Get your witchy face on!

Many have marveled about the look of our zombies in Graveyard Smash.

Did you know our un-dead do their own hair and makeup?

They are really quite resourceful.

Here’s a quick look at Lauren, our zombie witch, as she prepares for another thriller day:

Happy Halloween!

A stroll with the zombies

Graveyard Smash zombies

Happy Halloween Weekends may be over for another year, but we still have some stories to tell and photos to share.

Our Graveyard Smash zombies took a walk on Sunday to enjoy a bit of fresh air.

They even posed in some of our Halloween photo cut-outs.

Wait a minute! Lauren doesn’t seem to like Drac Brian’s witchy-poo imitation …

There, that’s better.

And now we add the rest of the lovelies to our souvenir photo.

Before heading back for the next show, Zombie Lauren (the un-living doll) had a thirst for … a soft drink.

As she entered the Pepsi Oasis, the air curtain set Lauren’s eyelashes a-fluttering – she nearly took flight!

Whether you’re batting your eyelashes or batting for the World Series, we wish you a safe and fun Halloween!

Greetings from Gourdon

Did you meet Gourdon the Pumpkin this fall? He's carved out quite a niche for himself during Happy Halloween Weekends.

Who better than Gourdon to host our 2014 promotional video for Happy Halloween Weekends?

Gourdon even has his own 3D glasses for Holidog's 3D Halloween Adventure:

And who better than Gourdon the Pumpkin to make this Vine video, with our Halloween greetings:

Happy Halloween to one and all from everyone here at Holiday World & Splashin' Safari!

Once upon a time in Santa Claus Land

Ever wondered how many families have taken photos with our Santa statue over the years?

It's a bunch, we know that much. This cute photo from March of 1976 (those little munchkins are Karena G. and Shannon P.) was posted on Instagram and is from our Santa Claus Land days.

In the Graveyard with “the girls”

Somebody's career planning, thanks to her visit to Holiday World at the tender age of two. Her mom tells the story:

I wanted to share with you how much my daughter loves the shows at Holiday World. Each time we came to Holiday World throughout the season, our 2 year old daughter has demanded to go see the shows, even wanting to sit & wait for the shows, never complaining, or asking when they will be on, simply waiting patiently for the show. The Halloween show has particularly gained her love, as you can see, she is very fond of "the girls."

We have found a clip of 2012 Graveyard Smash on YouTube, which she has been able to approximate, and sing some of the words.  Since our visit 3 weeks ago, she has talked about "the girls" non stop! 

Our visit, even spurred a change of Halloween costume choice from Nemo (which she has only seen once, last December) to a 'silly' purple kitty cat. After our visit last week, she "called" them & informed us they would be coming over to eat, and invited them to her aunt's house to go swimming with her. Any time she sees the computer out, she asks to watch "the girls" who have also become "her" girls and her friends. 

Thank you for the great show and for stimulating the creativity and imagination of our daughter. She is definitely a performer, which has exploded over the past few weeks. I'll remind her of all of this in about 15 years, when she's auditioning for the shows at Holiday World. For now, our Holiday World fun, continues, daily in our home. 

Thank you for a great summer.  Lori O., Downers Grove, Illinois

Teddy gets a field trip

So nice to see the school's teddy bear was invited to come along for some Halloween fun!

A well-cropped photo

What a great photo! Peeking through the stalks, with just the right amount of Halloween spookiness.

Hay!

Growing up in the 1960s, my dad fought the good fight to teach his children proper English.

That included the use of the word "hey."

Such a harmless word by today's standards, but to this day when I hear someone say, "Hey!" I hear Dad's voice, "Hay is for horses."

How ironic that I would end up living in rural southern Indiana, married to a farmer.

Hay is for horses! And, I've learned, moo-cows.

Hay, it seems, is also for Happy Halloween Weekends:

Eeeeek! I'm thinking even the horses won't be nibbling on this hay bale:

Smaller bales provide safety bumpers for our young farmers as they pedal furiously around their special tractor track.

The fall rains have encouraged new growth on the bales. Wonder if we should bring in some HoliGoats for a quick snack?

Continuing on our agri-tourism theme, we took the concept of a sandbox and went a little corny.

That's right, a Corn Box.

And finally, we have hayrides to take you out to our 12 acres of corn mazes.

Happy Halloween Weekends tickets are available online, discounted to just $24.95 per person ($17.95 for Guests-under-54" and Seniors).

Hey! We hope you can join us!

The park in the middle of cornfields

Ah, there's more than a kernel of truth to that – we are, indeed, a park surrounded by cornfields!

And during Happy Halloween Weekends, we bring the cornfields into the park:

It's interesting to witness the different approaches taken by the amazing mazers.

Some families grab a map and power-walk their way through the stalks in 15 or 20 minutes, while others happily meander map-free through the 12 acres, enjoying the sunshine and cooler temperatures.

No worries, we have an "escape" plan for anyone who who is ready to pop out, but can't quite find the exit. (This corn is a whole lot taller than last year's crop!)

Here's a look at how the corn maze was designed and then cut:

Our corn mazes are included in your admission to Happy Halloween Weekends. Tickets are available online, discounted to less than $25 per person ($17.95 for Guests-under-54" and Seniors). With Graveyard Smash, other Halloween shows, great rides, spooky mazes and 2,913 pumpkins … well, when it comes to family-friendly celebrations, we like to think we're outstanding in our field.