Carole Zawatsky takes a couple moments to come up with the precise adjective to describe the new Maltz Museum of Jewish History, which opens Thursday. "I want it to be evocative," says Zawatsky, the executive director. "It has a sense of wow and wonder at a story reflected and told truthfully."
The museum houses three galleries: American Story, which examines Jewish immigration to Cleveland; Faith to Faith, whose focal point is a stained-glass window from the old Chibas Jerusalem synagogue in Collinwood; and Hate Theatre, where movies on anti-Semitism and racism screen. And Zawatsky calls the displays a "town center," where you can learn about the Jews' search for freedom in the U.S. "It's an uplifting experience to see the triumph of the human spirit," she says. The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage (2929 Richmond Road in Beachwood) is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. Admission is $7, $5 for students, and free for kids under 12; call 216-593-0575. -- Cris Glaser
Scares R Us
Like many of the ghouls it once featured, the dearly departed Nightmare in Painesville has risen from the dead. The new Fright World boasts even scarier thrills. "We've heightened the fear," says owner Mike Pattison. The number of haunted houses has doubled to eight, and the terror-filled midway now includes food, games, and crafts. "But this place isn't for little kids," warns Pattison. "We go after the attention-starved loud guys who think they're Mr. Macho." Scares happen through October 30 at the Lake County Fairgrounds, 1301 Mentor Avenue in Painesville. It's open 7 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday and 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $15; call 440- 954-4302. -- Chad Felton
Geauga Lake has conveniently split its Halloween Haunt (right) into a pair of attractions: a daytime program for families and an evening one for adults. A Candy Corral, where little ones can snag some sweets, rules the former, while Phobia -- loaded with bugs and other creepy things -- leads the latter. It's open through October 30 at Geauga Lake, 1060 North Aurora Road in Aurora. Hours are 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, noon to midnight Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. Admission ranges from $14.95 to $24.95; call 330-562-8303. -- Michael Gallucci
Silence Is Scary
Saturday's Fall Festival -- an evening of hayrides, storytelling, and marshmallow-roasting -- will be led by erstwhile mime Jonathon Graham. If that isn't creepy enough, he says he'll "pass around peeled grapes that represent eyeballs." It all happens 7 to 10 p.m. at Headlands Beach State Park, 9601 Headlands Road in Mentor. Admission is free; call 440-881-8141. -- Lucy McKernan
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