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From fun to frightful, Halloween events abound

10/18/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

Akron Zoo educator Linda Van Fossen, of West Akron, was on hand at the Akron Zoo’s annual Boo at the Zoo Halloween event Oct. 14 dressed as a moon jelly fish to tie in with the zoo’s reef exhibit.
Shown above at one of the Akron Boo at the Zoo stations are volunteers Dean Thayer and Marge Arrant, dressed as a king and queen, as they provide treats for Lizzy Nemeth, 3, who is with her mother, Shannon Nemeth, of Coshocton. Boo at the Zoo continues for the next two weekends at the zoo.
Photos: Ken Crisafi
GREATER AKRON — Whether it’s things that go bump in the night or a chance to enjoy dressing in costume, local communities have special activities planned as Halloween approaches.

Families and volunteers enjoyed Boo at the Zoo at the Akron Zoo this past weekend. Pictured above are Cuyahoga Falls cousins Roxanne Young, 1, dressed as a ballerina, and Seona Schlegel, 1, dressed as a ladybug, as they enjoyed their Oct. 14 outing at the zoo, which features 12 themed treat stations for young participants.
In addition, many communities have designated trick-or-treat times. Those residents planning to hand out candy are asked to leave their porch lights on during the time set for trick-or-treat.

The following is a list of designated nights and times for trick-or-treating in the West Side Leader coverage area, along with other planned events:

• Akron: Most neighborhoods will host Beggars’ Night Oct. 27 from 5 to 7 p.m., which is the time the city recommends.

Also, the Akron Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo is back with its nonscary Halloween activities for families. The event, which features 12 themed trick-or-treat stations, will take place Oct. 19-21 and 26-28. Hours are 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Fridays and 3 to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $10 for trick-or-treaters and $6 for observers. Akron Zoo members will receive free observer admission. Advanced tickets, which are $1 less, are now on sale at the zoo, 500 Edgewood Ave., on its website, at www.akronzoo.org, and all Acme Fresh Market locations. Also, the zoo will serve a pizza and salad buffet in the Komodo Kingdom Café during Boo at the Zoo at a cost of $4.99 for children and $6.99 for adults. Smoked barbecued pork and chicken can be added for $1.99. For additional information, call 330-375-2550.

• Bath: Beggars’ Night will take place Oct. 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. From 6 to 8 p.m., the Bath Fire Department’s annual Halloween Party will take place at the Fire Department, 3864 W. Bath Road. For more information, call 330-666-4007.

In addition, Hale Farm & Village plans several Halloween-themed events. My Little Pumpkin is Oct. 19, and Tricks or Treats on the Farm is Oct. 26. Both programs, for children ages 2-6 and a caregiver, are at 10:30 a.m. and cost $10 per child/adult pair, $8 for member child/adult pairs and $5 for each additional adult. Hale Farm also will host All Hale’s Eve, an onsite trick-or-treat event, Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Regular admission fees of $10 for adults and $5 for children are in effect. For details, go to www.wrhs.org.

• Copley: Community-wide trick-or-treating will take place Oct. 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. Also planned is Halloween in the Park, sponsored by the Copley Police Department, Oct. 27 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at Copley Community Park, 3232 Copley Road. The event for Copley residents includes free trick-or-treat bags, glow sticks and pumpkins, while supplies last. Hay rides, games, hot cider and doughnuts and a trick-or-treat “trail” for children age 10 and younger also will be available.

Also, Healthy Communities Healthy Youth Copley-Fairlawn’s annual Haunted Halls event will take place Oct. 20 from 7 to 11 p.m. at Copley High School. Haunted Halls is a scary yet safe experience for youths in fifth through 12th grades. Admission is $6. A $1 discount coupon is available at www.copley-fairlawnhchy.org. Fifth- and sixth-graders need to be accompanied by an adult, who will be admitted for free. One adult per group is permitted, according to organizers.

• Cuyahoga Falls: Beggars’ Night will take place Oct. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. The Cuyahoga Falls Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring the free Halloween Community Party that afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m. at Falls River Square. The event will include the Don Sitts Auto trunk-or-treat, a pumpkin carving contest and a costume contest. Costume contest contestants should be seated in the amphitheater by 2:15 p.m. Also, the purchase of a $5 activity stamp will include unlimited admission to the petting zoo, hayrides and other activities. Refreshments will be available for purchase. For details, call 330-971-8225.

• Fairlawn: Trick-or treating will take place Oct. 28 from 5 to 7 p.m.

• Granger: Beggars’ Night will be Oct. 28 from 2 to 4 p.m.

• Norton: City-wide trick-or-treating will take place Oct. 27 from 5 to 7 p.m.

• Peninsula: Trick-or-treating will take place Oct. 31 from 6 to 7:30 p.m., and a party at Woodridge Intermediate School, 1930 Bronson Ave., will follow from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. A costume contest will take place at 8 p.m.

• Richfield Township/Richfield Village: Trick-or-treating for the village and township will take place Oct. 31. Halloween festivities will begin with a parade, with assembly at 5:45 p.m. at the old Town Hall, 3907 Broadview Road. The parade will start at 6 p.m. and end at the fire department. Any children interested in participating in the parade should wear a costume. Neighborhood trick-or-treating will take place from 6 to 8 p.m.

Also, the Village Recreation Department is putting on its 10th annual Haunted Recreation Center Oct. 25-27 at the Richfield Recreation Center, 3333 Brecksville Road. Haunting hours will be Oct. 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. and Oct. 26-27 from 6 to 10 p.m. Admission is $5. Discounts are available. For more information, call 330-659-5818.

• Sharon: Trick-or-treating will be Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. around Sharon Circle and in the neighborhoods there, according to township officials.

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