Halloween in Ohio: 5 Spooky Events

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Fall is fast approaching and you know what that means! It’s almost time to snuggle up with a cup of hot chocolate or gather around the table for a plate of comfort food. But before we can enjoy the cold weather and that Thanksgiving feast, we can’t forget about Halloween! Here are 5 hair-raising Halloween events you won’t want to miss!


1. Cedar Point “HalloWeekends”

Each weekend, beginning mid-September, Cedar Point is transformed from an amusement park to a haunted town teeming with terrifying creatures. The park contains endless frightful opportunities for you horror-lovers. This includes haunted mazes, “scare zones”, and a huge monster parade to top it all off. If you’re not a fan of fear, the daytime hours at the park offer a “lighter” alternative to the Halloween celebration.

For a list of all attractions, visit: www.cedarpoint.com/halloweekends/


2. “Boo at the Zoo”

This annual event is a fan favorite! If you’ve never been, Boo at the Zoo is an event geared toward the little ones, where everyone is asked to dress up in fun, silly costumes. Candy stations are set up all throughout the zoo for trick-or-treaters, offering parents a safer alternative to standard trick-or-treating. Head out to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and enjoy some peace of mind, not to mention refreshments and live entertainment, on October 20-23 & 27-30!

For ticket information, please visit: www.clevelandmetroparks.com


3. Hauntaquarium at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium

Similar to Boo at the Zoo, Huntaquarium will provide a safe trick-or-treating area for children. This year’s theme is the circus, so there will be tons of performers including magicians and jugglers. Costumed scuba divers will even put on a show inside the shark tank! Hauntaquarium is sure to be a thrill for the entire family. Remember that kids under 2 get in free and if you buy your ticket early and show it upon entrance, parking fees are waived!

To buy your tickets in advance, visit: www.greaterclevelandaquarium.com


4. Spooky Pooch Parade

This incredible Halloween event puts the spotlight on the furry, four-legged members of your family. The 9th annual Spooky Pooch Parade puts your costumed canines on parade. An awards ceremony honors the spookiest pooches of the night! The proceeds from this festival, parade, and awards presentation will go to LakewoodAlive, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting citizen engagement in the community to improve quality of life. So bring your kids and dogs out to Lakewood on October 15th at 12:30 pm and donate to a great cause!

More info at: www.lakewoodalive.com/event/spooky-pooch-parade/


5. Freaky Flights Tours

If you’re not a fan of heights, this next event may very well be the most terrifying of all! ZipZone Canopy Tours in Columbus, Ohio is a brand new ziplining destination for all thrill-seekers to enjoy. During the week of Halloween, however, the ziplining will take place in complete darkness. If you think you can handle zipping through and above the trees of Camp Mary Orton with only the light of the moon to see what’s up ahead, make your reservation now! There will also be activities, games, and prizes for best costume.

Head to ZipZone’s website for ticket info: www.zipzonetours.com/ohio-zip-line-reservations/


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