BY RANDI CLARKE
If you still enjoy Halloween, but are too old to trick-or-treat, Canada’s Wonderland is for you.
Halloween Haunt, formerly known as Fearfest, puts on quite a show every year.
It is Canada’s largest haunted theme park, with over 300 monsters, 10 maze attractions, three uniquely themed scare areas and three live shows every half hour. The park is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in October and also Halloween night.
The grounds of Canada’s Wonderland are transformed, with the regular music and atmosphere being changed to thematic music, eerie lighting and actors dressed as monsters designed to come from nowhere and scare you.
One regular attendee, Kelly Mondy, said she really enjoys the fact that there is something for the older kids to do on Halloween night if they choose to do so.
“I love the fact that it feels like you are never too old to enjoy Halloween. I love the scary music, the mazes, the actors – everything. I just love the whole park.”
Not everyone happens to enjoy the park though.
“I have mixed feelings on the haunt. True, the roaming actors are really cool but when you are in the actual attraction, it is always super busy and when you hear someone else scream it alerts you that something is coming up. It kind of ruins the surprise,” said Alyshia Edlefsen, a first-year visual merchandising student at Conestoga College.
Some of the mazes include The Asylum, Sci-Fi House, Terror of London, Clowns at Midnight, Club Blood and CornStalkers.
For those who don’t enjoy mazes though, never fear, some of the major rides such as Leviathan and Behemoth are still open for you to enjoy.
Don’t think you can just use regular season passes to get into Halloween Haunt though. Canada’s Wonderland has tickets that are specific for the haunt.
I would advise that you purchase your tickets online and print them from home as opposed to standing in line at Wonderland and purchasing them there. It can save you anywhere from $10-$23 depending on what type of pass you get.
Halloween Haunt is open this weekend from 7 p.m. until 12 a.m.
For those who want to stay closer to home, Bingemans has its Screampark open right up to and including Halloween night, from 7 p.m. until 12 a.m.
Last year 1,115 people didn’t make it through one of the haunted houses, chickening out.
BY RANDI CLARKE