Why? Weekends!

Happy Halloween! It was a fun-filled weekend with lots of holiday-  and Indians-related festivities. On Friday, Matthew, Jeffrey, and I went to the Halloween Hay Ride at the Lake Metroparks Farm Park.

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The Halloween Hay Ride involves a not-too-scary ride through the Farmpark, with lots to see from Peanuts to pirate ships to Chewbacca (the only thing that scared Jeffrey).

Once you’re done with the Hay Ride, there are activities to enjoy, such as a glow dance party, hay maze, concessions, playground equipment, and more.

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There are two post-hay ride path options: scary and not-scary. This makes the event great for all ages! Jeffrey also got to enjoy a pony ride!

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I’m always so impressed with the Farmpark’s special events. They are well-planned, adorable, and offer a lot for a wide range of ages. We will definitely be jumping on the Country Lights tickets, which go on sale tomorrow morning for Farmpark members and Lake County residents (general public on sale November 8).

Saturday morning, we were off for more Halloween fun at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History‘s Owls and Howls party.

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We met up with Jeffrey’s cousins Leila and Hannah and enjoyed not only the museum itself, but craft stations like decorating picture frames and pumpkins and making banana “ghosts” and special animal presentations.

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This is the second year we’ve attended Owls and Howls and we always have a wonderful time!

Saturday evening, Mom and I went out to dinner and to watch the Indians game. We chose the bar at Fahrenheit for the right combination of delicious food and being able to watch the game. We started with the chicken spring rolls and grilled avocado with goat cheese.

That grilled avocado…amazing! Mom chose the pork chop for her entrée, served with creamed sweet corn and carmelized Brussel sprouts. The sides alone would make this a great choice, but the pork chop was also juicy and delicious!

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I went with a special for the evening: seared lamb paired with lamb Bolognese. From the homemade pasta to the brightness of the peas and orange in the sauce to the rich flavor of the seared lamb, this dish was spot on!

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And of course we couldn’t pass up dessert: banana cream pie for Mom and chocolate chip cookie dough pot de crème for me (let that sink in…it was heaven).

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We had such a fun time eating, drinking, talking, and cheering! I can remember friends taking me to Fahrenheit back in 2003 before I moved to DC as a way to entice me to move back to Cleveland after law school (it worked, too). And Fahrenheit remains just as delicious today!

On Sunday, we took Jeffrey to Mall-o-Ween at SouthPark Mall. This was our first time going mall trick or treating and I was unprepared for how crazy crowded it would be! But Jeffrey had a great time and came home with lots of good candy (we snag the Reese’s cups and 100 Grand bars for ourselves).

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We had lunch at the just-opened Bar Louie at SouthPark. The burgers were tasty, but the service and kitchen are working out some hiccups (which is understandable when it’s been open for all of 3 days).

Still, it was a great spot for lunch after the candy craziness!

That was our weekend! Have a great Halloween and rest up for another late night of baseball on Tuesday!

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