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Sometimes, it only takes one family to ruin a neighborhood. In the case of the Voodoo Bayou in 1901, Baron Michael Verdun and his wife, Lady Cassandra, were the ones to blame. The psychopathic werewolf and his vampire bride set about building a menacing Antebellum-style mansion atop an old cemetery, where they began creating twisted human-animal hybrids. Enraged, the townsfolk set the mansion aflame, burning its inhabitants in the process. But the Baron and his wife never truly left.

Today, their spirits still inhabit Thrillvania Haunted House Park's nearly 50 acres, which encompass four distinct haunted attractions. A giant brain controls the clowns who rule Cassandra’s Labyrinth of Terror, a twisting maze of black-lit hallways and neon colors. Monsters roam outdoors at Sam Hain’s Trail of Torment, and Mortimer Thorn continues to perform cruel experiments within the run-down church known as Thorn Hall. However, the epicenter of terror remains Verdun Manor, the decaying—and occasionally flame-throwing—mansion.

Spooky origin stories aside, the manor is actually the invention of the late human Lance Pope. Mr. Pope grew up fascinated by old mansions, monsters, and haunted houses. So together with a design team—including former Disney Imagineers—Mr Pope built a sprawling park with more hidden scares than his childhood self could have imagined. His creations have garnered many fans and led to ample media attention, including a feature on Travel Channel's America’s Scariest Haunted Attractions.

2330 County Rd.
Terrell,
TX
US

Everything that needs to be said about The Victorian House is in its name. The home exudes the elegance of the bygone era, with its steeple-roof chapel, historic architecture, and expansive lawns. It's frequently the host of weddings both simple and extravagant; besides the chapel, there's a vast reception room for post-ceremony parties, and an outdoor gazebo features prominently in many of the wedding parties' pictures. Private dressing cottages hide the bride from the groom as they prepare for the ceremony; the bride donning her dress, the groom fixing his tie, and the priest preparing his t-shirt launcher. The chapel, where most ceremonies take place, boasts three large arched windows behind the altar where light filters into the room, and large candelabras fill the area with dim, intimate light.

3950 Fm 987
Kaufman,
TX
US

The staff at My Spa & Boutique aim to beautify guests in a relaxing atmosphere. Massage therapists incorporate fragrant aromatherapy into candlelit couples massages and technicians combat signs of aging during facials with Éminence Organic Skin Care products. The team's tool of choice for tightening lax skin or removing hair is the Soprano XL laser, whose skin-cooling tip and gradually heating IN-Motion technology minimize client discomfort. The device can disable follicles on any skin type, be it pale, tanned, or made of plaster.

In the salon area, experienced stylists craft custom cuts and colors and perform specialty services such as feather extensions. Tiled floors, arched doorways, and soft lighting from ornate sconces give the space an ambiance reminiscent of a Spanish hacienda.

108 E US Hwy.80
Forney,
TX
US

The propane proprietors at Progas pump tanks with clean-burning, top-notch gas for thrilling grilling and cozy off-the-grid living. Propaniacs need only mosey to the Seagoville location with an empty 20-pound tank to have it filled with controllable combustibles. Progas forms a barbecue-tonged bond with each customer, courting backyard kings and queens with trusty service in the hopes of scoring invites to finger-licking get-togethers.

294 S Highway 175
Seagoville,
TX
US