Cheapflights.com Takes Fright to a New Level This Hallow's Eve
Unveils Top Haunted Amusement Parks Worldwide
Cheapflights.com, the online leader in publishing travel deals, is embracing both the thrill and the chill of the Halloween season. While many folks check out the nearby hayride or local haunted house to get in the holiday spirit, true Halloween zealots take the fright fest a bit further. And for them, Cheapflights.com has scouted out the most ghoulish and spookiest theme parks, from Singapore to Texas, to compile its list the Top Haunted Amusement Parks Worldwide.
The spirit of Halloween spans the globe and Cheapflights.com’s list of Top Haunted Amusement Parks Worldwide is a testament to that. For those looking to stay a little closer to home, below are five of North America’s top hair-raising amusement parks spooky enough to make our global list.
Screams Halloween Theme Park – Waxahachie, Texas (Dates: Oct 2-Oct 31) - Those utterly traumatizing clowns are back, this time just outside of Dallas-Fort Worth. Five major attractions draw Texans to Screams Halloween Theme Park on Friday and Saturday nights each October. Topping the list is the Castle of the Doomed, a post-apocalyptic world of horror. Next up (cue the big gulp) is CarnEvil Clown Maze, where hounding clowns chase visitors through a winding haze of pure terror. Add the Hotel of Horror, 3-D Pirates of Peril Point and the Ghoulish Graveyard, and you’ve got yourself one frightening destination.
Howl-O-Scream, Busch Gardens – Williamsburg, Virginia (Dates: Sept 25-Nov 1) - Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens lures visitors into Terro-tories and haunted houses 13: Unearthed-Scarlett's Revenge, Cornered, Lumberhack, Bitten of Eastern Europe, the Catacombs of France, and Dead Line. It’s a haven for bloodthirsty, dangerous rouges where the scurvy dogs, buccaneers and scoundrels go for shelter. Howl-O-Scream will not disapppoint!
Halloween Haunt, Canada’s Wonderland – Toronto, Canada (Dates: weekends in October) - Canadians have it horribly good just outside of Toronto, where Halloween Haunt sets up shop for one month annually to fool and ghoul visitors. Visit the Terror of London, where folks are transported back to Jack the Ripper’s murderous reign in not-so-merry England. Other showstoppers comprise Cornstalkers, The Asylum and The Ruins – all guaranteed to induce unnerving symptoms. Those who make it out of the mazes alive can follow them up with live shows like the Toxicity and thrill rides, like the Zombies 4-D Interactive Ride.
Knott’s “Scary” Farm’s Halloween Haunt, Knott’s Berry Farm – Buena Park, California (Dates: Sept 24-Oct 31) - Though it may not have the high-tech awesomeness that nearby Universal Studios Hollywood does, Knott’s Scary Farm carries its own via nostalgia thanks to heart-racing, themed mazes and live shows. Like out of a horror movie, the park combines the worst of the worst – Special Ops - Infected, The Tooth Fairy and Elvira - Mistress of the Dark – over 160 acres of haunted terrain. Nearly 40 years young, the park taps into niche fears that’ll creep any visitor out.
Hersheypark in the Dark, Hersheypark, Hershey, Pennsylvania (Dates: weekends Oct 16-Nov 1) - The sweetest place on earth gets downright spooky every October, when Hersheypark drapes itself in fall colors and scary trick-or-treat-themed witchery. More than 50 rides open under new guises: the Balloon Flight becomes the Balloon “Fright” and the SooperDooperLooper roller coaster becomes the SooperBOOperLooper, scaring visitors beyond the norm. Be sure to include the kids in this land of make-believe, where a Trick-or-Treat Adventure is offered for children 12 and younger – a perfect way to start their Halloween candy collection.
Looking to take your Halloween adventures a little further? Check these spooky amusement parks overseas to get your thrills this Halloween season: Halloween Horror Nights, Universal Studios Singapore; Scarefest, Alton Towers Resort – Staffordshire, England; and Terenzi Horror Nights, Europa Park – Rust, Germany; Halloween, PortAventura – Salou, Spain.