Written by Tammy Walro
Friday, 03 October 2008 15:30
What’s your idea of Halloween fun? Is it picking pumpkins in a placid pastoral patch, or maybe having the bejeebers scared out of you at a “haunted” house? How do a casket race or Grave Robber Bingo sound?
There’s plenty of Halloween fun planned throughout the area in the coming weeks. A sampling includes:
• Halloween Campout, Oct. 10-11, East Harbor State Park, 1169 N. Buck Rd., Marblehead. A ghoulish good time with a bonfire, dance, scarecrow-building contest and a seriously spooky haunted house. 419-734-4424, ext. 2/eastharborstatepark.org.
• Garrison Ghostwalk, Fort Meigs State Memorial, 29100 W. River Rd., Perrysburg. Oct. 17-18, 24-25, 7-9 p.m. Enjoy a "spirited" stroll and encounter the spookier side of this historic place accompanied by an 1812 guide. Reservations required/419-874-4121.
• Guided Haunted Tours of the Infirmary, Wood County Historical Center & Museum, 13660 County Home Rd, Bowling Green. Guided tours Oct. 10, 17 and 24 at 7 and 8 p.m. include haunted folklore stories surrounding the former County Infirmary and the current museum plus a tour of the Lunatic Asylum and Paupers' Cemetery. Advance reservations required. 419-352-0967 x101 or e-mail
• Halloween Train Rides Toledo Lake Erie & Western Railway & Museum, Inc./Bluebird Passenger Train. The popular Halloween trains are back along with three other family adventures - corn maze, haunted house and hay ride. Oct. 17-19, 24-26 and Oct. 31-Nov. 2. Boarding from the Moose Lodge #2537, US-24/11900 Jeffers Road, Grand Rapids, O. Fridays 7 and 8:30 p.m.; Saturdays 1, 2:30, 4, 7 and 8:30 p.m.; Sundays 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m. 419-878-2177/www.tlew.org.
• Spooky Carnival of Fun at Maumee Bay State Park, 1750 Park Road, #2, Oregon. Oct. 18-19, noon-4 p.m. Come to the Maumee Bay Nature Center and enjoy indoor family fun for kids and adults with spooky games, crafts and refreshments. 419-836-9117.
• Little Boo at the Zoo, Toledo Zoo, Toledo Zoo - Nairobi Pavilion, 2 Hippo Way, Toledo. Oct. 23-24, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. A Halloween celebration for your little ones who are not yet in school and may be too young to enjoy Pumpkin Path. Trick-or-treating and plenty of hands-on activities. 419-385-4040/www.toledozoo.org.
• Tombstone Derby/Casket Races/Family Halloween Celebration, Village of Elmore, Oct. 25, 4-11 p.m. Ghoulish fun for the whole family include motorized coffin races, ghost stories, music, Grave Robber Bingo and more. “Count” Krumnow at 419-260-1282.
• Halloween Folklore & Funfest, Oct. 25, 4-9 p.m., Wood County Historical Center & Museum, 13660 County Home Rd., Bowling Green. A family-orientated evening full of haunted museum tours, kid games and crafts, horse-drawn wagon hay rides, and nature hikes. Costumes welcome. Free parking & admission. www.woodcountyhistory.org.
• Pumpkin Path, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Way, Toledo, Oct. 25-26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. This safe alternative to trick-or-treating offers candy stations, Halloween crafts and activities, live magic shows and much more. (Extra charge in addition to zoo admission required). 419-385-4040/www.toledozoo.org.
• Pumpkin Fest 2008, Oct. 25, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Toledo Farmers’ Market, Toledo. Vendors on the market will distribute goodies to all the costumed characters they see. Is your pie to die for? Enter your pumpkin pie in the 3rd Annual Pumpkin Pie Contest. 419-255-6765/ www.toledofarmersmarket.org.
• Pumpkin Palooza, Oct. 25, Milan Historical Museum, 10 Edison Dr., Milan. 419-499-2968. www.milanhistory.org.
• Pumpkins on Parade, Oct. 25, 3:30-7:30 p.m., Wolcott Keeper’s House, Marblehead Lighthouse. Activities for kids 6-12 including pumpkin-carving and games. Optional cemetery walk for the adults. 419-797-2244. www.lake-erie.com.
