List of special Halloween events

Megan Magers

Courtesy of MCT

Boo! It’s that terrifying time of year again, where haunted happenings and eerie events are in high demand, and I’ve got just the petrifying places to be this year.

With such spooky suggestions, you won’t have a moment to spare. Get ready for alarming atmospheres full of wicked wonders and terror.

First up, Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios.

Featuring six sinister mazes, including themes like Saw, Friday the 13th, and House of 1000 Corpses, you’re sure to have some frightening fun. Don’t miss the “Terror Tram” as well as various rides and shows all dying to entertain you.

Buy your tickets in advance and watch out for La Llorona, Klownz, Lunaticz, and Pigz.

If you’re in the mood for more malevolent mayhem look no further than the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride at Griffith Park’s Old Zoo said to be haunted for the past 100 years.

There will also be a Carnival of Souls and a Haunted Haymaze on site. Enjoy Tutti Fruitti frozen yogurt, Hoffy Hot Dogs, candy apples, and more.

Maybe you need more than bloodcurdling screams and ghoulish games. In that case, gather your best bewitched buddies (up to six) and head on down to Tinsel Town for the Haunted Hollywood Scavenger Hunt.

Navigate through the festering secrets of Hollywood with the ghosts of the Roosevelt and Knickerbocker Hotels, as well as many of the theatres and other locations revealed during the hunt.

They claim that Los Angeles is the “No. 5 most haunted city in the U.S.” so beware. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams.

Of course, we can’t forget Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Fright Fest. With the slogan “thrills by day, chills by night,” it’s apparent that Halloween is here.

Trick-or-treating and face-painting keep the children from the crazy creeps but adults have the pleasure of encountering roaming monsters and decked-out rides.

Other amusement parks celebrating the haunting holiday are Knott’s Scary Farm with scare zones, shows and mazes and Disneyland’s Halloween Time, determined to instigate fear.

If you’re willing to be doomed for the damned, dare to drive to Long Beach where ghosts literally lurk in the moonlight of the Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor. To experience parts of the ship normally off-limits to the public, participate in the many mazes.

Listen to live bands, eat and drink the night away. If you’re brave enough to endure an overnight stay onboard, take a look at their various packages online.

Last but not least, Isla Vista in Santa Barbara is a well-known destination hot spot for us college students. Stay close to your friends, be smart, and be safe. The only thing you need to watch for here is the police.

For the 21 and over crowd, Hollywood offers numerous events and parties of panicky proportions such as King Tuts Tomb, The Asylum, Heaven & Hell Weekend, and The Vampires Ball hosted by Snoop Dogg.

Also, if you’re willing to throw down some serious cash, join Tiesto at the Playboy Mansion for their 4th Annual Kandy Halloween Party.

Get into your eerie erotic costumes and have an enchanted evening of buffets, premium bars, and playmates.

If you’d prefer to avoid the cackling crowds and have a killer time indoors, consider a scary movie marathon with your own bowl of your favorite candies and treats.

Invite your close friends and family and have each person bring a thriller and themed goodies.

Admire the young trick-or-treaters as you continuously press pause to hand out Snickers and Reese’s or set up a designated door answerer to maximize your terror time.

Watch ABC Family’s 13 Nights of Halloween and take a trip down memory lane with Disney Channel Original Movies like “Underwraps” and “Halloween Town.”

Keep your Halloween time spirit alive with tricks but especially, treats.

Pillsbury has its holiday-themed sugar cookies on stands at local grocery stores and look for Oreos with orange filling.

No matter what ways you decide to spend your Halloween, at least you have some ominous options that will have you yearning for next year.