Looking for somewhere to take the family for Halloween? Want an event that is family friendly but also fun for the adults? Today we are talking about visiting Halloweekends at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. I recently took my two young kids to the event and here’s what I have to say about it.
Halloweekends at Cedar Point | The Great Pumpkin Fest & Haunt
“Halloweekends” is a fall themed event held at Cedar Point each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, from September 16th through October 29th. By day, the park takes on a family friendly fun atmosphere coined “The Great Pumpkin Fest”. By nightfall, things start to get a bit more spooky as the ghouls take their places and prepare for “Haunt” – the evening half of Halloweekends.
Since I was taking my two kids to Cedar Point with me for this event, I wanted to find out what there was that those younger kids would enjoy. Would the park be too scary for them? Would there be enough to keep them entertained for an entire day? If I have young kids with me, am I still able to do things that are enjoyable to me? These were the questions I asked myself.
8+ Fun Things for Families at Halloweekends | Cedar Point
As we wandered through the park, I kept finding more and more family-friendly activities that we wanted to participate in. Here are just a few of our favorites – things that made Halloweekends at Cedar Point a hit for the entire family.
1 . The Great Pumpkin Parade.
Every Saturday and Sunday at 4 PM, the Peanuts join several other park characters for a music-filled parade down Main Street. There is dancing, fun costumes, and larger parade floats. I mean, who doesn’t like a parade? Even I enjoyed its’ toe-tapping good nature.
Pro Tip: We decided to use the parade time to grab a snack and relax. There are park benches along the route and if you get there before the start of the parade, there’s a better chance of scoring one!
2. Fun Characters.
One thing we enjoy about Cedar Point is that Snoopy is part of the fun! There are themed sections of the park that carry the Snoopy name – these are where you’ll find specific areas for kids.
Here we found mini rollercoasters and some rides that were more “county fair” like. All of which my two kids enjoyed immensely!
Specifically for Halloweekends, we found fun little add on’s sprinkled throughout these kid areas. Things like Spooky Snoopy Eye Spy, a sort of hide and seek game. We also found craft areas and a kid’s haystack maze – which I “may” have gotten a little turned around in (don’t worry, my kids found the way out for all of us).
3. Family Friendly Shows.
Every year, the one thing I look forward to most at Halloweekends are the shows! These shows are professionally displayed and full of mind-blowing performances. Our favorite is the Skeleton Crew – it includes high adrenaline bicycle tricks, trampoline involvement, and an intense body contortionist. Definitely a not-to-miss performance!
4. Artistic Fall Themed Decor.
I am always amazed as I walk through Cedar Point during Halloweekends at the creativity and arrangement of their decorations. Displays filled with hundreds of pumpkins, animatronic displays, and fun photo opportunity spots that I can never quite ignore.
Cedar Point during Halloweekends is just a really fun park to walk through even if you’re not into the rides.
5. Trick or Treating for the Kids.
If you want to do some easy and safe trick or treating – head to Kiddy Kingdom. Here kids are given a bag to use trick or treating, plus a punch card to use at each station for a prize or treat.
Part of the fun for my kids was simply searching for the next numbered station. They would race to see who could find it first as the spots are intermixed between the kids’ rides.
6. Fun Family Rides.
At Cedar Point, I was excited to find that many of the younger aged rides were also open to adult riders. I was able to ride along with my kids and avoid spending my entire day standing on the sidelines. Besides, the rides were actually quite fun!
Here’s whats new on the rides for Halloweekends:
- The ride Monster becomes family friendly with a new Halloween inspired soundtrack.
- The Cedar Creek Mine Ride gets a Halloween surprise added.
- Ocean Motion becomes Ocean Motion as the water around it turns red with gurgling added.
- The Witches Wheel gets Halloween lighting and new sound effects.
7. Kids Crafts.
As mentioned before, spread out around the kids’ areas we found small stations with crafts for the kids to participate in. There were coloring pages and other Halloween inspired things.
Although one thing that’s really cool is, near the middle of the midway, we found pumpkin painting! Just be sure to do this early as it closes before dusk – we, unfortunately, found that out the hard way as I mistakenly told my kids “we’ll do it on the way out”. Oops!
8. And so much more!
Going in, I wasn’t sure there would be enough to entertain my two young kids for an entire day since they aren’t quite ready for the larger rides Cedar Point is known for. However, what I actually found was that we didn’t have enough time to enjoy everything we wanted to all in one day!
My best recommendation when taking kids to Halloweekends at Cedar Point is to look at their website first. Make a plan of what you really want to do and then get ready for an amazing experience. Looking back, we missed a lot of things that I would have loved to do.
If you’re planning to stay after 8 PM in the park with kids and you’re worried about them being too scared, head to one of the gift shops and pick up a “Don’t Scare Me” necklace. This glowing necklace will help the park staff know that you don’t want to be scared, although just remember they might not always see it right away.
Also, be sure to look at the map before heading into Halloweekends HAUNT. There are sections of the park that are more intense than others – simply avoid these sections if you aren’t looking for a fright.
Have you been to Cedar Point during Halloweekend? Tweet me your pics at @raisingdickjane using #IheartCP or tell me about it in the comments.
Thank you, Cedar Point for giving us free access to the park in order to cover this event for our readers.