This is my third year being invited to come out to Halloweekends at Cedar Point and each year the park becomes for and more festive! Fall is my favorite time of the year when the weather starts to get a little cooler, the trees begin changing colors, and their is this crispness and eeriness in the air. This year, just like last, we made Halloweekends a family event with our kids and our nieces and nephews who ranged in age from 1 to 8 and so glad that we did! The fun and excitement on their faces at every turn was magical! Watching the Sleeping Troll wake up has always been a favorite of my 6 year old daughter and it's so hard to get her away from him. This is him below:
The other highlight for my family (of course other than the rides) is the Trick or Treat in Kiddie Kingdom! Oh my goodness so much fun for all. Each child gets a card with 8 different locations on it and at each location they get the card stamped and get a little treat! This year they got a few simple pieces of candy, slinky, a candy corn shaped cup, and bubbles. They had so much fun meeting all the characters at each stop as well. Snoopy and the other peanuts gang walk around and greet your little one while they trick or treat! So awesome! This is what the card looks like:
The best part of Halloweekends though hands down is the live entertainment that they provide. Each year we get more and more excited for the Skeleton Crew! Acrobatics and fire twirling at it's finest. My youngest is a tumbler and a hula hooper so she gets so excited each year to see her favorite girls doing acrobatics and spinning around in extra large hula hoop! The show is fun and appropriate for all ages. The make up is a little scary for some but if you stand far enough back you wouldn't even notice but my kids like to be right up front! As you can see from the pictures below it is a fun time. I get butterflies in my stomach at each throw and toss so afraid they aren't going to plant their landing or get caught- that must be the mom in me! Some of the below pictures are compliments of Cedar Point!
This year we did attempt to have the older kids try some of the grown up attractions but as we learned last year they just weren't ready for that much scariness! My oldest refused to go anywhere near the haunted attractions but my youngest (the 6 year old) was all about it... well until we actually got in one and then her tough facade was replaced with ear bleeding screeching screams and tears. Luckily we were only 15 steps into one of the attractions. So we didn't get to share in the adult fun this year like we were hoping but after the long day we had of riding a bunch of rides, getting filled up on caramel apples, pumpkin cookies, and hot cider we were happy to head back to the hotel and get some sleep before the trip home the next day!
Halloweekends run until November 1st with 5 haunted house attractions, 6 outdoor scare zones, special events like Gypsy fortune telling, Midnight syndicate, Skeleton Crew, and now with Fright Lane with a Skeleton Key that unlocks special rooms. There is so much to do you might as well stay for the full weekend! You can visit their webpage and purchase tickets here. Take some time to like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.