Halloween Guide: A go-to Resource to Guarantee a Spooktacular October

. October 1, 2016.
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There’s so much to love about fall – the crisp air, the beauty of the changing leaves and the fun of pumpkin patches, hayrides, haunted houses, and trick-or-treating. We’ve rounded up a boo-tiful list of Halloween happenings.

Happy Haunting!

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Pick a Pumpkin Patch

Fleitz Pumpkin Farm

Daily 10am-7pm through October 31
7133 Seaman Rd. | Oregon
419-836-7613 | Fleitzpumpkinfarm.com

It’s not fall without a trip to the pumpkin patch. Head to Fleitz Pumpkin Farm to find your perfect pumpkin, wander through mini corn mazes and feed goats and chickens.You can hop on a hayride for $1 before hitting the snack shack with homemade apple doughnuts and apple cider.

Country Tree Lane Farms

Fall Festival | Panic in the Pines*
Haunted Hayride and Trail*
11am-4pm Saturday and Sundays all October
3523 Balander Rd. | Genoa
419-461-1298  | countrylanetreefarm.com

You’ll find something fun for everyone here! There’s cow-milking, farm animal feeding, a petting zoo, pony rides, a playground and a corn maze. All of that before you hit the area’s largest pumpkin patch. Admission is $5 for adults, $10 for kids ages 3-10; under 2 are free. If you dare for a scare, stick around for the Panic in the Pines Haunted Hayride and Trail *October 15, 22 & 29. Tickets are $20. Panic in the Pines is not recommended for small children.

Johnson Fruit Farm

8am-7pm daily
2790 US-20 ALT | Swanton
419-826-1453 | johnsonfruitfarms.com

Interested in apple or pumpkin picking? This is the place to go to pick out your own produce or find the perfect gourd. There’s also apple cider, homemade donuts and a petting zoo.

Fall Festivals Apple Stir Festival

10am-6pm | October 1-2
MacQueen Orchards
7605 Garden Rd. | Holland
419-865-2916 | macqueenorchards.com

For more than 30 years this festival has been a great way to kickstart the autumn season.  Join in on family festivities with apple picking, touring the Giant Apple Cider Press, and riding in wagons. Live performances, an apple pie baking contest, pony rides and bounce houses will keep everyone entertained.

Sylvania Fall Festival

11am-4pm | October 16
Downtown Sylvania | Sylvaniafallfest.com

Don’t miss this annual tradition in its 31st year. Enjoy food and craft vendors, kids’ activities and games and a fun parade through the streets of downtown Sylvania. Kids of all ages are welcome and your four-legged friends are, too!

Northwood Fall Festival

11am-10pm | October 8
Central Park (corner of Wales and Oram) | Northwood

Spend your Saturday outside at Central Park! This festival kicks off with a parade at 11am, followed by games, a cornhole tournament, a car show, a beer garden and ends with live entertainment. 

Grand Rapids Applebutter Fest

10am-5pm | October 9
Downtown Grand Rapids | Grand Rapids | Ohio
419-748-8238 | applebutterfest.org

A traditional fall event that’s fun for the whole family. Enjoy making apple butter and experiencing farm exhibits, pioneer demonstrations, military and colonial life reenactments, and feast on fall foods such as bratwurst, steel-kettle bean soup and apple creations.

Fall on the Farm

10am-5pm | October 8
Sauder Village
22611 State Route 2 | Archbold | Ohio
419-446-2541 | saudervillage.org

Take a step back in time and help prepare the farm for the winter ahead! Roll up your sleeves and get ready to shell corn, pick apples and make apple cider. At Fall on the Farm, children get a sense of farm life with hands-on activities such as digging potatoes, making pumpkin leather, drying apples and churning butter.

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Halloween safety tips

By Randi Petrello

Keep anything too frightening from happening to your little ghosts and goblins  by following a few simple safety tips:

  • Choose the right costume: A bright, light-colored costume is easier to see at night, and one that fits well will prevent trips and falls. Add glow sticks or reflective tape to increase visibility.
  • Inspect your children’s candy: Look through the candy and toss any that appear to be open. If in doubt, throw it away.
  • Be street safe: Cross at street corners and crosswalks. Do not cut between parked cars.
  • Visit: only well lit homes in familiar neighborhoods.
  • Older kids: trick or treating without adults should stick to a group.

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Amazing (corn) Mazes

Kackleberry Farm

Th 5-10pm | Fri 5-11pm | Sat noon-11pm
Sun noon-10pm until November 6
6421 N. Stony Creek Rd. | Monroe | MI
734-240-0825 | kackleberryfarm.com

It’s a great corn maze, Charlie Brown! Kackleberry Farm is one of 90 farms across the country to feature a unique, one-of-a-kind corn maze that pays tribute to the beloved Halloween classic It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!  You won’t want to miss this maze, open until November 6. A regular farm pass is $12.

Leaders Farm

Fri 6-10pm | Sat 2-10pm,
Sunday 2-9pm until October 30
0064 Co. Rd. 16 | Napoleon
419-599-1570 | leadersfarm.com

Another local location to feature a unique corn maze that pays tribute to the Halloween classic It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown! If this amazing maze isn’t enough, there’s also a barnyard, hayrides, jumping pillow and more to keep the family entertained. Prices start at $9 for ages five and up and increase depending on activities.

