Texas haunted houses are some of the scariest and best haunted houses in Texas and America. Hauntworld.com will help you find haunted houses in Texas, and more specifically Haunted Houses in Dallas, DFW, Texas. The Dallas Fort Worth Texas area as some refer to as DFW haunted houses are some of the best and scariest haunted houses in Texas and America. As the editor of Hauntworld.com we know Texas haunted houses well because we use to live in Houston, Texas and have visted Haunted Houses in Texas many times and rate them for our readers. We have seen some of the scariest haunted houses in Dallas Texas DFW because we actually visited this area many years ago and one of the haunted houses we saw was Cutting Edge haunted house once holding the World Record for longest haunted houses in Texas and America.
There are many scary haunted houses in Texas especially haunted houses in Dallas DFW Texas like The Haunt House which was featured here on Hauntworld.com. Another great Texas Haunted Houses is Slaughterhouse Haunted Houses located in the Dallas Fort Worth DFW, Texas area which includes some of the scariest scenes ever before seen in a haunted houses in Texas. Here at Hauntworld.com you will find the best haunted attractions and haunted houses in Texas which you can visit each Halloween season. Another great haunted house is Dr. Haunts Chamber of Fear near Dallas, Texas and Terror NIghts haunted house near Dallas Texas.
Find the best and scariest haunted houses, real haunts, Halloween attractions, Hayrides and more near or in the Dallas area.
Dallas is the third largest city in Texas. Dallas is known for many different things. The Dallas Cowboys in football, it's barbecue, authentic Mexican, and Tex-Mex cuisine are just a few. Some other things that the people of Dallas enjoy are searching for fossils in the rocks, digging around and hopes of finding remnants of dinosaurs or marine reptiles. No matter what you enjoy you can always count on these specific locations in Dallas to always get you blood pumping and put that extra scare into you.
The first is a deserted road called NW Highway where there have been multiple reports of "something" being throwing such as a blunt object at their cars as they drove by. The happenings are being reported by Flagpole Hill In Dallas and the damage that is being reported is substancial.
If you ever go to the Majestic Theatre, be prepared of the strange happenings and paranormal activing. Employess and patrons have reported smelling strange smells, the phone lines will light up and no one will be there and on several occasions the stage curtain will all of a sudden move with noone there to move the controls. It is said the old owner, Karl Hoblizelle's ghost is the one responsible for all the unexplaned activity.
In additional there are many ghost tours, and other real haunted house places throughout Texas. Find the best haunted houses and more here at www.Hauntworld.com
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“Hell’s Half Acre has a fantastic history and was one of the roughest parts of Texas in old Fort Worth. It was the home of gambling, gunfights, murder and mystery,” Todd James, co-creator of Cutting Edge Haunted House, said.
The “Acre,” a byword for mayhem and hell-raising in the late 19th to early 20th century, was a typical red-light district made up of bordellos, cribs, sport houses, dance halls, gambling parlors and saloons. Many of the unsavory characters that passed through the Acre were looking for nothing but trouble. Infamous gangsters like Butch Cassidy, The Sundance Kid and their hole-in-the-wall gang, Doc Holiday and Jesse James were a few of those characters. It was a place where legends were made, myths were started and mysteries remained unsolved.
“It’s full of some crazy unsolved mysteries and that’s the best backbone for any good Haunted House,” James said.
Although it was a real place, separating myth from reality is a difficult task for anyone. What is better for a haunted house than to be located in a part of town that is already known for its questionable and haunted past?
One of the long standing murder mysteries that haunt the alleys of Hells Half Acre is that of Sally. Sally was a dance hall girl whose corpse was found splayed out and nailed to the door of an outhouse. No other information is known. One tends to wonder if it is Sally’s lost and troubled spirit that wanders the upper levels of the old meat-packing plant. Several crew members have heard the crying of a woman in the empty rooms on the top floor. Considering the history of the building and the land on which it was built, these experiences don’t seem that farfetched.
Two other specters are often seen in the old plant, one in the north warehouse and the other in various areas of the old original building where a fire occurred in 1923. Frances Woodruff, “cast mom” and set designer, will not go in the northern warehouse alone, even during the day.
