In celebration of the first day of fall today, it’s time to enjoy some tricks and treats — and get the family out on some awesome Halloween happenings. Scroll down below and check out some terror-filled and thrilling Halloween events that are sure to make your ghouls and boos scream with delight. And be sure to check out my upcoming article on a frightening and first-class Halloween fete at The Hotel del Coronado on Halloween weekend that’s sure to be a night to remember for adults and children alike!
1) THE QUEEN MARY’S DARK HARBOR
Embark on a bloodcurdling voyage aboard the haunted and historical Queen Mary for the annual Dark Harbor celebration. A must-see event filled with mazes, monsters, and eerie entertainment that will shock, scare and surprise you.
WHAT’S NEW: Be sure to check out the horrific new maze, Lullaby, which tells the tale of the ship’s youngest soul, Scary Mary, the chilling new Side Show of Freaks and Oddities, and the Curse of Anubis Paintball Experience
THE QUEEN MARY
1126 Queens Highway
Long Beach, CA 90802
WHEN: October 1 to November 1
ADMISSION: Ticket prices start at just $20. Fast Fright, VIP Passes, and lodging packages available.
KID INFO: Ages 13+ Recommended
Click here for more information and to purchase tickets online.
2) UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS 2015
The world-famous production facilities of Universal Studios Hollywood serve as a backdrop location for Halloween Horror Nights. New mazes are based on iconic movie sets. Ticket options include “front of line” and “VIP” privileges.
WHAT’S NEW: There are plenty of new mazes this year to thrill and terrorize you including, Insidious, Crimson Peak, Halloween and This is the End. Plus, be sure to check out the new Terror Tram based on the film The Purge — and the new live stage show featuring the amazing Jabbawockeez!
Universal Studios Hollywood
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608
WHEN: September 18 to November 1
ADMISSION: General Admission $85, Front of the Line Pass $159-$179, Day/Night Combo $100-$130.
KID INFO: Ages 13+ Recommended
Click here for more information and to purchase discount tickets in advance.
3) Knott’s Scary Farm/Camp Snoopy
The granddaddy of all Halloween haunts, running for over 40 years, Knott’s Scary Farm features mazes, socking & surprising shows, frightfully foggy “scare zones,” and over 1000 monsters roaming around & lurking in dark corners to scare you. And in the daytime, Knott’s transforms Camp Snoopy into Camp Spooky to offer tricks and treats for young children.
WHAT’S NEW: Be sure to check out the new The Dead of Winter maze where an insidious Snow Queen is hellbent on avenging her beloved family’s murder, and preys upon any unsuspecting visitors who foolishly enter the borders of her icy domain.
HIGHLIGHTS: Knott’s brings back an interactive zombie-killing experience, Special Ops: Infected where you can play with simulated military assault weapons. Elvira Mistress of the Dark returns with her frightfully-fun show!
Knott’s Berry Farm
8039 Beach Boulevard.
Buena Park, CA USA 90620
WHEN: September 24 to October 31
ADMISSION: Discounted admission available online- Scary Farm General Admission $39.99-$49.99, Scary Farm Admission & Fright Lane Combo $104.99-$121.99
KID INFO: Ages 13+ Recommended +, Camp Snoopy is great for younger children
Click here for more information and to purchase advance discount tickets.
4) Disney’s Halloween Time
Spirit away for some spook-tacular fun at a series of family-friendly Halloween events throughout the theme park known as “The Happiest Place on Earth”! Enjoy trick-or-treating at Mickey’s Halloween Party where you and your family can dress in Halloween costumes and go trick-or-treating throughout candy stations while taking pics with Disney’s most-love-to-hate villains.
HIGHLIGHTS: Guests at Disneyland park will be treated to Halloween-themed revamps including, the Haunted Mansion Holiday, brought to you by Jack Skellington, from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, and the residents of Halloween Town — and be sure to escape the clutches of freaky phantasms as you are launched to a haunted section of the universe on Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy.
1313 Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, CA 92802
WHEN: September 11 to November 1
ADMISSION: $69-$84 Ages 3+
KID INFO: Great for all ages
Click here for more information and to purchase tickets in advance.