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September 13, 2000

Terror Reigns Supreme At HalloWeekends At Cedar Point

Sandusky, OH -- The screams seem a little louder. The chills run a little deeper. The fear seems more real. If this sounds familiar, then you must be at Cedar Point amusement park/resport's forth annual HalloWeekends on Friday nights, Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 22, 23, 24, 29, 30 and Oct. 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, and 15.

HalloWeekends are the final operating days of Cedar Point's 2000 season with hours from 6 p.m. to midnight on Fridays (gates open at 5:30 p.m.); noon to midnight on Saturdays; and noon to 8 p.m. on Sundays (gates open at 11 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays). On Friday nights only the Main Midway, Frontier Trail and a portion of Frontiertown will be open. (The entire park will be open on Saturdays and Sundays.) Millennium Force will be open on Friday nights, Saturdays and Sundays for those who want to scream at ... 93 mph!

The historic amusement park/resort makes the eerie transformation into a Halloween haven by adding ghoulish decorations, wandering monsters, mysterious witches, spooky live shows, three thrilling haunted houses and special areas just for little ghosts, um guests.

"HalloWeekends is the perfect end to our summer season," states John Taylor, manager of graphic services and head ghoulmaster for Cedar Point. "If riding the tallest coasters or seeing The Great Pumpkin doesn't scare you, our frightening haunted HalloWeekends will! Every year the event grows larger and scarier and this year is no exception. It's the scariest yet!"

New for 2000 will be the spine-tingling haunted house, Pharaoh's Secret. This enchanted haunted house will take its willing (and unwilling) guests on a frightful journey through ancient Egypt. You don't want these "mummies" to hold your hand when you get scared.

For little ghosts and goblins, Camp Spooky, formerly Camp Snoopy, will feature the Great Pumpkin Patch and a Children's Costume Contest, sponsored by Inland Valley, at 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays for little ones under 54 inches tall. Younger guests will adore "The Great 'Hallo-fun' Kiddie Show," an entertaining puppet show that will be presented in front of Kiddy Kingdom. Other activities for kids include new trick-or-treat areas in Peanuts Playground, located just off Main Midway, and ad the Crazy Candy Cars, sponsored by Meijer.

Performing live at HalloWeekends will be master illusionist and magician Aaron Radatz, whose captivating show incorporates a mixture of audience participation, comedy, dance, energetic music, and awe-inspiring magic that will amaze guests of all ages. Radatz has studied under such legendary magicians as Harry Blackstone Jr. and David Copperfield. This award-winning magician will showcase his skills in the Centennial Theatre, near the park's Main Entrance.

Among the highlighted attractions at HalloWeekends are Cedar Point's three spooky Haunted Houses: Eerie Manor, located in Frontiertown near the Wave Swinger; The Toxic Tunnel of Terror, on the Main Midway near the Hofbrau restaurant; and the new Pharaoh's Secret, located inside of the Disaster Transport roller coaster building. All three are sure to scare even the most ardent horror enthusiasts.

Among the ominious Frontier Trail will be wide variety of Halloween-themed live entertainment. From a presentation of Edgar Allen Poe's "The Telltale Heart" to "Dr. Loves' Traveling Expiration Show," these shows have the cure ... or spell for what ails you.

For more information on HalloWeekends at Cedar Point visit the web site online at www.cedarpoint.com.

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