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Oct 23, 2008

With Halloween at hand, get into the spirit of the changing seasons with some autumn fun.

By FLYP Staff

Navigate through FLYP Media’s interactive On the Town feature to find out the best ways to celebrate not just Halloween, but the fall season, in your city.

Berry Scary
Where: Knott’s “Scary” Farm, Buena Park
For the 36th year, the amusement park at Knott’s Berry Farm transforms itself from a family-friendly haven to horrifying haunt for the fall season.
Over 300 ghouls and beasts will be lurking in the scare zones and mazes, and you’re never safe from being startled—not even in the bathrooms or while walking between attractions.
The professional masks and make-up take an entire year to craft, and the results are dramatic and spectacular. Not for the faint of heart, it will live up to its status as the world’s first and largest Halloween theme park event.

Hayride from Hell
Where: Creepy Hollow, off of Staples Mill Road
Why bounce along with a simple smile when you can spend your annual hayride screaming?
One of Virginia’s spookiest Halloween legends comes to life in this tractor-drawn hayride adventure through the dark woods. The bravest souls venture into Scream Forest on foot, while others can cling to the cart as the breath of the spirits swirls around them.
The terrifying experience is filled out with a bonfire, haunted house and victuals.

Holy Terror
Where: St. John the Divine Cathedral, Upper West Side

Utilizing its booming organ and overwhelming interior, this century-old Episcopal cathedral will transform itself into the right setting for a spooky Halloween night.
The procession of the ghouls slinking through the aisles features an impressive costume and dance display.
The best part? After the ghost fest, the silent film, Phantom of the Opera, will play with accompaniment from the organ to provide the right amount of nightmarish intensity.

Universally Unsettling
Where: Universal Studios
This year’s Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios draws on folklore, fairy tales and urban legends for its “sinspiration.”
Find out what really happens when Bloody Mary appears next to you, but don’t expect to survive to tell the tale. Complete with Grimms’ tales gone mad, a Wonderland that fulfills all of Alice’s nightmares, a live tribute to The Rocky Horror Picture Show and a spaceship that has become haunted by an interstellar terror, the experience is more terrifying than the Wicked Witch of the West (but, she’ll be in attendance as well).
This might be one to leave the kids at home for.

Crazed Cornfield
Where: Two miles west of 104th Avenue on McKay Road
For a family-friendly event, head out to the Crazed Cornfield Maze and Pumpkin Patch, where your family can put their directional skills to the test in a 14-acre labyrinth.
After navigating the maze, you can search for the perfect prospective jack-o’-lantern in the expansive pumpkin patch or stock up on other seasonal specialties like Indian corn, corn stalks and hay bales.
If the kids can hold their excitement until the weekend, there are pony rides and a petting zoo to keep them busy.

Fall Fun at the Farm
Where: Tougas Family Farm, Northboro
For a fun fall event without the fright, take the whole family on a short drive out to the Tougas Family Farm where apples and pumpkins are ripe for the picking!
Enjoy a wagon ride to the orchard where trees are planted at just the right height for little hands to reach the wide variety of fresh apples. After picking, explore the barnyard and tasty delights (like some sweet caramel apples) while the kids enjoy the playground.

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