Fall-oween Guide 2016

. October 1, 2016.

From spook-tacular events to boo-tiful autumn scenery, Findlay is the place to be for fall fun!  Our guide includes all of the fall-themed festivities to keep you and your little ghosts and goblins busy throughout the month of October. Thrill-seekers can attempt to escape a haunted barn or learn more about ghosts, while little ones will be sure to love a trip to the local pumpkin patch or corn maze.  Look no further for both terrific and terrifying ways to spend time with friends and family soaking in the beautiful sights and smells of the season.


Horseback Rides at the Triple T Ranch

Saturdays in October | 9:30-10:15 or 10:45-11:30am
6717 Marion Township Rd. 215
419-425-7275 | hancockparks.com

Small groups can enjoy guided scenic trail rides on horseback, suitable for beginners as well as avid riders ages 8 and older. Registration is open until 4:30pm the Friday before each ride at the Hancock Park District Office located at 1424 East Main Cross Street in Findlay. Cost: $30 per person

The Corn Maze at the Butterfly House

Weekends in October | Fridays 5pm-midnight |
Saturdays noon-midnight | and Sundays noon-8pm
11455 Obee Rd. | Whitehouse
419-877-2733 | wheelerfarms.com

With a theme of Finding Dory and four different corn mazes to enjoy, Wheeler Farms has created a beautiful setting for wholesome family fun.  Help little kids conquer a shorter maze or tackle all four mazes with your teens.  Be sure to bring a flashlight if you plan to explore the mazes after dark.  Admission includes all four mazes: $8/ages 10 and over, $7/ages 6-9 and 65+, ages 5 and under are free with an adult.

Suter’s Corn Maze

Saturdays and Sundays in October, 1-8pm (last admission into maze at 7pm)
8250 Road R | Pandora
419-384-3331 | suterproduce.com

Suter’s offers a non-haunted, family-friendly day of fun on the farm! Take a hayride to the pumpkin patch, enjoy fresh-pressed apple cider, choo-choo along on the new corn train and find your way through this year’s “Twists & Turns in Transportation” themed corn maze.  Maze prices: $6/adults, $4.50/students.  Hayrides: Open Sat. and Sun. 1-6pm, $2.50 per person (2 years and under are free)


Pumpkin Train

September 24th – October 23rd | Saturdays and Sundays 1-5pm
Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation
12505 County Rd. 99
419-423-2995 | nworrp.org

Families can take a quarter scale train ride to our pumpkin patch to pick out a pumpkin and haul it back to the station for delivery.  Admission price: $2/adults, $1/children includes train ride (pumpkins are an additional cost; purchase of pumpkins is not required to ride train).

Fall Open Houses at The Homestead Fall Farm & Geckle Orchard

October 1-2 & 8-9 | Saturdays 10am-5pm | Sundays 12-5pm
The Homestead Fall Farm: 6850 Biglick Township Rd. 258 | Alvada
419-894-6765 | and on Facebook under The Homestead Fall Farm
Geckle Orchard: 8729 Biglick Township Rd. 258 | Alvada
419-387-7305 | and on Facebook under Geckle Orchard

Geckle Orchard and The Homestead Fall Farm have teamed up again to offer Autumn Open Houses full of fall fun! The Homestead Fall Farm added a new family friendly corn maze this year and will continue to provide hayrides, pumpkin picking, Barrel train rides and more. Just down the street from Homestead, Geckle Orchard offers behind-the-scenes tours of the cider press, prize drawings, apple orchard tours, free donuts and cider.


Self-Guided Fall Float Trips

Saturdays and Sundays in October starting at 1pm (weather permitting)
Zonta Landing | Riverside Park: 231 McManess Ave.
419-425-7275 | hancockparks.com

Take in the autumn brilliance along the Blanchard River by canoe or kayak. Self-guided trips take approximately two hours to complete and begin and end at Zonta Landing at Riverside Park. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult and swimming ability is required. Registration is open until 4:30pm the Friday before each ride at the Hancock Park District Office located at 1424 E. Main Cross St. in Findlay. Cost: $20 per canoe (2 person max), $10 per solo kayak

Apple Butter Fest and Craft Show

October 8th | 9am-3pm
Van Buren School | 217 S. Main St. | Van Buren

Join the Van Buren Lions Club for live entertainment, crafts, food, apple butter, children’s activities, a farmer’s market and more. This annual event is held at Van Buren School.


Tween Zone: T-Shirt Refashions

October 12th | 3:30-5pm
Findlay-Hancock County Library | 206 Broadway
419-422-1712 | findlaylibrary.org

Kids in grades 2-6 grade can get a head start on DIY Halloween costumes with this fun library activity. Bring your own t-shirt and transform it into something new. Takes place in the Children’s Program Room. Free.

Wood County Historical Center’s Folklore and Funfest

October 15th | 4-9pm
Wood Co. Historical Center & Museum
13660 County Home Rd. | Bowling Green
419-352-0967 | woodcountyhistory.org

The whole family will enjoy the 26th year of this annual event.  Many activities for kids and adults alike including horse-drawn carriage rides, museum tours, plenty of treats, and “Boo-ville” activities for the kids. Costumes are welcome, but not necessary. Free for all ages.

