What to Expect During Cedar Point’s HalloWeekends 2023

America’s Rockin’ Roller Coast kicks off its annual Halloween celebration on Sept 14, 2023.
Mr. Midnight will introduce you to his "Book of the Dark" at Cedar Point's HalloWeekends this year. // Photograph courtesy of Cedar Point

The coasters aren’t the only thing dishing out screams at America’s rockin’ roller coast this fall. Starting on Sept. 14, 2023, Cedar Point is celebrating spooky season with the return of HalloWeekends.

This annual event, which runs every Thursday-Sunday through Oct. 29 this year, offers merry not scary Halloween activities for kids alongside nighttime frights for anyone looking to embrace the fear, and of course, the rides that the park is famous for.

Find details about Cedar Point’s 2023 HalloWeekends including dates, ticket prices, attractions, and more, in this handy guide.

Dates and Ticket Prices

Cedar Point’s HalloWeekends kick off on Sept. 14, 2023, and runs every weekend through Oct. 29, 2023.

The park is open 11 a.m.-midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sundays. Select attractions are also open on Thursdays from 6 p.m.-midnight.

Single day HalloWeekends tickets are $49.99 when purchased online, which is a steep discount from tickets purchased at the gate. The park also offers a HalloWeekends bundle that includes single day admission, free parking, and all-day dining for $69.99.

Season passes for the 2024 season also get you into this year’s HalloWeekends. Parking is $25 per regular-sized vehicles.

Daytime Attractions and Experiences

During the daylight hours, Cedar Point’s HalloWeekends offers 10 experiences and five attractions for kids 12 and under who enjoy the kooky more than the spooky.

Some stand-out experienced this year include trick-or-treating, mask and bracelet crafts, pumpkin picking and painting, monster makeovers, make-and-take slime, seasonal games and more.

This year’s attractions are as follows:

  • The Magical House on Boo Hill: Find surprises around every corner as you make your way through this whimsical house located near Blue Streak. Parents or guardians are welcome to help their littles through it.
  • Crazy Corn Box: It’s like a giant sandbox, but instead of corn, it’s filled with thousands of corn kernels. Find it by MaxAir.
  • Howlin’ Hay Maze: Step into the maze located beneath Raptor and see how long it takes you to find your way out of the bales.
  • Tricky Corn Maze: Was the hay maze too easy? Tackle the corn maze near MaxAir and see if it gives the kids more of a challenge. Parents and guardians can accompany their kids through this one, too.
  • Harvest Tractors: Little ghoulies and ghosties are welcome to drive pedal tractors near Blue Streak.

Most of the daytime activities are free with park admission, but some do require a nominal fee.

Haunted Houses and Scare Zones

After the sun goes down is when the ghouls, ghosts and monsters come out to play. You can find them in one of five indoor haunted houses and five outdoor scare zones, including one new indoor attraction and one new outdoor attraction.

The new indoor attraction is called Midnight and takes you inside the home of the evil Mr. Midnight, who will introduce you to the Book of the Dark and all of the horrors within. Find it near Gatekeeper.

Returning indoor attractions include:

  • Blood Bath: The mysterious private club on the “seedy and dangerous side of town” that beckons you in with music and lights but may never let you out. Find it by Steel Vengeance.
  • Fearground Freakshow: Located by Maverick, this haunted attraction showcases Professor Von Fleece’s collection of frights and freaky delights.
  • Slaughter House: Tours of Spilt & Trails Meat Factory will show you how their butchers make sausage out of a variety of meats… including yours. Find it near Millennium Force at the start of Frontier Trail.
  • The Haunting of Eerie Estate: Sandusky Paranormal Society takes you on an investigation to explore the abandoned Eerie Estate, which has long been rumored to be haunted by vengeful spirits. Located near Windseeker.

Outdoors, Cedar Point welcomes the new Clownz Death Metal Tour. Sinister fans of the “clown-faced rock band” Butchers of Rock gather for a murderous metal concert that aims to drive you insane. Catch the show between Gemini and Magnum XL-200.

Guests can also expect the return of several outdoor walk-throughs including:

  • Cornstalkers 2.0: Get lost in a corn maze but keep your ears open because you’re being stalked by more than just corn in this field. Find it at the start of Frontier Trail near Millennium Force.
  • Tombstone TerrorTory: Back between Mine Ride and Steel Vengeance, watch out for undead cowboys and other western creeps who come to life in Frontier Town every night.
  • Cut Throat Cove: Pirates who walked the plank long ago stalk the area between Steel Vengeance and Maverick looking for people to join their crew.
  • Blood on the Bayou: Don’t get lost in the fog on the murky waters beneath Millennium Force. They’re infested with angry spirits and creepy creatures.

Many of the outdoor attractions are located along a midway, so if you don’t want to be scared, be sure to purchase a No Boo necklace. The light-up necklaces cost $15.99 this year and let the monsters know you don’t want to be scared, reducing the likelihood they’ll mess with you.

The No Boo Necklace may be used in all outdoor scare zones except for Cornstalkers 2.0. They may not be used in any of the indoor haunted houses.

Spooky Stage Shows 

In addition to roaming monsters and kid-friendly freights, Cedar Point also offers 12 stage shows and musical performances for guests of all ages to enjoy.

Among the entertainment for more mature audiences is the Echoes of Brimstone Club ft. Midnight Syndicate, which brings “fantastical sights and sinister shocks” for a show that “promises to be a real nightmare,” and the Festival of Fear, which showcases Halloween music as you enjoy a meal.

Plus, the retelling of Edgar Allen Poe’s The Tell-Tale Hear, the Wake the Dead murder-mystery musical, and performances by a band of vampires.

For younger guests, or those who aren’t interested in being spooked, the park offers stories and games with The Witch Sisters, costumed Peanuts characters, and so much more.

For showtimes and locations, download the Cedar Point app.

Roller Coasters and Other Details

Of course, the biggest draw of Cedar Point is the roller coasters and rides, most of which are open during HalloWeekends, though some of them are closed on certain days or close early to make space for the Halloween attractions.

The big coasters like Millennium Force, Valrav’n, Rougarou, Steel Vengeance, Maverick, and others are open most days, but Gemini and Corkscrew are both closed on Thursdays and Fridays, as are Camp Snoopy and Professor Delbert’s Frontier Fling.

The Cedar Point & Lake Erie Railroad is also closed on Thursdays and closes at 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. All kids’ areas close at 10 p.m. when the park is open later than that.

Cedar Creek Mine Ride, Windseeker, and SlingShot open at noon Fridays-Sundays, and Gemini and Professor Delbert’s Frontier Fling open at noon on Saturdays and Sundays.

Thunder Canyon, Snake River Expedition, and Snake River Falls are closed for the season.

In addition to the rides, the park still offers the delish midway food that you know and love — though some locations may not be open during the special event — along with special seasonal eats.

Those special seasonal items include Wings of Fire Smoked Chicken Wings, Bread Boules, Maple Sausage-on-a-Stick, Cheesecake Chimichanga, and more. You can find them at select locations throughout the park.

For more information on Cedar Point’s HalloWeekends, visit cedarpoint.com.