Theme parks across Southern California are going all out to celebrate Halloween. From silly spooks to hair-raising haunts, there’s a perfect park to visit for ghouls and boys of all ages. Read on to discover the best, and most age-appropriate, places to brings your tots and tweens and teens this spooky season.

Universal Studios Hollywood

This one’s for the older crowd! (Recommended for ages 13 & up.) Universal Studios puts on one of the most frighteningly realistic Halloween-themed events, priding itself on bringing together the “sickest minds in horror to immerse guests in a living, breathing, three-dimensional world of terror.” Twisted characters from both TV and film come out to play in various mazes, attractions, scare zones and entertainment shows throughout the park. Enter into the unsettling world of “The Walking Dead” at Universal’s new permanent attraction based on the show. Award-winning hip hop dance crew Jabbawockeez returns with an all-new performance created specially for the season, while four slasher film legends unite, as Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Leatherface, and Chucky join forces for both a “Titans of Terror” Maze and Tram ride experience.

There's really not much in the way of non-terrifying Halloween adventures at Universal Studios, but if your tot is tricking themselves out in their Hogwarts gear again, a trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will delight them to no end, and put show off their costume in the perfect setting. Plus, it's naturally filled with non-scary witches!

Dates: Sept. 15, 16, 22, 23, 28-30; Oct. 1, 5-8, 12-15, 19-22, 25-29, 31; Nov. 2-4

Cost: $65-$269/person. General Admission, Day/Night Combo, Front of the Line, and R.I.P. Tour Tickets are available. Halloween Horror Nights admission is not included in Daytime Theme Park Admission, except for the Day/Night combo ticket.

Universal Studios Hollywood
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City
Online: halloweenhorrornights.com

photo: Universal Studios Hollywood

Have you had a frighteningly good time at any of these SoCal spots? Give us your scary good inside tips for having the best time at theme parks for the holidays!

—Kellie Fell