What Southern California lacks in chilly autumn weather and changing leaves, it makes up for in exciting fall-time theme park events.

Every year, the four major theme parks in Southern California celebrate Halloween time with their respective spooky events.

  • Universal Studios Hollywood has Halloween Horror Nights (HHN), with Michael Myers returning to Haddonfield, Illinois, to seek his revenge on Laurie Strode, played by Jamie Lee Curtis, the original scream queen.
  • Disneyland is celebrating by bringing out the Disney Villains to party with guests at Mickey’s Halloween Party.
  • Six Flags Magic Mountain becomes Fright Fest, where guests can experience the maze from the newly released film, “Hellfest.”
  • Knott’s Berry Farm turns into Knott’s Scary Farm where creepy clowns are waiting to scare guests from every corner.

Each of the four parks offers different discounts for guests to come and enjoy these seasonal events.

Halloween Horror Nights

Halloween Horror Nights offers discounts for college students, partnering with 78 different colleges, including Cal Poly Pomona and the University of Arizona.

Third-year sociology student Mariam Ruiz said she was able to enjoy HHN for only $64 with her friends.

“I would definitely do the school discount again because regular admission tickets were above $80 and $90 for some days, which is too expensive especially for college students,” Ruiz said. “I personally liked planning the night just for the mazes because we were able to do all of them and we even redid Universal Studios’ ‘Monsters’ and ‘Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers.’”

Third-year human services student Lesly Ramirez, who attends El Camino College, was also able to enjoy the $30 discount. Including the discount, Ramirez and Ruiz planned out which mazes to go on first.

“It was really fun, it was better than last year and I liked the theme for the tram since it was clowns, which made it look somewhat scary,” Ramirez said. “I would definitely use my school’s discount again to save money.”

The most popular mazes this year were “Stranger Things” and The First Purge with both being over an hour wait.

For more information on ticket prices, students can visit ushtix.com/calpoly.

Mickey’s Halloween Party

The Halloween-themed front entrance at Disneyland California Adventure. (Jacqueline Ayala | The Poly Post)

Mickey’s Halloween Party also offers discounts but only for annual pass holders. From the 15 nights that this event takes place, only three dates in September offer discounts.

However, guests will still come to celebrate Halloween with Mickey and his pals, no matter the price.

From Oct. 2 to Halloween, guests can enjoy Halloween with the Disney Villains, including the Evil Queen, Ursula and Judge Frollo.

Students can find out more about this event by visiting https://disneyland.disney.go.com/events-tours/mickeys-halloween-party/.

Fright Fest

Fright Fest is another seasonal event that takes place during Halloween. Guests can buy tickets for any of the September dates and save 40 percent. Ticket must be purchased and used by Sept. 30 in order to get the discount.

A couple of the mazes that guests attend include Red’s Revenge, which is a dark twist on the fairy tale of “Red Riding Hood,” and “Aftermath 2: Chaos Rising,” in which the city of Ash Valley is being threatened by a dangerous virus.

Third-year civil engineering student Paola Santos said she was able to go to Fright Fest a few years ago and she used the discount.

“I don’t remember exactly how much it cost but we got them ahead of time with a 30 percent discount, [but with] no mazes, Santos said.

For more ticket prices during the month of October, students can visit sixflags.com/magicmountain/store/.

Knott’s Scary Farm

Finally, Knott’s Scary Farm has two different ways for discounted tickets.

Students can save up to $35 with a coupon from any local Los Angeles and Orange County Carl’s Jr.

The second is obtaining a coupon from any local Los Angeles and Orange County Hot Topic store, which students save up to $40 off regular admission.

Guests can go through the Trick or Treat: Lights Out maze, where it is pitch black and only a flashlight is used to guide guests through the maze.

For more information on Knott’s Scary Farm, students can visit knotts.com/play/scary-farm/attractions-mazes.

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