Spooks, thrills, and chills!

. September 26, 2012.
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Through month of October
Corn Maze
Butterfly House
11455 Obee Rd., Whitehouse
Whitehouse, OH

You don’t have to be a football fan to love the corn maze, designed in honor of the UT Rockets and BGSU Falcons. 16.2 miles of maze cover 16 acres, more than enough territory to work up an appetite for cider and donuts. Admission for ages 10 and up, $8; kids 6-9 (accompanied by an adult) and seniors, $7. Kids under five get in free. Discounts for groups of 25 or more. Last tickets are sold one hour before closing. Thursday 5-10pm, Friday 5pm-midnight, Saturday noon-midnight, and Sunday noon-8pm.


Open daily through November 4
Home of the maize
Leaders farm
Corner of St. Rt. 24 and Co. Rd. 16, Napoleon

Keep busy all day long with the corn maze, Gem Mining, play areas for the children, the Coop Shoot, scenic hayrides, cow train rides, face painting, live entertainment, costume characters, pumpkins, exotic petting zoo, Barnyard Bouncer and so much more. After dark, there are screams of terror and delight at ScreamAcres Haunted Attractions. Get spooked in the Haunted Cornfield or brave your way through the halls of the PanDEMONium Project.

Ripe for the Picking

Through the month of October
Pick Your Own Pumpkin
Hoen’s Greenhouse
2540 County Rd. 702, Delta

A hand-carved or painted pumpkin is a Halloween must. Find the perfect pumpkin for your family, then add some cornstalks, straw, gourds, and Indian corn to make your home Halloween-ready! 9am-7pm.

Fleitz Orchard
7133 Seaman Rd., Oregon

Families can enjoy a full farm experience surrounded by the largest selection of pumpkins and squash in this part of Ohio. Kids can climb a straw tower and tackle a kiddie maze, as well as a “Grand Prix” bike and scooter track, while their older siblings and parents work their way through the one or five acre mazes. Goats and chickens are waiting to be fed by your group, and kids can do small art projects in a craft barn. Fresh donuts and cider available, too, maybe after a hayride! Open weekdays, 10am-7 pm. Hayrides offered weekdays 4:30-7pm; weekends all day, $1/person. Maze is $1-$2/person.

Gust Brothers Pumpkin Farm
13639 Mulberry Rd., Ottawa Lake

See a working farm with all its wonders. Families can pick a peck of vegetables (like tomatoes, broccoli, cucumbers, and peppers) for $5 or shop for jams, jellies, and honey. All the barns are open and children can see cattle, sheep, goats, and bunnies up close. Purchase holiday decorations including Indian corn, straw bales, and gourds. Weekend hayrides are $2/person. Finish off the day with cider, donuts and popcorn treats. Open 9am-7pm daily.

Saturday, Oct. 27
Jack-O-Lantern Jamboree
Toledo Farmers Market
525 Market St.

Select a pumpkin from the farmers themselves! Pick your prize squash, then carve it or decorate it as a jack-o-lantern! 9am-noon.
Weekends, Oct. 6-7,
13-14 & 20-21

Pumpkin Train
Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation, Inc.
11600 County Rd. 99, Findlay

Double fall fun — a train ride and pick-your-own pumpkin treat. The train travels to the pumpkin patch where visitors find their favorite, then returns to the station with those special vegetables. Railroad gift shop on site, too. Trains depart every 15 minutes. $2/adults, $1/children 12 and under. 1-4pm

Freaky Festivities

Nightfall Festival
Toledo Botanical Garden
5403 Elmer Dr.

Goblins will have plenty to do in the Garden, from looking for the Creature of Crosby Lake (yikes!) to tiptoeing through the new fairy garden. The youngest guests can walk a spooky pumpkin path and enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides before or after trick or treating, and everyone can be part of the art activities and midway tent events. Come have your fortune told and welcome fall with the street performers and live musicians on hand. Food and drinks for all ages. Friday, Oct. 5. Adults $8, seniors and students $7, TBG members $6, children 12 and under admitted free. Reduced price tickets available at The Andersons. Enter at the Bancroft St. entrance. 4pm-midnight.

