40 Fall Activities to Try in the Toledo Area: 2022 Edition

It’s time to “fall” in love again with Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan! The leaves are changing, the temperature is dropping and the fun is just beginning. We’ve rounded up all the activities happening from September 1 until Halloween throughout the Toledo area that you and your family are sure to enjoy! Comment on social media to weigh in with more events and to let us know about anything we may have missed.
Activities for the Entire Family

Apple Week at Sauder Village
Wednesday, September 14 – Saturday, September 17, 2022
10am-5pm
22611 State Route 2, Archbold, OH
saudervillage.org

If it’s not pumpkins during the fall, it’s apples, and the folks at Sauder Village have an entire week to celebrate the fall fruit! Throughout the week, Sauder Village will share special apple-themed recipes and hands-on apple activities for all ages to enjoy. Visitors can also visit the 140-year-old cider mill and try some tasty treats from the Doughbox Bakery.

Glass Harvest
Saturday, September 24
Sunday, September 25
10am-4pm
Toledo Museum of Art
2445 Monroe St.

Local glass artists have created magnificent glass pumpkins for this delicate pumpkin patch! The family-friendly event will have you marveling at the artists’ skillful rendering of the pumpkins, as well as TMA staff’s creation of an unique a fall landscape.

The Family House Fall Festival
Saturday, October 1
2-8pm
Parking lot of the Historic Toledo Club
235 14th St. Ste. 508

The largest family shelter in Northwest Ohio is putting on a fall festival for the whole family to enjoy! The inaugural Family House Fall Festival will feature live entertainment, food trucks, drinks and a play area for the kids. Admission cost is TBA and all proceeds will benefit The Family House.

Old West End Autumn Market
Saturday, October 8
10am-5pm
Agnes Reynolds Jackson Arboretum
716 W. Delaware Ave.

Take in music by Ramona Collins with Josh Silver, Laurie Swyers, Brandon Benson, Bob Manley and Jay Ronquillo as you shop the many local/regional vendors at the Market. The whole family will enjoy the many food trucks at the event as well!

Grand Rapids Applebutter Fest
Sunday, October 9
10am–5pm
Downtown Grand Rapids, OH

Since 1977, Grand Rapids has hosted this annual festival filled with live music, charming downtown fall decor, crafts from over 100 local artists, and of course, apple butter – lots and lots of apple butter. Admission is free. Parking is $15.

Sylvania Fall Festival
Saturday, October 15
4-10pm
Sunday, October 16
10am-4pm
Parade: Sunday, October 16 at 1pm
Main St., Downtown Sylvania

The yearly festival hosted by the Sylvania Chamber of Commerce features craft booths from local vendors, live music, a farmers market, a corn hole tournament and trick or treating for the kids. The best thing? It’s all free!

Boo-To-Do Downtown Waterville Halloween
Thursday, October 27
Time TBA
122 Farnsworth Rd.

The Waterville Area Chamber of Commerce and surrounding businesses are hosting the annual Halloween Boo-To-Do event where kids don their best costumes and collect candy handed out by local businesses.

Pumpkin Patches and Apple Orchards


Erie Orchards & Cider Mill Events

1235 Erie Rd., Erie, MI

Apple Festival
September 10 and 11
Time TBA

Get the family ready for the first big festival weekend of the year with apple picking, pony and hayrides, and a corn maze.

Harvest Festival
September 24 and 25
Time TBA

This is the best weekend for apple picking. Guests can choose from several varieties of apples and enjoy a corn maze along with pony and hayrides. A magic show is presented on Sunday afternoon from 1-5pm.

Cider Making Weekend
October 15 and 16
Time TBA

Have you ever wanted to learn how to make fresh apple cider? Well now is your chance! You can watch the Cider Mill staff make fresh cider all day, then sample the deliciousness. Other activities include pony and hayrides, a corn maze and a petting zoo.

Halloween Weekend
October 22 – October 23
Time TBA

Who says you have to celebrate Halloween on Halloween? Get the fun started a week early and enjoy the pony and hayrides, crafters, entertainment and pumpkin and apple picking. Be sure to bring your best costume for the contest on Sunday at 3pm for ages 1-10. All participants get a prize!

