There are those that think Friday the 13th is a bad omen because of the Christian belief that Jesus was crucified on a Friday and there were 13 guests at the Last Supper. Then there are people, like myself, who believe Friday the 13th means that Jason Voorhees is going to rise out of Camp Crystal Lake and massacre a gaggle of sprightly teens. Regardless, Friday the 13th is bringing out a variety of exciting events throughout the greater Cleveland area to celebrate the unluckiest day of the year.
Creepy Chocolates and Jason Masks – Fear’s Confections
Known for their pop culture-shaped treats, (and in my opinion, the best sponge candy in town) the chocolate masters at Fear’s Confections are offering specialty delicacies to celebrate Jason Voorhees’ birthday. In addition to their skull and coffin candy staples, they’ll be whipping up zombie brownies, tombstone chocolates, chocolate Jason masks, and much more. Fear’s Confections plans to open from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. at 15208 Madison Avenue in Lakewood.
Friday the 13th Bash with Jason Voorhees at The Dark Room
Broadview Heights is home to The Dark Room, Cleveland’s premiere horror-themed bar. In honor of the second spookiest night of the year, The Dark Room is hosting a celebratory bash with a special guest appearance by the hockey mask-wearing slasher himself, Jason Voorhees. This horror party will feature music from DJ SYN and one of the Bloodview Haunted House actors performing as Pamela Voorhees’ baby boy. The Dark Room Friday the 13th Bash begins at 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. at 1100 W Royalton Road in Broadview Heights.
Friday the 13th Flowing with the Fishes
Not everyone is down to celebrate the creepiness of the day, and the wonderful people at Journey Yoga & Wellness are bringing a more calming approach to such a superstitious holiday. Join them at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium for a yoga experience set to the serene backdrop of aquatic life. Spots are limited for this event so sign up today. The Greater Cleveland Aquarium is located at 2000 Sycamore Street in Cleveland. Secure your spot by clicking here
Jacks Attack on Friday the 13th at Cocktails
If you’re feeling superstitious on Friday the 13th, have no fear! Cocktails Cleveland, one of the last remaining gay havens in the city is hosting an underwear party with the sexy social club, the Cleveland Jacks. There will be an underwear contest at 11:30 p.m. and BearCave shenanigans are to be expected. Cocktails will open at 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. and is located at 9208 Detroit Road in Cleveland.
Toys From The Crypt – Designer Toy / Art Show at Thrift Crypt
Did you know there is a spooky themed reseller shop in Lakewood? Run by local horror hosts The Mummy and The Monkey (Janet Jay and James Harmon), Thrift Crypt caters to fans of the monstrous and macabre. While Thrift Crypt hosts events throughout the year, this Friday the 13th opens the designer toy and art showcase “Toys from the Crypt,” celebrating the work of Rick Sans and Serganddestroy. The event takes place from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Thrift Crypt, 13349 Madison Avenue, Lakewood.
Friday the 13th Skate at Zelma Watson George Roller Skating Facility
Start your cross training for running for your life from a machete-wielding maniac by roller skating this Friday the 13th. Between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., guests can enjoy café specials, dancing, play spooky games for prizes and of course, roller skate until their legs fall off. Admission is only $5 and skate rentals are available for $3. This is a family-friendly event and children are encouraged to attend. Zelma Watson George Roller Skating Facility is located at 3155 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Cleveland.
Sacred Nostalgia: A Night of Gothic Music at The Chamber
This is sort of cheating considering The Chamber doesn't need a holiday to celebrate all things dark and mysterious. The industrial goth nightclub will feature resident DJs Textbeak and The Tweakbaby in addition to San Francisco guest DJ Owen. DJ Owen has been a staple in the goth scene for decades and can currently be enjoyed weekly on the Hanging Garden Radio Show in Northern California. Doors open 10 p.m. with a $3 admission for 21 and over and $5 for anyone under 21. The Chamber is located at 11814 Detroit Road in Lakewood.
American Tattoo Studios - Friday the 13th Flash Sale
One of the traditional ways to celebrate the holiday is with some brand new ink. American Tattoo Studios has already begun posting images of their flash sale options on Instagram
. Keep in mind that many tattoo parlors and shops also offer specialty deals for Friday the 13th but do not advertise until the day of. Keep your eyes peeled on your favorite inkmasters' social media pages for updates and other possible flash sales. American Tattoo Studios is located at 11614 Madison Ave. in Cleveland.