All Hallows Eve Celebration
Seven Eagles Historical Education Center
16486 Wapakoneta Road, 1 mile south of the Village of Grand Rapids, Ohio.
Friday and Saturday 6pm-10pm

History and Halloween-a perfect combination! Lantern tours (evenings) and live demonstrations (daytime) are offered in the Pioneer Long House and other historic venues on site. Visitors can enjoy bonfires, hayrides, tractor-drawn rides, as well as costumed storytellers. Trading Post arts and crafts make perfect souvenirs, and Saturday-morning family picknicking, canoeing, cane-pole fishing and tomahawk throwing make perfect memories. Admission: Child or senior $2.50, adult $5, family $10, children under age 4 are free. Group discounts available.Friday, Oct. 19 and Saturday, Oct. 20, 6pm-10pm.

Halloween Harvest Fest Concert
Toledo Lucas County Public Library
Point Place Branch, Oregon Branch, & Sylvania Branch
2727 117th Street in Toledo 419 259-5390/ 3340 Dustin Road in Oregon, 419 259-5250/6749 Monroe Street in Sylvania, 419 882-2089

Even the ghosts and goblins will be rockin’ at this concert. Come to be part of this concert with award-winning singer Kevin Devine. He’ll have you singing along, maybe even dancing as you prepare for Halloween. Tricks and treats, too! Saturday, Oct. 27, Point Place Branch 10am-11am. Oregon Branch 2pm-245pm. Sylvania Branch 6pm-730pm.

Halloween Folklore and Funfest
Wood County Historical Center
13660 County Home Rd., Bowling Green

This 22nd annual festival has something for everyone: wagon rides, monster theatre (with Scooby Doo movies), and a scarecrow contest. More culinary types can press their own cider to enjoy with homemade donuts. Boo-ville activities for little ones include witch golf and the gruesome-sounding eyeball toss. The disco dungeon features a naturalist’s look at bats. History buffs can tour the museum, and everyone can fill up on treats and goodies at the Coffin Café. Free admission and free parking. Saturday, Oct. 20. 4-9pm.

Family Fun

Tuesday, Oct. 9
Wood County
Historical Center
13660 County Home Rd.,
Bowling Green

Scarecrow contest workshop:
Make your own scarecrow to enter into the 10th annual contest (which has cash prizes!). Voting for the winning scarecrows you create will be held at the Halloween Folklore and Funfest on October 20. Register by Oct. 8. 6pm.

Saturday, Oct. 13
Fall Fur All
Toledo Zoo
2 Hippo Way
(off the Anthony Wayne Trail)

Decorate pumpkins to be put on display at the Little Boo event and feed the animals at the Jumping Pumpkins celebration. Come for the bounce house, pumpkin ring toss and special activities in Nature’s Neighborhood. Free with zoo admission. $11-$14 for non-members. 11am-3pm.

Thursday, Oct. 18
Wood County
Historical Center
13660 County Home Rd.,
Bowling Green

Pumpkin Carving Contest
Enjoy cider and snacks as you practice your pumpkin carving skills. All materials and pumpkins provided … just bring your creativity! Free. 6-8pm.

Friday, Oct. 19- Saturday, Oct. 20
Sauder Village               
22611 State Rt. 2, Archbold

See the village come alive at night. Decorate a pumpkin in the Sauder Barn, and visit Mrs. Stuckey in the farmhouse kitchen. Camp fire treats for all! Members and lodging guest tickets are $8.50 for adults, $5.50 for students. Nonmembers adults pay $10, students $6 and children 3 and under admitted free. Pre-registration is required. 6-8pm.
Thursday, Oct. 24-Oct. 27; Monday, Oct. 29-Oct. 30
Boo Cruise
Sandpiper Boat
At the foot of Jefferson Ave. in Promenade Park

Nothing gory or really scary, just waterfront fun for families. Take a 30-minute party ride on the Maumee River and give your costumed kids a chance to get a look at downtown Toledo. The boat is decorated for the event, and your ships mates tell Halloween jokes and stories. Parents, please dress your little goblins for the weather! $5/person. The boat leaves dock weeknights every 45 minutes between 5pm & 7:15pm; Saturdays at 12:45, 1:30, and 2:15pm. Call for reservations.

Sunday, Oct. 28.
Halloween Excursion Train
Blissfield, MI
Dress up and experience a kids party by train, with a costume contest, hot dogs, donuts and cider, and a ride on the Old Road Train. Leaving from Blissfield. 5-7pm. $20 child/$25 adult. Reservations required.

