Halloween Guide

. February 20, 2013.

The Crystal Bowersox
Corn Maze

Open now until Sunday,October 31
The Butterfly House
11455 Obee Rd. / Whitehouse
419-877-2733 / whitehousecornmaze.com
Autumn always brings thoughts of apple picking, sweaters and corn mazes!  The Butterfly House in Whitehouse has combined two things Toledoans love…their yearly corn maze and Crystal Bowersox.  The corn maze covers 16 acres and has four different skill levels.  Whether it’s family fun during the day or a spookier evening activity, this corn maze has it all.  The corn maze is open Thursday through Sunday with most hours varying from morning until midnight! 

Fall Festivities
All through October
Country Lane Tree Farm 
3525 Bolander Rd. / Genoa
10 acres of pumpkins and gourds are what waits at Country Lane Tree Farm.  Not to mention, the Team Edward and Team Jacob Twilight Eclipse Corn Maze!  There are lots of activities such as family farm tours, a little corn maze, barrel trains and hayrides for little ones.  The Haunted Corn Maze is bigger and better than last year.  This activity is for older children.  While it’s not gory, it’s still scary enough to spook little ones!

Apple Butter Stir and Craft Fair
Saturday,October 2 and Sunday, October 3
MacQueen Orchards
7605 Garden Rd. / Holland
Apples, apples, apples!  MacQueen Orchards will celebrate their Apple Butter Stir and Craft Festival this year with live entertainment, apple picking, cider, piebaking contests and more.  Enjoy the autumn festivities on October 2 and 3 from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.  For more info, call 419-865-2916. 

Ghosts of the Great
Black Swamp

Sunday, October 3
Pearson Park
4600 Starr Ave. / Oregon
419-407-9714 / www.metroparkstoledo.com
This family friendly lantern tour guides families throughout Pearson Park combining history, nature and spooky stories.  These evening hikes are perfect for Halloween.  Tours begin at 7:00 p.m., and leave at 15 minute intervals until the last tour at 8:15 p.m.  Admission costs $5.00 for non-members and $4.00 for members.   Call 419-407-9700 for more information or to register for the hikes. 

Fall Festival
Sunday, October 3
Toledo Botanical Garden
5403 Elmer Dr. / Toledo
419-536-5566 / www.toledogarden.org
Fall perennials and Oak Openings native plants will be for sale at this fall festival.  Kid’s activities, live entertainment and horse-drawn carriage rides will be happening from noon to 4:00 p.m.   This event is free and open to the public!

Scarecrow Workshop
and Contest

Tuesday, October 5
Wood County Historical Center and Museum
13660 County Home Rd. / Bowling Green
419-352-0967 / www.woodcountyhistory.org
Bring your ideas, craft supplies and props to this scarecrow building workshop.  The Wood County Historical Center will provide the stuffing, and you provide the creativity.  When you’re done you can either take home your creation or enter him/her in the Scarecrow Contest!  Scarecrows will be on display at Historical Center and judged during the Folklore and Funfest.  In order to enter the contest you must bring your scarecrow to the Shelter during the workshop.  The workshop will be from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. on the front lawn of the Historical Center and Museum.  Registration is required.  To register, visit  HYPERLINK “https://www.reservations.woodcountyparkdistrict.org” www.reservations.woodcountyparkdistrict.org. 

Follow the Leaders to fun!
Friday, October 9
Leaders Family Farms
0064 County Road 16 / Napoleon
419-599-1570/ www.leadersfarms.com
Leaders Family Farms, Follow the Leaders to fun! This fall, make memories that will last a lifetime. Stay busy all day long with the corn maze, play areas for the children, scenic hayrides, cow train rides, face painting, music and karaoke, costume characters, pumpkins, petting zoo, and much more. After dark, there are screams of terror and delight to be had at the two ScreamAcres haunted attractions. We have a varied selection of delicious foods and beverages for you at our concession stands. Come on out to the farm and be entertained. Check our website for times, special events and for more information. Adults (ages 12+) – $8. Youth (ages 5-11) – $6.

Meet Me at the Metroparks: Bats, Owls, Spiders
and More!

Wednesday,October 13
Wildwood Preserve / 5100 W. Central Ave.
Toledo / 419-407-9700
All your favorite Halloween animals will be at this educational event.  You’ll learn about these animal habitats and lifestyles, combining the perfect amount of Halloween fun and nature.  This event costs $2.00 per person and is open to all ages, and will run from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  To register, call 419-407-9700. 

Pumpkin Carving Contest
Thursday, October 14
Wood County Historical Center and Museum
13660 County Home Rd. / Bowling Green
419-352-0967 / www.woodcountyhistory.org
Come show off your carving skills and exercise your creativity.  Cider and snacks will be provided as you help decorate the grounds of the Wood County Historical Center and Museum with pumpkins.  At the end of the evening, a winning pumpkin will be chosen!  This event is free, but registration is required.   Visit www.reservations.woodcountyparkdistrict.org to register. 

