Comments for Halloween Countdown: Our picks for the best killer events in theme parks and beyond to end the spooky season

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    I’d like to recommend both Fright Nights at the South Florida Fairgrounds, and well as X-Scream Halloween at the G-Star School of the Arts. Both of them are in the West Palm Beach area, and each offer their own blend of macabre humor and fun-frights that the whole family can enjoy. Fright Nights recommends it’s visitors to be over 12, but it all depends of the kid. X-Scream, on the other hand, is entirely produced by high school students, which makes it even more of an adventure. In my opinion, you should check out both events, and make up your mind as to which one suits your needs.Happy Haunting!

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    This is my 3rd year of nationwide haunt haunts, visiting over 30 haunts across the country this year.
    I love the theme parks (Universal Hollywood and Orlando, Knott’s Berry Farm, Busch Gardens Tampa, Great America Santa Clara). You get a great value with several maze, scare zones and shows like “Bill and Ted’s”. The Six Flag Fright Fests are usually just OK, limited to just a few scares but I do like the Colossus rollercoast backward.

    For a large stand-alone, my favorite is Netherworld in Atlanta. It is non-stop intensity, with large animated figures, well placed scary actors, and warehouse sized sets. Even outside the maze, there are wandering beasties and huge animated monsters.

    A close 2nd would be The Darkness in St Louis,MO. Another massive maze with large animated figures include a T-rex that bit my head (with foam teeth) and great actors. They also featured great fog and laser effect.

    For something smaller scale but just as intense, I loved the “Reign of Terror” in Thousand Oaks,CA and “Sinister Point” in Brea, CA. At Reign f Terror, the opening queue line is fully decorated with spooky lighting and effect , so much that some people never make it past the front door. Sinister Point features right-vs-left choices as you make you’re way through the maze.

    For hayrides, I stil love the L.A. Haunted Hayride. Great effects and showmanship, plus totally in-your-face monster. Not as scary but even more theatrical was the Headless Horseman Hayride in Ulster Park, NY. You can also visit the real Sleepy Hallow from here and image the hoof beats following you.

    It’s alway fun to add history and real ghost stories to you haunts like, Penhurst Aslyum in PA, Winchester Mystery Hose in San Jose CA or

    And I always recommend you support your local haunt whether it be a 4H fund rise haunted house or a local farm hayride and corn maze. It encourage the fright makers of the future and reminds everyone that is mostly for the fun of it.

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