There is no shortage of things to do on Halloween in the DFW (Dallas-Fort Worth) metroplex.
At the Boneyard Haunted House proceeds benefit Special Olympics every year. The facility is located at 3000 E. Pioneer Parkway in Arlington and is said to be even bigger than before this year. They outgrew their old space so they had to relocate, say staff and the theme is “Where your greatest fears become reality.” From a wicked woman dressed in red overseeing a skull atop a pile of books to a walking skeleton, be prepared to be scared. The Boneyard has underground parking, indoor tickets, a festival, music, and other festivities as well. Oh, and stay out of the freight elevator, they say. According to reviewers, the Boneyard, in its fourth year, is the best. Featuring old-fashioned blood and guts stuff and high-tech terror, the house is considered to be not for the faint of heart on two acres of screams. They are open Friday-Sunday nights and Halloween nights in October.
One of the oldest haunted houses is the Cutting Edge Haunted House by Terror Quest at 1701 E. Lancaster Avenue in Fort Worth. Show dates are Sept. 23 and 30, Oct. 6-7, 13-15, 19-22, 25-31. Show times are 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sun.-Thurs and 7-12 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Prices are $23 for adults plus tax, $18.50 for children plus tax, and $1 more Oct. 20-31.
The location is in a 100,000 square-foot warehouse built in the 1920s, considered to be by staff a perfect site for what they have in mind every year.
For more information, call the Hauntline at 817-348-8444.
Hangman’s House of Horrors is considered one of the most successful places of its kind in the country, according to its website. Located at I-30 and Forest Park Boulevard in Fort Worth next to Magic; Etc. Costumes, work started on the haunted house in August in the sweltering heat by volunteers. A portion of all proceeds go toward area charities which are all voluntary, non-profit, 501 (3) © organizations. These include the American Cancer Society, Humane Society of North Texas, Lone Star Film Society, A Wish With Wings, and Safe Haven.
To volunteer go to hangmans.com.
For more information, call 817-336-HANG, a 24-Hour line.
If you go to phantomshaunt.com you can find out all about The Phantom’s Great Scare at the State Fair in Dallas which will be held Sept. 29-Oct 22. Cost of admission is $12.00. Considered one of the scariest Halloween events in the state, staff created even more elaborate sets to make the place even more horrific. Last year they had their highest attendance ever, according to staff. Considered to be mind-twisting it is a welcome added attraction to the annual state fair with professional actors and staff used to up the scare factor.
The Great Scare is located at the fair’s coliseum near the parking lot. Visitors are asked to enter at Gate 11 at Lagow off Fitzhugh.
For group rates and to buy advance tickets, call 214-770-8007.
Featuring three haunted houses on the land since 1996, The Dallas Scaregrounds opens for weekends through Halloween on Sept. 29th.
The facility is located at Oaklawn off I-30 near Medieval Times. Hours are Fri.-Sat., 7:30 p.m. – 1 a.m. and weeknights 7:30 till 11 p.m. One $16 ticket includes all three houses – the Necrotorim, the Terrortorium, and the Hallucinatorium. A festival includes food, games, entertainment, and other festivities. You can print coupons at dallasscaregrounds.com.
For more information, call 214-346-2111.
Dracula’s Halloween Ball will be held Oct. 28th at 3025 Main Street at Club One in Dallas from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. Much planning and preparation go into the one-night event that takes on a life of its own every year.
Jim Wester of Garland won the first prize in the costume contest last year for his Dragon on Stilts.
For details on the event, call 214-741-1111.