staggering zombies, manic mental patients, eerie woods, and much more. A massive collection of diverse terror! 8 terrifying attractions. See one, or see them all.  
September – November 2, 3.
Tickets:
(per person) one House, $13; two houses, $25; any Three houses, $30; any four houses, $40; all five houses,  $50
18777 U.S. HWY 290 – Exit West Rd.
http://www.darke.com/Tickets.html

HOUSTON HAUNTED HOUSES
Over 100 movie-quality monsters, ghouls and zombies with 3 totally separate attractions. Come out and experience the fright of your life in Castle of Doom. Find out if you have the mental strength to survive when you Enter the Sanitarium. Flee for your life on the Texas Chainsaw Maze. You will also find ghouls, zombies and monsters lurking in the dark, waiting to sneak up on you to get a scream or a photo opportunity! FREE well lit patrolled parking with NO MUD. Inside the park you will find indoor restrooms that are air conditioned, clean and well maintained. Visit some of the best food trucks that Houston has to offer. Visit the Snack Shack at Houston Haunted Houses for adult beverages. Houston Police are on site for security and the Houston Fire Department on site for safety. So bring your family out and enjoy Houston’s #1 haunted house fright park. The free horror show starts at 8pm sharp. Arrive early.
General Admission Cost, per person:
Texas Chainsaw Maze:  FREE
Castle of Doom & Sanitarium: $20.00
Sanitarium Observation Room (have fun watching other people getting scared): $20.00
Speed Pass: $30.00
You Dress Up and Scare: $20.00
VIP All Access Pass: $85.00
Fri-Sun 8 pm – 11 pm
Mon., Oct. 30, 8 pm – 11 pm
Tues., Oct. 31, Nov. 2, 3  8 pm – 12 am
1500 Elton St Houston, TX 77034 (713) 819-2904
www.houstonhauntedhouses.com

SCREAM WORLD
Screamworld at Woodlands has just about everything you would love—a haunted hotel, haunted houses and the fear factory. The haunted hotel is considered the most hi-tech in the city for its various animatronics. The Edge of Darkness has the traditional hauntings with twisted paths, more ghostly apparitions and classic scare tactics. You will also find movie monsters in 3D, a cemetery and a maze of maniacs. This is the longest running haunted attraction and has been selected by America’s Best Haunts as one of the best haunted attractions in the USA.
Children below ten may be refused entry.
September 21-Nov 3
Fri. and Sat. 8 pm -12 am
Sun.-Thurs. 7:30 pm-10 pm
Halloween:  7 pm – midnight
Tickets:
Online $25 regular, $29 VIP
Door Price  $27 regular, $35 VIP
2225 N Sam Houston Pkwy W Houston, 77038
www.screamworld.com/

REDRUM HAUNTED HOUSE TWISTED CIRCUS AND 3D CARNIVAL
Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls. Redrum presents the most adrenaline pumping, death defying, demented show on earth! First stop, CarnEvil! Oh how the name speaks for itself! Carnies and freaks of nature are awaiting your arrival. They have a few games to play, so be wise for you may become the deadly prize!! You will never look at a carnival the same! Lucky enough to have made it through, Redrum has something extra special. Your favorite childhood memories await to be shattered in Twisted Circus 3D. Think you can handle a clown or two? Haha, we’ve got a few. This twisted 3D circus will scare the yell out of you!
Oct. 5 – Oct. 31
Fri., Sat. – 8 pm – 12 am
Sun. – 8 pm – 11 pm
Mon. Oct 30 and Halloween – 8 pm – 12 am
Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Recommended group size is 5 or under.
1207 FM 359, Richmond, TX 77406
www.redrumhaunt.com

TERROR DOME
Houston Terror Dome is a safe Houston haunted house designed to scare the DAYLIGHTS out of you, Think you can handle it? At Houston Terror Dome most of the budget is put into building the most elaborate haunted house legally possible. Everything in Houston Terror Dome is a Hollywood- quality prop that is designed to look and sound like the real thing. In its opening year of 2008, The Houston Chronicle billed the Terror Dome the “Scariest Haunted House In Houston.”The Houston Terror Dome is intense enough to satisfy the most demanding scaremonger.
Tickets (Per Person)
Full Terror: $15.00
VIP no wait and Unlimited entry day of purchase: $25.00
Group Rates / Pricing: A $5.00 discount per ticket is available for groups of 25 or more. Must make arrangements 3 days in advance by calling 281-860-9800.
Not recommended for children under age 12.
16030 East Freeway
Channelview, TX 77530
281-864-9686
www.houstonterrordome.com

