Texas is known for doing things a little bigger – and that holds true in terms of Halloween festivities, too. The Lone Star State is home to not only the world’s largest Halloween parade but also the world’s largest Halloween theme park. Texas has plenty of traditional spooky options as well, including nostalgic trick-or-treat parties for mini monsters. Here’s a look at 10 top Texas Halloween festivities that will put a shiver in the spine of Lone Star travelers:
Six Flags over Texas Fright Fest, Arlington
Giggle with the ghouls at this family-friendly event. While some attractions may be too intense for very young children, scare-free zones are provided.
Nightmare Factory, Austin
Your fate is in your hands as you choose which way to turn along the path at the Nightmare Factory mansion, which has been scaring folks in the capital city for nearly 20 years. Dubbed “the most terrifying haunted house in Texas,” this attraction is not for the faint of heart.
6th Street Halloween, Austin
As the moon begins to rise over the capital city, Austinites gather along a seven-block stretch to cavort in costume. This event is one of the world’s largest Halloween celebrations.
Dallas ScareGrounds, Dallas
Celebrating its 10th season of scares, this Halloween haunt houses three terrifying attractions in a 23,000-square-foot venue. Dallas ScareGrounds also offers a FestEvil featuring a series of live bands.
Boo at the Fort Worth Zoo, Fort Worth
This family-friendly event combines the fun of an evening zoo visit with the excitement of trick or treating. Lions and tigers greet young ghosts and goblins in three sections of the zoo; along with trick or treat stations, the event includes stage shows and plenty of carnival games.
Cutting Edge Haunted House, Fort Worth
Billed as the world’s largest haunted house, your screams will echo inside this former meat packing plant. Texas Chain Saw Massacre ghosts will terrify visitors, and jolly old Saint Nick will never look the same after an encounter with Santa’s spooky specter.
Terror on The Bayou, Jefferson
The train whistle mimics the screams of the passengers who dare to climb aboard the Runaway Fright Train, which makes a five-mile trek through the Piney Woods. Family-friendly trips are scheduled for the early evening hours, while a PG-13 version is available as the clock creeps closer to the witching hour. Other attractions include a haunted forest walk, the Creepy Screamin’ Maze and the underground Tunnel of Terror.
Nightmare on Grayson, San Antonio
Scaring citizens of the Alamo City for nearly 20 years, this haunted attraction also features the family fun of FestEvil, a carnival-style atmosphere complete with flame throwers, a magician, face painting and tarot card and palm readings.
Thrillvania/ Verdun Manor, Terrell
Considered one of the top haunted attractions in the nation, creatures at the thrill park’s many different attractions lie in wait to send a shiver up your spine. The horror of “The Island of Dr. Moreau” is conjured up inside haunted Verdun Manor, and the surrounding grounds are no safer as you make your way through Voodoo Bayou.
Screams Halloween Theme Park, Waxahachie
As All Hallows Eve nears, the grounds of Scarborough Renaissance Festival are transformed into the World’s Largest Halloween Theme Park, where medieval mayhem awaits those who dare to enter the Castle of Darkness, the venue’s most popular attraction. Anarchy reigns inside the Arcane Asylum, while a crazed clown causes chaos at Terror Visions In 3D and time traveling trick- or-treaters can get sucked into The Black Hole and encounter a T-Rex and history’s most notorious night stalker, Jack The Ripper. Little ones can enjoy the park’s fear-free zone, Spooky Hollow.