Theme parks across the world are readying for the year's spookiest holiday, Halloween. This weekend, many parks are kicking off their annual Halloween events. Whether you like to be frightened out of your mind or bathed in unlimited candy, here are a few spooky offerings at major parks!
At Disneyland Resort in California, Mickey's Halloween Party is available as a hard-ticket after-hours event where kids (and their traveling companions) recieve more candy than they can possibly eat. All day, every day, though, any guests can experience the limited-time Haunted Mansion Holiday (in which the cast of Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas invades the old plantation house) and Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy (a legitimately-intense version of Space Mountain that may leave pre-teens in a tizzy) as part of the resort's Halloweentime.
Walt Disney World continues to host its Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party after-hours event at the Magic Kingdom. It's also added a Villains segment to its popular Cinderella Castle projection show, "Celebrate the Magic." Of course, the event also features exclusive parade and fireworks shows. All four of the resort's Theme Parks are also dressed for the occasion with special seasonal decorations and offerings as part of the roving Limited Time Magic event.
Universal Orlando Resort is hosting Halloween Horror Nights 23, a terrifying annual event at its Universal Studios Florida park where roving hordes of zombies from AMC's The Walking Dead terrorize visitors en route to the park's dozen hauntned houses, each more intense than the one before themed to the year's massive horror movies Cabin the Woods, Evil Dead, and more. Halloween Horror Nights is a separately-ticketed event.
At Universal Studios Hollywood, Halloween Horror Nights continues with original haunted houses and scare zones, and that park's signature attraction - the world famous Studio Tram Tour has been repurposed as a haunted attraction in and of itself, now dropping you off in the suburban streets of the real movie studio's backlot to escape from The Walking Dead in the most expansive and lifelike walk-through you can imagine.
At Cedar Fair's dozen theme parks in the U.S. and Canada, Halloween Haunt is picking up steam, as each park has its own set of haunted houses and scarezones specifically tailored to it. During the day, the parks host Howl-O-Palooza and Boo-Fest, activity-packed celebrations for kids including costume contests, bubble pits, trick-or-treat stations, and pumpkin decorating. Parks with a Dinosaurs Alive! attraction also offer "Trick-or-Treat with the Dinosaurs" events, with each dino dressed in its Halloween best!
Six Flags parks will soon begin FrightFest, the annual event that sees the parks overrun by haunted houses and spooky settings. During the day, families will enjoy Halloween-themed shows, "spooktacular" street parties, corn mazes, and monster meet-and-greets.
Busch Gardens in Virginia and Florida and SeaWorld San Antonio in Texas host Howl-O-Scream, a surprisingly high-quality event that takes different forms in each state. In Orlando, the event is ultra-intense to match Halloween Horror Nights, this year themed after thirteen vengeful and grotesque figures from history. Virginia's park has amped up the intensity, but remains accessible to kids 13 and over with its European countries re-themed to their darkest legends and stories.
There's a lot going on in U.S. parks, and that's no accident! Halloween has become one of the most profitable times for parks in the States, with parks pushing one another to stay open later and longer than ever! U.K. parks will begin their spook-tastic Halloween offerings in a month's time! We'll have all the information you need on those events as they approach! Be sure to follow our Twitter page for the latest updates on Halloween offerings.