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Haunted Halloween Activities for the Whole Family

Haunted Halloween Activities for the Whole Family

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Fall is probably my favorite time of year.  I just love everything about it: the hayrides, apple picking, and trips to the pumpkin patch so many things that my family  enjoys together every year!  But of course, with Halloween just around the corner, taking in a few haunted Halloween activities for the whole family is a lot of fun too!

And recently, we did just that.  We took a weekend trip to Lake Erie Shores & Islands and had a blast!

Our reason for going, was for more than just a family get-a-way, this was also a celebration of our oldest son’s 12th birthday!  Instead of having a birthday party this year, Chase wanted to go to Cedar Point.  Living in Ohio, we have been to Cedar Point before, but I wanted to make this visit a little more special, since this time we are celebrating a birthday, so I started planning… that’s when I found Lake Erie Shores and Islands Welcome Center.  Even if you are familiar with this area, you may not know all of the great events and destinations that are available.  I was so glad to work with the great people at the visitor’s center to find out about other attractions that we could visit on our weekend mini vacay.  While I got a lot of the information online at ShoresandIslands.com, there are two visitor centers in the area as well, so we decided to stop by…

There are lots of brochures, maps of the area, and of course, very useful information from the local perspective by those working at the visitor center.

 
Play…

To really get in the haunted Halloween mood, we kicked the weekend off by heading to Ghostly Manor Thrill Center.  This thrill center is probably not like any other that you’ve ever been to; this family entertainment center has been featured in The Travel Channel’s “Best Places I’ve Ever Been.”  And if you are brave enough, you can journey through one of the scariest haunted houses in the country— rated one of Forbes top 10 haunted attractions (this is only recommended for ages 10 and up).

Chase wanted to go through the haunted house, so my husband went with him… and I took our two younger sons to the not-at-all scary play zone.

So in case your family has some younger ones that don’t want to be scared, there are lots of other activities too!

We watched a 3D movie in the XD Theater, played 3D black light mini golf, and the boys even went through the new laser maze!  Oh, and they also have an Escape Room that is now open!

 

Stay…

After we had a few hours of fun at Ghostly Manor, we decided to head back to the hotel for the evening, so the kids could swim.  We don’t have a pool at home, so anytime we are on vacation, we always have to stay at a hotel with a nice pool!  The Comfort Inn Sandusky had an indoor pool, an outdoor pool, a sauna, and hot tub— so the kids were in heaven!  And as great as the amenities were, the room is probably what the kids liked the best.  It was a huge open room with three double beds!  This may not sound like much, but when you have a family of five, someone is usually sleeping on a roll-away bed or a pull-out sofa— and we all know how uncomfortable those can be!  So for everyone to get to sleep in a comfy bed was really nice.  And the rates were very affordable (only $100/night this time of year)… as a money savvy mom, that was probably my favorite part!

Amusement for the day…

Cedar Point is probably the best place I can think to go for thrill rides.  Roller coaster after roller coaster awaits!  According to Golden Ticket Awards, Cedar Point has four roller coasters that rank in the top 25 steel coasters in the world!  Yes, we’ve ridden them all—and they don’t disappoint!

 

But the thrills don’t just stop with the coasters.  In the fall, you can visit Cedar Point for Halloweekends—and experience scary thrills as well!

During the day, you won’t really see it, but at dusk, the spooky starts to happen, as costumed cast members dressed-to-scare begin appearing throughout the park.

Halloweekends Cast Member. Photo courtesy of Joe Schaaf

If you have little ones with you or just don’t want to have a cast member jump out at you after dark, you can buy a green light-up pumpkin to indicate that you don’t want to participate in the scaring…

There are also lots of fun fall decorations and a parade in the afternoon featuring your favorite characters from the Peanuts, so there is plenty for the kids to enjoy all day long.

 

What haunted Halloween activities will you and your family do this year?

 

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Make Believe in Parma: Northeast Ohio Family Fun

Make Believe in Parma: Northeast Ohio Family Fun

I am always looking for fun and affordable places to take the kids– and if they have fun activities for adults too, then that’s even better!  So I was pretty excited to find Make Believe, located in Parma.

Make Believe in Parma: Northeast Ohio Family Fun // Money Savvy Living

When you walk into Make Believe, there is a sign that tells you all about the world of imagination that you are entering.  Each area is set up to be an imaginary world to explore:

Make Believe in Parma: Northeast Ohio Family Fun // Money Savvy Living

For the Grown-Ups

This place is definitely set up to be fun for kids, it is also set up with adults in mind too.  While the kids are playing, parents can visit the Lollipop Bistro.

