Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, Virginia, and Tampa, Florida
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17 Halloween Celebrations At Theme Parks Across America

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Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, Virginia, and Tampa, Florida
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Mazes and Merry-Go-Rounds

Halloween is a special time when costume stores pop up, pumpkin patches open to the public, and haunted houses put on a show to scare customers. Many amusement parks open special attractions just for Halloween, and not only the majors like Six Flags, Disney, and Universal. Theme parks around the country get into the Halloween spirit and try to create the ultimate scary night out for visitors in the area. Here are 17 such celebrations for all ages.

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Halloween Time at Disneyland, Anaheim, California
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Halloween Time at Disneyland and Disney World

Anaheim, California, and Orlando, Florida
The happiest place on earth gets into the Halloween spirit with Halloween music and projections of ghosts and evil queens from classic Disney movies. Mickey and Minnie don their trick-or-treating costumes, and you can meet Jack Skellington and Sally from "The Nightmare Before Christmas." The already-scary Haunted Mansion's holiday makeover lasts until January, since the Pumpkin King's festivities cover both Halloween and Christmas. The Main Street Pumpkin Festival shows off spooky gourds, and even Radiator Springs puts on haunted attractions for the kids. The Magic Kingdom in Florida welcomes the Sanderson Sisters from "Hocus Pocus," offers "not-so-spooky" attractions for little kids, and plenty of other Halloween-themed fun. Looking to save a bit of money while you're there? Check out 26 Ways to Do Disney on a Budget.

Fright Fest at Six Flags, Multiple locations
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Fright Fest at Six Flags

Multiple locations
Every Six Flags park transforms into Fright Fest for Halloween, where thrill rides run in the dark, and spooky new attractions open that are unique to each location. Try to survive the apocalypse in Aftermath at Great Adventure or the similarly themed Aftermath 2: Chaos Rising at Magic Mountain. The parks also have their own unique scare zones, where themed performers get in your face, and seasonal shows featuring hypnotists or horror-themed dances. Expect vampires, zombies, clowns, and more — Fright Fest has 'em all.

Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios, Orlando, Florida
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Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios

Universal City, California, and Orlando, Florida
Universal Studios is conjuring the '80s with mazes and haunted houses based on the original "Ghostbusters," "Creepshow," and "Killer Klowns from Outer Space" movies. The more timely "Stranger Things"-themed maze fits the '80s theme, too. Universal's still got more modern scares, like one based on the 2019 horror movie, "Us," where you'll go underground into the tethers' world, and original mazes like The Curse of Pandora's Box, full of ancient artifacts, and Holidayz in Hell, which finds multiple ways to scare the bejesus out of you in a maze representing a calendar year. You can also get a personal RIP Tour, which not only includes express passes, but a personal guide who will tell you spooky Hollywood legends while you're waiting in line or walking between mazes.

Knott's Scary Farm at Knott's Berry Farm, Buena Park, California
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Knott's Scary Farm at Knott's Berry Farm

Buena Park, California
Knott's turns its California theme park into a fully decked out Halloween attraction with mazes, scare zones, shows, and experiences. The Timber Mountain Log Ride incorporates witches, jack-o-lanterns, and Halloween music. You can still walk through many of the classic mazes you've heard about in past years, but new ones include the witchcraft-inspired Origins: The Curse of Calico. The original Ghost Town Street is still a haven for human/animal hybrids to lunge at the average parkgoer, Forsaken Lake and The Hollow unleash more creatures on the park, and CarnEVIL turns the boardwalk into a freak show with more scary clowns.

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Brick or Treat at Legoland, Carlsbad, California
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Brick or Treat at Legoland

Winter Haven, Florida, and Carlsbad, California
Your kids won't have to wait until Halloween night for trick-or-treating — Legoland Florida has a Brick-or-Treat trail all through October, where kids can score plenty of candy. The Park also brings out scary Lego characters like Lego Dracula, puts on a fireworks show with the Tale of Pirates' Cove, and offers a scavenger hunt. Legoland California scatters its Brick-or-Treat stations all around the park, encourages costumes for its Costume Contest, and hosts family-friendly activities like building a Lego pumpkin and the Witchettes musical show.

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Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, Virginia, and Tampa, Florida
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Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens

Williamsburg, Virginia, and Tampa, Florida
These two Busch Gardens' parks are open for Halloween, and kids' rides close at 5 p.m. so parents can get the little ones home before the monsters come out. On top of six haunted-house mazes in each park, the Williamsburg location also presents escape rooms where guests have to use their own wits to get out. At both parks, Busch Gardens' monsters may ride the roller coasters with you, and Busch Gardens Tampa adds nine scare zones where you can face fears like swamp-water mutants, overgrown toys, and carnival folks — which means more terrifying clowns!

HalloWeekends at Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio
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HalloWeekends at Cedar Point

Sandusky, Ohio
Cedar Point has day and nighttime Halloween activities from now until October 27. The Great Pumpkin Fest has trick-or-treating with the Peanuts characters. There's also The Great Pumpkin Parade on weekend afternoons, and indoor, monster-free mazes for young children. On weekend nights, things get decidedly scarier, with six haunted mazes, six scare zones, eight shows, lots of Halloween-themed buffets, and more! Many rides are closed on Fridays.

