Area amusement parks offer family-friendly daytime and spooky evening Halloween events

The area’s amusement parks are preparing for Halloween with a lineup of family-friendly daytime events for guests of all ages and spooking evening events geared towards teens and adults. Here’s a breakdown of what the parks have brewing:

Busch Gardens Williamsburg 

For young children, Busch Gardens Williamsburg is hosting the Count’s Spooktacular on Saturdays and Sundays from Saturday, Sept 24. through Sunday, Oct. 30. It’s a daytime Hallowen-themed party in the park’s Sesame Street Forest of Fun. Visiting children are invited to dress up in their favorite costumes and enjoy trick-or-treating throughout the entire park, visit a festive hay maze, and participate in a costume parade alongside their favorite Sesame Street friends. Each Count’s Spooktacular weekend will have a different theme with unique activities.

Busch Gardens’ Howl-O-Scream is on select nights from Friday, Sept. 9 through Monday, Oct. 31. This year’s festivities include five haunted houses, five “terror-tories,” four shows, and two-party zones with DJs. There will also be themed “BOOze bars” located throughout the park. Beyond the haunts, guests can take horror to new heights with nighttime rides on Busch Gardens’ eight thrilling coasters, including the all-new Pantheon – the world’s fastest multi-launch coaster.

Kings Dominion

Charlie Brown, Lucy, Snoopy, and the entire PEANUTS gang are the hosts for Kings Dominion’s The Great Pumpkin Fest held during the day on Saturdays and Sundays from Saturday, Sept 24. through Sunday, Oct. 30. There will be pumpkin painting, hay mazes, ghostly games, not-so-scary live entertainment, and trick-or-treating.

King Dominion’s Halloween Haunt will be giving chills on select nights from Saturday, Sept. 24 through Sunday, Oct. 30. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore six spooky mazes, visit five scare zones, and watch seven shows. The park will also be filled with hundreds of lurking monsters, and many of its rides will be open for nighttime thrills.

Six Flags America

With the promise of “no frights, just fun delights,” Six Flags America’s BOO By Day! daytime Halloween party will be held on select days from Saturday, Sept 24 to Sunday, Oct. 30. There will be a trick-or-treat trail, a corn maze, and Halloween crafting stations. In addition, many of the park’s rides will be decorated for Halloween.

Six Flags America’s evening Fright Fest is being on held, It will have terrifying haunted attractions, horrific shows, and scare zones packed with roaming zombies, bloodthirsty cowboys, and crazed clowns. Nine of the park’s roller coasters also be available to ride—in the dark—and there will be special spirits of the adult beverage type available.


Hersheypark Halloween includes both daytime and evening activities for families on select dates between Saturday, Sept. 17 and Sunday, Oct. 30. There will be lots of sweets to collect in Treatville, glow dance parties with Hershey characters, lights out coaster rides, and flashlight tours through ZooAmerica.

This Halloween season Hersheypark is also unearthing three scare zones and four spine-tingling haunted houses as part of its new Dark Nights. Accompanying this new event wil be special food and drink offerings to quench your frights and feed your fears.

Troy Petenbrink

Troy, also known as The Gay Traveler, is a well known travel and food writer. His has been a regular contributor to a variety of outlets including National Geographic, Travel Channel, DCRefined, CBS Local, and Metro Weekly. He also appears on local Washington news outlets as a travel expert.

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