If you dare, come get your scare

By Shannon Sweet


Halloween is upon us. Candy apples, Halloween costumes, trick-or-treating and above all, haunted house attractions.

Psycho Asylum and Slaughterhouse, both opening Friday, Oct. 4, at 1305 E. Houston St., are the latest additions to San Antonio’s haunted-house family, and you’re in for quite the treat, or, should I say trick.

Psycho Asylum is a high-concept haunt that will take its victims on a journey through an archaic ‘60s-inspired psychiatric hospital that has gone awry. Guests will check in at the front desk for added authenticity before being taken on a hell ride through various scenes that seem as if they had been lifted from a horror movie — a gruesome one, I may add.

This haunt will be very popular due to the recent fascination with asylums gone mad because of media such as the game, “Batman: Arkham Asylum,” and the television show, “American Horror Story: Asylum.”

Slaughterhouse is a completely different animal. Its theme is exactly what its name implies: a blood-curdling maze through a gory animal-processing plant designed to butcher the nerves of its guest. Applause should be given to all the dedicated cast and crew members behind the screams.

Together, Slaughterhouse and Psycho Asylum employ around 100 team members, who all have one thing in common: to scare the life out of you.

After speaking to the head chainsaw-wielding maniac, Adam Alvarado, and the coordinator, James Walker, I understood the heart and soul that goes into these haunts, and their passion for developing bigger and better scares.

The location of these attractions couldn’t be any better. There will be plenty of food trucks, live music, and much more to guarantee a terrifyingly good time that will last the whole evening.

Parking is free and one ticket will pay for both haunted houses, which is perfect for those who don’t want to break the bank. If you want a taste of true terror, I suggest you visit Slaughter House and Psycho Asylum — only if you dare.


E-mail Shannon Sweet at ssweet@student.uiwtx.edu

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