Posted Friday, September 29, 2000 10:31 AM | Contributed by The One The Only Coaster God
Seasonal amusement parks are staying open later every year, many taking advantage of the festive Halloween season.
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Friday, September 29, 2000 11:53 AM
WOO HOO! Halloween is my favorite time of year, and what better place to celebrate it, than the amusement parks here in Ohio!! Believe it or not, Wyandot Lake's is one of the best. The art college I attended (CCAD) did all the props....VERY well done and scary too! A horrifying 20 minute walk awaits thrill seekers who didn't get enough of a scare on the Sea Dragon!
First rule of Stormtroopers: Pee BEFORE you put on the uniform!
Friday, September 29, 2000 12:26 PM
Paramounts Kings Island here is doing a scream a thon for what I think is the first time???I'm not sure but it's supposed to be great and I think I'm going to go.
Friday, September 29, 2000 3:29 PM
Though I've never been to a Halloween festival at an amusement park, they do look quite fun. Especially since I love Halloween and all that jazz.
Ah, Halloween. I'm ready for the next three months of classic, non-stop goodness! :)
How dare you vanquish the Steel Phantom without his consent? Fear the Phantom's Revenge.
Friday, September 29, 2000 7:10 PM
Kings Island is doing a Halloween celebration this year and it is the first time ever. The surprising thing is that Paramount doesn't have anything to do with it. Q-102, a local radio station in Cincinnati, has bought out the park for these days and is running this whole thing. It sounds like it will be a blast. The cost is $19.99, but Season Pass holders get a break, only $16.99 for these people. If you get a chance to go, be sure that you do, with any luck I'll be able to make it there myself.
Friday, September 29, 2000 9:16 PM
I went to Fright Fest at Six Flags America last year and the crowds were unbelievable considering it was forty degrees out. It's a great time though to get on the coasters if you stand the cold, and Alice Cooper's Brutal Planet is worth the upcharge.
Saturday, September 30, 2000 6:38 AM
Knotts was first. Been doing it for years. The rest are a bunch of copy cats!
Saturday, September 30, 2000 11:20 AM
I do not know who was first with the Fright Fest or "Fright Nights" as it was called back in the day. But Six Flags over Texas had to be one of the first, now well over 15 years running. I am sure there is someone here who knows for sure.
I have been going to these events for some time now. I must say that last year's SFoT event was the busiest I have ever experienced. In fact it was more crowded than any summer day I have ever been there. I do not recall the last time I spent 25 minutes driving over the entire parking lot looking for just any space. I actually had to wait for someone to leave.
Saturday, September 30, 2000 1:08 PM
Back in 1973, when Knott's was planning the world's first theme park Halloween event, the perception within the industry was that the public wouldn't come to a theme park on Oct. 31. Since then, the monstrous popularity of Haunt has spawned Halloween events at more than 100 other parks across the country.
Sunday, October 1, 2000 10:42 AM
This will be the 28th annual Knott's Halloween Haunt. It lasts practically the entire month of October, and of course is a seperate ticket.
Gotta ride 'em all!
Sunday, October 1, 2000 6:15 PM
Actually the one at PKI is based on corporate money from Paramount. Q102 is just another sponsor. PKI departments are running the whole thing and actually hired new people for the haunted houses. Merch, food, games, and entertainment are all involved. Plus the Action Zone roller coasters areopen as well.
Monday, October 2, 2000 2:41 PM
I say be open unless it snows. Year round anytime anywhere, but there is the employee problem. I think thats the only reason some parks close after summer.
Saturday, October 14, 2000 11:32 PM
Staff does become an issue after Labor Day, but it is also hard to run coasters through the snow.