Halloween Folklore
and Funfest

Saturday, October 16
Wood County Historical Center and Museum 
13660 County Home Rd. / Bowling Green
419-352-0967 / www.woodcountyhistory.org
This frightfully fun family event has something for everyone.  Cider pressing, horse-drawn wagon rides, folklore tours and more will provide visitors both young and old with lots of Halloween fun!  Boo-ville will have plenty of activities for little ones as well; glow in the dark tattoos and spooky movies that will have them saying ZOOIKS!  This event is free.  For more information call 419-352-0967. 

The Tombstone
Bike Tour

Saturday, October 16
Secor Metropark / 10001 W.
Central Ave / Toledo
Join Hostelling International for their 33rd peddling of The Tombstone Bike Tour.  The ride passes 11 area cemeteries.  This spooky adventure also has more moderate routes for families and less experienced riders.  The tour lasts from 11:00a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and costs $25.00 to enter.  For more info or to register, visit

Fall Fur All
Saturday, October 16
Toledo Zoo
2700 Broadway St. / Toledo
419-385-5721 / www.toledozoo.org
Come and decorate a pumpkin for a polar bear!  Children can decorate pumpkins that will line the path for the Zoo’s upcoming Pumpkin Path event, which will then be given to the animals afterward.  The festivities will last from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and include live entertainment and other children’s activities. 

Halloween History
Sunday,October 17
Pearson Park
4600 Starr Ave. / Oregon
419-407-9714 / www.metroparkstoledo.com
Learn how Halloween has changed over the last century and explore how our ancestors celebrated this time of year.  Halloween history will be presented from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  No registration required, and this event is free. 

Pumpkin Patch Adventure
Tuesday,October 19
Gust Brothers’ Pumpkin Patch
13639 Mulberry Rd. / Ottawa Lake
517-486-2237 / www.gustbrothers.com
Pick out your favorite pumpkin right from the field!  Have some cider and snacks and visit the barn.  Help feed the animals and even pet a few.  The fun begins at 4:00 p.m.  Adults cost $4.00, children $3.00 and children under 2 are $2.00 for admission. 

Chemistry Week –
Spooky Cinema

Tuesday,October 19 to Saturday, October 23
Imagination Station
1 Discovery Wy / Toledo
419-244-2674 / imaginationstationtoledo.org
Fangs, gore and slime!   What more could you ask for?  During chemistry week the Imagination Station will give an inside look at the chemistry that is involved with cinema.  Make-up, wounds and other movie must-haves will be explored. 

Little Boo at the Toledo Zoo 

Thursday, October 21 and Friday, October 22
Toledo Zoo
2700 Broadway St. / Toledo
419-385-5721 / www.toledozoo.org
Little Boo is the ideal Halloween event for little ones.  Trick or Treat stations, games and a play area supplied by Fisher-Price are only a few of the activities that are happening at the Zoo.  A pumpkin path will line the way for little feet, and costumes are encouraged.  Entry for non-members, both children and adults, cost $11.00, seniors (non-members) $8.00 and children who are members cost $5.00. 

Garrison Ghost Walk
Friday, October 22, Saturday, October 23,
Friday, October 29 and Saturday, October 30
Ft. Meigs
29100 W. River Rd. / Perrysburg
419-874-4121 / www.ftmeigs.org
Hear tales of strange lights, spooky sounds and soldiers of yesteryear during the Garrison Ghost Walks.  Held at Ft. Meigs, these lantern lit tours begin at 7:00 p.m. and step off every 15 minutes until the last tour at 9:00 p.m.  These guided tours last a little over an hour and give a rich history and tell spooky stories.

All Hallows Eve Celebration

Friday, October 22 and Saturday, October 23
Seven Eagles Historical Education Center
16486 Wapakoneta Rd. / Grand Rapids
419-509-0095 / www.seven-eagles.com
It’s all happening at dusk!  This festival includes lantern lit tours, hay-rides, crafts, cider pressing and more!  Tours of the Native American long house, pioneer log house, blacksmith shop and Catfish Inn will be given by costumed guides interpreting to audiences the past that makes Northwest Ohio’s history rich.  Festival hours on both Friday and Saturday are from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.  Admission is $5.00 per adult, $2.50 for children and seniors or $10.00 for the whole family.  Children four and under are free. 


Folklore Fridays
Friday, October 22 and Friday, October 29
Wood County Historical Center and Museum 
13660 County Home Rd. / Bowling Green
419-352-0967 / www.woodcountyhistory.org
Take a step back in time as tour guides take you through what was once The Infirmary, lunatic house, oil derrick, Linwood bridge, paupers cemetery and many more locations.  Listen to spooky stories about the past and the history of the buildings on the grounds of the Wood County Historical Center and Museum.  These two hour tours begin at 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 p.m.  Reservations are required and payment in advance is preferred. Admission is $10.00 for non-members and $7.00 for members.  Call 419-352-0967 to make reservations. 

