Looking for some spook-tacularly fun activities this fall for the whole family? We’ve compiled a list of events you won’t want to miss!
Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays
Celebrate Autumn with a Hayride
Enjoy the crisp autumn air and changing leaves the old-fashioned way— from the back of a hay wagon driven by an antique tractor. The Hancock Park District is offering hayrides at the Riverbend Recreation Area every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening this month, through October 28. A group reservation is required for each hour-long hayride. The cost is $60. Each wagon can accommodate a maximum of 25 adults. Adult supervision is required for all youths under age 18, one adult for every 10 youths. 5-8pm, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Riverside Recreation Area, 16618 Township Road 208, Findlay. hancockparks.com
Fridays & Saturdays
Beginning on Saturday, October 5, take a night ride around the museum on Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation’s Halloween Express, a family-friendly, non-scary, night time train ride around the museum grounds decorated for Halloween. Watch for the pumpkins, scarecrows, ghosts and goblins along the tracks. All ages are welcome!
6:30-9pm, Saturdays and Sundays through October 26.
$3/adults and $2/children 12 and under.
Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation,
12505 County Road 99. 419-423-2995.
Saturdays & Sundays
Ride the Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation’s quarter-scale steam locomotive to the pumpkin patch and find that special pumpkin. Load it up on the train and haul it back to the station! Pumpkins cost $5 and the purchase of a pumpkin is optional.
1-5pm, Saturdays and Sundays through October 20. $3/adults and $2/children 12 and under. Northwest Ohio Railroad
Preservation, 12505 County Road 99.
Suter’s Corn Maze and Cider Press
This year’s corn maze celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing! Every Saturday and Sunday, enjoy fall fun at it’s best in Pandora. Pick-your-own-pumpkin, take a hayride, navigate through the corn maze, and enjoy delicious cider slushies, fresh-made doughnuts, and kettle corn.
1-8pm, Saturdays & Sundays, through November 4. $6 adults, $4.50 children (even college students), $3 hayrides (kids 2 and under are free). Suter’s, 8250 Rd. R, Pandora. suterproduce.com
Saturday, Oct. 12
This spooky event will follow Lady Mysteria as she tries to reconnect with loved ones past in this family-friendly event. Hosted every half hour.
$5. 6-9pm. Litzenberg Woods, 6100 US224. 419-425-7275. Hancockparks.com
Van Buren Apple Butter Festival
Enjoy this family-friendly festival of crafts and quilts at Van Buren School! Food vendors, homemade apple butter, and children’s activities.
9am-3pm. Van Buren School, 217 S. Main St., Van Buren Free
Fall Freeze Spooky Skate & Trunk or Treat
Enjoy an obstacle course challenge, crafts, and trunk or treat at The Cube from 1-4pm! A public skate is also offered from 3:10-5pm for just $5 per person. Wear your Halloween costume and get a free skate rental (a $3 value).
The Cube, 3430 N. Main Street
Tuesday, Oct. 15
17th Scarecrow Workshop & Contest
Create a fun or scary scarecrow using provided materials. Bring your own clothes to use. Prizes up to $100 will be awarded. Register to enter.
5-7:30pm. Wood County Historical Museum,
13660 County Home Rd., Bowling Green.
419-352-0967. woodcountyhistory.org Free
Thursday & Friday, Oct. 17 & 18
Little Boo at the Toledo Zoo
Little Boo is designed to be a trick-or-treat “delight without the fright” for toddlers and preschoolers and features puppet shows, strolling magic, crafts and games. Wear a costume and bring a bag, plastic pumpkin or another container for trick or treating. 10am-3pm, Thursday and Friday. $8/members, $18/non-members. Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Way, Toledo. 419-385-4040. toledozoo.org
Friday & Saturday, Oct. 18-19 & 25-26
Garrison Ghost Walk
Enjoy a “spirited” stroll through Fort Meigs in Perrysburg and encounter the spookier side of this historical place. The tours take place after dark with an 1812 guide. The whole family will enjoy hearing tales from the past.
Fridays and Saturdays, October 18-19 & 25-26. Advance tickets are required, register online. Fort Meigs, 29100 W. River Rd., Perrysburg. fortmeigs.org
Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 19-20 & 27-28
Trick or Treat on Horseback
Bring your family out to Project H.O.P.E. for some fun! Any ages (yes, parents and older kids too) are welcome to enjoy a horse ride with a guide, who will lead you to different activities and stops that reward participant with candy. Costumes are encouraged, but not required.
Noon-5pm. Saturdays and Sunday, October
19-20 & 27-28. $10 donation per rider. $10/person.
Project H.O.P.E., 6645 Twp. Rd. 215.
Saturday, Oct. 19
Pumpkin Path at the Zoo
Visit the Zoo for a spooky walk through the campus. Encounter costumed characters, trick or treating, magic shows, bounce houses and more.
10am-4pm. Saturday and Sunday.
$8-$18 plus admission. Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Way. 419-385-5721. toledozoo.org/seniors Free
Celebrate Northwest Ohio history at Litzenberg Memorial Woods. Experience living history activities, demonstrations, games and reenactments in the c. 1847 McKinnis Farm and Native American Encampment, plus live folk music, a children’s craft area and a homemade pie contest. All ages welcome. 1-5pm. Litzenberg Memorial Woods, 6100 U.S. Route 225 West, Findlay. Hancockparks.com Free
Halloween Folklore & Funfest
Enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, Boo-ville with kid-friendly activities, an apple cider press, working oil derrick and tricks and treats for all ages. Sponsored by the Wood County Park District.
