Saturday 01 October 2011

Theme Parks: What's Hot Now: Theme Park Halloween Events

Theme Parks: What's Hot Now
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Theme Park Halloween Events
Oct 1st 2011, 10:19

Knott's Berry Farm kicked off the Halloween-at-theme-parks revolution in 1972 when it transformed its property into Knott's Scary Farm. Until then, most seasonal parks closed their gates soon after Labor Day and ignored Halloween altogether. Now, however, virtually every park has haunted mazes, themed shows, and other scary stuff in the weeks leading up to Halloween. Along with the blood-curdling screams from coaster riders, parks elicit screams with actual blood. (Well, not "actual" blood, but you know what I mean.) Discover where to find spooky Halloween fun at theme parks.

The guide is arranged alphabetically by U.S. state and ends with Canada. This page includes Halloween events at parks in U.S. states from Arkansas to Massachusetts.

The next page includes Halloween events at parks in Minnesota to Oklahoma.

The final page includes Halloween events at parks in Pennsylvania to Utah, plus Canada.

ARKANSAS

Magic Springs
Hot Springs (near Little Rock), AR
Magic Screams
2011 dates: Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 8 to 30
Cost: Included in park admission
Details not available at time of publication. Past events have included a haunted house, a haunted Wild West Trail, a trick-or-treat trail, a Creature Feature show, and spooky hayride, plus a scare-free zone for younger kids that has offered pumpkin painting and other activities.

For more info: Magic Screams official page.

CALIFORNIA

2011 Halloween Events at California Theme Parks.
Includes listings for Knott's Scary Farm at Knott's Berry Farm, Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood, Disney's HalloweenTime and Mickey's Trick-or-Treat Party at Disneyland Resort, Fright Fest at Six Flags Magic Mountain and Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Brick-or-Treat at Legoland California, Halloween Haunt and Nick or Treat at Great America, and Halloween Spooktacular at SeaWorld San Diego.

COLORADO

Elitch Gardens, Denver, CO
FrightFest

  • 2010 dates: Oct. 1, 2, 8, 9, 14-16, 21-23, 28-31
  • Cost: Included in admission.

Even though it's no longer part of the Six Flags family, Elitch Gardens continues to use the name FrightFest for its Halloween event. Elitch will offer four haunted houses, including Grind House. which offers a tour of a slaughterhouse -- and you might be considered fresh meat, and Brutal Planet, a FrightFest standby that invites guests into a serial killer's hideaway. Shows will include The Grueling, which promises to deliver an execution. Those brace enough to give the Wheel of Misfortune a spin will end up eating live bugs. Now THAT's entertainment! Younger kids can get some sweets at Elitch's Trick-or-Treat Trail and enjoy other daytime toned-down activities.

For more info: FrightFest official page.

CONNECTICUT

Lake Compounce
Bristol (near Hartford), CT
Haunted Graveyard
2010 dates: Sept. 30, Oct. 1, 7-9, 14-16, 21-23, 28-31
Cost: Combo admission rate for both rides and The Haunted Graveyard is $29.99 and $20.99 for children under 12. Rides-only or Haunted Graveyard-only passes are available as well. Combo admission discount coupons are available online at The Haunted Graveyard site.

There will be a bunch of haunted houses, trails, and, scare zones to explore, including, of course, a haunted graveyard. Among the scares are Zombie Forest, Mayan Temple, and the ever-popular Slaughter House. Best of all, brave souls get to sample Boulder Dash, one of my picks for the top wooden coasters, in the deep, dark night. Now that's scary. Lake Compounce donates a portion of the proceeds to an organization tat supports diabetes research.

For more info: Haunted Graveyard official site

FLORIDA

2011 Halloween Events at Florida Theme Parks.
Includes info about Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando, Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World, and SeaWorld Orlando's Halloween Spooktacular.

GEORGIA

Six Flags Over Georgia
Austell (near Atlanta), GA
Fright Fest
2011 dates: Oct. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 21-23, 28-30.
Buy discounted Fright Fest tickets online, direct from Six Flags:
Save money and time by getting Six Flags Fright Fest tickets in advance of your visit at Six Flags online store.

More info: Six Flags Fright Fests.

Wild Adventures
Valdosta (near the Florida border)
Phobia and Kid-O-Ween
2011 dates: Phobia: Friday and Saturday nights, Sept. 30 to Oct. 29.
2011 dates: Kid-O-Ween: Saturdays and Sundays, October 1 to 30.
Cost: Included in admission.

For the PG-13 Phobia, during which Wild Adventures challenges guests to face their fears (otherwise known as phobias), haunted atractions will include The Legend of the Blackwater Swamp. Shows will include Abra Cadaver, a "disturbing" magic show. Kid-o-ween offers toned-down family fun such as a hay maze, a coloring mural, and a Monster Mash Dance Party. Kids are encouraged to come in costume. Trick-or-treating will be available.

More info at the Phobia site.

IDAHO

Silverwood
Athol
Scarywood
2011 dates: October 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 20-22, 27-29
Cost: $24.99 to $34.99 at gate, depending on day. Reduced price for season pass holders. Reduced advance passes available at Scarywood site.

Three haunts include Mind Warp, Blood Bayou, and Terror Canyon Trail an outdoor scare experience. The park's train ride is transformed into the ZombieWood Express. The wooden coaster Timber Terror runs backwards during Scarywood.

More info at the Scarywood site.

ILLINOIS

Six Flags Great America
Gurnee (near Chicago and Milwaukee), IL
Fright Fest
2011 dates: Oct. 1, 2, 7-10, 14-16, 21-23, 28-30
Buy discounted Fright Fest tickets online, direct from Six Flags:
Save money and time by getting Six Flags Fright Fest tickets in advance of your visit at Six Flags online store.

More info: Six Flags Fright Fests.

MARYLAND

Six Flags America
Mitchellville (near Washington, D.C.), MD
Fright Fest
2011 dates: Oct. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 21-23, 28-30
Buy discounted Fright Fest tickets online, direct from Six Flags:
Save money and time by getting Six Flags Fright Fest tickets in advance of your visit at Six Flags online store.

More info: Six Flags Fright Fests.

MASSACHUSETTS

Six Flags New England
Agawam (near Springfield, MA and Hartford, CT), MA
Fright Fest
2011 dates: Oct. 1, 2, 8-10, 15, 16, 22, 23, 28-30
Buy discounted Fright Fest tickets online, direct from Six Flags:
Save money and time by getting Six Flags Fright Fest tickets in advance of your visit at Six Flags online store.

More info: Six Flags Fright Fests.

Next page: More Halloween park events arranged alphabetically in states from Minnesota to Oklahoma.

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