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 more than 70 rides, including 18 roller coasters, four kids’ areas and games galore.
What should you know about Cedar Point HalloWeekends 2021 to get the most out of your trip this fall? Metro Parent chatted with the park’s digital communications manager, Kristy Bacni, to get the scoop.
HalloWeekends tickets and dates
Sept. 17, 2021 kicks off the 24th year for Cedar Point HalloWeekends; it goes through Oct. 31.
In September, the park is open 6 p.m.-midnight Fridays, 11 a.m.-midnight Saturdays and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sundays. In October, the park is open 6 p.m.-midnight Thursdays, 11 a.m.-midnight Fridays-Saturdays and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sundays.
Buy your HalloWeekends tickets at gate for $80. 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 $65 ($50 on Thursdays and Sundays, and $55 on Fridays).
Parking at Cedar Point is $20/vehicle or $30/preferred parking.
Tricks and Treat Fall Fest
Before the monsters roam the midway, kids get some not-so-scary fun at the Tricks and Treat Fall 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 Tricks and Treat Fall 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 the Buccaneer Game Show, Howlin’ Hay Maze, Trick And Treats Challenge Course and the ever-popular Magical House on Boo Hill, among others. You’ll even find fun activities including crafts, a costume contest and Halloween-themed eats.
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 Frontier Trail), Cornstalkers II: Revenge of the Pumpkin Heads (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 newest addition Banished, which is also on Frontier Trail.
Plus, there’s five haunted mazes (Deprivation, Fearground Freakshow, G.A. Boeckling’s Eerie Estate, Hexed: Black Magic and Slaughter House 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 Fortune Tellers and the Halloweekends Great Pumpkin Spectacular display. You’ll also find spook-tacular musical performances including the Monster Mash-Up with “The Shrieks” Band and DJ Dr. Scream.
If you can get your older kids to stop with the rides for a minute, you’ll can creep them out with some stage shows like The Tell-Tale Heart or Midnight Syndicate: Conspiracy of Shadows.
Before heading to Sandusky, for Cedar Point HalloWeekends, be aware that some attractions and rides are not available every day the park is open.
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; 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.
Cedar Point is currently enforcing some COVID-19 safety protocols for guests visiting the park. Those protocols are as follows:
- Guests who have been exposed to COVID-19 in the last 10 days or who are experiencing symptoms should not visit the park.
- All guests 2 and older who are not fully vaccinated are required to wear face coverings unless they are actively eating and drinking. Face coverings should completely cover the nose and the mouth and should not have valves or vents.
- All monetary transactions are to be done with a form of contactless payment such as credit card or Apple and Google Pay.
- At least one member of your group must have the park’s mobile app on their phone and should have the location service turned on.
- Guests should utilize the hand sanitization stations around the park often.
Other safety protocols including reservations and health screenings have been discontinued. You can learn more about the park’s response to COVID-19 here.
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.