Halloween Heats Up in Texas
More Events in 2008
October brings not only long anticipated cooler weather to the Lone Star State but inspired interest in the spooky, the unusual, and the kind of stuff that makes for strange stories and tales. And there are plenty of those in Texas.
Steeped in folklore and legend, Texas can trace its roots to the days when Native Americans practiced sorcery and magic, when Spanish settlers spoke openly but quietly of witches, demons, shape changers and ghosts; when the Day of the Dead was, and still is, widely celebrated among the Hispanic population. In Texas, there's a strange story around every corner, and Texans traditionally embrace the season with a degree of enthusiasm.
That might explain why there are so very many popular seasonal events and themed attractions each fall, when the promise of Halloween and the Day of the Dead are on the wind and just around the corner. And in a state as big as Texas, you can bet these annual spectacles are performed on a grand and scary scale.
So if you're thinking about getting out and enjoying the spooky season by attending one or more of these grandly haunted themed events, we have compiled a short list of the must-sees and must-dos in October. WARNING: If you're traveling with small children, you might want to consult each attraction's age requirements. Some may prove a little too frightening for the kids - and maybe the adults. Remember, in Texas, even the scares are big.
Theme Park Themed Attractions
SNICKERS Presents San Antonio's FRIGHT NIGHT Celebration. Attractions will include the best haunted house and a demented shopping center. The Wheel of Fright is back and this year at The Sundance Theatre with "Save A Cockroach…Eat Another Creepy Crawler." Guests will have the opportunity to spin the Wheel of Fright and eat a scrumptious option from our delectable culinary menu of snails, crickets and grasshoppers. For younger kids, there'll be trick-or-treating at Looney Tunes Spooky Town and storytelling from Cornelius, the Not-So-Very-Scary Scarecrow.
Oct. 4-5, 11-12, 17, 18, 19, 24-25-26, 31
Cost: Included in Six Flags admission, except for the haunted house
More Info: 210-697-5050
Welcome to Arania's Nightmare located at David Blackburn Southern Palace This classic Six Flags Over Texas show is back as Arania, the Black Bride, is on the manhunt for husband number 14. It seems that the other 13 have all met with mysterious ends. This comical search takes place as Aranias's best friend conjures up likely candidates for Arania. *May not be appropriate for small children.
Howl located at the Majestic Theatre
TRL's got nothing on our own Howl-O-Ween Top 10 Count Down. Crash, Maven, Spike, Angelique, and Fang with the their band "The Freak Show" will rock Fright Fest while performing music by Kelly Clarkson, Aerosmith, Run DMC, Styx, Pat Benatar, KISS, Nickleback and many more. Fright has never rocked like this!
WBAT Fright Time Radio Remote located at The Silver Star Carousel Stage
Tune into 1313 WBAT your "Fright time" radio as DJ Cutz and Spinz, his right hand ghoul-friend Friday Atmidnight; and weatherman, sportscaster and station engineer Suede Slayer broadcast live from Six Flags Over Texas, Fright Fest. *Weather permitting.
WBAT Fright Time Radio FINAL Challenge located at The Silver Star Carousel Stage
Contestants compete against the clock and each other for the title of Fear Factory Campion as well as other great prizes. Witness as our WBAT radio gang has challengers go toe-tag to toe-tag in "Fear of Frying", "Autopsy Inventory" and "Gag-O-Phobia" to win Six Flags Over Texas 2009 Season Passes. *Weather permitting.
The Final Freak Out located at The Silver Star Carousel Stage
There's a party going on at the Star Mall Fear Factory, as your neighborhood ghouls, zombies and goblins bring Dr. Fright to life, every evening at park closing. Once materialized, Dr. Fright gets the house-a-rockin' with a closing spectacular featuring music from the Disco Divas and Funk Bands of the 80s. Top this off with special effects and a cast of zombies - you're sure to be dancing in the streets this Fright Fest. Weather permitting.
Dead Man's Party located at Star Mall and Studio 13 Portal
All of our Six Flags zombies and ghouls gather in a frightfully entertaining spook-tacular dance treat featuring some of WBAT's Fright Time radio's most popular Halloween hits from the 70's, 80's and 90's. *Weather permitting.
Thrilling Haunted Houses
Looney Tunes Spooky Town located in LOONEY TUNES Land
Come meet members of the LOONEY TUNES gang in a Trick-or-Treat event just for younger guests. You'll see the LOONEY TUNES characters decked-out in their favorite Halloween costumes, in a not-so-scary haunted maze of their own. Visit each cartoon scene collecting Halloween treats from the crew all along the way. *For children under 54 inches.
