Cedar Point's 8th annual HalloWeekends returns

Thursday, September 9, 2004 3:10 PM

Cedar Point Press Release

A pack of werewolves lurks around every corner with a strong desire to scare unsuspecting victims in the frightful Werewolf Canyon at Cedar Point amusement park/resort’s HalloWeekends event. This popular attraction has been newly expanded for 2004 with even more surprises, including an ending with a twist! Photo courtesy Cedar Point.
SANDUSKY, Ohio, Sept. 8, 2004 – You have feared this day all year.  You have had it circled on your calendar since last fall.  The mere thought of all those ghostly monsters, scary haunted houses and scream-inducing rides and roller coasters sends shivers down your spine.  But there is no way to avoid it.  Cedar Point’s annual festival of fun and fright, HalloWeekends, is back!

The historic amusement park/resort makes the eerie transformation into a Halloween haven by adding ghoulish decorations, wandering monsters, mystifying magicians, spooky live shows, three thrilling haunted houses, two fright zones, special areas just for kids and much more.  Whether you like your scares mild or wild, there is something for everyone at HalloWeekends.

Highlighting this year’s new attractions will be CarnEvil.  Located along the Wicked Twister midway, this carnival gone bad will be packed with sideshow freaks, ominous clowns, creepy carnival workers and a load of other surprises that materialize from the fog and darkness.  CarnEvil will join the Fright Zone and Werewolf Canyon as three places not recommended for those afraid of the dark!

Magic will again abound at HalloWeekends as Chris Linn and newcomer Tim Hill will wow and amaze guests of all ages.  “Chris Linn’s Magicomedy” will be presented at The Palace Theatre while “The Magic & Comedy of Tim Hill” will be performed in the Centennial Theatre.

Also new for HalloWeekends will be “Lair of the Vampire,” a terrifying haunted house.  This gothic dwelling will be located on the Main Midway near the Hofbrau restaurant and will feature wayward souls that defy gravity!  This is one haunted house NOT for the weak of stomach.

Last year’s hit, Werewolf Canyon, will be back bigger and better than ever.  This year the tables could be turned on the werewolf when he visits the Three Little Pigs Market.  But beware, before you make it there, you could meet your own demise at the hands, or fangs, of the werewolf!  (Guests must be at least 48 inches tall to enter Werewolf Canyon.)

Not all of the attractions at HalloWeekends are designed to scare.  Kids will enjoy Camp Spooky, formerly Camp Snoopy.  Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus and everyone’s favorite beagle, Snoopy, are dressed up and ready to greet our little ghosts, um, guests.  Kids will also delight in Halloween mask-making and the Magical House on Boo Hill, a fun house just for them.  Dancing Midway Monsters, a Kid’s Costume Contest, PEANUTS Halloween Show, roving entertainers and much more await children of all ages.

This year’s live entertainment options for HalloWeekends include: “The Wizard’s Welcome” at the main entrance; “A Trio of Terror from Edgar Allen Poe” in the Glassblower’s Arena; “The Witches of Witch Hollow” in PEANUTS Playground; “Monsters Rock! Back from the Grave” in the Red Garter Saloon; DJ Zombo; Gypsy Fortune Tellers, near the entrance to the Blue Streak roller coaster; the King Dapper Combo (every Friday night at 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.); and much more.

Overnight guests can also get in on the fun by staying in one of three haunted Hotel Breakers Jacuzzi suites.  Two suites feature Halloween decorations, coffin coffee tables, spells, potions, skeletons and things that go bump in the night!  Children will scream with delight in the “Great Pumpkin Patch” suite.  A welcome basket will await guests upon arrival, which includes two HalloWeekends sweatshirts, four tickets for Friday night and two one-day adult tickets.  (Reservations are currently being taken at 419.627.2106.)

HalloWeekends will be held the final operating days of Cedar Point’s 2004 season: Friday nights, Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 24, 25, 26 and Oct. 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30 and 31.  During HalloWeekends, Cedar Point will be open Friday nights from 6 to 11 p.m.; Saturdays from noon to midnight; and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.  On Friday nights, certain rides and attractions will not be open.  Top Thrill Dragster, Millennium Force, Magnum, Raptor, WildCat, Iron Dragon, Blue Streak and Wicked Twister will be in operation on Friday nights (weather permitting).  The entire park will be open on Saturdays and Sundays.  On Sunday, Oct. 10, Cedar Point will remain open until 10 p.m.

For more information on HalloWeekends at Cedar Point, guests can call 419.627.2350 or visit the park’s spooktacular Web site online at cedarpoint.com.