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David Minton

Get spooked

A body doesn’t have to go far for a creepy time

Brave souls and spook seekers don’t have to go far to get some thrills and chills this weekend and for Halloween.

— Lucinda Breeding

The Parker House Haunted Attraction

Where: 8550 W. University Drive.

What: An interactive haunted house with a creepy plot: At a 1940s home-based mortuary, patrons walk through a space that was closed down by the FBI due to the Parkers’ daughter, Mary. Left to run the family business at a young age, and witnessing death all around her, Mary broke bad and blood was shed. Through torture and cruelty, Mary created her own bodies for the morgue. By the time patrons arrive for the spook-fest, Mary Parker has been committed to a sanitarium. Tourists get a look at what the twisted soul had been doing with her time.

Hours: 7:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays and Sundays, Oct. 22, Oct. 25 and Oct. 27-29

7:30 to 11:59 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 23-24, Oct. 30 and Nov. 13

7:30 to 2 a.m. Oct. 31 and Nov. 1

How much: $25, $35 for a fast pass.

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Who can handle it: Ages 12 and up. People with medical conditions are discouraged from participating.

The Dark Path Haunt

Where: 2695 Old Alton Road in Denton

What: Patrons take a lamp-lighted stroll along the (allegedly haunted) woods on a path near the Old Alton Bridge — adjacent to the legendary “Goatman’s Bridge.” The historic bridge and surrounding forest are said to have been the locations of murders, suicides, disappearances, seances, ghost sightings and paranormal investigations since 1938. Patrons walk along the path and meet unsettling performers, hear mysterious noises and — just maybe — catch a glimpse of the Goatman.

When: 8 to 11:55 p.m. Friday and Saturday, through Halloween.

How much: $20, fast passes available. Cash only. Pay on location.

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Who can handle it: Ages 13 and up. People with medical conditions and pregnant women are discouraged from participating.

Dan’s Haunted House

Where: 501 E. Swisher Road in Lake Dallas

What: Do you like Japanese horror films? This outdoor haunted house is for you. Dan’s Haunted House has no zombies, clowns or screaming chainsaws. What it does have are the dreams and nightmares of a Japanese girl named Little Yuki. And Yuki might be a figment of the imagination of a charming character called Unkle Kreep. Unkle Kreep lost an important battle, has been plunged into depression and finds solace — or savagery — in meeting Little Yuki.

When: 8 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday through Halloween and on Nov. 1.

How much: $20 per person. Fast passes are available at the discretion of event managers, depending on customer volume. Group ticket sales are available. For reservations, visit Patrons can pay with cash or credit card at the door.

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Who can handle it: Ages 14 and up.