Family-Friendly Halloween & Fall Events in Northeast Ohio

Family-Friendly Halloween & Fall Events in Northeast Ohio

Looking for some festive fall fun or a few not-so-spooky Halloween adventures? Check out these family-friendly autumn and Halloween events taking place throughout the greater Cleveland/Akron area.

*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, events are subject to change. Please check with venues before attending an event to ensure times and availability are valid and to understand health guidelines.

Halloween Fun & Frolic

PICK-A-DAY

THURSDAYS

Haunted Lantern Tours.
Come take a walk through the long, dark corridors with nothing but lanterns to illuminate the way. 8-9:30 p.m. Lake County Historical Society, 415 Riverside Rd., Painesville, lakehistorycenter.org

THURSDAYS-SUNDAYS

Halloween Drive-Thru. Travel Farmpark’s trails and roadways after dark in the comfort and safety of your own vehicle and experience many playfully frightful sites throughout the park. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Lake Metroparks Farmpark, 8800 Euclid Chardon Rd., Kirtland, 440-256-2122, lakemetroparks.com

FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS

Spooky Science. Spooky Science is about teaching people in a fun and creative environment about all the things in nature that can “spook or creep you out.” 4-9 p.m. Beech Creek Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve, 11929 Beech St. NE, Alliance, beechcreekgardens.org 

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

Trick-or-Treat Fest. Bring your family in costume and trick or treat, enjoy meet-and-greets with costumed characters, dance at the Monster Mash Dance Party and enjoy unlimited movies at the 4-D Theater, train rides and rides on the carousel, courtesy of MetroHealth. 10/8-10/31. 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, 3900 Wildlife Way, 216-635-3391, futureforwildlife.org

SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS

Boo at the Akron Zoo. Dress your little ghosts and goblins in their costumes for a non-scary Halloween event. Bring your own bag or bucket to collect treats. Beginning 10/16. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Akron Zoo, 505 Euclid Ave., Akron, 330-375-2550, akronzoo.org

Spooktacular Weekends. The nature center will be decorated for a kid-friendly Halloween. Learn about animals, from creepy and crawly to slithery and slimy. Costumes are welcome. Beginning 10/23. Noon-5 p.m. Susan Hambley Nature Center, 1473 Parschen Blvd., Brunswick, 330-722-9364, medinacountyparks.com

Halloween Boo-Thru. This family-friendly drive-through event will host some of your favorite seasonal attractions, as well as new displays and live actors. 5-8:45 p.m. Equestrian Center of Carlisle Reservation, 13630 Diagonal Rd., LaGrange, loraincountymetroparks.com

DAY-BY-DAY

October 8-9

Historic Haunts. Detroit Shoreway’s family-friendly interactive walking tour, designed to both frighten and delight audiences with a selection of vivacious, nefarious, and hilarious Cleveland histories. 6-9 p.m. Near West Theatre, 6702 Detroit Ave., Cleveland, nearwesttheatre.org

October 8-10

The Chillicothe Halloween Festival. A three-day festival celebrating the fun of Halloween. The festival offers a wide variety of vendors, food, live entertainment, Haunted House, inflatables, contests, and much more. Yoctangee Park, 1 Annex, N Park Dr., Chillicothe, chillicothehalloweenfestival.com

October 16

Botanical Bash. The event will take place inside the Hershey Children’s Garden and White Oak Walk, and will have a trick-or-treat trail, crafts, a dance party, and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Cleveland Botanical Garden, 11030 East Blvd., 216-721-1600, cbgarden.org

Haunted Peeps Dioramas. Make a Haunted Peeps Diorama using a shoebox, Peeps and craft supplies. Prize for winning diorama. Grades 4-8. 2-3 p.m. Mentor-on-the-Lake Branch Library, 5642 Andrews Rd., 440-257-2512, mentorpl.org

2021 Spooky Pooch Parade. The family-friendly Spooky Pooch Parade consists of a free-to-attend festival at Madison Park, a parade along Madison Avenue and surrounding streets and an awards presentation. 12:30-3:30 p.m. Madison Park, 13201 Madison Ave., Lakewood, lakewoodalive.org

Trick or Treat Trail. Take a walk around the park and collect candy and goodies from Green businesses and organizations. 3 p.m. and costume contests 2:15-2:45 p.m., for ages 0 to 12. Green Central Park, 1795 Steese Rd., Green, cityofgreen.org

