From zombie parades and costume contests to haunted houses and hayrides (to haunted anything!), the Halloween season casts its spell and awakens our inner ghouls and goblins. As part of FrightQuest -- a MapQuest series on spooky destinations and activities -- here are three options to celebrate Halloween in Houston that are sure to be a scream.
— Robert Macias
Nightmare On The BayouVisitors to Nightmare on the Bayou are funneled through a 15,000-square-foot complex of makeshift buildings connected by narrow walkways. Around every turn, a new fright awaits, ranging from mortally wounded prom queens to ax-wielding madmen. Located next to Houston's oldest graveyard, Nightmare on the Bayou promises "high-intensity scares," and children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. It's open from late September through Halloween, and admission is $30 per person.
1515 Studemont St., Houston, TX 77007 | Get Directions
Happy Halloween MansionDuring the last two weeks in October, the Children's Museum of Houston turns into the Happy Halloween Mansion. Costumed kiddos can search through a series of spooky hallways in search of "goblin goodies and terrifying trinkets." They can also create their own Franken Critters, watch scary science experiments, play with slime or create beaded Halloween bracelets. General admission is $8 for kids and adults (no extra charge for most Halloween activities).
1500 Binz St., Houston, TX 77004 | Get Directions
ScreamWorldScreamWorld consists of five attractions: Maze of Maniacs, the Haunted Hotel, the Edge of Darkness, Jake’s Slaughterhouse and the Zombie Graveyard. Voted one of America's Best Haunts by AmericasBestHaunts.com and Houston's Best Haunted House by the Houston Press, ScreamWorld uses professionally designed sets, animatronic monsters, gutted hogs and surprises galore to scare all who dare to enter. Children under 12 need to be accompanied by an adult. ScreamWorld is open from mid-September through Halloween, and admission is $25 per person.
2225 N. Sam Houston Parkway, Houston, TX 77038 | Get Directions
Nightmare on the Bayou's freaky characters keep visitors on their toes.
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