Cedar Point’s Halloweekend Tips

Coincidentally, this year Friday, September 13th (2019) was opening day for Cedar Point‘s Halloweekends in Sandusky, Ohio.  I’m not into superstitions or creepy things (I actually avoid all thing scary) but I was there for opening day!  It just so happened to have the opportunity to attend BloggyCon 2019 this year, which normally falls on the start of Halloweekends every year.  If you haven’t heard about BloggyCon before, you can check out my post here!

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Details of Halloweekends on Cedar Point’s website can be found here.  Halloweekends are open until October 27th, 2019.

At first, I was concerned about attending Halloweekends due to the scare factor, I was not interested in being frightened or creepy clowns and freaky costumes.  Some are, I’m not – to each their own, right?!  I had heard that if you attended on a Friday or Saturday night, there would be frightening characters lurking about the park.  This is NOT true, those are just rumors!  It is true that the scarier parts of Halloweekends and the characters are displayed and out during the evenings, but you can choose whether to walk into these designated areas or not.

Single Day Admission – $37.00
Retail Price: $65.00
You Save: $28.00
from: Way.com, Inc.

Fun by Day.  Fright by night.

We went on a Saturday evening and had no problem staying away from the characters and haunted houses. There were a few of the characters in the medians of the park, but they did not try to scare or bother anyone.  The park is also decorated to fit their Halloween theme and eerie music plays in the background, but it did not even bother this wimp (me)!  Cedar Point has fun, non-scary hours during the Great Pumpkin Fest (Saturday and Sunday daylight hours) and the super scary stuff on select evenings during the Haunt at Halloweekends.

I wouldn’t suggest taking younger children for the night-time hours, however, others had lots of little ones there so this is up to the discretion of each family.  The kid’s area and rides are closed in the evenings, as well as the children’s Halloweekends area.

The Great Pumpkin Fest

During the daytime hours, there is a ton of kid-friendly activities!  The Great Pumpkin Fest is included with park admission and includes special arts & crafts activities, Trick-or-Treat with the PEANUTS, The Great Pumpkin Parade, The Magical House on Boo Hill, themed games, rides, and indoor mazes without all the scary stuff!  And on Saturdays and Sundays at 4 pm there is the Great Pumpkin Parade with floats, characters, dancers, and performances!

Hotel Packages

Tickets are as low as $45 for Halloweekends on the Cedar Point website, but I would definitely suggest checking out the local hotel packages and discount ticket sites like Way or Viator.  I can personally suggest Hotel Breakers since I have stayed there and it’s SO super convenient to Cedar Point (and Sandusky!).  You can literally walk into the park from the hotel and you’ll have all the extra amenities including free parking, access to the pools, the beach (since it’s directly on Lake Erie), restaurants, and early access to the park.

Single Day Admission – $37.00
Retail Price: $65.00
You Save: $28.00
from: Way.com, Inc.

Tips for Visiting Cedar Point’s Halloweekends:

  1. If you’d like to completely avoid being bothered by characters during the night-time hours, there is an option to purchase a $10 glow necklace that can be worn while at the park.  This necklace alerts characters not to bother or try to scare you.  We did not need these because we avoided the haunted areas, however, if you still want to walk through those areas and not be bothered, you will want to purchase one of these.
  2. Take advantage of the late nights!  The Saturday we visited, the park was open until midnight and we stayed until they closed.  After 10 pm we didn’t experience any waits so the kids got onto the roller coasters that were too busy earlier in the day.
  3. To get the best parking, you’ll want to arrive early in the day (as the park opens).  The parking continues to fill up into the evening as guests arrive for Haunt at Halloweekends.
  4. Bring a hoodie or jacket.  It gets cooler in the evenings around the lake, especially in the Fall.
  5. You can’t bring in food or drinks, BUT you can bring in unopened water bottles.  This will save you some serious bucks if you don’t want to fork out $4 for bottled water.
  6. Pull out that fanny pack!  Seriously, if you are riding the coasters you’ll want to bring a fanny pack if you are planning to bring a cell phone, wallet, glasses, etc.  There are only paid lockers available to store your items while you are on the rides but you can ride with a fanny pack on.  For guys, shorts or pants with cargo pockets that button is also allowed for storing items when on the roller coasters.
  7. Wear closed-toed shoes.  Not only for the rides, but the bathrooms at theme parks are gross (especially by the end of the day) and trust me, you’ll thank me for that tip!  You will also be walking, a lot.  Also – take hand sanitizer, one of the bathrooms had run out of soap when we were there.  Ewww.
  8. Plan to spend money on food, more than you would expect.  Four of us split two entrees at Panada Express and it was still like $30, with no drinks.  Yeah.  With no options of bringing food in it definitely isn’t family-friendly as far as financially when it comes to meals and eating in the park.  You can, however, pack a cooler and go back out to your car to eat (get there early to get a front parking space!).  I actually found that the Starbucks at Cedar Point was not too terribly more expensive than usual and I could get a frappucino with added protein powder and a banana, etc. to it to make more of a meal.  As a bonus, you can redeem that for a free drink if you have the Starbucks rewards app!

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  • Reply CPFoodBlog September 26, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    As for eating in the park, you should consider purchasing a dining plan if you are looking to save money. They offer plans that are good for the entire day and you can eat every 90 minutes. Or you can add all-season dining plans if you are a season passholder.

    • Reply Jamie September 27, 2019 at 8:37 pm

      That is a great idea, especially with teenagers! I know mine could eat every 90 minutes easily!

  • Reply Jenna Stensland September 29, 2019 at 9:15 pm

    I love knowing about the glow sticks! If I was going at night, I would want one. We’d probably head there during the day though for the boys.

    • Reply Jamie September 30, 2019 at 9:54 am

      It’s great for the littles during the day! So much for them to do and fun activities. There was a foam mummy activity area that looked super fun for under age 12! Kids walked in and walked out covered in foam, looking like a mummy.

  • Reply Kylie N October 4, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    YES fanny packs are the way forward in theme parks!! I like the idea of buying the glow in the dark necklace…I’d have to get one, I hate people jumping out on me haha

    • Reply Jamie October 4, 2019 at 7:01 pm

      Me too! I’m definitely with you on the fanny packs and the glow necklaces!

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