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Haunted houses bring horror to North Texas

Haunted houses bring horror to North Texas

Haunted houses bring horror to North Texas
October 14
00:09 2014

Katelyn Hoagland / Intern Writer

Dan’s Haunted House

Ancient Fear Rising, Dan’s Haunted House’s theme for this year, communicates one message to guests: There’s fear in everything. There are no clowns, zombies or chainsaws. Instead, there are samurai with glowing swords, ghosts who whisper softly and scarecrows who just wish you’d get away from their property.

This Japanese folklore haunt is full of scares and actors that, when paired with the forest and all it has to terrify guests, make for a 10-15 minute trek that never seems to end.

“It’s worth the $17,” hospitality sophomore Hannah Horick said. “The location made it for me—the haunt could not have been the same without the thrill of the winding outdoor trail.”

Dan’s is a great starting point for those who have never walked through a haunted house or for those who scare easily. Don’t forget a jacket the weekend you plan to make the drive to 501 E. Swisher Rd. in Lake Dallas. Texas weather can be unforgiving, and you don’t want to use your $17 shaking from the cold.

The trick is to wait until the tail-end hours, 8-11 p.m., to walk the trail. The darker the night, the more fun you’ll have. Tickets are $17 and you can visit the website www.danshauntedhouse.com for more details.

Dalton LaFerney / Senior Staff Writer

Moxley Manor

Head to the Moxley Manor Haunted House at 510 Harwood Rd. in Bedford for a night of psychotic, chilling killers.

The haunted house is based on a 1920s love triangle that ended in a bloody dispute. Charles Moxley was married to Grace. Together they moved with their son, William, to the Dallas mansion. When Charles became ill, Grace ordered Lillian Marshall, a maid, to watch over him. The two became lovers and Grace ended up face-down with her throat slashed. Later, young William was found dead from blunt force trauma.

In 1922, Charles was shot and killed in his bedroom. Authorities suspected Lillian was the killer, but she fled and has never been found.

Take a tour of the mansion (note: it’s not the real Manor) to be terrified by Lillian’s legacy of lust, love and blood.

Tickets are $17, but you can bypass the lines by purchasing a Fast Pass for $22. The haunted house is now open, but check out the website moxleymanor.com for specific dates and times.

Brooke Anguiano / Intern Writer

The Dark Path Haunt

Right across the infamous Goatman’s Bridge in Denton sits The Dark Path Haunt. The trail is completely outdoors, and its proximity to the bridge creates an interactive atmosphere with customers.

Occasionally, customers claim to see unusual things while on the trail. Vehicle breakdowns, weird lights and unlocking and locking of cars have all been reported while near the bridge.

You can navigate trails, laser gun in hand and ready to kill any zombies who run your way for the “final fight” portion of the haunt. The Dark Path Haunt is also family-friendly, offering an alternative kids version of the trail.

Tickets cost $20 per person with an additional $5 for the “final fight.” For details and tickets visit the website at www.thedarkpathhaunt.com.

Parker House

A unique scare one can only get in Denton, The Parker House, will have you leaving in sweat and fear. At five miles away, this is the closest haunt to campus.

The story goes that the Parker family ran a funeral home and morgue. Accustomed to this lifestyle since childhood, their daughter became a deranged psychopath who found pleasure in killing people, dismembering the bodies and selling the parts on the black market. The Parker House is dedicated to showing just how terrifying this torment was.

Tickets are priced at $23 for general admission and $35 for the fast scare package. The Parker house will be open until Nov. 1, so be sure to stop by and see what the hype is about. For more information visit the website at dfwfrightnights.com.

Samantha McDonald / Staff Writer

The Cutting Edge

Awarded the Guinness World Record in 2009 for the world’s largest walk-through haunted house, Cutting Edge in Fort Worth takes nearly an hour to tour and features two stories filled with 22 different themed sets and 32 animatronics in addition to more than 100 actors dressed as zombies, vampires and ghosts.

The haunted house, located at 1701 E. Lancaster Ave will be open until Nov. 2 with tickets priced at $29.95 per person. Visit www.cuttingedgehauntedhouse.com for more information and admission warnings (yes, it is that scary).

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A pig head and its organs cook on the top of a stove that is covered in blood at Moxley Manor haunted houses.

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A portion of Moxley Manor that has been labeled a contaminated area as part of the haunted house’s many scares. Moxley Manor is located in Bedford.

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A skeleton sits at a desk behind a typewriter in Moxley Manor haunted house. Who knows, maybe he worked himself to death?

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A cannibal clown waits for its next victim.

Featured Image: A blood thirsty clown walks through the Moxly Mannor haunted house past another clown’s severed head hanging on the wall. Photos by Harris Buchanan – Staff Photographer

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Dalton LaFerney

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Dalton is the editor of the Daily.

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