Trick or tweet

You never know whom you might run into here at the park during the Halloween season.

 We see some … incredible … costumes …
Incredibles at Holiday World

And then there’s this family who really had a ball!

Chicago White Sox fans will recognize pitcher Zach Duke as the tweeter. Evansvillians might recognize his wife, home-town girl Kristin. (Zach tweeted back “absolutely” when we asked if we’d hit one out of the ball park with Thunderbird.) And speaking of Thunderbird, here’s a wonderful photo we reposted recently (thanks, @daurielise!):

BOO-tiful photo from #HappyHalloweenWeekends! #repost #Halloween #HolidayWorld #pumpkin #rollercoaster A photo posted by Holiday World (@holidayworld) on

Saturday is the final day of Happy Halloween Weekends (we’re closed on Sunday). We hope you’ll join us for one last day of coasters, corn mazes, dancing zombies, pumpkin funnel cakes and more!

The Launching (Un)dead

Once again, our Graveyard Smash cast is killin’ it on stage.

Our singing/dancing zombies deserve a little fun, too, don’t you think?

Maybe a little thrill … er?

We thought so, too.

Last Saturday, before the park opened for the day …

Zombies on Thunderbird

… our ghosts and ghouls (and some clown) went out to launch together.

Graveyard Smash cast rides ThunderbirdIt was quite an experience for our dancing undead.

After “riding” Thunderbird, our Ghost, Ms. Dracula, and an ever-so-stylish Witch declared they were in immediate need of a long, long nap in a very dark, cool place.

One of them even started coffin, but – no worries – it was just their zombie sense of humor.

Witchie-poo’s cryptic comment: I may just give my broom the brush-off after that ride!

We advised her not to fly off the handle.

She asked about riding again, after dark.

When the moon is full.

We just asked her to be sure to turn off the light’s witch after she’s done. (Sorry. We’re done, too. Well, almost.)

After this fun photo shoot, we invited the cast to actually ride Thunderbird – removing all loose items and storing them on a shelf beforehand, of course.

It was quite an undertaking …

Graveyard Smash Not Your Average Loose Items

Graveyard Smash will be on stage as part of our Happy Halloween Weekends this Saturday and Sunday, next weekend, plus Halloween – October 31. Scare up some time to bring your family – and make some BOOtiful memories with us!



The Ides of October

“Beware the ides of March!” We all remember that quote from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, right? (Vaguely, anyway …) Turns out “ides” is a term for mid-month, usually the 15th. I guess this is our none-too-subtle way of reminding you that Happy Halloween Weekends are dwindling down to just two and a half more weekends.

Thanks for the #tbt, WHSH! (Those call letters create a dandy onomatopoeia -whoosh!)

Along with the rest of the park, Thunderbird is open just five more days this season: this weekend, next weekend plus Halloween, October 31. Beware!


A surprise guest

Matt and Don (our magician) hit the road early this morning to make an appearance on WHAS-TV’s “Great Day Live!” show in Louisville:

Rachel’s reaction to Don’s magic is priceless. And how Matt didn’t dig in and taste-test some of the Halloween goodies on the drive to Louisville is beyond me!

I did get a kick out of Matt sending me this photo he took while waiting in the Green Room.

He was amazed to see our friend Mick Foley right next to Mary Ann from Gilligan’s Island (Matt’s childhood crush; well, one of them). Sometimes magic happens in the Green Room, too.

Carve a Kitty Claws pumpkin!

Do you carve out some time each fall to create an artistic jack-o-lantern?

Several years ago, we saw this photo online:

Raven pumpkin

… and we just knew we had to work on a series of templates to share. (Thanks to Bryan, a roller coaster enthusiast from Ohio, for getting us started.)

Last fall, we experimented with a number of homemade templates. We had some success and some massive implosions of pumpkin guts. Overall, it wasn’t pretty.

On a lark, I asked Matt the other day for some carving tips to pass along in this blog post.

His replies:

  • Don’t cut yourself (don’t worry – no humans were harmed in our carving exercise last year; Matt’s just very safety-minded).
  • This one got personal: Don’t let your Director of Communications pick out some ridiculously difficult pattern that is virtually impossible to carve perfectly.
  • And finally: Don’t carve pumpkins in front of a heckling audience; this applies to me both at work and home.

Hopefully your experience will provide you with more positive memories than poor Matt.

And so we present you with this Kitty Claws Pumpkin Carving Template.

Kitty Claws Pumpkin

Please download. Please be careful. Please be nice. Please send us a picture of your masterpiece.

And please have a happy, happy Halloween!