My last blog post focused on the family-friendly fun that Cedar Point offers for eight weekends during the Halloween season including a daily parade, trick-or-treating, costume contests, and Halloween crafts.
There will be none of that talk on this blog post. 🙂
This post is all about the spooky, kooky, creepy, eerie, scare-the-pants-off-you fun that is offered at HalloWeekends once the lights (and sun, for that matter!) go down.
Let’s get this out of the way right now: The HalloWeekends nighttime festivities are definitely not for the faint of heart, those that scare easily, or young children. Although, I loved the creepy, scary part of Halloween when I was young, most children do not and that’s absolutely fine. That’s what makes Cedar Point so awesome- it offers a scary and not-so-scary version of HalloWeekends that will suit any family’s Halloween style.
We visited HalloWeekends to experience both sides of the coin last weekend, and I’ve gotta tell ya, I loved the haunted HalloWeekends! Not only are there FIVE individually-themed haunted houses, but there’s also SIX heart-pumping walkthroughs including CornStalkers (visitors line up an hour in advance for it, it’s so cool), and live shows and concerts.
If you still haven’t had your fill and want an even more extreme visit, Cedar Point is offering Fright Lane with Skeleton Key that allows folks to basically skip the waits for the five haunted houses and CornStalkers and adds an extra-intense room in each that guests have to find their way out of!
Can you hear that? That’s me still jumping up and down with glee. Can you incorporate glee and creepy together? Absolutely.
What’s New in 2014
Adding to the frightful fun are three new haunted houses:
Hexed– a witch themed haunted house with intricately-decorated rooms and lots of corners for things that go bump in the night to jump out from.
Eden Musee Chamber of Horrors and Wax Museum– with a wax museum theme, you never know which statues are fake and which might just start walking toward you.
Zombie High School- Zombies have taken over the local high school and desire one thing- your brain.
There’s also a new scare zone with an old west and new show, Midnight Syndicate Live! A Legacy of Shadows filled with scary music and is definitely not for young children due to the themes involved.
Fright Lane with Skeleton Key at HalloWeekends
Fright Lane with Skeleton Key takes the fear factor up an intensity notch for this season of HalloWeekends. When you purchase Fright Lane, you get front of the line privileges to the five on-site haunted houses and the CornStalkers haunted walkthrough. Yes, it’s an extra cost in addition to park tickets. But is it worth the extra expense for the time you save by not waiting in line? You betcha. We breezed past the regular lines at all five haunted houses, and at only an hour into the spooky fun, the regular queue was already well over an hour long.
So, let’s do the math. If you are waiting for an hour in each haunted house line and the spooky part of HalloWeekends lasts 6 hours or so, well, you can definitely see where I’m going with this.
Skeleton Key opens up secret rooms in the haunted houses and each room is different in intensity and theme. In some rooms you must complete tasks, in others you must find your way out of the pitch black. In all of them you’re guaranteed a frightfully good time. I had a blast in the secret rooms and loved watching many of the guests squirm and, dare I say retch, at times.
When you purchase Fright Lane with Skeleton Key, you also get a fun, light-up skeleton lanyard that flashes and has a punch card attached so the folks running the show can let you through. It’s an awesome souvenir and Halloween trinket.
What Days Does HalloWeekends Run?
HalloWeekends is open for eight weekends in September and October on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The fun goes on, rain or shine, and if you’ve had all of the scare you can possibly take, keep in mind: many of Cedar Point’s rides are open as well!
We visited on a day that had the potential for rain and the crowds were very manageable. In speaking with Bryan Edwards (park Spokesman and all-around decent guy), he told me that days with rain or cold weather potential are great days to visit the park because of the low crowd level.
I wholeheartedly agree.
Disclosure: I was hosted by Cedar Point to give you fine folks the scoop on HalloWeekends and Fright Lane with Skeleton Key for the purpose of this blog post. I was not asked to state a particular point of view and, as always, my opinions are my own!