Make Believe in Parma: Northeast Ohio Family Fun // Money Savvy Living

Don’t let the name fool you… you can order wine and beer here– and the list is pretty extensive too!  There is also a lounge area by the front entrance that has massaging chairs, several televisions hanging up, and lots of sofas, chairs, and tables to sit back and enjoy your drink while your kids have fun!  Seriously, I think you could probably make a date-night out of taking the kids to Make Believe!

Make Believe in Parma: Northeast Ohio Family Fun // Money Savvy Living

So besides the cool area for adults, one of the first things that I noticed when we got there was how clean it was.  Now, I was there on a #hosted visit, so I got a tour and some behind-the-scenes info… While I was there, I found out that they really focus on cleaning, and it shows!  Make Believe feels and smells clean– even the bathrooms are clean!  If you have been to enough of these types of fun zones for kids, you know exactly what I am talking about regarding the cleanliness.  Some places have sticky floors, you just feel like your kids will get sick from all the germs that they picked up and you really don’t want to have to use the restroom.  That is definitely not the case with Make Believe.  Make Believe was Clean. Clean. Super clean.

Ballocity

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Lots of fun to be had climbing around in here: balls popping around, climbing in three levels of tunnels, and ending with a big slide!  Parents can even go in with small children– and that’s definitely something that you can’t do in most of these types of play zones!

Arcade

Make Believe in Parma: Northeast Ohio Family Fun // Money Savvy Living

Kids big and small can enjoy the arcade games… you might even win some tickets to cash in at the Treasure Chest prize center!

High Ropes Course

Make Believe in Parma: Northeast Ohio Family Fun // Money Savvy Living

The high ropes course is suspended 15 feet in the air, above the arcade and laser tag areas.  This was definitely a favorite and the kids probably spent an hour climbing around on the ropes course.  Adults are welcome to take part in this activity as well, but don’t forget to wear your athletic shoes (no socks or flip flops allowed).  Each area has employees running the attraction, but the Make Believe employees are especially helpful in this area– if your child gets stuck or scared, one of the workers will be right there to help out.

Ninja Wall/ Rock Climbing Wall

Make Believe in Parma: Northeast Ohio Family Fun // Money Savvy Living

Scale the wall like a ninja or climb up one of the sides… this will definitely test your physical fitness.

Laser Tag

Make Believe in Parma: Northeast Ohio Family Fun // Money Savvy Living

Laser tag is multi-level and has metal grates in the floors that you can shoot opponents through.  Glow-in-the dark paint and scenery make this a really fun area!

Bumper Cars

IMG_0925These bumper cars are easy to operate (my 5-year-old hopped right on and rode around in it with no problem at all!) and the impact is a bit softer than what you might remember from the old-style bumper cars at the county fair… these bumper cars are basically surrounded by a large inner tube to absorb the impact, not hard rubber that has no-give.

Mini Bowling

Make Believe in Parma: Northeast Ohio Family Fun // Money Savvy Living

 

Party Time

Make Believe in Parma: Northeast Ohio Family Fun // Money Savvy Living

There are several sizes of party rooms and different themes, ranging from medieval times to outer space, to a room with a disco ball…click here for more information on what Make Believe offers for parties.

 

Make Believe in Parma: Northeast Ohio Family Fun // Money Savvy Living

 

We had a blast!  Plan your trip to Make Believe today…

#MakeBeleiveParma #NEOFamilyFun #familyfun

Magic Mountain Fun Center Polaris location: BOGO coupon!

Magic Mountain is The Place to Play! We have something for everyone, from kids to adults so the whole family can enjoy all of the excitement that Magic Mountain has to offer. Stay cool in the summer and get splashed by our Bumper Boats. Practice your putting skills on our Miniature Golf Courses, race your friends on the Go-Karts, twist and turn on the Spring Karts, be interactive inside the KidsGym Climbing Playland or perfect your gaming skills and win prizes in our Mega Arcade!

The Polaris location of Magic Mountain Fun Center is now offering the following coupon:

  1. Buy one single attraction, get the same single attraction free,
  2. 100 game tokens for $15, or
  3. $10 off any birthday party

Disney on Ice: fun for all ages

Sorcerer Mickey and the dancing brooms

Sorcerer Mickey and the dancing brooms

The magic of Disney, definitely didn’t disappoint.  Last night, my husband and I took our three boys to see Disney on Ice.  I figured my 2-year-old, who just loves Mickey Mouse, would enjoy watching all of his favorite characters, but even my two older boys enjoyed it so much, they talked the whole way home about what their favorite parts were!  So cute!  As a parent, one of the greatest joys is seeing your children happy and smiling– that is what family is all about.

Even as an adult, I enjoyed watching the story play out, as only Disney can do it– scenery changing, props coming up and down from the ceiling, bright and colorful costuming, familiar songs and characters from all our favorite movies– need I go on?!

As I remember many of the Disney characters from my childhood, Disney is still helping families create memories for generations to come.