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Halloween haunts: Zoo, aquarium, Disney and other attractions tone down scares for kids

FAMILY FRIGHTS

Many attractions tone down the gore for Halloween parties aimed at kids under 12. Here are the biggest ones:

NEW Creatures of the Night

A new event at Lowry Park Zoo on Fridays and Saturdays Oct. 7-29 will have the zoo open late and animals lurking until 10 p.m. with a wide range of Halloween-themed activities. There will be a Wolf Haven village where the werewolves roam, a ghostly graveyard, an Egyptian tomb with mummies and a "ghoulish dance party." There's a special sanctuary for little ones set up like a festive fall harvest with a pumpkin patch, scarecrows and friendly farm animals. The zoo's new Beer & Wine Garden will have seasonal adult beverages. "The event has no horror or gore, just spooks and startles for one and all," the zoo says. Event admission is included with a one-day ticket ($29.95, $27.95 seniors, $22.95 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free) on event dates valid 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m. or you can purchase a discounted "after 4 p.m." ticket for $19.95. Creatures of the Night is free for zoo members and "pay for a day, come back all year" ticket holders.

Guppyween

The Florida Aquarium, left, invites kids to put on their costumes and trick-or-treat at the aquarium Oct. 29-30, with lots of children's entertainment and goodies. Kids in costume get in for $10. Regular admission is $24.95 ages 12 and older, $22.95 seniors, $19.95 ages 3-12, 2 and younger free.

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

On select nights now through Halloween you can dress up your little boos to collect candy around the Magic Kingdom. There's also the Boo-to-You Halloween parade, an appearance by the Headless Horseman and the Happy HalloWishes fireworks show. Adults are encouraged to wear costumes within guidelines. $72-$105, $67-$100 ages 3-9.

SeaWorld Halloween Spooktacular

From noon to park close on weekends in October, SeaWorld's Halloween party is included with park admission, $99, $94 ages 3-9. There will be trick-or-treating, whimsical pumpkin fish, sea-themed arts and crafts and up-close animal encounters.

Brick or Treat at Legoland

Every Saturday and Sunday in October, plus Oct. 31, the annual event returns with special Halloween-themed fireworks, meet-and-greets with Lego monsters and stunning models including the world's largest Lego pumpkin and a 13-foot-long Vampyre Hearse. There will be kid-centric parades free to all guests who come dressed up in costumes, Granny's Apple Fries will have a pumpkin spice variety, plus trick-or-treating and a scavenger hunt in Miniland with a collectible, limited-edition Lego brick. $75, $65 seniors and ages 3-12.

Halloween haunts: Zoo, aquarium, Disney and other attractions tone down scares for kids 09/21/16 [Last modified: Friday, September 23, 2016 10:17am]
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