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.

 

FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS

Halloween Hayrides. Travel down a one-mile trail on a Halloween hayride filled with family-oriented thrills, chills and adventure. Beginning 10/11. 6:30-8:30 p.m Lake Metroparks Farmpark, 8800 Euclid Chardon Road, Kirtland, 440-256-2122, lakemetroparks.com

Halloween Fair. Haunted trail, Choo and wagon rides, food, games, fun and entertainment. 4:30-10 p.m. Carlisle Reservation, 12882 Diagonal Road, Lagrange, metroparks.cc

FRIDAYS-SUNDAYS

Boo at the Zoo. 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 beginning 10/11. 5-9 p.m. Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, 3900 Wildlife Way, 216-661-6500. futureforwildlife.org/boo

Boo at the Zoo. Bring the whole family out to this “merry-not-scary” Halloween event of heroic proportions. Beginning 10/11. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 Powell Road, Powell, columbuszoo.org

Captain NEO’S Hauntaquarium. With welcoming bandana-and-breeches-wearing stilt walkers and an indoor trick-or-treat treasure trail, Captain NEO’s Hauntaquarium is a warm, protected and not-so-spooky way to celebrate Halloween. Oct. 18, 19, 25, 26 & 27. Greater Cleveland Aquarium, 2000 Sycamore St., Cleveland, 216-862-8803, greaterclevelandaquarium.com

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 a.m.-7 p.m. Beginning 10/12. Akron Zoo, 504 Euclid Ave., 330-375-2550, akronzoo.org

Old West Pumpkin Fest. 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 Farm, 16081 E. River Road, Columbia Station, redwagonfarm.com 

I-X Trick or Treat Street. Park rides, candy stations and more for little ghosts and goblins. 10/19-20 and 10/26-27 11 a.m.-7 p.m. I-X Center, 6200 Riverside Drive, Cleveland, ixtrickortreatstreet.com  

THROUGH 10/6

Fall Fun. Celebrate the onset of fall with an old-fashioned hay wagon ride and try your navigation skills through the six-acre corn maze. Noon-3:30. Equestrian Center, 13630 Diagonal Road, LaGrange, metroparks.cc

THROUGH 10/27

Fun Fest. Play in the hay stacks and corn crib, climb the tree house in the woods, slide down the 50-foot double slide, wander through the corn maze and more. Patterson Farms, 8765 Mulberry Road, Chesterland, 440-729-9809, pattersonfarm.com

THROUGH 10/29

Pumpkin Pandemonium. Bring the family to go on a scavenger hunt, get lost in the Harvest Maze and take a relaxing hayride touring around the farm. Heritage Farms, 6050 Riverview Road, Peninsula, heritagefarms.com 

THROUGH 10/31

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

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

THROUGH 12/31

Wild Hikes Challenge 2019. Walk, hike, skip, jog, run or stroll on eight designated trails before Dec. 31 to earn a hiking staff (first year) and/or a 2019 Wild Hikes medallion. portgageparkdistrict.org

DAY-BY-DAY

October 2

Fall Photography Walk. Join Ohio landscape photographer, writer and educator Ian Adams for a photography walk in the gardens during the peak of fall color and hear tips on garden and fall photography. 2-4 p.m. Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, 714 N. Portage Path, Akron, 330-863-5533, stanhywet.org

Fall Festival at Our Shepherd Lutheran School. Pumpkin decorating contest, crafts, storywalk, games, prizes and much more. 6-8 p.m. 508 Mentor Ave., Painesville, oslpainesville.org

October 4

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

October 5

Fall Fest and Horse Show. This family-friendly event will include a horse show, Halloween activities and contests, bake sale and clam bake. Noon-5 p.m. Medina Creative Therapy Ranch, 5200 Lake Road, medinacreativehousing.com

Scarecrow Extravaganza. Families use imagination to build a life-sized scarecrow for the autumn season. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Cleveland Botanical Garden, 11030 East Blvd., 216-721-1600, cbgarden.org

Fall Family Outing. Fall into autumn fun with free hayrides, bonfires, naturalist activities, live music, apple cider and more. 5-9 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

DeBord’s 24th Annual Halloween Festival. Free, family-friendly community event open to the public. Noon-9 p.m. Derby Downs, 789 Derby Downs, Akron, debordhalloweenfestival.com

October 5-6

Jump into Fall Days. Horse-drawn wagon rides, kayaking, fishing, face painting, balloon creations and more. 1-5 p.m. Swine Creek Reservation, 16004 Hayes Road, Middlefield Twp., geaugaparkdistrict.org

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

October 5-6 & 12-13

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

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

October 11

The Lifecycle of a Pumpkin. How does a pumpkin grow and change? Let’s explore the lifecycle of a pumpkin with hands-on experiments and activities. Ages 4-6. 4 p.m. Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, 440-871-2600, westlakelibrary.org

October 11-12 & 18-19

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

October 12

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. Petros Lake Park, Perry Drive North Entrance, Canton,  starkparks.com

