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.
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-Sunday, October 12-28 from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Visit the zoo website to reserve tickets.
Halloweekends at Cedar Point
Each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, from September 14 to October 28, 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 6 p.m. - midnight, Saturdays from 11am to midnight, and Sundays from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Admission is $44 for all. There's also a two-day pass for $80.
I-X Treat or Trick Street
The I-X Center turns into a haunted wonderland October 20-21 and 27-28, 2018 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.
Hauntaquarium at the Cleveland Aquarium
Attend the Halloween Party at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium on October 19, 20, 26 or 27 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 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.
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 13-14, 20-21 and 27-28 from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Trick or treaters are $12; adult observers are $9 and a discount is offered for buying your tickets online in advance.
Halloween Campouts at the Ohio State Parks
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 12-13 and 19-20
- East Harbor State Park - October 5-6 and 12-13