Vote of the week: Did you go to a theme park Halloween event this year?
Did you go to Halloween Horror Nights this year? What about Mickey's Halloween Party? Or Howl-o-Scream at Busch Gardens? Heck, did you go to any theme park Halloween event this year?
That's our vote of the week.
If you didn't go to a Halloween event this year, please submit a comment telling us why not. What would entice you to go to a theme park Halloween even in the future?
If you did visit one of the many Halloween events at theme parks around the country, please tell us in the comments what was the best - or worst - moment you experienced at a Halloween event this year.
We started collecting reader ratings on Halloween events this year, and of the events that received at least five ratings, you voted Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights and Disneyland's Mickey's Halloween Party as your favorite two events so far. Which one was your favorite this year?
I went to my first halloween event, MNSSHP at MK on September 23. Definatly going back next year, but on a Sunday. Also, Mickeys Halloween Party is a 9 with only 5 votes, yet MNSSHP has a 9 with 11 votes. How does that work?
I went to halloween horror nights 2011. I absolutely love halloween time at theme parks.
My family went to three -- Dorney Park, Kings Dominion, and Busch Gardens-Williamsburg.
Even though I didn't go to one this year, based on past experiences I'd say most theme parks don't need to attract as many travelers for their Halloween events as they do for park attendance the rest of the year. The locals swarm these events. Anyone within a couple of hours driving distance is the target audience.
My wife and I attended two local Halloween Events; XScream Halloween at the G-Star School, and Fright Nights at the South Florida Fairgrounds. These two events both had their own charm in terms of haunted attractions, and they cost a heck of a lot less than the major Orlando haunts.
I didn't go because I haven't had the time to with events happening on the weekends for family and friends.
I went to MNSSHP a few weeks ago. I'm not into having the you-know-what scared out of me, so this was perfect. The best part was being able to go trick-or-treating as an adult. I'm still eating my stash of candy. And yes, you are correct, I do not share :)
I would actively avoid any Halloween event. And please note this is not for any religious reasons - I just think the whole concept is strange, to put it mildly, and possibly unhealthy. But then I made this point last year and was roundly shot down in flames so I guess I'll just get my coat....
I was not able to attend the big events such as Horror Nights or Mickey's Not so Scary due to me living in NY and already going to Florida once this year. Fright Fest Bores me, and well the other events did not seem worth spending the money to get there and park and all things tied into going to an event at a theme park. I do intend on getting some friends together next year and trying to go to Horror Nights or something of the sort.
I went to both Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom and to Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Tampa. Mickey's Party was great as always. I loved getting to meet the Disney villains(even got my picture taken with Dr. Facilier of The Princess & The Frog). Howl-O-Scream was good, better even than last year's event, but I still feel it could be better. The worst part was the fact that there just weren't enough zombies or fog used to really make me feel uneasy. I do however look forward to next year's events.
Went to Halloween Horror Nights at USF. Had a great time even though it rained ALL day that Saturday. Luckily we had a frequent fear pass.
Went to Universal's about 8 years ago and was really turned off by the crowds (much bigger, and intoxicated, than normal), and the haunted house lines (no less than 2 hours each, saw only one). I'm sure thay have worked most of that out, but I doubt we go again. We are annual passholders and usually stay on site, but that was a very bad experience.
@ David Brown - I didn't see your comments from last year, but the way I see it is that it's not for everyone. I rarely go to Halloween events at Theme Parks except for DLR's Haunted Mansion & Space Mountain... but that's not really an event!
Went to SFGAdv early in the month, but just for a few hours at opening,and did only rides. Paid no attention to the Halloween festivities, and split when the afternoon/evening crowds started arriving. Dorney Park, on the other hand? Went last Saturday, did almost all the walk-through Haunts. They do a great job at Dorney. Stayed almost all day/night, and got on most rides too.
HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS at UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD IS THE BEST! THE MAZES WERE REALLY GOOD. La Llorona and The Thing were amazing. My favorite part though has to be the Bill & Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure show!
Went to Knott's Scary Farm, my first holloween night event. It was great, lots of mazes and "ghouls" all around the park. I enjoyed it very much.
We usually go to Florida (from VA) in December - but at the request of our 13 year old daughter - we went last week - specifically for the Halloween events. We had a BLAST! We did HHN on Sunday and Wednesday, MNSSHP on Tuesday, and HOS on Thursday and on Friday - we went to Zombie Adventure (how fun to hunt zombies with paintball guns?!!) We will definitely do the Halloween haunted houses again - so much fun! I'm the Disney fan - so nothing beats the fun of MNSSHP - but for the scary stuff - we preferred Howl O Scream! We did the Fright Feast - which gave you a head start in the houses - then front of line access for an hour. We were able to hit all of the houses (and the last one twice) before our FOTL expired - then we went to the Fiends show - which edged out Bill & Ted for our favorite show! Planning to round out our Halloween adventures with a trip to BG Williamsburg tomorrow.
I went to both HHN at UO and Howloscream at BGT and BGW. I also went to a local haunted trail that is pretty amazing considering its not professional and done as a benefit for cancer research. My total for haunted houses/mazes/trails this year not including repeats was 20. Including repeats it was 26. Of course, I'm a bit of a Halloween nut.
I went to Busch Garden's Howl-o-Scream in Tampa. It rained the WHOLE time, but we still had a ton of fun. I was either VERY impressed with houses or just so-so but never disappointed. I wish there were more roaming hoards of zombies, but the "bush" people were fantastic! The lines weren't bad at all, but partially because it was a steady flow of people through it. Which was good & bad. Good side is that it felt like a real kinship going through laughing at other people freaking out (especially the "meat-heads" screaming like girls) but bad side is the scares aren't always able to reset.
I went to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party and Fright Fest! Both great!
It is just way too expensive for what guests receive.
I wanted to go to Halloween Horror nights but after hearing how crowded and annoying it can be with drunken visitors, pushing and shoving. I decided not for me I can't handle that kind of behavior when I'm trying to have fun.
As an aside, a snowstorm is blowing through the Northeast. SFGAdv, SF America, Dorney, and Hershey are closed. So tomorrow will be the last chance for many in these seasonal park areas to hit the Halloween festivities, since these parks are not open Monday.
I did MNSSHP in late September and HHN21 on Preview Night as well as two other times and I will be going on Halloween as well to see Bill and Ted's last showing.
The theme parks in the UK are expensive and not good for value, hence why i didn't go to any halloween themed theme park.
Mostly time is the culprit. The time of year is the busiest for my husband and I so it takes a huge planning session to go. We love MNSSHP at MK and the parade is an all time favorite. I don't care for zombies and and a lot of blood, so we will not ever go to the others. We feel it belongs to those of you much younger than us. We have attended DLR's MHP and it is cute but not at the same caliber as MK.
Didn't go this year because of going to WDW for a week to try out MVMCP in December.
I went to Fright Fest at Six Flags Great Adeventure! HAd a great time and very well done!
I went to my first ever Halloween Theme Park Event this year...and it so happened to be Fright Fest at SFMM!
I went to two events this year, but they are kids oriented. Disneyland's Halloween Party was the highlight. It was unbelievable how much candy they gave out. At each Treat Zone, they gave out candy at 3 stations. It was very easy to amass a huge quantity of candy. Another plus is the healthly treats, but you have to ask for them. You get raisins, apple slices, or carrots. The quality of the candy is top notch like Snickers, Kit Kat, M&Ms, etc.
Went to Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Busch Gardens Tampa, and Halloween Horror Nights. I think I enjoyed BGT's HOS the best. If you do the fright feast, it is definitely worth it. HHN was just too crowded and I preferred the atmosphere at BGT and the roaming zombies over HHN. Death drums was very bad. Bill and Ted was good. Best night was sunday. It was like adult swim!
I went to SFoG several times for Fright Fest. It appeared the park did in fact improve the event over last year as there were scare zones which were not there in 2010. The shows were outstanding as well. Hopefully the higher-ups at Six Flags will see the fruits of their labor and kick it up another notch next season!
I didn't get my vote in in time, but we went to Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom. We were at Walt Disney World for 11 days, and it came down to spending a lot of money for a single day at Islands of Adventure to see the Wizarding World, or a comparatively small amount and go the Halloween party. When all was said and done, I think we made the right call. My ten-year old daughter was thrilled with the Not-So-Scary, and we didn't have to deal with the issues of whether we would even fit on the rides at Universal, which don't seem to accomodate those of us built to Poohish proportions.
I'm a 30 year old guy and I've been to about 15 years of Universals Halloween Horror Nights. I used to absolutely love it, but over the last 7 years or so, I've been gradually getting more and more disappointed.
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