Friday the 13th is more than an excuse to rubber-bat your cubical and sip red wine from an IV bag while doing data entry. (We’re all doing that, right?) It’s also a chance to explore your threshold for terrifying attractions as our area’s haunted houses pry their doors open for the 2013 season. Hop aboard the night terror train in Irving where Strangling Brothers Haunted Circus (8225 Esters Blvd.) has set up a giant circus tent filled with face-zipping, blood-sniffing psychotic clowns in full makeup. Please God, let there be a trapeze. Tickets range $30 to $50. Visit stranglingbrotherstexas.com. In Fort Worth, Cutting Edge (1701 E. Lancaster Ave.) warms up the generators for its opening night, and they’ve got this advice for potential visitors: “You will experience intense audio, lighting, extreme low visibility, strobe lights, fog, damp or wet conditions, moving floors ... and an overall physically demanding environment.” So ... it’s like a CrossFit rave? Holy shit, that is the scariest thing imaginable. Adult tickets for the world’s largest walk-through haunted house (it’s a record-holder) cost $30 to $50. Visit cuttingedgehauntedhouse.com. If you’ve walked through Deep Ellum during scare season, you’ve likely encountered the boundary-defying actors of Slaughter House (2615 Elm St.). They’ll chase you as you walk to your car even if you have no interest in haunted attractions. View that as A) sort of shitty or B) a free scare, depending on your stance. Either way, it opens on Friday night right in the middle of Oliver Peck’s big Friday the 13th bash, so wrap up your new tattoo and check out gore central. Advance tickets cost $13. Visit weslaughter.com.
Fri., Sept. 13, 2013