Halloween is fun — no matter your age. And, no, we’re not just referring to the joy of eating all the fun-sized chocolate bars from your kids’ Trick-or-Treating haul. In fact, here in Cleveland, the October holiday brings a ton of kid-friendly events that are fun for the whole family.
Thanks to its massive collection of roller coasters boasting superlatives like tallest, fastest and largest, Cedar Point is no stranger to being on the slightly scary side. During the fall, however, it’s no tricks and all treats when the park is transformed for HalloWeekends. Kids will love the Crazy Corn Box, Harvest Tractors, Howlin' Hay Maze, Monstrous Mummy Pit and Tricky Cron Maze along with crafts, costumed characters, trick-or-treating and then some. Have a bigger kid who likes a bit of a scare? Stay later on select nights for immersive indoor mazes, scare zones throughout the park and other moonlight thrills for all the daredevils in your family. (Select dates through Oct. 30.)
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A Cleveland tradition, the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo transforms into something downright boo-tiful for Halloween. Trick-or-Treat Fest includes meet-and-greets with costumed characters, access to over a dozen trick-or-treat stations on Trick-or-Treat Way by Wayside Furniture, and the return of the Monster Mash Dance Party at the Zoo’s amphitheater. This add-on ticketed experience also includes unlimited rides on the carousel courtesy of MetroHealth. The first 800 guests each day receive a complimentary trick or treat bag courtesy of Meijer. (Weekends through Oct. 30)
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Where else can you see baby sharks, comic book heroes, princesses, seahorses and more all in one place? Why, at Pumpkins & Piranhas SEAsonal Fun Days at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium, that’s where. All this aquatic, Halloween fun is available to families with the cost of admission and features extended hours, underwater jack-o-lanterns, costumed divers, a take-home treat bag and more spooky fun under the sea. Capacity is limited, grab your tickets today. (Oct. 25 - 28)
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Little boos and ghouls can get their game on at the lush and beautiful Cleveland Botanical Garden with a trick-or-treat trail through the Hershey Children’s Garden, hands-on crafts, dancing and more at their annual Bootanical Bash. (Oct. 16)