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  • Writer's pictureMelvin Denton

Summer isn't over yet.

It is still boiling in much of the continental USA, but the telltale signs of Autumn are once again creeping upon us. In many places, the smell of pumpkin spice, once an enjoyable fall smell, gratefully begins to overtake us and will soon overpower us all in the cool fall air.

What brings this on? The many stores feature Halloween tricks or treats, costumes, animatronics, bats, cats, skeletons, and witches. They all will be flying around us. But the most significant harbinger of the times is the themed theme parks with grand Halloween events, full of theatrics and pyrotechnical prowesses.

First, Universal Orlando and Universal Hollywood start September 1, running through November 4 with one of the best events, HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS! This will be the 31st full-time celebration of the event at Universal Orlando; Universal Hollywood will be just as spectacular. And I will be in Orlando again, to get scared! Last year was special as I experienced the ghoulish noights of HHN and was caught, from beginning to end, in Hurrucan Ian. Life will be scarier than anything creative services can put together.

Disneyworld has tamer offerings with their Not-So-Scary Halloween event. They started back in early August.

Busch Gardens and Seaworld in Tampa and Busch Gardens Williamsburg in Virginia have Howl-O-Scream. I attended Busch Gardens Williamsburg location with my niece and her husband, and even though it was my second time through, I think I was more frightened by the scares with the company I had with me.

Being in Virginia, I will also attend Kings Dominion's Halloween party for the first time; I expect it to be as exciting as the other parks.

My vlog, @MelddenTravel, will be at the events, and I expect I will have to go multiple times, Once for the camera and a few times just for fun.



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