October Treats

Want to make sure there's more than candy in your child's treat bag this month? Cleveland area arts and entertainment institutions can help. They've planned a witches' brew of performances and activities for children throughout October.

Akron Symphony: Visit a petting zoo of instruments at the Chills and Thrills Family Series, then listen to a concert of scary music at E.J. Thomas Hall. All ages, $21, 10/23, 2 p.m., (330) 535-8131, www.akronsymphony.org

Children’s Museum of Cleveland: Pay tribute to your favorite ghoul by frosting a cookie with its mug — then weave a giant spider web out of yarn. All ages, $6 ($3 with costume), 10/27 and 10/29, 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., (216) 791-7114, www.clevelandchildrensmuseum.org

Cleveland Botanical Garden: Enjoy ghost stories and trick-or-treating at the Boo-tanical Bash in Hershey Children’s Garden. All ages, $5 - $8, 10/29, 1 - 4 p.m., (216) 707-2839, www.cbgarden.org

Geauga Lake: Walk through the haunted Candy Corral and visit fairy tales. All ages, $14.95 - $24.95, thru 10/30, Fri. 6 - 10 p.m., Sat. noon - 10 p.m., Sun. noon - 8 p.m., (330) 562-8303, www.geaugalake.com

Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus: Spend a day under the big top at Gund Arena to see the Greatest Show on Earth. $15 - $70, 10/21 - 10/30, various times, www.ringling.com

Shaker Historical Museum: Build wooden airplanes and feast on apples and cider while enjoying the outdoors at Harvest Fest. All ages, free, 10/8, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., (216) 921-1201, www.cwru.edu/affil/shakhist

Cedar Point: Visit the Magical House on Boo Hill and stop to make a Halloween mask. Kids under 54 inches, $9.95 - $27, thru 10/30. Sat. noon - midnight, Sun. noon - 8 p.m., (419) 627-2350, www.cedarpoint.com

University Circle: Make your own scarecrow at Fall for the Circle. All ages, call for ticket information, 10/14 - 10/16, various times, (216) 707-5033, www.universitycircle.org

Cleveland Museum of Natural History: Mold your pottery creation at the Smead Discovery Center for Archaeology Day. All ages, $4 - $7, 10/15, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., (216) 231-4600, www.cmnh.org

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Cleveland: Decorate and create colorful masks at Family Day. All ages, free, 10/23, 1 - 4 p.m., (216) 421-8671, www.contemporaryart.org

Art House: Take part in the Spooky Mask workshop. Ages 8 and up, $125 for adult with child, $65 for each additional person, 10/8 - 10/22, 1 - 4 p.m., (216) 398-8556, www.arthouseinc.org

Nature Center at Shaker Lakes: Stroll through the Enchanted Forest to learn about the tradition of Halloween, and top it all off with cookies and apple cider. All ages, $5 - $10, 10/28 and 10/29, 6 - 8 p.m., (216) 321-5935, www.shakerlakes.org

Cleveland Metro-parks Zoo: Roam the zoo, watch Boo at the Zoo’s magic and animal shows, and get down to the new Monster Mash dance party. All ages, $5 - $6, 10/20 - 10/23 and 10/27 - 10/30, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., (216) 661-6500, www.clemetzoo.com

Akron Zoo: Scare the tigers and bears while trick-or-treating through Akron’s Boo at the Zoo. All ages, $4 - $8, 10/14 - 10/16, 10/20 - 10/23, and 10/27 - 10/30, 5:30 to 8 p.m., (330) 375-2550, www.akronzoo.org

Ohio and Erie Canal Reservation: Join the Youth Outdoor Odyssey for fishing, golfing, games and making nature crafts. All ages, free, 10/22, noon - 4 p.m., (216) 206-1000, www.clemetparks.com

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