Insider Savings: Halloween scare, pumpkin deals


by LAURA THORNQUIST / Special Contributor


Posted on October 23, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 23 at 9:32 AM

From pumpkin patches to haunted houses, Laura Thornquist is back with her scary insider savings tips that get us in the mood for Halloween. 

Halloween wouldn't be complete without a night at a haunted house. Several haunted houses in North Texas are worth their weight in a good scream, and some are offering half off admission this week and next. 

The Slaughter House in Deep Ellum gives you 16,000 square feet of pure terror for only $15. The VIP admission price also takes you to the front of the line. This deal is only good through October 30.

In Fort Worth, The Dr. Death House of Horror will also give you a "fast pass" admission. The price is only $7.50 to get in and it includes parking. This deal is good October 26 through 31. 

The Moxley Manor Haunted House is also offering you half off for your fast pass admission. Pick up tickets to the Fort Worth institute for only $12.50.

And for those of you who live near the Texas Scaregrounds in Kennedale, get your scream on for only $12.50, which is half off the $25 price.

If a pumpkin patch is more your speed, you have a few suggestions. There are so many options for pumpkin patches here in North Texas. While all are great options, I put together a list of a few of my favorites that give you the most for your money.

The Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch is one of the biggest in North Texas and offers a lot more than pumpkin picking. It costs only $5 to park, but when you get inside, there are many activities for kids, including jump houses, hay rides, face painting and mazes. 

Pack a lunch and spend the day with the family, and don't forget your camera.

Get the ultimate Pumpkin experience at Hall's Pumpkin Farm in Grapevine. Because it's on a farm, you will be able to pick your own pumpkins off the vine. Admission is free but you will have to pay for your activities and pumpkins. Make sure you bring cash or checks. Credit cards are not accepted. 

And Owens Big Orange Pumpkin Farm in Richardson is a great option for families north of Dallas.

During the week $6 gets you admission, a small pumpkin, animal feed for the goats, a hayride and a tour of the farm and museum.  

Children under two get in for free.