The 6 Best Haunted Houses in San Antonio
As fall rolls around and the leaves start to change, Halloween excitement abounds. Getting into the holiday spirit means hitting a good haunted house, and San Antonio has no shortage of these spooky attractions. Here are our picks for the best frights, shrieks, and howls in the Alamo city.
13th Floor Haunted House
This is one of the premier places to get spooked in San Antonio. It’s a huge haunted festival, with two main attractions: the “Burial Ground” and “Into the Void”. At the Burial Ground, the story goes, the hotel manager kept secret areas in the basements to keep his victims, experiments and workers separate from the mansion upstairs. The basement has become a tomb for the many victims and undead who remain in the mansion. Pretty spooky story, and it’s sure to have you and your family running for the exit!
At the “Into the Void” attraction, you’ll head into the dark void, where anything can happen with hidden phantoms, ghouls, and ghosts hiding behind every turn.
The 13th floor haunted house is sure to provide heart-pounding Halloween excitement this year.
Ripley’s Haunted Adventure
With various locations throughout the country, this is a multi-million dollar haunted house experience, and the San Antonio location is widely seen as one of the best. You’ll want to check out the three-story coffin ride staffed with actors portraying bone-chilling goblins and zombies. There’s also plenty of high-tech animatronics and spine-tingling special effects to keep you on the edge of your seat. At Ripley’s you’ll want to make sure you can handle the fright factor-enter at your own risk.
At Terror Mansion, you’ll be able to frolic with your favorite horror movie stars in the flesh. Some of the greats will be in attendance, such as Freddie Krueger, Leatherface, and Jason Voorhees. They’ll all be on the prowl, looking for their next victim, which could very well be you!
There are 23 rooms filled with horror, and the house’s infamous maze features an insane asylum and human meat locker! If you’re faint of heart, Terror mansion may not be the Haunted house for you, but if you’re up for a frightening challenge, head out to 414 West Laurel. 210-226-2666
This Halloween extravaganza takes place at Sea Wo0rld San Antonio. There’ll be some haunted mazes as well as the requisite sea creatures and even some roller coaster rides. This is more of a family-friendly haunted attraction offering a good time all day long during Halloween week. After 6 pm, you may run into “Jack O Lantern” and his frightening crew!
Howl Monster Mansion
This is a creation of the “Haunted House Guy”, Corey Flores. He’s been creating bone-chilling Halloween attractions in the Alamo for the last 12 years. He likes to offer features that are less terrifying in the scare department for the kids, but he ups the ante for adults in the evenings and weekends.
Located at 2827 Hillcrest Drive. 210-381-6645
Fright Fest at Six Flags Fiesta Texas
Six Flags Fiesta turns into an All Hallows Eve wonderland, with its bone-chilling rides and various horrifying haunted houses. This is a Halloween attraction for the entire family, and if you bring the kids, they’ll enjoy it as well, especially the trick or treat trails.
Located at 17000 IH-10 West. 210-697-5050
So if you’re in San Antonio this Halloween season, head out to get spooked at any one of these creepy attractions. There are somewhere you can bring the whole family, and some that are so frightening, you may not even make it through yourself. Either way, you can be sure there are many ways to find the horror this Halloween.
*Updated May 2020. Originally published in October 2015.