Another HalloWeekends’ Season Closes


Cedar Point HalloWeekends has come to an end.  It is a sad time for screamsters because we must say farewell to our friends that we go into battle with.  While not a true battle, sometimes it feels that way, which is why our friendships run so deep.

When I started at Cedar Point, I was shocked to find out that there is a very deep and rich tradition that is the start to every haunting.  The timeline to begin our haunt happens through a music soundtrack.

Now every year, someone complains that the music is old, or it doesn’t fit all the zones.  And we vote.  And we vote to keep the music because it represents who we are and what we do.  If the music changed now, it just wouldn’t be the same.  So, what song plays that gets nearly 400 screamsters pumped up enough to go out and scare for four hours?

I’m Shipping Up to Boston by Dropkick Murphys.  We dance in a large circle as this song plays and let me assure you that the floor rumbles beneath our feet!

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Scare School Training and Character Development


Believe it or not, it takes a lot of time and training to create a good screamster character for Cedar Point’s HalloWeekends.  It doesn’t magically happen, nor does it happen overnight.

It may surprise you to know that the devoted and talented screamsters you see when you enter a zone or house do not have scripted material, nor are they given a particular character to portray.  Wait, what? It’s true.

Then, you may wonder, how do screamsters develop into characters that guests return time and again to see?

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Becoming LunaTic, the VooDoo Witch Doctor

Blood on the Bayou before the victims meet their fate.

Blood on the Bayou before the victims meet their fate.  Photo by:  Cynthia Smith

When I started working HalloWeekends at Cedar Point, I was scared to death of haunted houses.  In fact, I hated them.  I only agreed to work as a screamster because it was something that meant a great deal to my husband.  He loves Halloween and had always wanted to work at Cedar Point because he thought it would be fun.   I thought he had lost his mind!

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HalloWeekends Week One: Bragging Rights go to Blood on the Bayou

The voodoo King in front of the voodoo shack.

The Voodoo King in front of the voodoo shack. Photo property of Cedar Point.

Have you ever wondered if there is a story behind the houses and zones of Cedar Point’s HalloWeekends?  Believe it or not, there actually is.  Want to know the secret behind the outdoor zone of Blood on the Bayou that won the people’s popular vote for best haunt during week one?

You can liken this blog to reading a book before you see the movie.  It may help you appreciate what you see. It may answer your questions and it may scare you more…

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