Enter If You Dare

Amarillo offers several spooky haunted houses to explore this October.


Preslie Bentley, writer

Often times when Halloween rolls around, teenagers enjoy spending their weekend nights screaming and jumping due to haunted houses. These attractions include frightening scenes, like infested hospitals, haunted movie theaters and more. Amarillo Scaregrounds and 6th Street Massacre rank as the most popular haunted houses in town.

 “I love the tension when you and your friends know you’re about to get grabbed or scared,” sophomore Josh Proffer said. “I love all of us laughing at whoever gets scared really bad.”

The largest haunted house in the area, Amarillo Scaregrounds, offers six different attractions which include Insanitarium, Terror, The Basement, Blackout Maze, Axe Slinger Society and Xcape Room Village. They are open from 7pm until 11:30pm for people to enjoy activities with the price of $60 for an all-night pass, $40 for a one admission pass or $20 per haunted house. Zombies, clowns and other creatures creep up to grab or horrify off guard as everyone races through the mazes of their worst nightmares. 

“I like how there are narrow hallways to get to the other rooms so you’re really close to the people scaring you,” junior Katelynn Rodman said. “Most of the time it’s dark so you can’t tell when they’re going to pop out at you and there are creepy sound effects in the background.”

People believe that the scenes make the situation scariest because of the realistic feelings, sights and sounds. The building of 6th Street Massacre was once known as actually haunted due to random doors slamming, locked doors opening to trigger alarm systems and people getting their hair pulled. The building is an old movie theater, so the owners decided to keep the tradition and use that as the theme for their haunted house. Some scenes include twisted setups from old movie theater snack bars, box offices and also old horror movies. 

“It’s fun to get a group of friends together and witness everyone’s reactions to being spooked because of how differently everyone responds to terror,” junior Lauren Dubina said.