Thursday, March 23, 2023



No Halloween plans yet? Try this haunted campground

Photo: Toni Cuenca

If you happen to find yourself in Central Texas around the end of October you might want to mosey over to the tiny town of Glen Rose (pop. about 2,500) and the Haunted Hills Campground. 

The campground, located just outside of Glen Rose,  promises visitors a frightening experience, one that will make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. Maybe not the Texas Chainsaw Massacre kind of fright – but close.

Cortni and Josh Davidson moved to Glen Rose in May from Austin, and run the Halloween event at the campground, reports the Stephenville Empire-Tribune. “The area had a little of everything that we were looking for and we wanted a place that we could start this campground project,” Cortni said about the couple’s move to Glen Rose.

The family started the haunted house in their backyard in Austin for fun and for charity. “We had grown men that refused to go through with their wives and I had to tell my husband to stop being so scary because people wouldn’t come back the next year,” said Cortni.

The family enjoys Halloween and they found that this project was something they could all do together and enjoy. Molly, their oldest daughter, does the makeup for the actors involved in the production. “We have theater students from GRHS [Glen Rose High School] who participate and that was important to us to include the community,” said Cortni. “I homeschool so history is a big part of our lives. My uncle told me stories of the moonshiners and we started thinking, hey what about a haunted campground, and I posted it on my personal Facebook page and everyone loved the idea,” Cortni said.

The tour is called “The Ole Moonshiners last Run” and it involves a haunted hayride and haunted walking trails that feature an old west ghost town, props featuring prohibition era, and other scary setups. The haunted campout is called Dusk till Dawn. This attraction is for overnight campers and takes place Oct. 12-Oct. 31. The tour also includes a tent for local vendors such as Earthkeepers emporium and a food truck that will offer different items each weekend.
General admission is $15. Hours are 7-12 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Ages 13 years and up.


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