A pause for the Claws

Planning to join us for Happy Halloween Weekends?

Kitty Claws

Be sure to grab a show schedule so your little ones can catch Kitty's Dance Party toward the end of the day.

The more the merrier!

Kitty Claws at Holiday WorldYou and the kiddos will quickly discover that Kitty isn't just into ballet, as her choice of skirt and slippers might suggest.

She can boogie, twist and sashay with the best of them!

Kitty's Dance Party takes place in front of the Holiday Theater, (the red building which is the venue for Holidog's 3D Halloween Adventure).

There's plenty of room for Kitty, Holidog, and their little friends to move to the music. Children are welcome to dance in their Halloween costumes, but it's not necessary.

Our cuddly kitty cat can also come home with you, in miniature form. We hear reports from parents whose children love to carry Kitty with them wherever they go that she's holding up very well under all that lovin'.

Kitty Claws plush in the HoliShop


Who needs a thousand words?

Since selfies – and zombies, for that matter – are all the rage these days, we present to you the cast of Graveyard Smash, Selfie Edition.

First, the understated rocker, Sharkey, whose hair stands at attention for all eternity.

Rocker zombie

Next. ghostly Leah shows how a touch of color can make any zombie more fascinating.


Wolfman Will howled when we asked him to give us a grin.


Clearly, Pirate Katelyn has fallen behind in her flossing regimen since becoming a zombie.

Pirate Katelyn

If undertaker Trevor's eyebrows were wooly worms, we'd be in for record snowfall this winter!

Undertaker Trevor

"It's not easy being green," says witchy-woman Lauren.

Witch Lauren

Apparently, vampire Brian won the draw to give us this oh-so-attractive duck-lips selfie.

Vampire Brian

And finally, Lauren – our living doll.

Or not.

(She is a zombie, after all.)

Lauren the broken doll

And here they all are, together and undead.

It's the time of the season for them to sing and dance

… but after October 27, our zombies will disappear for another year, so do not delay.

Tickets for Happy Halloween Weekends 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, it's a spooktacular time!

Our zombies are cute enough to cuddle

Just look at those sweet faces!

Who could resist such winning smiles? Why, Wolfman even retracted his claws for this photo.

Say cheese, zombies!

Graveyard Smash cast

Rumor has it if you hold on to your 3D glasses from Holidog's 3D Halloween Adventure and wear them during Graveyard Smash, they add a whole new dimension (ahem!) to this show. Has anyone tried it?

There are just three more weekends remaining until our Happy Halloween Weekends festivities conclude another year. Hope you can join us for all the howling-good fun!

Gourdon the talking pumpkin

Have you met Gourdon?

Gourdon the talking pumpkin

He's new this fall.

Santa's Storytime Theater has been transformed into Gourdon's Hollow, just for Happy Halloween Weekends. (Don't worry! Santa will be back in May!)

Gourdon likes to entertain children with Halloween stories and jokes. Take a look:

Be sure to catch Gourdon's Tales from the Patch when you visit us for Happy Halloween Weekends!

A howling good time

What fun we had today!

We started out first thing this morning with a trip to Louisville, for an appearance on WAVE-3 Listens Live.

Along with Matt and Kitty, we brought five members of the Graveyard Smash show.

In costume and makeup.

While we waited in the lobby of the TV station, another set of guests arrived.

"Oh, we can help you. We love a challenge!"

Laser hair removal specialists

The two ladies specialize in a variety of "look and feel better" treatments, including laser hair removal.

When they mentioned Wolfman during their interview with host John Ramsey, he nearly fell off his chair.

WAVE-3 Listens Live

Then it was our turn.

Matt and Kitty Claws talked about all the rides, shows and attractions we have available for visitors during Happy Halloween Weekends.

Well, Kitty mostly purred.

Matt and Kitty Claws

Next, our Graveyard Smash zombies performed the Thriller dance and chatted it up with John.

They talked about how fun it is to perform as singing/dancing zombies on stage and then meeting-and-greeting the audience members afterwards, being careful not to scare the little ones.

Zombies from Holiday World

Have you entered our Happy Halloween Weekends Sweepstakes yet? We'll choose three winners at random on Monday, who will each receive two one-day tickets to 2013's Halloween event. Good luck to all!

Holidog’s dog house is pretty sweet

So where does Holidog hang out during Happy Halloween Weekends?

Our cuddly pup has an autumnal dog house.

Holidog's 3D Halloween Adventure

And it's pretty sweet.

As you enter the park for Happy Halloween Weekends, be sure to take a right at the Applause Fountain.

Holidog's 3D Halloween Adventure
You'll see a large red building, which houses Holidog's 3D Halloween Adventure.

It is:

*Very colorful.

*Very glowy (if you have white shoelaces, be sure to show your children).

*A little bit startling. If your child is timid, hold on to that little hand.

*A little disconcerting (it is 3D, after all). Take your time.

*One of those adventures that you need to experience twice (at least once to just watch your children's delighted faces).

*A little bit habit-forming. As you exit, head right back to the entrance to enjoy it again!

Of course, be sure to wear these lovely spectacles to get the full effect:

3D glasses for Holidog's 3D Halloween Adventure

Pop on those 3D glasses and join Holidog in his search for Halloween treats.

Holidog's 3D Halloween Adventure

Here's a sneak peek of what you'll see inside:

There's no extra charge for Holidog's 3D Halloween Adventure – it's included in park admission, along with our corn maze, all of our Halloween shows, our rides, the new Mummy's Treasure Maze plus hayrides.

Tickets are available for less that $25 if you purchase them online ($17.95 for Guests-under-54" and Seniors).

Have you taken your young children through Holidog's 3D Halloween Adventure? Please post a comment below with any advice you'd like to share with other parents.

Sweepstakes: Happy Halloween Weekends

Congratulations to our three winners: Bobbie H. from Shepherdsville, Kentucky; Lori S. from Madison, Indiana; and Lael D. from Plainfield, Indiana. They each win two one-day tickets to this year's Happy Halloween Weekends. Thanks to all who entered!


So what exactly is Happy Halloween Weekends?

It's nearly all of Holiday World's rides, plus Halloween-themed shows and attractions.

Lots of them.

Graveyard Smash zombieWe have a page here on our website which gives lots of details, plus a HoliBlog post with FAQs.

But what better way to understand Happy Halloween Weekends than to experience it yourself?

We have discounted tickets available for $24.95 and $17.95 here on our website (yes, that covers admission, rides, shows and attractions). And if you're a 2013 Season Pass holder, you'll be pleased to know that Happy Halloween Weekends admisson is included.

Plus, through next Monday, we have this Happy Halloween Weekends sweepstakes!

Happy Halloween Weekends Sweepstakes

We'll have three winners, chosen at random, who will each win two one-day tickets for this year's Happy Halloween Weekends.

Please note: you must be at least 13 years old to enter; please don't enter if you have won tickets from us in the past six months; also, you must not be an employee of Holiday World & Splashin' Safari (or the immediate family member of an employee).

And yes, you may enter once a day! Enter here from a mobile device; or if you're using an immobile device, enter via the widget, below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck!