Iconic Canobie Lake Corkscrew spins to museum

By | September 23, 2022

PLAINVIEW, Texas – The National Roller Coaster Museum & Archives (NRCMA) is thrilled to receive the Canobie Lake Corkscrew into its permanent collection thanks to a donation by the park. The ride’s iconic loop is included in the donation and will have a featured location as the icon for the museum building in the future.

The Corkscrew started its life at Old Chicago theme park as the Chicago Loop. It was Arrow Development’s number two and the second coaster built to turn riders upside down twice. The ride was also featured in the 1978 Brian DePalma movie The Fury staring Kirk Douglas, John Cassavetes and Carrie Snodgrass. 

“This is an incredible opportunity to have an important piece of roller coaster history represented at the museum,” NRCMA Historian Richard Munch said.  “As one of the first four models manufactured at Arrow’s Utah plant in 1975, it went to Illinois, then was moved to Alabama and later to New Hampshire. This last piece will have its final home at the museum and is expected to be a major calling card for the facility on State Highway 194, just northwest of Plainview.”

Canobie Lake Park purchased the coaster in 1985 and then opened the ride in 1987 after being granted a height waver. 

“The effort to bring this section of the ride to Texas can’t be overlooked. It required five flat beds to move the cars, track and supports, which came with a hefty bill for shipping the equipment 2000 miles from Salem, New Hampshire to the Texas Panhandle. Beside the generosity of Canobie Lake’s ownership, I am thrilled that our board made this possible, especially with the work of Gary Slade and Hunter Novotny, and financial support of Jeff Novotny. It’s going to be a great billboard to those visiting for the first time, as well as the locals who will finally discover the purpose of this growing facility in Plainview.” 

While construction continues at the museum’s main facility in Plainview, Texas, the NRCMA is still reliant solely on the generosity of industry fans and facilities. You can purchase unique souvenirs at rollercoastermuseum.org/store with the proceeds going to the museum or donations can be made online at rollercoastermuseum.org. Donations can also be made by mail to NRCMA at P.O. Box 5424, Arlington, Texas 76005.

The scares are back at Lake Compounce: Phantom Fall Fest begins Sept. 30

By | September 22, 2022

BRISTOL, Conn. — Get ready for terrifying haunts, gruesome ghouls, and wicked food this Halloween season as Lake Compounce opens the gates for its all new Halloween event, Phantom Fall Fest. Beginning September 30, visitors will step inside the Phantom’s world as they enter through the gates at America’s First Amusement Park.

The fear kicks into gear starting at 6:00 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening. The park will be transformed with the addition of three scare zones, each specifically themed to tap into visitors’ deepest fears. Scare zones include revenge-seeking conjurors from the Connecticut witch trials, hunters searching for unknown monsters in the woods, and a seemingly perfect masquerade ball gone wrong.

“Lake Compounce has always been known as New England’s best destination for frights during the Halloween season,” says General Manager Jeffery Davis. “This year, we take scream to the extreme, building off 20-plus years of experience hosting Halloween events at Lake Compounce. Guests better prepare for an intense Halloween season!”

In addition to the park’s three scare zones, admission will also include access to three haunted houses, unlimited rides, and frights all night. Each house has been curated to a different theme providing unique thrill throughout. Haunts include:

  • MediEvil – It’s time to face judgement. As soon as you set foot in front of the Inquisitor, you are subject to his demonic interpretation of ‘justice;’ 
  • The Root of all Evil – Dr. Belladonna Thornwoode has gone mad on her quest for perfection, and you must find the way out of her once grand manor. A new creation of Dr. Thornwoode’s lurks around every corner and rotted door.
  • mAlice in Wonderland – Choose your path, will you go through the looking glass or down the rabbit hole? The choice is yours as you enter Wonderland.
  • Spirits of the Swamp – Breaking down in the Bayou is never a good thing, and breaking down in the Bayou after dark is even worse, will you make it through the swamp alive?

Lake Compounce guests can also Play All Day at Phantom Fall Festwith family friendly activities available from noon – 6:00 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. The park will be offer delicious fall themed treats and rides including Boulder Dash, Rev-O-Luiton, Ghost Hunt, and the park’s kiddie Land area, Circus World will be open until the fear kicks into gear at 6 p.m.

Phantom Fall Fest will run every Friday from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 – 10:00 p.m. from September 30 – October 30. For a limited time, guests can save $35 on admission tickets when they purchase single-day tickets online. Tickets are just $29.99 and include access for all hours of Phantom Fall Fest, unlimited rides, three scare zones, and three haunted houses. Or, purchase a 2023 Gold or Platinum Pass for unlimited visits the rest of 2022 and all of 2023.

Take a Journey to Hell at Blackpool Pleasure Beach this Halloween

By | September 22, 2022

Journey to Hell Freak Nights return to Blackpool Pleasure Beach this Halloween.  Will you be brave enough to travel through the eight scare zones to uncover the horrors that await?

Journey to Hell Freak Nights is a terrifying, experience led event featuring live actors through eight themed areas of Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Journey to Hell Freak Nights will leave your adrenaline flowing and heart thumping and take your terror to levels that you have never experienced before.  Dare you enter the park after dark?

Face your worst fears with silent assassins, evil carnival dwellers, undead sorcerers and even aquatic terrors lurking around every corner.  In order to survive your Journey to Hell you will have to experience Blackpool Pleasure Beach like you never have done before.

Journey to Hell Freak Nights take place on selected nights from the 7th to 30th October after the amusement park has closed to the public! Scare zones include The Legend of the Cursed River Caves, Pleasure Beach Hexpress, Rising Ghost Train, The Lost and more! Some scare zones incorporate thrilling ride experiences including intense high-speed rollercoasters.

The FY4 area of Blackpool Pleasure Beach will be transformed into a hellish area where you can join the Gate Keeper for live music and entertainment throughout the night whilst grabbing something to eat or drink – if you still have an appetite.

The scare zones featured in Journey to Hell include:

Impossible Freak House
Roll up, roll up and step into the big top!  These are no ordinary clowns, they want to keep your soul forever! Lets hope you escape the impossible.

Rising Ghost Train
All aboard, destination FEAR.  Something horrific  is happening on tonight’s trip.  You never know who you might meet on this hair raising journey.

The Legend Of The Cursed River Caves
Are you feeling adventurous?  Explore these cursed caves, where your screams will echo and awaken the legend of the cursed travellers. 

Hell Tunnel
Here piggy piggy.  This maze of tunnels is where the outcasts of society gather.  It might be dinner time come during your visit, will you escape being on the menu?

Sirens of Infusion

Evil can be pretty too.  The sirens will bewitch you with their beauty then drag you into their abyss and immerse your senses with their darkness.

The Controllers
First you will see them stalking you through the darkness but once they set their sights on you there is no going back.  You may feel uncomfortable for a while but once they have control of your mind you are lost to their realm.

Pleasure Beach Hexpress
A dark witchcraft pilgrimage. Let’s hope that all of the passengers make the return journey on this cursed locomotive.

The Lost
Don’t panic or you may never get out of this hellish maze of rooms.  Who knows what may be lurking around each corner.

Journey to Hell runs from 7pm until 10pm each night and incorporates eight scare zones and five rides.  Tickets for the event cost £39.  

Journey to Hell takes place on Friday 7th, Saturday 8th, Friday 14th, Saturday 15th, Friday 21st, Saturday 22nd, Thursday 27th, Friday 28th & Sunday 30th October. 

LA ProPoint celebrates 20 years of innovation!

By | September 21, 2022

SUN VALLEY, Calif. — LA ProPoint, the leader in the design, engineering, fabrication, and installation of theatrical and theme park systems, is celebrating 20 years of industry-leading innovation.

The company was founded in 2002 out of the back of Mark Riddlesperger’s, LA ProPoint’s President pick-up truck. After surviving economic downturns and even a global pandemic, LA ProPoint now boasts 50 employees working in a 30,000 square foot building.  The company has worked on numerous high-profile projects for some of the biggest companies in themed entertainment and general contracting. Some of LA ProPoint’s major accomplishments include:

  • Design, fabrication, and installation of massive custom automated truss structures for the sports lighting system and supporting equipment at SoFi Stadium In Los Angeles;
  • A complete renovation and upgrade of all of the theatrical stage equipment  at the Mandell Weiss Theatre/ La Jolla Playhouse at the University of San Diego;
  • Design, Engineering, Fabrication and Installation of custom and highly innovative, complex, curved projection screens and screen masking systems at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles;
  • Refurbishment, and various equipment upgrades, including a new piano lift system, a new custom rigging equipment control system and a new automated sunshade system covering the entire front of the Hollywood Bowl stage.
  • Design, Engineering, fabrication, and installation of a new structural steel catwalk and support towers at the Ford Amphitheatre;
  • Assisting the California Science with the new Space Shuttle Endeavor exhibit and the transportation of the external fuel tank (aka; ET 94) from New Orleans and through the streets of Los Angeles
  • Design Engineering and Fabrication for several domestic and international themed entertainment projects for Universal Studios, The Walt Disney Company and Warner Brothers, just to name a few.

