By Melody Vallieu
If you’re looking for a final fright before the Halloween season comes to an end, a trip up or down Interstate 75 will lead you straight toward some ghoulish goings-on.
From freaky mazes, to family-oriented shows, the Halloween events at both King’s Island and Cedar Point are frightfully suited for both the young — and the young at heart.
• Kings Island’s Halloween Haunt
Kings Island’s Halloween Haunt remains open this coming weekend, Friday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 29 from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. at 6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason.
Halloween Haunt’s frightening attractions include 11 mazes for thrill seekers, including Madame Fatale’s Cavern of Terror, Slaughter House, Board to Death, and the new Field of Screams … enter if you dare.
“Our new 10,000-square foot maze, Field of Screams, has opened to rave reviews this fall,” said Tom Helbig, public relations area manager for Kings Island. “With this attraction, trespassers beware. The farmers don’t take kindly to uninvited guests.”
The weekend-only events also include all of your favorite rides — Windseeker, The Beast, Drop Tower, Delirium and more — and terrifying Scare Zones, including:
• Cemetery Drive — Tombstones quake as the residents come out for a swinging wake. Beware of grim grinning ghosts wanting to socialize. What they really want to do is terrorize.
• Freak Street — If you want to live a nice, quiet life, please do yourself a favor and don’t come out at night. The freaks … they’re always out at night.
• Nightmare Alley — Will you survive the darkness, or be one of the latest victims of the pure evil that lurks. Just keep telling yourself it’s only a nightmare.
Want a little entertainment? Bloody well, try these on for size:
• Blood Drums — The pulsating power of this rapturous band of misfit drummers will mesmerize and energize you in this percussive blood bath of rhythm and music. It’s a punk rock stomp!
• Hot Blooded — Vampires, blood and rock ‘n’ roll explode on the stage in this seductive after-life revue. Break on through to the other side and get bitten! Be advised the show is intended for mature audiences.
“In addition to 11 haunted attractions, three scare zones and three live shows, more than 20 rides are open at Halloween Haunt, including the Banshee, Beast and Diamondback roller coasters,” Helbig said. “If you enjoy night rides on these coasters, there’s no better time than Halloween Haunt to experience them.
“It’s a total different atmosphere in the fall.”
Tickets purchased online are $30.99, however other packages that include parking and an all-you-can-eat buffet are available. Parking is $20 the day of or $15 when purchased in advance.
For more information, visit https://www.visitkingsisland.com/haunt.
• Cedar Point’s HalloWeekends
Celebrating 20 years of fears, Cedar Point Amusement Park again is offering its annual HalloWeekends. Events will continue Friday, Oct. 28 from 6 p.m. until midnight, Saturday, Oct. 29 from 11 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday, Oct. 30 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
“HalloWeeknds is split into two awesome events, The Great Pumpkin Fest and Haunt,” said Kristy Bacni, communications manager for Cedar Point. We offer several kid-friendly activities during the day celebrating the 50th anniversary of ‘It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,’ but when the sun goes down, sinister characters come out to scare guests to their delight.”
Similar to King’s Island, the event offers a handful of mazes, including the Eternity Infirmary, Hexed and Zombie High School, along with all the rides that already get your blood pumping.
It wouldn’t be a Halloween event without the annual scare zones, which include:
• Blood on the Bayou — Lurking along the dark, murky waters of the bayou are mysteries too dangerous to explore, too twisted to explain. It’s where nightmares live in the shadows and the dead walk, searching for new prey.
• Cornstalkers — Navigate your way through this disorienting, twisted path. Beware, there’s more than just corn in this field.
Cut Throat Cove — Arrrr you brave enough? Meet the motley crews of sunken ships, left scavenging on the shore, waitin’ for rescue for more than 150 years.
• Fear-y Tales — Step into a disturbing, twisted storybook where demented fairy tale characters are determined to make sure happily ever after doesn’t happen!
• Maniacal Mechanical Screamworks — Journey into science fiction past and future to explore a sinister, steamy subculture where goggles and gears, Victorians and valves create a world that never was, but might have been …
• Tombstone Terror-tory — FrontierTown mutates into a ghost town after dark. The West is wilder than ever as undead cowboys take to the streets instead of remaining in the Boot Hill graveyard.
• Blood Drums — With an explosive blend of percussion, music, rhythms, fire and lights, these heart-pounding beats are sure to get your blood pumping.
• Shock and Rock — It’s your worst nightmare and the band’s all here. Join others at the Red Slaughter Saloon for even more bedlam, anarchy and musical mayhem.
• Sideshow — A Carnival of Magic — High-energy dance combines with magic to rock your world and tease your senses.
• Skeleton Crew — Don’t miss this extravaganza full of family fun. This amazing cirque-style spectacle will dazzle your senses.
• Spooky Shenanigans — Join staff for a fun, family-oriented musical revue of all your ghoul-time favorites.
“A lot of people ask, ‘If I come to HalloWeeknds, do I have to be scared,’ the answer is no. We certainly have attractions that offer lots of scares, but we have way more during HalloWeekends,” Bacni said. “Not only do we offer our 70 rides, we have special live entertainment and other activities to occupy those who don’t want to be scared. All of our haunted attractions are clearly marked as well.”
Admission is $42 online, although other offers are available.
Parking, located at One Cedar Point Drive, Sandusky, is $15 per auto or $25 for preferred parking.
More more information, visit www.cedarpoint.com/haunt/.
Don’t miss this extravaganza full of family fun at Skeleton Crew at Cedar Point. This cirque-style spectacle will dazzle your senses.