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Ghost Lake Conneaut 2009 – Revisited – Part 1

Posted by LOTGK on October 28, 2009


Ghost Lake 2009

Ghost Lake 2009

Last year the Grassy Knoll Institute investigated Ghost Lake, the new Halloween haunted attraction located inside Conneaut Lake Amusement Park. The setting had almost ideal conditions. A certified haunted hotel, a burned out midway, and a closed secluded Amusement park surrounded by a cool water lake. Throw in a small resident community with some run down houses on narrow streets and you have a recipe for a successful haunt.

Unfortunately, Ghost Lake fell short last year as their 8 Levels Of Fear fizzled. But, being true to my word, I promised to return in 2009 to see the new and improved Ghost Lake and on October 24th, I fulfilled that promise.

To the left is 2009’s Ghost Lake 8 levels Of Fear lineup. Only two levels remain from last years lineup, which is a very good thing. Ghost Lakes 8 Levels Of Fear are: Doctor Contagious, Tinglers Funeral Home, House Of The Undead, Haunted Hotel Conneaut, Terror Down Under, The Fog, Jeepers Creepers Corn Maze, and The Black Vortex.

I will use the same format as last year splitting up the 8 haunted levels into four updates to avoid lengthy and large bandwidth page sizes. This is the first update, (Part One) the introduction, consisting of the history of Ghost Lake, parking area, the entry cost and ticket booth, the new layout, the midway, and food courts. The second update will explore haunts: Doctor Contagious, Tinglers Funeral Home, House Of The Undead, and Haunted Hotel Conneaut. The third update visits haunts: Terror Down Under, The Fog, Jeepers creepers Corn Maze, and the Black Vortex. And the fourth update will give you an in depth behind the scenes full access tour of Ghost Lake. Ghost Lake as you’ve never seen it before.

Ghost Lake Sign

Ghost Lake - Thattaway

The Grassy Knoll Institute began our trek just past 7pm on Saturday night, October 24th to Ghost Lake. We decided to wait until the lateness of the season so the haunt and monsters could mesh together and be at their peak. One week before Halloween is optimus prime when the haunt should be hopping. About 75 minutes later we rounded the bend at Route 618 and spied the Ghost Lake billboard pointing the way. Five minutes later we arrived.

We were pleasantly surprised as the parking lot was almost full. Not at all like last year when we felt like the Griswalds at Wally World. (The only car in the parking lot) We carefully crossed the street and unlike last year, I didn’t trip and fall over the ropes on the park property line. (A good omen)

Hundreds Waiting In Line

Hundreds Waiting In Line

The picture on the left does not give the full scale of the line to get into Ghost Lake. It started an the end of the parking lot and was 4 to 5 people deep as it wound it’s way up the walkway to the entrance gate. There were a few people selling glow in the dark sticks, necklaces, blinking and constant, plus a few Star Wars light sabers I’ll speak of in a moment.


Shirley You Jest

From the looks of the line, we had about a forty five minute wait. Everyone around us was very excited and friendly. And unlike last year, there were a few actors interacting with the crowd waiting. We spied an evil Jester lurking in the shadows and he was carrying a large metal pipe. He would drag the pipe along the sidewalk creating a unique sound that had the teenage girls frightened. He was quite good at his craft and made the time go by quickly. He was kind enough to allow me to snap his picture.


Luke, I Am Your Father

Believe it or not the line moved swiftly and we were soon at the threshold of Ghost Lake. Remember the light sabers I mentioned a little while ago. Here they are. Two grown men had purchased the light sabers, not for their children, but for themselves. They were with their dates. These guys were hilarious, pulling out their light sabers, and re-enacting the classic battle between Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker, complete with dialog and sound effects. The end of the line was near and we used our discount coupons offered to us by a kind couple in front of us. We paid $13.50 per person. A very fair price for 8 levels of fear.



The midway was more brightly lit this year as opposed to last. More mood lighting was in place making it easier to navigate in the parks midway.


Funnel Cakes & Fries

The first stop was the Famous Fries and Funnel Cakes food stand. It was nice to see that not only was the food stand open, there was a line of patrons ordering fries, funnel cakes, and assorted other goodies.


Carnival Games

Not only were food stands open, Ghost Lake also had several carnival games running. The standard Hit The Kitties, Knock over the milk bottles, ring toss, those sort of games.


Bucket O Fries

Another food stand on the midway. this one sold French fries and corn dogs and other food alike. This is where I bought the “Bucket Of Fries” which I will speak about in a later post.


Ghost Lake Pizza

No Halloween haunted attraction is successful without a pizza stand. The booth was steady busy the times I spied them.


Out Of Lettuce

A close up of the pizza and gyro food stand. So, it’s Saturday night, October 24th, one of the busiest Halloween evenings, and the stand is out of hot chocolate, and lettuce. I wanted to order a big bowl of lettuce and a large hot chocolate but Patty advised against it.


Food Stands

One more food stand offering cotton candy, candy and caramel apples, pretzels, and other candies.

This update was almost as long as the wait in line to get in but we are now ready for Part Two Of Four of the Ghost Lake experience. Next up, we investigate Doctor Contagious, Tinglers Funeral Home, House Of the Undead, and the Haunted Hotel Conneaut. Check back tomorrow for Part Two.

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Happy Halloween – Samhain


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6 Responses to “Ghost Lake Conneaut 2009 – Revisited – Part 1”

  1. Geepers said

    i was there on Saturday too. It was fun time, a big crowd but the lines moved well. You are right on with this post. Whens the next update its halloween satuday.

  2. Anti-christ said

    That jester was possessed by me that night. I was searching for the grassy knoll investigators. You have disguised yourselves well.

  3. Gumby said

    It looks like they got their shit together this year. How many actors do you think they had in there this year. Last year they had what, like 20?

    • LOTGK said

      Yes, this year look a lot more organized. People were in place, knew what they were doing, and had plenty of actors and workers to keep things smooth.

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