October is still two days away, but that hasn’t stopped New England’s theme parks from transforming their family-friendly attractions into PG-rated fright-fests for Halloween. Unfortunately, Funtown Splashtown isn’t one of them (it closed for the season on Sept. 11), but a short drive into New Hampshire or Massachusetts will have you screaming in fright all month long.

SpookyWorld in Litchfield, N.H., will celebrate its 20th season with six attractions on 40 acres. With haunted houses sporting such names as “Catacombs,” “3-D Freak Show,” “House of Eternal Darkness” and “Torment,” how can you go wrong?

There’s also a Monster Midway with sideshow attractions, zombie paintball and boring stuff like go-cart racing and mini-golf.

SpookyWorld opens Friday, and will be open on select dates through Oct. 31. Tickets are $29.99 and $34.99 ($54.99 and $59.99 VIP). For info, visit spookyworld.com.

Six Flags New England in Agawam, Mass. (near Springfield) hosts Fright Fest, a combination of haunted houses, live entertainment and the chance to ride the park’s regular attractions in the dark. (For those of you who don’t think riding the Cyclone in the daytime is scary enough.)

There are six haunted houses, each sporting a different theme that ranges from haunted mansions and underground tunnels to alien infestations and ghosts from the Wild West. Shows include “Haunting Illusions,” a “black magic” show; “Mort’s Used Coffins,” which features some guy who looks like Jack White in a top hat playing an undertaker; and “Dead Legends Live,” which answers the question: What would Elvis, Marilyn Monroe and Jim Morrison sound like in the afterlife?

Fright Fest opens Saturday, and continues every weekend through Oct. 30. Tickets are $36.99 and $46.99. Group discounts are available. Visit frightfest.sixflags.com/newengland for more info.

Two words: Mini KISS.

That’s all the reason you need to attend Canobie Lake Park’s Screeemfest (so scary that two “e” ‘s isn’t enough). What could be better than a KISS tribute band made up of little people?

But if you insist on more, the park, located in Salem, N.H., will also include five haunted areas with not-so-subtle names as “The Dead Shed” and “Demons of Darkness.”

In addition to Mini KISS, there will be Madonna and Ozzy Osbourne imitators performing live, a haunted fireworks display, and nighttime rides and arcade games.

This attraction is also kid-friendly in about half the park, so your spouse can take Junior to the Pumpkin Palace while you pee your pants at the “Head Hunters at Cannibal Lake” attraction.

“Screeemfest” opens Friday, and continues every weekend through Oct. 30. Tickets are $16.99 and $27.99; discounts are available. Visit canobie.com/SCREEEMFEST (all caps) for more info.

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