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Like any craft brewery, Gordon Biersche is a perfect beer and grub style dining choice. Except that their food is really anything but "grub." Whether it's a buttery slab of prime cut, or a steaming brick-oven baked flatbread pizza, the cuisine is good - tasty, flavorful, and perfectly paired with the endless variety of brews. And moderately priced too - enjoy a full meal and a tall beer and you'll run less than $20.
If running around terrified out of your mind, being chased by zombies and bloody ax murderers, or eating slimy brains (aka spaghetti) is your idea of fun, Knott's Scary Farm is for you. It stands up rather proudly next to big brother Universal's Horror Nights maze, and is a leg up for those who are bored with Disney's family-friendly Halloween Party.
One of the creepiest experiences ever. Seriously. Call me chicken, but the spectral atmosphere of this entire ship is just plain bone-chilling. Maybe it's something to do with the nautical, but a tour of the most haunted ship in the world is a pretty cool experience - especially around Halloween. And if you see the girl with outstretched arms in one of the narrow, low-ceilinged hallways, you have my full permission to scream like a little girl.
The Whaley House is one of California's most famous haunts, and today you can tour the Old Town star in true museum-style. Listen to the guides in period costume tell you all about paranormal encounters and reported sightings - then see if you experience any of them. Personally, I swear I heard the family dog's footsteps trotting down the hall....but then I could just be over-imaginative.
For the true scare-lovers, Universal's Horror Nights delivers. The park transforms into a haunted maze every night during the season, with movie characters chasing, terrorizing, and scaring you to your wit's end. Try the haunted house, the possessed mirrors, and the jump scares which will leave echoing screams around the Los Angeles valley. (Especially popular among LA's college youth.)
The beloved Mouse puts on a spooky celebration every year for Halloween - with family-friendly fun for everyone. All the characters dress up in holiday decor, while the Haunted Mansion transforms into the Nightmare Before Christmas style (and stays that way until the end of the year.) It's a lot of fun for those who don't care for gory knife-wielders, terrifying clowns, or possessed demons at this time of year.