Cedar Point’s HalloWeekends in Sandusky, Ohio, include scare zones with themes like Blood on the Bayou, Carnevil, Cornstalkers and Fear Faire. Busch Gardens, in addition to “The Experiment,” has its annual Howl-O-Scream attractions, including a haunted house called Death Water Bayou that was created with input from fans on Facebook: http://seaworldparks.com/en/howloscream-tampa/Attractions/Haunted-Houses.
For the younger crowd, Disney offers Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in Florida, and Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif.
Unlike the in-your-face scare zones and trapped-in-a-room experiences popping up at theme parks, ghost tours — whether in inns, historic sites or neighborhoods — tend to be more fun than fright. Expect a good ghost story and readings of alleged paranormal activity on hand-held meters.
A list of 30 B&Bs and inns with ghost-themed stays can be found at http://www.betterwaytostay.com/thirty-great-places-sleep-ghost/ . Or take a look at haunted hotel packages offered by Historic Hotels of America: http://www.historichotels.org/hotel-deals/featured-packages.php .
If You Go...
HAUNTED HOUSES: Find an attraction near you at http://www.hauntedattractionfinder.com and http://www.hauntworld.com/haunted--houses .
SAINT LUCIFER’S SCREAM PARK: Flint, Mich., http://www.michiganhauntedhouse.com/
BUFFALO GAP HISTORIC VILLAGE: Near Abilene, Texas, http://tfhcc.com/?tribe--events=paranormal-history
KNOTT’S BERRY FARM: Buena Park, Calif., https://www.knotts.com/haunt/rides-attractions
BUSCH GARDENS: Tampa, Fla., http://seaworldparks.com/en/howloscream-tampa/Attractions/Haunted-Houses/The-Experiment
SHOCKTOBERFEST: Reading, Pa., http://www.shocktoberfest.com/
EREBUS: Pontiac, Mich., http://www.hauntedpontiac.com/
VOODOO MUSIC EXPERIENCE: New Orleans, Nov. 1-3, http://thevoodooexperience.com
DISNEY: Lake Buena Vista, Fla., https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/events-tours/magic-kingdom/mickeys-not-so-scary-halloween-party/ and Anaheim, Calif., https://disneyland.disney.go.com/events-tours/disneyland/mickeys-halloween-party/
UNIVERSAL: Orlando, Fla., and Hollywood, Calif., http://www.halloweenhorrornights.com/
CEDAR POINT: Sandusky, Ohio, https://www.cedarpoint.com/haunt