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.

Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Fright Fest

No tombstone is left unturned at this Halloween Fright Fest. The park is packed with 13 mazes, dare-to-enter scare zones, roaming zombies, and all manner of evil lurking around every corner. State-of-the-art makeup and props take center stage in two new attractions this year: a “Damned ‘N Disguise” scare zone where the City of Metropolis morphs into a monster masquerade, and hair-raising “Dead End” maze that will leave you in total darkness. “Suicide Squad: The Six Flags Fright Fest Experience,” where the worst DC Comic villains roam streets filled with incredible digital imagery and fiery special effects, is back, as is the sinister fairytale-based “Red’s Revenge,” and “Willoughby’s Resurrected” haunted mansion. All those ghoulish experiences, plus a chance to ride a roller coaster in total darkness, and more mean this is not an event for the faint of heart.

While most of the Fright Fest fun is clearly aimed toward older park goers, there are a few ways for your little monster to have fun. A Trick or Treat Trail in Bugs Bunny World will allow little ones who like to keep the holiday scare-free to hop their way to a sugar rush, and a Halloween Crafts area with pictures to color and more will keep them busy, while thrill seeking adults can get terrified at the Fright Fest.

Dates: Sept. 16-17, 23-24, 29-30; Oct. 1, 6-8, 13-15, 20-22, 27-31

Cost: $55.99-$76.00. Separate Maze Pass add-ons available. Season Passes for $94.99 allow unlimited visits for the rest of the year, including admission to Fright Fest and Holiday in the Park.

Six Flags Magic Mountain
26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy.

photo: Six Flags Magic Mountain

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