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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. (updated for 2013.)

Boo at the Zoo

Boo at the Zoo, Cleveland Ohio
(courtesy of the Cleveland Metroparks 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 17-20 and 24-27 (2013) from 6pm-9pm. Visit the zoo website to reserve tickets.

Haunted Tours

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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.

Halloweekends at Cedar Point

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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.

Hayride and Harvest Moonlight Tours at 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 in October from noon to 8pm.

Northeast Ohio Haunted Houses and Parties

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

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 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)

Haunted Tales on the Cuyahoga Valley Railroad

(Courtesy of Ohio Dept of Travel and Tourism)
Take a ride on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad to get into the Halloween spirit. The train departs October 24 and 25, (2013) at 42w5pm from the Rockside Road Station in Independence and features spooky stories about Akron and the Cuyahoga Valley. Costumes are encouraged (but no masks, please.) Adults are $25. Call 800 468-4070 or 330 657-2000 for reservations.

I-X Treat or Trick Street

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The I-X Center turned into a haunted wonderland October 19-20 and 27-28, 2012 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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