October 19

Make your own Halloween Terrarium. Make a hauntingly cool Halloween terrarium. 6:30-7:30 p.m. North Olmsted Branch Library, 27403 Lorain Rd., 440-777-6211, cuyahogalibrary.org

October 21

Halloween Dance Party for Children. Dress up in costume and head to the library for a spooky good time. Enjoy music, movement and Halloween dancing fun. Ages 4 to 7. Kent Free Library, 312 W. Main St.,  330-673-4414, kentfreelibrary.org

Scare on the Square 2021. Featuring candy, costumes, and community fun as well 300 dancing zombies who reenact Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” in the streets at 7 p.m. 5-8 p.m. Main Street Square, Wadsworth, mainstreetwadsworth.org

October 22

Trunk or Treat. Families pass out candy from their decorated cars, and kids can trick-or-treat through the Bainbridge Library. 6-7 p.m. Bainbridge Library, 17222 Snyder Rd., Chagrin Falls, 440-543-5611, divi.geaugalibrary.net

Family Special Event. One of the many creatures who live near the trail will greet you as you start your walk down our haunted path. Wear your favorite costume.. 7-8:30 p.m. Westlake Recreation Department, 28955 Hilliard Blvd., Westlake, webtrac.cityofwestlake.org

Halloween Hullabaloo. Come dressed in costume to enjoy bounce houses, food, games, prizes, crafts and live music. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Strongsville Recreation Center., 18100 Royalton Rd., Strongsville, strongsville.org

October 24-25

Malloween. Kids 10 and under kick off Halloween by dressing in their favorite costumes and strolling the mall. Enjoy music and entertainment, face painting, treat stations and more. Noon-3 p.m. Great Northern Mall, 4954 Great Northern Mall, North Olmsted, greatnorthernohio.com

October 27-29

Pumpkins and Piranhas. Family-friendly fun day featuring extended hours, underwater pumpkin decorations, costumed SCUBA Divers, treat bags for children, pop-up animal enrichment and more. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Greater Cleveland Aquarium, 2000 Sycamore St., Cleveland, 216-862-8803, greaterclevelandaquarium.com

October 28

Scary Stories to Tell in the Park. Spooky stories, campfire, s’mores, and more. This program is geared toward adults. 7-8 p.m. Cuyahoga Falls Library, 2015 Third St., 330-928-2117, cuyahogafallslibrary.org

Teen Halloween Night. Wear a costume, take selfies in a frightening photo booth, make a creepy craft and enjoy snacks while playing Halloween-inspired board games. 5-7 p.m. Lodi Library, 635 Wooster St., 330-948-1885, mcdl.info

October 30

Zoothing Boo at the Zoo. The zoo will open an hour early for people with special needs who don’t like crowds or loud noises to trick-or-treat. Limited number of tickets available. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Akron Zoo, 505 Euclid Ave., Akron, 330-375-2550, akronzoo.org

Tricks & Treats. Dress up in your favorite costume and kick off the weekend with some Halloween fun. Noon-3 p.m. Market Square at Crocker Park, 239 Market St., Westlake, crockerpark.com

Halloween Trunk or Treat. Drive through and receive candy from vendors. Family friendly costumes may be worn. 1-4 p.m. Hartman Park & Athletic Fields, 305 Townline Rd., Aurora, auroraoh.com

October 31

Halloween on the Square. 7:30-8 p.m. Chardon Square, 100 Short Ct St., Chardon, chardonsquareassociation.org

Fall Fun & Frolic

ONGOING

Through Mid-October

Pick Your Own Apples. Fall brings apple-picking and beautiful scenery. Count on picking some great Ohio apples and taking a wagon ride on the weekends. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Patterson Farms, 8765 Mulberry Road, Chesterland, 440-729-9809, pattersonfarm.com

Through October 23

U-Pick Apples & Fun Farm Activities. McIntosh, Gala – 9/4-6, Honeycrisp, Gala, Pixie Crunch – 9/11-12, Red and Golden Delicious, Jonathan and Cortland – 9/18-19, and Red and Golden Delicious, Jonathan, Jonagold and Cortland – 9/25-26. Weekends 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Also enjoy Barrel Train, Corn Box, Hillcrest Orchards, Hayride and more. 50336 Telegraph Rd. Amherst, hillcrestfunfarm.com

