Hoosier choice for “Monster of the Year”?

During Happy Halloween Weekends, Hoosier Celebration Stage gets a touch of spooky fun!

Our Monster Mash Cast stirs up a fright!

Our Monster Mash Cast from left to right: Monster of Ceremonies, Blair Witch, Damien, Miss Evilina, Luna Gaga, Stitches the Clown

Monster Mash is one of our brand new spooktacular shows that puts you in the judges seat to crown “Monster of the Year.” Keep reading to the very bottom for a sneak peek!

Sit a spell and let us introduce you to these supernaturally talented contestants:

Monster of Ceremonies

Our emcee, Monster of Ceremonies, kicks off the competition by introducing us to the contestants and spends the entirety of the show keeping them from too much mischief. When he’s not running the show, Zach calls New York home.

Blair Witch

The lovely lady in lavender, Blair Witch enchants us with songs like “Jump in the Line” and “I’ll Put A Spell On You.” Her song list is full of high energy music that will leave you dancing in your seat and ready to give her your vote. Cassidy’s haunted home is in Maine. 


Our Hungry Monster, Damien, stalks the stage hungry for a victory and his next victim. He’ll be the one with the rough gait and hunched over posture, if that doesn’t narrow it down, you’ll recognize him as the monster singing “Cannibal” and “Maneater.” When he’s not searching for brains for brunch, Marc calls our nation’s capital home.

Miss Evilina

One thing is evident, the reigning “Monster of the Year” may not be ready to pass the torch. As a former beauty queen, Miss Evilina  is green with envy as the other contestants compete for HER title. As the competition co-host she bewitches us with her vocals to “The Monster” and “Queen of the Night.”  Emma calls the ghoul grass state of Kentucky her home.

Luna Gaga

Luna Gaga, the Pop Monster brings spunk to the stage with her poppin’ pitch and personality in songs like “E.T”  and “Bad Guy.” Don’t let the tutu fool you, dripping in jewels and sass, she’s a force to be reckoned with for her competitors. Elly comes from neighboring Illinois.

Stitches the Clown

Stitches the Clown gets the last laugh! He lives up to his title of “Scary Monster” as he brings the fright with his chilling vocals and disturbing glances!  He unnerves and entertains the crowd with songs like “Sweet Dreams” and “Zombie.”  Rudy is a native of Tennessee.

Now that you’ve met them all, I don’t know how you’ll choose!

These ultra talented ghouls make it VERY hard to pick a favorite, but at the very end Monster of Ceremonies will ask the crowd to decide. As he announces each Monster’s name, it will be up to you to hoot and howl to cast your vote!

You’ll have to be present to make your vote count, but here is a sneak peek so you can make an informed decision:

 Want to know when our creatures will take the stage? Check out our Today: At A Glance during Happy Halloween Weekends.


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Walking in a Halloween Wonderland

Amanda and Alison

Each year for Happy Halloween Weekends, our seasonal Team Members transform the park to give it a festive Halloween Feeling. So our Communications team set out while the park was still being decorated. Since we’re still in Santa Claus, Indiana, it just makes sense to call it a walk in a “Halloween Wonderland.” I’m sorry.

Communications Team

Communications team from left to right: Josh, Sabrina, and myself













First we ran into Allison and Amanda from Entertainment and Events. They were hard at work spray-painting hay bales:

Amanda and Alison with "Frankenstraw" hay bale

Allison (left) and Amanda (right) posing with their work of art… we like to call him FrankenstrawHaybales in progress





















If you haven’t seen these (as well as our Kitty Claws hay bales painted by my talented sister Lauren), you’re missing out.

 Lauren Hay Kitties Snap

In case you haven’t visited before during our Happy Halloween Weekends, you should know the fun and festive decorations you’re missing out on…

There’s lovely fall decor:

 HHW Decor

And spooky additions like this giant Spider’s web over our Spider’s Web games:

Spiders WebSpider Shadow

And cute little monsters hiding in our landscaping:

Avenue of Flags EyesAlamo Eyes

We have new balloons:

    Balloons Walkway

And photo opportunities galore…

Kitty Pumpkin Chirstmas Plaza

The Kitty Claws Pumpkin


Haunted Houses

The Spooky Houses Hill


Josh posing with pumpkins photo opportunity

Josh was a good sport posing with the pumpkins here


Sabrina Scarecrow

Sabrina as a scarecrow (though after we took this picture they moved things around and now there’s a cute Halloween train there)


Leah posing in Kitty's trick or treat bag

…and if I forced Josh and Sabrina to take pictures I had to take one too…

Sabrina and I even stopped by the 4th of July wall (painted just this year by the way) for a quick photo shoot.  If you haven’t been there yet, it’s a great background for some excellent selfies. 

Sabrina 4th of July WallPatriotic Wall


And just to tie the title of this blog post back in from that tangent, I’ve re-written some lyrics from Walking in a Winter Wonderland: 

People scream, are you listening?

In the maze, voices whispering

A most frightful sight, 

It’s spooky tonight,

Walking in a Halloween Wonderland


Enjoy getting that tune unstuck from your head. I’ll be singing it for the next week…

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Sweepstakes: Coolest Time to Visit

Congratulations to our winner, Brooke W. from Evansville, Indiana!


Have you visited Holiday World during Happy Halloween Weekends?

Wacky Workshop of Wonders:
Professor D.R. Holiday and his assistant, Otto

Normally we can comfortably say that the lines are shorter and the weather is cooler.

Well, the first of those two has been true this year. It’s still been pretty warm these past few weeks.

But it looks like fall weather might actually arrive just in time for this weekend’s festivities!

October is the perfect time to visit.

You can still enjoy your favorite rides, and we have tons of great Halloween-themed fun, activities, and food.

We have 12 acres of corn mazes, three funhouses, tons of seasonal treats on our menus, plus scary good shows!

You won’t want to miss the Wacky Workshop of Wonders with Professor D.R. Holiday, the LOL Comedy Magic Show, or The Monster Mash – where you help us choose the “Monster of the Year!”

The cast of The Monster Mash!

The cast of The Monster Mash!

There’s so much fun to be had that we thought we should have a new sweepstakes and give tickets so you can come experience it for yourself!

Here’s what you could win:

  • 4 one-day tickets to Holiday World
  • $20 HoliCash

We’ll choose one winner at random.


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

  • You must be at least 18 years old to enter. You must not have won tickets from Holiday World in the past 12 months. Employees of Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, 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.)
  • Winners will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends.
  • Use the widget, below, to enter. There are several options, so you can earn extra entries. For the “Leave a blog post comment,” simply answer this question: What is your favorite part of Happy Halloween Weekends? (Our comments are moderated, so as long as the content is HoliFriendly, it will appear soon.)
  • Tickets are non-transferable and not for re-sale. Winner is solely responsible for reporting and paying any and all applicable taxes related to the prize(s). No purchase necessary.
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  • Not eligible if you’ve won tickets from us in the past 12 months.

Happy Halloween Weekends run Saturdays and Sundays through October 27. Check out our full calendar here!

Ready to enter? Simply enter by using the widget below. You can enter daily through Friday, October 11, 2019, at 3:30pm CDT, when we’ll choose a winner at random.

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