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Dallas’ Most Surprising Haunted Houses

Your Early Halloween Guide — Spooky Chills, Fun and Historic Frights

BY // 09.07.18

September has hit and autumn has unofficially begun. The pumpkin spice lattes have already emerged and some of us are already breaking out the sweaters any time it dips below 90 degrees. And for those of us Halloween fanatics, the spooky holiday cannot come soon enough.

Thankfully, we don’t have to wait until October 31 to start the freaky festivities. Haunted Houses and excursions around Dallas are opening their doors this month and we’ve compiled a list of the best.

Call it your early Dallas Halloween season cheat sheet:

Dark Hour Haunted House

701 Taylor Drive


Ranked No. 4 in America on USA Today’s Top Haunted Houses list, Dark Hour is one unique spooky attraction. With stellar sets and professional actors, your trek through the grounds of Coven Manor, which is filled with nightmarish witches that will have you shaking in your boots.

For $8 more, it’s completely worth buying a combo ticket to also experience Carl’s Playhouse. Jam-packed with creepy animated characters and crazy colors, you’ll be haunted by Carl Cleaver’s themed children’s pizza parlor for days. Dark Hour opens September 21 and runs through October 31.

Cutting Edge Haunted House

1701 E Lancaster Ave

Fort Worth

This house of frights is worth the trip over to Fort Worth for a frightening, fun night. As the former Guinness World Record holder for “World’s Largest Walk Through Haunted House,” you get plenty of chills for your cash in this one.

Located in an abandoned meatpacking factory, Cutting Edge is filled with all sorts of terrors. Creepy clowns and monsters inhabit the 55-minute experience. Cutting Edge opens September 29 and closes November 3.

Moxley Manor

510 Harwood Road


This haunted attraction is based around the true story of a family which was brutally murdered in the 1920s, giving it an extra eeriness. It even may be a little too much real life.

The original home (and site of the murders) is closed due to safety reasons, but the recreated experience is still pretty frightening. Along with the Manor, a $23 general admission ticket grants you access to the newer Big Top Terror Haunted House as well. Moxley Manor opens September 28 and keeps the frights going through Halloween night.

Six Flags Fright Fest

2201 E Road to Six Flags Street


Six Flags Over Texas’ classic Fright Fest is a must. Haunted houses and scare zones are created, spooky decorations are put up throughout the sprawling amusement park and rides are transformed into demonic thrills.

There are a few new horrifying additions this year, including a new haunted house. In “Hell House 6 – Sentenced to Death,” you must attempt to escape insane inmates and mutated shockers from death row. Fright Fest kicks off September 22 and runs through October 31 .

Apparition Expedition: A Stroll Through Plano’s Paranormal Past

If you love spooky things, but aren’t looking to be absolutely terrified, this ghost tour through downtown Plano is a fun alternative. On the evenings of Oct. 12 and 13, take a guided 1.5-mile walk through historic downtown Plano.

You’ll be introduced to the creepy and paranormal oddities of Plano’s past. Afterwards, join the After Party at Old Community Well where there will be food, drinks and music. Tickets go on sale September 13 and cost $15 per person.

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