MacQueen Orchards
7605 Garden Rd., Holland
419-865-2916

Apple Stir and Crafts Festival
October 1-2
10am-6pm

This festival has been a great way to kick off the fall season, and there are plenty of activities to keep everyone entertained. You can pick your own apples, tour the Giant Apple Cider Press or take a wagon ride. Live performances, an apple pie baking contest, pony rides and bounce houses help to round out the festivities.

Pick Your Own Apples

MacQueens offers apple picking to the public beginning around September 18 each year and continues through the third week of October. You can pick from any tree in the orchard, which has 16 different varieties of apples. If you’re not in the mood for picking apples but still want the freshest fruit, choose pre-picked bags to take home.

Trabbic Family Pumpkin Farm
Sunday-Tuesday
10am-7pm (During the season only)
Closed Mondays
1560 E Sterns Rd., Erie, MI
734-848-4049

Trabbic Family Pumpkin Farm is open from September 17 through Halloween and features over 40 acres of pumpkins. You and your little ones will enjoy hayrides, donuts, cider, animals and a corn maze. The hayrides are available on Thursdays and Fridays from 3-7 pm and on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am-7pm.

Gust Brother’s Pumpkin Farm
9 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily
13639 Mulberry Rd, Ottawa Lake
517-486-2237

The fall season at Gust Brother’s Pumpkin Farm gets underway on Labor Day and the farm will be open each day through Halloween for pumpkin picking, homemade donuts and apple cider slushies, as well as hayrides on Saturdays and Sundays.

Fleitz Pumpkin Farm
September 6 – October 31
10am-7pm daily
7133 Seaman Rd., Oregon
419-836-7613

Fleitz Pumpkin Farm offers up pumpkin picking, corn mazes, hay rides and the opportunity for kids to feed the goats. The farm is excited to roll out its new expanded play area for kids. Fresh apple cider and donuts are available to purchase!

Pet Costume Benefit Contest
Saturday, October 15
1-2:30pm
7133 Seaman Rd., Oregon
419-836-7613

Fleitz Pumpkin Farm is also hosting this Halloween costume contest for pets! Proceeds will go toward Friends of Lucas County Dogs

*Interested in finding even more local pumpkin patches? Check out our “Go Big or Gourd Home” story, which includes pumpkin prices in the Toledo area!

Toledo Zoo Events
2 Hippo Way
419-385-5721

Harvest Fest
October 1-31
10am-4pm

With general admission to the Toledo Zoo, you and your kids will enjoy fall food and beverages, fall activities, giant pumpkin displays, and more!

Fall Fur all Family Night
Sunday, October 9
3-9pm

Daytime activities begin with a bounce house, following by singing and dancing with scarecrows, live music, animal meet-and-greets, and more! The night wraps up with a showing of “Hocus Pocus” at the Amphitheater. All activities are free with admission. Half-price admission after 4pm!

Little Boo at the Zoo
October 20 and 21
10am-3pm

Your family can have all the Halloween fun, and your kids can get all the candy without the fright! There are various trick-or-treat stations.

Pumpkin Path
October 22 and 23
10am-4pm

This family-friendly trick-or-treat tradition is back this year! Kids can visit various trick-or-treat stations, while the rest of the family enjoys local entertainers. Toledo Zoo members can get in at 9am on Saturday, October 22.

Pumpkin Stomp & Chomp
October 29

Halloween isn’t just for kids! The animals will discover pumpkins, strategically placed in their exhibits, and some of them will even make a meal out of it. Others will make a fun mess, but all of them will be using their natural instincts while displaying natural behaviors. This is a great way to see your favorite animals and participate in the zoo’s enrichment program at the same time.

Johnston Fruit Farm
Monday-Saturday
8:30am-7pm
Sunday
10am-6pm
2790 US-20 ALT, Swanton
419-826-1453

Pick your own apples or pumpkins, then enjoy spending time visiting the animals at the free petting zoo. There are also fresh apple cider and homemade donuts to snack on.

Stevens Gardens
Opens September 17
Monday-Thursday
10am-7pm
Friday and Saturday
10am-6pm
Sunday
10am-5pm
4550 Weckerly Rd., Monclova
419-392-2065

This year-round garden offers seasonal fruits and veggies, along with fall activities that include hayrides, a cow train and a corn cannon available on Saturdays and Sundays only. Guests can get lost in the fall weather in the corn maze that is open every day beginning September 17.

