Cedar Point Brings New Scares To HalloWeekends
It’s not quite Halloween just yet, but many theme parks and professional haunted attractions around the country have already opened for the 2014 season. Cedar Point plays host to one of the world’s best Halloween events, and we have all the scary details from our media preview visit!
Highlighting the lineup of scares this year is Hexed, Cedar Point’s new witch-themed haunted house. Decrepit witches and their gaggle of small minions roam around this sinister new attraction working on spells and potions that have gone horribly wrong. Hexed is located next to the exit of the GateKeeper roller coaster and is the parks fifth haunted house, joining Zombie High School, G. A. Boeckling’s Eerie Estate, Eternity Infirmary and Eden Musee.
Cedar Point’s Frontiertown has been transformed into a ghost town after dark with the addition of the new Tombstone TERROR-tory. This terrifying new fright zone has guests leaving with a new fear of ghosts! Tombstone Terror-tory is the sixth outdoor fright zone, joining other haunted attractions such as Maniacal Mechanical ScreamWorks, CornStalkers, Cut Throat Cove, CarnEvil and Blood on the Bayou.
One of the most anticipated productions this year is Midnight Syndicate Live!
Midnight Syndicate creates some of the most well known music in the Halloween industry. Chances are, if you have ever visited a haunted attraction or Halloween event, you’ve heard their tunes. For 2014, Spooktacular live (or dead) entertainment’s star attraction is “Midnight Syndicate LIVE! A Legacy of Shadows.”
This musical group from Ohio is known for creating haunting melodies and “soundtracks to imaginary movies” by combining instrumental music and movie-quality sound effects on their albums. Performing live for the first time ever, this performance blended music, theatre and film into one horrific concert!
Additional HalloWeekends entertainment includes “Sideshow – A Carnival of Magic” in the Jack Aldrich Theatre, “Spooky Shenanigans, A Halloween Hullabaloo” in Lusty Lil’s Palace, “The Edge of Madness…LIVE” in the Red Garter Saloon and “Gypsy Fortune Tellers” in the Enchanted Encampment (near the Gemini roller coaster).
There is plenty of fun for your little ghosts and goblins too. From shows and performances to special areas and attractions just for them, kids will find both tricks and treats during HalloWeekends. New this year will be an expanded Howl-O-Palooza kids’ area, now located along the Wicked Twister Midway and in the Planet Spooky and Kiddy Kingdom children’s areas. Howl-O-Palooza will feature cornstalk and hay bale mazes, pedal tractors, trick-or-treat stations and much more!
Kids will also delight in special live entertainment that is suitable for the entire family, including the always-popular “Monster Midway Invasion Celebration” parade, the hit “Skeleton Crew” show in Celebration Plaza, “The Monsters’ Trick-or-Treat” and “Peanuts’ Halloween Show & Kids’ Costume Contest” on the Howl-O-Palooza stage, “The Pumpkin Patch Party with the Peanuts” in the Camp Spooky Theatre and “Snoopy’s Halloween Hijinks” in the Planet Snoopy Gazebo.
The midway was filled with actors and all sorts of giant creatures including this dancing monster!
Video: Dancing Singing Midway Monster
Looking for the ultimate HalloWeekends experience? Then Fright Lane is just for you. Fright Lane allows guests to bypass the lines at all five of Cedar Point’s haunted houses and the CornStalkers fright zone. And if that weren’t enticing enough, Fright Lane includes access to an exclusive Skeleton Key Room in each haunted house that is only available for them to enter. But be warned, all who dare to venture in may not escape! We tried this skeleton key experience and highly recommend the upgrade. Without spoiling what’s inside the special rooms, we will just say… it’s awesome!
Not only do you get to experience all these great Halloween events during HalloWeekends, but all the rides and coasters are open too! Maverick, Millennium Force, and Gatekeeper are amazing with all the haunt lighting and fog!
Cedar Point celebrates HalloWeekends September 12 through Nov. 1.
Fridays – 6 p.m. to midnight
Saturdays – 11 a.m. to midnight
Sundays – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m
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