Pumpkin Day

As we say on our podcast: We are Holiday World and we love holidays …

And never has a holiday been so easy to illustrate as today’s: National Pumpkin Day.

Gourdon the Talking Pumpkin was pleased as punch to talk about all the pumpkin spice sprinkled throughout our menus:


We got to tweet about our participation in the Teal Pumpkin Project:

And we showed off a dandy Jack-o-Lantern (carved by coaster enthusiast Bryan Bird):

Here’s another pumpkin we just had to share, with this incredible likeness to The Raven’s creator, Edgar Allan Poe:

And finally, the cutest punkin of them all!

Podcast: Magic Man!

As chilly autumn winds begin to blow at last, turning leaves to gold, red and orange, the #PodSquad sat down with an old friend.

We hope you enjoy this episode as much as we had fun recording it:

Magic Show: Don and Boy with Giant PencilsThis episode’s guest?

It’s our Magic Man, Don Baggett.

Don has a long history with us – and it’s even longer than we realized!

His Wild & Wacky Halloween Magic Show continues in the back room at Kringle’s Kreepy Kafe for the next two weekends, as we wind down our 70th season.

During our chat, Don reminisced about visiting Santa Claus Land as a child.

He made friends with our magicians from back in the 1970s and ’80s – Gene Smith and Arte Williams – plus our clown, Happy Kellems.

Here’s Arte Williams, on stage at Santa Claus Land’s Showboat Theater:

Magic Show with Arte Williams

Here’s Happy Kellems getting bonked on the head by his wife, Lillian:

Happy Kellems at Santa Claus Land

Both Lauren and Leah stepped in last weekend to help out on stage with our Lights Out! show. Here they are with their “little” brother, William, who can usually be found adjusting lights, microphones and (if you listened to Podcast Episode 018, you already know) creating cobwebs.


Twelve acres of corn mazes take about six months to plan, plant, cut and explore:

Corn Maze 2016

Happy birthday, Will! This photo of Matt and Will is from Christmas, 2006.

Matt and Will

And here’s our tweet from yesterday:

A listener sent us a bottle of Bacon Soda. Lauren, as you can see, was not a fan.

Lauren tries Bacon Soda

And finally, The Coaster Crew and their incredibly photogenic Big Green Foot sent a tweet on National Farmers Day:

Thanks for listening!

A Top 10 list

What a nice surprise!

Whenever I see a Top 10 list, I take a look to see if we’re in the mix.

In this list, we’re not only one of the 10, we’re the only family-owned park included:

We’re winding down to our final three weekends of the season – it’s hard to believe Halloween is just around the corner! It’s a boo-tiful time of year – hope to see you soon!

Podcast: Lights Out!

Our #PodSquad gathered back around the table this morning to record our 18th podcast episode.

We hope you enjoy it!

William Koch joined us (along with sister Leah – on fall break from MBA studies at I.U. – and sister Lauren, on the right) …

William Koch & Sisters

… and filled us in on the new Lights Out! show for Happy Halloween Weekends.

Smiling Lights Out Cast Group Shot

The Coaster Crew outdid themselves (again) with the Big Green Foot & Friends:

Where is that ticket giveaway we talked about? Click here and enter daily through October 11 at 2:30pm CDT. And finally, we can’t end this post without sharing the Bacon Soda tweet:

Win tickets to Happy Halloween Weekends!

Halloween DecorationsCongratulations to our winners! Samantha T. from Owensboro, Ky., guessed closest to the correct amount of pumpkins and gourds and Lauren G. from Hermann, Missouri, was our second winner, chosen at random. They each receive two one-day tickets to use during this fall’s Happy Halloween Weekends. Thanks to all who entered!

Pumpkins, pumpkins, everywhere!
If you’ve visited us during Happy Halloween Weekends, you’ve seen how pumpkin-crazy we go each year.
And that’s not just on our menus (Pumpkin Funnel Cake, Pumpkin Pie Flurry, and Pumpkin Cheesecake Fudge, anyone?).
Many of our decorations this time of year are locally produced. Our pumpkins, gourds, corn stalks, hay and straw bales, and mums all have local … er, roots.
But just how many fresh-from-the-farm pumpkins and gourds are in the park?
While you ponder this for a moment, we’ll add that they come in all shapes and sizes: Mini, Small, Medium, Large, and Jumbo Pumpkins … plus Small and Large Gourds.
How many total? Here’s your chance to see for yourself. Enter below and you could win two one-day tickets to use for Happy Halloween Weekends in 2016.

pumpkinsWe’ll have two winners – one will be selected at random and the second will be whoever guesses the number closest to the correct amount. Each winner will receive two one-day admission tickets to Happy Halloween Weekends, which run through October 30, 2016.

Before you enter, please read through these instructions and rules:

  • You must be at least 18 years old to enter and you must not have won tickets from Holiday World in the past six months.
  • Employees of Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari are not eligible to enter.
  • By entering, you agree to be added to our e-newsletter list (you may unsubscribe at any time by following the directions in your email).
  • Use the widget, below, to enter daily. There are lots of options, so you can earn extra entries by posting here on our HoliBlog, tweeting about this sweepstakes, following us on Pinterest, and visiting us on our Facebook page.
  • For the “post a comment on the blog” entry option, simply tell us how many pumpkins and gourds you think are in the park. (Our comments are moderated, so as long as the content is HoliFriendly, it will appear soon.) If more than one person guesses the correct number, the person who posted first will win.
  • Did you know you can subscribe to our HoliBlog so that you receive all of our posts (including contests) by email? If you’re using a desktop computer or tablet, look for the “Subscribe to Blog” sidebar at the top-right corner of this page. On a smartphone? Just scroll down a tiny bit more to find it.
  • Ready to enter? Simply enter our sweepstakes here from a mobile device; or if you’re on a desktop, enter by using the widget, below. And not just today – enter daily through Tuesday, October 11, 2016, at 2:30pm CDT.

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Good luck to all!