For the month of October, LaRonde is turned into a haunted park of horrors with terrifying entertainers, eerie music, smoke machines, creepy decorations and much more. So I decided it would be a good idea to bring along my husband, 13-year-old son Owen and his friend Will, just for a bit of company.
Soon after entering the park, all things dark and sinister surrounded us … from the giant spiders atop buildings to the devils who greet you at the entrance. At every corner, in every line and hidden throughout the crowds are zombies, demons, black cats and other ghostly characters that interact with the public. I tried to laugh it off but they managed to creep me out pretty quickly.
The boys enjoyed taking turns on some of the more thrilling rides like the Goliath and Ednor and we all traveled the halls of the Haunted Dollhouse in a very tight pack. The exceptionally well made-up zombies put on an amazing choreographed dance show and the boys were constantly on the lookout for them as we traveled through the park.
The grand finale was the Catapulte … moms and dads, TAKE NOTE, if you bring brave kids, leave your hearts at home! Watching your loved ones being strapped into a bizarre bungee-type contraption, hauled up 100 feet in the air by a wire, then seeing them plunge toward earth at an alarmingly fast pace was almost too much for this scaredy-cat. Son and father, of course, loved every second!
Some of the other nighttime special events happening this year are various haunted houses, Massacre Museum, Death Row, a Vampire lair, a cemetery and the Zombie Lounge.
If you have little munchkins that are prone to nightmares, have no fear … there are daytime thrills made just for them: Candy Kingdom, Freaky Monsters, Little Pumpkin Patch, the Zomitheque (a zombie makeup factory) and other semi-scary activities.
What’s NEW this year?
Take a peek at our article Be prepared to be scared at La Ronde for information about its newest addition – Maison Rouge – a labyrinth-style haunted house.
Opening Hours (for 2015):
Saturdays and Sundays from October 3 to November 1
The park opens at 11 a.m.
Closing time varies from 9-11 p.m., depending on the day (see website for more details)
Admission (for 2015):
Online Daily Tickets $46.99
Special Offer* Online Junior Tickets (kids 10 & under) $10.00
At the Park Daily Tickets $51.99
At the Park Junior Tickets (children under 1.37m) $44.99
Children 2 & under FREE
For more information, visit the website www.laronde.com