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Where to find frights and family-friendly Halloween fare in the Metroplex

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When did zombies and ghouls get so darn selfish, and self-promotional? Used to be they were happy to haunt us on Halloween -- and in our dreams the rest of the year. But no more. These creeps have crept into every crevice of our pop culture, and they're not satisfied with simply being the stars of late October.

Here it is early September and they're already firing up their chainsaws and dragging their undead carcasses into the spotlight at haunted houses across the Metroplex. Honestly, they won't leave us alone until we agree to tell you, dear reader, about all their scary antics. So here it is, our list of where to get your ghoulish groove on this fall.

Most of these haunts aren't for the faint of heart, but there are other festivals and attractions -- like Boo at the Zoo and the Hall's Pumpkin Farm & Corn Maze -- that don't require nerves of steel. We've got those, too.

Be sure to check the venues' websites for discount coupons and DFW.com for even more haunted listings. And, before we forget -- Boo!

Haunted houses

Moxley Manor Haunted Houses

510 Harwood Road, Bedford

682-231-1313; moxleymanor.com

Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 13, and Oct. 14 and 18-31

7:30 p.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday, 7:30-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 7:30-11 p.m. Oct. 31

$17, $25 fast pass

Cutting Edge Haunted House

1701 E. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth

817-348-8444; cuttingedgehauntedhouse.com

Weekends through Oct. 14, and Oct. 18-21, Oct. 24-31 and Nov. 2-3

Hours vary

$30, $25 age 10 and under; $50 speed pass, $45 child speed pass

Zombie Manor

7501 U.S. 287, Arlington

817-478-7430; zombiemanor.com

Saturdays in September and Sept. 28, weekends in October and Oct. 30-31

8 p.m.-midnight Friday, 7 p.m.-midnight Saturday, 7-10 p.m. Sunday

$17, $22 fast pass

Texas Scaregrounds

800 W. Kennedale Parkway, Kennedale

texasscaregrounds.com

Every Friday and Saturday through Halloween, and Oct. 28-31

7 p.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday, 7-10 p.m. other days

$21; $15 Chaos haunted house only in September, $18 Chaos haunted house only in October, $5 Havok's interactive hayride

Hangman's House of

Horrors

2300 West Freeway, Fort Worth

817-336-4264; hangmans.com

Weekends beginning Sept. 21, and Oct. 26-Nov. 3

7 p.m.-midnight Sept. 21-Oct. 27, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Oct. 28 for scaredy cat night, 7-10 p.m. Oct. 28 for flashlight night, 7-10 p.m. Oct. 29-Nov. 1, 7 p.m.-midnight Nov. 2-3

$25, $35 fast pass

Dollz Haunted House by the Fatal End in the West End

603 Munger Ave., Dallas

214-736-3162; dallashaunt.com

Friday and Saturday Sept. 21-Oct. 13, and Oct. 14-21

8-10 p.m. through Oct. 6; 8-11 p.m. Oct. 12-25 and 28-30; 8-midnight or later Oct. 19, 20, 26, 27 and 31

$18.49, $27.71 fast pass

The Parker House Haunted Attraction

8550 W. University Drive, Denton

469-556-3475; dfwfrightnights.com

Weekends Sept. 21-Oct. 21, and Oct. 25-Nov. 3

7:30 p.m.-midnight weekends, 7:30-10 p.m. weeknights, 7:30-11 p.m. Oct. 31

$17, $25 fast pass

Terrorplex Screampark

6921 Bennett Lawson Road, Mansfield

terrorplex.com

Weekends beginning Sept. 21, and Oct. 31-Nov. 2

7:30 p.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday, 7:30-10 p.m. Sunday

$27, $37 VIP

Thrillvania Thrill Park

2330 County Road 138, Terrell

thrillvania.com

Sept. 21-22 and 28-29, weekends in October, and Oct. 31-Nov. 2

$30, $50 speed pass; $15 age 10 and under, $35 child speed pass

8-11 p.m. most days, 8-10 p.m. Oct. 7, 14 and 28

The Boneyard Haunted House

2921 E. Division St., Arlington

817-451-2663; theboneyard.org

Weekends beginning Sept. 28, and Oct. 18-21 and 24-31

7 p.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday, 7-10 p.m. weekdays and Sunday

$25, $35 VIP fast pass

Reindeer Manor

410 Houston School Road, Red Oak

972-514-7287; reindeermanor.com

Opens Sept. 29, weekends Oct. 5-21, and Oct. 26-28 and 31 and Nov. 2-3

7 p.m.-12:30 a.m. all days except Oct. 28 (7-10 p.m.)

