And ScreamWorld is just the tip of Houstons professional-grade haunted house iceberg; Phobia boasts a somewhat irreverent approach to fright (sample attraction: 3D Clown Phobia), while Nightmare on the Bayou, located directly next to Houstons oldest graveyard, claims to be legitimately haunted. And if youre having trouble this Halloween deciding between going to a haunted house or a strip club, youre in luck: the 18-and-up Haunt XXX (co-sponsored by Ricks Cabaret and Carmens Boutique) attempts to combine the two worlds into something that is, to say the least, rather unorthodox. Things have certainly come a long way from mislabeled tubs of spaghetti.
ScreamWorld opens at 7:30 p.m. today, October 25, October 28 to 30, 8 p.m. October 26 and 27. 2225 North Sam Houston Parkway West. For information, call 713-914-1313 or visit www.screamworld.com. $22 to $30. Phobia opens at 7 p.m. today, 8 p.m. October 25 and 26, 7 p.m. October 27 to 30. 18777 Highway 290. For information, call 713-526-DEAD or visit www.darke.com. $12 to $40. Nightmare on the Bayou opens 7 p.m. daily. 1515 Studemont. For information, call 713-868-3344 or visit www.nightmareonthebayou.com. $25 to $35. Haunt XXX opens 9 p.m. today and October 25 to October 28. 2720 Southwest Freeway. For information, call 713-291-2923 or visit www.hauntxxx.com. $25 to $35.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m.; Thursdays, Sundays, 7:30-10 p.m.; Mon., Oct. 29, 7:30-10 p.m.; Wed., Oct. 31, 7:30-10 p.m.; Nov. 2-3, 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Starts: Sept. 21. Continues through Oct. 28, 2007