Halloween events, attractions sure to get you in the “spirit”
Though some parts of the country may be experiencing a bit of a pumpkin shortage due to the dry summer, locally the price for jack-o-lanterns is about the same as last year, so find a local patch, pick out a pumpkin (or two) and get in the spirit.
You may also be a-mazed by the many autumn and Halloween activities and attractions to help you get into the haunting holiday spirit.
• Through Oct. 14: “For the Birds,” Gallery 18, Toledo Museum of Art. An exhibit celebrating the rich diversity of avian art in the TMA permanent collection, delighting both art- and nature-lovers alike. www.toledomuseum.org.
• Through Jan. 13, 2013 “Prints and Authors from the Time of Manet,” Works on Paper Gallery, Toledo Museum of Art. www.toledomuseum.org.
• Through Jan 27, 2013: “Tales of Travel from the President’s Attic,” Hayes Presidential Center, Hayes and Buckland, Fremont. An exhibit chronicling the world travels of descendants of President Rutherford B. Hayes as evidenced by steamer trunks and other artifacts left in the Hayes Home attic.rbhayes.org
• Oct. 7-Jan. 1, 2013: “Manet: Portraying Life,” Canaday Gallery, Toledo Museum of Art. Toledo is the exclusive U.S. venue for this major exhibition that explores the creative force of Édouard Manet and his work in the genre of posed portraiture as well as portraits depicting everyday life in the Paris of his time. www.toledomuseum.org.
• Oct. 7-Jan. 20, 2013: “Made in Hollywood: Photographs from the John Kobal Foundation,” Galleries 4, 5 and 9, Toledo Museum of Art. Exhibition focuses on the stars, sets and scenes created by the American film industry and captured by Hollywood photographers between 1920 and 1960. www.toledomuseum.org.
• Oct. 19-Jan. 13, 2013: “Leslie Adams: Drawn from Life,” Gallery 18, Toledo Museum of Art. As a young girl Leslie Adams attended art classes at the Toledo Museum of Art. Today she is nationally known for her portraits of distinguished members of society and civic leaders. www.toledomuseum.org.
• 2012 Sculpture in the Village, Williams Park, Gibsonburg. The sculptures in the park represent many of the most prominent sculptors from Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Vermont and will be on display for one year for all to enjoy. Admission is free, but the experience is priceless.
• Through Oct. 31: Fleitz Pumpkin Farm, 7133 Seaman Rd., Oregon. Free mini-corn maze, free kids’ straw bale maze, plus one- and five-acre mazes, hayrides, a Craft Barn, Snack Shack and more. 419-836-7613, www/fleitzpumpkinfarm.com.
• Weekends in October: Fall fun at Country Lane Tree Farm, 3525 N. Bolander Rd., Genoa. Corn mazes, U-Pick Pumpkin Patch, Haunted Hayride, Haunted “Carnevil” Barn, Farm Animal Tour and more. 419-461-1298 or www.countrylanetreefarm.com.
• Friday nights, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 28: HalloWeekends at Cedar Point, Sandusky. Spooky chills of Halloween combine with the thrills of the world's biggest collection of rides and roller coasters. Some rides & attractions closed Fridays. www.cedarpoint.com.
• Through Oct. 31: Ghostly Manor Thrill Center, 3319 Milan Rd. (US 250), Sandusky. $15/person (Ghostly Manor only), $25/person (all five haunted houses), $25/person (Fast Pass Ghostly Manor), $35/person (Fast Pass all five haunted houses). Four legendary haunts unite with newly renovated, Ghostly Manor, as seen on The Travel Channel's "Best Places I've Ever Been." For hours & info, call 419-626-4467 or ghostlymanor.com.
• Dimensions of Darkness, 2523 Parkway Plaza, Maumee. Step into dimensions of depravity, madness, and untold horrors. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, plus Halloween. www.dimensionsofdarkness.com.
