The Upper East Side of 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. Open October 26, 27 and 31. facebook.com/PalestineFrightNight.
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. Open October 26, 27, 30 and 31. facebook.com/HatchetHouseofTerror.
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. Open October 26, 27 and 31. 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. Open October 26, 27 and 31. 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. Open October 25, 26, 27 and 31. 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. Open October 26, 27, 28 and 31. 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. Open October 26, 27 and 31. lakecountryplayhouse.com.
Ghost Story Cruises. Rockwall
Be prepared for a spooky sail with scary tales told by award-winning members of the Dallas Story Tellers Guild. Harbor Lights will set sail each evening between Sunday, October 28, through Halloween to offer brave souls a frightful, ghoulish excursion across the dark waters of Lake Ray Hubbard. Families with children under 15 years of age, can join the family Halloween cruise. 2055 Summer Lee Drive. (214) 534-3797. www.dfwboatride.com.
Haunted Landmark. Greenville
Every Friday and Saturday night in October, the historic Landmark on Lee Street in Greenville is taken over by spirits, zombies, and the undead to become The Haunted Landmark walk-thru attraction. Open October 26 and 27. 2920 Lee Street. (903) 883-4206. www.thehauntedlandmark.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:
• Jefferson Ghost Walks. https://goo.gl/VF472P
• 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.