“We have been incredibly fortunate to have been doing this work consistently and we have worked hard to become a leader in this industry for two decades,” said Mark Riddlesperger, President of LA ProPoint. “Our amazing employees, tireless diligence, courage to innovate, and dedication to customer service have been key components to our survival and success. And now we’re prepared and excited for the next 20 years!”

Idlewild’s HALLOWBOO! brings spooky, silly fall fun featuring Daniel Tiger and his Neighborhood Friends

By | September 21, 2022

LIGONIER, Pa. — Idlewild’s HALLOWBOO!, a fun, friendly Halloween seasonal event, returns starting this weekend for its 18th season at The Best Kids Park In The World. The young and young-at-heart can enjoy live shows, new character meet and greets, tasty fall treats and nearly 30 rides and Halloween-themed attractions on weekends from September 24 through October 30.

HALLOWBOO! is the premier fall destination for families offering a totally different Idlewild experience including new shows, great food, and favorite attractions with a special seasonal twist,” said Idlewild General Manager Tim Heger. “We are thrilled to offer 12 days of spooky fall fun in the beautiful Laurel Highlands.”

A wide variety of family-friendly entertainment will be provided, highlighted by the popular Trick-or-Treat trail through Story Book Forest. Kids of all ages can trot through the trail and collect treats from all of their Story Book friends. Many of the park’s most popular rides and attractions in Olde Idlewild, Jumpin’ Jungle, Hootin’ Holler, Raccoon Lagoon, and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood are rethemed to celebrate the season. Take a ride on the HALLOWBOO! Express Railroad, visit the eerie rooms of the Haunted Hill Hotel, find your way through three different mazes, then head for two, new spook-tacular live stage shows!

Jack-O-Lantern Jive and Monster Mash bring the jazziest set of ghouls to take viewers grooving through the graveyard. Little goblins will also love hopping to Idlewild’s signature show, Daniel Tiger’s Grr-ific Day, and enjoying Meet and Greets with Neighborhood Friends including Daniel and Katerina Kittycat. HALLOWBOO! also introduces new fall food options. Guests will find specialty food and drink fit for fall tastes. Try S’mores, Dirt or Apple Pie funnel cakes, or get fully into the spooky spirit with a green corndog!

Idlewild’s HALLOWBOO! opens for the season on Saturday, September 24, continuing on Saturdays and Sundays through October 30. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The best way to enjoy the event is with a Season Pass. 2023 Passes are on sale now, with Gold passes offering unlimited admission for the rest of 2022 for free, plus all of next year at Idlewild. Platinum Passes offer the best of both worlds with unlimited visits to Kennywood, Sandcastle Waterpark, and Idlewild for free the remainder of 2022, plus all of 2023. Single-day tickets are on sale now as well. Experience a day of spooky family fun! Tickets only $29.99 for a limited time.

Latest signed agreement bounces Altitude Trampoline Park into Bluffton

By | September 21, 2022

BLUFFTON, S.C. — Altitude Trampoline Park, one of the world’s largest family entertainment brands, announced today a new signed franchise agreement to position a go-to spot for indoor, active adventure in Bluffton with a new park location. Local entrepreneurs David and Haleigh Johnston will introduce the energetic brand to Beaufort County, specifically targeting parents and children ages 3- to 12-years-old in Bluffton.

“Bluffton has exploded with population growth over the past few years – it’s become an increasingly popular place to raise kids,” said Haleigh, who is no stranger to waiting in line anywhere from half an hour to an hour to pick up her kids from school. “As a parent myself, I know there are so many families in Bluffton who struggle to find indoor entertainment options for their children without driving upwards of thirty minutes to Savannah or Hilton Head. Whether it’s raining or sweltering hot outside, my husband and I are thrilled to provide a clean and safe environment, so this community can celebrate life’s most joyous moments.”

Haleigh has extensive experience in building relationships with others in her community as a full-time mother of five. She will play a pivotal role in owning and operating the Bluffton park, welcoming in community members from around the area as well as tourists who venture away from the beaches of Hilton Head. David will continue his work with the Armed Forces while  overseeing the backend of the business.  

