Family-Friendly Halloween and Fall Fun Events in Northeast Ohio

Family-Friendly Halloween and Fall Fun Events in Northeast Ohio

things to do with kids in Cleveland, Ohio

Find a family-friendly fall festival or a not-so-spooky Halloween happening near you with this list of events taking place in the greater Cleveland/Akron area.

 

FRIDAYS-SUNDAYS

Boo at the Zoo presented by Citizens Bank. Cleveland’s sweetest Halloween tradition featuring unlimited 4-D Theater movies, carousel and train rides, hay maze, Trick or Treat Street, plus three weekends to choose from: 10/12-14, 10/19-21, 10/26-28. 5-9 p.m. Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, 3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland, 216-661-6500, clevelandmetroparks.com/zoo

 

SATURDAYS

Hayrides at the Chalet. Enjoy tractor drawn public hayrides. 6-10 p.m. Mill Stream Reservation, The Chalet, 16200 Valley Pkwy., Strongsville, clevelandmetroparks.com

 

SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS

Boo at the Zoo. Dress your little ghosts and goblins in their costumes for everyone’s favorite non-scary Halloween event. 11:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. beginning 10/13. Akron Zoo, 504 Euclid Ave., Akron, 330-375-2550, akronzoo.org

The Great Pumpkin Fest. Daytime fun with no tricks and all treats — it’s the perfect place for families to enjoy fun fall activities, all included with park admission. Special arts & crafts activities, Trick-or-Treat with the Peanuts, The Great Pumpkin Parade, The Magical House on Boo Hill, themed games, rides and attractions, and more. Cedar Point, 1 Cedar Point Drive, Sandusky, cedarpoint.com

Old West Pumpkin Fest. Pumpkin Festival Includes unlimited activities for one low price: hayrides, pony rides, live costume character show, petting farm, Children’s Haunted House in 3D, etc. Rockin’-R-Ranch, 19066 E. River Road, Columbia Station, 440-236-5454, clevelandhayride.com

Pumpkin Festival. Hay maze, corn maze, wagon ride with live scarecrows, all you can carry pumpkins, and face painting. Red Wagon Farms, 16081 E. River Road, Columbia Station, redwagonfarm.com  

 

THROUGH 10/28

Spooky Ranch. Extreme Nightmares Haunted House, Famous Haunted Hayride, Haunted Barn, Monster Visions in 3D Haunted House, and Zombie Paint Ball Hunt in 3D. Rockin’-R-Ranch 19066 E. River Road, Columbia Station, spookyranch.com

 

THROUGH 10/28

Family Fun on the Farm. Four-acre corn maze, crate maze, straw maze, new barrel train, new gigantic sandbox, and much more. Hillcrest Orchards, 50336 Telegraph Road, Amherst, 440-965-8884, hillcrestfunfarm.com

 

THROUGH 10/31

Fall Festival at Nickajack Farms. Discovery Barn, farm animals, Rascal Round Up, tire dragons, obstacle course, hay maze and much more. 2955 Manchester Ave. NW, North Lawrence, nickajackfarms.com

 

THROUGH 11/30

Fall Hiking Spree. Get out and explore. Complete at least eight designated hikes to earn hiking staff (first-year hikers) and shield. summitmetroparks.org

Trekking Through Autumn. Get out and explore your Medina County parks through this self-guided hiking program. First-year hikers earn a backpack, and veteran hikers earn a pin. medinacountyparks.com

 

10/5

Fall Family Night. Gather everyone up and enjoy hands-on fall activities for the kids, dinner, planetarium programs, live wildlife encounters and hayrides for all ages. 6-9 p.m. Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, 28728 Wolf Road, Bay Village, 440-871-2900, lensc.org

 

10/6

Fall Family Outing. Fall into autumn fun with free hayrides, bonfires, naturalist activities, live music, apple cider, and more. 6-9 p.m. Goodyear Hts. Metropark, 2077 Newton St., Akron, summitmetroparks.org

Bauman Orchards Fall Festival. Live music, pony rides, hay maze, petting zoo, wagon rides, and more. Bauman Orchards, 161 Rittman Ave., Rittman, baumanorchards.com

 

10/6-7

Goblins in the Garden. Bring your children in costumes to trick-or-treat during daylight hours in decorated gardens. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Holden Arboretum, 9500 Sperry Road, Kirtland, 440-946-4400, holdenarb.org

Horse-drawn Fall Hay Wagon Rides and Corn Maze. What better way to enjoy the sights of fall than with an afternoon of family-oriented fun? Noon-3:30 p.m. Equestrian Center of Carlisle Reservation, 13630 Diagonal Road, LaGrange, metroparks.cc

