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12 October 2012 - 5:59pm
Originally posted 4/26/09
As we get closer to opening each season, John keeps busy writing and producing our ad campaign.
For editing our "creative," he travels to Cincinnati. He was there a week or so ago and was delighted when, while at lunch, he looked out the window and saw this on the back of a Pepsi truck:
John approached the Pepsi truck drivers and asked, "Hey guys, can I talk to you for a minute?"
Priceless response: "Uh ... what did we do?"
John happily emailed me the photo with the Pepsi guys, quipping: "Kings Island may have Diamondback, but we've got Truckback!"
12 October 2012 - 5:19pm
Thanks to the hundreds and hundreds who took a moment to enter our contests these past few weeks.
Our "Counting Pumpkins" contest called for, admittedly, sheer guessery.
How many pumpkins were we planning to bring in for Happy Halloween Weekends?
The correct number is rather a staggering one: 10, 875.
All locally grown, by the way. Many are to be given away to children 12 and younger as part of the pumpkin decorating activity in Goblin Grove.
Congrats to Shari from Bloomington, Indiana. She wins two one-day tickets to Happy Halloween Weekends for guessing mighty close to the exact number.
This week we posted a silly photo from our park's Halloween theming and asked for clever captions.
We received many, many witty entries - our funny bones have been well tickled, and we have chosen five winners (in no particular order):
Dameon (how's that for a great Halloween name?!) from Marengo, Indiana:
Pumpkin: "Hey! You wanna ride some wild coasters with me?!"
Skeleton: "I'd love to, but you've got more guts than me!"
Connie from Hartford, Kentucky:
If Holidog sees me I won't have a leg to stand on!
Carolyn from Avon, Indiana:
I sweep the trash! (to the tune of Monster Mash)
I sweep the goblin's trash!
The goblin's trash!
It's a ghoulish task!
I sweep the trash!
It's like a pumpkin smash!
I sweep the trash,
I sweep the goblin's trash! Wahoo!
With most of our summer help back at college, we're down to our skeleton crew!
And Wynette from Mooresville, Indiana:
The graveyard shift is the best. No Bones about it!
Again, congrats to the winners, who each receive two one-day tickets to Happy Halloween Weekends.
12 October 2012 - 2:03pm
When I was a little kid, getting to use a flashlight was a real treat.
I got a tiny one in my Christmas stocking one year and played with it endlessly. Before long, though, the battery did that nasty oozing thing and Mom made me throw it away.
I remember one year we had a special flashlight for trick-or-treating - it had a plastic jack-o-lantern bubble on the lighted end. This, of course, rendered the flashlight all but useless. But it was still cool and my brothers and I had to be reminded constantly to share. Constantly.
Nowadays, kiddos have glow sticks, glow necklaces and glow bracelets. It's another world.
The big kids have another world, too. Laser lights, for example. We've talked for years about how fun it would be to have a laser light show here at the park. The time has arrived: during Happy Halloween Weekends, on Saturday evenings at 8pm CT, we have a Halloween-themed laser light show.
The hands in the Applause Fountain look like they've been slimed, don't they? Yet they clap on ...
Here's a video snippet of the show:
Hope you can join us for our Happy Halloween Weekends, Saturdays and Sundays in October. Looking for discounted tickets? They're $25.95 (General Admission) and $17.95 (Guests-under-54" and Seniors 60+) when you purchase them through our website.
9 October 2012 - 8:22pm
Our entire staff was challenged with decorating Holiday World for Happy Halloween Weekends.
And lots of crews from all sorts of departments stepped up and created some cute, clever, hilarious and even creepy displays.
This one made me laugh enough that I took a picture (truth be told, I was sort of out of breath from hoofing all over the grounds, so the 10 seconds of rest was nice).
So now it's time for you to make me laugh, or to keep with the theme - tickle my funny bone!
So here's a quick Caption Contest - the winner will receive two one-day tickets to this year's Happy Halloween Weekends.
A few rules:
1. Must be 13 or older to enter.
2. Must not be an employee or immediate family member of Holiday World & Splashin' Safari.
3. Yes, you may enter more than once. Because you're just that witty, right? But five times per person is the limit. Really. And only one caption per posted Comment, please.
4. Deadline is this Friday at noon. That's 10/12/12 at 12 noon CDT. We'll notify the winner by email on Friday.
How to enter? Post your hilarious caption to the above photo as a Comment here on this HoliBlog post (we moderate our Comments, so don't go booo-listic when it doesn't show up right away, okay? As long as you don't go all naughty on us, we'll post your caption).
Good luck! And we hope you can join us, weekends in October, for Happy Halloween Weekends!
9 October 2012 - 6:19pm
Remember Tyler from this season's cast of of our "Real Country" show?
... such a nice, clean-cut young man.
Well, over the past month he has undergone quite a dramatic transformation, to say the least ...
Just wait till you see Amanda, Leah, Lauren, Trevor, Jasmine, Robert and Kyle.
Such a transformation ...
Don't you dare miss Graveyard Smash, performed every weekend in October in the Hoosier Celebration Theater!