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HalloWeekends stalk Cedar Point’s pathways once again

by Susan and Simon Veness

HalloWeekends rise from a long slumber and once again takes over Cedar Point’s nighttime scene, with five indoor haunted houses, six scare zones, and 10 live shows — plus daytime family-friendly fun for the kids!

HalloWeekends at Cedar Point
Photos courtesy of Cedar Point

Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, gives visitors even more reason to scream during their 150th Anniversary year, and more time to feel the fear, as their annual HalloWeekends event returns to the park on select dates from Sept. 17 through Oct. 31, with extended park hours.

More than 50 HalloWeekend attractions and activities will be open to visitors on Thursdays-Sundays, along with the park’s world-class rides and entertainment.

HalloWeekends The Mummy Pit

A family-friendly Fall festival takes place during the day, with activities such as the Tricks and Treats Costume Contest, pumpkin decorating, trick-or-treating, hay bale and corn stalk mazes, a challenge course, crafts, themed midway games, and live shows.

The Magical House on Boo Hill lets younger guests experience a not-quite-so-scary haunted house.

HalloWeekends The Magical House on Boo Hill

But when evening falls, beware! Creepy lighting and fog-filled pathways lead to haunted houses and terrifying scare zones.

New for 2021 is Banished, where malevolent outcasts take over Frontier Trail, seeking revenge on those who banished them into the wilderness.

Blood on the Bayou

Blood on the Bayou outdoor scare zone, a guest favorite from past events, finds a new home on Adventure Island, where its murky ‘waters’ harbor a horrifying mystery.

Slaughter House

Brave enough to enter the five haunted houses? Slaughter House reveals the gruesome secret behind The Split & Trales Meat Factory’s delicious sausages. Will you come out of your tour alive?

Creepy orchestral music and spine-tingling sound effects take over the Jack Aldrich Theater as Midnight Syndicate: Conspiracy of Shadows music duo add to the Halloween ambiance. This horror-themed multimedia show may be too intense for children.

Edgar Allan Poe’s classic story, “The Tell-Tale Heart,” gets the full terror treatment during special readings at the Glass Blowing Theater.

HalloWeekends features more than 10 live shows, including The Fangtastics band, Monster Mash-up with The Shrieks Band, and the Ghouling Pianos.

Flamin' Hot Fried Cheese

Cedar Point’s culinary team has come up with a menu of more than 20 hand-crafted offerings for the Tricks and Treats Food Tasting Tour, with fiendish items such as Day of the Dead Fries, Candy Corn Cupcakes, Maple Pepper Bacon Flatbread, and Flamin’ Hot Fried Cheese.

Extra hungry? Indulge in themed dining event, The Night of the Living Fed all-you-can-eat feast, featuring bucatini pasta, herb-crusted rib roast, apple harvest salad, garlic parmesan duchess potatoes, chicken tenders, pumpkin and pecan pies, corn pie spoonbread, and more.

Haunted décor adds to this separately-ticketed meal, and Cedar Point’s Screamsters monsters will be on hand to add to bump the scare factor up by several notches.

Cedar Point Screamsters

Want to go full-on with the frights? Purchase the new HalloWeekends VIP Experience package, which provides access to a VIP lounge with private bar, game day snacks, water, craft beer, and one-time Fright Lane or Fast Lane Plus vouchers

HalloWeekends’ daytime activities and shows, and nighttime haunted houses, shows, and scare zones are free with park admission. Children ages 12 and under are welcome to dress up in their Halloween costumes, or wear masks or face paint. For more information, visit CedarPoint.com.

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