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Le Freak, C'est Chic: 13 Stocks Eerily Perfect for Halloween


Boneyards, body parts, spirits, and haunted houses. You can invest in them all.

The Haunted Houses

Cedar Fair (NYSE:FUN) is an amusement park operator that each year transformed several of its properties into haunted houses (or islands, as the case may be). At the Kings Dominion, near Richmond, Virginia, "evil spirits" have taken over the park with zombies "and other twistedness that will haunt you and your friend's dreams." Or at least, that's what was promised by a company press release. The "2012 Haunt" event will feature more than 450 monsters, "10 blood-curdling mazes, six trembling scare zones, six frightful shows, and more than 20 of our thrill rides in the foggy, dark of night that will leave you quivering with fear." Cedar Fair, which has a $2 billion market cap and operates 11 amusement parks, seven water parks, and five hotels, will also host "Haunt V" at Dorney Park in Pennsylvania, which will feature a similar blood-curdling experience. Interestingly, like StoneMor, Cedar Fair operates as an MLP, which is unusual as the structure is dominated (80%) by companies in the energy industry.

Glu Mobile (NASDAQ:GLUU) is the maker of Boo Town and Haunted Manor games for smartphones and tablets. The "freemium" puzzle-adventure games are free to download but feature a robust monetization strategy based around in-app purchasing of virtual currency. For further frights, the game offering also includes Blood & Glory and Contract Killer: Zombies. Last week, one of the $225 million market cap company's insiders, Hany Nada, founder of GGV Capital, bought more than $9.9 million worth of stock (not options) on the open market. (For a "live" version of a haunted house videogame, Comcast's (NASDAQ:CMCSA) Universal Studios Hollywood is featuring a Haunted Castle based on the horror videogame franchise.)

The Halloween "season" officially runs from October 31 to November 2 each year. But it's really just a state of mind, isn't it? There's no reason not to have a piece of it in your portfolio year round.
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