SANDUSKY — Returning for its 15th year at Cedar Point in Sandusky is HalloWeekends, the Halloween-themed attraction that aims to thrill and scare with a mix of roller coasters and fright zones.
“We are committed to making it better each year and ensuring that from the front gate to the tip it’s HalloWeekends,” said Director of Public Relations Robin Innes. “It’s not just a little portion here and there, you will see HalloWeekends throughout the whole park.”
This year, HalloWeekends has added two new fright zones called “Blood on the Bayou” and “Maniacal Mechanical Screamworks.” With their addition, Cedar Point now has six fright zones and four haunted houses as well as live shows, a hay bale maze and family-friendly attractions.
“We are offering something new for everybody,” Innes said. “I think we are looking at a very popular HalloWeekends 15.”
Cedar Point has also added a giant to its stable of attractions. Near the front of the park, a mechanical giant sleeps, snoring until awakened. He then poetically describes his plans to eat you as he stands up to show his massive size.
“We are always trying to add something new and different to the park and that’s going to be another winner,” Innes said.
This year, Cedar Point has expanded its roster of creatures roaming the park to 450. Each actor, or “screamster,” goes through a makeup process which Innes said takes about an hour.
“That’s a lot of creatures out there,” Innes said. “We will keep our guests on their toes.”
While Halloween is the major theme, all the rides are still open to the public. These are the same rides that recently earned Cedar Point “Best Amusement Park in the World” honors by Amusement Today for the 14th consecutive year.
HalloWeekends takes place every weekend through Oct. 30. It is open from 6 p.m. to midnight on Fridays, noon to midnight on Saturdays and noon to 9 p.m. on Sundays.