Cedar Point is known for dishing out some serious screams, but it’s not always the coasters that cause all the commotion. Every year, when summer turns to fall, Cedar Point HalloWeekends transforms the park into a Halloween lover’s sickest dream: Where monsters roam after dark scaring the pants off of anyone who crosses their path.
Of course, this spooktakular event isn’t just for those who love to be scared. There’s plenty of Halloween fun for kids during the day, plus 70 rides, including 18 roller coasters, four kids’ areas and games galore. What should you know about Cedar Point HalloWeekends 2018 to get the most out of your trip this fall? Metro Parent chatted with the park’s communications manager, Kristy Bacni, to get the scoop.
HalloWeekends tickets and dates
Sept. 14, 2018 kicks off the 22nd year for Cedar Point HalloWeekends; it goes through Oct. 28. During this season homestretch, the park is open 6 p.m.-midnight Fridays, 11 a.m.-midnight Saturdays and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sundays – with special extended hours of 11 a.m.-10 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7, the park’s official website calendar notes.
Buy your HalloWeekends tickets at gate for $72 for adults and kids taller than 48 inches, or $45 for kids under 48 inches tall and seniors. You can find discounted ticket prices at your local Meijer, through AAA or at your credit union, but the cheapest place to get your tickets is through Cedar Point’s website, according to Bacni. Here, HalloWeekends Saturday admission runs as low as $57 for adults (cheaper on Fridays and Sundays) and $45 for kids.
Parking at Cedar Point is $20/vehicle or $25/preferred parking.
The Great Pumpkin Fest
Before the monsters roam the midway, kids get some not-so-scary fun at The Great Pumpkin Fest, a merry Halloween celebration full of tamer ghoulies and ghosties, and some unique Halloween-themed attractions for them to enjoy.
“Cedar Point is already a wonderful getaway for families, but during HalloWeekends, there is so much more to experience,” Bacni says. “(During The Great Pumpkin Fest), there are family activities that aren’t typically seen at an amusement park, like trick-or-treating, a foam party, kid-friendly mazes and more.”
Among these kid-friendly attractions happening at Cedar Point HalloWeekends are Linus’ Mummy (foam) pit, Peppermint Patty’s Hay Bale Maze and the ever-popular Magical House on Boo Hill, among others. You’ll even find fun activities like Sally’s Craft Corner, Trick-or-Treat with The Peanuts, Lucy’s Pumpkin Painting and much more.
In addition, the park will also offer the haunted attractions, Hexed Spellbound, The Mystery of Eerie Estate and Zombie Jr. High for younger kids that want to get a taste of the Haunt. Plus, you’ll find some ghoulish effects on some of the kid-friendly rides.
During the twilight hours and into the night, the not-so-friendly monsters come out to play, in the outdoor fright zones and indoor haunted houses open during the “Haunt” at Cedar Point HalloWeekends.
During Haunt, choose from six terrifying walk-through outdoor attractions, including Blood on the Bayou (near Top Thrill Dragster), Cornstalkers (at the end of Frontier Trail), the pirate-themed Cut Throat Cove (by Maverick), Tombstone Terror-tory in FrontierTown, Harvest Fear (near Town Hall), and the new Trail of the Forsaken in FrontierTown; plus six indoor haunted attractions (Deprivation, Fearground Freakshow, G.A. Boeckling’s Eerie Estate, Hexed, Slaughter House and Zombie High School) scattered throughout the park.
The park also lights up at night with theming and animatronics that complete the thoroughly spooky vibe, but if you’re not into all of that you can always purchase a no-boo necklace, which will keep the monsters at bay.
Cedar Point HalloWeekends also brings tons of shows for those thrill-seekers that are less about the coasters and creeps and more about family fun.
This year, they’re bringing back the Gypsy Fortune tellers, The Skeleton Crew and, of course, The Great Pumpkin Parade.
If you can get the kids to stop with the rides for a minute, they’ll even find some shows to enjoy, including the Halloweekends Pumpkin Spectacular display and many others.
Before heading to Sandusky, for Cedar Point HalloWeekends, be aware only select rides are open on Fridays, and certain attractions are only open on Saturdays and Sundays.
Dinosaurs Alive will be open but typically closes when the sun goes down.
The park also offers special programs during Cedar Point HalloWeekends (and all year round) to make the day a little easier on families with young kids or visitors with disabilities.
These programs include the “Parent Swap” program, which allows both parents to ride larger rides when the child cannot ride; the boarding pass program for those with physical disabilities and autism spectrum disorders; and height wristbands for kids that just meet the height requirements for the rides and roller coasters, so they have no problems getting in line, and the “Kid Track” program, which reunites lost kids with their parents.
To find more information on any of these programs, visit Guest Services, Town Hall or Lost Persons.
If you’re looking for details on Cedar Point’s regular season, check our the Metro Parent roundup on Cedar Point hours, ticket costs, new rides and more – or for more Halloween-type fun, check out our roundup of top hayrides and haunted houses in southeast Michigan.
This post was originally published in 2015 and is updated regularly.