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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.
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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 Great Pumpkin Fest, complete with kid-friendly shows, trick-or-treating, crafts, games, hay mazes and even a parade. Have a bigger kid who like a bit of a scare? Stay later on select weekend nights for Haunt at HalloWeekends, with immersive mazes, scare zones and other moonlight thrills for all the daredevils in your family. (2019 DATES: Sept. 13 – Oct. 27)
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A Cleveland tradition, the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo transforms into something downright boo-tiful for Halloween. Boo at the Zoo returns with a spooky train ride, Trick or Treat Street, magic shows, a dance party and specially themed animal enrichment activities for the whole fam. (2019 DATES: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays Oct. 11 - 27)
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What’s the scariest part of the Hauntaquarium at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium? Coming nose-to-nose with huge sharks in the SeaTube. Otherwise, the event is a fun, family-friendly way to creatively celebrate Halloween with tricks, treats and — the best part — costumed scuba divers. (2019 DATES: Oct. 18-19, 25-27)
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Little boos and ghouls can get their game on at University Circle’s Cleveland Botanical Garden with Halloween hikes through the Hershey Children’s Garden, hands-on crafts, dancing and candy collecting galore at their annual Bootanical Bash. (2019 DATES: Oct. 18 - 19)
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Little ghosts and goblins can make their way through 12 creatively themed, not-so-spooky Halloween houses and receive treats at the I-X Center’s Trick or Treat Street. Surrounded by fall foliage, pumpkins and larger-than-life decorations, trick-or-treaters also will enjoy pony rides, kiddie rides and live entertainment. (2019 DATES: Oct. 19 - 20, 26 - 27)
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Calling all mad scientists! The Great Lakes Science Center undergoes a hair-raising transformation for the STEM-centric event Spooktacular Science, featuring spooky, hands-on activities and Halloween-themed demonstrations. (2019 DATES: Oct. 26 - 27)
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