Grab your friends (even the scaredy cats) and let’s visit these haunted locales while spooky season lives on.
If you ask me, any place with wax statues is creepy all year round. It doesn’t help that this Grand Prairie attraction has a rep for some seriously freaky occurrences, including a famous fire that destroyed 300 wax figures. Ripley’s is a must-see for anyone who loves weird and fascinating records, and now it’s a must for all lovers of spooky local history.
This one should go without saying. Arlington’s amusement park goes all out during Fright Fest, even though the freaky fairgrounds are already haunted by the ghost of Annie. You read that right: a ghost named Annie is said to live in a dilapidated house near Texas Giant, where she has dwelled since her passing in the early 1900s. Luckily, she is polite enough (or twisted enough) to let you know when she is home by turning on a light in her room. If that isn’t enough to give you goosebumps, hearing the screams of people riding any of Six Flags’ can’t-miss coasters certainly will.
3. J&J’S PIZZA
A good friend of mine recently told me J&J’s is haunted. As a lover of pizza and music, this downtown Denton haunt has been a staple of my diet ever since grad school. I recently swore off pizza (because, you know, wedding) but my curiosity and love of pepperoni will inevitably bring me back to J&J’s Pizza this spooky season. The place is apparently haunted by past tenants, so I hope to hear some of the footsteps and see the strange figures that Dentonites have been spotting for years.
After your spooky lunch at J&J’s, hop over to Lewisville for an equally haunted meal at the famed Tierney’s Cafe. This historic haunt is said to be the stomping grounds of some ghost girls (which are always the scariest kind) that have been haunting the building for over a century. While you’re at it, book a spot on Lewisville’s excellent ghost tours, which explore the ins, outs, and terrifying tales of this Texas town.
End your excursion with a night of music at one of Dallas’ historic venues. This venue and bar is nestled in between Deep Ellum and Fair Park, making it the perfect location for any fall adventure in Dallas. But beware: the hall is haunted by ghosts of past patrons and at least one cranky caretaker who still yells at kids from beyond the grave. Don’t say I didn’t warn you—and if you hear someone’s piercingly high-pitched scream, it definitely is not me.