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The concept of amusement gets pretty scary this week at theme parks throughout the country. Among those dressing up:

Knott's Berry Farm, Buena Park, Calif., appears as "Knott's Scary Farm" through Saturday. Camp Snoopy isn't friendly anymore, as "The Gauntlet: Festival of Freaks" and more than 1,000 costumed monsters, goblins and beasts roam the fog-choked streets. Call (714) 220-5200.

For cutting-edge entertainment, Universal Studios, Orlando, Fla., presents "Halloween Horror Nights" through Saturday. See the Chainsaw Drill Team's precision marches, visit "Crypt Keeper's Studio Tour of Terror" and explore "Toy Hell: Madness in the Scream Factory." Call (407) 224-6776.

Hersheypark, Hershey, Pa., is crawling with "Creatures of the Night" through next Sunday. Selected rides get a ghostly hue and, at adjacent Zooamerica North America Wildlife Park, wander among bats, owls and reptiles. Call (717) 534-3900.

Disney World, Orlando, Fla., hosts "Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party" on Thursday. Hayrides, pumpkin-carving demonstrations and a Halloween stage show for young children and scaredy cats will be featured. Call (407) 934-7639.