Theme parks host Halloween nights

With Halloween right around the corner, there are plenty of thrilling amusement parks and events in Southern California.

Universal Studios unveiled its Halloween Horror Nights on Oct. 3. Their Horror Nights include seven themed mazes, a terror tram, rides and scare zones. Expect terror when braving mazes such as “The Walking Dead,” “Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood” and “Clowns 3-D.”

For more thrills, stop by the many rides that are open during the Horror Nights, including Revenge of the Mummy and Jurassic Park In the Dark. Universal Studios will also be abounding with scare zones. Places such as “The Purge: Anarchy,” “Mask-a-Raid,” “Dark Christmas,” “Skullz” and “The Walking Dead” are prepared to terrify any unsuspecting victims.

There is no age minimum for Universal Studios Horror Nights, but beware, many of the attractions are graphic, disturbing and recommended for mature audiences.

Knott’s Scary Farm opened its doors Oct. 3 and welcomes all into a farm oozing with monstrosities. Haunted attractions such as “Pinocchio Unstrung,” “Tooth Fairy” and “Trick or Treat” are feet away.

Elvira’s Big Top will dazzle viewers with her mystifying and sinister circus. After the show, Elvira’s Boo-Tique will open and fellow scare enthusiasts can purchase some of her merchandise. There will also be a hanging in Calico Square.

Scare zones can also be found lurking in the shadows of the farm, including places such as “Carnevil,” “Fiesta De Los Muertos,” “Ghost Town” and “Gypsy Camp.” This farm of terror is recommended for mature audiences only.

For those looking for something more family-friendly, Ghost Walk Riverside begins Oct. 24 at the Downtown Riverside Main Street Pedestrian Mall. Tickets are $15.

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