WAXAHACHIE — The Zombies take over for another year Friday, Sept. 30 as Screams opens for its 2016 season and unveils its newest haunted attraction, the Zombie Wasteland.

The 21st year of Screams Halloween Theme Park, presented by MetroPCS, promises thrills, chills and guaranteed moments of terror. Screams is Haunted Houses and a whole lot more with three Haunted Houses, the CarnEvil Clown Maze and the all new Zombie Wasteland.

The Zombie Wasteland is an entirely new level of fear. Do you dare tempt fate? Will you come out alive? The undead await. Only time will tell as you take the perilous journey into the terrifying twists and turns of the all new Zombie Wasteland.

In addition to the wasteland, there is also live entertainment on the Screams stage, Scary-Oke, games of skill, shops, a food court, a full-service restaurant and pubs (for those over 21) to deliver a whole night of Halloween fun.

In celebration of the season, the bars will feature seasonal favorites like Crackberry Blackberry Cider, Night Owl Pumpkin Ale, Redhook Pumpkin Porter, Deep Ellum Praline Porter, Spaten Oktoberfest and Fanconia Oktoberfest among many other favorites.

“Screams offers the very best Halloween experience anywhere in North Texas and our 2016 season will be no exception”, said Coy Sevier, Screams General Manager. “Our new attraction, ‘Zombie Wasteland’ is outstanding and will provide a whole new realm of fear for our visitors, plus every one of our three haunted houses and the CarnEvil Clown Maze have been upgraded to make this year’s haunts even more spectacular.”

The haunted houses, CarnEvil Clown Maze and Zombie Wasteland are all included in the single admission price along with live entertainment and Scary-Oke. Visitors may go through the haunted houses and haunted attractions as many times as they like, as the crowds will allow. For those patrons who wish to avoid the wait, there is also an opportunity to purchase a "Fast Pass" in advance or at the event during their visit.

Screams vendors and shops will feature wares like jewelry, medicine bags, temporary tattoos, glo products, feather extensions, Henna and Glitter Tattoos and Wax Hands. There is also a mask and souvenir shop, Tarot Cards, Psychic & Palm Readings and much more.

The entertainment line-up for Screams 2016 will include Screams radio partners bringing their brand of entertainment to the stage. Events currently planned include The Edge 102.1’s “Smell This” event on Saturday, Oct, 1, Hot 93.3’s “Glow Party and Dark Maze Challenge” on Saturday, Oct. 15, and KVIL’s Live Broadcast on Saturday, Oct. 8 and “Screaming Good Time” event on Saturday, Oct. 22. Then Complete DJ will take the stage to spin music and create a festive atmosphere for the rest of the season.

Screams is a top 10 pick for Halloween Spooktacular Fun by TopFor.com and rated as the best Haunted Theme Park – ‘A 10 out of 10’ by Texas Haunts.

Screams, presented by MetroPCS, will be open on Friday & Saturday Nights through Oct. 29 from 7:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. and is located in Waxahachie, just 30 minutes south of the downtowns of Dallas and Fort Worth off of I-35E at exit 399A on the Scarborough Faire site.

From Waco, follow I-35E north to Exit 399. Parking is free compliments of Waxahachie Autoplex. Dr Pepper also sponsors Screams.

Admission is $30 at the gate. Visitors can get a $50 ticket deal for two coupons at any D/FW MetroPCS store, $2 off discount coupons at Waxahachie Autoplex or advance discount tickets on-line at www.ScreamsPark.com.

Screams fast facts

HISTORY/OVERVIEW

 Opened in 1996

 Screams is held at the Scarborough Faire® site in Waxahachie, TX

 Screams is built “from the ground up” every year beginning in June soon after Scarborough

Renaissance Festival closes

 Screams haunted houses, maze and zombie wasteland encompass more than 15,000 square feet of

frights

 Screams event site is more than 15 acres in size

 More than 100 actors perform at Screams® each year

 Screams employs more than 350 food service, performers, retail and grounds crew each year

AMENITIES

 Full food court, Tavern and a Full Service Restaurant & Bar (Full Moon Café)

 Taboo Tavern – must be 21 to purchase alcohol

OTHER INTERESTING FACTS

— each year Screams uses:

 4,500 feet of air lines

 12,000 feet of cable

 2,500 lights

 Nearly 4,800 man hours of preparation

 11 air compressors

 60 speakers, 70 guitar amps and 50 MP3 players

ACCOLADES:

 Top 10 Theme Parks for Spooktacular Halloween Fun – TopFor.com

 Best Haunted Theme Park – Texas Haunts

 Best Halloween Atmosphere – Texas Haunts

 Best Side Attractions – Texas Haunts

 Best Concessions – Texas Haunts

 Best Value – Texas Haunts