Hey, it's not as if theme parks are the only businesses extending the season. How many of you are reading this while drinking one of the countless pumpkin-flavored beverages that invaded the nation's coffee stores on September 1? But even the joy of a Pumpkin Chai Latte can't match the fun of unlimited trick-or-treating or endless jump scares (depending on what you're into)... for nearly two months.
Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom kicked off the season last night, with the first evening of this year's Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Featuring all that trick-or-treating, the Boo to You Parade, Happy HalloWishes fireworks, and the Hocus Pocus stage show, Disney World's Halloween party also gives fans one of the few opportunities to (legally) wear costumes in the park.
But family friendly fun is only one way to enjoy Halloween in a theme park. Fans of Halloween's scarier side are looking forward to the start of this year's haunt events. The Universal Studios theme parks in Florida and Hollywood will lead the way on Sept. 16, with a highly anticipated line-up of old-school movie horror and modern TV favorites.
Here's this year's line-up of top theme park Halloween events. Events run selected evenings during the month and tickets often sell out so check the "Tickets" links below for availability. Most major events are "hard tickets" that are not included with daily park admission, but a few events are included with regular admission. Check the "Information" links below. Finally, even parks that run hard-ticket Halloween parties leave the decorations up during the day, so anyone can enjoy the Halloween spirit in the parks over the next two months.
Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom: Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party — Now through Oct. 31. Tickets
Universal Studios Florida: Halloween Horror Nights 26 — Sept. 16-Oct. 31. Tickets
Universal Studios Hollywood: Halloween Horror Nights — Sept. 16-Nov. 5. Tickets
Cedar Point: Haunt — Sept. 16-Oct. 30. Information
Knott's Berry Farm: Knott's Scary Farm — Sept. 22-Oct. 31. Tickets
Disneyland: Mickey's Halloween Party — Sept. 23-Oct. 31. Tickets
Busch Gardens Tampa: Howl-O-Scream — Sept. 23-Oct. 30. Tickets
Busch Gardens Williamsburg: Howl-O-Scream — Sept. 23-Oct. 30. Information
Legoland California: Brick or Treat — Oct. 1-29. Tickets
Legoland Florida: Brick or Treat — Oct. 1-31. Information
What's your favorite theme park Halloween event? Tell us in the comments why that event tops your list.Tweet
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