Haunted houses and costume parties

Many Bearkats will find themselves venturing past Walker County lines while looking for some haunted Halloween entertainment. For those looking for a scare, here at the Houstonian, we decided to give you a guide to Houston’s haunted houses and other Halloween fun.Screamhouse Entertainment has put together two haunted features this year, “The Castle of Doom” and “The Trail of Mid Evil Torture.” The trail of torture was added to entertain customers waiting in line to enter the haunted house. They also offer the biggest parking area in the haunted house business. Pricesare $13 for a single haunted attraction ticket and $20 for a double haunted attraction ticket. The easiest way to get there is to take Interstate 45 South and exit Edgebrook. It is between Edgebrook and Almeda Genoa Road on the right side. Phobia, one of the more popular haunted houses in Houston, has two locations, each offering two houses. Phobia claims to offer many things to the public. “Our houses provide high-startle experiences and high-tech horror created by lasers, special effect lighting and pneumatics,” said Dr. Darke, operations manager of Phobia. “Our houses are fun, safe, and, yes, a little scary, for older children and adults.” When it comes to horror, Phobia has got you covered. For The Darke Institute attraction, take Highway 59 South and exit Kirby. It will be on the right. To get to Phobia’s other house, Terror in the Woods, head out 290 from Loop 610 past Eldridge, exit West Road, make a U-turn and it will be on the right side. The price for both locations is only $20 for both houses combined. Scream World claims to be Houston’s premiere Halloween Scream Park, and features four haunted attractions on 4.5 acres. The Scream Park has free parking and includes The Haunted Hotel, The Edge of Darkness, Screams in 3-D, and new to this yearthe Monster Maze. If it’s horror you want, it’s horror you’ll get with money left to spend because this scream park is only $18 for all attractions. Scream World is located on the Sam Houston Tollway (Beltway 8) 1.5 miles west of Interstate 45 between Ella and T.C. Jester on the south side of the tollway. If you’re not in the mood for a haunted house, you could always visit the The Haunted Woods. Located on 15 acres of terrorizing woods, this attraction promises to provide all the ingredients for a nightmare. The price of The Haunted Woods is a mere $12 and is easy to get to. For the easiest way to the Haunted Woods, go south to 3550 Beltway 8 (near Antoine and Veterans Memorial, near the toll booth) and it will be on the left. Have fun and beware!Although Houston is not really that far away, many students can also find fun Halloween entertainment in their own exciting city of Huntsville. That’s right, Bearkats; many local businesses are offering costume contests to all those who want to attempt to out-dress each other. The Jolly Fox is having its 29th Annual Halloween Ball and is offering $500 as the first prize in the costume contest. Smaller amounts of cash prizes and coupons to other winners will also be offered as incentives to join the fun. The Fox also has many drink specials, including seventy-five cent crown and cokes and longnecks to help guarantee a good time. The Paragon is having a costume competition of its own and awarding an astounding total of $1,000 dollars for prize-winners. Contestants also have the chance to compete for the luxurious first prize, which includes a trip for two to Cancun, Mexico.Dress to impress, Bearkats; it’s Halloween and that means put on your most creative costumes. Please note that the clubs did ask that no electronics be included in the costumes. Other than that, there are no rules. No matter where you go, Houston or Huntsville, it is always easy to have a good time on Halloween. Be safe and have fun!

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