Ghost Lake – Conneaut – Haunt Level 1
Posted by LOTGK on October 13, 2008
Ghost Lake – Conneaut Lake October 2008
Last Friday, October 3rd, Patrick and I visited the haunted attraction, Ghost Lake. (Formerly known as Conneaut Lake Amusement Park.) The park closed last year citing insurance issues and an arson fire back in February sealed the parks fate. Hence, the transformation to Ghost Lake with 8 terrifying attractions.
Since Ghost Lake is split into haunt levels, we will also split into four separate levels to avoid long intense picture and video filled pages.
The first level of haunt, which you are reading now, is the intro, the parking area, ticket booth, alleged fog machines, midway, food court, and tent exhibits.
The second level of haunt will explore The Fog, The Devils Den, and the Maze Of Madness.
The third level of haunt will explore the Cemetery, Freddie’s House and Clown Town.
And the last level of haunt, will cover the Haunted Hotel Conneaut and the legend of Elizabeth, the ghost bride that allegedly roams the halls and grounds of the hotel. And the Butchers Basement, which is the basement of Hotel Conneaut.
Are you ready to be frightened? Good! Then lets go.
After an hour ride, we arrived and parked in the grass field across the street from Ghost Lake. It was about 8pm. There were no street signs leading us here. We only knew from coming to the amusement park for over 40 forty years. But for other people, they probably drove right past.
There were about 40 cars in the lot which wasn’t a good sign. We crossed the dimly lit street and jumped the rope to get in the line that was forming at the entrance. I didn’t make the jump. My foot got caught and I tanked to the ground. The cost was $15.00 per person for 8 levels of haunt. That didn’t sound bad.
We walked through the turnstile and around the corner and immediately noticed how dark it was. No midway lights showing the way. No fog machines. Just darkness. The midway was advertised as a lively place to hang out and discuss the haunts you just went through. You be the judge.
Every successful haunt event needs good food. French fries, hot dogs, corn dogs, pretzels, nachos, pizza, cotton candy, popcorn, hot chocolate, coffee, and soft drinks. This food stand was open, but only offered cotton candy, no candy apples, or other goodies. As you can see, they were not busy.
This was the second food stand. They sold corn dogs and fresh cut thin french fries. There was a third food stand on the midway but it was dark and closed. The sign said pizza, pretzels, and hot dogs. I would have liked that one to be open. A slice of pizza would have been nice.
I bought a french fry and a corn dog. The french fries were $5 bucks and the corn dog was $3 bucks. You’re looking at $8 bucks. Taste was standard fare. Nothing great. Nothing bad. Pretty steep prices. A woman working at the stand asked why I took a picture of the food. I was nice and bit my tongue and smiled at her.
There were two banners on the midway. This one said to see the bodyless head that actually speaks inside the tent. What tent? We couldn’t find any tent. We looked all over. Asking the workers there was no help. They had no idea where the tent was. We never did get to see the bodyless head.
This was the second banner we saw on the midway. It told us to come see the transformation of a man into a gorilla. It spoke of some sort of curse. I thought it was the curse of the werewolf, but hey, it was Conneaut. (Low budget) And no, we didn’t see this attraction either. No one knew where it was.
Midway security. Yes, he is wearing a skeleton mask. And no, he had no idea where the tent was that housed the bodyless head that talked or the man that transformed into a gorilla that would have been a werewolf if they could afford a little more money for the props needed. Behind him, the burned out section of the park.
We were ready to be frightened, or at least entertained. The write up in the Youngstown Vindicator had us interested for sure in Ghost Lake. We hoped it lived up to the hype.
Haunt Level Two consisted of three attractions. The Fog, The Devils Den, and the Maze Of Madness. Don’t come looking for us if we’re not back in an hour.
Are you ready to be frightened? Click the link below for Level 2.
Happy Halloween – Samhain
LURKING IN THE SHADOWS ON THE GRASSY KNOLL