HalloWeekends at Cedar Point {Sandusky, Ohio}

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About two months ago I shared our visit to Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio with all my awesome readers.  Our family had a great time, but I will admit this mama was a tad miserable being hugely pregnant in the hot summer heat while waddling around the rollercoaster capital of the world watching everyone else enjoy the thrills.  And so when we were invited back to experience HalloWeekends I was beyond excited because I would finally get to ride the coasters and enjoy all of the Halloween fun.  But then I realized we would have Willow with us since she is nursing and I haven’t introduced bottles with pumped milk yet.  Luckily, Cedar Point has truly thought of everything and so this mama of a five week old was able to ride all the coasters without any problems at all.  Read on to find out how!

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IMG_4201Cedar Point truly goes all out for HalloWeekends.  Every where you turn there are amazing decorations – even before you get inside the gates!  One thing I highly suggest doing when visiting Cedar Point if you have a drive of any length is to book a room in one of their awesome hotels.  There are many reasons you will be glad you did this and the biggest reason is after trekking around the huge park all day you are gonna be tired.  Trust me that you won’t want to drive home.  Plus if you just need a break or perhaps it rains (like it did on us) you will have somewhere to go take a break for a bit.  Not to mention that when you stay in a Cedar Point hotel there are extra perks like discounted tickets and early admission to the park before the general public.  And so when we arrived at Cedar Point the first thing we did was check into our room at the Hotel Breakers.  We received a standard suite on the 9th floor which was identical to the room we stayed in last time.  Be sure to read my review of the hotel because it is truly awesome and has some really unique features, but now I want to share how spook-tacularly decorated it was.  Bats, monsters, witches, spider webs… everywhere!

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Once we were all checked in we took the very short walk over to the park – yet another perk of staying at the Hotel Breakers!  On our way through the entrance gates I asked for a Parent Swap pass (this is how I got to ride the coasters too!).  And this is how it works:  One parent waits in line to a coaster IMG_4204or other height-restricted ride. After riding, they give their Parent Swap pass to the ride operator, and the other parent/guardian, who’s been taking care of the little ones, can walk up the exit to get right on the ride and can take another rider with them so they don’t have to ride alone.  And so while Willow dozed in her stroller we would wait by the ride exit and then it was my turn!  And gosh did I have a blast riding all those awesome coasters… I do believe my favorites are Top Thrill Dragster and Maverick.  And a little warning.  Do NOT.  I repeat DO NOT ride Millennium Force when it is raining.  93 miles per hour + 310 feet + 80 degree drop + pouring rain = NOT a good idea.

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During the day at HalloWeekends there are lots of family and child friendly activites to enjoy, but at night the park takes an evil twist and is recommended for those over the age of 13.  Since we had our sweet little Willow with us we stuck to the family friendly part of HalloWeekends.  There were costume contests, a haybale maze, live shows, magical house, and even a parade!  Not to mention all the awesome Halloween decorations and super yummy fall inspired foods like caramel apples and warm apple cider.  So good!

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And so if you want a truly spooky experience at Cedar Point you have gotta check out HalloWeekends!  If you are anywhere remotely close to Sandusky, Ohio trust me you won’t be disappointed if you take a detour and check out the best amusement park in the world.  And remember Cedar Point is fun for the whole family – not just those tall enough for the coasters – and parents of tiny little babies can have fun too!  For more information about rides and things for the kiddos check out our last visit to Cedar Point.

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11 Responses to HalloWeekends at Cedar Point {Sandusky, Ohio}

  1. I have not been to Cedar Point since Jr. High! I can see I have been missing out!!! Loved all your pictures, you totally captured HalloWeekends and it looks like a fun Halloween activity!

    Love the Parent Swap Pass concept! My one child is a shorty and I am always hanging back with him. Love the not having to wait again! Way to go Cedar Point!

    This post has me excited to go! Thanks Danielle!

  2. Rachel says:

    Looks like you guys had an awesome time!! Thanks for sharing! We’ve never stayed at Hotel Breakers, so we will definitely have to do that next time.

  3. Mimi says:

    Wow, they seriously go all out with their decorating. Doesn’t look like they left anything untouched. My boys would SO love going there at night! And yah, riding those rides in the rain doesn’t sound like it would be a lot of fun! I’m glad you got to go back and enjoy yourself.

  4. Danielle says:

    You’re pictures are great! I especially love all the bats decorating the hotel.

    I never considered going to HalloWeekends because I thought it would all be scary and not for younger kids. Now I know I was wrong. I’m glad that Cedar Point decided to have a non-scary Halloween event during the day.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Danielle

  5. Jessica Hilton says:

    I never heard of the parent swap pass. Thanks for the info might come in handy one day for us :)

  6. Laura says:

    We LOVE Cedar Point and are for sure planning a trip there next summer once the new ride opens up. I knew that Six Flags did a Halloween theme, but I had no idea Cedar Point did as well. This looks like it was a blast and a half! I can’t wait to go back.

  7. Alex Liz Robinson says:

    We love going on HalloWeekends! The weather is cooler and the crowds are, for the most part, smaller! Looks like you guys had a great time!

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  10. Wes says:

    That’s so awesome! We’ve only been to HalloWeekends once when they first started it. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Whitney says:

    Thanks for the post! Did you have any problems with nursing your baby? We are going this year and my baby is nursing and I have tried looking to see if I can find anything on it and cannot. I hope they don’t make you go to a designated area to do it because I am also pregnant and wouldn’t be able to walk an extra mile every time the baby is hungry!

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