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  Spooky Halloween fun in the CLE

Hey friends. Are you totally loving this amazing fall season in Northeast Ohio like I am? Yesterday was SO COLD but somehow our family layered and bundled and braved the outdoor fall festival at Mapleside Farms.

It’s been a fun spooky season at our house with a 4-year-old and the infinite possibilities of choosing a Halloween costume. One day he wants to be Flash, the next an astronaut and currently we are planning to be the Incredible Hulk…let’s not hold our breath. (see above half Superman, half Hulk)

Speaking of Halloween…there are SO MANY fun, fall, family activities to do over the next few weeks…pick 1 thing or pick a few, but make sure whatever you choose to do make sure to dress warm and bring plenty of snacks…candy corn for the win!

Today I wanted to share a few things that sound like a blast when it comes to Halloween festivities…I’m sure there are a ton more so feel free to add to my list in the comments below. Enjoy!

• Tarot card readings in a Speakeasy : Ever been to the secret speakeasy in Cleveland Heights? Ring the doorbell, then follow the back staircase of Cleveland Heights barbershop Quintana’s until you reach the second-floor intimate cocktail bar.  Grab a stiff bourbon drink and have your cards read by Stephanie Ginese on Tuesday, Oct. 23 &
Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

• Spooky Fest at Mapleside Farms : It’s a weekend of family-friendly fun at Mapleside Farms. Kids can show off their Halloween best in an afternoon costume parade. They can play in Pumpkin Village, filled with activities like hayrides, pig races, and a corn maze. PLUS they have delicious donuts, warm cider for the kids and a beer garden for Moms & Dads! Oct. 27-28th.

Cedar Point Halloweekend – It’s an obvious stop on the festivities trail but a great one at that. Pre-toddler, we used to love to visit for a spooky, date night while now we enjoy the characters at The Great Pumpkin Fest. There TRULY is something for all levels of spooky aficionados to the little goblins in your life.

• Pinecrest Pumpkin Palooza – Do you keep meaning to go explore the east sides newest shopping and dining destination? This afternoon would be a great excuse to throw your kids in the car for some trick-o-treating and then you can also hit up Shake Shack too! Sunday, October 28th from 1-3pm.

• “Night of the Living Dead” – The Cedar Lee Theatre is honoring the 50th anniversary of this original zombie flick with two evening screenings. Wednesday, Oct. 24th at 10 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 25th at 7 p.m.

Boo at the Zoo – If you have little ones that love searching for animals and candy this is the Halloween event for you. Bundle up, this event tends to be a cold one! Also, get your tickets in advance, this weekend will be a busy one.

• Twist Social Club : All I can say is if you are looking for an elaborate, over the top fun holiday then look no more, Twist is the place to go. They have a bunch of fun things planned so get dressed up and head out to Twist!
Oct. 26 – Hallo-Queen drag queen show
Oct. 27 – Halloween horror soiree
Oct. 31 – Skaryoke costume karaoke

Spooktacular orchestra concert : Have a music lover in the family? Dress up and head off to Severance for an afternoon of exploring music and spooky beats! Tickets available on their site. Sunday, October 28, 3pm.

So…I hope I’ve given you a few fun and oh so spooky Halloween ideas for you, your ghouls and your little goblins. Happy Halloween Cleveland. I heart ya!

  An afternoon at Cedar Point Shores!


Hey friends, happy gorgeous Sunday evening! How has your weekend been? So much summer excitement over here, from pool parties and barbecues to graduation celebrations and the Cleveland Flea…and our adventures at the new Cedar Point Shores Waterpark it has been fun filled, for sure.

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On Friday I took a half day and filled the car up with our little guy and a few friends and headed for the newly designed Cedar Point Shores Waterpark. From Lakewood it only took us about :50 minutes or so to get there. They were calling for thunderstorms on and off all afternoon but we actually had great weather and even some large stretches of sunshine to warm our afternoon visit. We pulled up (special Shores parking lot in back of the park) and were changed into our suits and poolside within a handful of minutes from arriving. The park was busy but not packed so I would suggest a Friday afternoon if you have little ones who want to play.