• Spooktacular Cruise-In/Fall Festival presented by Walbridge-Fest, Inc. Oct. 26 in the village’s Loop Park, East Perry and Dixon streets. Festival fun and a car show at 4 p.m. (No fee to participate). Car-lighting contest, awards for the best-decorated vehicle and the entry voted best-of show. Awards presented at 8:30 p.m. Costume judging at 5 p.m., hay rides, seasonal foods and drinks and more. “Light the Night” Kiddie Parade at dusk. Beginning at 4 p.m., stop in at the haunted shelter house, which will also be open at 6 p.m. Oct. 31. 419-666-2583.
• Fleitz Pumpkin Farm, 7133 Seaman Rd., Oregon. Fall decorations, apples, cider, craft ideas in the Craft Barn, as well as corn mazes and hayrides for your entertainment. Through Oct. 31, hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday through Friday. 419-836-7613/www.fleitzpumpkinfarm.com
• U-Pick Pumpkin Fall Festival & Corn Maze at Country Lane Tree Farm, 3525 N. Bolander Rd., Genoa. Hours through Oct. 31: Monday through Friday 4 p.m.-dark, Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-dark. Show your colors and try your hand at the corn mazes in the likeness of the American political symbols, the elephant and the donkey. Also a haunted tree maze, farm tours, pumpkin-picking, and more. 419-855-3286/www.countrylanetreefarm.org.
• Parker’s Pumpkin Patch, operated by Olney Elementary School second-grader Parker Jones, 4508 Curtice Rd., Northwood. Choose from 18 varieties of pumpkins, Indian corn and more. Self-serve.
• Corn Maze at the Butterfly House, 11455 Obee Rd., Whitehouse. Challenge your wits in the 16-acre corn maze and discover why getting lost means finding fun. Across the street from the maze, “Stages of a Butterfly’s Life,” is the image of vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin carved in the cornfield. Hours through Nov. 2 are Friday 6 p.m.-midnight, Saturday noon-midnight and Sunday noon-8 p.m. 419-877-2733/www.whitehousecornmaze.com.
• Chainsaw Creek Haunted Attraction, Westfield Franklin Park Mall parking lot (on Sylvania Ave. side at Talmadge). A legendary ghost town has arising from the long-buried and forgotten mire of the Black Swamp. Attractions include four bone-chilling houses - County Morgue, Carnevil, Haunted Prison and The Black Swamp. Hours: Oct. 4-5, 9-12, 16, 19, 23 and 26-28 dark-11 p.m.; Oct. 17-18, 24-25, 29-31 and Nov. 1 dark-midnight. www.chainsawcreek.com.
• Ghostly Manor Haunted House, 3319 Milan Rd., Sandusky. Ghosts lurk in every corner as you wander through this "old mansion." Featuring the latest in haunted-house technology. October hours are Thursday and Sunday, 7-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 7 p.m.-midnight. 419-626-4467/www.ghostlymanor.com.
• Haunted Hydro Dark Attraction Park, 1333 Tiffin St., Fremont. Come out and scream in celebration of the park’s 17th continuous season. New this year are Mid-Evil Stonehenge and the premier of The Legend Of Bloody Mary Ghost Show. Hours: Oct. 4, 10-11, 17-18, 24-25 and Nov. 1 7:30-11:30 p.m.; Oct. 19, 26 and 30 7:30-10:30 p.m. 419-332-7380 /www.thehauntedhydro.com.
• TerrorTown Haunted House, Lucas County Fairgrounds, 1406 Key St., Maumee. The Lucas County Fairgrounds is once again twisted into a mangled realm of sheer terror with over 20 rooms, a 50-foot black hole and gallons of blood spilled every night. Hours are Friday and Saturday 7:30 p.m.-midnight and Sunday 7:30-10 p.m. 419-893-2127/www.terrortown.net.
• HalloWeekends, Cedar Point Amusement Park, Sandusky. Hours are Friday 6 p.m.-midnight, Saturday noon-midnight and Sunday 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Magical entertainment mixed with friendly witches and a playhouse just for kids. The shrieks of unearthly beings mingled with screams from roller coaster riders. www.cedarpoint.com.
• Halloween Boo Cruises, Oct. 27-30, the Sandpiper Boat, Jefferson Street Dock, Jefferson & Summit, Toledo. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 5-7:15 p.m. A 30-minute boat ride featuring Halloween fun and treats. Costumes welcome. A non-scary Halloween experience. 419-537-1212/www.sandpiperboat.com.
If you have a Halloween event you’d like included in The Press’ Halloween Happenings calendar, e-mail information to
, fax to Tammy at 419-836-1319 or call 419-836-2221. Events will be updated and will be available through Halloween at www.presspublications.com.