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Dutch Wonderland Happy Hauntings 2017 Family Fun {Sponsored} #DWHappyHauntings #DutchWonderland

10/19/17
I received tickets to Dutch Wonderland's Happy Hauntings for my family to review. All opinions are my own.

Happy Hauntings

My favorite thing about fall is the cooler weather and the chance to enjoy outdoor activities with my family.  This year, the weather has been much warmer and has fluctuated a lot.  But we made the best of our cloudy day and headed out to Happy Hauntings at Dutch Wonderland this past weekend.

If you arrive when the park opens, you'll see Duke, Princess Brooke, Merlin, and the Knight to the right of the entrance.  There wasn't a line and the characters were all very friendly, although my three-year-old refused to have her picture taken.

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Trick or Treat Trail

We headed for Exploration Island soon after our quick visit with the characters at the entrance.  

The trail wound along the dino dig area and through the dinosaur path.  Each child gets a bag to put their treats in, and adults get a ticket to turn into one of the employees for candy too.


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The dinosaurs were dressed in cute costumes; we recognized one from last year but there were also new ones like Smurfs, Beauty & The Beast, and Ghostbusters.  Employees were also dressed in cute costumes to match the dinosaurs and were very friendly.  AK's favorite was the Smurfs and AB loved Beauty and the Beast.


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They offer non-candy treats for those who have food allergies {just ask the employee when your child walks up}.  We forgot to tell the employee at the first few stations, but they had stickers, yo-yos, spiders, poppers, bubbles, and spider rings.



Rides

There over 30 rides in the fall for different ages throughout the park.  Parents can ride on many of them with their little ones, which was great for our youngest.   


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Since this was opening weekend, it was very crowded and many of the lines were long.  {We waited about 30 minutes in line just for the Sunoco Turnpike cars.}  It's easiest to divide and conquer when you have two different age groups.  We had each child pick rides that they wanted, and we would split up and each take one to a different line.

AB loved the Monster Trucks and the train ride.  AK loved the frog hopper and the carousel.  




Character Meet & Greets

My girls had a really tough choice to make this year.  We usually visit Duke for his meet and greet, but since it was at the same time as Princess Brooke's story time, they chose to visit her.  {At least I got one photo with Duke so we didn't break our tradition}


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Princess Brooke read a fun Peppa Pig story and posed for photos after.  My girls loved it!


Food Options

There are many food options during Happy Hauntings including Merlin's Restaurant and the Millstream Eatery  Bean Sprouts has some healthier choices like sun butter and jelly sandwiches, grilled cheese and veggies and smoothies, though the food was a bit pricey.

I suggest saving a bit of money by packing snacks/meals and going out to your car and returning to the park; they will stamp your hand at the gate. 



Tips:


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  • Measure your child to find out what color Gem they are.  The map and each ride has a sign to show how tall you have to be to ride and whether you must ride with an adult.
  • Merlin's Mahem has not been completed yet, but the train ride is now open again.
  • It's worth buying a Dutch Wonderland cup; it costs $7.99 and refills are only $.99 all season!
  • Visit the Trick-or-Treat Trail on Exploration Island as soon as you can (we went right when the park opened).  The lines get really long as the day goes by.
  • Save $ by packing your lunch and leaving it in a cooler in the car.  There are picnic areas outside the park and you can have your hand stamped to re-enter.

Check out this re-cap of our day:




My family had a blast at Happy Hauntings this year!  It's a wonderful place to make memories with your little ones this fall.


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Happy Hauntings Schedule:


Oct 14-15, 21-22, & Oct. 28-29


Saturdays 2PM-9PM and Sundays 2PM-8PM



You’re invited to a Spook-tacular Halloween Dance Party at the Celebration Theater on Sunday, October 22nd & 29th at 7pm! Join Duke, Princess Brooke, and the Knight of Safety for a kid-friendly Halloween bash featuring music, dancing and fun. Don’t forget to wear your costume!

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Gladys Parker said...

My grandchildren would love this. I wish we lived in an area that had something like this. We'd visit the park and ride, meet and greet then have a picnic in the table area. I'd love to take them to the Spook tackuler Halloween Dance party. I love the different costumes the dinosaurs are wearing!

Cathy Mini said...

I bet the kiddos would have so much fun here! Loved your pics--would love to visit here!

MrsTee said...

This looks like such a super fun place to celebrate Halloween! I love the trick or treat trail, the castle and most of all the characters! Definitely a great family fun destination.

Angela Milnes said...

Wow, It really looks a fun place to visit and I'm sure my daughter was love to go there too.

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