Knott's Scary Farm kicked off last night in Southern California and Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream gets started tonight in Central Florida, completing the opening of this year's major theme park haunts in the country's top theme park markets.
Some of you already have booked trips to visit one or more of these events. Those who live in Florida or California might hit up all of the ones in their area. And a few of you sick souls will head out across the country to hit all of them. But for those of you who haven't committed to Halloween plans just yet, let's ask the big question...
Which theme park Halloween event should you go to?
There's no wrong answer here, of course, but there certainly will be some sharply divided opinions. To focus the question a bit, let's put up two votes: one for Central Florida and the other for Southern California.
The common player in both markets is Universal's Halloween Horror Nights, which runs select nights between now and November 3 this year. But they're not the same event. Though they both feature mazes themed to Stranger Things, Poltergeist, Halloween 4, and Trick 'r Treat this year, Orlando also features five original-themed houses, while Hollywood features a maze themed to Universal's classic monsters as well as the Terror Tram overlay of the park's iconic Studio Tour. (Here's our review of this year's Halloween Horror Nights in Hollywood.)
Knott's Scary Farm is the original theme park Halloween event, now celebrating its 46th year of scaring Southern California fans. This year's Scary Farm features two new mazes — the SciFi-themed Dark Entities and the underground cave of The Depths. There's also a new scare zone, Forsaken Lake, and a new show in the Charles M. Schulz Theatre, Hacks - Cutting Room Floor, a salute to "B" movie horror films. (That's a common theme this year, with Universal Orlando's Slaughter Sinema.)
Six Flags Magic Mountain's Fright Fest this year is getting into the licenses IP space by featuring a maze based on the upcoming movie Hell Fest, one of 13 mazes and scare zones at the event, including two other new mazes and two new scare zones this year. (Unlike other theme park events, a separate admission is not required to enter the park for Fright Fest, though one is needed to get into the mazes.) Over in Florida, Busch Gardens is dropping two new mazes this year: Insomnia and Simon's Slaughterhouse.
So, our theme park Halloween experts, which are your go-to events? And why?
Of course, you can find Halloween scares at theme parks elsewhere in the country and around the world over the next two months. In the comments, please tell us about your trips to some of those other events... and which ones you would recommend.
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