Art Loop Haunted Harvest Celebration
Saturday, October 13
5:30-8:30pm
Uptown Green Park and Adams St.
419-254-2787

The Art Loop Haunted Harvest Celebration makes its return in 2022. This year, guests can partake in action-packed creative events that celebrate local art, culture, food and music. Kids can also enjoy a petting zoo and trunk or treat.

Oak Harbor Apple Festival
Saturday, October 8-Sunday, October 9
10am-8pm
Downtown Oak Harbor
161 W. Water St., Oak Harbor

The 42nd annual apple festival is back this year with two blocks of activities from over 100 vendors, including a corn hole tournament, bingo, live music, karaoke, a talent show and a baby/toddler contest. Opening ceremonies begin on Saturday at 9:30am, followed by a parade at 2pm.

Sandpiper Cruises Events
1 Jefferson Ave.
Docks by Promenade Park
jmcruiselines.com/the-sandpiper
Fall Color Cruise on the Sandpiper, Sunday, October 9, 1-6pm
Halloween Boo! Cruise, Thursday, October 27-Halloween, 5:30-7pm
Who says you can’t get out on the water during October?The Fall Color Cruise offers smooth sailing down the Maumee River, and the Halloween Boo cruise promises 20 minutes of Halloween treats and fun.

Halloween Spooktacular
Valentine Theatre
Sunday, October 30
2pm Fun & Festivities
3:30pm Performance

Who says Halloween has to be celebrated on Halloween? Gather the family and head over to the Valentine Theatre for a frightening good time. This family-friendly event features activities and games for the kids and a Halloween-themed performance from the Toledo Symphony and Toledo Ballet dancers.

Tombstone Bicycle Tour
Saturday, October 15
10:30am-3pm
Oak Openings Metropark
5230 Wilkins Rd., Whitehouse

Maumee Valley Adventurers guides this annual five-mile bicycle tour. But this isn’t your usual bike ride. It’s a costumes-encouraged ride! The top three costumes will win a prize. Lunch is provided by Tombstone Chili. Check-in/day-of registration starts at 10:30am.

Carter Historic Farm Events

Scarecrow Contest & Workshop
September 29
5-7:30pm
Carter Historic Farm
18331 Carter Rd., Bowling Green
419-353-1897

The fall tradition of building scarecrows continues at Carter Historic Farm. You can partake in a scarecrow contest where you’ll build a scarecrow from scratch using the farm’s materials or your own supplies. Cash prizes are available. The scarecrows entered in the contest will be on display and judged during the Heritage Farm Fest on October 1.

Heritage Farm Fest
October 1
11am-3pm

This free community event brings everyone in the family together to enjoy fresh food from the farm, live music, wagon rides and hands-on heritage activities. Donut-lovers: Come with an empty stomach to participate in the donut-eating contest.

Halloweekends at Cedar Point
September 15 – October 30
10am-8pm
1 Cedar Point Dr., Sandusky
419-627-2106

Cedar Point welcomes back Halloweekends for the 25th year. If you haven’t experienced the fear and fright, there’s no time like the present. During the day, there are family-friendly activities and shows. Then, as Houdini once said, “The freaks come out at night.” After dusk, guests can make their way through haunted houses, fright zones and terrifying trails.

Halloween Weekends
September 16 – October 30
15600 Tunnicliffe Rd., Petersburg, MI
734-856-4972

For seven weekends in September and October, KOA Campgrounds is hosting a fall fest filled with mini golf tourneys, magic shows, pumpkin carving contests, pet costumes and haunted houses. Guests must stay for a minimum of two nights and will receive 50 percent off on Thursday if they stay all weekend.

Northwood Ohio’s Fall Festival
Saturday, October 8
Noon-5pm
Central Park, Northwood
At the corner of Wales and Oram

Take in a car show along with offerings from local vendors, crafts, live entertainment and kid-oriented events that include inflatables and a petting zoo, food trucks, music, a cornhole tournament and fireworks at night. This event will go on rain or shine!


Camp Miakonda Halloween Party
Saturday, October 22
5:30-9:30pm
Sunday, October 23
1-3:30pm
5600 W. Sylvania Ave.

