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sep 30 2014

How U.S. Theme Parks Are Gearing Up For Halloween

Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando

Are you brave enough to visit Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando?

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It's never too early to start planning for Halloween. We've got the inside scoop on Halloween events happening this year at Universal Studios, Busch Gardens, SeaWorld, and Six Flags theme parks.


In addition to annually updated shows like Bill & Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure, this year the parks are home to The Walking Dead: End of the Line, a terrifying attraction inspired by season four of the hit zombie t.v. show, The Walking Dead. Additional creepy maze attractions at Universal Studios Hollywood include Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood, From Dusk Til Dawn, An American Werewolf in London, Face Off: In the Flesh, Clowns 3D, and a new maze based on Alien vs. Predator. Still not scared? Try the Terror Tram: Invaded By The Walking Dead, a terrifying tram ride through Universal's Walker-infested Backlot. Universal Orlando will feature many of the same attractions (in haunted house form rather than being giant mazes) as well as haunted houses like Michael Myers' Halloween, Dollhouse of the Damned, Maskerade Unstitched, Roanoke: Cannibal Colony, Bayou of Blood, and The Purge: Anarchy, based on the new Universal film. This year the park celebrates The Rocky Horror Picture Show with live tribute performances and audience participation shows nightly.

Universal Studios Hollywood

Dates: Oct. 3-5, 10-12, 16-19, 23-26, 30-Nov. 2. Gates open at 6:30pm. Event is 7 p.m. thru 2 a.m. each night.

Prices: General admission prices start at $62 per person plus tax when purchased online depending on which day you go—they're from $77 per person plus tax at the gate. To enjoy time at the park during the day and during the event at night, you can buy the Day/Night Combo ticket for from $102 per person plus tax. Click here for additional ticket options.

Universal Studios Orlando

Dates: Park is open til 12 a.m. Oct. 2, 15, 22, 29, 30, 31, and on Nov. 1st; park is open til 1 a.m. Oct. 5, 9, 12, 16, and 19th; park is open until 2 a.m. on Oct. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, and 26th.

Prices: Tickets start at $95.99 per person plus tax for one night—Florida resident rates start at $45.99 when ordered online. You can also add-on a Halloween Horror Nights ticket to the price of your regular daytime park ticket for from $41.99 more per person Sundays thru Thursdays, from $56.99 more per person on Fridays, and from $72.99 more per person on Saturdays. If you plan on visiting more than once, a number of options are available on the ticketing website. Stay at one of the Universal Orlando Resort's on-site properties and be close to all the action—Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort is brand new, includes a free shuttle to and from the parks, and has rooms starting from $99 a night Sunday thru Thursday now thru Nov. 1st.


Among this year's collection, take on haunted houses like The Basement, Zombie Mortuary, Blood Asylum, Dead Fall, Zombie Containment Unit 15, Death Water Bayou, Circus of Superstition, and The Experiment at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, or get your nerve up for one of several creepy attractions including Cut Throat Cove, Catacombs, Bitten, Deadline, 13: Your Number's Up, and Root of All Evil at Busch Gardens Williamsburg.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Dates: Oct. 2-4, 9-11, 16-19, 23-25, 30-Nov. 1st. Gates open at 7:30 p.m. and the event runs until 1 a.m. each night.

Prices: Tickets online range from $50 to $65 per person plus tax depending on which night you go. Groups of four or more can save by ordering Twisted Thursday 4-Packs for from $35 per ticket online. Try the Thrills & Chills Ticket, starting at $89 per person to visit Busch Gardens Tampa Bay during the day and experience Howl-O-Scream at night. Click here to view additional ticket options.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Dates: Park is open until 10 p.m. Oct. 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, and 26th. Park is open until 11 p.m. Oct. 4, 11, 18, and 25th. Gates open at 6 p.m.

Prices: Busch Gardens Williamsburg offers the Fall Fun Card, allowing you to pay for one day's admission and come back anytime thru Oct. 26th. The card costs $75 per person plus tax (the same as a regular single–day park ticket, and gives you unlimited admission during the day and at night for Howl–O–Scream.

Seaworld San Antonio

Dates: Park is open til 11 p.m. Oct. 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, and 31st. Park is open til 12 a.m. Oct. 4, 11, 18, and 25th. How-O-Scream festivities start at 7 p.m. each night.

Prices: From $55 per person plus tax when ordered online, and includes admission to the park during the day. Tickets to Howl-O-Scream cost from $25 per person for admission to the park after 6 p.m. There's also the SeaWorld Fun Card Plus Fall option, which costs from $67 per person plus tax and gives you unlimited admission to SeaWorld thru summer 2015.


Halloween events takes place at various Six Flags theme parks around the country. Events, dates, and prices vary by theme park so check the Six Flags park's website for more details.

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Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.


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