FARMINGTON -- Can you imagine the dinner table conversation?
It likely would go something like this: "Hey, Wolfman, pass me a chicken strip."
Wolfman's response: "Eat your mud pudding."
This year Lagoon's Frightmares is introducing to those with monster appetites a casual dining experience with the characters who make the amusement park's 18th annual Halloween-themed event howl.
The dining experience, offered from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. each Friday and Saturday for an additional $25 charge, is the latest Frightmares attraction for those boos and ghouls who just can't get enough of tricks or treats.
"We thought, why not," Lagoon vice president of marketing Dick Andrew said of the dining experience that in addition to offering park guests a meal and a photo opportunity with some of the Frightmares cast, also includes a Time Warp wristband that allows the individual to move to the front of the line in visiting any of the four walkthrough spook alleys on the park grounds.
Admission to the park is sold separately.
"It just seemed like a good idea," Andrew said of the dinner.
The meal consists of a bread bowl with the choice of chili, beef stew or cream of broccoli soup; along with chicken strips, macaroni and cheese, mud pudding, donuts and drinks.
Due to limited dining room space, Andrew said, online reservations are required by visiting www.lagoonpark.com.
Other new features this year include a live musical show titled "Elm Street," Andrew said, the name patterned after the film series "Nightmare On Elm Street," and a new revamped haunted walkthrough, "Zombie Lockdown."
There also have been changes made to the other haunted walkthroughs on the park grounds, he said.
This year's walkthroughs are Nightwalk, Zombie Lockdown, The Backlot and the Fun House of Fear.
Last year, about 150,000 guest visited Frightmares, Andrew said.
Frightmares is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 30. The park is also opened Oct. 17, as part of the two-day school recess across the state.
Regular Frightmares admission is $45.95 plus tax. The cost for children 3 years or younger is $29.95 plus tax. There are discounts for seniors and children between 4 years old up to 50 inches in height.