Hersheypark in the Dark, Hershey, Pennsylvania
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Hersheypark in the Dark

Hershey, Pennsylvania
For three weekends in October, Hersheypark turns out the lights on four of its roller coasters — but fear note, the Hershey's Characters Glow Dance Party lights things up a bit. Hershey's ZooAmerica also has a Creatures of the Night Tour so you can see all the creepy, crawly critters that only come out after dark. And it wouldn't be Hersheypark without candy, so expect 13 trick-or-treat stops, including nine in Hersheypark itself, and others in Chocolate World and ZooAmerica.

Halloween Harvest at Luna Park in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York
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Halloween Harvest at Luna Park in Coney Island

Brooklyn, New York
Coney Island's theme park adds Halloween activities and attractions for the kids. Decorate your own pumpkin in Blackbeard's Pumpkin Patch, or watch the Maniac Carvers carve their elaborate works of pumpkin art. You'll find pirates, mermaids, and stilt-walkers meandering through the park, and kids could be invited on stage to do the Monster Mash. The Tillie's Tractor Race combines mini-tractors with the safety of a hay bale-lined track.

Haunted Graveyard at Lake Compounce, Bristol, Connecticut
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Haunted Graveyard at Lake Compounce

Bristol, Connecticut
This park is the oldest amusement park still operating, and it doesn't shut down for Halloween. In fact, it adds a dusk-to-dark Haunted Graveyard tour. Even if you walked the graveyard in past years, there are always new scares. Demons emerge from the catacombs beneath a church; the corn isn't the only thing dead in the cornfield; and werewolves, bats, spiders, banshees, witches, zombies, and yes, more clowns await.

Great Pumpkin Luminights at Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
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Great Pumpkin Luminights at Dollywood

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Dolly Parton's theme park gets into the Halloween spirit with its Harvest Festival featuring thousands of candlelit jack-o-lanterns. The festivities also include characters like Harvey the Pumpkin and Patches the Scarecrow, glow-in-the-dark face painting, and treats like Candy Corn Cotton Candy, Pumpkin Funnel Cakes, and Caramel Apple Sundaes. Limited costumes are allowed but no masks, and absolutely no Dolly Parton costumes — there is only one Dolly.

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Boo Universe and Halloween Havoc at Nickelodeon Universe, Bloomington, Minnesota
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Boo-niverse and Halloween Havoc at Nickelodeon Universe

Bloomington, Minnesota
Nickelodeon's Mall of America theme park has two simultaneous Halloween celebrations. Boo-niverse turns the Log Chute into the haunted Fog Chute. The Double Scare Challenge adds Halloween obstacles to the already messy trivia/obstacle course. There's slime-making, pumpkin-carving, and a treat trail. Halloween Havoc gives kids a pumpkin-themed scavenger hunt and, if they solve all the puzzles, they win a prize.

Silly Spooky Halloween at Santa's Village, Jefferson, New Hampshire
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Silly Spooky Halloween at Santa's Village

Jefferson, New Hampshire
This park celebrates Christmas all year, except for two Saturdays in October when Halloween takes over. Cobwebs cover the rides, and you may see gingerbread mummies. Even Santa doesn't miss this as he makes an appearance, with some of his elves wearing Halloween costumes. Visitors can wear Halloween costumes and trick or treat in the village shops, and all the usual Santa's Village attractions are open.

Halloween Haunt at Kings Dominion, Doswell, Virginia
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Halloween Haunt at Kings Dominion

Doswell, Virginia
This theme park has Halloween Haunt on weekend nights through early November, which includes seven haunted mazes, including Blood on the Bayou, six terrifying scare zones, and four bloody or bewitching musical shows. Kings Dominion also promises to cover the park with fog as over 400 monsters lurk in its cover. Those with children will want to head out by 7 p.m., as the park recommends that Haunt is too intense for kids.

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Halloween at the North Pole, Cascade, Colorado
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Halloween at the North Pole

Cascade, Colorado
Colorado's Christmas theme park will celebrate Halloween one day only on Saturday, Oct. 26, with family friendly trick-or-treating for kids. A discount coupon will be offered one week ahead of time. Santa keeps a house here, so let's hope he has enough candy for everyone and doesn't get his workshop egged. Plus, all the usual North Pole rides will be open.

Phantom Fright Nights at Kennywood, West Mifflin, Pennsylvania
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Phantom Fright Nights at Kennywood

West Mifflin, Pennsylvania
This Pittsburgh-area theme park boasts the Phantom's Revenge roller coaster and, lore has it, at Halloween, the ride's "forces" grow stronger, taking over the entire park. This translates to six haunts, four scare zones, and a 4D experience based on the movie "It." This year's new haunt, the Shady Grove Memorial Hospital, features an evil doctor running wild — don't become one of his victims. There's also a "Voodoo Bayou" haunt, with swamp creatures and priestesses, and for an extra charge, you can try to break out of Raina's Trap escape room. Finally, Kennywood also offers Happy Hauntings, open some afternoons and designed for children under 10 with hayrides, trick-or-treating and kiddie rides.

SCarowinds at Carowinds, Charlotte, North Carolina
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SCarowinds at Carowinds

Charlotte, North Carolina
All it takes is an extra "S" — and more than 500 "ghastly monsters" — to transform Carowinds for Halloween. Five mazes include a hospital, abandoned movie studio, and cornfield themes. Eight scare zones feature a junkyard, pirates, zombies, and a carnival (yay, more clowns!). And there are five live shows, including one band full of musically talented bloody vampires, and two Overlord shows — Overlord's Awakening and Overlord's Revenge — so you won't have to wait to find out what this evil mastermind has planned.