5 Wild Weekends

By , November 2, 2010
Jeff Bachiochi

So it seems Halloween season has come and gone. For most parks this means the end of the year, especially where I’m from. I always find it hard to make plans on the weekends of October, because part of me always wants to hit a bunch of parks, while the other side of me wants to celebrate Halloween. And if I’m lucky, I get to do both.

This year, I was able to do a little of everything! Weekend 1 of October took place at Six Flags New England and the Haunted Graveyard at Lake Compounce (which I talked briefly about in my last post). On Weekend 2, I went to the Phoenix Phall Phunfest at Knoebels on Saturday, and then KennyKon at Kennywood on Sunday. Both events were fantastic, but by Monday morning, after driving back to Sunbury at 4 in the morning, I was pretty burnt out! Weekend 3 consisted of a brief visit to Hersheypark, followed by the world renowned Shocktoberfest down near Reading, PA, which was well done and really quite scary.

Weekend 4 was one of my favorites of the year because I got to work at the Elysburg Haunted House! Every year, the Great Coasters guys volunteer and dress up in ghillie suits to scare brave passersby as they walk through our dim-lit “forest”. Although the event is a haunted house, there is a good portion of it outdoors, including our area where we covered a small pathway with pine trees and fog. The best part is that with proper surroundings, we can be practically invisible….well…at least until we decide to scare you! =O ….It was an absolute blast, and I wish I could do it every year.

And as for Weekend 5, I was finally able to drive back to Boston to visit my friends at school to celebrate one of my favorite holidays of the year. It was the perfect way to cap of my favorite month. Although I’m sad that October is over, there is still a lot to look forward to. IAAPA is just around the corner, and this year I’m lucky enough to be an ambassador! Right after that its Thanksgiving, then a few weeks in December, and before I know it, my time here at Great Coasters will be done…

But I’m trying not to think about that. What I should tell you is that sometime during the haze of this amazingly fast month, Chinese inspectors from CSEI came and cleared our trains for take off. The 24 Millennium Flyer cars have finally been packed up and are currently on their way to China! Oh and as for our massive office expansion goes, well we suddenly have a roof and walls! But don’t worry I’ll be uploading pictures soon.

Until next time,

-Jeff


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