Franklin at Alton Towers

Around the world theme parks are in full flow building tension and suspense for fans planning to attend their annual Halloween events, many of which are now underway. From Mickey's Not so Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World to the spine-tingling terrors which will be inevitably encountered at Universal's Halloween Horror Nights, it's impossible not to be excited by the array of events expected in 2011.

I can't wait to wrap up warm and head to Thorpe Park's Fright Nights this weekend to check out the thrills and scares that await. Then the following week we'll head to Scarefest at Alton Towers to soak up the unforgettable atmosphere of its gothic mansion adorned in its full Halloween splendour. This weeks Big Debate, therefore, asks the question: "What is the world's best theme park Halloween event?"

With so many events to choose from it could prove difficult so I have picked out the highlights below:

  • Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood - hosted at a studio that has produced some of the most famous horror movies of all time, there is sure to be blood and guts aplenty.
  • Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Florida - now it in its 21st year, the sprawling scale of the Florida event sets it apart and anyone with a nervous disposition is advised to keep away.
  • Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Tampa - frequently features innovative mazes, such as last year's Alone (Which saw guests braving a maze by themselves). Not one for the faint hearted.
  • Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Williamsburg - another ground-breaker. Last year saw scare actors given the run of the entire park. Stay close to your friends and family if not you may turn around to find yourself talking to a blood soaked zombie wielding a chainsaw.
  • Halloween Haunt at Knott's Berry Farm - one of the original, and for many, still the best. Check out our review of this year's event.
  • Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Disney's Magic Kingdom - Walt Disney World's event is focused on kids, and swaps out horror mazes in favor of trick-or-treating. This one is perfect for any scaredy cats out there.
  • Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland - another child-friendly event hosted at Disney's first theme park. Disneyland goes further than the Magic Kingdom to add holiday makeovers to its existing attractions, such as the Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain.
  • Scarefest at Alton Towers - the genuine gothic mansion provides a fantastic backdrop for the range of terrifying halloween mazes and not-so-scary kid-friendly trick-or-treat attractions. Skelvin and his gang are bound to prove popular again with younger guests.
  • Fright Nights at Thorpe Park - held up as 'Britain's Thrill Capital', Thorpe Park lives up to its name when Halloween arrives with numerous mazes featuring live actors, definitely not a good idea for kids (I usually take a raincheck on a couple!).
  • Haunted Halloween at Hong Kong Disneyland - takes a leaf out of the US parks' book, with holiday attraction makeovers the order of the day. However, the Hong Kong event has more of a genuine horror edge.
  • Others - How about Six Flags such as Six Flags over Georgia's 'Fright Fest' and Cedar Fair's celebrations such as Kings Island's Halloween Haunt?

Whether you prefer to be nearly scared to death at the legendary Universal Halloween Horror Nights or enjoy the more family-friendly events at Disney's parks, a little piece of us all can't help but revel in the fun of Halloween.

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