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Halloween '13: Coming to a Theme Park Near You!
Written by Amanda Baltazar
Halloween is slowly creeping up on us, and if you’re anything like me, I’m always dying to go to the scariest amusement park mazes.
Maybe that wasn’t the best choice of words. Nonetheless, I always do my research and try to go to the creepiest and most thrilling scare-fests in the SoCal area. I’ve been to the four major parks, and they all are worthy of my freight.
I’ll break it down for all of you so you can decide which one would be the best for you and your group to get the most out of your Halloween scare!
Lets start with Six Flags Freight Fest. Because they have some of the best roller coasters in the area, Six Flags capitalizes on this and tweaks their crazy rides for an even scarier experience at night. If you thought those coasters were scary regularly, check them out for Halloween! Some “spine-chilling” rides include Skyscreamer of Doom, Nitro, El Toro, and Bizarro, just to name a few. They also have scare-areas and mazes where monsters come out to play and scare the bejesus out of you. Some are called Circus Psycho, The Manor, and probably the one I am most scared of, Asylum.
For tickets and more information, check out their website. Here’s last year's Freight Fest promo:
Next up is the Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor experience where guests can go onto the ship and take on six different mazes, including Deadrise, Hellfire, Village of the Damned and Containment, and Submerged. They also have some notorious monsters that I don’t particularly want to discuss. This year, they have added a new maze, Circus... Why? Who really needs more clowns? Not me, that’s for sure! They also have a new ride called the Ferrisqueal. Clever, huh? I like it. The events start in October, so hurry and get your tickets!
Knott’s Berry Farm turns into Knott’s Scary Farm Haunt on select nights starting on September 26. Yeah, Snoopy isn’t that scary, but the same cannot be said for their Haunt nights. They have terrifying mazes like Black Magic, Mirror Mirror, Pinocchio Unstrung, and Uncle Willy’s Slaughter House, to name a few. They will also be debuting a new attraction this year called Trapped. All their rides open plus six shows will be available to scare you. Even if you’re just walking around, there will be monsters creating a scary “atmosfear”. Oh, who doesn’t love a good pun? Don’t let that fool you, though, Knott’s Scary Farm has a pretty sick sense of humor! Check out how to get tickets and the details on the rides, mazes, and shows here.
Last, but certainly not least, is Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights. This year, "The Walking Dead" is infesting the Universal backlot, where, for the first time, the guests will be able to hang out and get their scare on with a "Walking Dead"-themed maze featuring iconic scenes from Season 3 of the hit AMC series. So, if you’re a "Walking Dead" fan like me, this is your chance to live out a zombie apocalypse... before the real one comes, that is.
Universal will also have Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure again, a musical comedy relevant to pop culture today. Don’t even get me started on the Scare Zones... Scarecrowz, The Curse of Chucky, The Purge, and Cirque Du Klownz... More clowns. Just great.
Want a preview? Your wish is my command.
If you want to be scared senseless, I highly recommend you go. For tickets and dates, go to their website.
- Amanda Baltazar, YH Staff