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Haunted Happenings

Garrison Ghostwalk

7-9:30pm | October 21 & 28
Fort Meigs: Ohio War of 1812 Battlefield
29100 W. River Rd. | Perrysburg
419 -874-4121 | fortmeigs.org

Make your reservation now for this spirited stroll through Fort Meigs. An 1812 tour guide will lead your family through the historic place, sharing tales from the past. A frightfully fun event for the whole family.

Family Haunted Bike Ride

10:30am-3pm | October 22
Oak Openings Preserve | Whitehouse
register.mvadventures.org

Exercise combines with fall fun in this family bike event that covers three to five miles of haunted trail, all within Oak Openings Metropark. The Maumee Valley Adventurers haunted ride is designed for families with children ages 12 and under. Put on your costume and bike helmet and hit the park for a memorable fall day.

ScreamAcres Haunted Cornfield

Dark to 10pm Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
through October 30
Leaders Farm 0064 Co. Rd. 16 | Napoleon
419-599-1570 | screamacres.com

If your teens are looking for a real fright, Scream Acres is sure to deliver! It’s a night full of terror as you as you make your way through a haunted cornfield, monster-infested laboratories, wild warzones and more.
Not recommended for young children.

Frightfully Fun Stuff Boo on the Boat

10am-2pm
Museum of the Great Lakes
1701 Front St. | Toledo
419-214-5000 | inlandseas.org

Your ghouls and goblins will have loads of Halloween fun aboard one of Toledo’s most historic haunts, the Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship. Come in costume to trick-or-treat from the pilot house to the galley and everywhere in between. Museum admission required.

Sky Zone Black Light Trunk or Treat

7-9pm | October 30
1600 Albon Rd. | Holland
419-491-1194 | skyzone.com/toledo

Sky Zone indoor trampoline park will go dark for a special black-light trick-or-treating event. Youngsters can walk through Sky Zone collecting candy before hitting the back lot where cars will be decorated for a trunk or treat. Cost is $10 per child.

Halloween Boo Cruise

October 26-29
Departure times: Weekdays: 5:30, 6:15 and 7pm
Saturday: noon, 12:45, 1:30 and 2:15pm
Sandpiper Boat | Jefferson Ave. Docks
Jefferson Ave. & Summit St | Toledo
419-537-1212 | sandpiperboat.com

By land or by sea, trick or treat is a guarantee. This Halloween, leave dry land and check out a Boo Cruise with your little ones. A non-scary experience for kids of all ages, this 30-minute boat ride delivers plenty of treats and little tricks. Be sure to bring your costume on board!

Fall Family Fun Nights

6-9pm | October 21-22
Sauder Village
22611 State Route 2 | Archbold | Ohio
419-446-2541 | saudervillage.org

The tricks begin once the sun goes down during Fall Family Fun Nights at Sauder Village. Treat your family to some Halloween fun with hayrides, pumpkin painting, evening train rides and more!  Pre-registration is required.

Boo at the Toledo Zoo

10am-3pm | October 20-21
2 Hippo Way | Toledo
419-385-5721 | toledozoo.org/boo

A chance for toddlers and preschoolers to delight without the fright! The little ones come in costume to trick-or-treat throughout the zoo, play games and make Halloween crafts. Separate fee.

Pumpkin Path

10am-4pm | October 22-23
2 Hippo Way | Toledo
419-385-5721 | toledozoo.org/pumpkins

Pumpkin Path is when the Halloween fun really comes alive! In addition to trick-or-treating for all ages, there will also be games, artistic pumpkin carving demonstrations, bounce houses and magic shows to entertain all the ghosts and goblins. Separate fee.

Jumping Pumpkins

10am-3pm | October 29
2 Hipp Way | Toledo
419-385-5721 | toledozoo.org/jumpingpumpkins

Zoo animals get to share in the Halloween fun when they find pumpkins in their exhibits. Some of will make a meal and others will make  a mess, but all of them will be using their natural instincts and displaying natural behaviors.

Trunk or Treat Fun Festival

3-6pm | October 13
First Baptist Church of Greater Toledo
6520 Pilliod Rd. | Holland
419-865-9174 | fbcogt.com

Grab your costumes and head to this free festival. In addition to trick or treating, kids can enjoy a petting zoo, pony rides, face painting and more. Don’t miss it!

Trunk or Treat

6-8pm | October 26
Crossroads Community Church
6960 Sylvania Petersburg Rd. | Ottawa Lake | MI
734-854-130 | crossroadson23.com

Enjoy safe, family-friendly trick or treating where kids can visit more than 75 decorated car trunks at Crossroads Community Church parking lot. There’s also inflatables, live music, hayrides, stage performances, a photo booth, bonfire and more! This is a free event, except for food available for purchase.

Spooky Science

12-5pm | October 22-23 | 29-30
Imagination Station | 1 Discovery Way
419-244-2674 | imaginationstationtoledo.org

You’ve never seen science this scary- or fun! Explore the hair-raising, bone-chilling, spine-tingling myths of Halloween while learning chemistry, physics and biology with fun, spooky activities.

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Trick or Treat Times

Toledo
October 31 | 6 – 8pm

Sylvania/ Sylvania Township
October 31 | 6 – 7:30pm

Ottawa Hills
October 31 | 6 – 7:30pm

Waterville
October 31 | 6 – 8pm

Whitehouse
October 31 | 6 – 8pm

Bowling Green
October 31 | 6 – 8pm