This family friendly Boy Scouts of America event is open to the public! Pay $7 per ticket online and $9 at the door.

Events at Put-In-Bay

Oktoberfest
Saturday, October 8
11am-7pm
Sunday, October 9
Noon-5pm
DeRiveria Park, 341 Bayview Ave., Put-In-Bay

Do you have German roots? Or do you simply enjoy German culture? If so, Oktoberfest at Put-In-Bay is for you. This annual event features a plethora of food, drinks and activities for the entire family. Enjoy brats, potato pancakes, apple dumplings, pierogi, cabbage and noodles, chicken paprikash and desserts provided by Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce member restaurants. Beer is also available from the Put-in-Bay Brewery. Live polka and German style music will be playing on both days.

Island Wine Festival
Saturday, October 1
11am-5pm
Put in Bay Winery, 392 Bayview Avenue, Put-in-Bay

Wine connoisseurs can sample from more than 250 imported and domestic wines, including island wines from Put-in-Bay Winery and Heineman’s, all while enjoying the island life at Put-In-Bay. You can purchase your favorite wine and a silent auction will benefit the Lake Erie Island Historical Society.

Halloween Boo Bash at the Bay
October 22 – 23
Delaware Ave Strip, Put In Bay

This is the last big party at Put-In-Bay before things close up for the winter. You and several thousand others can don your best costumes, enjoy frosty beverages and live entertainment.

Fall Family Fun Fest
Opening weekend: September 24 & 25
Every Saturday and Sunday in October
11am-4pm (last admission is 3pm)
Country Lane Tree Farm
3525 N Bolander Rd., Genoa

The #1 Agri-Entertainment and Agri-Educational Farm in Northwest Ohio is bringing back the Fall Family Fun Fest with activities including feeding animals, milking a real cow, seeing an observation bee hive, a corn cannon shoot and a pony and barrel train ride for kids. Tickets for ages 2-92 are $10 and children under two years old and adults with an active military ID get in for free.

Frightening Temptations

Panic in the Pines at Country Lane Tree Farm
Ticket sales begin on the farm at 7:30pm
Must arrive by 10pm
$20
Every Saturday in October
Country Lane Tree Farm
3525 N. Bolander Rd., Genoa
419-461-1298

Looking for a spooky time for the older kids? Look no further than Country Lane Farms’ Panic in the Pines, which includes three different haunts. This one is not for the faint of heart! It’s the perfect fall fright fest for families who are brave enough for the experience.

Haunted Waterville Tours
Third Thursday of each month through September 15
Tour times each night are: 5:15pm, 6pm, 6:45 pm, 7:30 pm and 8:15 pm
The Robbins House
114 South River Rd., Waterville

Join local paranormal investigators, Amanda Hermiller and Lisa Maag as they lead you on a haunted, horse-drawn trolley adventure to learn more about the haunted heritage of historic downtown Waterville. Each tour will have different special guests.

Field of Fear
Open every Friday and Saturday (weather permitting) beginning on September 17
3001 S Crissey Rd., Monclova
567-502-0900

This one is not for the faint of heart. This haunted farm attraction features bone-chilling adventures in a dark and mysterious corn field maze. $20 gets you access to all four haunted corn mazes and hayride. Gates will open at 7pm with the last tickets sold at 11pm.

ScreamAcres Haunted Attractions
September 23 – October 30
Friday
6-10pm
Saturday
2-10pm
Sunday
2-6pm
Leaders Farm
0064 Co. Rd. 16, Napoleon
419-599-1570

Who would have ever thought that corn could be so scary? In this haunted corn maze, you never know what’s lurking in the darkness. In addition to the maze, the PanDEMONium Project is a haunted, high-action activity for teens and adults, NOT for young kids. Don’t worry though! The Barnyard has family-friendly activities such as a super slide, milking a cow, corn hole and a straw tunnel maze.

Ghosts of Providence
Saturday, October 15
Friday, October 21
Saturday, October 22
7-9pm
13827 US 24 West
Grand Rapids, OH

This spooky ghost town tour is $10 and recommended for kids 12 and up (accompanied by an adult). Make sure to wear appropriate clothing and footwear for a lantern-lit trek through Providence Preserve.

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