I always love visiting Cedar Point, but I love visiting even more during HalloWeekends. It could be because the cooler temperatures that autumn brings makes trekking around an amusement park much easier than those boiling hot summer days. It could also be that autumn is my favorite season – the colors and fall decorations make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Cedar Point takes the concept of fall decorations to a whole new level transforming into a wonderland of 800 pumpkins, 400 gourds, and 67,200 cornstalks. The GateKeeper itself makes a bold statement to those entering through the Cedar Point turnstiles, but add in the spooky jack-o-lanterns and guests immediately get amped up for Halloween fun. I know I did! Especially while visiting on opening day which just happened to be Friday the 13th.
HalloWeekends brings so many more fun activities to the park than during regular operating season. Of course all of the 72 awesome rides and roller coasters are still there for guests to enjoy. We made sure to ride all of our favorites including Millennium Force, GateKeeper, Top Thrill Dragster, Maverick, Mantis, and a few others. But we were really stoked about all of the fun Halloween inspired activities and yummy treats all around the park.
And so for seven amazing weekends in September and October guests can experience haunted houses, mazes, scare zones, and spooky shows.
I’ll admit it… I’m a bit of a scaredy cat, but this year I decided to at least venture into some of the scare zones. Maybe we’ll do the haunted houses next year, hehe. But for now the scare zones were enough to scare the wits out of me. The 300 terrifying Screamsters Cedar Point hires each HalloWeekends season definitely know what they are doing. Fog would roll in and then when I least expected it a gruesome creature would be standing right beside me. I was clinging to Dustin the entire time and jumped out of my skin at least a hundred times. We did run into one Screamster that wasn’t too scary and we convinced her to pose for a picture with her skeleton, hehe.
During the day time there are plenty of family friendly Halloween activities taking place all over the park. The little ones with you (and the scaredy cat adults) will enjoy high energy shows, trick-or-treating with the dinosaurs, costume contests, and even a HalloWeekends parade!
We all had so much fun at HalloWeekends including Willow. Don’t forget how easy it is to take little ones to this amusement park and still have a good time using the parent ride swap form. I can’t wait to head back next year! Be sure to visit before HalloWeekends is over every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday now through October 27th.