Wednesday, November 14, 2012
The Pirate Carrying a Mermaid Optical Illusion has been named Patch's Halloween Costume in America. Its creator -- and wearer -- will receive a $5,000 prize for having the most creative and innovative costume.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Ashley Playford dressed up as a pirate carrying a mermaid this Halloween. Well, actually, she dressed up as the mermaid. Well...Her creativity has earned her the title of Patch's Best Halloween Costume in America and a $5,000 grand prize. It was Playford's use of an optical illusion that won us over. Take a look at the photo she entered on Peekskill-Cortlandt Patch! Almost 4,000 Patch users entered the contest from Oct. 15 to Nov. 5, with costumes ranging from the Eiffel Tower and Honey Boo Boo to a flower pot and a clever interpretation of "binders full of women." National judges chose 1 finalist from each Patch state based on who had the most creative and innovative costume (we combined North Carolina & South Carolina for this contest…
Friday, October 26, 2012
The police will be doing their part to patrol on Halloween, but parents can do a little extra to ensure their children's safety on a "scary" night.
Parents preach all year long to not take candy from strangers — well, of course, unless it's Halloween. It's that time of the year for fun and fright, but there are some safety precautions to consider before taking those little ghosts, scarecrows and princesses out to trick-or-treat. Capt. Ed Hassing of the Lakewood Police Department said it's important to keep safety in mind on Halloween. Click here for the date and time for Trick or Treat this year. “Wear clothing that’s reflective, so people can see you,” he said. “Parents should stay with kids." Other tips he offered include carrying a flashlight; staying in the neighborhood and only visiting homes you know; and only giving — or accepting — wrapped candy. “It’s just being aware of …
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Tell us your favorite Halloween songs and we'll create a Spotify playlist for your spooky party!
What songs come to mind when you think about Halloween and Halloween parties? Maybe you like to get down to Michael Jackson's "Thriller," or Bobby "Borris" Pickett's "Monster Mash." Or maybe you enjoy the "X-Files" theme song. Whatever it is, Patch wants to know your favorite Halloween songs. We'll collect all your nominations and create a Spotify playlist to run on Friday morning — just in time for your costume parties.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
And, a little farther west on Detroit Avenue, the Cleveland Craft Coalition is hosting its “Spooktacular” event at Around the Corner.
There’s no world record at stake this year, but the Spooky Pooch Parade will again march through downtown Lakewood featuring costumed canines — some spooky, some cute. The fifth-annual parade will step-off at Detroit and St. Charles avenues at 2 p.m., then head west to the Lakewood Public Library and back. Hundreds of dogs are expected to participate. There will be prizes for the best-costumed dogs. Judges will select the Spookiest Pooch, most creative dog and child, most original adult and dog, best dog and group and best non-motorized float. “It’s going to be great,” said Ian Andrews, the director of LakewoodAlive. “People are going to be bringing their dogs downtown, and we’re going to be closing down the street. It’s a lot of fun.” It…
Sunday, October 14, 2012
It's not really a Zombie Apocalypse, it's just a bunch of scary Halloween attractions in Northeast Ohio.
Do you remember your first haunted house? Do you remember that feeling of anxiety, wondering when the next scary thing was going to jump out at you? And of course, after it was over, you wanted to do it all over again, right? Here's another holiday round up of events, this time it's Zombie Walks and Haunted Houses. Each of these events sounds scarier than the next. If we missed your event, please let us know. Email Patch Regional Editor Susan Patton with your terrifying details or include the information in the comment section and we'll add it to the list. And if you take any photos of a zombie apocalypse, share it! HAUNTED HOUSE: Bloodview Haunted House in Broadview Heights features volunteer actors done up by some of the industry's …
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Here's a roundup of hay rides in the area, most within an hour's drive.
In my neighborhood, Lake Farm Metropark's haunted hayride had become a rite of passage for the five little boys who lived next door. Each one had to be old enough to not get "too" scared to go. In the spirit of the season, we've put together a list of where you can enjoy hayrides -- family friendly and scary -- in Northeast Ohio. Have we missed yours? Email Patch Regional Editor Susan Patton and we'll add it to the list. And if you take any photos of your family or scary monsters at a hay ride, share it on this post! FAMILY FRIENDLY: At the Chalet Recreation Area in Cleveland Metroparks' Mill Stream Run Reservation in Strongsville, tractor-drawn hayrides are offered October Saturday nights (Oct. 13, 20 and 27) from 6 to 10 p.m. and …
Friday, October 12, 2012
Get an extra night to trick-or-treat or collect different kinds of treats at these events and parties throughout Northeast Ohio.
Children can trick-or-treat beyond their neighborhoods. Check out these community events. Have we missed yours? Email Patch Regional Editor Susan Patton and we'll add it to the list. And if you take any adorable photos of your family at a trick or treating, share it on this post! Brecksville's Booville Halloween Party Oct. 28 1-4 p.m. at Blossom Hill Complex includes a costume contest and other activities for children. Cleveland Heights Cedar-Lee Kids Candy Crawl is set for Oct. 25 from 4-8 p.m. Stop by Phoenix Coffee to carve pumpkins and then hit up the businesses listed on the event's Facebook page for traditional trick-or-treating. The Strongsville Historical Society will host "Old-Fashioned Trick or Treat in the Village" from 3-4:…
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Here's a roundup of fall festivals in the area, most within an hour's drive.
Cider donuts and pumpkin picking are fall favorites. We've put together a list of where you can enjoy fall festivals in Northeast Ohio. Have we missed yours? Email Patch Regional Editor Susan Patton and we'll add it to the list. And if you take any adorable photos of your family at a fall festival, share it on this post! Strongsville Halloween Hullabaloo is an indoor event this year, set for 6-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 at the Ehrnfelt Recreation Center. Cost is $8 for ages 3 and up; $5 for kids 1-2; and free for under 1 year. SouthPark Mall in Strongsville will have a Malloween Party and Scare Away Hunger Scavenger Hunt on Sunday, Oct. 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Westlake Fall Festival and Pumpkin Hunt is geared toward children ages 9 and …
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Corn mazes are a fall farm tradition. Here's a roundup of corn mazes in the area, most within an hour's drive.
It's an annual tradition, getting lost in a corn maze and we've got a list of some of the best ones around. Have we missed yours? Email Patch Regional Editor Susan Patton and we'll add it to the list. And if you take any adorable photos of your family at a corn maze, share it on this post! Szalay's Famous Corn Maze, 4563 Riverview Rd. in Peninsula, through Oct. 31 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. $5 admission, children under 3 years old are free. One-acre corn maze at Pickering Hill Farms, 35669 Detroit Rd., Avon, Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5. $1 admission, children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Brasee's Corn Maze, 18421 State Route 58, Wellington, through Oct. 28, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Red Wagon Farm, 16801 E. River Rd. (…
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
The annual candy event takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Halloween.
Get ready to break out the candy for kids in Lakewood. Just like it has for years, Lakewood’s Trick or Treat will take place on Halloween from 6 to 8 p.m. Luann Baker, administrative assistant at Lakewood City Hall, said that children are encouraged to wear reflective clothing and ideally should be accompanied by an adult. City officials are also offering some additional safety tips: The city used to pass out reflective tape to Trick-or-Treaters, but isn’t offering that program this year. Also, to note, the Lakewood Senior Health Campus is hosting its “spooktacular" night of trick or treat. The parade route begins at 6 p.m. in the Health Center and ends in the Assisted Living, where "tricks" will accompany "treats.” Refreshments will be …