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4 Spots for a Fun-filled Haunted Halloween

We are only a little over 5 weeks away from Halloween and autumn is closing in. It is time to start planning your Halloween events! The following five spots are excellent examples of ways you and your family can have a fun-filled haunted Halloween!

1. Disneyland

Fall colors and Halloween decorations abound for Disneyland Halloween Time right now. You’ll be able to see hand-carved pumpkins along Main Street, a traditional Dia de Los Muertos skeleton display in Frontierland and The Halloween Tree, inspired by Ray Bradbury’s novel of the same name. All this and more runs through Oct. 31, 2016. During Halloween Time you’ll also find cool changes to some of the rides like the Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain. The Haunted Mansion has been transformed into Time Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. Included are special jack o’ lanterns, wreaths and special surprises, like Oogie Boogie's Holiday Tricks and Treats" Scavenger hunt. Also running through October 31st is Space Mountain’s Flight of Fright. On the ride you’ll be investigating terrifying cosmic mysteries in the darkest parts of Space Mountain. When a this mysterious force possesses your spaceship, you’ll be sent barreling through space, threatened by haunted star clusters and supernatural supernovas. Along with all the stars and satellites you’ll end up in complete darkness, where apparitions will reach out to you.

2. The Queen Mary

Dark Harbor at the historically haunted Queen Mary in Long Beach boasts a combination of ghosts and scares for 22 terrifying nights. You’ll meet Dark Harbor’s 7 sinister spirits such as the Ringmaster, Captain, Samuel the Savage, Graceful Gale, Half-Hatch Henry and Scary Mary. There’s something for everyone on this haunted cruise to nowhere like a paintball shooting gallery, a macabre sideshow, the Creepy Cabana and all-you-can-eat tacos at the R.I.P. Lounge. If you get there early you can partake in the new Voodoo Brew during the Happy Haunting Hour. This event begins September 29th and continues through Halloween. There are a lot of different ticket prices for VIP, lodging packages, etc., so visit their website for more information.

3. Knott’s Berry Farm

During Halloween time, Knott’s Berry Farm transforms into Knott’s Scary Farm (also known as Knott’s Halloween Haunt). It is a yearly event when the 160 acre park is transformed into a horror theme park full of roaming monsters, terrifying mazes and various “scare zones.” It started as just a 3-night event in 1973 and since then has become a month-long event and the largest of any theme park. Once the 80s hit, Knott’s employed pop culture icons like “Weird Al” Yankovic and Elvira to represent the event. In 2011 Elvira was let go because the park wanted to create a more family-friendly appeal. Now Elvira, Mistress of the Dark is back to lure men, young and old, and to host the controversial “live hanging," that has been a staple of Knott's Halloween fair since the 70s. The park also now boasts 8 haunted houses, 5 “scare zones,” a zombie shootout game and 2 live shows.

4. Universal Studios/City Walk

Halloween Horror Nights is one of the scariest Halloween experiences around. The people running around with chainsaws in lifelike makeup, looking like monsters, is enough alone to stop dead anyone who is terribly faint of heart. This year there are 7 new mazes based on some of the most popular frightening films and television shows like American Horror Story, The Exorcist and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Be prepared to be terrified in The Purge and The Walking Dead scare zones and don’t forget to take a haunted ride on the Terror Tram!


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