Last month, my family and I had the awesome opportunity to attend Cedar Point’s first HalloWeekend to start their Fall season. For years I have travelled to Ohio for Cedar Point fun for family vacations and school trips but I never once have ever experienced HalloWeekends at the amusement park.
What brought us to Ohio was a blogging conference called Bloggy Con13. This was the first conference I have ever attended that was family friendly and was being held at a a family friendly amusement park. When first hearing about this conference and the awesome speakers (including Debba Haupert & Dan R. Morris) I knew it was a win win for myself and the entire family.
Bloggy Con 13 was held at Cedar Point’s own Hotel Breakers resort. Part of the conference package was if you stayed more than two nights at a Cedar Point Resort, you would receive up to 5 free Cedar Point tickets for all three days (Friday, Saturday and Sunday). This was definitely a great perk for a family of four and I wasn’t about to let this opportunity get away. I was able to network professionally with some of the best in the business and give my family the time of their lives all during the same trip. How lucky can one be?
Even with my many trips to the amusement park growing up, I have never stayed at Hotel Breakers and let me tell you, this is the way to go. I highly recommend this beach front resort during the Summer months. The resort offers an indoor pool, two heated outdoor pools, a heated whirlpool, beach views, parasailing, jet skiing, an outdoor cafe, ice cream parlor and resort beach access. They also offer private parking and there are side entries into the amusement park and Soak City in walking distance from the hotel. If you’re one who likes sit down restaurants, the resort has three restaurants inside the hotel as well. Being a guest in the Fall had it’s perks also. Even though the weather was too chilly to swim, we still loved the location and the private side entries into the amusement park. Also, the park itself wasn’t too busy and the lines were a breeze! In fact, some rides didn’t have lines at all which made my family want to go again….and again…..and again…. on their favorite roller coasters.
Swimming may not have been an option for us that weekend but we sure did enjoy the beautiful sunrise from our room windows and absolutely loved the convenience of the hotel anemities and the hotel location.
Having children ages 7 and 10, I was a bit worried about exposing my children to scary visuals, sites and Halloween ghouls that were ready to scare. They’re not quite at the age to enjoy heavy scares just yet and Cedar Point’s social media posts and the HalloWeekend advertisements on the website really displays a more grown up Halloween atmosphere. But, to my surprise, the kids had an AMAZING time and were able to have full reigns to the entire amusement park without being exposed to scary haunted houses and people in costume if they didn’t want to be. Basically, if guests wanted to be scared, they had to go find the haunted houses and extravagant horror scenes. Cedar Point offers a HalloWeekends map that shows a family friendly path and a “scary” path for those who are interested in following a map. We didn’t use the map, we winged it and still had an amazing time with no unnecessary scares. So my advice to families with little ones? Don’t worry, there’s fun to be had for all ages during Cedar Point’s Halloweekends. You’ll be able to enjoy the entire park without worrying whether or not your child is going to be scared out of their wits.
The rides were great, the HalloWeekend theme was super fun and with my kids being tall enough to ride many of the “big” rides this year, over all we give our fun BloggyCon 13 weekend during Cedar Point’s Halloweekend a total of five out of five stars. We’re already planning for next year!
If you’ve been thinking about Cedar Point’s Halloweekends, you still have time. Every Saturday and Sunday through October 27, 2013.
Shannon Lazovski is the CEO of SoGlam Media, editor and owner of glamorousmoms.com and detroitfashionnews.com. She is a Public Relations & Social Media Professional that also enjoys event planning, blogging and fashion, beauty & image consulting. She loves to collect jewelry, handbags and heels (typically the higher the better) and cannot get enough when it comes to the subjects of beauty and fashion. Follow her on Pinterest.