That actually seems like the kind of thing that HW might be able to pull of quite well. Obviously, being the family park that they are, I doubt it would include "scary" haunted houses and monsters, but I still think that HW might do something great with the idea!
Maybe HW could offer free halloween candy in addition to the soda and other items they offer. :)
The question that always comes up with a late season event...
Where are you going to get the people you need to run the park?
Another issue that is probably becoming steadily more important to Holiday World as the park grows...as the season gets longer, I'm sure it gets that much more difficult to conclude the off-season maintenance and new construction, especially in climates that get nasty winter weather...
(No, I don't know what Holiday World is thinking, but I can rationalize their actions! :) )
..you've pretty well hit all the major points. Also, since we're not close to a major metropolitan area, we don't have a large population from which to draw. When both parks are open during the summer, it's different--and that's what we focus our time and other resources on.
We also get this question regarding Christmas...in fact I just received my first Grinch email of the season. A grandma who shamed us for not providing her a place to bring her family in December...since we're in a town named Santa Claws. (I swear! She spelled it that way.)
Sigh! Paula *** Edited 10/15/2004 5:27:41 PM UTC by Raven Maven***
Swoosh, don't you understand, Paula HAS to taunt us like that. It's pprobably in her job description, in the section about torturing enthusiasts on Internet message boards...at the very least it comes with the territory.