October 13

Pumpkin Festival. Enjoy beautiful autumn foliage, food, rides, animals, entertainment, games, crafts and fun for the whole family. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Hiram House Camp, 33775 Hiram Trail, Chagrin Falls, 216-831-5045, hiramhousecamp.org

Not-So-Spooky Stories & Campfire. Sit beneath the light of the moon to enjoy marshmallows and hear nighttime tales. 7-8 p.m. F. A. Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron, 330-865-8065, summitmetroparks.org

October 14

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

Spooktober Night at the Movies. Dress up in your Halloween costume and enjoy an outdoor showing of “Hocus Pocus.” 7-9 p.m. Mentor Public Library, 8215 Mentor Ave., 440-255-8811, mentorpl.org

October 18-19

Magical Whooloween. Celebrate all things owl as you take a guided night hike, make a craft, listen to fireside tales, join a costume parade and more. 5:30-10 p.m. Penitentiary Glen Reservation, 8668 Kirtland Chardon Road, Willoughby, 440-256-1404, lakemetroparks.com

Boo-tanical Bash. Boo-tanical Bash is back with a witches’ brew of new family-friendly fun, experiencing Halloween in the gardens. Cleveland Botanical Garden, 11030 East Blvd., Cleveland, 216-721-1600, cbgarden.org

October 18-20

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

October 19

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

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

Halloween All Aboard! Bring your family and friends to this “spooktacular” event and ride the train in costume. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Lester Rail Trail, 3654 Lester Road, Medina, medinaparks.com

October 20

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

October 24

Scare on the Square. Zombie Thriller dance, trick or treat, contests and more. 5-8 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. 6-8:30 p.m. Akron Art Museum, 1 S. High St., 330-376-9185, akronartmuseum.org

Halloween Fashion Show. All ages are encouraged to walk the red carpet to show off your costumes. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Medina County District Library, 210 S. Broadway St., 330-725-0588, mcdl.info

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

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

October 25

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. 6 p.m. Bainbridge Library, 17222 Snyder Road, Chagrin Falls, 440-543-5611, geaugalibrary.net

Halloween Celebration & Hayride. 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 Movie Night. Parents, drop off the kids for a free showing of “Toy Story 4,” plus complimentary pizza, popcorn and cookie decorating. While kids watch the movie, parents can enjoy dinner and a cocktail at the adjacent Rustic Grill (parents are welcome to stay with kids and watch the movie, too). To reserve your spot, call 440-461-4653 x232. Kids are invited to dress in the Halloween costumes and bring a sleeping bag. 6-8:30 p.m. Stonewater Golf Club, 1 Club Drive, Highland Hts., stonewatergolf.com

October 25-27

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 and more. Hocking Hills State Park, Old Man’s Cave, 19852 State Rt. 664, Logan, thehockinghills.org

October 26

Halloween Skate Costume Party. Bring the kids in costume to this family-friendly fun event. 8:30-10:30 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. Bring your family to this fun, festive program to build your own haunted gingerbread house. 1 or 3 p.m. Hudson Library & Historical Society, 96 Library St., 330-653-6658, hudsonlibrary.org

October 26-27

Spooky Fest. Kids are invited to dress up in their costumes and enjoy pumpkin village to the fullest. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. & 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 

October 27

Mysteries of the Manor Trail Hayride. Enjoy a hayride and hear the “mysteries of the Manor Trail,” decorate a pumpkin, hunt for treat-filled pumpkins, climb a hay pyramid, dance to a DJ and more. 2-4 p.m. Wildwood Cultural Center, 7645 Little Mountain Road, Mentor, cityofmentor.com

Family Concert Halloween Spooktacular. An afternoon of deliciously frightening musical fun. Come dressed in your Halloween best for a costume contest for audience members. 2 p.m. Severance Hall, 11001 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, clevelandorchestra.com

Pinecrest Pumpkin Palooza. Trick or treat throughout the district, plus pumpkin decorating, an outdoor movie showing of “Monsters, Inc.” and interactive stations. 1-3 p.m. Pinecrest, I-271 & Harvard Road, Orange Village, discoverpinecrest.com  

October 27-29

Haunted Playhouse Play Time. Stop in and explore a large haunted playhouse completed by children and their caregivers. Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library, 3512 Darrow Road, 330-688-3295, smfpl.org

October 29

Haunted Studio. Create spooky haunted house sound effects in the audio recording studio. Ages 10-18. 7-8:30 p.m. Strongsville Branch Library, 18700 Westwood Drive, 440-238-5530, cuyahogalibrary.org

Halloween Carnival. Games, face painting, balloon animals and so much more. Don’t forget to wear your costume. 6:30-8 p.m. Eastlake Public Library, 36706 Lake Shore Blvd., 440-942-7880, we247.org

Spooktacular 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. 6:30-8 p.m. Sippo Lake Park West, 800 Genoa Ave., Massillon, starkparks.com

October 30

Halloween Fun with Tech. Have some hands-on fun exploring new tech devices while helping librarians develop new programs. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Akron Public Library, 60 High St., 330-643-9050, akronlibrary.org

October 31

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

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