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, these 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. Please follow state guidelines, including wearing face coverings, maintaining 6 feet apart from others and washing hands. 

 

SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS

Howl-O-Ween at the Zoo. Dress up in costumes and explore the Akron Zoo decorated for a nonscary celebration. Enjoy themed selfie stations throughout the park, meet some of your favorite mascots and receive a goodie bag at the end. Beginning 10/10. Akron Zoo, 504 Euclid Ave., 330-375-2550, akronzoo.org

Old West Pumpkin Fest. This is more than just the ordinary pumpkin patch. You’ll not want to miss out on this experience with various activities for your entire family, especially the younger children. Noon-5 p.m. Rockin’-R-Ranch, 19066 E. River Road, Columbia Station, 440-236-5454, clevelandhayride.com 

Harvest Days at Hale. Celebrate the fall bounty amid the sights, smells and tastes of the Cuyahoga Valley. 10/3-10/11. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Hale Farm & Village, 2686 Oak Hill Road, Bath, 330-666-3711, wrhs.org

Trick-or-Treat Fest. Spook-tacular live performances, access to Trick-or-Treat Way featuring more than a dozen candy stations located around the Zoo’s Halloween-themed Australian Adventure, meet-and-greets and more. 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 10/9-31. Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, 3900 Wildlife Way, 216-635-3391, futureforwildlife.org

Horse-drawn Wagon Rides. Enjoy the sights, sounds and scents of fall with a horse-drawn wagon ride. Free passes ensure first-come, first-served boarding. Rides last about a half hour. 10/17-25. 1-5 p.m. Swine Creek Reservation, 16004 Hayes Road, Middlefield Twp., geaugaparkdistrict.org

THROUGH 10/26

Pumpkin Pandemonium. Bring the family to go on a scavenger hunt, get lost in the harvest maze and take a relaxing hayride around the farm. Heritage Farms, 6050 Riverview Road, Peninsula, 330-657-2330, heritagefarms.com

THROUGH 10/31

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 take a wonderful nature hike through the ravines and hills of Geauga County. Patterson Farms, 8765 Mulberry Road, Chesterland, 440-729-9809, pattersonfarm.com

Spooky Ranch. For older kids, check out 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 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: Hiker’s Choice. Call it hiking, walking, strolling, rambling, wandering or trekking, it’s good for body, mind and spirit — maybe now more than ever. Get out and explore the Medina County parks through this self-guided hiking program. First-year hikers earn a backpack; veteran hikers earn a pin. medinacountyparks.com

OCTOBER 2-4

Horsepower Weekend. Horses and tractors have been used throughout the years in the harvest. Help plow the field with draft horses and watch other harvest activities provided by horsepower. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Lake Metroparks Farmpark, 8800 Euclid Chardon Road, Kirtland, lakemetroparks.com

Norton Cider Festival. A family event with something for all ages, including apple decorating, magical train, inflatables and fireworks. Friday 5-9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday noon-6 p.m. Columbia Woods Park, 4060 Columbia Woods Drive, nortonciderfestival.com

OCTOBER 3

Harvest Days. Featuring you-pick apples, homemade cider donuts, apple cider, a food truck, live music, children’s paint-your-own pumpkins, farm animals and pony rides. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Bauman Orchards, 161 Rittman Avenue, Rittman, 330-925-6861, baumanorchards.com

Fall Color Kayak. Paddle along the peaceful shores to enjoy the autumn color and the wildlife of Bass Lake. Ages 12-plus with an adult. 1-3 p.m. Bass Lake Preserve, 11445 Lakeview Road, Chardon, geaugaparkdistrict.org

Squishy Paint Autumn Tree for Babies. Caregivers will pour paint provided into a plastic sealed bag and tape the bag shut. Then let baby smoosh the paint around the paper to create a colorful, autumn tree. Pick up materials at the children’s desk or at the drive-up window. Morley Library, 184 Phelps St., Painesville, 440-352-3383, morleylibrary.org

Riverside Park Ghost Walk. A ghostly walk through Riverside Park, guided by Chagrin Falls Historical Society, sharing tales of spirits from the town’s past. 8-10 p.m. Riverside Park, Chagrin Falls, cvcc.org

OCTOBER 9-11

Halloween Drive-Thru. This year’s event will be different, fun and memorable. Experience family-friendly thrills, chills and adventure from the safety and comfort of your own vehicle. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Lake Metroparks Farmpark, 8800 Euclid Chardon Road, Kirtland, 440-256-2122, lakemetroparks.com

Halloween Boo-Thru. This drive-through, family-friendly event will still host some of your favorite seasonal attractions but with new twists and turns seen from the comfort of your vehicle. 5-6:30 p.m. Carlisle Reservation, 12882 Diagonal Road, Lagrange, loraincountymetroparks.com

OCTOBER 9-18

Fall in Love with Maple Tour. 16 sugarhouses in Northeast Ohio are opening up to show how pure maple syrup is made. Activities at each stop include food trucks, crafts, sugarbush walks, pancake breakfasts, and wagon rides. ohiomaple.org

OCTOBER 16

Gnome Cat Craft for Tweens. Gnomes are not just for the garden. Tweens will learn how to make an adorable fluffy gnome cat to use as a Halloween decoration. 6:30-7 p.m. Reed Memorial , 167 E. Main St., Ravenna, 330-296-2827, reedlibrary.org

OCTOBER 16-18

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

OCTOBER 17

13th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade: Virtual. It’s been said that when times get “ruff,” dogs serve as the ultimate source of comfort. In that case, we want to make a safe celebration of costumed canines paw-sible for all. lakewoodalive.org

Halloween Party for Tweens and Teens: Virtual. Not able to trick or treat this year? Come to this online Halloween party where you’ll play games giving you the chance to win candy and other prizes. 6:30-7:30 p.m. mentorpl.libcal.com/event/7016549

OCTOBER 20

Grab and Go: Halloween Craft for Kids. Pick up a grab-and-go Halloween craft kit. North Canton Public Library, 185 N. Main St., 330-499-4712, ncantonlibrary.com

OCTOBER 21

Tween/Teen Paranormal Fest: Virtual. Speakers will be telling stories about local Willoughby and Ohio ghosts, showing you areas in Ohio that have paranormal activity, discussing what paranormal activity is, explaining the job of being a ghost hunter and more. 6:30-8 p.m. welibrary.evanced.info/signup/calendar

OCTOBER 22

Scare on the Square & Wadsworth Thriller. 5-8 p.m. Downtown Wadsworth, mainstreetwadsworth.org

OCTOBER 22-23 & 29-30

Pumpkins & Piranhas. Come in costume to the aquarium, see the team and divers in costume, take home a treat bag and more. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Greater Cleveland Aquarium, 2000 Sycamore St., Cleveland, 216-862-8803, greaterclevelandaquarium.com

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

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