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Non-Scary Halloween and Fall Family Activities Around Cleveland

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Fun for Adults and Kids Without the Fear Factor

Not scary, just fun for Halloween around Cleveland. Family fun that’s not scary.

The dollar signs are rough estimates of how expensive the activity is.

Got kids? Would rather not be scared to death yourself? Here are some family-friendly Fall and Halloween activities, in which chills and chuckles don’t lead to nightmares.

Lake Metroparks Farmpark Halloween Hayrides 2016
8800 Chardon Road (Rt. 6) Kirtland, OH
Oct. 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 2016. Evening and night times.
Reservations. Print tickets on your computer, or call (440) 256-2158
Tickets are $5.00 ($4.00 for Lake County residents), plus a $2.00 fee if ordering by phone.
Ages 2 and under, free.
From the website:

Halloween Hayrides feature a 20-minute, narrated hayride along a one-mile-long trail filled with family-oriented thrills, chills, and adventures. Encounter upside down skeletons, falling spiders, and a lagoon with a mysterious creature! Many “fright” sites will leave you with goose bumps or giggles!

Returning this year is a haunted trail through Festival Field. After riding on the wagon, visitors continue their journey with a walk through a haunted hair salon, a monster band, and an enchanted pumpkin patch.

Back by popular demand is the ‘Evolution of Dance’ featuring the glowstick dancers!

Dress for the weather – rides go rain, snow or shine!

Lake Metroparks Farmpark Three Acre Corn Maze
8800 Chardon Road (Rt. 6) Kirtland, OH
440-256-3030, 800-366-3276
Corn and Pumpkin Harvest Weekend
(The corn maze is up now through Oct. 12)
October 11 & 12, 2016
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

This is a festival featuring a giant corn maze, an opportunity for children to harvest (and decorate) their own pumpkin (additional fee), harvest activities and demonstrations, hay maze. Food and fun for the entire family!
Admission $6; ages 60+, $5; Youth 2 – 11, $4; younger than 2, Free

$$ Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Storytelling on the Train: Ghost Tales
Oct. 17, 2016
From the website: Plunged into the darkness of night you’ll journey through the national park and hear stories of the macabre. We’ll then depart the train and walk to Park Place in Peninsula to share hot cocoa and cookies around a roaring fire. Limited to 50 participants. Fee: $10 per person. Departure is from Brecksville Station at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m..

$$$Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Pumpkin Express
Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 25 & 26, 2016
1-800-468-4070 -or- 1-330-657-2016
Leaves from Akron Northside Station at 10:30 AM or Rockside Station at 12:25 P.m.
From the website:
Ride the Train to the Village of Peninsula and visit Heritage Farms for a very special Halloween experience. There are many activities for the young and old . . . Costume contest with prizes! Mazes for the children! Scavenger hunt with prizes!

Hay rides available for $2.00 at the farm! Purchase a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch and the train will haul it back for you!

Price: Adults – $25.00, Seniors (65+)- $20.00, Children (3-12) – $12.00, plus a $3.00 per-order processing fee. Ages 2 and under are free.

$$ Cleveland Botanical Garden BOO-tanical Bash
11030 East Boulevard
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
Oct. 25, 2016, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
From the website:
The beloved BOO-Tanical Bash! . . . our final outdoor event of the season. The kids will spend a bewitching evening:
* Playing games like “Bowling for Ghosts”
* Listening to creepy stories
* Snacking on tasty treats
* Sipping fresh apple cider
* Enjoying live entertainment
The main event, trick-or-treating, takes place in Hershey Children’s Garden, which will be all done up with silly spectral scenes and other lightly spooky decor and effects.
Reservations. Call 216 721-1600, ext 100
Nonmember prices: Adults, $10.00, Children, $13.00.

$$ Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Boo at the Zoo
3900 Wildlife Way
Cleveland OH 44109
(216) 661-6500
Oct. 16-19 & 23-26, 2016
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
8 Nights of SPOOKtacular Fun
Designed for a younger audience, Boo offers eight nights of scare-free fun.
Boo at the Zoo is a neighborhood of safe Halloween entertainment, with a spooky delight on every corner including animals on exhibit each evening and the “Creepy Crawly Critter Live Animal Show.” Other happy haunts include: the Not-So-Haunted Greenhouse, the Jack-O-Lantern Express Train Ride, the Halloween Hay Maze, puppet shows, magic shows, a fire juggler and stiltwalker from SAFMOD Performance Ensemble and much more. Each child receives a complimentary treat bag. Kids and adults are encouraged to wear fun (not scary) costumes.

Tickets: $7.00, plus a $1.50 fee to buy online and a $2.00 fee above that to buy by phone. (The only way to avoid the fees is to go in person to the zoo box office to buy your tickets.) Children under 2 free, no ticket needed.

Cleveland Metroparks, Mill Stream Run Reservation: Fall Hayrides
Chalet Recreation Area, on Valley Parkway, Strongsville, OH

All hayrides are ADA accessible.

