The guide is arranged alphabetically by U.S. state and ends with Canada. This page includes parks in U.S. states from Arkansas to Massachusetts.
The next page includes parks in Minnesota to Oklahoma.
The final page includes parks in Pennsylvania to Utah, plus Canada.
Hot Springs (near Little Rock), AR
Cost: Included in park admission
2012 info: Haunted houses will include the clown-themed The Last Laugh and Paradox. Other details not available at time of publication. Past events have included a haunted Wild West Trail, a trick-or-treat trail, a Creature Feature show, and spooky hayride, plus a scare-free zone for younger kids that has offered pumpkin painting and other activities.
For more info: Magic Screams official page.
2012 Halloween Events at California Theme Parks.
Includes listings for Knott's Scary Farm at Knott's Berry Farm, Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood, Disney's HalloweenTime and Mickey's Trick-or-Treat Party at Disneyland Resort, Fright Fest at Six Flags Magic Mountain and Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Brick-or-Treat at Legoland California, Halloween Haunt and Snoopy's Costume Party at Great America, and Halloween Spooktacular at SeaWorld San Diego.
Elitch Gardens, Denver, CO
2012 info: Even though it's no longer part of the Six Flags family, Elitch Gardens continues to use the name FrightFest for its Halloween event. Elitch will offer two haunted houses, The Suffering and Blood Bath. The park will also offer seven live shows. Those brace enough to give the Wheel of Misfortune a spin will end up eating live bugs. Now THAT's entertainment! Younger kids can get some sweets at Elitch's Trick-or-Treat Trail and enjoy other daytime toned-down activities.
For more info: FrightFest official page.
Bristol (near Hartford), CT
Cost: Passes available for rides, Halloween event, or combo passes for both.
2012 info: There will be a bunch of haunted houses, trails, and, scare zones to explore, including, of course, a haunted graveyard. Among the scares are Zombie Forest, Mayan Temple, and the ever-popular Slaughter House. Best of all, brave souls get to sample Boulder Dash, one of my picks for the top wooden coasters, in the deep, dark night. Now that's scary. Lake Compounce donates a portion of the proceeds to an organization that supports diabetes research.
For more info: Haunted Graveyard official site
2012 Halloween Events at Florida Theme Parks.
Includes info about Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando, Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World, and SeaWorld Orlando's Halloween Spooktacular.
Six Flags Over Georgia
Austell (near Atlanta), GA
More info: Six Flags Over Georgia Fright Fest official page.
Valdosta (near the Florida border)
Terror in the Wild and Kid-O-Ween
Cost: Included in admission.
2012 info: For Terror in the Wild, haunted atractions will include Mr. Swilley's Field of Screams and Ashkra - Plague of the Witch as well as Ghost Train, a scary ride aboard the park's Safari Train. Kid-O-Ween offers toned-down family fun such as a hay maze, a coloring mural, and a Count Rockula Dance Party. Kids are encouraged to come in costume. Trick-or-treating will be available.
More info at the Terror in the Wild site.
Cost: $24.99 to $34.99 at gate, depending on day. Reduced price for season pass holders. Reduced advance passes available at Scarywood site.
2012 info: Haunts include 3-Dimentia (a 3D attraction), Blood Bayou, and Terror Canyon Trail an outdoor scare experience. The park's train ride is transformed into the ZombieWood Express. The wooden coaster Timber Terror runs backwards during Scarywood.
More info at the Scarywood site.
Santa's Village Azoosment Park
2012 info: The park includes low-scare activities, such as a costume contest, trick-or-treating, and Santa's Spooky Adventure. The nighttime event, The Nightmare from North Street, is intended for older guests, and includes a haunted house and Terrifying Trail.
More info at the Harvest Feast page.
Six Flags Great America
Gurnee (near Chicago and Milwaukee), IL
Santa Claus (yes, that is the actual name of the town)
Happy Halloween Weekends
2012 info: Amazingly, the holiday-themed park, which includes a Halloween land, has never had a Halloween event -- until this year. The debut of the low-scare event will include two corn mazes (the park is in corn country, after all), the maze Holidog's 3D Halloween Adventure, a hay-bale maze, tractor rides, and a magic show.
More info at the Holiday World official site.
Six Flags America
Mitchellville (near Washington, D.C.), MD
More info: Six Flags America Fright Fest official page.
Six Flags New England
Agawam (near Springfield, MA and Hartford, CT), MA
More info: Six Flags New England Fright Fest official page.
Next page: More Halloween park events arranged alphabetically in states from Minnesota to Oklahoma.