Even on an innocuously bright and sunny weekday morning, a behind-the-scenes tour of the under-construction haunt House of Torment has one group of visitors straining to keep their wits about them.
After 11 years, the tradition seems to get creepier every year, and this season will be no exception when the haunts open on an appropriately timed Friday the 13th.
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House of Torment
When: Opens Friday, through Nov. 16. 7 p.m. to midnight most weekends. Starting in October, also will be open 7 p.m. to midnight most weeknights (back to weekends only in November).
Where: Highland Mall, 523 Highland Mall Blvd.
Cost: $24.99 admits one to all three haunted houses. $34.99 for a VIP Fast Pass.
Information: 512-407-9449; www.houseoftorment.com