Family-Friendly Halloween Fun in Northeast Ohio

Not sure what to do this Halloween? Fortunately, Cleveland and Northeast Ohio offer a number of family-friendly, fun things to do around Halloween, suitable for a variety of age groups. Here are some of the highlights:

Boo at the Zoo - Oct. 18-21, 25-28, 5:30-8:30pm.

"Boo at the Zoo" is a family-friendly alternative to traditional trick-or-treating designed for children ages 3 to 11. It's held annually at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, which is set up with different candy stations throughout the park. Guests are encouraged to wear fun, but not scary, costumes. Refreshments and live entertainment are also provided. The event always sells out, so be sure to visit the zoo's website to reserve your tickets.

Halloweekends at Cedar Point - Fridays through Sundays, from September 14 to October 28, 2007

During this time of year each fall, Cedar Point transforms itself into a spooky, haunted park. Special attractions during Halloweekends include Spooktacular live entertainment, Camp Spooky, Fear Faire, spooky characters and monsters roaming the park, and more. A new addition for 2007 is the "Monster Midway Invasion Celebration Parade", which is held Saturday & Sunday at 4pm. For more information, visit Cedar Point's website.

Great Pumpkin Express - Weekends from October 12th to the 27th

Catch a ride on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad at the Rockside Road Station. The trip features a costume contest, treats, and mini pumpkins for children, as well as a maze and scavenger hunt in the park. The train departs Oct. 20, 21, 27, & 28 at 10:15am. Adults are $25; Seniors $20; and Children 3-12 $12. Children under 3 are free. Call 800 468-4070 or 330 657-2000 for reservations.

Enchanted Forest @ Shaker Lakes Nature Center - Oct. 27, 2007

Kids and adults are invited to the Shaker Lakes Nature Center to learn about Cleveland Halloween legends, as well as participate in a family-friendly trick-or-treat. Cookies and cider are served. The event runs from 6pm to 8pm on October 27. Those interested in attending are encouraged to to call (216) 321-5935 to register.

Halloween Hayrides & Giant Corn Maze @ Lake Farmpark - Oct. 12-27th

Lake Farmpark offers a giant corn maze, hayrides, live entertainment, and food each weekend from Oct. 12 to 27th. Hours of operation are 6-9pm. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $4 for children 3-12, and children under 3 are free. For details call (440) 256-2158.

Halloween Parties & Haunted Houses in Northeast Ohio

Check out this guide to Northeast Ohio's best haunted houses and Halloween parties. There's sure to be something close to your home, and suitable for various ages.