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. (updated for 2013.)
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 17-20 and 24-27 (2013) from 6pm-9pm. Visit the zoo website to reserve tickets.
Each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, from September 13 to October 27 (2013), 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 $48.99 for adults if you purchase your tickets online and $29.99 for juniors and seniors.
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 18-19 and 25-26
- East Harbor State Park - October 11-12
- Mosquito Lake State Park - October 4-5
- Punderson State Park - October 4-5
(updated for 2013)