• Fall Color Cruises, Sandpiper Boat, Jefferson Ave. Dock, Jefferson Ave. & Summit St., Toledo. Oct. 6-7, 13-14 and 20-21: Fall Color Cruises, www.sandpiperboat.com.
• Corn Maze at the Butterfly House, 11466 Obee Rd., Whitehouse. Challenge your navigational skills in 6.2 miles of corn mazes and discover why getting lost means finding fun. www.whitehousecornmaze.com or 419-877-2733.
Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30: Senior Discovery Days, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Trail, Toledo. Seniors are treated to free admission, special perks and activities every Tuesday during Senior Discovery Days and great discounts during the rest of the week. 419-419-385-4040 or www.toledozoo.org.
Oct. 4 and 31: Ghost Hunt, Sandusky State Theatre, 107 Columbus Ave., Sandusky. Investigate the historic Sandusky State Theatre from both the scientific and intuitive sides as the Firelands Paranormal Society extend their abilities to search for spirit activity in the theatre, State Room, offices, and basement. Recommended for adults 18 or older, unless accompanied by a parent. www.sanduskystate.com.
Oct. 5-6: Nightfall Festival, Toledo Botanical Garden, 5403 Elmer Dr. Some extra “BOO” has been added to the BOOtanical Garden. Enjoy haunted tours, a spooky pumpkin patch, trick-or-treating, crazy performers, food, and more, but don’t worry – there are plenty of fun, non-spooky activities for the little ones too. 419-536-5566 or www.toledogarden.org.
Oct. 6-7: Hayes Civil War Re-enactment, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Spiegel Grove, Fremont, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. A two-day living history event featuring more than 500 re-enactors camp on the grounds of the Hayes estate for a two-day living-history event. 800-998-PRES or www.rbhayes.org.
Oct. 6-7: All Aboard Train Event, Sauder Village, 22611 SR 2, Archbold. See model trains, garden scale trains and more. www.saudervillage.org.
Oct. 6: Nature at Night Hike, Sportsmen's Migratory Bird Center, 13229 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor, 9 p.m. Free. Discover the sounds of the marsh at night. friendsofmageemarsh.org.
Oct. 6: Storybook Halloween, Historic Lyme Village, 5001 SR 4, Bellevue, 2-5 p.m. Visit storybook characters in each building with many activities for children. Children are invited to come in their favorite costume. www.lymevillage.com.
Oct. 6: Island Wine Festival, DeRivera Park, downtown Put-in-Bay. Sample more than 350 foreign and domestic wines, including island wines. www.visitputinbay.com.
Oct. 6: Hoys Bar & Grill “Run What U Brung” Night, Fremont Speedway, Sandusky Co. Fairgrounds, corner of Rawson and North Street, Fremont. Ticket prices vary. Gates open at 4 p.m.; racing begins at 7 p.m. 419-333-0478 or www.fremontohspeedway.com.
Oct. 6 & 20: Fremont Farmer’s Market, Front Street, downtown Fremont, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., rain or shine. Food, music and of course, shopping. Info: Angie Morelock at 419 332-8696 or www.downtownfremontohio.org.
Oct. 6: Nature at Night Hike, Sportsmen’s Migratory Bird Center, 13229 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor, 9 p.m. Discover the sounds of the marsh at night. Free. 419-898-0960 or www.friendsofmageemarsh.org.
Oct. 7: Black Swamp Festival, Packer-Hammersmith Center, Pearson Metropark, Oregon, 1 to 4 p.m. Celebrate the best season of the year with an Autumn Adventure walk, music, activities at the Johlin Cabin, and food. www.metroparkstoledo.com.
Oct. 7: Toledo Record Show, St. Clement’s Hall, 2990 Tremainsville Rd., Toledo. Buying and selling old and new CDs, tapes, records, videos and more. Admission $1. 419-833-5040.
