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Get Spooked in Texas’ Best Halloween Towns

By Susannah Hutcheson 10.28.19

Texas’ spooky history has left a trail of blood, ghosts, and legends throughout the years. And all across the state, Texans know how to embrace their sinister roots when it comes to celebrating All Hallows’ Eve. From hosting eerie ghost tours and dancing at festive celebrations to letting guests poke around haunted hospitals and dress up in medieval garb, the best Halloween towns in Texas don’t shy away from the spirit (literally) of Texas’ favorite holiday.

Here’s where to explore lively (or at least undead) celebrations across the state.

Todd Mission (East)

The Texas Renaissance Festival is a Lone Star State staple, especially around Halloween. During All Hallows Eve weekend, the Transylvanian court, ghosts, and ghouls will welcome you to the 16th-century renaissance village with a costume contest, lots of kettle corn, and medieval-style celebration.

Georgetown (Central)

Historical Texas towns are a hotbed for Halloween activity, and Georgetown is no exception. The city packs October full of Halloween events, whether you want to check out the Nightmare on Jail Hill Haunted House or take a ghost tour downtown.

Courtesy of Six Flags Over Texas

Arlington (North)

Every fall, Six Flags Over Texas turns into a spooky town of rollercoasters and rides, with ghouls and haunted houses lurking in every corner of the park for Fright Fest. Come by after the sun goes down to experience Halloween at its scariest, or bring kids during the day for a tamer Halloween experience. (Eligible Texas Farm Bureau members get discounts!)

Fort Worth (North)

The Fort Worth Stockyards is the site of some of the most haunted history in the state, from hangings to shootouts to paranormal activity. Take a Stockyards Ghost Tour during the Halloween season to get immersed in the spooky spirit, and learn plenty about Fort Worth’s history along the way.

Corpus Christi Halloween Events
Photo by Debbie Noble

Corpus Christi (South)

The annual Dia de los Muertos Festival pulls out every stop for an afternoon rich in culture. From traditional dances to stunning art, the city comes together for one of the liveliest Day of the Dead celebrations in the state.

Courtesy of Justin Emanuel

Yorktown (South)

The abandoned Yorktown Memorial Hospital is supposedly one of the most haunted places in the state, teeming with spirits of patients who never left. On Halloween, there’s no better place to be than on a tour of the eerie site, which is full of everything from rusty gurneys to broken piano keys. Tours are $20 cash per person and run from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on All Hallows’ Eve.

If you’re still not spooked, check out the most haunted places in Texas and up your arsenal of Texas ghost stories. Stay safe out there this Halloween!

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