*This review was originally published in 2015 and has been updated for 2016. We were at HalloWeekend at Cedar Point this past weekend. We loved it!
by Jill P
Looking for a fun Halloween-themed road trip? What better combination than a bevy of Halloween trick-or-treats and rides galore! Running September 16- October 30 (on Friday evenings and Saturday & Sunday), Cedar Point is transformed into a festival of orange and loaded with family fun!
Here are our seven tips to make this adventure a great one!
1. The Great Pumpkin Fest is fun for kids. Here are some of the highlights:
- 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.
2. Take the Sky Ride To Get A Birds-Eye View. The Sky Ride is a great way to check out Cedar Point from almost 100 feet over the air along the main midway. We loved this vantage point at night to take in all of the cool Halloween displays and lights.
3. Go trick-or-treating. 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. This was one of the highlights for my son.
4. Enjoy fun Halloween-themed eats. Check out the “Night of the Living Fed” which is an all-you-can-eat buffet that includes Halloween-themed food. This feast is available on Saturdays only at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 pm at Joe Cool Cafe. Tip: advance purchased tickets will save you $4-$5.
5. Catch the parade. At 4:00 pm the 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.
6. Take in all of the great Halloween and fall decorations. You cannot miss the Pumpkin Blaze with over 1,000 carved pumpkins on display. This display was beautiful during the day and even more so lit up at night.
7. Invest in a “No Boo” necklace. 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. You can purchase “No Boo” necklaces for $10.00 and this signals the monsters, ghouls, and other scary creature not to scare you. We invested in a necklace this year for my 8-year old son and thought it was definitely worth it. I even saw several adults who had purchased the No Boo necklace as well.
For More Information
- Fridays: 6:00 pm – 12:00 am (Several attractions are not open on Friday, check the website for details).
- Saturdays: 11:00 am – 12:00 am
- Sundays: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
For more information, visit Cedar Point’s website on HalloWeekends here.
We stayed at the Hotel Breakers and loved our experience. It’s great to be just steps away from the park and found that we went back to our room several times throughout the day. Click here to find more info about the hotel and HalloWeekend specials.
Cedar Point is located on a Lake Erie peninsula in Sandusky, Ohio and Kalamazoo is about 210 miles away. The drive takes between 3.5 to 4 hours depending on traffic.
Has your family been to Cedar Point during HalloWeekends? If so, we’d love to hear your experience.