August 30, 2023, 3:35 PM ·

The theme park haunt season starts this Friday, with the return of Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Florida.

I will be there for the opening night, so check back late Friday (okay – let’s be honest – early Saturday) for my coverage, including videos of this year’s houses, which include the return of Stranger Things, as well as The Exorcist: Believer, and The Last of Us.Universal Studios Hollywood kicks off its Halloween Horror Nights a week later, on September 7, and I will be back in Los Angeles for that premiere, too, so stay tuned for that coverage, as well.Here are the opening dates for several other major theme park haunt events around the United States:September 8: Howl-O-Scream at SeaWorld Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, and Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Six Flags Fright Fest at Six Flags Magic Mountain and Six Flags Great AdventureSeptember 14: HalloWeekends at Cedar PointSeptember 15: Howl-O-Scream at SeaWorld San Antonio. Dark Nights at Hersheypark. SCarowinds at CarowindsSeptember 16: Six Flags Fright Fest at Six Flags Great AmericaSeptember 21: Knott’s Scary Farm at Knott’s Berry FarmSeptember 22: Halloween Haunt at Kings IslandSeptember 29: Howl-O-Scream at SeaWorld San DiegoWhich Halloween events will you be attending? Please tell us in the comments.For ticket deals to Halloween Horror Nights in California and Knott’s Scary Farm, as well as our reader rankings and advice on visiting top theme parks around the world, please visit our our Theme Park visitors guides.And for more theme park news, please sign up for Theme Park Insider’s weekly newsletter.

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