THROUGH October 24

Pumpkin Pandemonium. Go on a scavenger hunt, get lost in the Harvest Maze and take a relaxing hayride tour. Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday 2-6 p.m. Heritage Farms, 6050 Riverview Road, Peninsula, heritagefarms.com


October 27-29

Pumpkins and Piranhas. Family-friendly fun day featuring extended hours, underwater pumpkin decorations, costumed SCUBA Divers, treat bags for children, pop-up animal enrichment and more. Costumes encouraged and appreciated. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Greater Cleveland Aquarium, 2000 Sycamore St., Cleveland, 216-862-8803, greaterclevelandaquarium.com

THROUGH October 31

Pumpkin Days at Nickajack Farms. Enjoy pumpkin bowling, paintball, a wagon train ride to the pumpkin patch to pick your own pumpkin, and more. Every day 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Nickajack Farms, 2955 Manchester Ave., Canal Fulton, 330-323-9714, nickajackfarms.com

THROUGH November 30

Trekking Through Autumn. Get out and explore the Medina County Parks through this self-guided hiking program. medinacountyparks.com

58th Annual Fall Hiking Spree. Get out and explore; complete at least eight designated hikes to earn hiking staff (first year hikers) and shield. Veteran hikers earn the shield. summitmetroparks.org

PICK A DAY

TUESDAYS

“Colorful Autumn in Drawing, Painting, and Construction.” Create three landscapes including a forest, a village, and mountains. Use cardboard, paper, scrap materials, yarn, wire, and beads to create a working mobile, a woven wall hanging, and a decorative mask. For grades 3 to 5. 6-7 p.m. North Canton Public Library, 185 N. Main St., 330-499- 4712, ncantonlibrary.com

FRIDAYS
Fall Fest. Join each week for fun fall festivities. Weekly crafts may include scarecrow and wreath making, gourd decorating and friendly mask making. Costumes, candy and pumpkins for every family on 10/15, 10/22 & 10/29. 3-5 p.m. Pinecrest, Park Avenue, Orange Village, discoverpinecrest.com

SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS

Old West Pumpkin Fest. Includes unlimited activities. Hayrides, live costume character show, petting farm, Children’s Haunted House in 3D, etc., Noon-5 p.m. Rockin’-R-Ranch, 19066 E. River Road, Columbia Station, 440-236-5454, clevelandhayride.com

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

SUNDAYS

Family Fall Hikes at Mentor Marsh. The upland woods along the rim of Mentor Marsh are diverse and always interesting to explore. How are the fall colors progressing this year? Join the Cleveland Museum of Natural History on a foray into our forest and see what you can discover. 2 p.m. Mentor Marsh, 5185 Corduroy Rd., Mentor, cmnh.org

DAY-BY-DAY

October 9

Book-O-Lantern Pumpkin Pick-Up. Celebrate October by carving, painting, or decorating a pumpkin inspired by literature. Pick-up instructions will be emailed once registered. 3-5 p.m. Rocky River Public Library, 1600 Hampton Rd., 440-333-7610, rrpl.org

Fall Family Outing. Fall into autumn fun with free hayrides, bonfires, activities, and more. A wheelchair-accessible hay wagon is available. 5-9 p.m. Silver Creek/ Bathhouse, 5000 Hametown Rd., Norton, summitmetroparks.org

October 20-21

Pumpkin Decorating Contest. Objects  and materials of any kind may be pinned, glued, or attached to pumpkins. Pumpkins can be carved, painted, or decorated in any way. Entries must be dropped off on Oct. 20 or 21. 5-9 p.m. Wadsworth Public Library, 132 Broad St., 330-334-5761, wadsworthlibrary.com

October 23

Family Pumpkin Decorating. Bring the whole family and decorate some pumpkins. While supplies last. 1-4 p.m. West River Library, 1194 W. River Rd. N., Elyria, 440-324-2270, elyrialibrary.org

Family Fall Fest. Enjoy the Treat Trail Tale, games, crafts, and concessions for sale. 2-6 p.m. Woodland Shelter #1, Petros Lake Park, 3519 Perry Dr SW, Canton, 330-477-3552, starkparks.com

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  1. Looking for Halloween fun events or festivals, for kids 8to12yrs.

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