IMG_3113We parked our stroller and set up camp in Lemmy’s Lagoons which was the best spot for families with little ones to play. It has a variety of water-sprinkling creatures, a handful of mini slides and of course the incredible green dragon; Lemmy himself. The water was warm and the mix of sprinklers and fountains kept me pleasantly happy and cool.

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We also took a ride down their lazy river…Runaway Rapids. It was a great ride for parents and kids as it had a good mix of cruising, waves, waterfalls, twists and turns. Our little one was a bit apprehensive at first but then wanted to go “again and again!”

The two older kids in our group went off to explore the parks new waterslides like the Lake Erie Nor’easter and the Riptide Raceway. They tried to ride the futuristic slide ride; Point Plummet but their nerves got the best of them so they turned around and met us back in the kids area.

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The new waterpark also has a handful of outdoor café’s and bars…we saw a few live bands playing outside one of these watering holes…there was seriously something for everyone.


I honestly had a great afternoon at Shores! I was kinda dragging my feet at first about going because the idea of running after a toddler in my wet bathing suit in front of a bunch of strangers sounded kinda overwhelming at first. I promise you, once you get there you forget about all the not-so-fun stuff. The staff at the waterpark were so friendly, welcoming and you could tell they were keeping everyone in check, making safety an important part of your park experience.


It was a magical afternoon and we will for sure go back soon…hopefully the sun is out longer next time, but if it’s not…no big deal. Who needs the sun when you have a bright green servant to spit water on you and let you slide down their tongue! Thank you Cedar Point for inviting us to check out your new waterpark, it is really incredible; great job!

SPONSORED POST : Thank you to Cedar Point who invited me to share about the new Shores waterpark as part of their social outreach. I received  tickets in exchange for my review of their new waterpark offerings. Thanks for supporting this business, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  Cedar Point Brews & BBQ!!!


Happy Memorial Day Weekend everyone! Hope you all got to enjoy the unexpected sunny weekend and enjoyed the three day holiday with family and friends. With Nanna and Pappa in town, Mr. C and I decided to do an overnight away and took our talents up to Sandusky and Cedar Point for their Brew and BBQ; craft beer and barbecue tasting event…It was seriously a blast!


I gotta say, I was so impressed with everything about this “Point” special event. From the moment we walked through the gates (this year they have added a metal detection entrance which adds another level of family safety to the park..Nice job CP!) we were overwhelmed with the excitement in the air. The park was so clean and shiny, ready and waiting with open arms for the exciting season ahead.


The Brew & BBQ event is being held at the far end of the park in Frontier Town; really close to the newly opened Cedar Point Shores Waterpark. You buy a ticket for this special event and you receive a bracelet (saying you’re of legal drinking age) and a handful of tickets which can be used for sample beers, full beers, sample food or full sized food…and desserts! I typically am not a fan of beer tasting events, but honestly this event was the perfect mix of cold brews, incredible food (pulled pork nachos!) and some honest to goodness, Blue Grass Music…the whole event seemed perfect as a summer kick off.

IMG_1613I was excited to see some of my favorite breweries included in this years lineup…such as Market Garden Brewery, Rhinegeist (they had their latest invention “Bubbles” on hand..a blend of rosé, bubbles and cider…so awesome!) and Shock Top; which always has great summer brews. We ate some great BBQ including some with more sticky sweet sauces and others more vinegar based; all of them more delicious than the next.



Overall we had SO MUCH FUN just the two of us out for an evening of adult fun…and beer. From the games…we tried to win a big stuffed dog for “you know who” – but $20 later we still couldn’t get the ball in the red cup…to the shows; my show choir past draws me into the various theaters like a fly to the buzzing blue light. We waited in lines for our favorite coasters, the Millennium Force and my personal favorite; the Raptor. We ended the evening with a sunset trip on the vintage Sky Ride; built in 1962. It seriously was a perfect evening at the Point!

The Brews & BBQ event runs through June 11th. If you love beer, bbq, roller coasters, rides, games and shows…you should FOR SURE, HANDS DOWN get yourself out to the park to enjoy this awesome summer event that Cedar Point is hosting to get summer started!

SPONSORED POST : Thank you to Cedar Point who invited me to share their event as part of their social outreach. I received two park tickets in exchange for my review of their rocking event. Thanks for supporting this business, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!