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Best Theme Park Halloween Event (2021)

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Looking for a family-friendly scare this Halloween? Theme parks across the country are hosting ghoulish events to celebrate the season, and you're invited.

  • Halloween Haunt at Kings Island

    Halloween Haunt at Kings Island
    Mason, OH

    Halloween Haunt at the legendary Kings Island near Cincinnati is back with evil creatures, frightening mazes, haunted attractions, and night rides on The Beast, Banshee, Diamondback, Mystic Timbers, and other thrill-inducing attractions. Special lighting and fog effects turn the 364-acre complex into a spooky experience you’ll never forget.
    Photo courtesy of Getty Images / subjug

  • Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

    Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Williamsburg
    Williamsburg, Va.

    Fear awaits in the Virginia theme park’s collection of elaborate haunted houses, immersive themed scare zones, challenging escape rooms and darkly entertaining live shows. 
    Photo courtesy of Busch Gardens® Williamsburg Howl-O-Scream®

  • Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Tampa

    Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Tampa
    Tampa

    Darkened thrill rides and even darker story lines are at the heart of Tampa’s Howl-O-Scream, an event that draws in Halloween enthusiasts far and wide with its nightmarish content. Celebrating over 20 years of fear in Tampa, the event will include zombies, demons, ghosts and serial killers among other ghouls.
    Photo courtesy of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

  • Harvest Festival at Silver Dollar City

    Harvest Festival at Silver Dollar City
    Branson, MO

    Silver Dollar City celebrates Harvest Festival in Branson, Missouri, in the fall. It has added two new acres of fun, including Mystic River Falls - one of several night rides in the park through October 31. Pumpkins in the City and Pumpkin Plaza dazzle with thousands of illuminated pumpkins, and the park's outstanding Craft Days showcases new artisans from across the country each week.
    Photo courtesy of Silver Dollar City

  • Hallo-Fun at Knoebels

    Hallo-Fun at Knoebels
    Elysburg, PA

    On weekends in October, Knoebel’s Amusement Resort in central Pennsylvania transforms into Hallo-Fun, a haunted playground for all ages. Visitors can find Halloween- themed treats, games, and attractions and can buy daily passes to enjoy the rides all day.
    Photo courtesy of Knoebels

  • Fright Fest at Six Flags Magic Mountain

    Fright Fest at Six Flags Magic Mountain
    Valencia, Calif.

    Twenty-four nights of haunted mazes, roaming zombies and spooky shows await thrill seekers at this famed California theme park – threats so terrifying you may just opt for the relative “calm” of riding the world-class roller coasters in the dark instead. Looney Tunes characters and holiday crafts delight wee ones by day, but all bets are off at night when cannibals, ghostly circus performers, man-eating plants and more darken every turn.
    Photo courtesy of Six Flags Magic Mountain

  • Great Pumpkin LumiNights at Dollywood

    Great Pumpkin LumiNights at Dollywood
    Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

    The fall Harvest Festival at Dollywood includes a spectacular evening event known as Great Pumpkin LumiNights. Thousands of carved jack o’lanterns illuminate the night in what is the largest addition to Dollywood’s fall festival in the park’s history. The family friendly event includes giant sculptures, pumpkin-themed food options and live entertainment.
    Photo courtesy of Dollywood

  • Halloween Haunt at Kings Dominion

    Halloween Haunt at Kings Dominion
    Doswell, Va.

    A host of haunts are on tap at this Virginia favorite, where dangers lurk in the eerie woods and the ghosts of criminally insane inmates are looking to satisfy their eternal bloodlust. Live shows, mazes and more are in store and the mayhem spreads each year.
    Photo courtesy of Kings Dominion

  • Hersheypark in the Dark

    Hersheypark in the Dark
    Hershey, Penn.

    The treats are still sweet come nightfall at Hersheypark, but they do take on a Halloween theme that offers a fanciful bump-in-the-night for families. The park’s famed thrill rides become “roller ghosters” and a trick-or-treat trail offers extra interactive fun for the kids. Theming throughout adds holiday allure and a “Creatures of the Night” flashlight tour at neighboring Zoo America gives guests an educational extra to pair with all that candy.
    Photo courtesy of Hersheypark

  • Halloween Horror Nights

    Halloween Horror Nights
    Universal Studios Hollywood - Calif.

    Mixing the biggest names in horror entertainment with exciting original content is the Universal specialty. This year’s event at Universal Studios Hollywood brings unrivaled film production quality mazes and frightful scare zones to life.
    Photo courtesy of Ken Kinzie/Universal Studios Hollywood

The top 10 winners in the category Best Theme Park Halloween Event are as follows:

  1. Halloween Haunt at Kings Island - Mason, OH
  2. Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Williamsburg - Williamsburg, Va.
  3. Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Tampa - Tampa
  4. Harvest Festival at Silver Dollar City - Branson, MO
  5. Hallo-Fun at Knoebels - Elysburg, PA
  6. Fright Fest at Six Flags Magic Mountain - Valencia, Calif.
  7. Great Pumpkin LumiNights at Dollywood - Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
  8. Halloween Haunt at Kings Dominion - Doswell, Va.
  9. Hersheypark in the Dark - Hershey, Penn.
  10. Halloween Horror Nights - Universal Studios Hollywood - Calif.

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning Halloween events!

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