Haunting attractionsdfwnewsa | September 18, 2022 | 0 | Midlothian , Waxahachie News
Now that the pandemic has tapered off and isn’t impacting public gatherings like it had been organizers at Screams Halloween Theme Park say this is a good time to make some changes.
Screams, located at 2511 FM 66 in Waxahachie, is preparing for its 26th season. The park opens Sept. 30 and runs Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 29. Times are 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., a half hour earlier than previous years.
When thrill fans arrive they’ll notice several changes, including new attractions and entrance procedures.
“A lot of these things we had been wanting to change for a long time,” said Helaine Thompson, director of marketing and communications for Southwest Festivals, Inc. “We didn’t want to do these last year. We just wanted to make sure we could get through the year after the pandemic. But now we’re coming off a strong 2021, so we decided we wanted to make the changes now.”
One big change is that all tickets and fast passes will be available online only. Tickets and fast passes will be date specific, but the VIP any day combo pass, which includes a ticket and a free pass and is only good for one day, is not date specific. There will be a limit on all tickets, which Thompson said will enhance the park goers’ experience.
“We want to make sure people can go through all five haunted attractions, and limiting the tickets and the number of people that come in will improve that,” Thompson said, adding that an expanded park layout will help as well.
Once inside the park guests will notice new attractions as well.
Among those is the Bootlegger’s Bayou, the newest theme to Scream’s five haunted houses. Bootlegger’s Bayou is described as a “twisted trip through the bowels of the awful.”
It joins the other haunted houses Klownz in 3-D, Times Up … Maze, Cursed … the Witches of TerraMythica and Zombie Wasteland … Apocalypse.
In fact Thompson said the five different haunted houses is what separates Screams from other Halloween theme parks in the area.
“You don’t have to stand in line just for one haunted house,” Thompson said. “Each haunted house has a different theme all with a different experience. When you come with a group each person is usually afraid of something different.”
Screams is also adding a second walk-through attraction in the Cool Ghoul Boolevard to accompany the Rotting Cemetery.
It’s adding new live entertainment with Hell Dolls performing a show of aerial silks and fire attractions nightly and Jack-FM’s Dance Party Contest on Oct. 8.
These additions join other staple entertainment such as Scary-Oke, a DJ spinning music and haunted roaming characters.
New food and drink options include the 13th Hour Bakery, which will join the full food court and the Full Moon Café. The Headless Horseman Tavern and the Jack O’ Lantern Pub will be new additions to the park’s seven pubs.
The food court, Full Moon Café and the pubs will now all accept credit cards.
Other returning favorites include games of skill, palm readings, henna tattoos and shops such as hand-crafted chocolates, kettle corn, collectables, jeweled skulls, Day of the Dead art and more. Games and the bakery are cash only.
Tickets are $42 for Fridays and $52 for Saturdays. Fast passes are $30 and $40, respectively. The VIP combo pass is $125. Group and consignment tickets are also available.
Food, drink, games and shop items are not included in the ticket price.
Thompson said she’s hopeful the new attractions and the returning favorites will continue to make Screams a regional attraction. Last year’s attendance following the pandemic gives her optimism.
“We were up from 2019, so we’re very fortunate that people came back like they did,” Thompson said. “We’re hoping to continue that and go up for there.”
For more information go to screamspark.com or visit its social media pages at screamspark.