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Friday, September 29, 2023


Weekender guide: Get your spook on

Here’s five freaky haunted houses to check out this weekend:

Creepy Hollow Haunted House

This haunted house is actually three haunted houses: Pitch Black, Dark Woods and 288 Scare Factory. The three houses each have their own story. Pitch Black is about a factory that experimented on humans and resulted in undesirable side effects that turned them into killing machines in complete darkness; Dark Woods is about the factory’s caretaker that roams the woods searching for fresh flesh to replace his scarred and burned flesh; and 288 Scare Factory is about surviving the walk through the house with zombies on the loose.

Location: 12872 Valley Vista Drive, Rosharon, TX 77584
Hours: 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. today and Saturday; 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday
Price: $30 for all three attractions


If you missed UH’s Haunted Penthouse, check out the haunted houses featured in this article. | Valli Challa/ The Cougar

Houston Scream Fest

This haunted house is actually a haunted festival where visitors can be in a real life version of “The Walking Dead” and shoot at zombies in the zombie maze with paintball markers. But there are eight haunted houses available for those who want to experience just the haunted house.

There are also performances from bands and “freak shows” every night and booths selling food, carnival games and Halloween merchandise. Scream Fest also has its own dance club if visitors want to do more than just walk around, shoot zombies and get scared.

Location: 1500 Elton St., Houston, TX 77034
Hours: 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. today and Saturday; 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sunday
Price: $35 per person for general admission and $49.95 for a weekend pass; price includes admission to all attractions and the zombie paintball shoot

Nightmare on the Bayou

This haunt features over 15,000 square feet of haunted houses with two houses, Bayou Cemetery and Ghost House. Nightmare on the Bayou is located directly next to Houston’s oldest graveyard.

Location: 1515 Studemont St., Houston, TX 77007
Hours: 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Price: $20 plus tax for a single house; $35 plus tax for both houses; and $40 plus tax to get to the front of the line for both houses

National Museum of Funeral History

Maybe haunted houses aren’t really your thing. For people who don’t do the haunted house scene, the National Museum of Funeral History is holding its third annual family-friendly haunted house. This attraction explores different scenes of death and takes a “light-hearted view of a usually very serious subject.”

Location: 415 Barren Springs Drive, Houston, TX 77090
Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
Price: $5

Terror Dome

The Terror Dome prides itself on using Hollywood-quality props in its haunted house. Every year, they add more rooms, more effects and new characters; this year is no exception.

Location: 16030 East Freeway, Houston, TX 77530
Hours: 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. today; 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. Saturday
Price: $20 for general admission; $30 for the VIP line (a shorter wait) and unlimited entry on the day of purchase

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