The scary season officially begins Friday at the theme parks.
Busch Gardens previewed its Howl-O-Scream last weekend and officially opens Friday, continuing on select nights through Oct. 31. Universal's Halloween Horror Nights, covering both Universal Studios and Universal Islands of Adventure for the first time, also begins Friday through Oct. 31. Tickets are $54.75 with discounts available. Toll-free 1-800-837-2273 or www.uescape.com.
Looking for something less gruesome?
Disney's Magic Kingdom opens Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, above, from 7 p.m. to midnight Friday and Sunday and on 11 other nights through Oct. 31 (which is sold out). Admission is $31.95 adults advance, $34.95 at the gate; $25.95 ages 3-9 advance, $28.95 at the gate. (407) 934-7639 or www.disneyworld.com.
_ Times staff writer