Cleveland and Northeast Ohio offer fun and exciting things to do around Halloween, from the perennial favorite "Boo at the Zoo" to scary ghost tours. There are parties for the little ones, a Halloween event at the aquarium, and a haunted park for all ages, and, of course, you can head to the countryside for pumpkins, corn mazes, and fresh apple cider.
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 games. The event is Friday to Sunday from October 11 through 27, 2019, and lasts from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, from mid-September through late October, Cedar Point transforms itself into an eerie, haunted park. Scary attractions during Halloweekends include immersive mazes, scare zones, thrilling shows, and more for guests of all ages. The evening events are ideal for adults and older children.
There's also the "Monster Midway Invasion Celebration Parade" each Saturday and Sunday at 4 p.m. For the little ones, go during the day to The Great Pumpkin Fest for less-scary entertainment and plenty of rides.
The I-X Center indoor amusement park turns into a haunted wonderland for the "I-X Trick or Treat Street" event on October 19 and 20 and again on October 26 and 27, 2019. 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.
Attend the Halloween Party at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on October 18, 19, 25, 26, and 27, 2019. Adults and kids can all enjoy marine life tanks decorated with pumpkins and lights, face painting, crafts, candy, costumes and more. Tickets need to be purchased in advance.
Cleveland isn't the only city having a "Boo at the Zoo" event. The Akron Zoo is hosting its own family-friendly Halloween event, complete with costumes, candy stations and lots of animal fun. Boo at the Zoo is held October 12 to 13, 19 to 20, and 26 to 27, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. A discount is offered for buying your tickets online in advance.
Ohio State Parks in Northeast Ohio hosts a series of Halloween campouts each October, with activities such as scary movies, games, trick-or-treating, live music, and more. Watch the parks events calendar for the different parks where these spooky campouts will be held each weekend in October.
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 selected Saturdays in September and October.
Enjoy the fall color and hot cider. Evening house tours are also offered at the regular tour fee.
Put on your scary or sexy costume and join others for a bar crawl in the Flats East Bank and Warehouse District. The event includes costume prizes, DJs at selected venues, and after-parties. Party your way through the district with fun stops along the way. Get a ticket and your LED bracelet online for the crawl taking place on October 19, 2019.
October is the perfect time to tour haunted Cleveland. In business for over 20 years, Haunted Cleveland Ghost Tours gives surprising and fact-filled tours of the most macabre historical sites in Cleveland on scheduled dates throughout the year including.
You can visit the scenes of notorious local crimes, visit historic buildings and ships and tour the scarier sides of museums. Each tour is different but they will intrigue and frighten you just a little bit. Consider a Haunted Cleveland Tour or Torso Murder Tour.
Halloween Pumpkin Run
On Halloween Day, October 31, 2019, the Pumpkin Run with four different distances for all ages and abilities takes place anywhere you want. This remote race requires registration but you can do your chosen run anywhere. All participants qualify to receive a medal. Remote races are planned and available internationally.
The Cleveland Orchestra's "Halloween Spooktacular" concert takes place at
Severance Hall on Sunday, October 27, 2019, at 2 p.m. and is fun for all ages. Come in costume and enjoy an afternoon of spooky musical fun, in a program filled with magic Tricks and musical Treats. There’s a costume contest for audience members—and musicians will be dressed up too.
The annual Boo-tanical Bash at the Cleveland Botanical Garden takes place on October 18, 2019, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Trick-or-treat stations are positioned throughout the decorated gardens, and games and events are held in the Hershey Children's Garden including broom races and Dr. Mark’s Spooky Science Demonstration.
Head to Lakewood with the dogs for the Spooky Pooch Parade. Dogs are the center of attention at Kauffman Park in downtown Lakewood on Saturday, October 19, 2019, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
The Spooky Pooch Parade events consist of a free festival in Kauffman Park, a parade through Lakewood’s downtown business district on Detroit Avenue at 2 p.m., and an awards presentation. Dogs must be registered to be in the parade or to compete for a prize.
The Annual Costumes and Cocktails Halloween Party benefitting Super Heroes to Kids in Ohio takes place at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown on Friday, October 25, 2019, from 7 p.m. to Midnight. There's dancing to the music of Faction Band (hits of today and classic party songs), food stations, beer and wine, and a costume contest. Tickets are available online.
The Cleveland Maennerchor, a traditional German beer hall featuring concerts and special events, invites you to put on your costume and join in the fun during their Halloween Extravaganza on Saturday, October 26, 2019, with the doors opening at 5 p.m. There will be plenty of beer and food, a costume contest, and dancing from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. For ages 21 and over.
This family-friendly afternoon event brings surprise baseball guests from the past to meet with present-day visitors on October 26, 2019, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. They'll tell their stories and share some treats with you. The Baseball Heritage Museum has uniforms and memorabilia from baseball's past including the Latin and Caribbean leagues, the Industrial and Barnstormer leagues, and the Negro and Women’s leagues that served to shape the history of American baseball. Although walk-ins are welcome, they appreciate RSVPs so they have enough treats on hand.
At Villa Croatia at the American-Croatian Lodge in Eastlake, a fun children's costume event is paired with a craft fair on Sunday, October 27, 2019, at noon. At this events complex, you'll also find the Dubrovnik Garden Restaurant in the banquet hall building which is open to the public seven days a week serving Eastern European dishes.
Head to Pumpkinville to find your Halloween pumpkin—they have them in all shapes and sizes. And for decorating your home and yard, you'll find colorful mums, corn stalks, hay bales, and more. While you're there pick up some apples, fresh cider, and a pumpkin pie. October Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Mapleside Farms in Brunswick puts on an annual Halloween and harvest treat for the whole family. Opening in September, the village gives families a fall family experience in the country with dozens of special attractions. There's a 311-foot Super Slide, several corn mazes, tractor-pulled hay rides, pig races, a petting zoo, and so much more. The Pumpkin Village event hours are: Not So Frightful Fridays, Friday 4 p.m.–9 p.m. and the special events including "Wine Your Way Thru," and "SpookyFest," run selected Saturdays 10 a.m.–9 p.m., and Sundays 10 a.m.–6 p.m.