Top Halloween Events in Cleveland

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    Celebrating Halloween in and around Cleveland

    Halloween pumpkins
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    Cleveland and Northeast Ohio offer a number of fun and exciting things to do around Halloween, from the perennial favorite, "Boo at the Zoo" to the Enchanted Forest at the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes.

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    Boo at the Zoo

    Always a sell-out, "Boo at the Zoo," offers families a safe and fun alternative to traditional trick-or-treating. Designed for children ages 3-11 and their parents, this event at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, is set up with different candy stations throughout the park. Guests are encouraged to wear fun (not scary) costumes and there will be refreshments and live entertainment. The event is October 15-18 and 22-25 (2015) from 5pm-9pm. Visit the zoo website to reserve tickets.

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    Haunted Tours

    Erie Street Cemetery
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    Cleveland has a wealth of eerie and interesting (haunted?) sites, from cemeteries to Gothic houses to classic theaters. The city also offers a variety of guided tours to share with you the stories of the sites. Follow the link for a list of Northeast Ohio's most interesting "haunted" tours.

     

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    Northeast Ohio Haunted Houses and Parties

    Northeast Ohio corn mazes, haunted houses, parties, and more. Take a look, if you dare.

     

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    Halloweekends at Cedar Point

    Halloweekends at Cedar Point
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    Each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, from September 12 to November 1 (2015), Cedar Point transforms itself into a eerie, haunted park. Attractions during Halloweekends include spooky characters and fun monsters roaming the grounds, Spooktacular live entertainment, the all-new Fear Faire, Camp Spooky, and more for guests of all ages. There's also the "Monster Midway Invasion Celebration Parade" each Saturday and Sunday at 4pm.

    Halloweekend hours are Fridays from 6pm - midnight, Saturdays from 11am to midnight, and Sundays from noon - 9pm. Admission is $39.99 to $49.99 for adults if you purchase your tickets online and $39.99 for juniors and seniors. There's also a two-day pass for $89.99. 

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    I-X Treat or Trick Street

    The I-X Center turned into a haunted wonderland October 18-19 and 26-27, 2014 for the "I-X Trick or Treat Street" event. This not-so-scary event is designed for kids 10 and younger and their parents and features 12 spooktacular candy stations, amusement park rides and live entertainment. Costumes are encouraged.

     

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    Hayride and Harvest Moonlight Tours at Malabar Farm

    Malabar Farm
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    Enjoy 30-minute hayride tours of this sprawling farm and estate, once the home of Pulitzer Prize winning writer, Louis Bromfield. The hayride events are scheduled for Saturdays and Sundays in September and Sundays in October.

     

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    Hauntaquarium at the Cleveland Aquarium

    Attend the Halloween Party at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium on October 16-17, 23 or 30 (2015) from 6pm to 9pm. Adults and kids can all enjoy marine life tanks decorated with pumpkins and lights, face painting, crafts, candy, costumes and more. Tickets, which need to be purchased in advance, are $12 for everyone age 2 and older.

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    Pumpkin Express on the Cuyahoga Valley Railroad

    Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad
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    Take a ride on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad to get into the Halloween spirit. The train departs October 18,19, 24, 25, (2015) at 935am and 125pm from the Brecksville Road Station in Brecksville. You'll visit Szalay's Market to pick out your pumpkin and more, enjoy the corn maize and shop at the farmers market. Adults are $28; ages 3-21 are $21. Call 800 468-4070 or 330 657-2000 for reservations.

     

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    Boo at the Akron Zoo

    Cleveland isn't the only city having a "Boo at the Zoo' event this year. The Akron Zoo  is hosting its own family-friendly Halloween event, complete with costumes, candy stations and lots of animal fun. Dates for 2015 are October 10-11, 17-18 and 24-25 from 1130am to 730pm. Trick or treaters are $10; adult observers are $2 and a discount is offered for buying your tickets online in advance.

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    Halloween Campouts at the Ohio State Parks

    Mohican State Park
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    Ohio State Parks in Northeast Ohio are hosting a series of Halloween camp outs, with activities such as scary movies, games, trick or treating, live music, and more. Camp out dates and locations are listed below:

    • Mohican State Park - October 23-24
    • East Harbor State Park - October 2-3 and 9-10
    • Mosquito Lake State Park - October 2-3
    • Punderson State Park - October 2-3

    (updated for 2015)