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Halloween events at the world's top theme parks reviews

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Posted: August 17, 2013

Many of the world's top theme parks extend their summer season by offering Halloween events. Knott's Berry Farm is credited with the industry's original Halloween event - Halloween Haunt, which began in 1973 and has grown into one of the industry's largest, a "hard-ticket" after-hours event with dozens of mazes, haunted houses and scare zones.

Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights is now the world's largest theme park Halloween event, in terms of attendance and income, drawing fans to Universal Studios Florida throughout late September and October.

Busch Gardens Tampa Howl-O-Scream is critically acclaimed with some naming this as the scariest Halloween event. Howl-O-Scream offers guest a haunted house to go through alone for an additional fee by appointment. You may also choose to bring some friends along with you. Busch Gardens Virginia also has a Howl-O-Scream event.

Some parks offer kid-friendly Halloween events, including (predictably) Disney, which hosts Mickey's Halloween Parties at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. At these parties, the focus is on unlimited trick-or-treating, not scares and haunts. They provide one of the few opportunities for grown-up fans to attend Disney theme parks in costume.

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Readers' reviews:

Busch Gardens Williamsburg Howl-O-Scream9
Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights9
Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party8
Disneyland Mickey's Halloween Party8
Universal Studios Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights8
Cedar Point Halloweekends8
Busch Gardens Tampa Howl-O-Scream8
Universal Studios Singapore Halloween Horror Nights8
Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest8
Warner Bros Movie World Fright Nights8
Knott's Berry Farm Halloween Haunt7
Kennywood's Phantom Fright Nights7
Hong Kong Disneyland Disney's Haunted Halloween7
Legoland California Brick-Or-Treat6
Six Flags Great America Fright Fest5

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