haunted houses | KERA News

haunted houses

Romolo Tavani / Shutterstock.com

Boo! Did we scare you? Happy Halloween, y’all! Little ghosts and goblins will be robbing you of candy soon. But, once your kiddos go to sleep, you can always pick through their loot.

To get you in the mood, here’s a frightening Halloween roundup. (OK, it’s not too scary – we are public media, after all …)

Misty Keasler / D Magazine

Everyone loves a good scare – especially this time of year. Internationally-known photojournalist Misty Keasler got a behind-the-scenes look at one of the largest haunted house attractions in North Texas, a place called Thrillvania, which is east of Dallas in Terrell. 

Dark Hour Haunted House

Every Halloween, millions of people pay to be scared. Did you know professional haunted houses use high-tech scare methods to make you scream? In 2014, we visited Plano’s year-round haunted house with a neuroscientist to find out what makes a good scare. 


Ready to get your spook on? Halloween isn’t just about dressing up and scoring lots of free candy. Across North Texas, it's prime time to take tours of dirty, dark haunted houses, filled with cobwebs, ghosts, mysterious noises, bloodcurdling screams and kooky creatures — if you dare.

After all, you might not get out alive. And if you do, the hair-raising experience could haunt your dreams for years to come.

But how did these mansions get to be so terrifying? In North Texas, many haunted houses have developed elaborate, creative "stories" — or are they nightmares?