“I’ve seen something over there,” Woodruff said. “You can laugh if you want, but there is something in that part of the building and I will not go over there alone,” she says with a shiver.
“There are a lot of strange things that have happened in this old meat-packing plant, stuff that we just can’t explain,” James says.
Hell’s Half Acre was larger than life back in its heyday, and considering Cutting Edge Haunted House is built on those legendary ruins, it’s only fitting that this Texas legend remains true to that imagery. Texas is known for “Texas-sized” everything, including scares and special effects.
The entry to the Haunted House sports a massive twenty foot skull that you must pass through to enter the show. Guests wait in line, slowly moving closer and closer to this huge, ominous sculpture with red glowing eyes and smoke billowing from its gaping mouth. The top of the building billows clouds of fog with no less than sixteen massive track light beams blazing through the night sky. In the midst of this impressive light show, a 40’ gigantic monster, lovingly named “Jr” looms over the edge of the building threatening to devour anyone that might get too close. The enormity of the outside presence is matched only by the sheer length of the show itself. It takes almost an hour to complete. Boasting the Guinness World Record for the largest walk-through haunted house, this experience will test your endurance as well as your fears.
To make Cutting Edge Haunted House “an experience you can only hope to forget”, the creators spend all year planning, building and set dressing. The idea is simple, people rely on their senses in frightening situations, if you take those away you make them vulnerable, and when people feel vulnerable they become frightened. If you then add vast enveloping darkness, realistic settings, frightening visual effects, a dynamic cast with Hollywood quality make-up and you have created the horrifically perfect situation for spine tingling, hair-raising, fright.
The haunted house uses the meat-packing equipment as a two-story human conveyor system. Bodies are hoisted onto meat hooks, transported up to the second level and then brought through the plant to endure the meat packing process until the conveyor brings the butchered corpses back to the first level.
The Cutting Edge, as the name suggests, is not just a haunted house but an interactive entertainment event that includes a multitude of highly themed sets, scores of animatronics, a Monster Hearse on 44 inch tires, an exploding bus and a heart-pounding sound system. The haunted house also features a drum line whose athleticism and talent sends chills racing through the guests as the drummers not only entertain but also scare the public with the intensity of their performance.
“We have these top notch percussionists that perform in a sort of apocalyptic industrial alley way. They play on all sorts of heavy metal objects throughout the whole night. These guys are running around scaring people, but they never stop playing,” James says as he describes the drum line.
Each aspect of the haunted house is designed with amazing precision. Everything ranging from small props and actors to the thematically-designed sets are created and placed strategically to become a nightmare producing, bone-chilling experience that you have never endured before.
If all of this wasn’t enough, there is still the 30,000-square-foot maze aptly named “The Pit.” The Pit is an enormous game, a race through the darkness with only a 4-inch glow stick to light the way.
One of the final encounters you endure will test your nerves, but force you to experience the most fun you will ever have screaming your head off. A 100-foot-long wall of solid, never ending foam is your last test in this terrifying haunted house. Once you enter, there is absolutely no going back. Don’t worry though, if you’ve been through enough and you don’t think you can take anymore, you can opt for the “chicken bypass.”
Carlos Martinez, Guinness World Record adjudicator, braved Hell’s Half Acre and wandered his way through the haunted halls, beginning to end, last year when he proclaimed Cutting Edge the longest walk-through haunted house on record. This year Cutting Edge is celebrating its 20th anniversary and plans to make it the biggest and most terrifying year ever. When you drive away from the haunted meat-packing plant you will leave wondering if it was really all make-believe. The experience reaches the place in your mind that always questions those fleeting shadows you notice out of the corner of your eye and the fear that someone is lurking behind you in the dark.
