Spooky Encounters Abound in East Texas


East Texas is a perfect place to indulge in playful horrors of Halloween, what with its deep woods, historic homes, and ghost stories. Here are some ideas for how to spend the Halloween season from County Line fans. Many details are preliminary so check with the venue before planning your visit.

Fright Night. Palestine
A frightfully good time awaits visitors to this Halloween production, hosted by the Palestine Firefighters Association and held in a haunted old garment factory. Proceeds go to charities and children under 13 must be accompanied by adults. 3600 W. Oak Street. facebook.com/PalestineFrightNight.

Haunted Little Jail. Palestine
From jail to juvenile detention center, this historic structure has stories that bring plenty of the screams. 704 Avenue A. texasjailhouse.com.

Hatchet House of Terror. Edom
It’s described as “not your typical small-town haunted house.” Edom does it right with the actors and the scary props. Proceeds go to the Edom Volunteer Fire Department. 9377 FM 279. 903.852.3976. facebook.com/HatchetHouseofTerror.

Trail of Darkness. Wills Point
Even with zombies, a maze, and a tunnel, this adventure still gets high marks for being family friendly. 554 VZCR 3725. 903.802.8054. facebook.com/TrailofDarknessTeam.

Thrillvania. Terrell
The Verdun Manor, Cassandra’s House of Clowns, and the Trial of Torment await visitors at this three-in-one experience situated in 50 wooded acres. 2330 County Road 138. 972.428.9653. thrillvania.com.

Terror Trails. Yantis
Perhaps unlike any outdoor Halloween event, this journey includes digitally controlled sound and light throughout the one-half mile foot route. County Road 1960, northwest of Quitman. terrortrails.com.

Doc Wilkes House of Horrors. Longview
Not for the faint of heart, this Halloween destination has frighteningly realistic costumes and lots of surprises.  Fans say it will “scare the yell out of you.” 1228 Market Street. 903.297.5397. docwilkeshaunt.com.

Graystone Haunted Manor. Longview
This spooky place specializes in different scenarios such as a London street where Jack the Ripper lurks, the Salem witch trials and more. A new exhibit this year is the extreme 3D Karnival of Karnage. 13481 FM 968 West. 903.918.3889. graystonehaunt.com.

Warehouse of Terror. Mineola
With the boo crew of actors from the Lake Country Playhouse hosting this adventure, it’s a good bet the thrills are great. Highway 80. 903.569.2300. lakecountryplayhouse.com.

From hosting a conference on Bigfoot to having a reputation of being a paranormal magnet, this old riverboat town gets in on Halloween in a big way each year. Here are some options:

• Runaway Fright Train on the Jefferson Railway. terroronthebayou.com.

• Jefferson Ghost Walks. jeffersonghostwalk.com.

• The Grove Tour at the Stilley-Young House. thegrove-jefferson.com.

Among the various overnight accommodations are historic hotels and B&Bs, all with ghostly stories to tell.

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