Pumpkin Path
Saturday, October 23 and Sunday, October 24
Toledo Zoo
2700 Broadway St. / Toledo
419-385-5721 / www.toledozoo.org
Trick or Treat!  This event is meant for bigger kids and has more trick or treating stations than the Zoo’s Little Boo event.  There are no age restrictions, and there is lots of fun to be had.  Entertainment, games and, of course, candy will be going on at the Zoo.  Entry for non-members, both children and adults, cost $11.00, seniors (non-members) $8.00 and children who are members cost $5.00.

Friends of Side Cut:
Full Moon Walk

Saturday,October 23
Side Cut Metropark
1025 W. River Rd. Maumee
419-407-9700 / www.metroparkstoledo.com
Walk in the light of the full moon!  Learn about the creatures that inhabit Side Cut Metropark and see if any screech owls answer your calls! This tour is from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and is free.

Costumes for Cancer
Saturday, October 23
Navy Bistro
30 Main Street / Toledo.
419-410-8240 / jcbrouwer@hotmail.com
“Costumes for Cancer” is a Halloween party benefiting the Janet Phleger Foundation. Come dressed in a favorite costume and enjoy a night of dancing, appetizers, cash bar, kids games and live music from “Punching Buddha.” This Spooktacular event will raising money to provide scholarships for local families touched by cancer. 6-10pm. $10-$15; $5 kids.

Members Only Monster Bash
Saturday, October 23
Imagination Station
One Discovery Way / Toledo
419-244-2674 / imaginationstationtoledo.org
Calling all ghouls and goblins! Members can enjoy this spooky evening just for them, filled with special activities and demonstrations designed to take the scare out of scary, so bring the whole family in for this eerie member party. Goody bag will be given to all kids attending. 6-8pm. Members Only.

Trees and Tombstone
Family Event

Sunday, October 24 / 1-5 pm
Woodlawn Cemetary
1502 W. Central Ave., Toledo.
419-472-2186 / www.historic-woodlawn.com
Woodlawn Cemetery Hosting Trees and Tombstone Family Event, The Historic Woodlawn Cemetery will be hosting a free family event with guided tours and hands on activities. Woodlawn has expanded our very popular Trees and Tombstone event to include: Walking tours, camera clinic, bird watching, fall tree crafts and harvest art projects, all to showcase the dazzling show of brilliant autumn colors and the unique history within the gates of the cemetery. A camera clinic kicks off the event at 1pm.  Bring your camera so experts from Castle Photo and J& J Studio can help you make the most of all the features. Spend the afternoon photographing the beautiful trees and historic features found within our grounds. Please register by October 20.


Boo Cruise
Wednesday, October 27 to Saturday, October 30
The Sandpiper
5123 Ryan Rd. / Toledo
419-385-7977 / https://www.sandpiperboat.org
Boat rides with costumed riders will be along for this ride!  Halloween fun, treats and fun on the water are what’s in store on The Sandpiper.  Cruises run October 27-30 on Wednesday through Friday.  Departure times are at 5:00, 5:45, 6:30 and 7:45 p.m.  Cruises are also available on Saturday at noon, 12:45, 1:15 and 2:45 p.m.   Tickets cost $5.00 per person. 

13th Annual Halloween Hike
Saturday, October 30
Olander Park
6930 Sylvania Avenue / Sylvania
419-882-8318 / www.olanderpark.com
The 13th Annual Halloween Hike invites all Spider-men and Princesses to attend the festivities!  Halloween tales will be told by park staff, and treats will be handed out at 20 different trick or treat stations.  This event costs $1.00 for all children ages 3 to 12, and is free to all others.  The tricks and treats begin at 6:00 p.m.

Happy Halloween
Sunday, October 31
Imagination Station
1 Discovery Way / Toledo
419-244-2674 / imaginationstationtoledo.org
Inviting all goblins and ghouls!  Come for a trick or treat from the Imagination Station.  Arrive in costume and receive $2.00 off of admission.

Jumping Pumpkins
Saturday, October 30 and Sunday, October 31
Toledo Zoo
2700 Broadway St. / Toledo
419-385-5721 / www.toledozoo.org
Watch as a gorilla enjoys a tasty treat or as an elephant plays catch with a pumpkin!  That’s what you’ll see at Jumping Pumpkins!  The Zoo introduces the pumpkins into the animals’ habitats, and those animals have a chance to have a snack or play with a new toy.  The enrichment activity is fun for animals and people alike. 

Toledo Symphony
Presents Halloween Spooktacular with The Toledo Museum of Art
October 31

Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle
2445 Monroe Street / Toledo
419-241-1272 / www.toledosymphony.com
Come in your costumes for the costume parade!  Enjoy great times and spooky tunes.  Additional activities will be provided by the Toledo Museum of Art.