“We’re thrilled to bring aboard individuals like Haleigh and David, who shares our incredible passion for providing safe, indoor attractions and free play options to the people of Bluffton,” said Mike Rotondo, CEO of Altitude Trampoline Park. “She and David are the ideal franchise owners to bring Altitude Trampoline Park’s proven business model to Southern South Carolina and establish a newfound home for gravity-defying joy, exhilaration, social growth and wellness.”

Adventureland’s Helping Hands foundation raises $1 million for Long Island

By | September 21, 2022

Adventureland’s Helping Hands Foundation hosted their 5th annual VIP Night fundraiser on a beautiful Friday night at Adventureland. This event raised $275,000 for Long Island, bringing the total raised from all 5 annual events to over $1,000,000. Funds raised will support the foundation’s scholarship program, grant program, and goods drive program.

The picture-perfect weather made for an extraordinary night of rides, unlimited food, games, raffles, and more, all in celebration of Helping Hands.

The foundation awarded over $55,000 in scholarships to Long Island students through the Vivian and Tony Gentile Scholarship Program and the Sachem Dental Group Endowment—bringing the total amount donated to Long Island Students to over $200,000 in the last 7 years. Helping Hands also highlighted the local non-profits they have supported over the past year through their grant program—Splashes of Hope, Marty Lyons Foundation, Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck, Gigi’s Playhouse and more. The foundation also announced a $50,000 pledge to the Good Samaritan Hospital’s neo-neonatal intensive care unit.

Supporters were also treated to a blessing by Catholic Faith Network President and CEO, Monsignor Jim Vlaun, and to live entertainment coordinated by Brian Rosenberg New York; rising star Charlize Tuozzo sang the National Anthem, DJ Theo emceed the festivities and special performances by Randy Jackson of Zebra, and Christian Guardino of American Idol and America’s Got Talent made the night truly remarkable.

Adventureland’s Helping Hands Foundation was founded in 2014 with the goal of Helping Long Island reach its potential. Through supporting local nonprofits, raising awareness, and providing scholarships, Helping Hands aims to give back to the community that has been home to Adventureland for 60 years. Adventureland’s Helping Hands VIP Night fundraiser is held every September.

Dollywood’s Harvest Festival brings fall family fun to America’s #1 Theme Park

By | September 20, 2022

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. — Dollywood guests are sure to have a “hoot” during this year’s Harvest Festival presented by Humana (Sept. 23- Oct. 29) thanks to a brand-new area created within the family-favorite Great Pumpkin LumiNights presented by Covenant Health.

Appropriately named Hoot Owl Hollow, the area features hundreds of pumpkins in Dollywood’s Craftsman’s Valley that celebrate the nocturnal creature, including a massive 14’ tall version created with more than 150 carved white pumpkins. It’s just the latest addition to the event that has overwhelmingly become one of America’s favorite fall family destinations, and it surely will have guests pulling an “owl-nighter” in order to experience “owl” the fun! 

A longstanding tradition for so many, the Harvest Festival greets guests with the surrounding mountainsides draped in vibrant colors. Dollywood’s landscaping and fresh décor accent the autumn atmosphere and bring the beauty right into the park, making it ripe for families to create their picture-perfect pumpkin photo ops to share with friends!

At night, Great Pumpkin LumiNights, one of the nation’s premier family-friendly harvesttime events, provides bushels of memories for guests, thanks to thousands of glowing and carved pumpkins throughout Dollywood. For those with small children—or anyone looking for a fun, not scary experience—this event is certainly the cream of the crop. Families can bask in the glow as they wander through displays in Dollywood’s Timber Canyon, Wilderness Pass, Wildwood Grove and Craftsman’s Valley areas. Beyond the impressive displays, guests can find a number of exciting activities to create long-lasting memories together.

“I think everybody knows I believe every day in the Smoky Mountains is beautiful and truly a gift from God,” Dolly Parton said, “but I do feel like fall is when He really puts on a show for all of us to admire and enjoy. As the leaves change, the mountains transform into a patchwork of bright, vibrant colors that make them look as if they’ve come alive. The hot summer days start to fade and crisp, cool winds bring that fresh mountain air down into the valleys and right into my Dollywood. To me, this has to be the most beautiful theme park in the whole world, because no park in the world is built right in the middle of the Smokies!”

“I just know folks are going to get a kick out of the new Hoot Owl Hollow. And in ‘owl’ seriousness, I hope our guests make their own precious Smoky Mountain memories while they are here. As I look back on my favorite family memories, so many of them took place during this time of year, and I hope our guests leave with the those special moments they’ll share forever.”

