Scary Halloween Amusement Parks
By the light of day, America's biggest amusement parks entertain families in friendly, wholesome ways. As the sun sets, these same parks transform into spooky dens of phantasms and specters. Mazes and haunted houses fill darkened corners, while in many cases actors skulk and skitter through pathways, pouncing on unsuspecting guests. But then, that's what everyone is here for.
Fright Fest: Six Flags Great Adventure
Best scare: Circus of Thrills -- spin the Wheel of Destiny in this scary circus and see what frightening prizes await.
- 1 Six Flags Blvd
- Jackson, NJ 08527 US
Halloween Horror Nights: Universal Studios Orlando
Best scare: Penn & Teller Newkd Las Vegas, a new haunted experience based on the twisted humor of this comedy-magic duo.
- 6000 Universal Blvd
- Orlando, FL 32819 US
Howl-O-Scream: Busch Gardens Tampa
Best scare: Nevermore, a haunted house based on the classic works of Edgar Allan Poe.
- 10165 N Malcolm McKinley Dr
- Tampa, FL 33612 US
Halloween Haunt: Knott's Scary Farm
Best scare: If you run, the creepy menagerie of actors will chase.
- 8039 Beach Blvd
- Buena Park, CA 90620 US
Phantom Fright Nights: Kennywood
Best scare: The Phantom's Pre-Scare Dinners are available for an upcharge, allowing diners to tuck into succulent rat ribs (actually baby back ribs) and Graveyard Stuffed Cabbage (a true fright.)
- 4800 Kennywood Blvd
- West Mifflin, PA 15122 US
Halloween Haunt: Kings Island
Best scare: Holiday Horror -- the Easter Bunny has always seemed somewhat eerie with its giant head and unchanging facial expression, and never more so than in this twist on the creepy coney.
- 6300 Kings Island Dr
- Mason, OH 45040 US
HalloWeekends: Cedar Point
Best scare: Come for the monsters, stay for the speed. Top Thrill Dragster -- the legendary coaster that takes the foolhardy from zero to 120 mph in less than 4 seconds -- will remain open during HalloWeekends. It's straight up, straight down in 17 seconds -- scarier than any creepy clown hiding behind any bush.
- 1 Cedar Point Dr
- Sandusky, OH 44870 US
Nightfall: Old Tucson Studios
Best scare: A new drink called the Snot Shot. We're not sure if that's actually scary or gross, but it's sure to make Nightfall a bit more colorful.
- 201 S Kinney Rd
- Tucson, AZ 85735 US
Best scare: Since this is Circus Circus, expect clowns -- which are scary even when it's not Halloween.
- 2880 S Las Vegas Blvd
- Las Vegas, NV 89109 US
Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party: The Magic Kingdom
Best scare: The undertaker dance troupe during the nightly parade. The gravediggers' spades create sparks off cobblestones, launching an impromptu light show.
- 1180 Seven Seas Dr
- Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830 US
Hersheypark in the Dark
Best scare: Tarantulas at Creatures of the Night. Because they're tarantulas.
- 100 W Hersheypark Dr
- Hershey, PA 17033 US
The Count's Halloween Spooktacular: Sesame Place
Best scare: Frights are few and far between here, but Bert in a pigeon costume will get anyone under 45 smiling.
- 100 Sesame Rd
- Langhorne, PA 19047 US