Frighteningly exciting plans for spooky season

Spooky scenery can be seen everywhere in the Disney theme parks as October 31 nears. Many rides have been transformed to suit the Halloween spirit, such as the Haunted Mansion, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout!, Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters and Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree. California Adventure is hosting the Oogie Boogie Bash party, which features a new version of the iconic “World of Color” show spotlighting Disney’s villains.

There is also an assortment of shows for younger audiences, such as the DescenDance, with songs from the movie franchise “Descendants.” In addition to the festivities, park goers will find many unique character appearances including Jack and Sally from “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and see more frequent appearances of iconic villains such as Dr. Facilier, Maleficent, Captain Hook, Cruella de Ville and many more. For yet another year, Disney has created an enchanting ambiance for the Halloween season, with kid-friendly content that still appeals to adults.

By Natalie Cheng, Staff writer


Halloween Horror Nights takes place at Universal Studios from September 6 to November 2. The annual event is centered around mazes with themes of popular television shows or movies produced by Universal. While walking from maze to maze, attendees are approached by costumed workers who lunge at them with chainsaws and large (fake) weapons. The level of horror is truly only suitable for teenagers and adults, because the workers give the same scaring treatment to parkgoers, regardless of their age.

The most impressive exhibit is a maze dedicated to the third season of Netflix’s “Stranger Things.” The Mind Flayer and its army of rat-gut-filled bodies are given the spotlight of this terrifying maze. The realistic environment of the mazes offer attendees the opportunity to step into another world. The superb acting of the “scarers,” as well as the transformation of the park from a happy place during the day to a terrifying one at night, makes Universal’s “Halloween Horror Nights” worth the price.

By Bhalpriya Sandhu, Scene editor

Knott’s Scary Farm is a great place to go to get into the Halloween spirit.The Scary Farm park is open from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m and has nine mazes, four scare zones, four interactive experiences and four live shows. Workers dressed in costumes run throughout the park, scaring park goers who are going from one maze to the next. On a busy day, the average wait time for the mazes range from around one to two hours; however, toward the end of the night, the wait time drops to 20 minutes at most.

The content is also very censored, so you do not have to worry about seeing things that may make you uncomfortable, like an excessive amount of blood and gore. One of my favorite mazes was the Forsaken Lake. The creepy swamp monsters were very interactive as I journeyed through the labyrinth. The ride is staged in a rocking ship, with zombies, a fog machine and LED lights to fully immerse parkgoers in the underwater experience. The experience, which is worth the price, is a fun night out, especially when you go with friends or family to celebrate the spooky holidays.

By Lauren Fue, Staff writer

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