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Knott's 'Haunt' vs. Universal's 'Horror Nights': Theme parks prepare for Halloween battle




Supervisors pump up scare actors at Knott's Berry Farm by asking them to scream during a training session on Tuesday, Sept. 17. About 1,000 actors take part in the park's month-long Haunt each year.
Supervisors pump up scare actors at Knott's Berry Farm by asking them to scream during a training session on Tuesday, Sept. 17. About 1,000 actors take part in the park's month-long Haunt each year.
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Summer is traditionally the prime money-making season for theme parks, but the lead-up to Halloween is becoming a big deal  both for park business managers and customers, who line up for a good scare.

KPCC's Wendy Lee reports on the high-stakes competition over monsters and mazes.