But why does Lake Winnie only open in the evenings of October? There is a reason, and it has nothing to do with the weather. At least, that’s what the park is suggesting. “We’ve built the entire event around the legend of ‘Wet Winnie,’” offered Talley Green of Lake Winnepesaukah.
“It’s the story of a very protective father and his daughter, Winifred,” continued Green. “The legend goes that they lived in a shack near the lake’s shore and, one night, a stranger had gotten lost and happened by. When Winifred’s father discovered the stranger talking to his daughter, an evening fraught with terrors, serpents, chainsaws and spine-tingling chills ensued.”
New for 2012 is the Train of No Return, where Cletus takes revenge on unsuspecting passengers. Daring guests can also explore what is left of the DieX Chemical Corp. — a manufacturer of napalm gas before World War I — where a malfunction in the plant has caused a massive fire with no survivors, at least, no human survivors. Every October, macabre spirits from the past return to wreak havoc on the site.
Guests of Lake WinnepeSPOOKah will feel, see and hear the haunting after-effects of that evening throughout the park. Several of the park’s top attractions, including the Boat Chute and Tour Train will be thoroughly immersed in the Legend of Wet Winnie throughout the evenings of WinnepeSPOOKah.
Patrons will also enjoy free magic shows, interactive parades and entertainment with mimes, jugglers and more.
Lake WinnepeSPOOKah opens it ghostly gates on Friday and Saturday evenings, Oct. 5-6, 12-13, 19-20 and 26-27 from 6-11 p.m. Gate admission, unlimited rides and all special Halloween attractions are included in the special $24 admittance fee. A youth/senior ride pass for ages one and two and 65 and older is $10. For more information, visit lakewinnie.com or call 1-877-LAKEWIN.