Thank You to the Greater Cleveland Aquarium for Sponsoring post. I received Admission Tickets to facilitate my review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.
Friday Evening, my children had their first experience with a Haunted House or should I say a Hauntaquarium! I know you are thinking they are a little young, however, this was a great event for their age group. We attended the Hauntaquarium at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium! A little Halloween fun for everyone at the Aquarium!
I am usually off with the children all day on Fridays, for some reason they were wild this past Friday. So in true “Mommying”, I bribed them to take a nap by telling them that we were going to see the fish later that day when Daddy got home from work, BUT they would only see the fish if they took a nap! Worked like Charm! MOMMY for the WIN!!
Once they woke up…they were ready!
Have you heard of the Hauntaquarium?
The Hauntaquarium is held at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium, its a trick-or-treat pirate party. Children and their parents have a chance to search for treasure and enjoy magic, face painting, animal encounters, games, a deejayed dance party and so much more!
• A protected trick-or-treat trail
• Reptile encounters with Jungle Bob
• Jolly Roger-themed crafts
• 5-minute science experiments (like making green slime)
• Maze and games (like walk the plank)
• Pumpkin animal enrichment
• Costumed SCUBA divers in the Shark Exhibit
• Appearances by a magician, face painters, balloon twisters, and Aquarium mascot Finn
For Emma and DJ, I think the African Tortoise Exhibit was one of their favorites! They stood in this area for a minute watching the Tortoise. We had to literally pry them away! They both were VERY interested! And usually DJ is scared of EVERYTHING but the skull heads next to him didn’t phase him at all!
As you can see (below) I tried to break up the fun for a minute to get a quick picture and it was hard for Emma and DJ to take their eyes off of all the Hauntaquarium had to offer! I wore Cat ears as my costume with a leopard print sweatshirt! When I put the ears on the kids faces lit up!
While they were enjoying the exhibits, Darrick and I snuck quick picture together!
Interested in the Hauntaquarium…One More Weekend Left!!
Fridays & Saturdays, October 27 & 28, 6 – 9pm
General (adults & kids): $12
Pass Holders (adults & kids): $10
Children younger than 2 are FREE
No refunds or exchanges on any Greater Cleveland Aquarium ticket, annual pass or program or event sales.
Before you go to the Hauntaquarium…you should know these things!
Please bring your favorite trick-or-treat bag from home for collecting goodies! We encourage a reusable, non-plastic bag to help the environment.
Remember to print out your Hauntaquarium ticket/confirmation email and check that it is for the correct night. We will not be able to refund or have access to purchase history during the event. Showing your ticket or printout at the lot gate also gives you access to FREE parking that night.
We suggest you arrive between 6 – 8pm. (The event ends at 9pm.) Be advised that we expect a high volume of traffic when Aquarium doors open at 6pm.
There is FREE parking when a ticket that has been prepurchased is shown at the parking booth. Parking for all other guests is $3.
Indoor & Outdoor Activities
The Aquarium is open throughout the evening, with activities throughout. The additional fun takes place in the Riverview Room on the second floor and on our patio.
We encourage both adults and children to dress up in their favorite costumes. We ask that all costumes are kid friendly and no masks to be worn by adults.
The 2nd floor Nautica Café will be open before and during of Hauntaquarium offering snacks, comfort food, and beverages.
Around Halloween, I love finding safe family-friendly events for our children to enjoy! Going to the Hauntaquarium served as just that! It was fun and we all had a great time! We arrived around 6pm when the doors opened and we left around 8:15 or so. We hit all the major things, some of the exhibits on the trail my children weren’t interested in so we kept going. The lines weren’t long and everyone was VERY friendly! I loved seeing all of the children dressed up for Halloween and some parents even joined in the fun of dressing in costumes with their children! There was PLENTY for the children to do to keep them busy for the entire 3 hours of the event. My children are 5 & 3 and this was perfect for their age group, however, their were children of all ages there participating in all of the events.