Spooktacular fun planned in Walbridge
Walbridge-Fest, Inc., will present the 13th annual Spooktacular (yes, the 13th one) Oct. 9 and 10 at Loop Park in Walbridge.
Friday-evening activities, which will run from 6 to 10 p.m., will include carnival rides and fun in the Haunted Shelter House.
Saturday’s activities include:
• Carnival rides
• Hay rides
• Haunted Shelter House
• Magic and puppet shows
• Pumpkin decorating
• Coloring contest
• Seasonal food
• Car show at 3 p.m. (no fee)
• Pet costume contest at 6 p.m.
• Costume contest (all ages)) at 6:30 p.m.
• Light the Night Parade at dusk, followed by trick-or-treating
The Haunted Shelter House will also be open Oct. 24 and 31 from 6 to 10 p.m.
Kiwanis plan Halloween parade
The Genoa Area Kiwanis Club, along with the Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce, will sponsor the Annual Genoa Halloween Costume Contest on Main Street in downtown Genoa Monday Oct. 26 at 7 p.m.
The parade is open to Genoa Area School residents. Children are encouraged to arrive at the Genoa Banking Parking lot at 6:30 p.m.
Categories of judging will include Ugliest, Prettiest, Huggable, Storybook, Nursery Rhyme, Television and Creative Original. Age categories include preschool ages 1 & 2, preschool ages 3 & 4, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, third grade, fourth grade, fifth & sixth grades and band. First-, second-, and third-place medallions will be presented in each category.
Cider and donuts will be served at the gazebo following the judging. In case of rain, the event will be held at the Brunner Elementary School.
The Genoa Area Kiwanis Club is looking for new members to help support community projects. Call Jean Holcombe at 419-855-8381 for details.
Each fall, menacing monsters, creepy clowns and other creatures inhabit the normally docile midways of Cedar Point for the park’s annual HalloWeekends event.
HalloWeekends offer live entertainment, special areas and shows for kids, haunted houses, eerie walk-through attractions and tombstones, spider webs and Halloween decorations.
HalloWeekends 13 will be held on Friday nights, Saturdays and Sundays Oct. 2-4, 9-11, 16-18, 23-25, 30-31 and Nov. 1, 2009.
Visit cedarpoint.com for more information.
Fall at the garden
A Fall Festival & Scarecrow Contest will be held Oct. 11 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Toledo Botanical Garden.
The event will include horse-drawn hayrides, art activities for kids, live entertainment and a display of scarecrows decorated by schools, businesses and organizations (visit toledogarden.org for an entry form).
Since fall is a great time for planting, the garden will hold a fall plant sale Oct. 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Oct. 11 from noon to 4 p.m. Choose from a variety of perennials and Oak Opening native plants.
The Toledo Botanical Garden is located at 5403 Elmer Dr., Toledo. For more information, call 419-536-5566 or visit www.toledogarden.org.
Fall, Halloween excursions
Looking for a fun, close-to-home Halloween excursion? The TLE&W Railway, Inc., will present Fall Color and Halloween Fun excursions on the Bluebird Special Oct. 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 30, 31 and Nov. 1. The popular Halloween trains are back Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m., including the specially scheduled Friday and Saturday evening trains at 7 and 8:30 p.m.
Trains depart from the Moose Lodge, 11900 Jeffers Rd., Grand Rapids. Charters are available for groups, youth events and families.
For more information, call 419-878-2177 or visit www.tlew.org.
Boo! at the Boardwalk
On Halloween night, Halloween luminaries and other decorations will beckon trick-or-treaters to Magee Marsh as the Friends of Magee Marsh present Boo! at the Boardwalk.
The event, which will run from 6-8 p.m., will be held at the west end of the boardwalk and will include a scavenger hunt and a costume parade at 7 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for the funniest, scariest and the most original costumes.
There will also be treats and a few surprises, but nothing too scary.
Magee Marsh Wildlife Area is located at 13229 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor. For more information, call Mary at 419-898-0960, ext. 31.