4-9pm. Wood County Historical Center, 13660 County Home Rd., Bowling Green. Woodcountyhistorical.org Free
Wednesday, Oct. 23
Trunk n Treat
This annual family event hosted by Shawnee Alliance Church will feature a funhouse, hayrides, and plenty of
6:30-8pm. Shawnee Alliance, 44450 Shawnee Rd., Lima.
419-991-6546. shawneealliance.com Free
Saturday, Oct. 26
Hancock Hotel’s Great Pumpkin Breakfast
Enjoy a delicious pancake buffet as you watch the classic cartoon “It’s a Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.” Head out to the “Patio Pumpkin Patch” for a train ride, crafts, games, photo opportunities and more!
9am-2:30pm. $15/person, reservations required. Hancock Hotel, 631 S. Main St., Findlay. 419-423-0631. Hancockhotel.com
The Hancock Historical Museum and The Hancock Park District and Children’s Museum host this candy-free event, sponsored by local dentists, which features indoor and outdoor family-friendly themed activities. Enjoy crafts, face painting, decorating Halloween cookies, pumpkin tic-tac-toe and pumpkin painting, tours of the Hull House with a historical interpreter, a Halloween scavenger hunt, and climb aboard The Derrick Express Bus to look at fossils, animal tracks and animal furs, and more.
5-8pm. $1/person, children 2 and under are free. Hancock Historical Museum, 422 W. Sandusky St., 419-423-4433. hancockhistoricalmuseum.org
Tuesday, Oct. 29
Don’t miss one of Findlay’s most exciting annual events — the Halloween Parade! From Hancock County bands and numerous floats to costumes and characters of all types, there’s plenty to see and hear. Arrive early to get a good spot along the parade route and don’t forget to wear a costume and bring a bag for all the treats! The parade lasts approximately 2-2.5 hours. This year’s parade starts at 7pm in downtown Findlay.
Visit hancockleadership.org for parade details.
Wednesday, Oct. 30
This dog-friendly event will feature a puppy trick or treat, photo booth, K9 costume contest, bake sale, garage sale and more. Don’t forget the costumes for you and Fido.
6-8pm. $2. Hancock Humane Society, 4550 Fostoria Ave. 419-423-1664. facebook.com/hancockhumanesociety.com
Thursday, Oct. 31
Findlay Trick or Treat
It’s that time of year again. The official City of Findlay trick or treat will be held from 6:30-8pm.
419-422-3315. visitfindlay.com Free
Halloween Costume Exchange
Tuesday, October 1- Thursday, October 31
Chelsea District Library
221 S. Main St.
Need a last-minute costume for your kid and don’t want to reuse last year’s? The Chelsea library has your back with their costume exchange program. Bring your child’s gently used costume to the first-floor information desk and receive a “new” used costume in exchange. All costumes that don’t get picked up will be donated in November.
Halloween Monster Mash Party
How to throw a party that will be a graveyard smash
By Raegan Nelson
With minimal cost and resources, you can host the best Monster Mash Halloween party for kids of all ages. Get the scoop on these simple decorations, snacks, and activities to create the most Spooktacular event for all the little monsters in your life.
These easy monster garlands are the perfect way to decorate for all of your ghoulish guests.
- Craft feather boa
- Smooth foam balls
- Hot glue gun
- Googly eyes
- Twine or string
1. Cut the length of the boa that you need to wrap around the outside of the foam ball.
2. Using a hot glue gun, glue the boa around the circumference of the ball, leaving the middle open to make the eyeball.
3. Glue the googly eye to the middle of the white, exposed circle.
4. Glue the backside of the eyeball to twine or string so the eyes don’t move around.
Using craft paper, tape, and paper plates, transform your door into an adorably scary monster. Experiment with several eyes, crazy-colored hair or silly teeth.
Grab a circular cookie cutter and all your favorite fixings to throw together the cutest monster sandwich all the kids will love. Between the two circles of bread and meat, add cheese teeth by simply cutting jagged edges around half of a slice of cheese. Add eyes by putting olives on toothpicks and inserting into your sandwich.
Spooky Veggie Cups
Cover dixie cups with colored paper and add googly eyes. Fill the bottom third of the cup with ranch or hummus and toss in all your favorite veggies!
Monster Rice Krispie Treats
Dip your rice krispie treats into different colored candy melts and decorate with candy eyes for monster-ific treats.
Paper Bag Monsters
Using the folded side a paper lunch bag, decorate using anything you have around- googly eyes, pom poms, scrap paper, paint, sequins, etc. Turn the fold of the paper bag into the monster face by adding eyes to the top and teeth or a tongue under the flap.
To help the kids get into character, grab a few plain plastic headbands, glue on some pom poms, and add a few googly eyes.
Pin the Eye on the Monster
Create any variety of monster out of colorful cardstock paper, leaving off the eyes, and glue to a poster board. Make one or more eyeballs and add double stick tape to the back. Using a blindfold, have the children try to place the eyeball on the monster.
Halloween Freeze Dance
Put together a fun playlist of Halloween songs for a game of Halloween freeze dance. Be sure to include the classic Monster Mash by Bobby Pickett. Turn on the music and have the children dance until the music stops. Whoever doesn’t stop when the music is paused has to sit out until the next round.