Oct. 7: Fall Family Halloween Weekend, Ottawa Co. Fairgrounds, 7880 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Children's crafts, parade, Halloween costume contest, trick-or-treating, craft show, hay rides, corn hole tournament, karaoke, campsite decorating contest and more. 419-898-1971 or ottawacountyfair.org.
Oct. 10: Gizmo’s 3rd Birthday, Imagination Station, One Discovery Way, Toledo, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Enjoy special activities including a Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream Party at 1:30 p.m. www.imaginationstationtoledo.com.
Oct. 13: Hike the Dikes, “Waterfowl,” sportsmen’s Migratory Bird Center, 13229 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor. Meet at the Migratory Bird Center at 9 a.m. for the approximately 90-minute walks. Free. 419-898-0960 or www.friendsofmageemarsh.com.
Oct. 13-14: Festival of the Grapes, downtown Marblehead. Village-wide wine tasting, jazz and blues music, arts and crafts, food vendors and more.
Oct. 13-14: 34th Oak Harbor Apple Festival, downtown Oak Harbor. A family-oriented festival that celebrates apples in all their glorious forms with a Grand Parade, kiddie-tractor pull, talent show, classic car show, 5K Apple run, food, entertainment and more. www.oakharborohio.net.
Oct. 13-14: Fremont Flea Market, Sandusky Co. Fairgrounds, corner of Rawson & North, Fremont, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun. More than 200 vendors. Free admission & parking. Concessions available. Info: 419-332-5604 or www.sanduskycountyfair.com.
Oct. 13-14: Put-in-Bay Oktoberfest, DeRivera Park, downtown Put-in-Bay. German food, hot spiced wine and cold beer. Live polka and German music both days. www.visitputinbay.com.
Oct. 13: Fall on the Farm & Scout Day, Sauder Village, 22611 SR 2, Archbold. Take a step back in time and help prepare the farm for the winter ahead. 800-590-9755 or www.saudervillage.org.
Oct. 18-19: Little Boo at the Zoo, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Trail, Toledo. Toddlers and preschoolers will enjoy trick-or-treating, games and activities and lots of other Halloween fun that’s just for them. 419-419-385-4040 or www.toledozoo.org.
Oct. 19-20: Trail of Lost Souls @ Maumee Bay, 1400 State Park Rd., Oregon, 7-10 p.m. at the Big Hill in the meadow area. Small fee charged. 419-522-2726.
Oct. 19-21: Halloween Campout at Maumee Bay, Maumee Bay State Park, 1400 State Park Rd., Oregon. Campsite decorating, hayrides, trick or treat, nature programs and crafts for campers & cottage guests. 419-994-4290.
Oct. 19 & 26: Friday Night Folklore Tours, Wood Co. Historical Center & Museum, 13660 County Home Rd., Bowling Green, 7-10 p.m. Ninety-minute guided folklore tours include the Infirmary (now the Wood County Museum) and outdoor Story Stops at the Log Cabin (Civil War medicine), the Pestilence House, the Lunatic Asylum and the Pauper’s Cemetery. Tours start at 7, 8 and 9 p.m. Reservations required. 419-352-0967 or www.woodcountyhistory.org.
Oct. 20: 22nd Annual Halloween Folklore & Funfest, Wood Co. Historical Center & Museum, 13660 County Home Rd., Bowling Green, 4-9 p.m. Frightfully free family fun including horse-drawn wagon rides, kids’ games and activities and more. Costumes welcome, but not necessary. Free parking & admission. www.woodcountyhistory.org.
Oct. 20: Make a Book Class, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Spiegel Grove Fremont, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Learn to make your own quality, customized book economically with Blurb.com. Instructed by Head of Photographic Resources Gilbert Gonzalez & Head Librarian Becky Hill. Cost $10/adults, $5/students through high school age. Pre-register. Info: Nancy Kleinhenz at 419-332-2081 or www.rbhayes.org.
Oct. 20-21: Pumpkin Path, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Trail, Toledo. Kids of all ages will enjoy trick-or-treating, games and activities and lots of Halloween fun. 419-419-385-4040 or www.toledozoo.org.
