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The best haunted houses in Austin to check out this Halloween

Where to go for scares and thrills in and around Austin over the spooky season

James Wong

Fall is upon us, and for Austinites, that means a bunch of awesome happenings. The heat has subsided and all can finally enjoy the wonders of the great outdoors ; beer lovers can gather and guzzle hops in Oktoberfest style; and though outside nature at this time’s greener than ever, it's orange all the way inside (i.e., pumpkin spice and everything else nice). The main event though, is always going to be Halloween because it's when we can combine all the above perks with a spooky coating. Going to a haunted house is a tradition in many a Texan household, mostly after candied or boozy treats, because who doesn’t love a voluntary jump and a scream? Here are the best haunted houses within reach of Austin, that range from adults-only freaky to friendly-ghost-cute for folks with young kiddos , and there’s even a Harry Potter special in there. They’re ready to serve just the thrill y’all need this Halloween and beyond. 

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Scream Hollow

1.  Scream Hollow

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Situated on 20 acres of dense, isolated forest in Bastrop County (149 Split Rail Lane in Smithville), Scream Hollow consists of five horrifying haunts (Mansion of Terror Coven, Lost Pines Asylum, Sinister Circus, Hell on Wheels Haunted Hayride and Wicked Darkness: The Maze) across multiple buildings. During a visit here, you should be prepared for a thrilling, highly interactive experience where you may have to work with your environment to find a way out. Admission varies based on how many of the five haunts you want to brave.

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2.  House of Torment

Hailed as “one of America’s scariest haunted houses” by the Travel Channel, House of Torment has been delivering sheer terror for over two decades. Their 40,000-square-foot attraction at 2632 Ridgepoint Drive routinely includes a haunted manor, bloodcurdling penitentiary, and nightmarish carnival. House of Torment takes scares seriously; they combine hundreds of skilled, costumed actors with advanced animatronics to create a truly spine-chilling experience. They also have escape games, axe throwing, and a tavern on-site for added fun. Fast pass and skip-the-line tickets are available.

Scare for a Cure

3.  Scare for a Cure

Scaring and caring go hand in hand at Scare for a Cure. This volunteer-run, interactive haunted adventure donates its profits to local cancer-related charities and organizations. Previous themes included Return to Mutant Wasteland and 2022’s Curse of the Blood Demon, and tickets usually get you admission to their maze event, The Boneyard: Nightmare Wasteland. It all fittingly takes place at J. Lorraine Ghost Town, a short drive from the city in Manor. Just make sure not to wear nice clothes or open-toed shoes—you may need to crawl or climb to escape and you just might find yourself covered in “blood” or slime by the end. You’ve been warned! Tasty burgers and drinks at the bar offer a deserved reward.

Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience

4.  Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience

Every year, immersive experience wizards at Fever dream up a Halloween world, and every year, Texans come for family-friendly fun that’s especially easy on the social media eye. Avoid Halloween FOMO on TikTok and take a trip up to Little Elm Park for a wizarding world come to life. Taking place within an enchanting forbidden forest, guests follow an interactive trail of illusions, come face-to-face with Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts creatures, and finish at a makeshift village of themed food and drink stalls around a fire. Tip: Book well in advance as tickets sell out fast. Sessions run until January 2024.

Bat City Scaregrounds

5.  Bat City Scaregrounds

A fully immersive, massive entertainment complex dedicated to all things Halloween and horror, Bat City Scaregrounds is just 15 miles from downtown. On it, there are three intricately decorated haunted houses (Castle Orlock, Ancient Evil, and Clownocalypse), live music on Saturdays, Vegas-style performances, seasonal food, and much more. Tickets are $30, but you can upgrade to a Fast Pass for $40, or get deals on group bookings. Recommended for ages 12 and up.

Boo At The Zoo

6.  Boo At The Zoo

The Austin Zoo has been helping animals through rescue, rehabilitation, and education efforts since 1990. For almost that entire time, they’ve been joining in on the Halloween festivities with their Boo at the Zoo event. Tickets will get you a pass on their haunted train and unlimited walks through their haunted house (actually their converted Peacock Barn). The event is friendly for all ages since they check in with each group beforehand about just how scary they want it to be and cue their staff inside accordingly. This year, a Frightfully Fun Animal Show is in the works. Costumes and picnics are encouraged.

