A massive snake towers over Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, MO. The Mamba roller coaster was named for the fastest snake on the planet, and it lives up to its name, reaching speeds of up to 75 mph. The Mamba is also a hypercoaster, meaning its peak is more than 200 feet high!
Just north of Coeur d'Alene, ID, Silverwood Theme Park transforms into "Scarywood" for the month of October. The park’s Halloween makeover is so intense that they advise after-dark guests to leave the kids at home. Take a ride on the Zombiewood Express, a 5-car train that patrols the 200-acre park's perimeter on a mission to kill 2 dozen invading zombies.
Head to Bristol, CT, for Lake Compounce’s daring duo of dread, the Haunted Graveyard and the Zoomerang -- a roller coaster version of a boomerang. The coaster hauls riders up backwards, suspends them 125 feet in the air, then releases them through 3 heart-pounding cobra rolls. Just when the ride comes to a stop, it sends its riders on a return trip backwards!
It's on to Pittsburgh, PA, for the Halloween hangout Phantom Fright Nights at Kennywood. No one is safe from the menacing taunts of 300 zombies, ghouls, vampires and monsters that specialize in shocking guests when they least expect it! Survive the gauntlet of ghouls to get a seat on Phantom's Revenge, a steel coaster that speeds up to 84 mph and boasts an eye-popping 232-foot drop.
Verbolten at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA, is a high-tech metal coaster that twists through the park's Black Forest, an indoor/outdoor adventure where special effects create encounters with a forest nymph, mysterious red eyes, howling wolves, and a lightning storm.
The Legend is a top Halloween scare at Holiday World in Santa Claus, IN. This wooden coaster is named after Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” The 11-story peak hurls riders into the world's first spiral drop, a 115-foot twisting fall that reaches speeds of 65 mph. One ride on this coaster, and you'll have your own Halloween legend to tell!
Cross the border into Montreal, and strap into La Ronde's LeVampire, Quebec's first inverted coaster! The track is above the riding car, so riders' feet dangle helplessly as LeVampire pulls them 100 feet high before letting them spiral down 90 feet in 3 seconds, then swooping back up into a 70-foot vertical loop!
The top ride at Busch Gardens Tampa is Cheetah Hunt, a 120-foot-high triple-launch coaster that is known as the ride with no down time. Cheetah Hunt uses magnet technology and linear synchronous motors to launch riders from 0-60 mph in seconds … 3 different times!
The Cyclone at Brooklyn’s Luna Park offers old-school screams, and during Luna Park's Nights of Horror, they turn the coaster's lights off for a Halloween twist!
The Raven at Holiday World in Santa Claus, IN, is not the tallest or the fastest coaster, but it delivers thrills at every turn. It soars over a lake, giving a feeling of flight, with nothing above, below or on either side to orient its riders.