Podcast: The Takeover

Lauren with Bacon Seasoning

With Paula away on vacation, the #PodSquad had a new host this week: Me! (Hence the title “The one where they all went Rogue.”)

I had a lot of goals for this episode: create a new game, don’t screw up, and don’t screw up.

I succeeded in creating a new game.

Luckily, accountant Tiffany Leonard joined us to tell us about the “most boring” job in a theme park, and the most exciting job in accounting.

Podsquad with Matt, Lauren, & Tiffany

We talked about the opening of Happy Halloween Weekends, and the return of our favorite special menu items like the buffalo chicken sandwich.

Tiffany told us about her homemade Halloween costumes for her kids, and they are impressive to say the least:

Cupcake CostumeBaker Costume

…that owl costume…

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We couldn’t remember if we were able to post the video of Dad (Will Koch) on the Colbert Report back in 2006. We can! Here’s that video:

We learned a lot of ways to prepare pierogis in preparation for National Pierogi Day on Oct. 8. For the record, this is what pierogies look like:


Matt got a new nickname…


…the badger.

We received a gift of brown sugar and maple bacon seasoning from Emma—one of our loyal listeners. We’re going to use this for our holiday bacon (you’ll have to ask Tiffany).

Lauren with Bacon Seasoning

Marcus Lemonis, host of the CNBC show “The Profit,” tweeted quite the offer:

The Coaster Crew got a little cheesy (get it?):

And then they got downright comical:

We closed with the new game: “Not my Name,” and I concluded that hosting is a fun, but difficult job. That said…


*Please note that I would like to include more exclamation points… but I have to obey punctuation rules. 

Sweepstakes: How many pumpkins?

Congratulations to our winners: Heather F. from Paducah, Kentucky and Kataushalynn M. from Tell City, Indiana!


How many pumpkins do we use to decorate during Happy Halloween Weekends?

Take a guess, below, and you could win two tickets to this year’s event, which runs through October 28.

We’ll choose two winners: One will be whoever first guesses the correct number – or comes closest; the second will be chosen at random.

Kitty Claws and her pumpkins

First, 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 12 months. Employees of Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari and Koch Development Corporation  (and the immediate family members of employees) 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 contest, 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 we have added to this year’s Happy Halloween Weekends decorations. (We moderate all comments, so as long as the content is HoliFriendly, it will appear soon.)
  • Tickets are non-transferable and not for re-sale. Each winner is solely responsible for reporting and paying any and all applicable taxes related to the prize(s).
  • 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 by using the widget, below. And not just today – enter daily through Wednesday, October 3, 2018, at 2:30pm CDT, when we’ll notify our two winners via email.

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Happy Halloween Weekends include the roller coasters and family rides you love, plus themed shows, amazing funhouses, corn mazes, and so much more!

(By the way, if you like Kaitlyn’s Kitty Claws headband, they’re available here on the HoliShop and in the park’s shops, along with a Holidog cap and cape.)

Podcast: The one with the Lucite

Golden Ticket Awards - Lauren & Leah

The Lucite reference in the name of this episode is in tribute to the late Will Koch.

Oh, how he loved “bringing home the Lucite.”

Will Koch at the Golden Ticket Awards

And so, it seems, do his daughters

Leah & Lauren at the Golden Ticket Awards

We talk about last weekend’s Golden Ticket Awards and so much more on podcast episode 065:

We’re just one weekend away from the start of our Happy Halloween Weekends. (Be sure to enter our sweepstakes.)

Can’t wait until SCAREbnb comes alive! This guest has already arrived … and made himself right at home – stretched out to get comfy.


Here’s the HoliBlog post Amanda wrote – she’s part of our Come Alive! cast.

The ACE Midwest event “Quoth the Raven, Ride Some More” is coming up soon – registration deadline is just a few days away:

I still don’t understand this post, but the photo must be seen:

… but don’t throw pennies from rides. Ever.