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10 haunted spots in Austin, around Texas to scare you this Halloween

Don't just watch the thrills play out on the screen this Halloween season; go experience the shattering glass, creaking floorboards and howling wind yourself at haunted locations across Texas.

Here's a guide to 10 haunted spots to put on your spooky season bucket list: 

Austin spots

Littlefield Home 

A looming Victorian mansion stands out from the rest of the University of Texas at Austin campus on the corner of West 24th Street and Whitis Avenue. Built in 1893 by George Littlefield, it has been called “the most haunted spot in American academia” and is the oldest home on UT’s central campus. Rumors say the ghost of Littlefield and his wife, Alice, haunt the halls of the home. The interior isn’t open to the public, but its striking exterior is certainly still worth a visit.  

The Tavern 

Staff at this historic bar on West 12th Street and South Lamar Boulevard refer to the paranormal presence as Emily, the Tavern’s resident ghost. Emily was a sex worker when the Tavern used to be a brothel during Prohibition, until tales say she was killed by soldiers. The Tavern staff say she makes her presence known by knocking things off shelves or walking around upstairs. 

The Driskill Hotel

This hotel was built in 1886 and has been deemed one of the most haunted hotels in America by Curbed, a real estate website. Guests and hotel staff report encounters with the deceased original owner Col. Jesse Driskill himself, as well as the ghosts of several young women. Many paranormal fanatics have their own theories about the most haunted floors and rooms within the Sixth Street hotel. 

The Clay Pit

You wouldn’t expect it from the outside, but this Indian restaurant resides in one of Austin’s oldest establishments. Originally built in 1853, the Bertram Building is supposedly still haunted by the spirit of a child who died of typhoid fever there in the 1800s.  

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Worth the drive

Von Minden Hotel in Schulenburg

The small Texas town of Schulenburg sits an hour and a half east of Austin, between San Antonio and Houston off Interstate 10. One of the tallest buildings in the town is the Von Minden, a hotel and movie theater hybrid built in 1929. Locals tell the story of several different apparitions of people who tragically died in the hotel but whose spirits never left. It’s attracted the attention of ghost fanatics and historians alike. 

The Marfa Lights

Nothing says spooky quite like an October night in a small West Texas town. Marfa is known for its art and culture, but many visitors make the trek every year to see the famous Marfa Lights. These paranormal phenomena are glowing orbs that unpredictably appear at night in the desert just outside of the town. Theories of what causes the lights range from the ghosts of Spanish conquistadors to aliens.  

Devil’s Backbone Tavern in Wimberley

This historic beer joint and dance hall is named after the nearby limestone ridge. It claims a history of being built on an ancient Indian campground in the 1890s. The tavern and ridge are about an hour drive from Austin and come with a large collection of ghost stories. 

Enchanted Rock near Fredericksburg

Visit this Hill Country hiking spot at night to experience a taste of the rock’s large collection of supernatural activity. Once the territory of local American Indian tribes and exploration grounds for Spanish soldiers, some say the shouts and groans of these spirits are still heard around the rock. 

The Haunted Magnolia Hotel in Seguin

This 1840 hotel boasts more than 13 roaming spirits and plenty of supernatural activity. It’s been featured on many paranormal investigations and television entertainment features. Guests interested in staying a few nights are given access to the entire second floor. The hotel also leads tours of the property. 

USS Lexington in Corpus Christi

Take a trip down to the Texas coast to visit this famous World War II aircraft carrier, nicknamed “The Blue Ghost.” Now a museum, visitors can walk the same dark bowels of the Navy ship where around 400 people died during the war. The ship’s visitor center hosts haunted houses every October, but even visitors who tour the ship for educational purposes said they’ve had hair-rising supernatural experiences.  

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Welcome to the Cackling Witch Café and Bakery. Come sit for a spell and see what our legendary Chef has conjured up with delectable eats and treats to torture your taste buds! We have a range of Fall-inspired menu items, including delectable treats, and don’t forget to try a funnel cake at our carnEVIL bus. If you visit our café you will be sure to leave satisfied and enchanted.

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Come browse our gift shop, inhabited by our very own Madame Tinker. Stop in and say hi to her! She loves talking with the living!

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