Tractor-drawn hayrides, Saturdays Oct. 4, 11, 17, 25, 2016, 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. and Sundays, Oct. 5, 12, 18, 26, 2016, 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m.
Enjoy hayrides, square dancing for all ages, a hay maze, and a face-painting & balloon-twisting clown. And, square dancing can be enjoyed by all, too! On Sundays, bonus activities include pumpkin carving demonstrations and additional entertainment. Plus, Musical Mark performances on October 12 & 26 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
No reservations. First come, first served. One leaves about every half-hour.
$7.00 per adults, $5.00 per child aged 3-11. Under 3 is free if they sit on an adult lap.

Horse-drawn hayrides, Wednesday, Oct. 22 and Friday, Oct. 24, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Half-hour leisurely ride, hot cider/hot chocolate, a snack, and kids goody bags.
$10 per person.

FREE Lorain County Metroparks Halloween Fair
Carlisle Visitor Center
Carlisle Reservation
12882 Diagonal Road
LaGrange, Ohio 44050
Oct. 17, 18, 24, 25, 31, and Nov. 1, 2016, 5:00 – 10:00 p.m.
From the website:
The gates for this free event open at 5 pm when the trails are not scary. At 7 pm, the trails are transformed into a frightening sight with some safe family friendly tails that lead to favorites such as Pumpkin Lagoon and The Vortex. You can also ride the new train which will journey through a Halloween themed trail. Games and food are available for a nominal fee. The program ends at 10 pm each night at the Carlisle Visitor Center.

Holden Arboretum Goblins in the Garden
9500 Sperry Rd.
Kirtland, OH 44094
Oct. 12, 12:00 noon – 4:30 p.m.
From the website:
Target age group 4-12 years of age, but enjoyable for all! Wagon rides, hay maze and climb, live entertainment and food make for a fun fall afternoon!
Trick or Treat Trail
* Pumpkin Decorating, a $3 craft fee applies while supplies last
* Wagon Rides
* Leaf Trail
* Cornstalk Maze;
* Straw Pyramid Climb
* Free Apples and Cider, while supplies last
New this year – performances by Natural Bridges NB Puppets – no trick, its a real treat with performances at 12:30, 2 and 3:30pm
I assume you have to pay arboretum admission for this event: Nonmember prices are $6.00 for adults, $5.00 for seniors 60+, and $3.00 for kids 6-12 (5 and under is free).

$$$$ Cedar Point Hallo-Weekends
One Cedar Point Drive
Sandusky, OH 44870
Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays Sept. 12 – Nov. 2, 2016.
From the website: Kids will find not-so-scary fun like their own fun house, shows that will induce smiles, the Monster Midway Invasion Celebration Parade and more.
Adults will get the in-your-face scares they crave in three haunted houses and four haunted outdoor walk-through attractions.
Free with admission to the park. (Adult all day, about $44.00; adult evening, about $26.00; check http://www.cedarpoint.com/public/admission/prices/index.cfm for more detail.) Parking is $10.00.

Patterson Fruit Farm Family Fun Fest
8765 Mulberry
Chesterland, Oh 44026
Sept. 13 – Nov. 2, 2016
Weekends and Oct 17 (NEOEA day), 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Weekdays, 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.
From the website:
Bring the family, pack a lunch (or visit our concession stand) and relax in our outdoor farm fun area – designed to allow your family to choose the pace and activities you most enjoy together. You can play in our hay stacks, try our tree house in the woods, wander through our corn maze and take a wonderful nature hike through the ravines and hills of Geauga County. The admission fee includes a wagon ride. You can ride a horse drawn wagon to a pumpkin patch to pick a pumpkin on weekends. During public hours you can also paint a pumpkin for a fee. Of course, picking your own pumpkin right out of the field is a delightful activity as well on those great fall days!

The fest is open on weekends from September 13 through November 2, including NEOEA Day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for a cost of $6.00 per person. Weekdays are open to the public from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. and everything is a little more laid-back. You need to bring your own food. The cost is $4.00 per person. Pumpkin painting is available these afternoons as well as on weekends.

Ridgeview Farm
5488 Kinsman Rd (SR 87)
Mesopotamia, Ohio
Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 27 – Oct. 26, 2016
12:00 noon – 5:00 p.m.
Tractor-pulled hayride, corn maze, pick your own pumpkin, petting zoo, Amish lunch/bake stand.
Corn maze: $4.00
Hayride: $4.00
Both: $7.00

?? Red Wagon Farm Pumpkin Festival
16081 East River Road (State Route 252)
Columbia Station, OH 44028
Saturdays and Sundays in October, 2016, 12:00 noon – 5:00 p.m.
Hay Maze and Straw Mountain for smaller children.
5 acre Corn Maze
Wagon ride with live scarecrows!
No prices listed, but they do sell pumpkins, food, and cider.

That’s it – a dozen. No wait – in honor of Halloween, we should have 13 –

Hillcrest Orchards Maize Quest Corn Maze
50336 Telegraph Road
Amherst, OH 44001
(440) 965-8884
Saturdays, Sundays, and NEOEA day (Fri, Oct.17), Sept. 1 – Oct. 28, 2016, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Admission: Age 13 and over, $8.00, 12 and under, $6.00, 3 and under, free. Cash or checks only. Last tickets sold an hour before closing.

Here’s a picture from above; the maze has a baseball theme this year.

So, go! Have fun, and don’t be scared! Happy Halloween!



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