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Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

What age to let a kid go to Halloween nights at a theme park?



howloscream.jpgI will admit getting judgey on the parents I hear dragging little terrified kids around the Halloween horrors at Busch Gardens or Universal when signs all around clearly say this is not for little kids. Just this week Busch Gardens and Universal revealed their Halloween themes for this year: Zombies vs. Morphing Aliens. That's just some of the heart-stopping, scream-inducing frights planned for the annual Halloween extravaganzas at Busch Gardens (zombies) and Universal Studios in Orlando (aliens) this year.

This is what being Ms. Judgey gets you: I now have an 8-year-old begging to go this year. In truth, he's not a kid who gets scared by much. He's on book 5 of the Harry Potter series and the dark themes don't faze him. But from what I understand, these horror nights get pretty extreme.

Is it possible to nibble at the edges of the scariest stuff? Or should we stick with Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party?

Now that I've been put in my place and have to do a little more investigating, I find that there are various attractions that meant for all ages. Last year Busch Gardens put in place this rating system:

One Pumpkin = Good fun for everyone
Two Pumpkins = A little spooky, but still fun
Three Pumpkins = Fun but more frightful
Four Pumpkins = Scary, be careful
Five Pumpkins = Older teens, parental supervision advised

What do you say readers and Halloween fans? Any advice?

--Sharon Kennedy Wynne

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[Last modified: Monday, July 25, 2011 2:08pm]


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