October 20, 2014

Haunted House Highlights: Carnival of Horrors

A large majority of people have a phobia of clowns. I'm definitely one of them. From their ghoulish makeup to their menacing smiles, clowns are enough to give you nightmares.

If you're ready to face your fear of clowns, or you're just a glutton for punishment, head to Blossom Music Center for its annual Carnival of Horrors.

Carnival of Horrors offers four haunted attractions. Guests start out at the Fun House, which is brimming with creepy clowns, then move on to the Wicked Woods where they're handed only a flashlight to help light their path. If you make it out of the woods, you'll venture into the Insane Asylum where the inmates run wild, and finally into the Freakshow in 3D Terrorvision.

Tickets purchased online cost $20 for general admission and $24 for a speed pass admission, which allows you to skip to the front of the line at each attraction. Tickets purchased at the venue cost $21 for general admission and $25 for a speed pass. The haunt is open weekends through Nov. 1.

Carnival of Horrors hours: 
Fridays and Saturdays from 7:30 p.m.-midnight
Sundays from 7:30-9:30 p.m.
*Nov. 1 hours are 7:30-11:30 p.m.

Blossom Music Center is located at 1145 W. Steels Corner Road in Cuyahoga Falls.

For more information, visit Carnival of Horrors

Halloween is right around the corner, which means haunted houses are popping up all over the city. Over the next couple weeks, I'll be highlighting some of the creepiest, ghoulish and most sinister haunted houses Northeast Ohio has to offer.

October 18, 2014

Haunted House Highlights: Nightmare in the Wilderness

The woods are a common setting in horror movies. As nighttime falls and fog rolls in, you never know what may be lurking around the trees up ahead. A haunted house in Lodi has utilized the eerie setting of the woods and combined it with a local urban legend to create Nightmare in the Wilderness.

As the legend goes, about 150 years ago the Smith family once lived in an old farm house situated on an apple orchard near Medina. A stranger appeared in town one day and was drawn to the Smith house. The next morning, the family, and the stranger, were all found dead. The family and the stranger were buried in a forest just past the apple orchard. Although the Smith house has since been torn down, till this day apparitions can be seen roaming the forest and forsaken orchard.

After being told this ghostly story, visitors at Nightmare in the Wilderness are taken on a 1/2 mile hayride out into the haunted forest and left to fend for themselves. More than 80 beasts, clowns, monsters and surprises await along the Psycho Path. If you survive the trail, a wagon will take you back to the Apple Cabin for some much needed refreshments and treats.

The haunt has been in business since 1993. Many of the dedicated actors have been working at the haunted house for more than seven years, allowing them to perfect their costumes, makeup and scares!

Tickets cost $17 for adults and $12 for children. Children ages 5 and under are free. The haunt accepts cash only! Nightmare in the Wilderness is open Fridays and Saturdays through Halloween.

Nightmare in the Wilderness hours:
Fridays and Saturdays from 7:30 p.m.-midnight

Nightmare in the Wilderness is at 7665 Lafayette Road in Lodi.

For more information, visit Nightmare in the Wilderness.

Halloween is right around the corner, which means haunted houses are popping up all over the city. Over the next couple weeks, I'll be highlighting some of the creepiest, ghoulish and most sinister haunted houses Northeast Ohio has to offer.

October 16, 2014

Haunted House Highlights: Bloodview

Halloween is right around the corner, which means haunted houses are popping up all over the city. Over the next couple weeks, I'll be highlighting some of the creepiest, ghoulish and most sinister haunted houses Northeast Ohio has to offer.

First up, a personal favorite of mine: Bloodview.

The scares at Bloodview begin the moment you step foot outside your car. A handful of actors course through the waiting lines, scaring countless customers who are waiting to go inside the first house. I've even seen people chased throughout the parking lot!

Bloodview is built and staffed by The Legion of Terror, the world's oldest improvisational horror acting, makeup and special FX production company. You won't find any cheap masks at this haunted house. Each actor designs and perfects his or her own character, complete with clothing, wigs and special effects makeup, to make you scream.

Bloodview is an interactive haunted house, which means the actors may touch you. To keep things interesting, the haunt puts on a different theme each weekend (The Witch Trials are this weekend, followed by The Zombie Hordes and finally All Hell Breaks Loose). Bloodview is comprised of three attractions: The Gorehouse, the outdoor Haunted Wooded Path and finally the Main House.

