October Haunted Houses Kick off Around Gilmer Texas

Joey Lowe

From Haunts to Haints, 2021 Promises to be a Stellar Year for Haunted Houses in Northeast Texas

Gilmer Texas--If you are looking for something fun to do this season now that the Great State of Texas has relaxed many of the pandemic restrictions that kept us all inside this time last year, you are in luck. We have haunted houses galore throughout Northeast Texas. Some that will downright scare the beejeevies out of you and others that will leave you hugging each other tightly as you enjoy a great night out with family and friends. Grab your costumes, a good pair of shoes, a snuggle bunny or a blankie, and let's get started with a visit to the first of many haunted mansions.

Graystone Haunted Manor-- located at 13481 968 W. in Longview Texas, just two miles east from the National Truck Stop & Sonic Restaurant on FM 968. (903) 918-3889. Follow the haunted house signs on the right side of the road and get ready for a good scare. If you're coming from Shreveport or Dallas, take exit 599 on Interstate 20 and head south, following the signs. Open every Friday and Saturday beginning at 7 pm and closing at midnight, this attraction will remain open until Nov. 6th. You can book your tickets early online at https://www.graystonehaunt.com/.

Graystone Haunted Manor Haunted House Attraction.Graystone

General admission is $25. VIP admission is $35. Attractions include midway, Karnival of Karnage, Labyrinth of Time, Spooky Woods, Oak Raven Cemetary, and the Manor. The museum includes food/drink and fortune-tellers. Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

World of Khaos-- located at 816 East Oakwood Street, in Tyler Texas. (903) 539-5060. Located east of N. Beckham Avenue on Oakwood Street in downtown Tyler. Schedule varies. Check the website online at http://worldofkhaos.com/schedule/ for hours of operation. General admission is $20 and VIP (Fast Pass) is $30. This is a really scary haunted house and will leave you shivering if you make it all the way through. Not for the faint of heart. This haunted house is for the serious-minded folks who want to be scared.

World of Khaos Haunted HouseWorld of Khaos

Due to the pandemic, make sure you bring a face mask to this attraction or you may not be admitted. Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Thrillvania Haunted House Park-- located at 2330 County Road 138, Terrell, Texas. (972) 428-9653. Exactly 33 miles east of Dallas on Interstate 20 at the Wilson Road exit in Terrell and 95 miles from downtown Gilmer, it is a little further than the other attractions, but then, you get a little more too! Three haunted houses were strategically placed on fifty hainted acres to scare the daylights out of you. If you dare to visit, get ready to be scared! Tickets are $65 each but when you have something as scary as Thrillvania that is ranked in the Top 5 Haunts in Texas, scared isn't cheap! You have a choice of The World Famous Haunted Verdun Manor, Cassandra's House of Clowns, or Sam Hain's Trail of Torment. If you are truly a glutton and want to punish yourself, try and make it through all three. But you must schedule now!

Thrillvania Haunted House ParkThrillvania

Because of the pandemic, Thrillvania is only operating at 50% capacity and they are only open Fri/Sat through Halloween. Since Halloween falls on a Sunday this year, they'll also be open on Halloween too! Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

For those who want to celebrate Halloween a little closer to home and with a lot less fanfare, consider visiting any of the numerous retail stores, churches, and neighborhoods in Gilmer. Many are hosting their own Halloween celebrations ranging from tailgate trick or treat to good old-fashioned trick or treating. Whatever, your choice, please be safe and remember to keep a watchful eye out for the little ghosts and goblins that are sure to be running around your neighborhood.

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I am an old disabled man living on my ranch in NE Texas and I write about the world around me. I write about human nature, humanity, and the lessons we can learn from listening to each other. My published works appear on Vocal.media and Medium.com. I'm currently writing a novella about the unexpected death of an imaginary friend.

Longview, TX

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