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Quest for the Haunted

 Come Halloween season, Texans go crazy for haunted houses, whether they’re front-porch affairs or theatrical presentations such as Waxahachie’s Screams, featured in our October 2013 issue.

Thanks to websites such as Texas Haunted Houses, Haunt World and Haunted House, it’s easy to find a haunted house, haunted corn maze, ghost festival, haunted hay ride, haunted train, Halloween parade, or other attraction near you.

Here are some that seem especially promising:

House of Torment, Austin. Voted one of America’s scariest attractions by The Travel Channel, this multi-level haunted house sets up each September in the parking lot of Austin’s soon-to-be-redeveloped Highland Mall.

13th Floor Haunted House, San Antonio: Apparently, the often omitted 13th floor, has been included here especially for your darkest nightmares.

Screamworld, Houston. With a name like Screamworld, we have high hopes for this Houston attraction, which includes a New Voodoo Swamp and something called a Vortex Spinning Tunnel.

Terror Nights, Tyler. The website says, “Tens of thousands will come, but only a few will make it out alive!” If that sounds tempting, check it out and let us hear from you.

Zombie Manor, Arlington. With a convoluted backstory involving voodoo and unrequited love, Zombie Manor “puts you in the middle of a Hollywood horror movie” thanks to movie-quality sets and special effects.

Hangman’s House of Horror, Fort Worth.  This haunted house has donated more than 1.8 million to local charities.  The website even has a poster gallery!

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