Boo at the Zoo, 3900 Wildlife Way, 216-661-6500, www.clemetzoo.com
Cleveland Metroparks' Boo at the Zoo is a safe, fun, good time for kids, featuring a Monster Mash Dance Party, a hay maze, magic and puppet shows, and other not-so-scary attractions. 5:30-8:30 p.m., October 20-23 and 27-30.
B-Side Liquor Lounge, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., Cleveland Heights, 216-932-1966
The Grog Shop's subterranean sister club celebrates Halloween early on Saturday, October 29, with a nightful of dance music.
Carnival of Horrors, Blossom Music Center, 1145 W. Steels Corners Rd., Cuyahoga Falls, 330-252-0970, www.carnivalofhorrors2K.com
Channel 5 calls it "the scariest haunted house in all of Ohio." Featuring the Fun House, the Wicked Woods, and the Freakshow, a 3-D terrorvision production, these three haunted houses will blow your mind. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday, through October 30.
Cleveland Costume and Display, 18489 Pearl Rd., Strongsville, 440-846-9292
Whether you're looking for a Halloween, masquerade, or party outfit, Cleveland Costume and Display is open year-round to satisfy all your costume needs from Santas to bunny suits.
The Cove, 5326 Lake Rd., Geneva-on-the-Lake, 440-466-8888
A live set by Ripped and a wet T-shirt contest are worth the drive. No cover. Saturday, October 29.
Fright World, Lake County Fairgrounds, Painesville, 440-954-4302, www.frightworld.info
Fright World is the largest, scariest haunted screampark in the world, with eight hardcore haunted houses spread over one mile of extreme fear. Open Fridays-Sundays, September 30-October 30. The fright runs 7 p.m.-midnight Fridays and Saturdays, 7-10 p.m. Sundays.
The Garage, 1859 W. 25th St., 216-696-7772, www.thegaragebar.com
DJ Larry Szyms hosts the Garage's Everything '80s Night, which features cash prizes for the best '80s costumes, Friday October 28. Saturday October 29, guest DJS Johnny Cash, Elvis, and Buddy Holly host the Honkytonk Halloween, with cash prizes for best theme costume.
Geauga Lake presents Halloween Haunt, 1060 North Aurora Road, Aurora, www.geaugalake.com
The fun park has giggles for the little ones and big gasps for grown-ups in a special Halloween celebration. Every Friday night and all day Saturday and Sunday through October 30.
Ghostly Manor, 3319 Milan Rd. (US Rte. 50), Sandusky, 419-626-4467, www.ghostlymanor.com
Darkride and Funhouse Enthusiasts -- www.dafe.org -- rates scary attractions worldwide, and Ghostly Manor ranks in its American Top 10. The minute the door closes behind you, this old mansion comes alive. Ghostly Manor is guaranteed to be one of the best Haunted Houses you've ever visited. The Manor is open 8 p.m.-midnight Fridays and Saturdays in September; it opens at 7 p.m. in October. Thursdays and Sundays, hours are 7-10 p.m.
Halloween Express, 5198 Great Northern Shopping Plaza, 440-801-1298, www.HalloweenExpressCleveland.com
Located Next to Best Buy, Halloween Express is the only Halloween superstore in Cleveland. Every weekend in October, receive a free Tarot reading with a canned-food donation to the Cleveland Food Bank. While you shop, keep the kids entertained at the Spooky Kids Alley for Children.
Harbor Pub, 15617 Waterloo Rd., 216-481-4642
The Harbor Pub celebrates Halloween Saturday, October 29. Live music stars at 9 p.m., with sets by ÷3 and Agent 99. No cover with costume, and festivities include a best-costume contest. Food buffet is $5, with happy hour from 5 to 9 p.m.
Haunted Forest of Carousel, 1451 Lake Breeze Blvd., Sheffield Village, 440-949-2711, www.ForestOfTerror.com
Think The Village, only creepier: Now bigger, longer, and scarier, the Haunted Forest of Carousel celebrates 24 years of fear. Try to survive a long trail though dark woods filled with horrifying scenes. Open Fridays-Sundays in September and Thursdays-Sundays in October. The Forest opens at dusk, closing at midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, and at 10 p.m. on Thursdays and Sundays.