Cutting Edge Haunted House is truly, “An Experience You Can Only Hope…. to Forget”
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Dallas Texas' - Reindeer Manor
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Dallas Texas Haunted Houses are some of the scariest and best in America! Hauntworld.com rates and review the best and Scariest haunted houses, haunted attractions, and Halloween events in America! Reindeer Manor is located in Red Oak Texas, Just outside of Dallas and has one of the scariest haunted houses in America! Prepare to scream! Sit back and prepare to scream through our review of Reindeer Manor. This Halloween you can't miss the scariest and best haunted attraction in the entire state of Texas, Reindeer Manor. Reindeer Manor is the longest running Texas haunted house and one of the longest running haunted houses in all of America. Finally we are able to review one of the longest running haunted houses in Dallas Texas.
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40 years. That’s a long time for lots of things. Sid Vicious and Buddy Holly changed the face of popular culture and only lived approximately half that amount. That’s 10 times the length of U.S. involvment in WWII. It’s certainly a tremendous amount of time for a haunted house. Almost no other haunted attraction in the world can boast a 40 year history. Yet this is not where our story ends… but where it begins.
Reindeer Manor in Red Oak, Texas is getting a serious facelift for 2014 just in time to kick off its 41st season and will begin a new era in the Dallas/Fort Worth haunted house market. The new owners are Alex and Jennifer Lohmann, who already bring you the iconic 13th Street Morgue and the heart-pounding Dungeon Of Doom. These two are no strangers to the industry and have been haunting for 15 years as a couple. To better explain how this all came to be, perhaps it’s best to start at the beginning with a bit of haunting history.
Picture in your head the following story:
Around 1910 James Sharp, a prominent gas and well mining shareholder, had a few hundred acres of property and rented out the main house to an immigrant family. Disaster struck when lightning hit causing the house to catch fire. The destruction was horrific and all 4 members of the immigrant family were killed. Mr. Sharp decided to rebuild in brick, bringing to the property a manor home, water cistern, generator house, barns, and servants quarters. Before construction was fully completed James Sharp was found dead, apparently of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
From there James' son Matthew inherited the farm. Matthew and his wife did quite well raising race horses and turning his father's vision of a southern estate into reality. Then, the stock market crashed in 1929. Having lost most of his inheritance, madness and depression set in, and Matthew poisoned his wife in the manor house and hung himself in his beloved horse barn.
After the Sharps’ tragic end, the property changed hands many times over the coming years, ever haunted by its past. The size and span of the property also dwindled. In 1974 a group of folks had a strange request of the owners. They wanted to use the manor house for Halloween and charge people to get scared. That’s the year Reindeer Manor was born.
In 1982, Boy Scout Troop 1 took over the reins of operating The Manor. Under their leadership, the haunted house began to thrive. Some outrageous custom effects, especially for that time, were employed: Tesla coils, a falling ceiling room, a hollowed out graveyard for monsters to lurk out of, and even a flaming pond! They continued on this same path until 2004.
Enter The Lohmanns
Alex and Jennifer Lohmann always had a passion for Halloween and haunted houses. In 1999, they started as yard haunters, and by 2003, their yard haunt was actually larger than the house itself. They decided it was time to go pro. Alex had already founded the Dallas Trocars (a hearse club), and they used the hearses to check out as many local haunts as they could to get to know the industry. Armed with their home haunting experience, they opened up The 13th Street Morgue in Alverado, TX in 2004. Already by the end of their first season as pro haunters, they realized a need to up their game to a bigger market and better location. That’s when a mutually beneficial deal was struck with Reindeer Manor Haunted House. Reindeer Manor needed another attraction to survive in the ever-expanding Dallas market where multi-attraction venues were on the rise. In turn, The Morgue needed a new home. It was a perfect haunted house partnership, so with the beginning of the 2005 season, Reindeer opened as a multi-element haunt park: 2 haunted attractions, a midway, games, concessions, and lots more pyrotechnics.
In 2008, the Lohmanns acquired a sister haunt to go along with The Morgue. Dungeon Of Doom Haunted House had been located in the Arlington Museum Of Art since 1989. Their owners, having decided to retire, struck up a deal with Alex and Jen. Dungeon Of Doom would then be relocated to the same property with The Morgue and Reindeer Manor. The haunt park now had 3 attractions, and the next few years saw promising growth all around.
