Cedar Point HalloWeekends celebrating 25 years of family thrills

Press Staff Writer

        What began with a few modest fall weekends at Cedar Point has grown into the seven-weekend HalloWeekends extravaganza, filled with family-friendly activities, blood-curling haunted attractions, specialty food and drink delights and live shows, too.
        Popular daytime HalloWeekends kids favorites return, like trick-or-treat, The Magical House on Boo Hill, pumpkin decorating, corn and hay bale mazes, mini tractor rides, the kids’ costume contest and more.
        At night, brave guests will meet Mr. Midnight – HalloWeekends’ new and official “Master of Scarymoanies” – as he orchestrates and commences the haunted activities on the HalloWeekends Main Stage. Then, guests can enter outdoor fright zones like Blood on the Bayou, Banished and Harvest Fear, or find their way through terrifying indoor haunted mazes like Slaughter House, Hexed and Fearground Freak Show.
        In celebration of HalloWeekends’ 25th year, there are even more Halloween tricks and treats to explore at America’s Spooky Roller Coast.
        • Thursday Night Frights – Nighttime-appropriate interactive shows exclusive to Thursday nights will debut, including “Scare-a-oke” at the Farmhouse Kitchen & Grill Stage. Guests can belt out (or scream) their favorite Halloween tunes in front of a captive Frontier Town audience. On the famous Cedar Point Ballroom balcony, the Witch Sisters will heckle and interact with passers-by during “Witch Sisters’ Insult-emporium: Witch, Please!” and the new pop-up sensation “Slash Mob” will appear at various locations inside the park, showing off their killer choreography.
        • Bloodbath – Located within the towering structure of the Steel Vengeance roller coaster lies the new Bloodbath indoor haunted maze. Guests will enter what appears to be an all-new private club named “Orpheus,” the talk of the town and the party elite. As they move through the darkness, music and lights, the terror escalates as vampire-like creatures emerge and the true underground operation is realized.
        • The Haunting of Eerie Estate – Eerie Estate is the site of the Sandusky Paranormal Society’s latest investigation as they invite guests along for a classic ghost hunt. The rumors of ghostly tenants roaming the halls will be tested as guests take part in a mysterious exploration, taking them deeper into the multitude of rooms and beyond the dark shadows of this limestone mansion.
        • The Midnight Hour: 25 Years of HalloWeekends with Midnight Syndicate – Since 1997, the park’s midways and haunted mazes have been filled with the mystifying and macabre musical stylings of Northeast Ohio’s Midnight Syndicate – a duo of musicians whose curated creepy melodies can be heard in haunted attraction settings around the world. In this new production, guests will embark on a musical tour of the sights and sounds of the ongoing collaborations between Cedar Point and Midnight Syndicate.
        • Drinks & Dining to Die For – Select food locations in the park will feature “Flavors of HalloWeekends,” with specialty items like spicy maple sausage-on-a-stick, beer cheese waffle fries, hand-crafted pumpkin rolls, loaded burnt-ends nachos, spicy corn chorizo pizza and more. Popular favorites like blood bags, themed cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages will be offered at locations throughout the park, including the new “Midnight Elixirs” bar at the foot of the Frontier Trail.
        New recipes celebrating HalloWeekends’ haunted attractions will be available as part of “Mr. Midnight’s Fiendish Feast,” a seven-week, seven-course menu offered on Fridays only, while supplies last. Each week, a new course will be revealed on Cedar Point’s social media channels, highlighting the exclusive course offering.
        HalloWeekends runs Thursday nights, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 30. Daytime activities for kids are available Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only. For information on the full HalloWeekends offerings, visit halloweekends.com.


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