Halloween Happenings

. October 2, 2017.
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Oh fall, how we welcome you! With the crisp air, the colorful leaves and the fun of pumpkin patches, hayrides, and all things Halloween. There’s so much fun to be had this season. We’ve rounded up a spooktacular list of haunted happenings and fall fun for you and yours to enjoy. The only problem might be fitting it all in!

Pick a Pumpkin Patch

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. After a trip to the petting zoo, enjoy some apple cider and fresh homemade donuts. It’s the perfect
way to spend a fall day any day
of the week!

Stevens Gardens

10am-7pm, daily.
4550 Weckerly Rd., Monclova
419-392-2065
facebook.com/farm.monclova
Another family-owned business,
Stevens Gardens offers seasonal fruits and veggies, along with lots of fall fun. They have a family friendly corn maze that’s open daily, along with hayrides, a cow train and corn cannon, open 11am-7pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Between the pumpkins, apples, mums and apple cider slushies, you won’t leave empty-handed.

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Alivianna, 11, Genoa

Country lane tree Farm

11am-4pm, Saturdays and Sundays
throughout October.
Fall Family Festival, Panic in the Pines*
3525 North Bolander Rd., Genoa 
419-461-1298 | countrylanetreefarm.com
You’ll find something fun for everyone here! Hit one of the area’s largest pumpkin patch. Admission is $5 for adults, $10 for kids ages 3-10; under 2 are free. Feed baby goats, observe a beehive, milk a real cow and more with the price of admission. If you dare for a scare, stick around for the Panic in the Pines Haunted Hayride and Trail *October 13,14, 20,21,27 &28. Tickets are $20. Not recommended for small children.

Fleitz Pumpkin Farm

10am-7pm, daily.
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. Kids can check out the Craft Barn before hopping on a hayride for just $1. There’s also a snack shack with homemade apple doughnuts and apple cider.

Aloisa, 4 mo., Ottawa Hills

Aloisa, 4 mo., Ottawa Hills

Fall
Festivals

Apple Stir Festival

10am-6pm. Friday-Saturday, October 6-7.
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.

Greenfield Hallowe’en

Various times. October 13-15, 19-22, 26-29.
The Henry Ford
20900 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn, MI
800-835-5237 | thehenryford.org
Adventures unfold along a path lit by 1,000 jack-o-lanterns. Each step draws you and yours into storybook spookiness with characters like the Headless Horseman, dancing skeletons, singing pumpkins, craft beer, warm apple cider and fresh doughnuts. $13.75/members,
$17/non-members. Free/2 and under.

Fall on the Farm

10am-5pm. Saturday, October 14.
Sauder Village
22611 State Route 2, Archbold, Ohio
419-446-2541 | saudervillage.org
Get ready to help with the harvest! Take a step back in time, roll up your sleeves and help in the gardens and the kitchens. At Fall on the Farm, children get a sense of farm life with hands-on activities.

Sylvania Fall Festival

11am-4pm. Sunday, October 15.
Downtown Sylvania | sylvaniafallfest.com
Don’t miss this annual fall tradition, perfect for kids of all ages. Enjoy food and craft vendors, kids’ activities and games and a fun parade through downtown Sylvania.

I Love Olander Day

Noon-4pm. Sunday, October 1.
6930 W Sylvania Ave., Sylvania
419-882-8313 | olanderpark.com
Head out to Olander Park for a fun packed afternoon, a fall farmers market, food trucks, face painting, kids crafts, and wagon rides all in celebration of fall. Park at Tam-O-Shanter and stroll around the lake with your family. This event is FREE to everyone.

Folklore & Funfest

4-9pm. Saturday, October 14.
Wood County Park District,
Historical Center & Museum
13660 County Home Rd., Bowling Green
419-352-0967 | wcparks.org
A don’t-miss event in its 28th year, the Wood County Parks Folklore and Funfest is free for the family. There will be wagon rides, crafts, live music, kids games in Booville, scarecrow alley, spooky trail, nocturnal nature tent, storytelling and much more. No registration needed.

Little Firefighters and a couple of puppies!

Little Firefighters and a couple of puppies!

Olander Park 20th Annual Halloween Hike

6pm. Saturday, October 28.
6930 W. Sylvania Ave., Sylvania
419-882-8313 | olanderpark.com
Kids collect treats at 20 stations as storytellers tell friendly tales. Not intended to scare children. Kids 12 and under, accompanied by an adult. Admission is a $2 donation.

