Halloween fun at Cedar Point

The lines were long, the day was mostly overcast and windy, but Cedar Point’s HalloWeekends proved to be a ghoulishly good time.

As you might expect, the expansive park was decked out with the usual spooky props: skeletons, cornstalks, pumpkins, and tombstones. One interesting graveyard in the Midway contains the tombstones of “deceased” rides and attractions. Remember the Fun House? Gone since the early 1980s. Who knew? Another is devoted to dead rock legends.

On the day my friends and I visited, most of the rollercoasters were up and running (some were closed because of gusty winds), and a lot of other rides were open as well. For a good scare, take a ride on the Millenium Force, which boasts a 300-foot drop and reaches speeds of 93 mph. I don’t think I can do that one again.

The real fun begins when darkness blankets the park and fog drifts across Frontiertown. Expects screams and jitters in haunted houses like Eternity Infirmary, rampant with menacing and bloody doctors and nurses. The haunted corn maze, CornStalkers, was good fun, too, with scarecrows startling even the most somber among us. The park boasts four haunted houses and six mazes this year.

HalloWeekends continue this weekend and ends the day before Halloween. Weekend hours are 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, noon to midnight Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. Adult tickets are $49.99; though there are discounts available at Meijer and on Cedar Point’s website. Evenings only are $31.99 and $39.99.

More details can be found at Cedar Point HalloWeekends.

Greg Tasker
Greg Tasker is Detroit News Arts and Entertainment Editor and has been writing about travel for more than a decade. His travel stories have appeared in AAA Living, Frommer's Budget Travel, Scouting, AMC Outdoors, Vermont Life and Island Life.