This time of year, something wicked this way comes to most of California’s theme parks, where the theme is frighteningly familiar: Halloween hauntings. And the competition for control of your soul is ferocious. Nearly all of them have amped it up this year with new mazes, scare zones, stage productions and more. So if you’re the kind who loves to lurk in the dark, maneuver the morbid and stomach the disemboweled, check out one of these five fear-inducing spots.
NAPA — On a typical autumn day in wine country, shiny limos would be shuttling bachelorette parties through the fresh, verdant countryside, weddings would be underway and international tourists would be sipping wine. Instead, many of those beautiful rolling hills are scorched, black as freshly laid asphalt. The air is thick with a choking haze and a pall of unease.
Early afternoon on a recent Thursday, I visited the Mather Redwood Grove at the UC Botanical Garden in the hills above campus. It was cool, lush, restful. Nature’s stoic skyscrapers blocked the sounds of civilization. Worries of the day were absorbed in the forest floor, padded with needles and sorrel. And the best part: I was alone! Just me, myself and the elusive gnome I swear I saw peeking around the leg of a lichen-clad bench. Really. He was there. Maybe.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".