Jump Into Fall Days. Celebrate autumn with hands-on activities for all ages: free horse-drawn wagon rides, kayaking, fishing, face painting and balloon creations, food truck, and seasonal treats. 1-5 p.m. Swine Creek Reservation, 16004 Hayes Road, Middlefield Twp, geaugaparkdistrict.org

 

10/6-7, 10/13-14

Corn & Pumpkin Festival. Help husk, shell and grind the corn or plow behind draft horses while younger visitors make handmade corn husk dolls and paint pumpkins. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Lake Metroparks Farmpark, 8800 Euclid Chardon Road, Kirtland, lakemetroparks.com

Hale Harvest Festival. Celebrate the fall bounty amid the sights, smells and tastes of the Cuyahoga Valley. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Hale Farm & Village, 2686 Oak Hill Road, Bath, 330-666-3711, wrhs.org

 

10/10

Fall Colors Hike. Discover why the leaves change colors and what other plants and animals are doing to get ready for winter. 1-2:30 p.m. Chapin Forest Reservation-Twin Ponds, Hobart Road, Kirtland, lakemetroparks.com

 

10/11

Zombie Science: Compost, Rot and Other Yucky Stuff. Investigate the myriad wonders of compost, mold and decomposition. Be prepared for hands-on grossness. For grades 1-6. Shaker Library, 16500 Van Aken Blvd., 216-991-2030, shakerlibrary.org

 

10/12-13 & 10/19-20

Spooky Science. A unique, fun and educational event. What a perfect time of year to celebrate and educate about the natural world. 4:30-8:30 p.m. Beech Creek Gardens, 1929 Beech St. NE, Alliance, 330-829-7050, beechcreekgardens.org

DeBord’s 23rd Annual Halloween Festival. Free, family-friendly community event open to the public. Noon-9 p.m. Derby Downs, 789 Derby Downs, Akron, debordhalloweenfestival.com

 

10/13-14

Corn & Pumpkin Festival. Help husk, shell and grind the corn or plow behind draft horses while younger visitors make handmade corn husk dolls and paint pumpkins. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Lake Metroparks Farmpark, 8800 Euclid Chardon Road, Kirtland, 440-256-2122, lakemetroparks.com

 

10/13

Fun Bus @ Monster Mash. Visit the Geauga County Public Library Fun Bus (bookmobile) for books, movies, stories and more. Chardon Square, divi.geaugalibrary.net

Dr. UR Awesome’s Halloween Bubble Show. Watch the current Guinness World record holder for largest indoor and outdoor soap bubbles perform amazing feats of bubble magic. 11-11:45 a.m. Morley Library, 184 Phelps St., Painesville, 440-352-3383, morleylibrary.org

Family Fall Fest. Costumes are encouraged for Stark Parks’ free, non-scary seasonal event featuring a .25-mile Treat Trail, inflatables, and Critter Carnival with live animals. 2-6 p.m Woodland Shelter-Petros Lake, 3519 Perry Drive SW, Canton, starkparks.com

 

10/14

Fall Color Hike. Hike in search of the beautiful colors of the season. 2-3 p.m. Miller Nature Preserve, 2739 Center Road, Avon, 440-937-0764, metroparks.cc

Pumpkin Festival. Enjoy beautiful autumn foliage, food, rides, animals, entertainment, games, crafts, and fun for the whole family. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Hiram House Camp, 33775 Hiram Trail, Chagrin Falls, 216-831-5045, hiramhousecamp.org

 

10/19

Not-So-Spooky Stories & Campfire. Sit beneath the light of the moon to enjoy marshmallows and hear nighttime tales around the campfire. 6:30-8 p.m. F. A. Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron, 330-865-8065, summitmetroparks.org

Halloween Flicks on the Falls. Celebrate Halloween with friends and family by watching an all-time favorite film for FREE on a big screen: Ghostbusters. 7 p.m. Downtown Pavilion, 2085 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls, cityofcf.com

 

10/19-20

Halloween All Aboard! Mini Train Rides. All ages and costumes welcome. 6:30-9 p.m. Lester Trail Rail, 3654 Lester Road, Medina, Medina County Parks, medinacountyparks.com

 

10/19-21

Fall Festival of Leaves. Festivities include arts, crafts, entertainment, flea markets, midways, parades, and a pedal tractor pull. Bainbridge, fallfestivalofleaves.com

 

10/19-20 & 10/26-27

Captain NEO’s Hauntaquarium. Yo-ho-ho and a bucket of chum. Hauntaquarium is one big pirate-themed Halloween party. 6-9 p.m. Greater Cleveland Aquarium, 2000 Sycamore St., Cleveland, 216-862-8803, greaterclevelandaquarium.com

