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 one finalist from each Patch state based on who had the most creative and innovative costume (we combined North Carolina and South Carolina for this …
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Trick-or-treating in Cleveland Heights was moved from Halloween night to Nov. 4 due to the weather conditions brought on by Hurricane Sandy.
The city of Cleveland Heights decided to move trick-or-treating from Wednesday, Halloween night to tonight, Sunday, Nov. 4, due to the bad weather conditions predicted for Wednesday and caused by Hurricane Sandy. The time will remain the same — 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Our Facebook friends found out about this first. "We don't want to put any children or families or safety forces in harms way," said Mayor Ed Kelley. "We want the kids and families to have a good time." We also extended the deadline for our Patch Halloween Costume Contest. Enter a festive outfit by 11:59 Nov. 5 from the past or present for a chance to win $5,000. The forecast for Sunday calls for a 20 percent chance of showers during the day but mostly cloudy by the evening and …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Kids celebrated Halloween early with the Cedar Lee Kids Candy Crawl and the Phoenix Pumpkin Carving party Oct. 25. Browse photos submitted by business owners and add your own.
Browse photos above from the Cedar Lee Kids Candy Crawl and Pumpkin Carving Party and click "Upload Photos and Videos" to add your own shots. Make sure you've signed into Patch first by clicking the "sign in" or "join" button on the upper right hand corner of the site. Thanks to Shawn Paul Gustafson, owner of Shawn Paul Salon, and Elisabeth Gevelber, owner of Simply Charming, for sharing their photos!
Submit your photos of past or present Halloween costumes by 11:59 p.m. Nov. 5 for a chance to win Patch's national contest.
Due to the storms and damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, many Halloween celebrations have been delayed. So we've decided to extend the deadline for Patch's Best Halloween Costume in America Contest — Nov. 5 is now the last day you can enter for a chance to win $5,000. It doesn’t matter if you’re Lady Gaga or Lady Liberty for Halloween—if you have an awesome costume from the past or this year, showcase your creation in Patch's Halloween Costume Contest. Last year, the headless boy from Wyckoff, NJ won. This year, we could have a winner in Cleveland Heights! Enter our contest here for a chance to win the $5,000 grand prize.
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.
Monday, October 15, 2012
Check out ReadKiddoRead's list of the best Halloween books for kids.
Monday, October 15, 2012
All of us—adults, teens and children—enjoy a scary chill. What better time of year than Halloween to indulge in stories that make our spines tingle? It's the perfect time for your family to share some spooky stories each evening. To get you started, here are some Halloween books filled with ghosts and ghouls, wizards and witches, haunted houses and black magic that everyone can enjoy together. PICTURE BOOKS for ages 2-6 The youngest children love the fun of Halloween: costumes, trick-or-treating and gentle tales of ghosts and goblins. Here are some books for this age group: GHOSTS IN THE HOUSE By Kazuno Kohara For ages 1-6 There are fuzzy pumpkin costumes in sizes as small as 6 months, so why not a Halloween board book for toddlers? …
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
Retail Federation: The Dark Knight rises, but classic costumes remain the most popular
Americans will spend nearly $3 billion on Halloween costumes this year, and the majority of them will dress as witches, vampires, princesses and other traditional outfits. The National Retail Federation’s 2012 Top Costumes survey reports that 10 percent of kids plan to dress as a princess, while six million adults plan to go as a witch. Batman is the second most popular costume for kids, while the character – along with other characters from The Dark Knight Rises – is fourth for adults. Some people plan take their outfit cues from current events, whether it’s an athlete, political figure or something else entirely. “With nearly one in ten celebrants taking their costume cues from current events, we’ll see plenty of Barack Obama and Mitt …