(Inside: If you live in Texas, you need to know about these Texas Haunted Houses to DIE for (but are family friendly, too). If you’ve got a family, you can count on these haunted attractions being spooktacularly awesome for all.)
Halloween is a bunch of craptacular brain-draining parental beat-downs.
What do you want your kids to dress as? What do they want to dress as?
Is there ever a happy medium where they don’t end up wearing a trash bag with a hole-cut out for their head?
Then there’s the debate about trick-or-treating. What time? What day? Where? With which set of friends and which parent will be the “good parent” and check all the candy for non-kid-friendly-stuff? Sigh.
It never ends.
What if the family is in the mood for some Halloween fun without too many scares?
Meaning: what if mom and dad want to hit a Haunted House that’s not so scary that the kids wet themselves?
Well, yeah. What then?
This is what then.
You hit up the home of some of the scariest haunted houses in the country–right here at home in Texas, but that are also full of some not-so scary attractions.
Texas Haunted Houses to DIE for (but are family friendly, too)
Hangman’s House of Horrors in Fort Worth offers a trio of haunted attractions.
Yeah. That’s 3-in-1. Score!
Two are geared for people 8 and older.
Using a black light backdrop, No Place Like Home 3D offers a fun, but not scary, experience for children 10 and younger, as they encounter pop ups to provide a little fright.
In addition, they’ll encounter characters and creatures based on the children’s story “Alice in Wonderland” during a 10-15-minute visit.
No Place Like Home 3D provides a manageable scare activity for families.
The attraction is accessible under the ADA, which is a HUGE bonus if you or your kid faces some challenges with stairs or other obstructions.
If you’re interested in scarier challenges, Hangman’s House of Horrors (about an hour walk-through) and Zombie Outbreak (15 minutes) offer more grown-up frights.
House of Horrors benefits charities A Wish with Wings and Victory Therapy Center.
There’s also the Fort Worth Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo which is basically the kiddiest-friendly attraction on the planet.
Children’s Museum of Houston transforms into Halloweenville October 13-31 with its Monster Mayhem.
Kids are encouraged to dress in costume and check out activities and games that combine Halloween with a little education.
Little goblins and ghouls can participate in trick-or-treating as they hunt monsters weekdays and all day weekends.
They’re invited to join monster characters and party the night away as the museum hosts a dance party followed by trick-or-treating on Halloween.
Boo on the Boardwalk Halloween festival welcomes little goblins for some ghoulish fun Friday evenings and all day Saturday – Sunday Oct. 5-31.
Kids are encouraged to participate in costume contests, take part in games and activities and trick-or-treat at local retail shops.
Additional attractions include pumpkin decorating, music and storytelling.
Older kids wanting to “get their scare on” can visit the Dungeon of Doom, where they can stroll through the darker side of reality.
Located in the breezeway under the Boardwalk, visitors encounter strobe lights, fog, loud noises and other special effects.
Austin’s Pioneer Farms hosts three trails as part of their Haunted Halloween Trails each Friday and Saturday evening Oct. 12-27, beginning at 7 p.m.
The trails are focused on different scare levels. The family-friendly trail features a short walk with Halloween decorations.
The no-scare area also includes Halloween stories, games, activities and crafts. Music and story tellers are also part of the celebration.
The second trail is a half-mile walk through a wooded area with moderately scary scenes. The third haunted trail is full bore scares and gore, so it is definitely aimed at older people.
Arrr matey! Pirates and Ghosts on Galveston Island offers two haunted attractions.
The most family-friendly attraction is Pirates! Legends of the Gulf Coast, which features stories about the greatest pirates to sail the ocean and the Gulf.
Jean Lafitte, perhaps the most famous pirate to rule the Gulf Coast, once controlled New Orleans before eventually settling on Galveston Island.
Aimed at children 5-13, learn about the life of a pirate as you live through stories of the myths and legends of Lafitte and his adventures.
Haunted Mayfield Manor features scares for children 11 and older. Dr. Mayfield is an insane doctor, who has 12 rooms of scares and chills to explore.
As Halloween approaches, the season offers us some wonderful opportunities for family outings.
From costume contests to walks through the woods, us Texans have more than just a few opportunities for fall fun, including these Texas Haunted Houses.
As you explore some of the attractions around the state, make sure to take the time for some fun trick-or-treating.
And, so you have these reminders next year of all the fun to be hand, be sure to pin these Texas Haunted Houses to DIE for (but are family friendly, too).