 

10/20

Spooky Pooch Parade. The downtown area will be filled with proud pet owners parading their dogs dressed in the finest Halloween fashions. 12:30-3:30 p.m. Kauffman Park, 15450 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, lakewoodalive.com

Spooktacular Celebration. Family-friendly activities, games, raffles, face painting, blind candy tasting and more. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. All City Candy 7441 Mentor Ave., Mentor, allcitycandy.com

 

10/20-21

Boo-tanical Bash. Boo-tanical Bash is back and better than before with a witches’ brew of new family-friendly fun, giving families more opportunities to experience Halloween in the gardens. Cleveland Botanical Garden, 11030 East Blvd., Cleveland, 216-721-1600, cbgarden.org

The Pumpkin Party. Calling all ghouls and boys, climb aboard for this great pumpkin decorating party and ride the rails through Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Departs Rockside Station, 7900 Old Rockside Road, Independence, at 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Akron Northside Station, 27 Ridge St., Akron, at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. cvsr.com

 

10/20-21 & 10/27-28

I-X Trick or Treat Street. Kid friendly activities, amusement park rides, live entertainment, costume characters and more. I-X Center, 6200 Riverside Drive, Cleveland, ixtrickortreatstreet.com

 

10/24

Pumpkin Decorating Contest. Bring the whole family to the Lake Branch to decorate a pumpkin and enter it into a contest for a chance to win a prize. Dress for a mess. 6:30 p.m. 5642 Andrews Road, Mentor-on-the-Lake, 440-257-2512, mentorpl.org

 

10/25

Scare on the Square & Spooky Pooch Parade. Zombie Thriller dance, trick or treat, contests and more. 5-9 p.m. Downtown Wadsworth, mainstreetwadsworth.org

Trick or Treat on South High Street. Break out your costume early for a family-friendly Halloween party where you can explore the museum in surprising ways. 6-9 p.m. Akron Art Museum, One S. High St., 330-376-9185, akronartmuseum.org

Boo-tique Trick-or-Treating. Bring the kids in costume for some Halloween fun inside the mall. 5-7 p.m. Eton Chagrin Blvd., 28601 Chagrin Blvd., Woodmere, etonchagrinblvd.com

Merchants of Hudson Trick or Treat. The Merchants of Hudson invite kids to dress in their favorite costumes and visit various shops and restaurants throughout town for a special Halloween treat. 4-6 p.m. Downtown Hudson, 330-906-0642, merchantsofhudson.com

 

10/26

Trunk-or-Treat. Enjoy trick-or-treating with a twist. Park your decorated car in the library parking lot and bring candy to pass out to the kids visiting the decked-out vehicles. 5:30 p.m. Bainbridge Library, 17222 Snyder Road, Chagrin Falls, 440-543-5611, geaugalibrary.net

Halloween Celebration. Put on your costume and trick or treat through the Wildlife Gardens, make a craft, hop on a hayride, enjoy a holiday show in the planetarium and more. 6-9 p.m. Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, 28728 Wolf Road, Bay Village, 440-871-2900, lensc.org

Halloween at the “Boo-seum.” Annual Halloween party and “Trick or Treat” in the Street of Shops and Discover World, plus hayrides, scavenger hunt, and science shows. 6-8:30 p.m. McKinley Museum, 800 McKinley Monument Drive NW, Canton, 330-455-7043, mckinleymuseum.org

Halloween Family Night. This month’s Family Night Out theme is Halloween! We will have tricks, treats and all types of fun in the pool! Come on out in your scariest, funniest, most magnificent costumes and celebrate Halloween with Goldfish! Spots are limited; call 234-380-4400 for reservations. 6:30-8 p.m. Goldfish Swim School – Hudson, 725 W. Streetsboro St., goldfishswimschool.com

Spooktacular Family Swim. Come for some fright-free fun at Goldfish Swim School! We’ll have family swim, arts and crafts, sweet treats and more! Swimmers sporting costumes will be entered to win a special prize! The cost is $5/swimmer or $15/family max. 6:30-8 p.m. Goldfish Swim School – Fairview Park, 21599 Lorain Road ; and Goldfish Swim School – Cleveland East Side, 4670 Richmond Road, Ste. 100, Warrensville Heights, goldfishswimschool.com

 

10/26-28

Hocking Halloween Campout. Join the Haunted Hocking team as they search for the unexplained at Ash Cave or try your hand at pumpkin decorating, hayride, a family fun spooky movie, site judging, and trick or treat. Hocking Hills State Park, Old Man’s Cave, 19852 State Rt. 664, Logan, thehockinghills.org

 

