Spooktacular Halloween Haunts and Hair-Raising Happenings Abound This Fall in The Land
DESTINATION CLEVELAND SUGGESTS AUTUMN ACTIVITIES FULL OF GHOSTS, GOBLINS AND GOODIES
CLEVELAND (Oct. 4, 2017) - A full slate of frightful festivities await Clevelanders and their visitors this fall - extending the Halloween holiday throughout the entire month. Residents and their family and friends can check out events every weekend to get in the Halloween spirit. From haunted tours at historic locations to not-so-scary, family friendly events and a treasure trove of tricks and treats, Destination Cleveland recommends residents explore the region and have a positively "de-frightful" Halloween season.
Grays Armory Museum
For the first time in more than 100 years, the
doors to Grays
Armory Museum will stay open until the wee-hours of the morning. The
museum, which was featured on the SyFy Channel series "Ghost Hunters," will
host Survive the Night at Grays Armory on October 27. A one-hour guided ghost
tour will start the festivities before the lights shut off at 10 p.m. for guest-conducted,
independent investigations lasting the remainder of the evening. Attendees can explore
areas of the "haunted" castle that are usually closed off to the public in an
effort to "discover and document another realm." Admission also includes a late-night
pizza dinner and non-alcoholic beverages.
- 1234 Bolivar Road, Cleveland
- Friday, Oct. 27, 8 p.m. - 3 a.m.; ticket must be purchased in advance
Soldiers' & Sailors' Monument
Located in the heart of Public Square, the Soldiers'
and Sailors' Monument commemorates the 9,000 Civil War veterans that served
with Cuyahoga County regiments or lived in Cuyahoga County. Once a year, free
guided tours of the tunnels beneath the monument are offered for locals. Some
say the tunnels are haunted...so residents will have to judge for themselves.
After taking the tunnel tour, residents can visit the Memorial Room at the base
of the monument and learn more about Cleveland's involvement in the Civil War.
- 3 Public Square, Cleveland
- Tunnel Tours, Saturday, Oct. 28, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; visitors must be in line by 5 p.m. to take a tour
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Over three weekends in October, Cleveland
Metroparks Zoo will host its
annual Boo at the Zoo event. This Cleveland Halloween tradition will have animals
on exhibit each evening, as well as unlimited 4-D theater movies and carousel
and train rides for families to enjoy. This year's event will offer more treat
stations around the zoo than ever before, so kids can satisfy their sweet
tooth. Fun costumes are encouraged for the scare-free family festivities.
- 3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland
- Fridays, Oct. 13, 20 and 27; Saturdays, Oct. 14, 21 and 28; Sundays, Oct. 15, 22 and 29, 5 - 9 p.m.
Greater Cleveland Aquarium
Ahoy, mateys! Buccaneers and landlubbers alike
can spend the evening at the Greater
Cleveland Aquarium's pirate-themed Hauntaquarium event. Kids and
adults can dress up in their favorite costume, trick-or-treat and search for
treasure throughout the Aquarium during this high seas adventures. The
not-so-spooky Halloween event will offer also games, animal encounters and a
deejayed dance party for families.
- 2000 Sycamore Street, Cleveland
- Fridays, Oct. 20 and 27; Saturdays, Oct. 21 and 28, 6 - 9 p.m.
Great Lakes Science Center
Locals can head over to the shore of Lake
"Eerie" for the Great
Lakes Science Center's Spooktacular Science
event. Kids can watch a pumpkin explosion or chemical concoctions show,
experiment with chemistry, physics and electricity in the mad science lab or "operate"
on a larger-than-life zombie. After Spooktacular Science on October 28,
families can head over to the Cleveland Clinic DOME Theater for a Take Two double
feature of "Hocus Pocus" and "Army of Darkness."
- 601 Erieside Ave., Cleveland
- Saturday, Oct. 21 and Saturday, Oct. 28, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Just an hour drive from Downtown Cleveland, Cedar
Point's HalloWeekends offers two
experiences - kid-friendly activities at The Great Pumpkin Fest and the
terrifying Haunt at HalloWeekends. At The Great Pumpkin Fest, kids can check
out Camp Spooky, watch the Great Pumpkin Parade or participate in Count
Snooptacula's Costume Contest. Thrill seekers in the family can stay late at
the park for Haunt at HalloWeekends, which will feature six haunted mazes and
six outdoor fright zones. A must-see for everyone is the HalloWeekends Pumpkin
Spectacular, a display of more than 1,000 carved pumpkins along the Top Thrill
- One Cedar Point Drive, Sandusky
- Friday, 6 p.m. - 12 a.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. - 12 a.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Cleveland Botanical Garden
For a "ghoul" time, the Cleveland
Botanical Garden is hosting its annual family friendly Bootanical Bash on
October 21. Kids of all ages can dress up in their Halloween costumes and go trick-or-treating in the Hershey Children's Garden
before it closes for the season. The garden will be decked out in Halloween
décor for an evening filled with games, dancing, music and other themed
activities. Families should be sure to buy tickets in advance as the event
sells out quickly.
- 11030 East Blvd., Cleveland
- Saturday, Oct. 21, 5 - 8 p.m.
Mysterious Movies and Melodies
Residents can eat, drink and be scary at Playhouse Square's third annual Playhouse SCARE event. For
one night, Clevelanders can enjoy a creepy crawl through the Playhouse Square
District with food, drink and special offers at participating restaurants, bars
and retailers. Locals can even partake in free séances by psychic medium
Marianne Goldweber at Cibreo Privato or check out a free screening of the
original 1968 film version of "Night of the Living Dead" at Hofbrauhaus
- 1501 Euclid Ave., Cleveland
- Friday, Oct. 27, 8 - 11 p.m.; "Night of the Living Dead" screening begins at 11 p.m.
For Halloween happenings with a musical twist,
Clevelanders can go to Severance Hall for two spellbinding events. The popular At the Movies series will feature "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" with
acclaimed organist Todd Wilson, who will accompany the silent film on
Severance Hall's Norton Memorial Organ. Locals can also choose to attend the Halloween
Spooktacular concert, which will feature the Cleveland Orchestra. From magical
music like "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" to terrifying tunes like Saint-Saëns'"Danse
Macabre," concert-goers can get into the Halloween spirit. Audience members are
even encouraged to dress in their best Halloween costume to participate in the
concert's costume contest.
- 11001 Euclid Ave., Cleveland
- At the Movies - "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," Friday, Oct. 27, 8 p.m.
- Halloween Spooktacular, Sunday, Oct. 29, 3 p.m.
Tricks and Treats
b.a. Sweetie Candy Company
Halloween is not complete without oodles of
candy, and what better place to stock up on treats than b.a.
Sweetie Candy Company. With more than 4,500
different sweet treats, one of the biggest candy stores in the country calls
Cleveland home. Locals can peruse the 40,000-square-foot store and find
favorites like Snickers and Starbursts and nostalgic candies like Necco Wafers
and Whirly Pops.
- 6770 Brookpark Road, Cleveland
- Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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