Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FRIGHT DELIGHTS; the Theme Parks Scare Up 'Ghoul' Times for Guests

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FRIGHT DELIGHTS; the Theme Parks Scare Up 'Ghoul' Times for Guests

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Byline: TOM SZAROLETA

There's just a hint of fall in the air. Well, maybe not quite yet, but it is time to start thinking about ghosties and ghoulies and things that go bump in the night.

The local haunted houses are always fun, but to really get the pants scared off of you, there's no substitute for the professionals at the area's theme parks. From Tampa to Orlando to Valdosta, Ga., they've been cooking up nasty surprises all year and are ready to let them loose on an unsuspecting public. Here's what they have in store this year.

HOWL-O-SCREAM

Where: Busch Gardens, Tampa

What: Six haunted houses, five scare zones, coaster rides in the dark. No guests admitted in costume.

Information: (813) 987-5407, buschgardenstampabay.com.

Dates: Today, Saturday, Thursday, Oct. 7-8, 13-15, 20-23, 27-31.

Hours: 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursdays, Sundays, this weekend and Halloween night; 7:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Tickets: $28 for this weekend only. All other dates $45.95 to $55.95.

PHOBIA

Where: Wild Adventures, Valdosta

What: Scare zones, haunted train rides, two haunted houses, magic shows, Halloween on ice, kids' projects. Robert Englund of Nightmare on Elm Street will be at the park from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. No adults in costume.

Information: (229) 559-1539, www.wildadventures.net.

Dates: Every Thursday through Sunday through October, plus Halloween night.

Hours: Phobia kids' events start at 5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Haunted houses and attractions open at 6:30 p.m. The park is open until 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 10 p.m. Thursdays, Sundays and Halloween night.

Tickets: Phobia events are included in park admission, $38.95 for adults, $31.95 for kids under 10 and seniors.

HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS

Where: Universal Studios Islands of Adventure, Orlando

What: Haunted mazes, scare zones, seven haunted houses, Bill and Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure stage show. …

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