Halloween Guide

. October 23, 2012.

https://www.hancockparks.comNightfall Festival
Saturday, October 1

Toledo Botanical Garden
5403 Elmer Dr., Toledo

This year some extra spooky activities have been added to the fall festival! Haunted tours, trick-or-treating, crazy
performers, tasty food and a spooky pumpkin patch are now included in the festival! Never fear, non-spooky activities are available for little ones.


Pumpkin Train
Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 1-23

(or until pumpkins are gone)
Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation, Inc.
11600 CR 99 @ I-75 Exit #161

Admission: $2.00; $1.00 for
children 12 & younger (includes a train ride ticket) Pumpkins are
$5 additional.

Passengers ride a quarter-scale train to the “pumpkin patch” where kids choose their special pumpkin, which is then transported by rail car back to the station.     (visitors may ride the train without purchasing a pumpkin.) Inside the museum are operating layouts of HO model trains and Lionel toy trains, as well as a gift shop.  Train runs from 1-4pm.

Train of Terror & Haunted
Engine House
Fridays and Saturdays,
October 1-29

Northwest Ohio Railroad
Preservation, Inc.
11600 CR 99 @ I-75 Exit #161

Visitors take a frightening nighttime quarter-scale steam train ride past the eerie forest.  Then they walk through the twists and turns inside the dark haunted engine house where many surprises await them.  Not recommended for children ages 12 and younger. Train runs from 8-11pm and tickets are $7.

Rotary Ghost Walk:
Tales and Tombstones
Saturday, October 8

Wood Country Historical Center & Museum 13660 County Home Rd., Bowling Green

Begin this scary tour at the Cla-Zel Theatre in dowtown Bowling Green. Guest speaker Jim Willis, author of Weird Ohio, tells spooky tales. The tour will continue to  the Wood County Historical Museum, Oak Grove Cemetery and the Boomtown District from 6-9:30pm.

Hoen’s Autumn Affair
Saturday, October 8 and
Sunday, October 9

1710 Perrysburg-Holland Rd.

Bring the family out for hayrides, pumpkin painting, petting zoo, carnival games and a straw maze. Also, enjoy great concessions with pumpkins, apple cider, fresh donuts and more! Admission is free and event runs from 11am-5pm.

Pumpkin Carving Contest
Thursday, October 13

Adam Philliips Shelter at the
Wood County Historical Center
13660 County Home Rd.
Bowling Green/419-352-0967

Gather with friends and family to drink apple cider, enjoy snacks and hone your pumpkin carving skills. At the end of the evening a winning pumpkin will be chosen! Register for the workshop online at www.reservations.woodcountyparkdistrict.org.

21st Annual Halloween Folklore & Funfest
Saturday, October 15

Wood County Historical Center & Museum
13660 County Home Rd.
Bowling Green

This family-oriented event provides something to please everyone. Horse-drawn wagon rides, kids’ games, and activities in “Boo-ville” are only a few examples of the fun provided at the festival. Free parking and free admission. 4-9pm.

Camp Fire USA Non-Scary Halloween House
Saturday, October 15

Hancock County Fairgrounds
1017 East Sandusky St.

This alternative to a haunted house is geared to kids in preschool through fourth grade. Children get to play games, earn prizes, do a Halloween craft and go through the Halloween Maze. Cost is $3 per child for admission and ten game tickets, with additional tickets available for purchase from noon to 4pm. Parents
are free! 

Fall Fur All
Saturday, October 15

Toledo Zoo
2700 Broadway St., Toledo

Decorate a pumpkin to be displayed during Pumpkin Path and then watch as some of your favorite animals enjoy them as snacks during Jumping Pumpkins (see Oct. 29 and 30th)! Throughout the day, other activities including games, music and magic will be provided at this fall festival from 11am-4pm.

Kids Rock the
Zoo Hallowtween
Saturday, October 15

Toledo Zoo
2700 Broadway St., Toledo

Radio Disney AM 910 will put on a live D-tour show featuring games, music and Disney prizes from 7-9pm! Play Wii games, get a makeover from Bella Bree and meet the ZooTEENs. Halloween costumes are encouraged for those feeling spirited! Tickets must be purchased in advance for $12 per child.

Little Boo at the Zoo
Thursday, October 20, and Friday, October 21

Toledo Zoo
2700 Broadway St., Toledo

This is a perfect party for preschoolers. Bring your little one to this condensed version of Pumpkin Path in costume and prepare to gather all kinds of delicious treats from 10 am–3pm! Please bring your own container for all of your treats! Tickets available for purchase online at www.toledozoo.org.

Findlay YMCA
Fall Fest

Downtown Branch
300 East Lincoln Street

Several hundred people show up each year at the YMCA’s fall event, which features games, refreshments and a costume contest. The non-scary event is geared to children up to the age of 12 and, best of all, is free to the public from 6-8pm.

All Hallows Eve Celebration
Friday, October 21, and Saturday, October 22

Seven Eagles Historical Education Center
16486 Wapakoneta Rd.,
Grand Rapids

This annual event celebrates Halloween in a unique historic environment with something to do for every family member. All can come enjoy the lit up pumpkins on the paths, costumed storytellers, hayrides, bonfires and re-enactors leading lantern tours through Native American Long House, Pioneer Long House, Blacksmith Shop and Catfish Inn. Admission is $2.50 for children and seniors, $5 for adults or $10 for families.