Haunted House at Reindeer Manor: $17, $8 children under 10; 13th Street Morgue: $13, $6 under 10; Dungeon of Doom: $11, $4 under 10; combo ticket $35, $17 under 10

Screams Halloween Theme Park

2511 Farm Road 66,

Waxahachie

screamspark.com

Friday and Saturday Sept. 28-Oct. 27, and Oct. 28

7:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday, 7:30-11 p.m. Oct. 28

$24.99, $39.99 fast pass

Tayman Graveyard

4721 Cecilia Ave., Midlothian

taymangraveyard.com

Sept. 28-29; Oct. 5-6, 12-13 and 19-20; Oct. 26-Nov. 2

7:30 p.m.-midnight through Oct. 13 and Nov. 2, 7 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Oct. 19-20, 7:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Oct. 26-27, 7:30-11 p.m. Oct. 28-31

$15-$27, $10-$20 under 48 inches

SlaughterHouse

2615 Elm St., Dallas

214-999-0708; www.weslaughter.com

Weekends Oct. 5-22, and Oct. 25-31

8 p.m.-1 a.m. weekends, 8-11 p.m. Oct. 21, 8 p.m.-midnight Oct. 28, 7 p.m.-3 a.m. Oct. 31

$16, $25 fast pass

Festivals and events

Fright Fest at Six Flags Over Texas

Interstate 30 and Texas 360, Arlington

817-530-6000; sixflags.com

Friday-Sunday Sept. 28-Oct. 28, plus Oct. 8

6-11 p.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 8, open till 9 p.m. Oct. 21 and 28

At the gate: $59.99, $42.99 under 48 inches, free age 2 and under; additional fee for some attractions

Hall's Pumpkin Farm & Corn Maze

3420 Hall Johnson Road, Grapevine

817-991-1052; hallspumpkinfarm.net

Sept. 28-Oct. 31

3-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 3-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 1-8 p.m. Sunday; hayrides 5 p.m.-close Friday-Sunday

Free; $5 for corn maze, $2 hayrides

After Dark in the Park

River Legacy Living Science Center

703 N.W. Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington

817-860-6752; www.riverlegacy.org

5-9 p.m. Oct. 5-7

Storytelling, karaoke, pumpkin patch, animal encounters, bounce houses, games, crafts and activities.

$7, free ages 2 and under; family packs $40 (4 tickets and 40 coupons, purchase by Oct. 3)

Louis Tussaud's Palace of Wax and Ripley's Believe It or Not

601 E. Safari Parkway, Grand Prairie

972-263-2391; ripleys.com

Lights Out at the Wax Museum: 7-11 p.m. Oct. 7-8, 14-15, 21-22 and 28-31

$12 Lights Out; $15 Lights Out and Mirror Maze; $20 Lights Out, Mirror Maze and Ripley's

6th Annual Fort Worth Zombie Crawl

Begins at Houston St. Bar, 902 Houston St., Fort Worth

fwzombiecrawl.weebly.com/index.html

10 p.m. Oct. 20

Free, age 21 and up

Sea Life Aquarium and LEGOLAND Discovery

Center

Grapevine Mills Mall, 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway

469-444-3050; www.sealifeus.com/grapevine

www.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/dallasfw

Sea Life SCARE-venger Hunt: Oct. 15-31.

Sea Life Underwater pumpkin carving: Oct. 17, 20, 24, 27 and 31. Dives at 2 p.m.

LEGOLAND Brick-or-Treat: Oct. 15-31. Halloween-themed events, giveaways, workshop and costume contests for kids Oct. 20-21 and 27-28.

LEGOLAND adult night: 7-9pm Oct. 29. Costume contest, pumpkin carving and dress-up; $3 off admission.

Tickets at each venue: $19, $15 age 3-12, free age 2 and under

Nash Farm Fall Round-Up

626 Ball St., Grapevine

817-410-3185; www.nashfarm.org

10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 20

Free; $1 for hayrides

Boo at the Zoo

Fort Worth Zoo, 1989 Colonial Parkway, Fort Worth

817-759-7555; fortworthzoo.org

Noon-5 p.m. Oct. 19-21 and 26-28

$3 with zoo admission: $12, $9 ages 3-12 and 65 and up

Treat Street in the

Stockyards

140 E. Exchange Ave., Fort Worth

817-625-9715; stockyardsstation.com

6-8 p.m. Oct. 31

Free

Cary Darling, 817-390-7571

Twitter: @carydar

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