Bloodview also is fully nonprofit. The actors are all volunteers and the Broadview Heights Lions Club, which sponsors the haunted house, donates profits to charity. 

Admission is $20 on Fridays and Saturdays and $10 on Sundays. The haunt is open until Nov. 1.

Bloodview Haunted House hours:
Fridays and Saturdays from 8 p.m.-midnight
Sundays from 8-10 p.m.

Bloodview is located at 1010 Towpath Trail in Broadview Heights.

For more information, visit Bloodview.

Halloween Town

With Halloween two weeks away, parties and celebrations are in full swing! PlayhouseSquare is getting in the festive spirit by hosting its first Halloween party for families this Saturday.

Families and children are encouraged to dress up in their best costumes and head downtown for the Halloween Town celebration. Guests will enjoy Halloween crafts, spooky photo-ops, apple cider, cookie decorating and raffle prizes.

Tickets cost $8 per adult, $14 per child or $40 for a family four-pack. All proceeds benefit community engagement and education programs at PlayhouseSquare.

Don't miss out on this frighteningly good time!

Halloween Town hours:
Saturday, Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to noon

For more information, visit PlayhouseSquare.

October 3, 2014

Goblins in the Garden

It's finally October, which means Halloween season is in full swing! The Holden Arboretum in Kirtland is kicking off the festivities this weekend with its 2014 Goblins in the Garden.

The family-friendly (and dog-friendly!) event will include trick-or-treating, cornstalk mazes, leaf trails, face painting, wagon rides and live entertainment. Children, parents and their four-legged friends are encouraged to dress up in their spookiest costumes.

The event also will feature Scarecrow Row, filled with dozens of scarecrows decorated by local schools and organizations.

The event costs $20 per car for nonmembers and $10 per car for members. 

Get in the Halloween spirit and take a drive out to Holden Arboretum this weekend! 

Goblins in the Garden hours:
Saturday, Oct. 4 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 5 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

For more information, visit Holden Arboretum.

September 23, 2014

NEOCycle Night Ride

Northeast Ohio's cycling culture has grown dramatically in recent years. Many neighborhoods have added bike lanes to main roads and organizations that promote bike culture and alternative methods of transportation continue to pop up across the city.

To celebrate Cleveland's cycling culture, the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission will host a special Night Ride this Saturday as part of NEOCycle, the city's first weekend-long urban cycling festival.

The Night Ride will begin at Edgewater Park and take bikers on a journey down the Cleveland Memorial Shoreway through Gordon Square, Battery Park and the North Coast Harbor neighborhood, before returning to Edgewater Park. Riders will take in spectacular views of the sunset and the Downtown Cleveland skyline.

Each participant will receive a Micro Sport Headlight and a flashing LED light. All riders must wear helmets and follow bike laws.

The full ride costs $35 per person while the half tour costs $30. Online registration closes at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25. On-site registration will be available at Edgewater Park from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27.

Prior to the race, riders can participate in several contests, including the Glow and Roll bike decoration contest, Wacky Wheels costume contest and #ThisIsCLE outfit contest. Contests will be judged between 6 and 7 p.m. at Edgewater with winners being announced around 7:30 p.m.

After the race, be sure to hang out at Edgewater Park for drinks and live music!

NEOCycle's Night Ride hours:
Saturday, Sept. 27 from 6-11 p.m.

For more information or to view a complete schedule of events for the festival, visit NEOCycle.


September 19, 2014

Whiskey Island Brew-B-Q

Fall is right around the corner but there's still one last chance to soak up the summer sun this weekend at Whiskey Island!

Hosted by Great Lakes Brewing Co., the Whiskey Island Brew-B-Q will feature some of the area's tastiest BBQ, interactive booths, food trucks, a corn hole tournament and a Great Lakes Beer Tent with a special collaboration beer available that day brewed by Great Lakes and Fifty West Brewery.

Local bands Billy Likes Soda, The Jimmy Jack Band and The Spazmatics will perform live throughout the afternoon.

Tickets start at $15 and children aged 10 and under are admitted for free. Proceeds benefit the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland.

Soak up the last rays of summer on the lakefront with Whiskey Island Brew-B-Q!

Whiskey Island Brew-B-Q hours:
Saturday, Sept. 20 from 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

For more information, visit Whiskey Island.