Enchanted Forest Walk
Saturday, October 22

Riverbend Park
16618 TR 208

Take a non-scary stroll through a trail filled with characters from nature, including plants and animals, and learn something about the friends that are found in our local parks. Groups leave Shelter 3 at the Big Oaks area with a guide every 15 minutes from 7-8:30pm.  Enjoy refreshments by the fireplace afterwards.  The cost is $3 per person and registration is required by October 19. Program is suggested for those over age five because of the terrain involved – younger children are welcome if they are able to walk by themselves or be carried.

Pumpkin Path
Saturday, October 22-Sunday, October 23

Toledo Zoo
2700 Broadway St.

Be sure not to miss Pumpkin Path and all of the great trick-or-treat stations throughout the Zoo!  Come out in your best costume with family and friends for a great time from 10am- 4pm. Tickets available for purchase online at www.toledozoo.org.

Spooky Science
October 22, 23, 29 and 30

Imagination Station
1 Discovery Way, Toledo

Calling all ghouls and goblins! Come out to experience spooky science, like nothing you’ve ever seen before! Self-carving pumpkins, magic potions, gooey slime, whispy ghosts, boo bubbles and other illusions have been mastered to evoke fear in even the bravest souls. Get the opportunity to learn how to do it yourself so you have a chance to show off your spooky skills to friends!

Pumpkin Train
Saturdays and Sundays through
October 23

11600 County Rd. 99
(410) 423-2995

All aboard for the Pumpkin Train! Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation, Inc., is the conductor for a quarter-sized train ride that includes an option trip into a pumpkin patch for 1-4pm.

Halloween Parade
Tuesday, October 25

Downtown Findlay

It wouldn’t be Halloween time in Findlay without the Halloween Parade. Held by the Hancock Leadership Alumni and sponsored by various community groups, it is a tradition that attracts nearly 10,000 people and more than 100 entries. In addition to the parade, a costume contest starts at 6:15pm under the Marathon Petroleum building’s awning on Hardin Street. Depending on the number of participants, the parade normally lasts less than two hours, beginning at 7pm. Spectators are encouraged to dress up for the parade, which begins on East Lincoln St., continues north on Main Street, turning onto West Main Cross and ending on West Street. For more info, contact Karla Lewis, registration co-chair, at 419-722-7467
or klewis@flagcityonline.com.

Count …
The Legend of Dracula
Friday, October 28

Central Auditorium
200 West Main Cross St.

Get into the spirit of Halloween with Count…the Legend of Dracula.  Bram Stoker’s classic horror novel comes to life in a production featuring members of Neos Dance Theatre.  The original gothic masterpiece has been re-envisioned and re-imagined by Neos Artistic Director and choreographer Bobby Wesner.  Combining rock, pop and industrial music, the show offers its audience a new perspective on the century-old tale of Transylvania’s notorious “creature of the night”. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens, $10 for students in advance and $23 at the door which opens at 8pm.

Jumping Pumpkins
Saturday, October 29 and
Sunday, October 30

Toledo Zoo
2700 Broadway St.

Come out and watch the animals as they discover that pumpkins have paid a visit to their habitats! This is a great form of enrichment for the animals, and also great form of entertainment for humans! Watch as the animals respond to the new items by eating the pumpkins or just having some good fun!

Barnyard Fun
and Corn Maze
Through October

Riehm Farms
7244 N. SR 53, Tiffin

Can you milk a cow? You can find out at Riehm Farm’s Barnyard and Corn Maze, a fun, family day that also includes hayrides, pig races and other games. You can also try your hand at launching veggies at numbered targets on Fridays through October. Admission is $7 for adults, children under two free. Group rates are available. Fri. 4-7pm, Sat. noon-7pm and Sun. 2-6pm.

Suter’s Corn Maze
Through October 30

12200 Pandora Rd., Pandora

Once again, the maze masters at Suter’s Produce are ready to impress with an “American Indians” corn maze. The non-scary maze is the centerpiece of a fun family time that includes pumpkin picking, hayrides, games and the biggest ear of corn ever from 1-8pm Saturdays and Sundays, with the last admission at 7pm.  $5 for adults and $4.50 for students kindergarten through college. Hayrides are offered 1-6pm for $2.50 with kids under two free.

Fun Days

Through October 30
Sauder Village
22611 SR 2, Archbold

Family fun awaits visitors when Sauder Village celebrates fall. Guests can help prepare the farm for the winter ahead with activities that include making corn husk dolls, decorating pumpkins, pressing apples for cider and harvesting vegetables. A short Harvest Home Service, based on a 100 year old liturgy, will be recreated from 10am-5pm. $14.50 for adults, $7.50 for students ages 6 through 16 and children under five are free. Sauder Village continues its Family Fun Days every Sunday through October 30, with those under 16 admitted free. In addition on Saturday, October 1, and Sunday, October 2, families can enjoy special train displays and presentations with the Erie Express.

Fall Color Hayrides
Through November 6

Riverbend Recreation Area
16618 TR 208

The Hancock Park District once again hosts old-fashioned hayrides for groups of up to 25. Participants will ride around Riverbend on the back of a tractor-drawn wagon, weather permitting, to take in the fall foliage for $60 per load. Tours last about an hour. Adult supervision is required for those under age 16, with one adult required for every ten children.