Get spooked for Halloween at haunted houses across Houston

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Explore the massive haunted factory fright fests and “real life haunts” across Greater Houston and beyond throughout October and into early November 2014.

Whether you like being chased by zombies and chainsaws or you prefer a little history and legend with your bona fide haunted houses, Houston’s got something right up your creepy alley.

Halloween Haunted Houses + Factory Fright Fests

  • Nightmare on the Bayou | The Heights | Ends Saturday, November 1 – On the Travel Channel’s top 13 haunts in the country, this horror house near Houston’s historic Olivewood Cemetery boasts it’s the only stop in town with real ghosts. This year it features two haunts; Ghost House and Bayou Cemetery. $35 for both; $20 for one; cut-the-line for $40.
  • Houston Terror Dome | Channel View | Ends Saturday, November 1 – Voted Houston’s best haunted house back in 2010, this fright experience continues to add new twists, horrors and sets worthy of a Hollywood budget. $22; $33 VIP line cutting.
  • Screamworld | Northwest Houston | Ends Saturday, November 1 – Rated highly by MSNBC, this haunted house on Sam Houston Parkway features five distinct horror environments. $25; $29 cut-the-line admission. Discounts available on select Thursday and Sunday nights through October 16. Prices are more expensive at the door.
  • Phobia | Jersey Village | Ends Saturday, November 1 – In its last year at its Highway 290 location, Phobia offers three distinct horror experiences, “Mind Control, ClaustroPhobia and Darke Institute. Prices start at $15 for one haunt and range to $40 for all three.
  • Houston Scream Fest | Southeast Houston near Hobby | Ends Sunday, November 2 – Scream Fest offers a combined experience with 10 haunt-themed attractions, including one zombie shoot ‘em out where you get to shoot zombies with paintball guns. $35; $49.95 weekend pass.
  • Haunted Trails & Nature’s Nightmare | Northwest Houston | Ends Saturday, November 1 – Two outdoor scare attractions are offered at the same spot on the Sam Houston Parkway. $25 for both attractions; $32 to cut the line.
  • Fearshire Farms | Angleton | Ends Saturday, November 1 – Showcased on the Travel Channel program Halloween’s Craziestairing on Sunday, October 13, this haunt sticks to its rural farm theme with horror attractions built around the story of the Fearson clan, with a haunted farm house, dead end corn maze, paintball shooting gallery and more. $30 for access to all three; $15 to $20 for invidivual haunts; $5 for those who enter the grounds but don’t go in any haunted attractions.
  • Redrum Presents Zombie Apocalypse, Twisted Circus 3D and Asylum | Rosenberg | Ends Saturday, November 8 – Three themed haunts try to out do each other in sheer creepiness. 20 general admission; $45 VIP admission; $60 Super VIP admission.
  • Kingwood Asylum | Kingwood | Ends Sunday, November 2 – Tour the hallowed grounds of the dubiously historical Kingwood Asylum. $20. Bring up to three cans of food for $1 off admission per can.
  • Creepy Hollow Haunted House | Rosharon | Through November 2 – Explore three creepy haunts in the woods 30 minutes south of Houston, including a scare factory, the haunted woods themselves and the ominous-sounding Pitch Black. $30; $10 more for a cut-the-line pass.
  • Haunted House at the National Museum of Funeral History | North Houston between Greenspoint and Spring | Ends Monday, November 3 – This family-friendly haunted house might spark some goose bumps, but it maintains a light-hearted experience suitable for most tweens. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. $5 adults; $3 for ages 12 and under.

Houston Area Ghost Tours + Authentic Haunts

  • Heights Ghost Tour | The Heights | Year Round – The folks at Ghost Tours Texas reveal a hidden side of the historic Houston Heights, telling tales of many of the fine homes and mansions, as well as murder and betrayal. $22 for ages 13 and up. $16 for ages 6 to 12. Kids 5 and younger are free.
  • Jack the Ripper Séance at La Carafe | Downtown | Select dates through Wednesday, October 29 – This interactive performance puts you smack dab in the middle of a turn-of-the-century séance at La Carafe.  The pre-Civil War building is itself believed to be haunted, but the 45-minute séance is pure theatrics. Dates and spaces are limited. $20.
  • Galveston Ghost Tour | Galveston | Year Round – Guides from Ghost Tours Texas lead visitors through Galveston’s historic and haunted mansion district, taking in the famous Ashton Villa on Broadway and infamous Galveston bordellos, offering a glimpse into real and long expired tales of murder, revenge and passion. $22 for ages 13 and up. $16 for ages 6 to 12. Kids 5 and younger are free.
  • Ghosts of Galvez at the Hotel Galvez | Galveston | Through November 1 – Stay overnight at Galveston’s grand and historic Hotel Galvez on a Wednesday, Thursday or Sunday and get a special guided tour of the hotel where you’ll be introduced to some of the hotel’s former guests. Includes overnight accommodations at the hotel and dinner for two at the Galvez Bar & Grill. $229 per night.
  • Kemah Ghost Tour  | Kemah | Year Round – Explore the historic and purportedly haunted Kemah Light House District on this walking tough with Ghost Tours Texas. Visitors hear tales of the dark history of Kemah and Galveston Bay all the way back to the 1700s and including the Karankawa Indians and the Great Storm of 1900. $22 for ages 13 and up. $16 for ages 6 to 12. Kids 5 and younger are free.
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