10/27

Not-so-Spooky Halloween Party. Learn about the serious business of animal enrichment and see animal ambassadors at work and play. Enjoy games, crafts, pumpkin decorating and special animal demonstrations — all in a not-so-spooky setting! Live animal demonstrations will take place every hour from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Included with general admission. Children in costume ages 12 and under admitted free. Cleveland Museum of Natural History, 1 Wade Oval Drive, cmnh.org

Family Halloween Skate. Bring the kids in costume to this family-friendly fun event. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Mentor Civic Ice Arena, 8600 Munson Road, cityofmentor.com

Tricks & Treats. Celebrate Halloween with a day full of fall fun including food trucks, The Halloween Express, pet costume contest, and trick-or-treating. Noon-4 p.m. Crocker Park, 189 Crocker Park Blvd., Westlake, crockerpark.com

Haunted Gingerbread Houses. Families are invited to assemble and decorate a Haunted Gingerbread House together. 11 a.m.-noon and noon-1 p.m. Kent Free Library, 312 W. Main St., Kent, 330-673-4414, kentfreelibrary.org

Trick or Treat at the Library. Walk the red carpet to show off your costume and trick or treat. 11 a.m.-noon. Seville Library, 45 Center St., mcdl.info

 

10/27-28

Brick or Treat. Halloween extravaganza complete with special Halloween-themed builds and an array of family-focused activities for folks of all ages. Children are encouraged to wear costumes. Activities take place during regular hours, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. LEGOLAND Discovery Center, 157 Easton Town Center, Columbus, columbus.legolanddiscoverycenter.com

Spooky Fest. Kids are invited to dress up in their costumes and enjoy pumpkin village to the fullest. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mapleside Farms, 294 Pearl Road, Brunswick, mapleside.com

Spooktacular Science. Bring along your witch or wizard hat as you experiment with spooky hands-on activities and Halloween-themed demonstrations. Guests of all ages are sure to enjoy this family-friendly party. Great Lakes Science Center, 601 Erieside Ave., Cleveland, 216-694-2000, greatscience.com

 

10/28

Family Concert Halloween Spooktacular. An afternoon of deliciously frightening musical fun. Come dressed in your Halloween best for a costume contest for audience members. 3 p.m. Severance Hall, 11001 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, clevelandorchestra.com

Candy Science. You know you will be getting lots of candy at the end of the month, so come learn about it with science and experiments. 1 p.m. Kirtland Public Library, 9267 Chillicothe Road, 440-256-7323, kirtland.lib.oh.us

Pumpkin Palooza. Trick or treat throughout the district, pumpkin decorating, Hotel Transylvania outdoor movie showing, bubble show with Dr. U.R. Awesome, and interactive vendors. 1-3 p.m. Pinecrest, I-271 & Harvard Road, Orange Village, discoverpinecrest.com

 

10/29

Halloween Spooktacular. Enjoy crafts, games and stories during this annual Halloween event. Don’t forget your costume. 6:30 p.m. Willoughby Public Library, 30 Public Square, 440-942-3200, we247.org

Halloween Fashion Show. Do you have a really cool or unique Halloween costume this year? Show it off in a fashion show followed by spooky crafts and activities for the whole family. 6:30 p.m. Northwest Akron Branch Library, 1720 Shatto Ave., akronlibrary.org

 

10/30

Halloween Fiesta Espectacular. Celebrate Halloween and Dia de los Muertos with this massive mashup party. 6:30-8 p.m. Eastlake Public Library, 36706 Lake Shore Blvd., 440-942-7880, we247.org

Spooktacular Costumes Hike. Put on your best Halloween costume and take a leisurely two-mile hike through the woods, then top off your evening the right way — with delicious s’mores 7:30-9 p.m. Sippo Lake Park West, 800 Genoa Ave., Massillon, starkparks.com

 

SENSORY-FRIENDLY EVENTS

10/25

Halloween Karaoke Party. Come dressed in costume and sing your favorite songs! Light snacks will be provided. Program designed for individuals with disabilities. 6-8 p.m. Environmental Learning Center, 7250 Alexander Road, Painesville, lakemetroparks.com

BLAST Halloween Celebration. Blast’s Mission is to provide safe social and recreational activities to people with developmental disabilities. 6-8:30 p.m. Temple Israel, 91 Springside Drive, Akron, summitdd.org

 

10/27

Mind-Body-Soul Halloween Dance. 6-9 p.m. Elmwood Recreation Center, Independence, theupsideofdowns.org

 

10/28

Halloween Dance. Designed for individuals ages 14 and older with special needs. Deejay music is provided and refreshments are available for purchase. 1-4 p.m. Painesville Twp. Park, 1025 Hardy Road, Painesville, lakemetroparks.com

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