We packed up the family and headed out to Cedar Point for HalloWeekends this Saturday. Although it was nearly 90 degrees outside the vibe sure felt like Fall. Cedar Point is sure pulling out all the scares for 2017. With coasters, scary music, live shows, haunted houses, mazes and creepy people in masks lurking around every corner it’s truly an adrenaline junkie’s dream.
Is It Really That Scary?
The short answer is yes! After 8 p.m. a portion of the park is designated as the “scare” zone. Special effects, fog and actors lurk around every corner waiting to make you scream. If you scare easily do not enter the zone. The masked actors came right up behind us more than once and scared the bejeebers out of us.
At approximately 7:45 p.m. we saw a parade of actors in hooded robes. I’m assuming they were headed to the scare zone. My daughter looked at me, chuckled and said, “Guess where I’m not going?”
If you’re looking to get your scare on don’t miss the new Deprivation and Fearground Freakshow. Deprivation is truly terrifying. It’s a haunted maze in the pure darkness. You’ll be happy to get this one over with. Fearground Freakshow speaks for itself.
As far as Live shows go you won’t want to miss Midnight Syndicate. There’s live horror music and a movie on the screen that comes to life right before your eyes.
What If You Have Small Children?
Some of the areas and live shows are very intense for small children. Even my 8 year old was terrified at times. Personally I wouldn’t recommend children 12 and under going through the scare zones or haunted houses at all unless you know they don’t scare easily. Midnight Syndicate Live is also too much for little kids. It had a couple of jump scares near the end that left my son in tears.
You can purchase a “No Boo” necklace that keeps the actors at bay in any of the souvenir shops. It will cost you $20 though. I did notice that the actors won’t go near anyone in your party if even one person is wearing the necklace so if you have multiple children you won’t really need to buy more than one. They don’t scare the parents either.
In summary, avoid the scare zones and haunted houses and you’ll be fine. The actors don’t really “scare” outside of the zones. There’s plenty of family friendly non-scary fall activities to enjoy.
Cedar Point HalloWeekends runs Saturdays and Sundays from September 16 – October 29.
More HalloWeekend Tips:
Save money by buying your tickets online. Keep in mind that the waits for most of the haunted attractions and popular coasters are really long and eat up your time. As cheap as I am I would invest in the Fright Lane Pass which comes with the skeleton key. You can bypass the lines of all of the haunt mazes one time each. The Skeleton Key gives you access to 5 VIP experiences. The haunted attraction lines seemed to be longer during the night and the coaster lines are longer during the day. To counter this ride the coasters during the night and haunted attractions during the day.
Would you dare? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below!