A Flare for the Dramatic

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Halloween falls on a Friday this year, so it’s time once again for The Rafu’s rundown of some of the scariest haunts in town, for the grown-ups as well as tamer fare for the little ones. Here are some of the places around SoCal for a good time for All Hallows’ Eve.

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Halloween nights are heating up at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, for the annual Dark Harbor festival. (Photos by “BIZARRIO” G. REYES/Rafu Shimpo)

Aquarium of the Pacific’s
Scarium of the Pacific
Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 25–26
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Discover the creatures lurking in the depths in a spooktacular educational Halloween event for the whole family. Enjoy special Halloween programs, including the annual children’s costume contest, the creepy coloring contest, magic shows, underwater pumpkin carving, spooky storytelling, kooky crafts and much more.
(562) 590-3100
www.aquariumofpacific.org

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Knott’s Berry Farm has always been a good place to make new friends—living or otherwise.

Disneyland’s
Halloween Time and
Mickey’s Halloween
Party
Through Oct. 31
Meet some Disney villains as they are conjured up in a sideshow tent at the Halloween Carnival, take a spooky stroll down Main Street, which is transformed into a Pumpkin Festival, or create Halloween crafts and enjoy some not-so-spooky activities for kids. Visit www.disneyland.com for event hours and ticket prices.
(714) 781-7290

LEGOLAND California’s
Brick-or-Treat
Weekends in October: Live entertainment, costume contests, treats, dancing, rides, giant Lego Halloween models and fireworks, as well as Brick-or-Treat nights.
See www.legoland.com for hours
and admission prices.
(760) 918-5346

Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Fright Fest
Fridays–Sundays in October
16 days of terrifying haunted mazes, roaming zombies, the scariest clowns on the planet and spooky shows … leaving no tombstone unturned to bring the ultimate sensory overload for every range of fear. For the little monsters, a Trick or Treat Trail and Halloween crafts round out the activities during the daylight hours.
Visit www.sixflags.com/magicmountain for tickets/hours.
(661) 255-4100

Elvira, the Mistress of the Dark, returns to Knott's to headline her all-new show, "Elvira's Big Top."

Elvira, the Mistress of the Dark, returns to Knott’s to headline her all-new show, “Elvira’s Big Top.”

Knott’s Berry Farm’s
CAMP SPOOKY
Weekends in October
Join in on the Halloween fun at this daytime event, a non-scary celebration of cheer rather than fear with shows and activities all geared for kids ages 3-11. Admission to Camp Spooky is included with your Knott’s Berry Farm admission.
(714) 220-5200
www.knotts.com

Knott’s Scary Farm
Through Nov. 1, selected nights:
Hunt zombies in an all-out war in an ambitious new attraction. Guests will dare to exterminate the infestation of zombies who threaten mankind’s existence. Not recommended for children under 13. Also, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, returns in an all-new show.
www.knotts.com/scaryfarm

Seaworld San Diego’s
Halloween Spooktacular
Weekends through Oct. 26
Dive in and explore an enchanting underwater fantasea, and enjoy silly spooky shows, fun-fishy activities and photo ops with wacky characters. Grab gobs of ghoulish goodies and more. Come in costume with the kids and have fun trick-or-treating!
Event included with park admission.
(619) 226-3901
www.seaworldparks.com

The Ring Master shows his true colors at the Queen Mary.

The Ring Master shows her true colors at the Queen Mary.

Queen Mary’s
Dark Harbor
Selected evenings through Nov. 2,
7 p.m.-Midnight
A spectacle of new attractions that include two brand new mazes, the new Voodoo Village, and an encounter on board the infamous ship. Beloved veteran characters including The Ringmaster and all grotesque spirits make a return for nights of delightful terror amidst freaks, food, and live entertainment.
(877) 342-0738
Visit www.queenmary.com/dark-harbor for tickets and information.

Boo at the L.A. Zoo 2012
October 18, 19, 25, & 26
7:30 am-4pm
Visitors are invited to wear their wildest costumes and enjoy trick-or-treating throughout the zoo. Activities include pumpkin-carving demonstrations, arts and crafts, and creepy-crawly animal encounters.
5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles
(323) 644-4200
Visit www.lazoo.org for tickets.

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Beware all ye who enter Knott’s Scary Farm.

West Hollywood
Halloween Carnaval
Oct. 31, 6 p.m.-11 p.m.
Admission free
The largest Halloween street party in the world happens in West Hollywood, with more than 500,000 people taking to Santa Monica Boulevard to enjoy the craziest, most eccentric costume creations ever.
Santa Monica Boulevard, between La Cienega and Doheny
(323) 848-6503
westhollywoodhalloween.com

Universal Studios
Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights
Weekends, thru Nov. 2
7 p.m.-2 a.m.
The sickest minds in horror immerse guests in a living, breathing, three-dimensional world of terror. Seven new mazes and the all-new Terror Tram: Invaded by The Walking Dead. Scary as heck, leave the kids at home!
(800) 864-8377
Visit www.halloweenhorrornights.com for tickets and information.

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