by Robin B
Is your family up for a spook-tacular trip this fall season? What better combination than a bevy of Halloween tricks-or-treats and rides galore! Beginning mid-September thru the end of October Cedar Point on Friday evenings and Saturday & Sunday, Cedar Point is transformed into a festival of orange!
We share a few tips to make this adventure a great one!
What to Do: Rides & Spooky Fun
- New in 2015 “The Great Pumpkin Fest” is where the action is for kids! I’ll admit, the last time I visited during Hallo-weekends at Cedar Point we didn’t have any children and all I remember were the scary monsters. Cedar Point has done an amazing job transforming the area around Kiddy Kingdom and Planet Snoopy. They offer:
- The Charlie Brown craft Zone – make crafts with your favorite PEANUT characters, Peppermint Patty’s hale bale maze, the Linus mummy (foam) pit and kid-size tractors to ride.
- The Magical house on Boo Hill is a must stop if you have little ones who don’t want to go through a haunted house. This was a favorite and you can easily go through the house several times and see something new each time.
- The Sky Ride is a great way to check out Cedar Point from almost 100 feet over the air along the main midway. It did close down by early afternoon during Hallo-weekends, so make sure to do this earlier in the day.
What to Eat: Sweet Eats and Trick or Treats
- New this year is the “Night of the Living Fed”. An all-you-can-eat buffet that includes Halloween-themed food. This feast is available from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. located in the Lakeside Pavilion. Tip: advance purchases can be done for a reduced fee.
- Cedar Point has set up eight trick-or-treat candy stations, conveniently located right off the main midway. Children are handed a small bag and card to be punched at each station. The staff has great costumes and passes out candy, but also gives out apples, pretzels, a pencil and a mini-pumpkin. This is definitely worth a stop – and takes about ten minutes to complete.
- I’ll admit, one of the scariest thing I saw at Cedar Point were the food prices. TIP: You are allowed to bring in bottled water. Also, you can ask for a cup of ice water at any food station for free.
What to See
- Make sure not to miss the 5:00 p.m. parade on the midway where your family can catch friendly monsters, spooky-fun floats and not-so-scary surprises. The parade runs on Saturday and Sunday, weather permitting. You can arrive only a few minutes prior to the parade and still find good viewing. The parade takes about ten minutes and is entertaining for young and old alike.
- Live shows are available during the afternoons and evenings. This is especially helpful if you need a sit-down break after so much walking! Sideshow – a Carnival of Magic is 25 minutes in length and offers high energy dancing and magic tricks, a delight for all ages.
- You cannot miss the Pumpkin Blaze – over 1,000 carved pumpkins on display. The sight, located near the Top Thrill Dragster ride, was beautiful during the day and even more so lit up at night.
- Cedar Point offers plenty of evening FRIGHT experiences – from scare zones, shows, and scary mazes to name a few. They generally start around 8:00 p.m. TIP: “No Boo” necklaces can be purchased for $8.00 and this will let a monster know not to scare you.
- Kids (under 54” tall) can enter a costume contest and the winner(s) participate in the parade. Make sure to check out the website for more details.
- Fridays: 6:00 pm – Midnight (Several attractions are not open on Friday, check the website for details).
- Saturdays: 11:00 am – Midnight
- Sundays: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
For more information, visit Cedar Point’s website on HalloWeekends here.
Cedar Point is located on a Lake Erie peninsula in Sandusky, Ohio. Nearby major cities include Cleveland (60 miles), Toledo (62 miles), Detroit (115 miles), Columbus (120 miles), and Kalamazoo (210 miles).
Has your family been to Cedar Point during HalloWeekends? If so, we’d love to hear your experience.