It’s easy to sell Halloween to young children and adults. The little ones can do tricks or treats and the adults can drink at slutty themed parties. But there’s one demographic that’s harder to impress — usually always, but especially with candy-, ghoul-, and pumpkin-centric holidays. When walking into a dirty, dark maze full of overly eye-catching actors loses its luster, what’s a teenage Halloween fan to do? North Texas offers a variety of top-notch, teen-approved activities that will satisfy every level of fear. Here are the best local Halloween events guaranteed to get kids of all ages into the spirit of the season.
Riders Field, 7300 Roughriders Trail, Frisco
If your kids aren’t quite ready for a haunted house, take them to Frights’n Lights in Frisco instead. Billed as “the ultimate Texas Halloween adventure,” this festival was designed to fill the gap between basic pumpkin patches and gory haunted houses. Kids can ride a giant pumpkin, wander through a hay maze haunted by a not-so-scary Headless Horseman, or strike a pose in one of the Instagram-worthy sets. If you splurge for a VIP pass, your loads will also bring home a new cavity of sweet treats. While the event skews a lot of the lights (not so much the scares), we can see it being a hit with the tweens as Mom sips wine at one of the many hidden bars around Riders Field.
The Manor of Munster
3636 FM 813, Waxahachie
If your kids loved the recent munsters reboot on Netflix, take them on a private tour of the spooky family’s home in Waxahachie. A labor of love from owners Sandra and Charles McKee, this Munster Mansion is a perfect recreation of the house from the beloved 60s sitcom. Grandpa’s lab and Spot the Dragon’s lair under the stairs. It may be booked for 2022, but it’s never too early to reserve a spot for next Halloween.
M Streets between Central Expressway and Greenville Avenue
Watters Creek, Plano
Dallas is light on the sheet, but there’s nothing stopping teens from pre-playing for a sleight of hand with a nighttime tour of the neighborhood of North Texas’ best scenery. Swiss Avenue is famous for its lavish displays, but Kessler Park in Oak Cliff and M Streets in Greenville have upped the ante in recent years, as has the Watters Creek area in Plano. Count how many Halloween enthusiasts have managed to get their hands on this 12-foot skeleton from The Home Depot.
Ghosts with the most
1515 S. Harwood Street
Who doesn’t like getting close to the paranormal? At the Dallas Heritage Village in Old City Park, visitors can (hopefully) interact with unseen presences during a “Paranormal Investigation Tour.” Or opt for the Park’s Victorian Spectrum Tour to learn more about his “wild, strange, mysterious and scary story”.
5321 E. Mockingbird Lane, #110
Anyone who watched The Walking Dead probably thought, “These people are idiots; I would totally survive a zombie apocalypse. Well, we have news: you probably won’t. But just in case, hone your teen’s zombie-slaying skills at Sandbox VR. Up to six players choose their favorite weapons, gear up with high-tech virtual reality gear, and begin slaying the undead in one of two eerily realistic adventures, Deadwood Valley and Deadwood Mansion. Choose the Amber Sky 2088 experience if annihilating aliens is more their thing.
2201 E. Road to Six Flags St., Arlington
If there was one Halloween event made for this social media platform, it would be the annual event. Frightfest at Six Flags. Fast-paced teens will opt for the rides and dodge roaming ghouls through the park, while the brave can explore six spooky new areas plus live “Monstertainment” shows. But if kids choose to up the spooky quotient, add a haunted attraction pass to reach six haunted areas ranging from a bloody barbecue to a ghostly mansion. Don’t forget to share the fright for all hearts!
1321 Commerce Street.
109 W. Exchange Avenue, Fort Worth
The Hotel Adolphe is not only a chic and elegant downtown landmark, it is also said to be haunted by countless victims who have fallen in the elevator shaft (among other untimely deaths). And Miss Molly Hotel Fort Worth – a former boarding house and brothel – is full of sassy spirits who like to flush the toilets and turn out the lights. Why not book a room in one of these hotels for a family Halloween getaway? Don’t forget to pack your EMF reader to make new friends while the veil is thin.