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Vote of the week: What do you want from a Halloween event?

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Published: September 28, 2007 at 3:16 PM

Theme parks now offer a wide variety of Halloween events, after Knott's Berry Farm taught the industry how to extend the season an extra two months.

But what gets you motivated to go to a park's Halloween event? Are you looking for gore? For people to jump out an scare you and your friends? Do you crave the spooky mood? Are you looking for a laugh? Or... do you prefer the more kid-friendly Halloween events, with all the requisite cuteness?

Here's your chance to vote. Making this difficult, you get just one choice.

Explain your pick in the comments, please.

Readers' Opinions

From Tyler W. on September 28, 2007 at 3:21 PM
Total Votes: 1

Oh yeah, I own everyone.

I like a little bit of gore with a lot of startles.

From Erik Yates on September 28, 2007 at 11:01 PM
I like scary. Jump out and get me, build up the tension with a lot of great scenes and effects, make the house itself come alive.
This year at HHN taught me that a great house doesnt have to be crawling with scareactors or lots of blood.....they just have to do it right.
From Mark Hollamon on September 29, 2007 at 5:44 AM
I want a HHN where I can't anticipate everything that is going to happen next. I want a HHN where all the scareactors are in place all the time (last year was disappointing).

I love to see old favorites, but don't wear out themes! Get some new stuff in there!

From Christina Horwitz on September 29, 2007 at 7:04 AM
For me personally, I love being scared but I also have a 4 year old. So, until he's a little bigger I would have to vote for a more spooky/funny experience. Not very exciting for me, but seeing my son's face light up is worth the sacrifice.
From Robert OGrosky on September 29, 2007 at 10:08 AM
I also pefer scary!!!!!

Sadly I havent had the time to visit HHN or other top halloween events. Instead im stuck with my locak SF event which is lame and not scary!!

From Matt Roseboom on September 29, 2007 at 1:54 PM
I got a chance to visit all of the Haunted Houses to Halloween Horror Nights last night. They were great, especially the Nightmare on Elm Street and the 3-D one.
From Erik Yates on September 29, 2007 at 11:12 PM
I have to say that all the houses at HHN this year were pretty good. The house that stood out was The THING: Assimilation.
I shreiked like a five year old girl, at the top of my lungs right before I ran. The puppets in that house were done so well, and it was so damn terrifying......but not heavy on gore...just implied gore.
From Missy Renee on September 30, 2007 at 4:04 AM
I voted for spooky. I especially like an atmosphere overall that sets a mood, including decorations, lighting, and music. It is the small attention to detail that make a person feel engulfed by the whole experience. It also helps if the scareactors and other people involved are actually enjoying themselves, because the fun is infectious.

If I am going through a maze, I like well timed startles. I am easily startled, and I have nice, healthy lungs. So if scareactors can stay hidden, then they will get a big, juicy scream from me if the timing is right. The gore doesn't bother me, but it doesn't really have the thrill that a spooky atmosphere has.

From Claudine Deshaies on September 30, 2007 at 12:52 PM
Spooky. Just got back from Howl-o-Scream (BGE). Liked the mazes, but when they pack the people in, they can't scare you because you see the "spirits" jump out at the person 3 people ahead of you every time. I wanted to be scared, but I wasn't. Due to the sheer number of people, I guess "scary" just isn't possible.
I liked the atmosphere and music the best.
From Anthony Murphy on September 30, 2007 at 9:03 PM
I went with funny!

"Tender Lumplings everywhere, life's no fun without a good scare

Thats our job, but we're not mean, in this town of Haloween"

-Nightmare Before Christmas-

Yeah, I'm a Disney Dork!

From John Stavely on October 1, 2007 at 12:43 PM
I enjoy gory but it's not the same as scary. Gory isn't scary! It's just gory. Everyone knows that they aren't getting chainsawed or chopped with a machete. No threat,no scary. Scary to me is more subtle...more psychological. It's that flash of something in the corner of your eye. I've always said that nothing we create is as scary as what we can imagine. Happy Halloween.
From Gareth H on October 1, 2007 at 7:38 PM
Robert, can you add SEXY to these options?

Hee hee!!!

From Robert Niles on October 2, 2007 at 11:29 PM
I don't think that term's ever been used before to describe anything or anyone associated with *this* site.... ;-)

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