Haunted Hollow and the Maze of Terror, 5100 Pearl Rd., Brook Park, 216-351-FEAR
It's a two-for-one shocker, featuring two outside frights with terrifying, specially designed set pieces and special effects. 7:30 p.m.-midnight Fridays and Saturdays, and 7:30-10 p.m. Sundays.
Haunted Laboratory, 1300 Triplett Blvd., Akron, 330-849-0211, www.hshlab.com
Its mad scientists have created four floors of special effects, with lasers, wind tunnels, spinning black holes, and two supercharged Tesla coils that will make your hair stand on end. Visit the Haunted Schoolhouse too, for a combined seven floors of terror. The Haunted Laboratory and Schoolhouse are open September 30-October 30, 7-10 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays, and 7 p.m.-midnight Fridays and Saturdays.
Haunted Schoolhouse, 1280 Triplett Blvd., Akron, 330-849-0211, www.hshlab.com
Once an elementary school, Haunted Schoolhouse is now a university of terror. Its ghoulish students study in the witches' house, Dracula's castle, and Frankenstein's lab. Come see how scary school can really be! The Haunted Laboratory and Schoolhouse are open September 30-October 30, 7-10 p.m.Thursdays and Sundays, and 7 p.m.-midnight Fridays and Saturdays.
Hudson Haunted House, 2250 Barlow Rd., Hudson, 1-877-999-GORY, www.HudsonJaycees.com
For 33 years, the Hudson Haunted House has offered thrills and chills. Sponsored by the Hudson Jaycees, the House ratchets down the spooky 1-4 p.m. October 16 and 30, offering family-friendly, less-than-terrifying matinee events. Make a House call September 30-October 2, October 6-9, October 13 (9-10 p.m. only), and October 14-31. Hudson Haunted House is open 7:30-10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and 7:30 p.m.- midnight Fridays and Saturdays.
Jinxed -- A Magical Menagerie of Costumes and Novelties, 4666 Ridge Rd., Brooklyn, 216-749-FUNN
Jinxed is the place to rent or purchase costumes -- anything from fairies to frightening. Jinxed carries a wide range of blood, black-light makeup, scarecrow teeth, and liquid latex in a variety of colors. Jinxed has the area's largest assortment of wigs and beards, with accessories, novelties, props, and more.
The Kinky Halloween Fetish Playland, The Grid, 1437 St. Clair, 440-937-3132, www.fetishplayland.com
The Kinky Halloween Fetish Playland takes place Friday, October 28, at the Grid. Fetish attire and Halloween costume are optional. 18 and over -- where adults can have fun too!
Lime Spider, 207 S. Main St., Akron, 330-762-2350
The Groovy Ghoulies, the Helper Monkeys, and the Lords of the Highway headline the Lime Spider's all-ages Halloween party Monday, October 31.
Liquid/Fusion, 1212 W. 6th St., 216-479-7717
Liquid hosts Liquid/Fusion's Halloween-night party, featuring an award-winning food menu and martini list.
The Mercury Lounge, 1392 W. 6th St., 216-566-8840, www.mercuryloungecleveland.com
It's a full Halloweekend at the Mercury Lounge: London Electricity and Jea Leigh spin cutting-edge dance music Friday, October 28. Saturday is the Pulp Fiction costume contest, judged by audience response. Sunday is the second annual Club Roma masked ball, with a sexy costume contest for the ladies at midnight. Monday is Big Hair Halloween: Come dressed as your favorite '80s rocker.
Nightmare in the Wilderness, 7665 Lafayette Rd. (Rt. 42), Lodi, 330-948-1476
After a half-mile hayride, you're dropped into a mile-long trail through cemeteries, mazes, and other frights. Those who live to tell about it say it's fun. 7:30 p.m.-midnight, Fridays and Saturdays through October 29.
Odeon, 1295 Old River Rd., the Flats, 216-574-2525, www.theodeon.com
Expect plenty of skulls and ebony-clad fans Friday, October 29, as Avenged Sevenfold -- a gothic-leaning hybrid of Iron Maiden, Grim Reaper, and Guns N' Roses -- headlines a night of metal, hardcore, and metalcore.
Odyssey Printwear, 7286 Aurora Rd., Aurora, 330-562-1523, www.odysseyprintwear.com
The Odyssey, across from Geauga Lake, is Halloween Headquarters, with masks, wigs, costumes, (fake) body parts, decorations, costume accessories, carry-out wine and beer, and more.
