- Ring! Ring! Coyote Calling at Summit County Metro Parks.
Every November, Summit County Metro Parks naturalist Pat Rydquist leads tours into the woods to hear the coyotes that live in nearby hollowed-out logs. Armed with an audiocassette of howls, she'll try to coax the animals into responding at Saturday's Coyote Calling. "We want to be inconspicuous," she says. "Their senses are so acute." Rydquist refers to the wolf-like animals as "singing tricksters," because they are sometimes heard, but rarely seen. Between September and November, coyote pups are ready to leave the den for good, though Mom and Dad still call out to their young every night to make sure they're making it in the wild, Rydquist says. Her advice: "Keep your cats and small dogs indoors, or else they might become a coyote snack." Coyote Calling is at 8 p.m. at the F.A. Seiberling Naturealm, 1828 Smith Road in Akron. Admission is free; call 330-865-8065. -- Cris Glaser
The Halloween fun doesn't have to end once the neighbors turn off the porch lights. After neighborhood trick-or-treating is finished, a couple of old hags will start Spooky Storytelling at the Metroparks' Rocky River Reservation. "Because it's for children ages 8 and up, we can do things like shriek, cackle, yowl, and howl," says storyteller Janelle Reardon, who is not an actual hag. "We can be a little spookier." It happens Friday from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Rocky River Nature Center (24000 Valley Parkway in North Olmsted). Admission is free, but registration is required; call 440-734-6660. -- Diane Sofranec
Borders' Halloween party brings kids face-to-face with a real monster maker: Writer Hal Pollock is in the house with So Many Monsters, the story of a boy who sees creatures in every room of the house and eventually discovers their secret. The inspiration came late one night, Pollock says. "I was trying to fall asleep, and I heard a noise in the house," he explains. "It sounded like someone was coming up the stairs, and I thought, if a kid heard that, he would say, 'There's a monster on the staircase, and he's coming right for me!'" In the end, it's all about confronting fears. Kids are encouraged to show up in costume and indulge in Halloween treats. The party starts at 4 p.m. Friday at Borders Books & Music (9565 Mentor Avenue in Mentor). Admission is free; call 440-350-8168. -- Diane Sofranec