Oct. 20-21: Spooky Carnival of Fun @ Maumee Bay, 1400 State Park Rd., Oregon, noon-4 p.m. at the Nature Center. Halloween activities & crafts for families. Costumes are encouraged. Refreshments are available. $5 per child fee. 419-836-9117.
Oct. 20-21: Gun & Knife Show, Sandusky Co. Fairgrounds, corner of Rawson & North St., Fremont. Sat. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. & Sun. 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Admission $4. Buy, sell and trade all types of guns and knives. Bring in guns for free appraisal. Kitchen will be open. 419-332-8189 or
Oct. 20-21, 27-28: Spooky Science, Imagination Station, 1 Discovery Way, Toledo. A hair-raising, bone-chilling, spine-tingling science event that includes self-carving pumpkins, wispy ghosts, boo bubbles, magic potions, ooey gooey slime, and more. Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun. noon-5 p.m. www.imaginationstationtoledo.org.
Oct. 21: Ghost Hunter, Sandusky State Theatre, 107 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, 6 p.m. Starring John Zaffis, nationally known paranormal investigator and host of Syfy Channel’s “Haunted Collector.” www.sanduskystate.com.
Oct. 25: Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey: Dragons, Huntington Center, 500 Jefferson Ave., Toledo. In celebration of the Year of the Dragon, the circus will feature a never-before-seen blend of renowned spiritual and real-life legends. www.ticketmaster.com.
Oct. 26-27: Garrison Ghostwalk, Fort Meigs State Memorial, 29100 W. River Rd., Perrysburg, 7-9:30 p.m. Enjoy a “spirited” stroll at the fort with an 1812 guide and encounter the spookier side of this historic place. Proceeds benefit the Old Northwest Military History Association. Reservations required. www.fortmeigs.org.
Oct. 27: Pemberville Autumn Fest on the River, downtown Pemberville, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Info: Todd Sheets at 419-287-3274.
Oct. 27: Oak Harbor Farmer’s Market, Flat Iron Park, corner of Water & Benton, Oak Harbor, 9 a.m.-noon. Shop for fresh, seasonal produce, local crafts and fresh baked goods. 419-898-0479 or oakharborohio.net.
Oct. 27-28: Jumping Pumpkins, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Trail, Toledo. Visitors are invited to watch as zoo animals enjoy pumpkins as treats. 419-419-385-4040 or www.toledozoo.org.
Oct. 27: Annual Tombstone Derby, Depot Park, Elmore. Pumpkin-carving contests, Ghoulish food, Haunted Historical Cabin, Parade of Fools, Cadaver Toss Contest and more. www.elmorehs.tripod.com.
Oct. 27: Boo! At the Boardwalk, Magee Marsh, 13229 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor, 6-8 p.m. Meet at the west end of the boardwalk. Costume parade at 7 p.m. Visit stations along the boardwalk to learn about wildlife. Treats, surprises and fun. 419-898-0960, ext. 31 or www.friendsofmageemarsh.org.
Oct. 27: Make a Difference Day, Pearson Metropark, 9 a.m. Lend a hand at Pearson by participating in various work activities. For info or to register, contact Alice Jacobs 419-407-9846 or
Oct. 27-28: Woodcarver’s Show & Sale & Butchering Day, Sauder Village, 22611 SR 2, Archbold. A special weekend filled with unique artistry and family fun. www.saudervillage.org.
Oct. 28: Pumpkin Palooza, Milan Historical Museum, 10 Edison Dr., Milan. Enjoy a free afternoon of harvest fun. Pumpkin painting, games, costume contest, and more. milanhistory.org.
Nov. 3: The World at War: Miniature War Gaming Day, Fort Meigs Memorial, 29100 W. River Rd., Perrysburg, Miniature war gaming experts help you play more than 16 different war games and learn about this family friendly hobby. www.fortmeigs.org.
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