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The event kicks off with “last rites” and rides given on Mean Streak, the park’s massive wooden roller coaster. The ride will be open from 6 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16 with a special ceremony and funeral procession to the Dead Rides Cemetery at7:30 p.m. All guests who ride Mean Streak on Friday night will also receive a special souvenir and other prizes as the park pays tribute to this wooden rattler.
To celebrate 20 years of fear, HalloWeekends features the following new additions to the event:
- The Great Pumpkin Parade – Starring everyone’s favorite Peanuts™ characters, this all-new experience celebrates the 50th Anniversary of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” and brings it to life with colorful floats, silly characters and the most famous beagle of them all, Snoopy. Guests can watch the parade every Saturday and Sunday at 4 p.m., weather permitting.
- New Skeleton Key Rooms – Guests can kick their fears up a notch with five all-new rooms, located along the Frontier Trail. Inside, they’ll encounter intense haunted experiences that are not for the faint of heart. Access to the Skeleton Key rooms is granted with the purchase of Fright Lane, giving guests one-time, front-of-the-line access to all haunted houses.
- Blood Drums – Located in front of Giant Wheel, this new show is percussive, immersive and impressive! A cast of talented drummers uses items usually found in a junkyard to create high-energy percussive music that’s blazing with bass and thrashing with major rhythm, blood and sweat.
If that’s not enough, even more daytime fun awaits with Count Snooptacula’s Kids’ Costume Contest, Pig Pen’s Pumpkin Painting, Charlie Brown’s Coloring Zone, Sally’s Craft Corner, Marcie’s Monster Mash Bash dance party and drive-in movie showings of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” at Joe Cool’s Dodgem School each evening.
Activities at The Great Pumpkin Fest are available Saturdays & Sundays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Each night when the sun sets during HalloWeekends, the park takes on an entirely sinister feel as fog creeps through the intricate structures of popular rides and coasters. A highlight of the nighttime atmosphere is The HalloWeekends Great Pumpkin Spectacular. The whimsical faces of carved pumpkins burst to life in this special display of more than 1,000 pumpkins, most of them hand-carved and positioned along the Top Thrill Dragster Midway.
If being scared is the order of the night, guests will experience the rise of evil when HAUNT begins with “The Call of the Scare” in Celebration Plaza every Friday & Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. The creatures from the park’s six outdoor scare zones, including Cut Throat Cove, Tombstone Terror-tory, Blood on the Bayou and more, come together for a conjuring of evil before they’re set loose to their domains.
Spectacular live entertainment that can only be seen during HalloWeekends is back, including the extremely popular “Skeleton Crew” show. Aerialists, contortionists and high-wire walkers combine with high-energy music and lighting for an experience the family will not want to miss. “Sideshow: A Carnival of Magic,” “Spooky Shenanigans” and “The Edge of Madness” are also ready to rock the senses.
After getting scared and spooked, guests are sure to conjure up an appetite. Unique dining experiences are available, like Boeckling’s Banquet, set in the hallowed halls of the G.A. Boeckling’s Eerie Estate haunted house. Featuring menu items like filet mignon and succulent seafood, it’s a fine dining experience guests won’t want to miss!
Right around the corner from Boeckling’s Banquet and inside Joe Cool Café, guests can enjoy the Night of the Living Fed all-you-can-eat buffet. Menu items include fried fowl, gory pasta salad, baked brains & cheese, spaghetti & eye balls and more.
Boeckling’s Banquet is available on Fridays at 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. Night of the Living Fed is available Saturdays at 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. Advanced purchase is recommended for both dining experiences.
After sharing terrifying experiences with friends, why go home? Cedar Point’s Hotel Breakers and Breakers Express are offering the Ultimate HalloWeekends Package. This money-saving offer provides a 60-percent savings off of gate pricing and includes a two-night stay, free Friday night admission plus all-day admission for Saturday and Sunday with Early Entry and Cedar Point parking for all three days. Reservation information and additional package options available atcedarpoint.com/stay or by calling 419-627-2106.
HalloWeekends is open every Friday night from 6 p.m. to midnight, Saturdays from 11 a.m. to midnight and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. through October 30. On Sunday, October 9, special hours will be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
A visit to HalloWeekends can be free with the purchase of a 2017 Season Pass. All new 2017 Season and Platinum Passes include one free fall visit valid any single operating day through October 30. Plus, additional visits in the fall are just $14.99 each for all new 2017 Season Passholders.
For complete information on The Great Pumpkin Fest and Haunt, guests can visit halloweekends.com.