DUNGEON OF DOOM
Sep. 28 – Oct. 31
Mon – Thurs: 6 pm – 10 pm
Fri – 6 pm – 11 pm
Saturday: 2 pm – midnight
Sunday:  2 pm – 10 pm
Tickets: $15, $20 Fast Pass
Student Night Tuesdays, $10 with student ID
Group Rates: $12 for 10 or more people
215 Kipp Ave Kemah, TX 77565
www.kemahboardwalk.com/promos/dungeonofdoom/index.asp

FEARSHIRE FARMS
Fearshire Farms has 5 haunt attractions to choose from. Walking up to Fearson’s Farm House you notice the 1900′s decor, a white picket fence, and a creepy corn field in the back. it screams Fritz Kiesrsch’s 1984 masterpiece, “Children of the Corn.” The house is a personal favorite of visitors, because anyone can recreate an old house, but you can’t recreate the creaking floors, deteriorating exterior, and bone chilling feel of the home. Making your way out of the house, you will be led through to the Dead-End Corn Maze. The corn maze stands eight-feet tall and is difficult knowing what, where, and when something will terrorize you. Once you make your way through an abandoned school bus, a crazy old man, and shredded limbs, brace yourself for the chainsaw frenzy.
Fearson’s Farmhouse, No children under 10: $20.00
Dead End Corn Maze, No children under 10: $15.00
Haunted Hayride: $5.00
Curtain Chaoz: $5.00
Spooky Jack’s:  $5.00
1100 South Walker, Angleton, TX 77515
www.fearshirefarms.com

FOR KIDS 12 AND UNDER….

HOUSTON ZOO BOO
Houston’s largest family-friendly Halloween event is back and better than ever, with activities that are fun for the whole family. Kids are encouraged to come dressed in their spookiest, scariest, or prettiest Halloween costume! They’ll love to show off their costume in our Costume Parade and dance to the “thrilling” music with the children’s DJ.  Zoo Boo will also once again feature the Fiesta Mart Pumpkin Patch. Kids can pick out their very own child-sized pumpkin and paint it into a Halloween jack-o-lantern! Overflowing with pumpkins, this is also the perfect spot for photographs.
Tickets: All Zoo Boo activities are included with your paid Zoo admission.Zoo Boo is FREE for Zoo Members!
Saturdays and Sundays
October 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday mornings
Oct 12, 19, and 26
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
www.houstonzoo.org/zooboo

SCREAM ON THE GREEN
This annual citywide Halloween celebration and costume contest is THE Halloween party for the whole family. Ghouls and ghosts will be lurking around downtown on Halloween at Discovery Green. Costume contests for adults, children, babies and even dogs. Please check website for contest rules and entry form. Prizes for 1st Place Winners: $250 IKEA Houston Gift Card for each category: infant to 6 years old, 7 to 12 years old, 13 to 17 years old, Best Male 18 and up, Best Female 18 and up, Best small dog -30 lbs. and under; Best large dog- 31 lbs and up.Other activities included: DJ and Dancing, Tricks and Treats to sample and buy, Fortune Tellers, Caricature Artists, Living Statues, Mad Science fun, Magicians, KPFT Scary-oke and Face Painting
6 p.m. Oct. 31: 6 pm
Tickets: Free
2217 Welch Houston, TX
www.discoverygreen.com/scream-on-the-green/

MONSTER MASH BASH! HALLOWEEN MANSION
Howl at the moon while you bask in our Monster Mash Bash—Houston’s ultimate Halloween party for kids, when we’ll remain open until 8 p.m.! Groove to the beat in your costume while enjoying the fang-tastic sounds of DJ Beetlejuice. Be shocked when you unravel the mysteries of static electricity or get taunted as you try to decipher “just how did he do that?” in the enchanting Ronald McDonald Magic Show. Then, dare to trick-or-treat through the haunting hallways of our Halloween Mansion
10 a.m. Oct. 25
Tickets: $5
1500 Binz at the Houston Children’s Museum
www.cmhouston.org/en/cev/?292

GHOSTLY GARDENS AT MOODY GARDENS
Spooktacular fun will include free trick-or-treating at various locations throughout the complex, Creepy Crafts, face-painting and a costume contest for guests in the Garden Lobby with prizes for the best costume.
Oct. 28, 2-4 p.m
Tickets: Free
7 Hope Blvd., Galveston
www.moodygardens.com

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