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Greater Cleveland Aquarium to host Pumpkins & Piranhas event

Pint-sized superheroes, astronauts, witches and mummies are invited to explore Lake “Eerie” and the deep “boo” sea at Pumpkins & Piranhas at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium Thursday–Sunday, October 26–29 from 5–8 pm (last admission at 7 pm).  A KultureCity Sensory Inclusive™ certified venue, the Aquarium is also offering a sensory-friendly Pumpkins & Piranhas experience on Monday, October 30 from 5–8 pm.  

The not-so-spooky after-hours celebration features underwater jack-o-lanterns, diver interactions, Halloween-themed décor and music, Nora the Explorer animal encounters, a rotating array of nightly activities ranging from face painting to magic and substantial treat bags for costumed kiddos.  In order to prepare enough take-home treat bags for younger guests, advance tickets are required.  Admission is $19.95 for ages 13+, $15.95 ages 2–12, $5 for Aquarium passholders of all ages and free for guests younger than 2.  . 

Visitors of any age can pick up a visit activity booklet that spotlights misunderstood animals.  “Some Aquarium residents have unusual or even seemingly menacing features that are important for their survival,” says Matt Debelak, education coordinator  “For example, a Vietnamese mossy frog’s warty, textured skin give it a bark- and moss-like appearance for camouflage and an Argentine black-and-white tegu’s sharp claws help it dig, climb and forage for food.”  

The Greater Cleveland Aquarium is located at the Flats West Bank, 2000 Sycamore Street in Cleveland.  Visit or call 216-862-8803 for more information.