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Screams features special events during last weekend of October

Oct. 25, 2000

Haunted amusement park gives spooky offerings in final run

By NAT NEALEIGH

Reporter

The month-long Halloween-themed amusement park, Screams, will be celebrating its last weekend this Oct. 27, 28 and 29. Now in its 5th year, the North Texas park features attractions, live music and celebrity guests through the month of October. Appearing on the final weekend will be R.A. Mihailoff, the actor who played Leatherface in the 1990 thriller Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3, the rock band Eat My Pie on Oct. 27 and the Dallas-based 'boy band' Sons of Harmony on Oct. 28.

Billed as the 'world's largest Halloween theme park,' Screams features eight signature attractions spread throughout 50 wooded acres.

These include the Castle of Darkness, a haunted castle, as well as a haunted insane asylum called the Arcane Asylum; Terror Visions 3-D, a three-dimensional film featuring evil clowns from the dark side; the Black Forest of Fear hayride through a haunted forest; the Hollywood Museum of Horrors, a tribute to horror films of the past; the Maze du Macabre, a ghoulish trek through a dark maze; and a children's area with a pumpkin patch and a mini-haunted house called Spooky Hollow.

Becca Kline, a Hartford, Neb., sophomore, said she believes people go to theme parks like Screams because they like to be scared.

'People just like a thrill,' Kline said. 'They like thinking they're in danger, but they know they're not. They still have their comfort zone.'

According to some, however, a visit to Screams is well within their comfort zones, and sometimes even turns into boredom. Catherine Ung, a Houston Junior, was unimpressed with her experience.

'I've just been to one [other] haunted house before, but this one wasn't all that great if you really want to have a scary time,' Ung said. 'They really didn't have that much that scared me.'

Visitors not looking to be scared may find some attractions enjoyable, however.

'It did have a karaoke bar. That was kind of cool,' Ung said.

Earlier in the month, the bands Slow Roosevelts and Hotter than Hell appeared at the park. Kain Hodder, the man behind Jason's hockey mask in the Friday the 13th movies, and the group Deep Blue Something, known for the song Breakfast at Tiffany's, also appeared.

Screams is located near Waxahachie, Texas, 30 minutes south of Dallas on I-35 at Exit 339A. The park is open from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $15.99 per person, and can be purchased at the gate or at North Texas Kroger Food Stores.

For more information, call 1-888-3SCREAM, or visit the Web site at www.screamspark.com.