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Posted: October 7, 2011 6:00 a.m.
Updated: October 7, 2011 6:00 a.m.

Roaming zombies take over Six Flags Magic Mountain during Fright Fest.

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Fright Fest
For the 19th season, Fright Fest comes to Six Flags Magic Mountain, with four new scare zones, three new mazes, two new shows and extended park hours on Fridays and Saturdays. There will be 13 days of terrifying haunted mazes, roaming zombies and spooky shows. A "twisted" element is added to some of the monster coasters by turning off the lights, leaving riders to face their fears in the dark. And, of course, Colossus runs backward. For the little monsters, a Trick or Treat Trail, Kid Scaryoke and Witch Hazel Halloween Crafts in Whistlestop Park round out the activities.
The newest and one of the largest mazes in Southern California is The Aftermath, where brave souls enter a post apocalyptic city inhabited by nomad warriors who rule with bone-crushing iron fists, and the dead stalk the living. Also new this year is Chupacabra, where guests come face to face with this elusive, blood-thirsty creature as it terrorizes the local Dia de los Muertos festival; and Cursed, featuring roaming gypsies and werewolves who hunt for fresh blood.
Fright Fest hours this year are: Oct. 7, 9, 16, 23, 30 and 31 - 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 8 - 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Oct. 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29 - 10:30 a.m. to midnight.
Six flags Magic Mountain: www.sixflags.com.

Halloween Horror Nights
This year's Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood brings together unprecedented star power to create the definitive Hollywood horror dream team and craft the ultimate live Halloween nightmare. Featuring a noteworthy six mazes, five terror-filled scare zones and the return of the ever-popular Bill & Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure, Halloween Horror Nights also includes a fully re-imagined Terror Tram backlot studio experience.
An abandoned scientific research center in the midst of a vast and frozen Antarctic will set the stage for The Thing: Assimilation, an all-new multi-sensory maze based on Universal Pictures' upcoming thriller.
Eli Roth, the multi-talented director, writer, producer and actor, adapts his enormously successful "Hostel" film franchise to create Eli Roth's Hostel: Hunting Season, a twisted new maze that will lure travelers through a frightening passage of torturous death traps.
The legendary Alice Cooper, who single-handedly masterminded the rock-horror genre, will spin a new collection of disturbing horror imagery in Alice Cooper: Welcome To My Nightmare, the outrageous new maze.
Halloween Horror Nights continues on select nights through Halloween. Event dates are: Oct. 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31. The event will begin nightly at 7 p.m. and closing hours vary by night throughout the event.
Tickets to this year's event are available for purchase at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com/hhn.

Knott's Halloween Haunt
Knott's Halloween Haunt offers a whopping 13 mazes, seven hair-raising shows, four horrific scare zones and 1,000 monsters roaming throughout the entire park.
Delirium: In the deep recesses of the mind, on the clouded brink of insanity, lies the hellish wasteland of delirium; a place so gruesome that your imagination fails to comprehend the horrors. Illusion and paranoia are your only anchors to reality.
Invasion Beneath: Live from Knott's Berry Farm - details are sketchy but eyewitnesses report that the Calico Mine Ride has been invaded by creatures of unknown origin through a large fissure in the Earth's core. The creatures possess advanced weaponry and are extremely hostile. The military has just infiltrated the mountain to try and rescue the survivors and combat the violent attacks. Stay tuned.
Endgames: The world as we know it has ended. The survivors in this barren desert have scavenged to rebuild society. The rich and the powerful have turned all others into slaves for sport. Enter the post apocalyptic arena where gladiators are forced to battle to their deaths for entertainment.
Knott's Halloween Haunt continues Oct. 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31. Hours are 7 p.m. until closing, which is 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 1 a.m. on Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Visit www.knotts.com.

Halloween Time
Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort continues through Oct. 31 and Mickey's Halloween Party is held on select nights in October (requires separate admission) - and the whole resort is decked out in its Halloween best.
In Disneyland Park, Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy (a spookier version of the classic attraction) and Jack Skellington's Haunted Mansion Holiday keep the Halloween spirits alive. At Big Thunder Ranch Sheriff Woody and his pal Jessie invite y'all to their Halloween Roundup for some kid-size fun - and critters, too. Plus, there's the Main Street Pumpkin Festival, featuring hundreds of unique jack-o'-lanterns and some favorite Disney Characters in their Halloween costumes.
In Disney California Adventure Park, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror puts you on the edge of your seat and World of Color - the nighttime water spectacular - offers up a real treat for the senses.
There will be a meet ‘n' greet location for Disney villains near It's a Small World, and you'll also bump into a Disney villain or two at Mickey's Halloween Party. Trick-or-treat stations are set up and guests are encouraged to dress up in costumes. Live entertainment includes the Halloween Screams fireworks show and a cavalcade with Disney Characters in costume.
Visit www.disneyland.com.

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