Pumpkin Stomp & Chomp

10am-3pm. Sunday, October 29.
Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Way, Toledo
419-385-5721 | toledozoo.org
Zoo animals get to share in the Halloween fun when they find pumpkins in their exhibits. Some will make a meal and others will make a mess, but all of them will be displaying natural behaviors.

Jack 5, Nick 1, Toledo

Jack 5, Nick 1, Toledo

PiPs: Scaredy Bats

10-11am, October 27
Wood County Park District,
W.W. Knight Nature Preserve
20539 White Rd., Perrysburg
419-353-1897 | wcparks.org
Halloween fun for the little ones:
Preschoolers in the Parks and their adult enjoy a story, activity and short hike.
This is a free program, but registration is required.

ScreamAcres

Haunted Cornfield
Dark to 10 pm. Fridays,
Saturdays & Sundays, through October 29.
Leaders Farm 0064 Co. Road 16, Napoleon
419-599-1570 | screamacres.com
Teens looking for a fright: make your way through a haunted cornfield, monster-infested laboratories, and more. Not recommended for young children. Tickets are $20.

Tombstone Tour &
Family Haunted Bike Ride

11am, 12:30pm and 2pm. Sunday, October 22.
Oak Openings Preserve, Whitehouse
register.mvadventurers.org
A family bike event that covers three to five miles of haunted trail. The Maumee Valley Adventurers haunted ride is designed for families with children ages 12 and under. Wear your costume and bike helmet.

Amaya, 11, Aubrey,9, Wyatt, 4, Maumee

Amaya, 11, Aubrey,9, Wyatt, 4, Maumee

Frightfully Fun Stuff

Little Boo at the Toledo Zoo

10am-3pm. Thursday-Friday, October 19-20.
2 Hippo Way, Toledo
419-385-5721 | toledozoo.org/boo
A chance for toddlers and preschoolers to delight without the fright! Little ones come in costume to trick-or-treat throughout the zoo, play games and make Halloween crafts. Separate fee.

Pumpkin Path

10am-4pm. Saturday-Sunday, October 21-22.
Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Way, Toledo
419-385-5721 | toledozoo.org/pumpkins
Pumpkin Path is when 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.

Fall Family Fun Nights

6pm-8:30pm. Friday-Saturday, October 20-21.
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 Halloween hayrides, pumpkin painting, evening train rides, hot cocoa and more! Space is limited, register early to save your spot.

Boo on the Boat

10am-2pm. Saturday, October 28.
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.

Olander Park 20th Annual Halloween Hike

6pm. Saturday, October 28.
6930 W. Sylvania Ave., Sylvania
419-882-8313 | olanderpark.com
With the generous support of Meijer, superheroes and Pokémon will bound all around Lake Olander at TOPS’ most popular family event! Kids collect treats at 20 stations as storytellers tell friendly tales of the Enchanted Evening. The Hike is family-friendly and not intended to scare children. Open to kids 12 and under, accompanied by an adult. Admission is a $2 donation for ages 3 to 12; 2 and under FREE. All admissions are donated to Sylvania Area Family Services.

Park at Tam-O-Shanter and enter on Vicksburg Avenue or use the Olander walk-in gates. Event is rain-or-shine so dress appropriately.

Amaya, 11, Maumee

Amaya, 11, Maumee

Halloween
Safety Tips

Sponsored by
Laborer’s Local 500

Ensure your little monsters are safe this Halloween by following a few safety tips before you head out to trick-or-treat:

 The perfect fit. Make sure costumes fit properly to avoid trips or falls. Look for brightly colored costumes, attach reflector strips to costumes and bags and carry glow sticks or flashlights.
 Safety first. Older kids should trick-or-treat in groups and adults should accompany younger kids. Make sure you discuss an approved “zone” with older kids and give them a time to be home before they head out to trick-or-treat. Talk about what to do if they are separated from their group.
 Light the way. Only visit houses that are well lit. If you’re passing out candy at home, turn on porch lights and make sure the path to your front door is clear and well-lit.
 Just treats.
Before your kids eat any candy, make sure you inspect it. Toss any that appear to be open and if in doubt, throw it out.