Studio 13: Where Film Comes to Fright located in Goodtimes Square
Take a tour of Studio 13, the long abandoned movie back-lot possessed by the nightmare images of the cinema. Enter The Scarro-Plex where horror's most infamous creatures still come to life in its dark chambers. *Additional $5.00 charge required. Not recommended for children under 14 years of age.
Skullduggery: The Haunting of Skull Island located in France
The evil pirate, Captain Corpius, has been hanged for crimes of the high seas and debauchery. His ghost and that of his ravenous skeleton crew still haunt Skull Island. Make your way through the remains of their pirate ship, encampment and catacombs to be among the first that live to tell the pirate tale of treachery and treasure. *Additional $5.00 charge required.
Bloody Mary's Circus of Fear located in the Texas Arena
Clowns from the Bloody Mary's Circus of Fear have found a new home and look forward to your visit. These clowns have but one thing on their minds…evil. So come one, come all, as the scariest show on earth pulls into town. *Additional $3.00 charge required. All proceeds benefit the Longhorn Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Not recommended for small children.
Phobia located in the Texas Arena
*Additional $3.00 charge required. All proceeds benefit the Longhorn Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Not recommended for small children.
Oct. 4-5, 11-12, 17, 18, 19, 24-25-26, 31
Cost: Included in Six Flags admission.
For more info: (817) 640-8900
Jack's Nightmare Forest
Take a trip through this forest of fear to encounter Jack's Corpse Creepers and bring your worst nightmares to reality.
You're sure to get chills at this thrilling new show that combines special effects with snakes, rats, tarantulas and more.
JACK IS BACK
This Halloween-themed show at the Entrance Plaza caps off each evening with a family-fun dance party that celebrates Jack's return.
SHAMU'S ROCKING CREEP SHOW
Shamu and companion killer whales star in this nightly Halloween spectacular, which features giant-screen graphics and special effects.
TICKET INFO: (800) 700-7786
A Real Haunted House located on the outskirts of Dallas with a truly haunted past which has been open to the public for 30 seasons. A full nights frightful fun includes a free hayride from your car to the front gate where you will be entertained by Dr. Irvin VonHackinslash and the Not-Ready-for-Post-Mortem Players in the graveyard before you enter the house for the fright of your life! NEW THIS SEASON: Texas' longest vortex tunnels and a new oil derric that shoots a 50ft geyser of fire.
The Boneyard Haunted House benefits Special Olympics of Texas! A great blend of high tech and good old fashion scare tactics makes this haunt one of DFW's best scares for your dollar. Located in the heart of the MetroPlex, housed in over 130,000 SqFt! "Help scare up a few bones for Special Olympics"
Named "2001 Best Haunted House" by FearGuide.com; "Best Haunted House" by Dallas Observer and "5 Bloody Daggers" by the Star Telegram... A cast of 18 paid actors guarantee the scare of your life. The costumes and make-up are so extensive, it's hard to tell which ghouls are real and which aren't. The house has been completely redesigned and you'll never get out now!
Cutting Edge, World's Largest Haunted House is the largest haunted house ever! Cutting Edge is located in a 235,000 square foot warehouse built in the late 1920’s, (located in Downtown Fort Worth at the intersection of I-30, I-35 and Hwy 287). This year Cutting Edge will feature the ultimate scares including: Halloween freebies screams, mad Texas Chainsaw Massacre ghosts, gothic horror screams, scary haunted mansion props, screams, raging phantoms phantasialand, Haunted Jefferson Rivers Amusement Attraction, & spooky Santa ghost treat that will make you scream.
Screams, the World's Largest Halloween Theme Park, will open Friday, September 29 for five frightening weekends. Guests may visit all four haunted houses multiple times and stay until the park closes at 1:30 AM if they wish, all for only $19.99. Admission also includes the Ghoulish Graveyard, Maze of the Macabre, Spooky Hollow Children's area (for children 12 & under closes at 10 PM), karaoke stage and roving characters. The Screams® karaoke contest is back for its second year with a $500 cash prize for the winner. Additional excitement is provided by the Mythical Monster Museum and Trail of Terror, Screams® Café, Taboo Tavern, Hot Seat Extreme, bungee power jump, mechanical bull, games of skill and rides. ScreamsÒ is open Friday and Saturday nights, September 29 through October 28 from 7 PM to 1:30 AM, as well as Sunday Night, October 29, from 7 PM to 11 PM.
Other Halloween Attractions
Boo! Join the Zoo for some “spook”tacularly scary fun for all ages this Halloween at the 19th Annual Zoo Boo at YOUR San Antonio Zoo. Zoo Boo is an exciting, safe, and non-scary Halloween event for families inside the San Antonio Zoo. Activities include trick-or-treating, face painting, rub-on tattoos, and games. Visitors are encouraged to wear costumes and participate in our costume contest.
Ticket prices for all visitors over the age of 2 are:
$5.00 in advance.
$6.00 at the gate.