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Scares on a grand scale

Posted: October 1, 2010 6:00 a.m.
Updated: October 1, 2010 6:00 a.m.

Mangler Asylum at Knott’s Scary Farm.

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Fright Fest
Six Flags Magic Mountain offers 12 days of terrifying haunted mazes, roaming zombies, the scariest clowns on the planet and spooky shows. If that's not enough, there will be a "twisted" element added to some of their monster coasters by turning off the lights, leaving riders to face their fears literally in the dark.

There will also be the exclusive that coaster fanatics wait for all year ... the transformation of Colossus to run backward. Beginning Oct. 8 and running for four weekends, Fright Fest brings guests the ultimate sensory overload for every range of fear.

For the little monsters, a Trick or Treat Trail, Kid Scaryoke and Looney Tunes Harvest Festival in Bugs Bunny World round out the activities.

Heckles and Twitch, the infamously popular, irreverent and off-beat clowns, will perform their crowd-pleasing brand of menacing dark humor three times a night in Gotham City Backlot.

Back for their 18th year of applying award-winning make-up, Scott Ramp and his "Scream Team" will transform 300-plus Fright Fest actors into ghouls, zombies, vampires and demons nightly.

Fright Fest hours this year are from 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday's and Saturday's, and 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday's.

Six Flags Magic Mountain; (661) 2554111; www.sixflags.com.

Halloween Horror Nights
Five new maze experiences, new Scare Zones, a new Terror Tram backlot experience and the addition of the blockbuster new attraction, King Kong 360 3D Created by Peter Jackson - the world's largest, most intense 3D experience - will debut at Universal Studios Hollywood's Halloween Horror Nights, where horror legends come to life.

Mazes will include the all-new A Nightmare On Elm Street: Never Sleep Again, Friday the 13th: Kill, Jason, Kill!, Rob Zombie's House of 1000 Corpses: In 3D Zombievison, Vampyre: Castle of the Undead plus Saw: Game On. Among the six Scare Zones is a new La Llorona experience, based upon the timeless Mexican legend.

Universal Studios Hollywood's favorite thrill-ride attractions will also remain open for Halloween Horror Nights nocturnal affair, many with menacing twists. Favorites include The Simpsons Ride, Revenge of the MummySM - The Ride and Jurassic Park In the Dark.

Remaining event dates are: Oct. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16,17, 21, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30, 31. The event will begin nightly at 7 p.m.; closing hours vary by night throughout the event.

Universal Studios Hollywood; (800) 864-8377, option 7; www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com/hollywood.

Knott's Halloween Haunt
Continuing through Oct. 31, the typically family friendly theme park will transform itself for its willing victims into 160-acres of sheer terror. There are 13 mazes, seven hair-raising shows, three horrific scare zones and 1,000 monsters roaming throughout the entire park.

Scares include Fallout Shelter (in 3D), Sleepy Hollow, Pleasanton - Population: Zero, Lockdown: The Asylum, El Chupacabra, Uncle Bobo's Big Top of the Bizarre in 3D, The Labyrinth, Black Widow's Cavern, Corn Stalkers, Necropolis, Ghost Town, CarnEVIL and Psycho Circus of Magic and Mayhem.
Remaining Knott's Halloween Haunt dates are Oct. 1-3, 6-10, 13-17, 20-24, 27-31. Event hours are 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Fridays and Saturdays from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.

The Halloween Haunt at Knott's Scary Farm is a special ticket event not covered by regular Knott's Berry Farm admission.

Knott's Berry Farm; (714) 220-5200; www.knotts.com.

Halloween Time
Spooky new fireworks and ghoulish screams at Space Mountain add to the fun when Halloween Time returns to Disneyland Resort through Nov. 1. Halloween Time offers families a chance to celebrate the season as they interact with some of Disney's most beloved characters decked out in seasonal costumes at Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure parks. In addition, Mickey's Trick-or-Treat Party returns for 12 special nights in October.

For older kids and adults, Halloween Time offers Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy. Also new this year is Halloween Screams - A Villainous Surprise in the Skies. The new fireworks spectacular will haunt the nighttime sky throughout the Halloween season.

For not-so-frightful fun, Halloween Time offers special pleasures for children and parents. Main Street, U.S.A. in Disneyland is again transformed for the Pumpkin Festival, where more than 300 "non-identical" pumpkins will be on display in shop windows.

Back by popular demand is Mickey's Trick-or-Treat Party, a one-of-a-kind celebration that returns to Disney's California Adventure for 12 nights in October (2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30 and 31). Mickey's Trick-or-Treat Party lets adults and children alike dress up and trick-or-treat in the ultimate Disney neighborhood.

Disneyland Resort; (866) 603-4763; www.disneyland.com.

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