Timesunion.com has reported that Cedar Point has changed the names of two of the haunts after the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) had concerns about the names for their haunted house, "Dr. D. Menteds Asylum for the Criminally Insane" and the show, "The Edge of Madness: Still Crazy" as false stereotypes for people with mental health problems.
CEO of Cedar Fair Dick Kinzel told the Sandusky Register that Cedar Point didn't want to offend anyone. He said that the Haunted House will keep the same asylum theme but will be renamed to "Eternity Infirmary". Also, the show will be renamed to "The Edge of Madness: Six Feet Under."
According to Timesunion.com, Terry Russell, NAMI Ohio chapter executive director, says that Cedar Point is moving in the right direction. He said, “NAMI Ohio is extremely thankful to them for doing that and our organization now full supports their Halloween activities” (quoted from Norwalk Reflector).
The renamed attractions will open at this year's HalloWeekends, opening on September 16th. This is the 14th year of the event, dating back to 1997. Initially, it wasn’t the best Halloween event around with only a couple of haunted houses and not very many decorations. Now, Cedar Point takes the event to the extreme with a plethora of different mazes, haunted houses, shows, and attractions. It has been confirmed that the attendance level of HalloWeekends goes way beyond the attendance number on the busiest days of the summer.
Halloween events are taken very seriously at all Cedar Fair parks with various events for all of their parks, like Knott’s Scary Farm, Valleyscare, and Scarowinds events for Knott’s Berry Farm, Valleyfair, and Carowinds. There are also the Halloween Haunt events at Canada’s Wonderland, California’s Great America, Worlds of Fun, Dorney Park, King’s Dominion, and King’s Island. Each of these events has some of the most popular Halloween events ever.