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4 Ways Theme Parks Are Celebrating Halloween

Entertainment | Donald Wood | September 16, 2016

4 Ways Theme Parks Are Celebrating Halloween

Photo: Chance from Halloween Horror Nights (Photo courtesy of Universal Orlando)

More so than any other holiday, Halloween offers us the chance to really get creative.Which makes it a natural fit for theme parks looking to celebrate. 

From Dorney Park’s Halloween Haunt to Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland, there are plenty of haunted events for older guests and families looking to enjoy the frightful festivities of the holiday season.

Dorney Park’s Halloween Haunt

For the ninth consecutive year, Dorney Park in Allentown, Pennsylvania, will be the host of the Halloween Haunt events, which will feature eight mazes, four scare zones, 25 hair-raising rides, live shows and more than 500 actors in full costume.

In addition, Dorney Park will also boast attractions the whole family can enjoy such as The Great Pumpkin Fest, Franklin's Monster Mania and the always fun "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" movie viewing parties.

Universal's Halloween Horror Nights

Halloween is coming to both Universal Orlando and Universal Hollywood with some of the scariest events in the industry, dubbed Halloween Horror Nights. In Orlando, attractions this year will be themed after popular movies and television shows, including “Halloween 2,” “The Exorcist,” “Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” “The Walking Dead” and “Krampus.”

On the other hand, Universal Hollywood will feature most of the same haunted houses as the Orlando park, but will also feature scare zones based on the hit movie “The Purge.” The events at both parks will begin Sept. 16 and run through Halloween.

Mickey’s Halloween Party

Mickey’s Halloween Party at the Disneyland amusement park has a new addition for 2016 in the Frightfully Fun Parade, built for Disney fans of all ages. The parade will feature the Headless Horseman, Jack Skellington, the Evil Queen, Hades, Jafar, Cruella de Vil and many more.

In addition to the Frightfully Fun Parade, Disneyland will transform many of its standard attractions into holiday-themed rides, and will feature events such as the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular, Happy HalloWishes Fireworks Show and performances from the Cadaver Dans Barbershop Quartet.

Knott's Scary Farm

Knott's Berry Farm in California is ushering in Halloween with Knott's Scary Farm between Sept. 22 and Oct. 31 with a total of 13 haunted attractions that mix classic horror mazes and scare zones.

Knott's Scary Farm has also added five new attractions this year, including Black Ops: Infected, Shadow Lands, Red Barn, The Hollow and Standalone Skeleton Key Rooms. Add in the fact that the theme park will be the 2016 home of legendary horror icon Elvira, and Knott's Scary Farm should be added to any Halloween itinerary.


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