The sense of dread hung over my head like a low dark cloud over Frankenstein’s castle.

Like the good doctor, this monster was all of my own creation.

With five kids, it seems like the youngest at the time always gets pulled along far too quickly by siblings a shoe size or two bigger than their own.

This trip was another one of these lifetime milestone events for the “baby” of our bunch as it was the first trip for our fourth-grader to Cedar Point’s HalloWeekends.

Memories of an earlier trip with our oldest three (now all out of the nest at college or boot camp) remains scarred on my Abby Normal brain.

Let’s just say when the sun goes down at Cedar Point, it is full Halloween with dark walkways and creeps of all sorts jumping out of trees and running amok.

I still remember the disgusted looks from other park-goers as I attempted to lug a red wagon full of way-too-young Webbheads through a fog- and monster-filled Frontier Trail, unable to see farther than the tip of my nose, shouting alternating warnings of “Wagon coming through” and “Kids, keep your eyes closed.”

From our driveway to the Causeway, we told our youngest and his too-cool-for-these-warnings, middle-school brother that “this is all make believe and not really that scary,” and “Dippin’ Dots are not really all that yummy.”

Eye rolls aside, we thought the boys were ready for all Cedar Point had to offer.

I like HalloWeekends because it is the best of both worlds.

You have the thrill rides, and the park is decorated with mums, pumpkins and cool spooky decorations.

Our first hiccup came at the entrance to the Millennium Force when our youngest said he’d rather sit this one out.

Uh-oh.

Next up was the wildly entertaining Skeleton Crew show. We were certain that we were going to witness the demise of a performer or two during some particularly death-defying acrobatic feats.

We then caught the first show of the super cool and equally creepy Midnight Syndicate in the Jack Aldrich Theatre.

These talented Northeast Ohio musicians create soundtracks for haunted houses and attractions and lovers of gothic music.

The show is unique. It’s live performance, performance art, audience participation and a movie all wrapped into an odd trip of a stage show.

Fun fact: Part of the scenes in the movie shown during the show were filmed in Akron’s Haunted Schoolhouse and Laboratory.

Let’s just say we were all ready to jump out of our seats at the shocking end of the show into the relative safety (?) of the park’s six haunted mazes and six outdoor fright zones.

With each ensuing haunted house, from the witches inside Hexed to the odd carnival performers in the new Fearground Freakshow, our youngest got braver and braver.

At one point in the last attraction we visited, the Zombie High School, he was nowhere to be found. Calling out for him, he answered through the fog something to the effect that “we chickens” need to catch up.

For Mom and Dad, watching another bat fly from the nest was the scariest part of the night.

Info: www.cedarpoint.com/halloweekends

Craig Webb can be reached at 330-996-3547 or cwebb@thebeaconjournal.com