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Haunted Attractions to Check Out this October 


Haunted Houses

Nothing screams Halloween quite like a good ol’ haunted house. This year, forget your creepy neighbors and supporting their sad excuses for homemade haunts (Trash bag-lined garages? No, thank you). Check out San Antonio’s local haunted attractions instead. Sure, you have to pay, but that means live-action ghouls are getting money to scare you—they literally mean business. Also, you won’t have to stick your hand into any bowls of grape eyeballs or reassure anyone that, yes, they were scary and, yes, you had a great time. After visiting one of these SA haunts, the look of pure horror on your face will speak for itself.

13th Floor Haunted House

San Antonio’s most popular jump-out-and-scare-you haunt has added two new attractions this season. “Ground up and Spit Out” features a mean mugging minotaur, chain saws, and a terrifyingly dark slide that literally spits you out of the house, while the other new addition, “Dwellings of the Dead,” features Dia de Los Muertos-themed ghouls. $24.99, 13th Floor, 1203 E. Commerce St, (210) 338-0382,


Formerly the beloved Nightmare on Grayson, Fearesta is being called San Antonio’s newest and oldest haunted event. The revamped spook fest is open and waiting for its next willing victims at its new location across from the AT&T Center. $20, Fearesta, 3363 E. Commerce St, (210) 979-5522,

Terror Mansion

This haunted house forces you to venture through 23 rooms, each of which is designed to exploit a different fear in all those brave enough to attempt the trek, be that fear of rats, hospitals, or clowns—you name it, Terror Mansion’s got you covered. $20, Terror Mansion, 414 W. Laurel, (210) 226-2666,

Psycho Asylum

Known previously as Rivercity Asylum, Psycho Asylum was once a home for the sick and criminally insane. Now the asylum reopens every Halloween season so visitors can experience the horrors of life within the hospital’s walls. Be careful during your stay, or you may find yourself committed. $25, Psycho Asylum, 1301 E. Houston St., (210) 705-1924,

Nightmare on Fright Street

Part of Traders Village’s Halloween festivities, Nightmare on Fright Street is a maze of tricks and monsters that’s sure to creep out the whole family. Unlike most haunted attractions, this house isn’t open late into the night so the earlier you get there, the sooner you can get to bed and revisit Fright Street in your dreams. $3, Traders Village, 9333 SW Loop 410, 210-623-8383,

Ripley’s Haunted Adventure

The old standby Ripley’s Haunted Adventure is open year-round and invites “house guests” to tour a creepy mansion where bogeymen and monsters lay in wait just around every corner, eager to welcome you into their home. $20.99, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, 301 Alamo Plaza, (210) 224-9299,

Terror on the Plaza

This year, Terror on the Plaza, the haunted site of a former casket company, is being overrun by terrifying local legends. SA natives will find themselves face to face with the stuff of their nightmares at the plaza, specifically La Llorona, La Lechuza, and the unfortunate Donkey Lady. $25.99, Terror on the Plaza, 300 Alamo Plaza, (210) 226-2828,

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