Halloween time in California

Halloween time in California

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Scare yourself silly at Universal Studios (Los Angeles County)

Get ready to scream when you visit Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood. And we don’t mean just from the usual thrill rides. In this series of incredibly popular scare-fest nights, the theme park turns into a haunted nightmare that will likely scare the willies out of the most stoic of visitors. Ghouls jump out from dark corners, and mazes based on feel-good (not) movies such as From Dusk ‘Till Dawn and An American Werewolf in London keep you perpetually on edge (hey, where did that ghost go?). Ride the Terror Tram (a seasonal makeover for the movie backlot tram tour) for more chills on your way to the zombie-infested land of Terminus, or creep through the Skullz or Mask-a-Raid Scare Zones.

Haunted Mansion’s star moment – Disneyland Resort (Orange County)

HAUNTED MANSION HOLIDAY (ANAHEIM, Calif.) – Jack Skellington, Sally and memorable characters from Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” spread holiday cheer with an eerie twist at Disneyland park at Haunted Mansion Holiday. The Diamond Celebration continues as guests celebrate Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort from Sept. 11 through Nov. 1, 2015 with dazzling entertainment and decor, in addition to the return of Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy. This year, the family-friendly Mickey’s Halloween Party expands to 17 nights throughout the season at Disneyland park, where guests are invited to trick-or-treat in costume, celebrate with favorite Disney characters and enjoy special presentations of the “Halloween Screams” fireworks spectacular and the all-new “Paint the Night” parade. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)

HAUNTED MANSION HOLIDAY (ANAHEIM, Calif.) – Jack Skellington, Sally and memorable characters from Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” spread holiday cheer with an eerie twist at Disneyland park at Haunted Mansion Holiday. The Diamond Celebration continues as guests celebrate Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort from Sept. 11 through Nov. 1, 2015 with dazzling entertainment and decor, in addition to the return of Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy. This year, the family-friendly Mickey’s Halloween Party expands to 17 nights throughout the season at Disneyland park, where guests are invited to trick-or-treat in costume, celebrate with favorite Disney characters and enjoy special presentations of the “Halloween Screams” fireworks spectacular and the all-new “Paint the Night” parade. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)

Things get spooky at Disneyland Resort in October. Halloween events—some scary, some not—include ghostly encounters in the already creepy Twilight Zone Tower of Terror ride, in California Adventure. In the Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland, freaky ghouls amp up the scream factor at Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy. And of course, there’s the iconic Haunted Mansion, where the area around the mansion get decked out as Halloween Town, hosted by Jack Skellington from Tim Burton’s classic film, A Nightmare Before Christmas.

HAUNTED MANSION HOLIDAY (ANAHEIM, Calif.) – Jack Skellington, Sally and memorable characters from Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” spread holiday cheer with an eerie twist at Disneyland park at Haunted Mansion Holiday. The Diamond Celebration continues as guests celebrate Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort from Sept. 11 through Nov. 1, 2015 with dazzling entertainment and decor, in addition to the return of Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy. This year, the family-friendly Mickey’s Halloween Party expands to 17 nights throughout the season at Disneyland park, where guests are invited to trick-or-treat in costume, celebrate with favorite Disney characters and enjoy special presentations of the “Halloween Screams” fireworks spectacular and the all-new “Paint the Night” parade. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)

HAUNTED MANSION HOLIDAY (ANAHEIM, Calif.) – Jack Skellington, Sally and memorable characters from Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” spread holiday cheer with an eerie twist at Disneyland park at Haunted Mansion Holiday. The Diamond Celebration continues as guests celebrate Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort from Sept. 11 through Nov. 1, 2015 with dazzling entertainment and decor, in addition to the return of Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy. This year, the family-friendly Mickey’s Halloween Party expands to 17 nights throughout the season at Disneyland park, where guests are invited to trick-or-treat in costume, celebrate with favorite Disney characters and enjoy special presentations of the “Halloween Screams” fireworks spectacular and the all-new “Paint the Night” parade. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)

Disneyland Resort offers spook-free options too, including a massive hand-carved Pumpkin Festival on Main Street U.S.A. Check out crafts and a Halloween Carnival at Big Thunder Ranch, and see a traditional skeleton display honoring Dia de los Muertos in Frontierland.

Insider’s tip: Consider splurging with tickets to Mickey’s Halloween Party. Or join a Happiest Haunts Tour, where a “ghost host” scares up special pranks and adventures as you tour the parks; offered throughout the Halloween season. 

Knott’s Scary Farm (Orange County)

Knotts Scary Farm

Knott’s Scary Farm is the largest and scariest Halloween experience in Southern California, with endless mazes and shocking surprises in 2015. Investigate a haunted hospital in the groundbreaking new maze, Paranormal, INC. Escape the icy grasp of the chilling Snow Queen in The Dead of Winter or enlist to fight the zombie apocalypse in an all-out war against the undead in the interactive experience, Special Ops: Infected – Patient Zero.

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Elvira, the legendary Mistress of the Dark, returns in a spectacular new show which transports guests to an asylum of music, dance and comedy. And beware of the Green Witch and her Deadly Seven – the sadistic crew are guilty of stalking some of the darkest corners of Knott’s and are capable of more terror than meets the eye.

Vampirate’s (Orange County)

Vampirate

Evil vampires are set to invade Pirate’s Dinner Adventure for the entire month of October. The wicked Vampirate Captain Sebastian the Black will return with his crew of undead monsters to take vengeance on those who have “crossed” him. Visitors will join forces with a band of vampire hunters on their quest to defeat the bloodthirsty crew and bring safety back to the people of Treasure Bay. Ghouls and ghost of all ages are encouraged to dress up in costumes and participate.

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