When you first think of HalloWeekends, you may think of scares, nighttime coaster riding and hoody weather.
That still holds true, but HAUNT frights only happen Friday and Saturday nights (indoor haunted mazes are open Sundays from 3pm-close, too).
We want you to know that the entire park is NOT scary all the time - you can still enjoy the rides and roller coasters after HAUNT begins at 8pm. And everything scary is clearly marked in the park and on the Fright Guide.
Our nighttime screams are what we’re known for this time of year, but we also have rides open and something else happening during the day.
The lighter side of HalloWeekends is The Great Pumpkin Fest and it happens on Saturdays and Sundays starting at 11am. It’s full of family-friendly shows, attractions, and experiences. There’s also some really yummy fall food options (if you’ve read my other blog posts, you can tell that l REALLY like food).
Check out the must-do’s at our daytime event, The Great Pumpkin Fest:
1.) Hallo-tween Mazes
Okay so…I think we made that word up. But we couldn’t resist. We also made up some really neat indoor mazes that are NOT haunted at all. These are perfect if you’re too young for the real scares of HAUNT but old enough to solve puzzles and use some brainpower.
Tweens can try all three - The Mystery of Eerie Estate (think: real-life Clue), Zombie Jr. High School (try to pass each class by completing challenges) and Hexed: Spellbound (outwit our witches).
2.) The Great Pumpkin Parade
A staple to The Great Pumpkin Fest, our parade takes place Saturdays and Sundays at 4pm down the Main Midway and throughout the park.
Everyone’s favorite beagle, Snoopy, and his pals march through the park on ginormous floats while dancers and other friends put on a show…just for you. What’s Halloween without a parade?
3.) Charlie Brown’s Challenge Course
Climb over walls, dive through tunnels, leap over barriers…it’s just like American Ninja Warrior - but for kids. You can even settle that argument with your brother about who’s faster - because we have two side-by-side courses for racing. First one through rings the bell!
4.) Sample Seasonal Sustenance
Fall is a fun time to indulge and you can taste some seasonal favorites throughout the park. Have Thanksgiving early (whaaaaat?!?!) with our Turkey Dinner Baked Potato - embedded in a baked potato, it has turkey, stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce. When the weather begins to turn, you can warm up with hot chocolate or apple cider served in a pumpkin cup. Snag one of our souvenir mugs and get refills for just $1.
5.) Skeleton Crew
Acrobats, high wires, stuntmen and gymnasts take the stage in our cirque-style Halloween show. All ages can dazzle at the impressive tricks…and dance along with our skeletons too!
There’s more than 30 attractions for kids and families to explore at our daytime event. Learn more about them all here.
The only problem with The Great Pumpkin Fest is that it comes and goes too fast. You only have 6 more weekends to experience it - so round up the gang and make plans to visit! If you’ve got the courage, stick around for HAUNT at night…if you dare.
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