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The Top Southern California Amusement Parks for Halloween Fun

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 4 6

Are you looking for something different to do this Halloween? If you live-in or are visiting the Southern California area during the month of October, you can find Halloween fun at many of the top amusement parks. Some cater to younger children while others are extremely frightening and strictly for older teens and adults.

Disneyland

The "Happiest place on earth" gets spooky for "Mickey's Halloween Party." This year, the popular event, originally held at Disney's California Adventure Park, has been transformed into a bewitching event at Disneyland Park.

Mickey's Halloween Party is an exciting event where you can experience Disney's unique spin on Halloween. It is fun for the littlest Trick-or-Treaters and for adults. Scare up your favorite costume for an evening of spirited attractions, treats, and more.

Some exciting events include:

Exclusive viewing of the "boo-tiful Halloween Screams" Fireworks Spectacular; Exclusive access to nearly all Disneyland Park attractions, including all the Halloween-themed attractions such as Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy and Haunted Mansion Holiday; Earlier access to the Park beginning at 3:00 p.m. for Tuesday 6:00 p.m. events and 4:00 p.m. for Friday and Halloween 7:00 p.m. events; Lively music so your bones can boogie; Even more special Treat Stations offering both candy and healthy goodies; Creepy crafts and activities for the whole family; Plenty of costumed Characters to meet and greet; Plus, lots more entertainment for the little ones. All event attendees, including adults, may dress in their favorite Halloween costume.

For further information, including Halloween costume guidelines, go to: disneyland.disney.go.com/special-offers/mickeys-halloween-party

Knott's Berry Farm

Every October Knott's Berry Farm transforms into Knott's "Scary" Farm. The lighting, fog and music throughout the entire park make it incredibly hard to focus on what lurks in the shadows. Knott's Scary Farm is an extreme take on all of the senses. Visiting Knott's Scary Farm is like participating in a first-rate horror film, it will be the most fun you will have being scared. The mazes and attractions leave no room to run. This event is not recommended for children under 13 years of age.

Halloween scare zones include: Ghost Town; the Gauntlet; Carnevil; Silver Bullet Mine Town; and the Swamp. You can even "enjoy" a meal with the Knott's Scary Farm monsters at their "Pre Scare Boo-fet."

Knott's Scary Farm runs the entire month of October, from Wednesday through Sunday (This special event does not run on Mondays or Tuesdays).

For more information or to purchase tickets go to the Knott's Berry Farm website: www.Knot's.com

LEGOLAND California

"Brick-or-Treat Party Nights" presented by Verizon; October 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 from 5:00pm - 9:00pm.

The Park transforms into a not-too-spooky Halloween haven for Brick-or-Treat Party Nights featuring costume contests, nighttime trick-or-treating on the Brick-or-Treat Trails, festive music, entertainment, interaction with the "Boo Crew" and fantastic lighting effects.

Several areas of LEGOLAND are open late for Party Nights only, including Land of Adventure, Castle Hill, the Imagination Zone and Park favorites Coastersaurus, Safari Trek and Fairy Tale Brook.

The costume contest returns to Brick-or-Treat Party Nights where children 12 and under show off their "boo-tiful" costumes in three categories including Heroes, LEGO-themed and Creative.

In a new live stage show, 10-year old Princess Playwright orders some delightfully scary monsters for the Brick-or-Treat celebration. Then Jester Funny Bones conjures up a spell to make the monsters become as sweet as candy.

Activities include Dance Party in the Imagination Zone; "Boo-Crew" including Silly Scarecrows, Howlin' Howie, Jester Funny Bones and Cont Brickula; Haunted Hideaways; and a pumpkin patch building activity.

For more information or to purchase tickets go to the Legoland website: california.legoland.com

Sea World

Sea World in San Diego offers a Halloween "Spooktacular." Upon entering, guests will be treated to photo ops with favorite Sesame Street characters and popular Sea World characters, Shivers the Polar Bear and Pete & Penny Penguin.

Walk along the sea inspired pathways and find an octopus candy garden with brightly colored tentacles and candy treats. You will also find a variety of festive, fun-loving sea creatures that mingle and play with guests throughout the park.

From 1 to 6 pm, kids are encouraged to wear their costume and use their Spooktacular maps to guide them to 10 Sea Themed Stations and Trick-or-Treat among strolling flamingos, octopuses, fish and more.

Sea World Spooktacular shows include themed shows Clyde & Seamores's Trick-or-Treat, and a parody of spooky movies including Jaws and Scooby Doo.

Lastly, don't miss Sesame Street's countdown to Halloween featuring Count Von Count, and meet and greet Elmo and other Sesame Street friends too.

For more information or to purchase tickets go to the Sea World San Diego website: seaworldspooktacular.com

Six Flags Magic Mountain

Fright Fest presented by Snickers® is "Thrills by day, chills by night." Six Flags Magic Mountain will be totally transformed into a Halloween playground, every Friday through Sunday, October 8 through the 31st.

Enjoy "Hair-raising" shows, electrifying street entertainment and thrilling haunted houses. Plus, experience all your favorite rides in the dark.

For more information or to purchase tickets go to the Six Flags Magic Mountain website: Sixflags.com

Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights: "What Fear Fears Most." With a motto like that it's got to be a frightening experience!

This year, a new level of terror has been released with 5 new mazes based on the most popular horror themes and movies; Nightmare on Elm Street with Freddy Krueger; Friday the 13th with Jason Voorhees; Saw featuring horrific new traps from the film series; House of 1000 Corpses in 3D "Zombievision"; and Vampyre: Castle of the Undead.

If that isn't enough, you can also try to find your way through scare zones terrorized by "Killer Klownz," flesh-eating Freakz, asylum Lunzticz and, for the first time, "La Llorona" (The Crying Woman) who, after drowning her children and herself, returns to the living, wailing for her lost children and searching for new souls to replace them.

You can also ride the Terror Tram, but beware, it's been hijacked by serial killer Charles Lee Ray trapped inside the body of the pint-sized Chucky doll! Other rides include the first-ever tram tour directly to Skull Island for Peter Jackson's King Kong 360 3D and keep the thrills going on popular rides Jurassic Park in the Dark, the Revenge of the Mummy coaster and the Simpsons Ride. Lastly, back by popular demand, see the newest installment of Bill & Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure show.

Universal Studios kicks off Horror Nights on Friday, September 24 and it runs on selected days through Halloween night, October 31st. For more information or to purchase tickets go to the Universal Studios website: universalstudioshollywood.com


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Comments

Sep 22, 2010 12:46pm
divaonline
You've really covered the complete SoCal Halloween territory! Fun article!
Sep 22, 2010 8:26pm
Deborah-Diane
Our children have gone to several of these amusement parks for Halloween fun, and have really enjoyed it. Thanks for the comprehensive list of all the choices available here in Southern California. I'll pass it on to them!
Sep 28, 2010 9:54pm
dadbintheadmin
Introspective, GREAT collection of SoCal 'haunts'! Makes me want to book a flight and join the fun!

We had an amusement park here in Houston called Astroworld before it closed down in 2005. It also had a Halloween theme...Fright Fest it was called. I tell you what, the kid in me misses it terribly. I'll come back and read your article again to help bring back those fond memories!
Oct 8, 2010 2:46pm
jeni10
Southern California is a lot of fun; I've visited there four times. But Southern California at Halloween really sounds like fun. Thanks for sharing this article on the top Southern California amusement parks for Halloween.
Oct 9, 2011 8:32am
SharonWatterson
Love organized Halloween fun and these Southern California theme parks do it so well, nice article!
Apr 9, 2012 2:49pm
Introspective
Thanks all!
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