No festival at Dollywood is complete without award-winning entertainment, and the Harvest Festival certainly delivers. Several genres are well-represented with a wide-range of Southern gospel and bluegrass artists, as well as Americana acts and classic country performers scheduled to appear. In all, more than 1900 performances take place during the Harvest Festival.

Fresh off a finalist appearance on America’s Got Talent, Chapel Hart graces the stage of DP’s Celebrity Theater on Oct. 2. Country music legend John Anderson—known for hits like Swingin’, Seminole Wind, and Straight Tequila Night—visits the park on Oct. 10. Contemporary Christian group Sidewalk Prophets visits Sept. 28, while Southern gospel favorites including The Collingsworth Family (Sept. 26), Karen Peck and New River (Oct. 5), Triumphant Quartet (Oct. 19) and The Isaacs (Oct. 21) also entertain guests throughout the festival. Bluegrass is well represented with Rhonda Vincent and the Rage (Oct. 24), Dailey & Vincent (Oct. 24) and more set to perform. Knoxville’s Emily Ann Roberts—who placed second on season nine of NBC’s The Voice—performs Oct. 20. 

A complete schedule can be found on Dollywood.com. Performances take place on indoor and outdoor stages throughout the park, allowing the beautiful sounds to echo through the surrounding hillsides and create a highly-engaging entertainment offering. 

Dollywood’s culinary team has created a smorgasbord of creations to take advantage of the bountiful supply of crops provided by the Smoky Mountain harvest. The smells of smoked bratwursts, turkey legs, or smoked andouille sausage mac and cheese pair nicely with the fresh tastes of sweet potato poutine, spiced pumpkin bisque and BUSH’S three bean pumpkin chili. For sweet treats, the ever-popular pumpkin spice is in full supply with items ranging from pumpkin spice churros with pumpkin fluff to pumpkin spice iced coffee. Items like the maple pecan bacon funnel cake, hot apple cider, wassail or an apple pie milkshake are perfect to carry and enjoy while admiring the beauty of Dollywood in the fall. 

Several other guest favorites return to the Harvest Festival, including the colossal pumpkins—last year’s pumpkins ranged in weight from 800 to 1500 lbs. each—which come from growers across the East Coast. Visiting artisans and makers display their handmade wares at locations throughout Dollywood, with many demonstrating the talented skills and techniques they use as they create their one-of-a-kind treasures.

The Harvest Festival fun also is celebrated at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa with themed activities and harvest décor planned throughout the resort’s property.

Guests can enjoy live entertainment by featured Harvest Festival performers in the resort’s atrium every Tuesday including performances by The Young Fables, The Woods, Billy and Cruz Contreras, the High Beams, and Kate and Corey. Daily roaming performers also can be found throughout the resort.

The resort’s culinary team is cooking up special dining experiences, including an unforgettable wine pairing event on Saturday, Oct. 23. In The Lounge, Guests can feast upon delicious Harvest-themed food and beverage options. At The Spa at DreamMore Resort, Guests can relax with special treatments infused with fall scents and ingredients. For Dollywood’s Harvest Festival, Guests can choose from treatments that are reminiscent of harvest in the Smoky Mountains such as the Honey Chai Massage or Luminous Pumpkin Facial.

With so many opportunities for creating vibrant new family traditions, Dollywood’s Harvest Festival is a must-see experience this season.

Dollywood is open 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. each day of operation (Sept. 23- Oct. 29) during the Harvest Festival. The park is closed on Tuesdays throughout the festival. For more information and a park operating calendar, visit Dollywood.com or download the Dollywood app.

New haunted maze and expanded schedule highlight Kennywood’s Phantom Fall Fest opening this weekend

By | September 20, 2022

WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. — Twenty years after the Phantom and his Scream Team first swarmed the midways of Kennywood to offer tricks and treats, the region’s biggest and best Halloween event is back in action a week earlier than ever.

Kennywood’s Phantom Fall Fest rises from the grave for six weekends of spook-tacular fun beginning Saturday, September 24, with an exclusive Season Passholder Night on Friday, September 23. Expanding to 20 nights of fun for 20 years of frights, 2022’s Phantom Fall Fest adds a new maze, mAlice in Wonderland, one of the boldest in the park’s storied history of Halloween. In all, the Halloween spectacular features seven haunts, four scare zones, and Kennywood’s world-class collection of 30 thrilling rides, including the Steel Curtain, which is open for the first time during Phantom Fall Fest.

