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Friday, 27 September, 2013 0:05 AM

Review: HalloWeekends is a must-see at Cedar Point

PHOTO BY JEROME RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.COM

Pumpkins in front of the giant carousel

 

by Gloria Rzucidlo
gloria1025@yahoo.com

 

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SANDUSKY, Ohio -- On Sunday, Sept. 22, on a crisp autumn day, we visited the HalloWeekends at Cedar Point for the first time. Even before we walked in, the entrance was decorated with pumpkins and Halloween decor.

As we walked throughout the park, there were Halloween-themed displays everywhere. From cemeteries to hearsts to caskets, skeletons and bats. With mazes and creepy creatures around every corner to haunt your dreams, its everything you fear and more.

We went through three haunted houses, such as the Eerie Estate. This limestone mansion harbors deep, dark secrets, guarded by ancient inhabitants seeking revenge and looking for more permanent residents. Another was the Zombie High School, just try to stay alive as you walk through these haunted halls and creepy classrooms. But be cautious--the walking dead students aren't ready to let you graduate....ALIVE. Then there was the Eternity Infirmary, where you can check in but you can't check out. Stay away or you may be its next victim. They were the best haunted houses I've ever been to. From the life-like props to the scary staff, it was really spooky. The haunted houses were worth the trip alone. They were the best as far as I'm concerned.

We also went to the Eden Musee which is a wax museum but some of the characters were not dead. BOO!

For lunch we visited a new restaurant to the park called "Pink's Hot Dogs." The original restaurant opened in 1939 in Los Angeles on the corner of LaBrea and Melrose. In 2011, they opened their new location at Cedar Point. The restaurant is similar to the other locations I have visited with movie star pictures hanging on the wall. The place was nice and clean and the staff was very friendly. We thoroughly enjoyed our chili and cheese hot dogs.

Then there was the Monster Midway Invasion Celebration Parade. What a nice treat. It began with a band from Waterford, Michigan. Then came the scary creatures, floats and a vehicle made from a casket. The parade route began at the entrance of the park and went all down the main Midway throughout the park.

We also saw many Halloween-themed shows such as the Halloween Hullabaloo which is a musical revue of all your ghoul-time favorites in the Ghoul Time Theatre; the Sideshow--A carnival of Magic which is a high-energy dance group combined with magic to rock your world and tease your senses; The Edge of Madness--Infernal Nightmare located inside the Red Garter Saloon which is another musical troupe with a Halloween theme; and lastly, the Skeleton Crew which is an amazing cirque-style spectacle with acrobats that will dazzle your senses.

We rode on many of the amusement park rides and roller coasters. There was hardly a wait for any of them, maybe a minute or two, tops. We went on the Windseeker, Iron Dragon, the train ride, Cedar Downs, the Cadillac cars, Merry-go-Round, sky rail, just to name a few.
We also enjoyed going in the gift shops with many HalloWeekends gift merchandise for sale.

The weather was sunny and cool. What a wonderful day to visit Cedar Point. If you have a weekend free from now til October 27, give them a try. It will definitely be worth the trip.

Ticket prices on Saturday and Sunday is $46.99 which is $10 off the regular price of $56.99 if you buy online. Friday and Sunday night Starlight tickets which means Friday night after 6 p.m. and Sunday night after 4 p.m. are $37.99. Saturday starlight tickets are $44.99 after 5 p.m. Junior and Senior tickets for guests under age three and over 62 are $29.99 all weekend long. HalloWeekends hours are Friday 6 p.m. til midnight, Saturday from 11 a.m. til midnight, and Sunday from noon til 8 p.m.

I would recommend everyone going or better yet, make it a yearly tradition. Have a spooktacular Halloween!

For more information about HalloWeekends at Cedar Point, visit www.cedarpoint.com.

Related Stories: Cedar Point sets two new World Records during Guinness World Record Day; Cedar Point goes Hollywood with the opening of Pink's Hot Dogs; Pink's Hot Dogs to open new restaurant at Cedar Point on May 14

 


PHOTO BY JEROME RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.COM

Skeletons

 

PHOTO BY GLORIA RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.COM

A headless man and other characters

 

PHOTO BY JEROME RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.COM

A mini cemetery in the middle of the park

 

PHOTO BY GLORIA RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.COM

Tombstones are named after former rides at Cedar Point

 

PHOTO BY JEROME RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.COM

The Hay Bale Maze

 

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