To add a little more to their plate the Lohmanns launched a second company in 2013 called When Hinges Creak (www.WhenHingesCreak.com). It is a small haunted house prop company that focuses primarily on resin casts of neat and unusual detail pieces. This little company has grown and become a large part of the Lohmanns' lives.
There’s an old saying that nothing ever stays the same. The Dallas Fort Worth area is a hard market in which to maintain a haunt. Dallas customers will drive an hour just to check out the next bigger and better show. Also, there is never a lack of new shows in the DFW market. Reindeer Manor found itself having a hard time keeping up. Every year fewer and fewer folks were interested in doing what it takes to keep a haunt alive in Dallas. Haunting had become much more of a business than just a pastime. At the end of the 2013 season, Reindeer decided they could not face the major overhaul that was needed to stay competitive. A decision was made, and Alex and Jennifer purchased Reindeer Manor. The culmination of all this effort will result in the upcoming Reindeer Manor Halloween Park, a 33-acre fear park which will be expanding over the next several years. It's not a rebranding per se, but it is giving things a new facelift that’s long overdue. To quote an orchestra conductor, "Again…with gusto."
Alex and Jennifer won’t be doing all this alone. Over the last 15 years they’ve put together a talented crew, many of whom have stayed involved for well over a decade. Like many haunted house crews, theirs is like a family with a strong sense of kinship and dedication and love of haunting. Folks outside the industry might just see it as a bunch of weirdos (and they’d be right), but this bunch of weirdos will march right into the mouth of Hell for what they believe in. They believe whole-heartedly that this fear park has the potential to be the best. Over the years their crew has faced many challenges and have always risen to the occasion. Alex and Jennifer see no reason for this challenge to be any different.
Two of the most predominant people in the off-season build crew are Daniel Burnett and Kevin Cook. Daniel has been working with Alex and Jennifer for 10 seasons. He started a few weeks before their first season at Reindeer, doing his internship in the morning, attending his day job in the afternoon, and working at the haunt until the wee hours of the morning. Essentially, he didn’t sleep much during that period of time. Daniel also takes care of the park audio, graphics, web design, off-season promotions, design, construction, lighting, and tends to be the one to make sure things stay organized. Kevin Cook has been with the Lohmanns for 8 years and does construction, design, lighting, maintenance, and is generally called upon for heavy lifting. He was married at the haunt with Alex officiating. Both his wife Tiinia Auler and best man Chris Greene act and work off-season promotional events. Daniel and Kevin act in the show as well and are actor managers over their areas. Their annual motivation is to have the scariest, most-theatrical actors of any Dallas haunted house around.
This entire group also has another, even odder side. They have a band called the Reindeer Morgue Of Doom Midnight Hour Jubilee Chorus. They dress up in costume and play instruments: Alex on accordion, Daniel on banjo, Kevin on the ugly stick, Chris on the triangle, and Tiinia playing the bells. They sing songs ranging from 80’s hits to old Irish drinking songs.
After a 40-year history the original Haunted House at Reindeer Manor is getting a major overhaul. The show format will change as well. Instead of a theatrical “skit” being done in each room, it’s being converted to a modern, walk-through type attraction that will play on both the house's actual haunting history and a solid scary backstory to really bring the creep-factor up. This will be backed by a remodel of the haunted trail out behind the house. There will be many iconic features that will stay right where they are, the same as customers have come to expect. 2014 will showcase the best scenic design the crew has done to date, and they are ready for the challenge. There will also be a dramatic shift in character development, costuming, and makeup this year. Plans are already underway to get a new shop up and a running as well to make custom masks, prosthetics and costumes for the park.
With a talented haunt crew at the helm, this year’s haunted house park will be unstoppable. The Lohmanns are dedicated to making sure their customers get the most value for their money, and that value grows each year.
Terrell Texas near Dallas Texas is the home of one of the scariest haunted houses in America called Thrillvania Haunted House Park. Texas has many incredible haunted houses and Hauntworld rates and reviews the best haunted attractions in America. Hauntworld can help you find hundreds of haunted houses in Texas and America .