“Phantom Fall Fest is Pittsburgh’s biggest and best-value Halloween event, where guests can play all day and fright all night. The can’t-miss event features Kennywod’s popular rides, festive food, and loads of seasonal activities from kids’ dance parties to horrifying haunted houses and scare zones,” said General Manager Mark Pauls. “Our team is raising the stakes for this 20th season of spooky good fun and we look forward to welcoming our valued Season Passholders and guests who dare to join us.”

The new mAlice in Wonderland takes those brave enough through the looking glass to pick a rabbit hole and seal their fate, creating a different experience for every guest. This choose-your-own-adventure maze takes guests down one of two terrifying paths where the evil inhabitants of Wonderland will greet them. But beware of the Red Queen and her subjects – rumor has it they need a new victim…

mAlice in Wonderland joins favorites like Voodoo BayouVilla of the Vampire, and Shady Grove Memorial Hospital in the haunted house lineup. Four walkthrough scare zones await, including the new Dead Light District, and the park’s tunnel, filled with fog and fearmakers eager to deliver each night’s first or final scares.

Phantom Fall Fest begins Kennywood’s 20th year of Halloween with a Season Passholder Preview from 6 – 11 p.m. on Friday, September 23, then opens to all guests on Saturday, September 24. Enjoy family-friendly fun during the day with dance parties, friendly fall characters, and favorite rides like Thomas Town and the Merry-Go-Round, decked out in a unique autumn atmosphere. When the sun goes down, fear kicks into gear on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, plus two new bonus Thursday dates, October 20 and 27.

Day or night, dig in to delicious seasonal items such as smothered chicken breast dinners, loaded corn dogs, homemade candy and fudge, and two new buffet experiences featuring a smorgasbord of food to die for: kid-friendly Kenny’s Hoppin’ Halloween Bash and evening feast that includes free admission to mAlice in Wonderland. Treats await in park gift shops, as well, with Phantom Fall Fest merchandise available for purchase.

The best way to experience Phantom Fall Fest is with a Season Pass. 2023 Passes are on sale now, with Gold passes offering free admission for the rest of 2022 plus unlimited visits all of 2023. Platinum Passes offer the best of both worlds with unlimited visits to Phantom Fall Fest and Idlewild’s HALLOWBOO! and all of 2023 at Kennywood, Sandcastle Waterpark, and Idlewild. A Fall Fest Flash Sale offers tickets for just $29.99, the lowest price of the season. For more information on Phantom Fall Fest, visit Kennywood.com.

Kings Island Reveals Halloween Haunt’s 2022 full line-up of mazes, scare zones & attractions

By | September 20, 2022

MASON, Ohio — Beginning Friday, Sept. 23, roller coasters won’t be the only attractions conjuring up screams at Kings Island. Halloween Haunt returns to the amusement park on Friday and Saturday nights, plus select Sunday nights, Sept. 23 through Oct. 29. The fully transformed park will feature six bone-chilling haunted mazes, four scare zones, three sinister live shows and some of the most hair-raising night rides on the planet. This year, Halloween Haunt comes screaming back with four new, terrifying experiences, including:

  • NEW HAUNTED MAZE: Hotel St. Michelle – Everyone has heard about the haunting tales of the old Hotel St. Michelle, but are they true? As you sneak into the abandoned hotel, named after the manager’s missing daughter, you eerily find the hotel is not abandoned but very alive in spirit!
  • NEW SCARE ZONE: Alien X – When darkness falls, the personnel working inside Area 72 show their true form, and the secrets of Area 72 are revealed. Walk through the displays of alien creatures who have been contained…well most of them.
  • NEW SHOW: NyteWalkers – When the acrobatic and action sports world meets Zombies, the perfect theatrical combination of exciting stunts, a suspenseful storyline and creative staging brings a one-of-a-kind adventure.
  • NEW SHOW: Terror Rising – Terror and evil have risen! This Skull Squad combines the rhythmic step moves of five dancers with thrash, EDM and heavy metal.

To increase safety and provide efficient entry into the park during Halloween Haunt guests will be asked to adhere to a new policy which states that no bags of any kind larger than 6.5” x 4.5” x 2” may be brought into the park after 6 p.m. on Halloween Haunt nights. All bags will be subject to search.

While Kings Island tickets for the Halloween season are available now, the best way to experience Halloween Haunt and Tricks and Treats Fall Fest (the family friendly fall daytime event) is with a 2023 Gold Season Pass available now at the lowest price of the year! Enjoy unlimited Kings Island visits the rest of this year and all of 2023.