Lake Compounce announces early end to season, Haunted Graveyard and Holiday Lights cancelled

BRISTOL — Labor Day marks the last day of operation for Lake Compounce during the 2020 season, the amusement park’s management announced Thursday. 

“As we approach summer’s end and uncertainty remains regarding COVID-19 in areas such as what this fall and winter may look like, we have decided to conclude our 2020 season on Labor Day, Monday, September 7. We look forward to the return of Haunted Graveyard and Holiday Lights in 2021,” read a message posted to Lake Compounce’s website on Thursday. 

In addition to the early closure, the amusement park’s opening this season was delayed due to public health restrictions related to the pandemic. The park opened in July, first to season passholders and then to the general public. The park will remain up through through Labor Day weekend, with park tickets on sale online. 

Management also announced the extension of several levels of season passed to include the 2021 season. The park plans to reopen in 2021 for what management promised will be “an unforgettable season, ”with a new waterslide, and new events in the works.

“While this season has been far different from any other, all of us at Lake Compounce are extremely grateful for the ongoing support of our loyal Guests and dedicated Team Members. We are so glad we could safely welcome Guests back this summer, and provide families with a little bit of normalcy during this challenging time,” the park’s message stated. 

Attendance figures for the past month-and-a-half were not available. Amy Thomas, Lake Compounce’s director of marketing, wrote in an email the park wasn’t immune from challenges posed by COVID-19.

“Still, we’re really thankful for the guests who trusted us in these uncertain times and glad we could provide an escape from everything that’s gone on,” Thomas wrote.

“ With the uncertainty over what impacts COVID-19 might have as we enter the fall and winter, with schools back in session and the weather turning soon, we believe the best plan for the long-term is to end on a high note on Labor Day. Historically, that was the last day of the season for a century, and in this roller coaster of a year, feels like the right time to finish up,” Thomas stated. 

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