7 Houston Haunted House Attractions to Check out This Halloween Season

Prepare to be spooked at one of Houston's haunted house attractions
Prepare to be spooked at one of Houston's haunted house attractions | © klc photography / Alamy Stock Photo
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6 October 2020

Houstonians embrace all things spooky and love a good haunted house attraction. Read on for the seven best haunts in and around Houston where you can scare yourself silly this Halloween.

Anyone looking for a scream in Houston this Halloween should check out the city’s best haunted house attractions, filled with nightmarish creatures brought to life through special effects and live action.

Phobia Haunted Houses

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Phobia Haunted Houses boasts three linked and several separate attractions during the Halloween season. The three linked attractions are Darke World (a journey through a packing plant where the dead and undead hang out), Savage Ground (an open-air attraction filled with zombies and other horrifying things), and Contagion (the classic spooky hospital setting where an infectious disease is running riot). Two of the most popular, separate attractions are Dawn of the Machine (a look into a post-apocalyptic world overrun by robots) and Genetic Nightmare (with mutants and science experiments gone wrong).

Houston Terror Dome Haunted House

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What makes this Halloween attraction so special is that the rooms, actors and attractions have been constantly changing and improving since the Terror Dome opened in 2008. All of the props, sets, and costumes are meant to make visitors feel as if what they are seeing and experiencing is real, and given that the team recommends guests bring extra underwear, they must be succeeding. Situated a 15-minute drive east of downtown Houston, it’s open most weekends in October – and also on Thursdays later in the month. Saturday nights here feature live DJs and zombie dancers.

Houston Scream Fest

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The largest “haunted festival” in Texas, ScreamFest is a month-long event open Friday to Sunday every weekend in October, until 1 November. It offers haunted houses with different themes and paintball attractions, as well as Halloween merchandise to buy, Halloween-themed carnival games with prizes to win, and food and drink stands. A stage is also set up to host a different concert every night of this annual festival of fear. Tickets for the lot are $60 and include drinks.

The Haunted Trails

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Think you don’t fright easily? A walk through the creepy woods at the Haunted Trails attraction (located a 20-minute drive from downtown Houston) might change that. All kinds of ghoulish creatures are waiting in the dark to jump out and scare you, and the fact that they are played by elaborately costumed actors doesn’t seem to stop the screaming. In addition to the haunted woods, there’s also a 3D attraction called Psycho Hollow. If you want to avoid lengthy queues during Halloween season, spend an extra $10 for the Speed Pass, which takes you straight to the front of the line.

Creepy Hollow

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Consistently named as one of the state’s best haunted house attractions, Creepy Hollow offers Halloween fans the opportunity to wander through the premises of the fictional but deadly Nouveau Genesis research organisation, all of whose experiments have gone terribly, freakishly wrong. Two indoor attractions (288 Scare Factory and Pitch Black) take you through the corporations’ laboratories, while the outdoor feature (Dark Woods) dares you to explore the dense woodland where the labs’ waste is deposited, contaminating the water and soil to terrifying effect. For group fun, try breaking out of the lab-themed Escape Room before the zombies get you.

Redrum Fear Park

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Redrum is found in the Texan town of Richmond, just a 40-minute drive southwest of Houston. It’s well worth the trip, offering four extravagantly detailed haunted house attractions, complete with actors who are perhaps a little too convincing. Be entertained by grotesque creatures in the 3D Twisted Circus; watch Redrum’s version of horror classics at the Cinegore; undergo “scream therapy” in the Deadwood Asylum; or test your wits and reactions in the post-apocalyptic battleground that is Lazer Fury.

13th Floor Haunted House

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Arguably Houston City’s premier haunted house attraction, 13th Floor employs some of the most convincing and committed horror actors for miles around. Drawing on all the superstitions of the 13th floor, there is the chance to connect with tormented spirits in the Deadly Reflections attraction and practice your axe-throwing abilities (in case you were doubting them) at “Class Axe Throwing”.

Additional reporting by Mark Nayler

These recommendations were updated on October 6, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.