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The Many Ways to Celebrate Halloween This October (Part 1) 

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Let's face it. Halloween isn't a one-night affair anymore. The Halloween season creeps up on us earlier every year, and October is jam-packed with events and festivities tied to the holiday. Here's a look at some of the ways you can conjure your Halloween spirit, plus a preview of some of the ways San Antonio plans to celebrate Día de los Muertos this year.  

The Haunted Houses

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Waiting in a seemingly interminable line to get the crap scared out of you at a haunted house is Halloween tradition. Every year you tell yourself that these annual haunted houses that crop up are so very, very fake, but inevitably your time among the slow-moving horde waiting to get inside is spent building up the unimaginable terrors lurking just around the corner of those confusing, dark passages. Local masochists have plenty of options. 13th Floor, SA's largest haunted house, is luring in victims visitors  two themed attractions to fill-up on nightmare fuel. There's burial ground, a hotel basement turned tomb, and The Void, which, we don't even want to know. 

13th Floor may be the most popular local haunted house attraction, but it's not the only one. Options include Psycho Asylum/Slaughter House, Fearesta, and Terror Mansion, which claims to be a haunted house that's actually haunted. If you're looking for some homemade horror, there's Terrors Haunted House, otherwise known as the residence of Halloween enthusiast Mike Valdez. And, of course, there's Ripley's Haunted Adventure for a more family-friendly fright. 

Looking for something different? Try Great Room Escape. Get locked a room with 11 other participants and either flesh-eating zombie or a deranged serial killer, depending on the theme. Together you must decipher hidden clues riddles in order to unlock your freedom. And you only have an hour to do it. The immersive experience is extra-terrifying for anyone who is scared of interacting with people. 

No matter which haunted house you visit just remember: if things get too real when an ax-wielding murder zombie jumps out right in front of you, just tell yourself, "It's just a seasonal employee. It's just a seasonal employee." 

13th Floor Haunted House
$24.99 and up, through Nov. 14, 13th Floor Haunted House, 1203 E. Commerce St., (210) 910-6450,

Psycho Asylum/Slaughterhouse
$28 and up, through Nov. 14, Pycho Asylum, 1201 E. Houston St.,

$17 and up, through Oct. 31, Fearesta, 3363 E. Commerce St.,

Terror Mansion
$20.00 (Haunted House), $50 (Ghost Tour), Terror Mansion, 414 W. Laurel St.,  (210) 226-2666,

Ripley's Haunted Adventure
$20.99 and up, open daily, Ripley's Haunted Adventure, 329 Alamo Plaza, (210) 226-2828,

Great Room Escape
$39.95, open daily, Great Room Escape, 1203 East Commerce St., (210) 504-4698, 

Terrors Haunted House
$5, 8pm, Fri., Oct 23 - Sun., Oct. 25 and Thu., Oct. 29 - Sat., Oct. 31, Terror Haunted House, 300 Escalon, (210) 812-6639,

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