I dug up Billy Olsen’s photo of his meal, complete with SPAM Lite:


Does anyone else see a face in the piece on the right? <shudder>

Alyssa’s tweet showing little Kevin’s first coaster ride makes us all go “awwwwww.”


I think it’s time for Kevin to have his own HoliBlog tag. Agreed?

Be sure to catch The Chain Lift’s review of Thunderbird:

The Coaster Crew gets all highbrow on us:

And then blew us away with this GIF

Thanks for listening!

Where’s Santa?

Santa and friendOh my, suddenly it’s that time of the year.

Santa is packing up and heading north

To the North Pole, that is.

And so we offer the following PSA (Public Santa Announcement, that is):

Saturday, September 15, is Santa’s final day at the park this year.

So if you have any lingering needs for a conversation with the Man in Red, now’s the time.

Whatever will Holidog do?

Save on tickets for Saturday here. By the way, Splashin’ Safari is open for its last day of the season, too, on Saturday.

What about Sunday? On September 16, we’re closed for a private outing.

And then on September 22, we open for Happy Halloween Weekends through October 28.

An answer to our most-asked question

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“When can I catch the best discounts for Season Passes?”

We get asked this question year-round. Because everyone likes a good deal, right?

Here’s the answer:

The deepest discounts are available toward the end of the previous season.

As in … right now!

Technically, the deepest discounts will expire at midnight Friday. And what we mean by that is one minute after 11:59pm Central Time on Friday. If you wait till Saturday, you won’t save quite as much.

Of course, the best reason to get Passes is to be able to visit whenever you want to – and stay for as long or as little as you want to. We hear that over and over again: We don’t feel like we have to rush through our day. There’s always tomorrow – and the day after – to come back for more fun!

Here are some tips for first-timers

  • We have three kinds of passes: Platinum Season Passes, Season Passes, and Summer Fun Cards
  • Here’s the link to our chart of benefits, to help you decide which is best for you
  • Easy Pay is available if you prefer monthly payments for your Season Passes or Platinum Season Passes
  • Easy Pay’s lowest rates are in effect now, too: as low as $17/month for a Season Pass ($16/month for Guests-under-54″ and Seniors 60+)
  • Platinum Passholders get double discounts on Food and Merchandise, a Preview Party before we open in the spring, a free Souvenir Cup, and more
  • If you purchase your 2019 Platinum Season Passes this fall (paid-in-full) you can either: Use it to visit FREE on Sundays for all six of 2018’s Happy Halloween Weekends or (if you already have a 2018 PSP or SP) bring a friend with you for FREE on those Sundays
  • Passholders even have their own e-newsletter and Facebook group!

Remember: with Season Passes, the more you visit the more you save!


In Indiana, we endure corn comments and jokes, but there is a kernel of truth to them.

We know corn and how to grow it, you could say we’ve cornered the market.

Our 2019 Happy Halloween Weekend corn maze no exception,  is A-MAIZE-ING!

Corn Maze Cutting

Each spring, a local farmer plants 12 acres of corn to prepare for Happy Halloween Weekends.

When the stalks are about knee high, we cut in that year’s design as seen below:

2019 Corn Maze Map


 Now that we’re done with the puns, here are a few other kernels of information:

  • Our corn maze and hay rides come at no extra cost!
  • We created this ‘Mazed & Cornfused Map. Simply pick one up as you enter the maze so you won’t have to play it by ear.
  • Children 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • Stay on paths. (Creating your own shortcut will ruin the maze!)
  • No running or horseplay.
  • Leave no trace – Please do not touch, pick, or eat the corn.
  • Watch your step! Paths could be muddy.
  • Wheelchairs access in the maze may be rough or muddy.
  • Do not smoke or vape in the maze.
  • Dispose of trash in the trash cans by the maze entrance, please.
  • Lost or overwhelmed? Locate the nearest ‘Mazed & Cornfused station on the map and pull the rope to raise the flag – we’ll be right there!

Happy Halloween Weekends start this Saturday and run through October 27, 2019. Best discounts on tickets are available here on our website.

We can’t wait to meet you at the end of the maze and give you a big corngratulations!