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Whether you want scares or sweets, there's a Halloween event for you

October 13, 2017, 4:44 PM · Are you ready for Halloween?

The nation's theme parks are — and have been, with Halloween-themed events going on at some parks since late August. But we know that some fans don't really get into the Halloween spirit until deep into October. And others are looking for fresh Halloween experiences, having been hitting up events for the past month already.

So to help you all find the right Halloween events for the rest of this month, here is our overview of some of America's top theme park Halloween events.

Walt Disney World and Disneyland play more toward the "trick-or-treat" than the "slash-and-scream" side of Halloween. Visitors to Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (at Disney World) and Mickey's Halloween Party (at Disneyland) can enjoy unlimited trick-or-treating, regardless of age, during these after-hours, hard-ticket parties. The event is sold out for the rest of the year at Disneyland, but tickets remain available at Walt Disney World in Florida. Here's our coverage:

Disneyland fans still can enjoy the Halloween season on their regular day tickets, however, especially with expanded decorations at Disney California Adventure, including a Halloween-themed overlay of the new Guardians of the Galaxy ride.

Universal runs the nation's most popular theme park Halloween event, with Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Florida. This year's event features a Stephen King property for the first time (Stanley Kubrick's The Shining) and sends of the Bill & Ted show after two and a half decades.

Across the country, in Hollywood, Universal also offers a Shining maze, as well as a Halloween Horror-themed version of the park's iconic Backlot Tour, in a more IP-driven event featuring some of the top film franchises in horror.

Knott's Berry Farm got all this started back in the 1970s, and the nation's oldest theme park Halloween event continues to set a high standard for the rest of the industry. Knott's this year takes a page from Disney by adding a family-friendly Halloween overlay to its Timber Mountain Log Ride, as it also bid goodbye to Elvira: Mistress of the Dark, who will present her live musical shows at the event for the last time this year.

Regional theme parks also offer some great Halloween events, including Busch Gardens Williamsburg in Virginia, which presents Howl-O-Scream again this year.

Finally, let's take a quick look at the rest of this year's theme park Halloween events, including Six Flags Fright Fest and SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular.

What's your favorite theme park Halloween event?

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October 16, 2017 at 11:11 PM · I enjoyed Le Festival de la Frayeur (Fright Festival) at La Ronde, our Six Flags park here in Montreal. The new maze/house Cauchemars (Nightmare) is disapointing, but the returning mazes are spooky. And La Maison Rouge (Red House, themed to circuses and scary clowns) is almost a classic, two scare houses in one. Also free with admission, and resonates after the release of IT.

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