Summer is quickly coming to a close and you can already see people lining up for their pumpkin-spiced lattes. Soon Fall will be here. The leaves will start to change color, and the days will start getting shorter. Soon "ghouls and goblins" will be roaming the streets looking for sweet treats. People are already getting excited for Halloween. And so are the folks at the Flathead Lake Alpine Coaster in Lakeside, MT.

According to a recent social media post from Flathead Lake Alpine Coaster

You no longer need to drive over to Scarywood. We have SCARY IN THE WOODS at the flathead lake alpine coaster just a few minutes drive from Kalispell, Bigfork, and Whitefish. The Haunted Coaster will be open starting October 1st and go all the way till Halloween night. COME SEE US!! This is a different experience that you can not miss!!

I have recently learned that riding this thing is scary enough as it is during the day. just imagine the horror that comes with riding at night.

The Flathead Lake Alpine Coaster is fun for the whole family.

According to the Flathead Lake Alpine Coaster website

The track is roughly 4,000 ft in length.  1,000 ft to the top and 3,000 ft down.  Top speed is 25mp.  The patron is in control of their speed all the way down.  Total time it can take from start to finish is 7-9 minutes depending on how fast/slow one chooses to go.

Riders simply sit in a sled on a track system. The sled is pulled to the top using a cable system and then gravity takes over getting you down the track. For me, the ride to the top was scenic and relaxing. The ride to the bottom was sheer terror (in a good way). Being a heavier guy, I was afraid that gravity was going to get me to speeds that would break the land speed record. Thankfully there are brakes on the sled. There is also a safety feature on each sled that does not allow them to go any faster than they should. Meaning the daredevils can only go as fast as is safe.

What kind of scary things can we expect from the haunted rides on the coaster? We will have to wait and see. Starting October 1st and running through Halloween.

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