Two weekends ago our family was invited up to Cedar Point to experience their annual HalloWeekends event. Our kids had never been to Cedar Point before and I knew they would be thrilled to visit the park.
But, I wanted to make sure that the Halloween event wasn’t too frightening as my kids are still young. And honestly, I’m not a fan of being scared. I much prefer the non-scary aspect of the season.
Thankfully, there are many family friendly non-scary things to do at Cedar Point HalloWeekends.
HalloWeekends for Kids
While HalloWeekends offers plenty of Halloween Thrills and Chills, Cedar point also offers many family friendly (non-scary) Halloween options for kids.
Monster Midway Invasion Celebration Parade – We love parades so we were very excited to see that there is a Halloween themed parade that takes place on the midway each day. Three were fun floats and friendly monsters that walked the parade route.
Howl-o-Palooza – The section of the by the Blue Steak roller coaster is filled with halloween fun for kids. Including Magical House on Boo Hill (a fun house for kids), a Hay Bale Maze and special appearances by the Peanuts characters.
While we never made it over to the Howl-o-Palooza section of the park, we will certainly make it as one of our first stops next year!
Snoopy Spooky – My daughter and I did get to meet Sally while we were enjoying the rides at Planet Snoopy. She had a great time in that section of the park riding the Kite Eating tree and bouncing the in giant Snoopy Bounce House.
Iron Dragon – And while my husband and son spend most of the day taking on the big roller coasters, we all went on the Iron Dragon together.
The Iron Dragon is a wonderful roller coaster for younger children. One because the height restriction is only 46 inches and two because it is a smooth and non so scary ride. Which I probably appreciate the most, as I'd rather watch others go on roller coasters than go on them myself.
Based on this years trip, I have a distinct feeling that I'll be watching both kids take on the big roller coasters next year, as they have most definitely inherited their fathers love for roller coasters!
Trick-or-Treat with the Dinosaurs
One of the highlights of our visit was walking the trick-or-treat trail at Dinosaurs Alive! The kids donned their Halloween costumes and we set out for some trick-or-treating fun.
As we walked through the exhibit, we were amazed at how life-like the dinosaurs appeared. Then we rounded the corner and all got a good laugh when we saw the first dinosaur decked out in her Halloween costume!
Doesn't Spinosaurus look less threatening in a princess costume?!
While many of the trick-or-treat stations passed out candy, I was impressed that there were some healthy and non-food options. One station passed out apples and another station gave out souvenir hammers that squeak when they are used.
At the last stop, the kids even got to pick out a mini pumpkin which they could decorate with the provided markers.
Because we decided to make our trip to Sandusky into a special weekend getaway, we stayed the night at Hotel Breakers at Cedar Point. In keeping with the HalloWeekends theme, the hotel was decked out with Halloween decorations.
We especially liked the 100s of bats that wear “flying” around the rotunda in the middle of the hotel.
Of course our favorite aspect of the hotel was the beach that overlooks Lake Erie. We thoroughly enjoyed walking the boardwalk and seeing the rising sun.
If you're considering staying the night, Hotel Breakers is a great option as guests get early entry into the park (an hour before the general public) and you don't have to pay to park (just remember to keep the receipt they give you at the gate).
Overall, we had a wonderful time at Cedar Point and found plenty of family friendly (non-scary) things to do at HalloWeekends. If you do visit, keep in mind that after the sun goes done there are scary sections of the park.