Ghoulish Good Times

Tuesday, Oct. 16  
Andrew Martin Halloween Spooktacular
Toledo Lucas County Public Library
Sanger Branch
3030 West Central Ave.

Magician Andrew Martin brings ghostly games, creepy fun and lots of magic to several library branches. These are the best tricks to go with the  treats — helping to develop a love of books, just in time for Halloween reading. Costumes welcome and treats provided. Registration required. 7-8pm.
Andrew Martin is scheduled at these locations, with  reservations required at each:

• Monday, Oct. 22. Waterville Branch // Meeting Room, 800 Michigan Ave., Waterville. 419 878-3055. 7pm-8pm.
• Tuesday, Oct. 23. Maumee Branch // Auditorium, 501 River Rd., Maumee. 419-259-5360. 6:30-8pm.
• Tuesday, Oct. 23. Heatherdowns Blvd. Branch, 3265 Glanzman Rd. 419-259-5360. 6:30-8pm.
• Monday, Oct. 29. Washington Branch // Meeting Room, 5560 Harvest Ln. 419-259-5330. 7pm-8pm.
• Tuesday, Oct. 30. Reynolds Corner Branch, 4833 Dorr St. 419-259-5320. 6:30-7:30pm.


Open through October  
Haunted Engine House
Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation, Inc.
11600 CR 99 @ 1-75 Exit #161, Findlay

Older Halloweeners (12 and up) will enjoy this walk through a dark train engine house at this railroad museum. Is it haunted? You’ll have to come to see — but be prepared for lots of surprises! Admission $7. Open Fridays and Saturdays from 7pm-midnight, and Sundays 7-11pm.

Wednesday, Oct. 24.
Halloween Folklore Tea
Wolcott House
1035 River Rd., Maumee

Kids who like to read about bats, black cats and witches will want to meet Amy Danforth, who will be autographing copies of her children’s book It Happened One Halloween. Bring your youngsters in costume to set the mood! $10 fee; reservations necessary. 2pm.   

Wednesday, Oct. 31.
Candlelit Tour Wolcott House
This spooky experience is not for the squeamish or under-12 set. Paranormal groups have documented unexplained events at the Wolcott House; here’s your chance to see (and maybe experience) them for yourself. Bring a flashlight and take a tour that focuses on the sounds of footsteps and doors closing in what is supposed to be an empty house. Will you feel as if somebody is watching you? Tickets are $5 each and will be sold in front of the house before the tours, which run every half hour from 8-10pm.

Fridays Oct. 19 & 26, Saturdays Oct. 20 & 27.
Garrison Ghost Walk
Fort Meigs
29100 W. River Rd., Perrysburg

There aren’t soldiers at Ft. Meigs any more … or are there? Join the Ghost Walk, led by guides in 1812 period clothing, to see if you meet any former residents. Stop at campsites to hear stories about the fort and those who called it home. Costumed kids are welcome; they will certainly enjoy seeing the fort by lantern lights, then talking about their visit over hot cider and donuts, available for purchase. Weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes strongly suggested. Reservations required. One-hour tours begin at 7pm; last tour begins around 9pm. $8/adults, $4/children 12 and under.

Saturday, Oct. 27
Ghost of Providence Lantern Walk
Providence Metropark
13827 U.S. 24/West at SR 578 opposite Grand Rapids on the Maumee River

There may be ghosts at Providence Park — you’re invited to meet them and figure out the mysteries of their deaths. Come for this Autumn Adventure Tour; join your lantern-bearing guide as you meet characters from the past. 7:15pm-8pm. $5 regular admission/$4 members.
Saturdays Oct. 21 & 27;  Sundays Oct. 21 & 28
Spooky Science
Imagination Station
One Discovery Way (corner of Summit and Adams Streets)

Science can be creepy and fun, and here’s the proof. Learn how to make cool Halloween illusions like ooey gooey slime, boo bubbles and other magic potions that will amaze your trick or treaters. For a real party punch, learn how to make edible blood from regular household items. $7.50-$9.50/admission; children 2 and under free. Lucas County residents receive a 50 percent discount. Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, noon-5pm.

Dress Code

Halloween Express
3448 W. Sylvania Ave.

Toledo’s branch of the Halloween Express empire, the largest in the chain, can turn your kids into ghouls and goblins or your home into a haunted mansion. It’s no wonder that the Travel Channel series Making Monsters is turning up for a visit on Sunday, September 30. They’re in for a world of fright, as the main attraction is a zombie photo op that’ll have you begging for escape from the walking dead’s hungry grasp, and back into the tamer world of fairies and pirates! Open Monday through Saturday, 10am-8pm, Sunday 11am-6pm.

Kostumes, Ltd.
7313 International Dr., Holland

Sophisticated Halloweeners will appreciate this selection of one-day rentals. They offer the “tried and true” choices — flappers, Bonnie & Clyde, pirates, and superheroes — but have the unusual, too. Pick medieval characters, princesses, even nun costumes, with plenty of masks and other accessories. Consider placing your rental order two weeks before Halloween to get the best selection. Open Monday through Friday, 10am-6pm; Saturday, 10am-4pm.
Star Costumes
2708 W. Sylvania Ave.

Get everything Halloween here, from hanging decorations to wigs to makeup. Store also features costumes from toddler size to adult, and has a fine collection of 3D wounds, blood and other gory accessories. Customers can shop online 24/7 and pick up the costumes at the store. Costume prices range from $15-$100, and include children’s favorites to zombies, science fiction characters and steampunk. Open Monday through Friday, 10am-9pm; Saturday, noon-6pm.
Costume Holiday House
5300 Monroe St.

Local theatre companies have discovered the 50,000 costumes at Costume Holiday House, and trick or treaters can take advantage of the large inventory, too. Their collection includes all accessories — from swords to hats to shoes — and service includes taking customers’ measurements to find the perfect fit. Kids’ classics, costumes from decades of American history, even Elvis and zombies are available, and rentals are for weekend use, just in case you’ve got more than one party to attend. Monday through Friday, 10am-9pm; Saturday noon-6pm.



Treats, not Tricks

Trick or Treat
The Shops at Fallen Timbers
3100 Main St., Maumee

No tricks — just treats! Visit the shops to collect Halloween goodies. Come in costumes! 6-8pm. Thursday, Oct. 25.
Trick or Treat
Westfield Franklin Park Mall
5001 Monroe St.

Stores in the mall will welcome costumed trick or treaters (no masks please). Come for the candy, treats, crafts, and activities. 5:30-7pm. Monday, Oct. 29.

Saturday, October 13
Trunk or Treat
Rehab Dynamics
3160 Central Park West

October is National Sensory Processing Awareness month and Halloween . . . put them together and you have the 3rd annual Parent Connections Trunk-or-Treat event. Over 500 ghouls, goblins and ghosts filled the Rehab Dynamics parking lot with shrieks and laughter last year and even more are expected this year! Touch something slimy on Slime Time Street or hear the shrills of Scream Seeker Circle. Each trunk-or-treating area corresponds to one of the 7 senses. 3-5pm.

Trick or Treat
Bass Pro
10000 Bass Pro Blvd., Rossford

Nothing fishy about this event! Employees will provide treats for youngsters 12 and under who come to trick or treat in the store. Trick-or-treaters can join the parade and costume contest, and compete for prizes for the scariest, funnies, and best costumes. Everyone wins a prize and lots of fun! Free, no reservations necessary. Trick or treating begins at 6pm, parade and contest to follow. Wednesday, Oct. 31.

15th Annual Halloween Hike
Olander Park
6930 Sylvania Ave.

Costumed kids can gather Halloween treats from 20 different stations, watching reenactments and  hearing stories along the way. This is a friendly event (no scary ghouls here!). Kids 12 and under must be accompanied by an adults. Saturday, Oct. 27. 6pm. $1 children ages 3-12/2 and under and adults free.

Little Boo at the Zoo
Toledo Zoo
2 Hippo Way (off the Anthony Wayne Trail)

Preschoolers (in costumes) will love this chance to visit candy stations and meet new friends in the Fisher-Price play area. Lots of magic and toys from 10am-3pm. $11-$14/non-members (includes admission), $6/members. Thursday, Oct. 18-19.
Pumpkin Path
Toledo Zoo
2 Hippo Way (off the Anthony Wayne Trail)

More than 20 candy stations are waiting for kids in costumes and their families and friends. Magic shows, Fisher-Price play area and games will add to the fun. $11-$14/non-members (includes admission), $6/members. 10am-4pm. Saturday, Oct. 20-21.