Comprised of five separate attractions and situated on 50 acres of woodlands just a few miles east of Dallas, Thrillvania Haunted House Park is a world class haunted attraction conceived and built by legendary haunted house visionary Lance Pope.
The centerpiece of the attraction is Verdun Manor, a nightmarish, dilapidated, ghoul-infested old gothic mansion reputed to be haunted by a psychopathic werewolf and his vampire bride. Accessed by way of the dank, marshy Voodoo Bayou and a foggy overgrown cemetery, Verdun Manor has grown and evolved many times over the years since its original incarnation.
The building started out as "Haunted Cannon Manor," a regular attraction at the annual State Fair of Texas. Anyone who has seen pictures of the original façade of the manor will recognize a striking similarity to Disneyland's haunted house attraction, and indeed the haunt was originally designed and created by former Disney Imagineers.
It was there at the State Fair where a young and impressionable teenager fell in love with “Haunted Cannon Manor”. Young Lance Pope persuaded the owner of the attraction to let him help out, sweeping floors and cleaning up after the crowds, later working as an actor and eventually collaborating in the creation of new scenes and features.
In 1989, while attending the University of Texas at Arlington and operating the first, much more modest “Haunted Verdun Manor” across the street from his dormitory, Lance got a call from the owner of Cannon Manor, offering to sell him the attraction. The caveat was that he had to be able to get it moved NOW! Lance was so enamored with the haunt that he made it happen.
Lance leased a small plot of land in Forney, Texas, and there he refurbished Cannon Manor to become the new Haunted Verdun Manor, an attraction that grew and flourished so well over the next seven years that in 1996 Lance moved it to its current 50-acre plot in Terrell, Texas. He named the new Haunted Park “Thrillvania”. The site in Terrell was large enough to allow Lance to expand his dream, adding new buildings and attractions every year. In the last year of his life he added Granny Lupus' Séance Theatre, which debuted in October of 2002.
An amazing display of animatronic genius, the Séance Theatre features ghoulish ectoplasmic visitors from the other side, flying phantoms and grotesque talking heads. More fascinating than truly frightening, it's an especially good attraction for some of the more timid visitors to the park.
Those with coulrophobia, or fear of clowns, may want to steer clear of Cassandra's Labyrinth of Terror, a shocking, in-your-face, brilliant three-dimensional trip through madness, full of optical illusions and treacherous passageways frequented by evil, chainsaw-wielding clowns.
Thorn Hall is a chilling old Victorian style building that rests on the top of a huge hill. It is an experiment in sensory deprivation, forcing guests to face their fears while traipsing through complete darkness, relying on their heightened sense of smell, touch and hearing to guide them past the unseen horrors.
Lance’s original hayride has been replaced by Sam Hain's Trail of Torment, a creepy walking trail where monstrous human experiments come at you from every direction as you fumble your way through the black Texas night. The actors are able to slip in and out of a cloak of darkness, remaining camouflaged until the very last moment, causing visitors to feel all the more vulnerable and exposed especially to werewolf’s.
The park features so many spectacular pyrotechnic displays that they keep two licensed pyrotechnic operators on site whenever the park is operational.
The hallmark of the haunted house park is still Verdun Manor, Lance Pope's labor of love, and fans come from far and wide to be scared witless inside its hallowed halls. With amazing set decorations, spectacularly ghoulish themes and an incredible cast of actors, this life-size horrific mansion just keeps getting better and better.
Making full use of 21st century technology to build chilling special effects, Haunted Verdun Manor is a massive experiment of shock and gruesomeness. There's so much to see as you walk - or run - through the mansion that each trip through brings a different set of terrors. The world famous manor has more props per square foot than just about any haunt in the world.
Many talented people work together to make Thrillvania come alive every year, dreaming up new ways to terrorize and titillate the thousands of loyal patrons. Lance's mother Suzette Pope, Jeffrey Gilbreath, Michael Malec and Todd James run the attraction, with a good deal of help from Lance's loyal "wolf pack," many who have been with Thrillvania since its inception.
All of these talented people were friends and colleagues of Lance Pope, and together they strive for one thing: to keep alive his dream, best expressed in this often-quoted sentiment: