Want to stay alive if you find yourself in a horror move? Check out these tips.

Don’t leave your group of friends. There’s safety in numbers, and the person that goes to “check out that creepy sound” always gets killed. And don’t make fun of your friends when they get creeped out by that sound.

If you are alone, and you think you’ve killed the monster or murderer, you probably haven’t, no matter how many times you’ve shot or stabbed him. Don’t assume–just run away. If you’re female, just know that you will fall down once or twice when you’re running, but hopefully you’ve got enough of a head start

Do not run upstairs to get away. Upstairs isn’t going to save you. Better to run out of the house than have to jump out of the second-story window. Likewise, don’t lock yourself in the bathroom or put a heavy piece of furniture in front of the door where you’ve decided to hide.

Let’s hope you never have to use these tips! Be careful out there.

Join us at Thrillvania Haunted House Park for Opening Day Saturday September 27th, 2014. We will be waiting for you…..



Did you know? Many stories of ghosts and the paranormal are based on Texas legends. That’s no surprise since so many attacks and battles occurred across the state.
One story is based around a notorious horse thief called Vidal. In 1848, he made the mistake of stealing horses from the Texas Ranger Creed Taylor.

Taylor and infamous Bigfoot Wallace–another Texas Ranger–went on a hunt for the bandit.. Late one night, the Rangers discovered Vidal and his bandits. The infamous Bigfoot wanted to make an example of Vidal. So he decapitated Vidal, tied his body on the saddle on the back of a wild mustang, and drove the horse away. He knew this would send a message to other horse thieves.

For many years, the wild horse roamed South Texas, with Vidal’s head and body still strapped to the saddle. The horse and rider were named “El Muerto” by the natives and were blamed for all kinds of evil and bad luck. Eventually, an armed posse found the wild horse and cut the head of Vidal from the horse. Bullet holes and arrows riddled Vidal’s head and the horse’s body. Even now, there are stories of people seeing a headless horseman riding on clear and moonlit nights.

It has been said that on a clear full-moon night that you can see and hear the headless horseman roaming the grounds of Thrillvania Haunted House Park. Come see for yourself, if you dare…

How to Host a Safe Seance


Have you ever been to a séance? Where groups of people try to communicate with the dead. Or are they the undead? Are these immortal spirits in limbo, destined to be in between two worlds–living and dead?


Séances are genuine and speaking to the undead is real, no matter what others may say. There have been accounts of them as early as the 16th century, and unexplained events have shown that there really is a line of communication from those who are living are those who are not…from both directions. The living reach out to the dead, the undead reach out to the living.


Still. Some wonder, can you actually speak the dead? It seems that many people believe they’ve spoken to those who have passed on, communicated to those beyond the grave. Even if it’s not actually speaking, the undead have given signs to their loved ones–or even strangers. Apparitions, sounds of knocking, cold breezes–sometimes the living dead let their presence be known in different ways.


When you have an séance, a medium is usually involved to contact the spirits, and séances are especially powerful in the presence of a medium. A medium–being a person who seems to have a unique and direct connection to the dead. The mediums’ minds are open to the voices they hear from the beyond. That’s not to say a loved one who has passed on will try to give signs to those that were close to them. Or those who are even just physically close to them. Séances have conjured up spirits just from physical locations–with no personal connection to the people involved.


To those that ask for indications that the dead want to reach out to them at an séance, that’s not to say they are still trying to communicate with living souls. They may have passed, but they still want to speak to those that are alive–something about their life, something about the connection they had with the living, something that haunts them that they never said or revealed. Possibly there’s unfinished words, unfinished business–the afterlife allows them to complete what they needed to say. Who can say what the dead might want to communicate to their living friends and family? It may be one last chance to say something that was very meaningful.

We here at Thrillvania Haunted House Park are not sure if it is possible to talk to the dead or undead, but we have witnessed spirits roaming the grounds from time to time. Come visit Thrillvania and find out for yourself. Thrillvania will open its doors Saturday September 27, 2014 at 8:00pm 2330 County Road 138, Terrell, Tx 75161

werewolf-in-london1-thumb-300xauto-34643Was Frenchman Michel Verdun a werewolf, or a psychopathic murderer–or both?

Have you heard a wolf’s howl? And how do you know that’s it’s a wolf–what if it’s something very different?

In the 1500s, three men were brought to trial for murder, torture and other heinous crimes. One of these men was Michel Verdun, self-proclaimed werewolf.

During Verdun’s trial, he named two accomplices to his horrific deeds–Philibert Montot and Pierre Bourgot. Bourgot also claimed to be a werewolf.  But were these confessions obtained after the men had been tortured? Verdun’s legend lives on at Thrillvania Haunted House Park–as a genuine werewolf who killed and ate men and women as he roamed the countryside.

One particular story was offered to prove his guilt and is the basis for the werewolf lore surrounding Verdun. A man came upon a vicious wolf, but managed to escape the wolf’s attack, severely wounding the beast. The man followed the bloody trail…and at its end was a wounded Michel Verdun. The man became convinced that Verdun was able to transform himself from human to wolf, and something in between. The story spread like wildfire, and Verdun was charged with lycanthropy (the ability to change from human to wolf).547werewolves2

Bourgot corroborated the account, and said at trial that Verdun had taken him to a Wiccan/Pagan ritual known as a Sabbat. There, Verdun initiated Bourgot, so that he could also assume wolf-form. Verdun applied an ointment to Bourgot and this magical and wicked salve transformed him into a bloodthirsty werewolf.

Convicted of lycanthropy and murder–all three men were burned at stake. Verdun’s wife was also convicted, although there was never any evidence provided that she could shape-shift like Verdun and the others. But the high court wanted to be sure.

Thrillvania Haunted House Park is located just east of Dallas, Tx. 4 Haunted Houses on 50 wooded acres. We will see you Saturday September 27, 2014 for Thrillvania’s opening day at 2330 County Road 138, in Terrell, Texas. If you just can’t wait to have the living daylights scared out of you, our friends at Cutting Edge Haunted House in Ft. Worth will be open for a sneak peek on Saturday August 30, 2014.


Full Moon Friday the 13th


We tend to let our imaginations run wild when we’re planning new haunts here at Thrillvania Haunted House Park but even we can’t quite wrap our minds around the fact that this week we’re going to experience Friday the 13th and a full moon all on the same night. Imagine the possibilities!

This Friday will be the only Friday the 13th in 2014. It also happens to be the first time since October 13, 2000 that a full moon has held reign in the sky on Friday the 13th and it won’t happen again until October 13, 2019.

We’re in for a rare treat this Friday, that’s for sure. Bad luck and weird energy will be coursing through the atmosphere for a full 24 hours. Anything might happen.



Werewolves notoriously stalk their prey by the light of the full moon. But what happens when the full moon falls on Friday the 13th? Who experiences the worst of the heightened bad luck? Does the werewolf trip over a sidewalk crack, thus missing his mark and his monthly feast? Or does his prey, who’s already had the bad luck to become the werewolf’s next target, trip over that same crack and break his mother’s back before he becomes the werewolf’s next meal?

Jason VoorheesAnd what about Jason Voohees? Jason will forever be associated with Friday the 13th, but what happens to him by the light of the full moon? Does he become even more deranged, killing not only sex-crazed, beer-soaked teenaged campers but innocent movie-goers and their lusty dates, too?

And what if the two were to meet? Imagine Jason and The Werewolf going head-to-head by the light of the full moon on Friday the 13th. Who would survive? And who would really be the unluckiest that day – Jason, the Werewolf or YOU!

We’re going to pull out all the stops this Friday the 13th and tempt Fate as we party under the full moon at the Friday the 13th Event at Cutting Edge Haunted Park. Join us if you dare, and if you don’t we’ll see you this fall at Thrillvania Haunted House Park at 2330 County Road 138, in Terrell, Texas.

Friday the 13th


About a week before every Friday the 13th we take a lengthy tour of Thrillvania, home to the most haunted house in Dallas, Texas. We search for anything that might attract or cause bad luck, because if it’s unlucky to have it around every other day of the year, you can bet it’s doubly bad luck to have it around on Friday the 13th. Since we’re exactly one week out, we thought we’d share our checklist so you can be prepared, too.

Mirrors – If they’re nailed to the wall we make sure to cover them with a sheet lest we get a glimpse of the Face of Death. If they’re mirrors that can be picked up, handled and possibly broken, thus ensuring 7 years of doom, we stash them away in a locked closet for the day.

Ladders – All ladders are folded up and stashed in the shed. There’s always one daredevil in the bunch who laughs in the face of Friday the 13th and takes a walk under a ladder if there’s one standing at the ready. One of these days we’re going to rig up a can of paint so it falls on his head!

Black cats – It’s almost impossible to rid the countryside of cats and black cats are especially difficult to catch. They’re sneaky and hard to see and they seem to disappear when you look directly at them. We do our best though, luring them into one of our outbuildings with a tasty feast of fresh tuna and seasoned chicken gizzards and plenty of warm milk.

Umbrellas – All umbrellas are stashed right along with the ladders and mirrors lest some foolhardy idiot decide he wants to open it up indoors and see what happens. We know what will happen – we don’t need proof.

Beds – While most of our cast and crew sleep in their own homes at night we do have a few beds around for… well… let’s just call them “unwary guests.” In order to ensure they have at least a few moments of good luck before they meet their maker the inhabitants of Thrillvania, we arrange all the beds so our “guests” are able to rise and shine on the right side of the bed.

Spiders – Like black cats, there’s very little we can do to eliminate all the spiders in our haunted park. After all, it’s a pretty big place and we specialize in creating the type of creepy environment that just seems to attract these 8-legged creepizoids. Still, though, it’s bad luck for the rest of the day if you see a spider in the morning. On Friday the 13th we try not to peep into any dark, dusty corners until after the clock strikes noon.

The menu – On Friday the 13th we never ever have “the foul fish” on the menu and we never ever serve anything that must be eaten with a knife and fork. Weather permitting we usually fire up the grill and barbecue some… baby back ribs, yes, that’s what we’ll call them, baby back ribs.

This year, we’ll be celebrating the day at Cutting Edge Haunted Park where they promise a Friday the 13th Event too spectacular to miss. Join us there if you dare and remember to mark your calendars for the season opening of Thrillvania Haunted House Park at 2330 County Road 138, in Terrell, Texas.