Many theme park now extend their summer season pasted the traditional time of Labor Day. Meaning that those parks host events for teens and adults that want to be scared (notice, that I didn’t say kids). They go by many name but some are called Halloween haunts (Cedar Fair) or Six Flags Fright Fest.
But should there be an age restriction on Halloween attractions/events? How old should you be to go to a haunted house or halloween haunt/event? My answer to that and more below!
While theres events are marketed for the over 13 crowds (PG-13), I seem to be seeing more and more little kids (under 12) at the events. I have to ask myself is it the child or the parents that want to go and “who is the parent?” in this case. Most parks DO offer a kid friendly DAY TIME family event which may include trick or treating, Face Painting or Pumpkin Painting.
Cedar Point’s Website even states “WARNING:Some haunted houses and themed midways may be too scary for some guests after dark. But don’t worry – we still have plenty of family-friendly attractions and shows for everyone, day and night.”
While Silverwood’s Website directly states this “Scarywood may be too intense for young children and is not recommended for children 12 and under.”
Now don’t get me wrong, there are other other at most theme parks for younger kids to enjoy. Some attractions maybe suitable for them as well. Its mostly a personal decision here.Just note that if you do decided to enter a SCARE ZONE or HAUNTED House that you know that the actors cannot touch you (in most cases) and that everything you see are just props. Also, parents make sure you read the signage before entering a scare zone/haunted house. SIGNS are placed there for a reason, SO READ THEM!!!