For the Halloween season, plan a weekend night visit to Phobia Haunted Houses. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the month of October from 8pm-12am (except on Sunday when it closes at 10pm), Phobia Haunted Houses boasts three linked attractions and two separate attractions. The three linked attractions are ‘Darke World’ (which is a journey through a packing plant filled with the dead and undead), ‘Savage Ground’ (open-air attraction filled with zombies and other horrifying things), and ‘Contagion’ (the classic hospital location with an infectious disease on the loose). The two separate attractions are ‘Dawn of the Machine’ (a look into a post-apocalyptic world overrun by robots) and ‘Genetic Nightmare’ (which includes mutants and science experiments gone wrong). Tickets can be purchased for $30 for the three linked attractions and $15 for one of the separate attractions or $30 for both attractions. Staff only takes cash at the door, so make sure to bring money to cover the tickets. The Phobia Haunted House experience is one of the most terrifying in Houston.
The only haunted house attraction in Houston actually haunted by ghosts is Nightmare on the Bayou. Open only on select dates in October, this attraction boasts two tours that bring a combined one to one and a half hours of spooky fun. The ‘haunts’ are situated on a large plot of land and include the ‘Ghost House’ and ‘Bayou Cemetery.’ Each room and section of Nightmare on the Bayou is decorated to invoke fear, with creepy blacklight paint everywhere and items hanging from the walls and ceiling. Actors dressed as ghouls, ghosts, and murderers also help to heighten the fear factor. One of the greatest draws to Nightmare on the Bayou is that it is actually haunted and experiences had by the staff help to corroborate these claims. Located close to one of the oldest cemeteries in Houston, it’s no surprise that Nightmare on the Bayou is experiencing paranormal activity. This is the perfect place to mix the fun of Halloween and haunted houses within a location that has real supernatural activity.
Featured in both the Houston Chronicle and the Houston Press as one of the best Halloween attractions in Houston, Screamworld has struck fear into the hearts of Houstonians for 25 years. Screamworld is open the last two weekends in September, every weekend in October (every day the week of Halloween), and the first weekend of November. Five different attractions are featured at Screamworld and are decorated according to specific themes. Each attraction is filled with actors, special effects, and mechanical machines used to scare visitors and include ‘The Swamp,’ ‘Jakes Slaughterhouse,’ ‘Edge of Darkness,’ ‘Clown Asylum Maze,’ and ‘Zombie Graveyard.’ Ticket prices include all five attractions for $25 and can be purchased online or at the door. Screamworld is currently offering a contest called ‘Limo to Fear,’ which offers a party night at Screamworld for the winner and ten of their friends.
While a bit of a drive from downtown Houston, Houston Terror Dome is constantly evolving and improving the art of scaring people. 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 like what they are seeing and experiencing is real. The Terror Dome is open most weekends in October, including Thursdays later in the month. Saturday is the best day to go to the Terror Dome because they have a live DJ and airbrushed zombie dancers. Tickets are $20 for the Terror Dome and $30 for the VIP experience. The Terror Dome is a great place to get a scare this Halloween.
Scream Fest takes a normal Halloween attraction and turns it into a festival experience. The largest ‘haunted festival’ in Texas, Scream Fest is a month-long event open Thursday-Sunday every week in October. In terms of the haunted house aspect, Scream Fest has seven different themed haunted houses and three zombie paintball attractions to try out. Scream Fest also brings in Halloween merchandise to sell, Halloween-themed carnival games with prizes to win, food and drink stands, and a big screen that shows horror films. A stage has also been set up, and Scream Fest patrons can enjoy a different concert every night. General admission tickets are $35, or get a weekend pass for around $50 — the ticket price includes everything offered at Scream Fest. Try out the largest haunted festival in Texas, and put Scream Fest on the itinerary for this Halloween.