Enjoy Scary Fun with the Whole Family at Cedar Point HalloWeekends

Enjoy Cedar Point HalloWeekends with the whole family now through October 27, 2013. This is a fun Halloween themed event for the youngest of kids to the bravest adults.

If you have young children, plan to arrive at opening and spend the day doing all the kid rides as some events and locations on the far side of the park close after 6 or 7pm. There are still rides open into the night throughout the park.  If you have older kids and teens, plan to spend the entire day and late into the night!

Cedar Point HalloWeekends 2013If you haven’t visited Cedar Point in 2013, you’ll be welcomed by a brand new entrance that is top notch! The new Gatekeeper is the first to welcome you to the park – this is a must-ride roller coaster!  We received tickets to facilitate this post.

Cedar Point HalloWeekends 2013Upon entering Cedar Point last weekend, we were greeted by the Chapparells  Baton & Drum Corp from Akron, Ohio making us feel right at home. :)

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Akron, Ohio band at Cedar Point HalloWeekends 2013

HalloWeekends for Kids

There are many, many activities for kids and families during Cedar Point’s HalloWeekends. There is no way you can do all the fun events they have to offer AND ride all the rides you want in just one day – plan to spend the weekend.

My kids are 6 & 8, we also brought my 9 and 13 year old nephews, so this post will be from their perspective. Read my full review of HalloWeekends for Young Kids when my kids were 3 and 5.

Cedar Point HalloWeekends 2013Howl-O-Palooza is one of my kids’ favorite spots. It has the Magical House of Boo Hill, which is a kid-friendly “haunted house.” Nothing scary jumps out. It is a walk through with scary furniture, paintings, a witches kitchen, a bedroom with a bed of nails and bathroom with alligators coming out of the toilet! It is a creepy, yet fun haunted house for kids. At the end, they receive a treat bag with plenty of snack-size candies.

It is also home of the straw maze that kids enjoy walking through. My kids and nephews are getting a little too old for this but they still enjoy walking through it!

Cedar Point HalloWeekends 2013Howl-O-Palooza is also home of the Peanuts Halloween Show and Kids’ Costume Contest. Yes, kids can wear their Halloween costumes to HalloWeekends. Only my daughter did this year but it is always fun to see all the kids in their costumes.  Cedar Point HalloWeekends 2013The Peanuts characters are dressed in their Halloween gear as well. Cedar Point HalloWeekends 2013 Cedar Point HalloWeekends 2013You won’t want to miss the numerous Halloween themed shows and celebration parade either!

Trick or Treat with the Dinosaurs

Dinosaurs Alive is an amazing addition to Cedar Point with more than 50 life size dinosaurs on Adventure Island. During HalloWeekends, guests can go trick or treating with the dinosaurs. It is open on Saturday and Sundays from noon – 6pm.

Cedar Point HalloWeekends 2013There are costumed characters that hand out candy, a pumpkin patch to decorate pumpkins plus prizes for everyone. We didn’t realize it closed at 6, so unfortunately we missed it. It looks so much fun though and there is no additional charge for trick or treating, just $5 to enter Adventure Island – which is more than worth it any time of year. Read my Dinosaurs Alive review.

Rides, Rides, Rides!

My kids are coaster enthusiasts!  My 6 year old daughter even conquered the Millenium Force this Summer.  My 9 year old nephew hasn’t been on ‘big rides’ like roller coasters before. We started him off with the Iron Dragon, which is a smooth roller coaster that I recommend for new coaster riders. He was scared in line but I told him to “trust me, you’ll love it” and he went for it. Afterwards, he said it was AWESOME and he wanted to go on it again and again and again!
Cedar Point HalloWeekends 2013

Besides roller coasters, the antique cars are always a hit for kids.  My daughter thought she was so big since this was the first year she was allowed to drive. She was a pretty good driver but it did get me thinking about the fact that she’ll be driving for real in just 6 years. YIKES!Cedar Point HalloWeekends 2013

Going to Cedar Point with extended family like cousins and grandparents makes it even more exciting.  Friends are great too! My kids had so much fun with their cousins!Cedar Point HalloWeekends 2013

Throughout the entire Cedar Point amusement park, there are Halloween decorations. Nothing is going to scare your kids in the general areas. My kids loved the monster in the box. It growls and shakes the box. The best part is when a hand pops out of the hole in the box, making you jump back a couple steps!Cedar Point HalloWeekends 2013

Monsters! There are plenty of monsters around the park. The most we saw were on the far side of the park near the antique cars. This is where the majority of the Scary Track for HalloWeekends takes place. Although they are scary looking in the daylight, at night they must be freaky!Cedar Point HalloWeekends 2013

Zombies!Cedar Point HalloWeekends 2013

Fishing – skeleton style.Cedar Point HalloWeekends 2013(23)

Even the decor is a little creepy. You can’t really see it in this picture but there is a monster inside the window. This is home to the Blood at the Bayou after dark, something my kids are way too young for!Cedar Point HalloWeekends 2013

Skeletons greet you as you walk through the tunnel to Frontiertown.Cedar Point HalloWeekends 2013

One of our new favorite rides this year was the Cedar Creek Mine Ride, the second oldest roller coaster (40 years) at Cedar Point.  We all rode it several times in the daytime and night time.Cedar Point HalloWeekends 2013Everything is scarier at dark!Cedar Point HalloWeekends 2013(23)

Cedar Point HalloWeekends at Dark

There are two tracks for HalloWeekends: Family Friendly and Frightfully Scary. Family Friendly is all of the above with rides continuing in operation at the front of the park. Frightfully Scary is throughout the park after dark but especially at the far end of the park.  My kids are now 6 & 8 and have attended HalloWeekends for 3 years. Each year, they get braver and want to see more monsters. We decided to walk with them through Frontiertown, one of the scary walk through trails.

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After dark at Cedar Point HalloWeekends 2013

We went right at 8pm, which is when it opened. I’m not sure if the intensity is higher later in the night or not but my kids were totally fine walking through this with us. It was dark with smoke machines, bright lights at certain spots to trick you into walking toward them, and plenty of monsters!

The scariest part for me was when the monsters stalked you and walked right behind you. My kids laughed and had a great time. 1 week later and no nightmares either!

After that, we headed back to the front of the park where things are less scary but just as fun for younger kids. Everything is lit up and so fun after dark at Cedar Point!

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Some of the HalloWeekends displays had monsters and ghosts roaming through them as well.Cedar Point HalloWeekends 2013

It was another fun-filled HalloWeekends for my family! We were exhausted by 9pm!Cedar Point HalloWeekends 2013My parents stayed behind with my 9 year old and 13 year old nephews for more of the Frightfully Scary attractions including CarnEvil, the Wax Museum, and CornStalker.

They couldn’t tell who was fake and who was real in the Wax Museum. There were plenty of probe lights, smoke, mirrors, and mummies that gave it the eerie Wax Museum feel. CarnEvil had plenty of clowns, lights, purple smoke, and skeletons around every turn. They went through CarnEvil twice.

Their favorite was CornStalker. The cornfield was full of corn stocks, more than they expected. There were smoke and lights everywhere that made the people blend into the corn, making you jump with fright!

Buy HalloWeekends at Cedar Point Tickets

You can save money (up to $10!) when you buy HalloWeekends at Cedar Point Tickets online.
Adult Admission: $46.99 (online) $56.99 at gate
Junior Senior Admission: $29.99 (online)
Friday & Sunday Starlight: $37.99
Saturday Starlight: $44.99

This was not a paid post. My own opinions were used based on my perceptions and experience. Thank you to Cedar Point who provided tickets for the review.

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