Around this time every year, lots of Halloween attractions pop up that are designed to scare the living daylights out of people. They’re popular because it would seem that many people enjoy being scared. I am NOT one of those people. So, how did I end up almost having a heart attack last weekend at one of the scariest haunted houses in Texas?
This past week, my wife and I were spending time in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and were invited to dinner by some old friends, Walt and Anita, who live nearby. The plan was to eat at their place then go out to a movie but it turned out that the theater was closed due to some electrical problems. The movie we had agreed upon was not playing anywhere else.
When we were trying to decide upon an alternate plan, going to a haunted house was not on the list. But Walt’s son Andy and his girlfriend were heading out to Cutting Edge Haunted House, a huge horror attraction in Fort Worth, and they suggested we come along. Walt shrugged, looked at us for input, and, before I had a chance to say “why would four ‘mature’ adults like us want to go to a haunted house with a bunch of teens and twenty-somethings? No way!”, the wives nodded “okay”. My fate was sealed.
See, here’s the thing: I startle easily. I jump at unexpected sounds. I don’t do horror movies. I hate surprise parties. If there’s ever a *real* emergency, I’m your guy. I’m fearless. But jump out of a closet at me? I might just pass out. If this means I have to turn in my Man Card, then so be it.
Cutting Edge is considered to be one of the biggest and best haunted house attractions in the country by Hauntworld Magazine, USA Travel Guide, Haunted House Ratings.com and many other sources. They hold the Guinness World Record as “World’s Largest Walk-Through Haunted House.” The action happens inside a 235,000 sq. ft. abandoned meatpacking plant, where visitors are confronted with disorienting twisted tunnels, slides, darkness, pulsating music, creepy rooms, plenty of chainsaw-wielding lunatics, psychotic clowns, butchered corpses and more.
I really hated going through this house. I found it terrifying. I was tense to begin with, but as soon as we walked through the door, the hair on the back of my neck was tingling. The air seemed acrid and dense and I could feel it settle on my skin. Horrible mutant creatures were lunging out at us from everywhere and I jumped every time. Every. single. time. Hearing the screams of other people didn’t help either. It is possible that I screamed like a girl a few times. All of my senses were saying “abort!!” Every fear that a person might have is exploited: darkness, evil clowns and zombies, claustrophobia, blood and gore – it’s all there, waiting to terrify you.
Walt, Andy and the ladies had a great time. I just wanted it to be over. Also, my wife wants me to tell you that I was walking behind her the whole time. She thinks it’s hilarious that I turned into a huge wimp. But I am OK with admitting my fear.
A few things to know: an Adult ticket is $29.95. You can buy tickets online and pay with a credit card, but it’s cash only if you buy your tickets there. The lines will be long. Just go there expecting to wait a long time. They do have entertainment outside that helps the time go by faster. You can opt for a Speedpass at $10 more, which bumps you to the front of the line. Also, parking is $10.
All in all, Cutting Edge is an extremely well-done horror house and, if you like that sort of thing, you should go. Even if you don’t like that sort of thing, you might end up having fun. I know I probably shaved a few years off my life but I will say, in hindsight, now that it’s over and there is no one chasing me with a chainsaw, I had a great time.