Pat's in the Flats, W. 3rd St. and Literary Rd., Tremont, 216-621-8044
Indie-rock luminaries Machine Go Boom and Houseguest headline Pat's annual Halloween Bash.
15008 Detroit Rd., Lakewood, 216-521-6644
1059 Pearl Rd., Brunswick, 330-220-7715
1672 Norton Rd., Stow, 330-463-5370
831 N. Court St., Medina, 330-721-9997
10211 Northfield Rd., Northfield, 330-468-3355
Party Station is the family-owned and -operated party-supplies superstore with everything you need to make Halloween memorable. All types of costumes are available, at a price you can afford. Stop by one of five convenient locations.
Peabody's, 2083 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999, www.peabodys.com
At Peabody's, Halloween runs the spooky spectrum from glam to horrorcore. The Genitorturers show on Monday, October 24, is a great excuse to break out your leather early. The Suffocation-Cryptopsy show on Thursday, October 27, is metal at its heaviest, darkest, and deadliest. Friday, October 28, Cleveland's own American Werewolves will celebrate the release of their new retro-terror CD, 1968, warming the stage for Integrity. Saturday, October 29, '80s throwbacks Gil Mantera will don spandex, ski jackets, and DayGlo gear for a special CD-release party and Halloween show.
The Player's Club at Lost Nations Sports Park, 38630 Jet Center Rd., 440-602-4000, ext. 227
The same guys who ran the Halloween party in Chardon two years ago present the Player's Club Halloween. Unlimited food and drink are only $35. Call today.
Posh, 1 W. Exchange St., Akron, 330-253-7777, www.posh-niteclub.com
The Nitemare on Exchange Street lasts two days, Friday, October 28, and Saturday, October 29, with a weekend of assorted surprises and costume contests.
Seven Floors of Hell, Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, Berea, 440-243-FEAR, www.7FloorsOfHell.com
The world's largest haunted event features seven scary houses in one location. Known as the most frightening event in Ohio, the Seven Floors will scare the hell out of you. Some houses keep your attention for 15 minutes -- the Seven Floors will keep you captive for hours. Visit starting at 7 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays through October 31. Open until midnight Fridays and Saturdays, 10 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays.
Shoptalk Lingerie, 5310-1/2 Warrensville Rd.; 2160581-8888, 13351 Madison Ave.; 216-228-5557, www.shoptalkonline.com
Shoptalk Lingerie offers sexy adult costumes (including plus sizes), ladies' shoes and boots, hosiery, gloves, boas, masks, whips, lingerie, costumes, eyelashes, and fetish items.
The Stalker, Burfield-Wiseman Farms, Bolivar, 330-874-2315, www.burfieldwisemanfarms.com
If you dare, check out the Stalker's haunted corn maze. Something sinister lurks behind the rows, waiting and watching. Open Friday and Saturday nights in October, beginning at dusk.
Spooktacular Nights, 19066 St. RT 252 Columbia Station, OH, 440-236-5454, www.hayrides.net
Areas Largest and Best Haunted Attraction! With a Hollywood high-tech haunted house, ohios best and original "Famous Haunted Hayride", plus a new family fun house. Celebrating 15yrs of frightful entertainment for everyone.
Tramp/Funky Buddha, 1360 W. 9th St., 216-875-7777
The Tramp/Funky Buddha staffers dress like living, breathing dolls on a regular night. Imagine how they'll look for the October 31 Halloween party.
Warehouse of Terror, 1391 W. 110th St., 216-521-4455
Located by the Cleveland-Lakewood border, the Warehouse of Terror is pee-your-pants frightening, featuring interactive audience shows, a cemetery, a chilling haunted forest, and a chainsaw maze.
Velvet Dog, 1280 W. 6th St., 216-664-1116
HalloScream at the Velvet Dog: Saturday, October 29. Doors open at 9 p.m. for West Sixth's best costume contest, with over $1000 in prizes (to be determined by audience participation, so bring friends). Only the best costumes make it onto the Mega Video Screens, as guest VJ Chris Hardman, resident DJ Johnny, the Jägerettes, and the Budweiser Cheerleaders host the evening.