Harvest the Past

October 16th | 1-5pm
Litzenberg Memorial Woods
6100 U.S. Rt. 224 | Findlay
419-425-7275 | hancockparks.com

Hancock Park District’s Annual event includes music by The Golden Griffon Stringtet, refreshments, kids activities and educational demonstrations. Be sure to visit RazzelBerre, the miniature horse and her colt, Kiki, and head out on a fall hike or orchard tour. All ages are welcome and the event is free. No registration is required.


Little Boo and Pumpkin Path at the Toledo Zoo

Little Boo is Oct. 20 & 21 | 10am-3pm
Pumpkin Path is Oct. 22 & 23 | 10am-4pm
2 Hippo Way | Toledo
419-385-4040 | toledozoo.org

Kids of all ages will love trick-or-treating their way through the Toledo Zoo! There will be games, entertainment and more for the family to enjoy. Little Boo is a smaller-scale party with shorter walking distances for toddlers and preschoolers to enjoy while Pumpkin Path is aimed towards older children (but all are welcome). Cost: Zoo admission prices apply (zoo members are free), plus $7 trick-or-treating fee per child.

Sauder Village’s Fall Family Fun Nights

October 21st and 22nd | 6-9pm
22611 St. Rt. 2 | Archbold
800-590-9755 | saudervillage.org

This October Sauder Village will host their 7th Annual Fall Family Fun Night. Enjoy a hayride, pumpkin decorating, hot cocoa, an evening train ride and more. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Adults: $13/$11 for members, children: $7/$6 members (3 and under are free).

Escape Room: Hancock Parks Department

October 13th –October 16th | variety of time slots available
Registration required
Litzenberg Memorial Woods Activity Barn
6100 US Route 224 | Findlay

Your car breaks down on the highway and you’re stranded without cell phone service.  You follow the glowing light into the nearby barn and the door slams shut behind you. Can you escape before the clock strikes twelve?

This thrilling adventure is inspired by the popular escape room games and apps. It’s ideal for families, friends and co-workers and recommended for ages 9 and up. Children 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult and a less scary version is available upon request. Register at Hancock Parks Department Office located at 1424 E. Main Cross St. by by 4:30pm Oct.12. Contact Jessie Elsass with questions: jelsass@hancockparks.com Cost: $15 per person ages 13 and up, $10 per person ages 12 and under


Project Hope’s Trick or Treat on Horseback

Oct. 22nd and 23rd | 12-5pm
6645 Township Rd. 215
419-469-0415 | projecthope-equinetherapy.org

Come and discover a unique family event for a good cause with Project Hope’s Trick-or-Treat on Horseback! Kids of all ages can come dressed up or not with no experience needed while they ride on a horse to collect treats. This safe and fun community event benefits Project Hope Equine Assisted Therapies. Cost: $10 per child.

Hayride & Fall Fun

October 22nd | 1-3pm
Riverbend Recreation Center 16618 TR 208
419-425-7275 | hancockparks.com

Kids of all ages will enjoy a hayride through beautiful autumn scenery followed by pumpkin bowling, an acorn toss and a fall craft.  Price is $5 per person. Register by 4:30 on Oct. 20th at Hancock Parks District office (1424 E. Main Cross St.).

Findlay/Hancock County Halloween Parade

October 25th | 7-10pm
City of Findlay | Downtown
419-422-3313 x124 | hancockleadership.org/parade

Findlay’s annual parade gets bigger and better each year, promising to be an event you won’t want to miss. Featuring costumes, floats, bands and CANDY, kids will get a kick out of this local tradition. Family-friendly costumes are encouraged! Free.

Check out page 8 for options for children with special needs
at Awakening Minds Art
during the parade


City of Findlay Trick-or-Treat

October 27th | 6:30-8pm

It’s that time of year again! Get your scary, silly, cute or cuddly costumes ready and head out for an evening of tricks and treats across the city. Free.

Findlay Village Mall’s Indoor Trick-or-Treat

October 27th | 6:30-8pm
1800 Tiffin Ave.
419-423-8732 | shopfindlayvillagemall.com

Findlay Village Mall offers a safe, warm and friendly place for children to trick-or-treat indoors. Participating stores will have special treats for the kids and costumes must remain family-friendly. Pick up a Findlay Village Mall activity book at Guest Services while supplies last. Free.

Gateway Church Fall Family Fest

October 29th | 11am-3pm
9555 County Rd. 9
419-423-5947 | gatewayepc.org

Come and join the annual family festival at Gateway Church. The whole event is completely free and includes food and door prizes with a grand prize of a family pass to the Toledo Zoo. This year’s theme is “Under the Sea” and activities include bounce houses, games and aquatic animals from the Toledo Zoo. Free.

Do You Believe in Ghosts?

October 29th | 1:30-3:30pm
Findlay Hancock-County Library | 206 Broadway
419-422-1712 | findlaylibrary.org

Join television ghost hunters ORBS (Ohio Researchers of Banded Spirits), one of Ohio’s premier paranormal teams, as they discuss everything from types of ghosts, equipment used, and investigating techniques. ORBS will share audio and video of some of the most compelling evidence collected during the investigations. For teens and adults. Free.


Spooky Science at Imagination Station

October 22-23 & 29-30 | during regular museum hours
1 Discovery Way | Toledo
419-244-2674 | imaginationstationtoledo.org

Imagination Station offers kids an opportunity to explore the myths of Halloween. Visitors can get hands-on with chemistry, physics and biology through a series of spooky activities.  Admission is $11 for ages 13 and up, $10 for seniors, $9 for ages 3-12, free for 2 and under. Spooky events are included with admission to Imagination Station.