Forget tricking and treating this Halloween season — Jim Shackelford says these spots will run a chill down your spine. Just keep an eye on what’s behind you.

Screams in Waxahachie is literally the scary equivalent of Scarborough Faire. With five haunted houses, psychic readers and live music, Shackelford recommends this as an ideal group outing.

The Fatal End in the West End is new to the scene, as paranormal archaeologists have opened an entrance into the lower level of the building which has disturbing legends. Who knew all this creepy stuff was happening under the fudge factory?

Shackelford says all we needed to know about Hatch and Kraven’s Slaughterhouse in Sherman is “you can shoot paintballs at zombies.” We’re there.

The Dallas Historical Society goes one better with down-home myths at its Haunted Dallas Tour, where haunted sites and cemeteries will give you a scary appreciation for this old town.

For a different kind of history, read our conversation online at with Fortunato Mata from the Dallas Costume Shoppe. He celebrates his 67th Halloween this year dressing goblins.

— R.L.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition October 22, 2010