Spooks Assured: Top 5 Theme Parks for Halloween 2013

Posted by Rapti Gupta on Oct 25, 2013 04:09 AM EDT
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The traditional Jack-o-lanterns are carved out of pumpkins where the inside flesh of the vegetable is scooped out and a light source is placed inside with a monstrous face carved on it. Apparently, Jack-o-lanterns are set on window sills or outside homes to keep evil spirits out on the horror night. (Photo : YAXZONE / Flickr)

In the popular sitcom 'How I Met Your Mother', lead character Ted thinks he met his soul mate 'The Slutty Pumpkin' on Halloweens Day. However, he loses her number and waits ten years to find her again and realizes he didn't love her!

It is that time of the year when you can pull out your scariest, sleaziest or stupidest costume ever (Ted dresses up as a Ballot Board!!!) and celebrate the spooks.

Celebrated across the world on October 31, Halloween has evolved through the years. What began as a fun day for kids, took over teens and adults as well. The occasion has now become one of the most awaited festivals of the year.

Though, Halloween is celebrated to remember the 'faithful departed believers,' the jitters, jeepers and creepers range from sweet 'trick or treat' pranks to massive zombie apocalypse parties.

With Halloween or The All Hallows' Eve less than a week away, Realty Today has put together a list of some of the best Halloween Theme Parks in America sourced from Travel Channel and Fox News, to ensure that you have a good time this year. We chose only the best!

However, you must note that the degree of spooks varies in theme parks. So, if you are planning on going out with your family, please consider the age of your children while selecting the venue.

The Realty Today Spook Quotient will help you choose. We have rated each theme park on a spook scale of 1-5 with 1 being least spooky and 5 being 'jump-out-of-your-skin' scary. Read the list below:

The Disneyland Park, Anaheim, California:

Mickey's Party at Disneyland in Anaheim is perhaps one of the most famous and fun Halloween parties in town. You can play around with Cinderella's step sisters and Captain Hook; enjoy rides like 'Space Mountain Galaxy' and 'Haunted Mansion Holiday' and also have a smashing 'Monsters U' dance party. Entry is priced at $59 per head.

RT Spook Quotient: 1 (Best for ages 3-13)

Knott's Scary Farm, Buena Park, California:

Knott's Scary Farm is one of the most attended Halloween theme parks in the world. Topping Travel Channel's Halloween attractions of 2013, the park has a lot of spooky rides, mazes and live shows that will scare the bejesus out of you. Tickets cost as low as $38. Season pass discounts are also available.

RT Spook Quotient: 4 (Adults and Older teens)

Screams Halloween Theme Park, Waxahachie, Texas:

The Screams Halloween Theme Park is apparently the 'World's Largest Theme Park'. Located in the Dallas area, this venue provides visitors with five solid haunted attractions including a 3D Peril Point maze and live music shows and a special 'Scary-Oke'. Entry will cost you $27 per head.

RT Spook Quotient: 3 - 5 (Suitable for all ages above 12)

The Haunting of Lemp Brewery, St. Louis, Missouri:

The Haunting of the Lemp Brewery is a unique theme park. It is one of the most haunted places of America, featured in various paranormal reality shows. The spooks that you will experience there could be real! Considered a hot-spot for paranormal activity, only a few caves and caverns are open. A lot of strange things happen in the underground venue. People have disappeared strangely. Not all the underground caves and tunnels are open there. But the ones that are, ensure panic, fear and creeps of the highest degree. They have separate entry fees. Check them out, here.

RT Spook Quotient: 5 (Adults Only; Not recommended for the weak hearted)

-  Universal Studios Florida, Orlando, Florida

The Halloween Horror Nights at the Universal Studios Florida is one of the most sophisticated haunting venues around. Attractions include exploring several haunted houses, shows like the 'Rocky Horror Show' and chill-evoking streets filled with monsters hiding in the dark. Creepy rides are also available. Tickets will cost you $74.99. Florida residents get a discount.

RT Spook Quotient: 4 (Adults and older teens)

Realty Today wishes you all a Happy Halloween and we hope you find and stick to your 'Slutty Pumpkins' this horror season.

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