Halloween Themed Theme Parks

According to the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions eighty-one percent of amusement parks will hold Halloween or fall-themed events this year.

Fewer than half of them were reported to have offered Halloween attractions 15 years ago, which illustrates the tremendous growth in recreation related to the holiday, according to an informal survey conducted by IAAPA among more than 100 park managers.

The parks will offer everything from haunted walks, to pumpkin-decorating and hay rides.

Here is al list of destinations offering Halloween themed attractions:

_Adventure Landing, Jacksonville Beach, Fla., “Hall of Terror” and “Haunted River Ride,” http://www.adventurelanding.com/jaxbeach

_Boo Crew Haunted Housein Rochester, Ill., “Dr. Griswold’s Experimentorium,” http://www.boocrew.com

_Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Fla., and Williamsburg, Va., “Howl-O-Scream,” http://www.howloscream.com/

_Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio, “HalloWeekends,” http://www.halloweekends.com

_Carowinds, Charlotte, N.C., “SCarowinds,” http://www.scarowinds.com

_Darien Lake Theme Park Resort, Darien Center, N.Y., “FrightFest 2009,” http://www.GoDarienLake.com

_Disneyland, Anaheim, Calif., “Halloween Time,” http://www.disneylandnews.com

_Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pa., “Terror Behind the Walls,” http://www.easternstate.org

_Kennywood Park, West Mifflin, Pa., “Phantom Fright Nights,” http://www.phantomfrightnights.com

_Kings Dominionin Doswell, Va., “Halloween Haunt,” http://www.kingsdominion.com

_Kings Island near Cincinnati, “Halloween Haunt 2009” http://www.visitkingsisland.com

_Knott’s Berry Farm, Buena Park, Calif., “Knott’s Scary Farm Halloween Haunt,” http://www.knotts.com

_Lake Compounce, Bristol, Conn., “The Haunted Graveyard,” http://www.hauntedgraveyard.com

_Playland-Not-at-the-Beach Museum of Fun in El Cerrito, Calif., “The Haunted Museum,” http://www.playland-not-at-the-Beach.org

_Six Flags parks, “Fright Fest,” at parks in or near Mitchellville, Md.; San Antonio, Texas; Jackson, N.J.; Gurnee, Ill.; Lake George, N.Y.; Louisville, Ky.; Los Angeles, Calif.; Arlington, Texas; Eureka, Mo.; Vallejo, Calif.; Agawam, Ma.; and Atlanta; http://www.sixflags.com/

_Universal Studios in Universal City, Calif., and in Orlando, Fla., “Halloween Horror Nights,” http://www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com

_Great Wolf Lodge resorts, “Howl-O-Ween at the Wolf,” Kansas City, Kan.; Traverse City, Mich.; Concord, N.C.; Mason, Ohio; Sandusky, Ohio; Scotrun, Pa.; Grapevine, Texas; Williamsburg, Va.; Centralia, Wash.; Wisconsin Dells, Wis.

_Hersheypark, Hershey, Pa., “Hersheypark in the Dark,” http://www.hersheypark.com

_SeaWorld Orlandoand Sea World San Diego, “Halloween Spooktacular,” http://www.seaworldspooktacular.com

_Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, Lake Buena Vista, Fla., “Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party,” http://www.wdwnews.com