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Cleveland Aquarium announces return of Pumpkins and Piranhas for Halloween season

Are you ready to dive in with some Halloween fun at the Cleveland Aquarium?

CLEVELAND — Editor's note: Video at the top of this story was originally published on Aug. 9, 2021.

The Greater Cleveland Aquarium will be hosting Pumpkins and Piranhas as part of their “SEA-sonal Fun Days” next month.

The festive fall event will take place Oct. 27-29, with extended hours of operation from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Attendees of all ages are invited to dress up in Halloween costumes for the experience.

“Costumes are encouraged and very much appreciated,” said Education Coordinator Matt Debelak. “It’s funny to me to see a T-Rex reaching out to touch a stingray — an animal that predates that dinosaur.”

Pumpkins and Piranhas will include underwater pumpkin decorations, scuba divers in costumes, treat bags for children, animal enrichment and I Spy/trivia activities based on the sea creatures at the Aquarium.

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“Moray eels, poison dart frogs, shark, and many of the animals we might think are scary are really fascinating and a little misunderstood,” said Debelak in a press release. “For example, piranhas aren’t really a danger to humans, but an Amazon River basin expedition story President Theodore Roosevelt penned about seeing hungry piranhas in a feeding frenzy gave the fish a fearsome reputation.”

Tickets to the “Sea-sonal Fun Day” are included with admission to the Aquarium. The pricing varies from $19.95 for ages 13+ and 13.95 for ages 2-12. Those younger than 2 receive free admission into the Aquarium.

Guests are encouraged to purchase their general admission tickets in advance due to limited capacity numbers because of COVID-19 restrictions.

“We are deliberately limiting attendance and timing arrival to ensure social distancing,” Debelak explains. “We wouldn’t want to disappoint anyone who came out in costume on a sold-out day.”

Those who are interested in learning more about the event or purchasing tickets can visit HERE.

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Editor's note: Video in the player above was originally published on Oct. 20, 2020.