Fall thrills and chills at parks

Halloween-themed attractions at sites like Hersheypark and Kings Dominion are a howl for kids and adults alike

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Didn't get enough amusement park thrills this past summer? Despite the cooler weather, area amusement parks remain open and offer some of the fall's best attractions. Instead of the heat and long lines of high season, enjoy haunted houses, spooky mazes and delicious autumn treats.

Here's a rundown on what some area parks are offering this fall:

Six Flags America

Fright Fest 2005 runs through Oct. 30 and features a slew of spooky attractions like the Midnight Express Haunted Train, Hall Manor House of Horrors and a Trick-or-Treat Trail. Other activities include the Nintendo Mobile Tour (today), Youth Soccer Day (Oct. 16), Youth Football Day (Oct. 23) and Fall DanceExpo (Oct. 23).

OPEN: Fridays 5 p.m.-10 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays noon-10 p.m.

through Oct. 30

ADMISSION -- $39.99 per person; $28.99 for seniors and those 54

inches and under; age 3 and under admitted free.

IF YOU GO --13710 central ave. in mitchellville; 301-249-1500 or sixflags.com/parks/america


The park's October attraction, Hersheypark in the Dark, will take place Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays Oct. 14-30. Ride Halloween-themed rides and enjoy spooky storytime and fall-themed food.

OPEN -- Fridays 5 p.m.-11 p.m., Saturdays 2 p.m.-11 p.m., Sundays 2 p.m.-10 p.m. Oct. 14-30

ADMISSION -- Free. Rides and attractions are individually priced. Ride-All-Night wristbands are available.

IF YOU GO -- 100 W. Hersheypark Drive in Hershey, Pa. 800-HERSHEY or halloweeninhershey.com

Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Celebrate Halloween with Busch Gardens' "Howl-O-Scream," which begins a week from Sunday. This spooky time of year is a perfect time to visit R.L. Stine's Haunted Lighthouse, a 4-D movie event. Sensory effects accompany the sounds and sights of the experience. A guide to each "Howl-O-Scream" attraction lets visitors gauge whether they want to participate.

OPEN -- Fridays and Sundays 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Oct. 16-30

ADMISSION -- $49.95 per person; $42.95 for ages 3-6; 2 and under admitted free.

IF YOU GO --1 Busch Gardens Blvd. in Williamsburg, Va. 800-343-7946 or Howl-O-Scream.com


Kings Dominion offers a variety of Halloween fun for all ages. Nick-Or-Treat features kids' favorite Nickelodeon characters and other less spooky events, while fearfest is geared toward the older audience, with haunted houses and motion simulator rides that provide real scares.

OPEN -- Saturdays 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Sundays 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. through Oct. 30

ADMISSION -- $47.99 per person; $39.99 for seniors (ages 55-plus); $31.99 for ages 3-6 or under 48 inches.

IF YOU GO --16000 Theme Park Way in Doswell, Va. 804-876-5000 or kingsdominion.com


In addition to its regular rides and attractions, Dutch Wonderland is offering "Happy Hauntings" activities this month. visitors can play games, watch magic shows and take part in costume contests, pumpkin decorating and storytime with the princess of Dutch Wonderland.

OPEN -- Fridays 5 p.m.-9 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays 4 p.m.-9 p.m. through Oct. 30

ADMISSION -- $14.95 per person (2 and under admitted


IF YOU GO --2249 Lincoln Highway East in Lancaster, Pa. 866-FUNATDW or dutchwonder land.com


Idlewild Park offers a family-oriented Halloween celebration, "Hollowboo," free of gore and big scares. Visitors can enjoy the Haunted Hollow train ride or try one of the haunted houses, as well as trick-or-treat in the Storybook Forest.

OPEN -- 12 p.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays (through Oct. 29) and Sundays (Oct. 23 and 30)

ADMISSION -- $22.95 per person; $14.95 for seniors (55-plus); 2 and under admitted free. "Hollowboo" admission is an additional $15.95.

IF YOU GO -- Route 30 East in Ligonier, Pa. 724-238-3666 or idlewild.com


Kennywood features its Phantom Fright Nights on select nights in October. Enjoy haunted mazes and other Halloween features.

OPEN -- Fridays and Saturdays 7 p.m.-1 a.m., Sundays 7

p.m.-11 p.m. through Oct. 29.

ADMISSION --$18.50 per person

IF YOU GO --4800 Kennywood Blvd., West Mifflin, Pa. 412-461-0500 or kennywood.com

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