Remember back when Halloween was a one-night affair? Now the spooky season stretches all the way from mid-September through October 31 (and sometimes even into November), much to the delight of boos and ghouls of all ages.

Throughout the lead-up to Halloween, theme parks are pulling out the stops with special events, from gentle hayrides to jump-out-of-your-skin scare zones. Keep in mind that everything seems scarier in the dark, so choose wisely with your children’s ages and sensibilities in mind. Here are some of the many Halloween events going on at theme parks around the country: