Trunk and Treat
The East Toledo Family Center will hold its annual Trunk and Treat for children 13 and younger Thursday, Oct. 24 from 6-7:30 p.m. The center is located at 1020 Varland Ave.
In addition to “trunk and treating,” there will be various activities, photos and an opportunity to visit the Toledo Fire Department’s smoke house trailer.
The program is free and open to the community. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Call Jodi Gross at 419-691-1429 for more information or to inquire about volunteer opportunities.
Pet Parade & Costume Contest
Haunted Hydro in Fremont will host a Halloween Pet Parade and Costume Contest Sunday, Oct. 20.
The event is sponsored by the Sandusky County Humane Society. Admission is free for pets and $2 for pet handlers and guests. All fees collected will be given as a donation to the Humane Society. Registration will begin at 4 p.m. with the parade and pet costume contest, hosted by Crazy Bob, will begin promptly at 4:30 p.m.
Categories for dogs include Toy, Small, Medium and Large. There will also be divisions for cats, and other pets (hamsters, guinea pigs, ferrets, snakes, etc.).
All pets must be leashed or in a carrier and owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets as well.
The Hydro’s Friendly Monster Matinee Show for smaller children and families will immediately follow the Pet Parade at 5:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.thehauntedhydro.com.
BOO! on the Boardwalk
Magee Marsh, located near Oak Harbor, will hold the 5th Annual BOO! on the Boardwalk event Saturday, Oct. 26 from 6-8 p.m. In case of heavy rain, the event will be held inside the Sportsmen’s Migratory Bird Center at the marsh.
The free family event, geared toward kids ages 3-10, is sponsored by the Ohio Division of Wildlife and the Friends of Magee Marsh.
Youngsters are invited to come dressed in costume and be prepared for fun and surprises. The boardwalk will be all lit up and decorated for the night¬¬ -- nothing too scary, but plenty to keep visitors looking around each turn. Answer a simple question about Ohio Wildlife, and one of the costumed volunteers stationed along the boardwalk, will give out a treat.
Every child will be given a bag with wildlife info and treats. There will also be pumpkin decorating, games, a bat craft, and touchy feely boxes.
Visitors are invited to enjoy a cup of cider and a donut before they leave.
Magee Marsh is located at 13229 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor. For questions or further information, call Mary at 419-898-0960, ext. 31.
Trunk or Treat
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 4155 Pickle Rd., Oregon, will hold a Trunk or Treat event Oct. 27 beginning at 3 p.m.
Everyone is welcome to come in costume and enjoy the Balloon Man, refreshments and treats. For more information, call 419-691-9407 or visit princeofpeaceoregon.com.
“What do you do with all those pumpkins?” It’s a question the Toledo Zoo hears each year after the fall-time fun of Pumpkin Path and Little Boo. The pumpkins will provide enriching experiences for many zoo animals on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 26-27 at Jumping Pumpkins festivities.
Animals from monkeys and otters to cassowaries and even elephants will find pumpkins all around their habitats. Some will make a meal, and some will make a mess, but all of them will interact with their environments and engage in naturalistic behaviors.
Pumpkins are provided courtesy of Fleitz Farms, Myer Farms and Oldcastle Inc. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.toledozoo.org.
Heartland of Oregon, 3953 Navarre Ave., Oregon invites area kids 10 and younger to put on their best and rev up their broomsticks for a Halloween event Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m.
All children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 419-698-4521.
Pet costume contest
Genoa Retirement Village will hold a Halloween Pet Costume Oct. 30 at 6:30 p.m.
The costume contest will be held in Assisted Living, 300 Cherry St., Genoa. Prizes will be awarded for funniest, scariest, cutest, most creative and the pet who looks most like its owner. The pets will make a spooktacular parade through the campus for the residents’ enjoyment.
Pre-register by calling 419-855-7755.
Walbridge Halloween happenings
Walbridge Centennial Committee, in conjunction with Walbridge-Lake Firebelles, will sponsor Halloween Festivities at Lake Township Fire Station #1 Oct. 31 from 6-9 p.m.
Trick-or-treating in Walbridge is set for 6-7:30 p.m.
Candy safety check stations will be available throughout the evening. Cider and donuts will be served from 6-9 p.m. In addition, there will be a costume contest starting at 8 p.m. Categories for judging include prettiest, ugliest, funniest, cartoon, youngest and oldest.
Walker Family Funeral Homes, along with Ottawa County Senior Resources will host the 2nd Annual “Monster Mash,” Thursday Oct. 31, from noon-3 p.m. at the Community Markets’ VFW Memorial Center in Oak Harbor.
Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. Anyone 60 years of age or older is welcome to join the festivities.
Admission, which is $5, includes lots of Ghoulish goodies and scary fun, including a costume contest with cash prizes for the funniest, scariest and cutest costumes and music with Vampire DJ Dave. There will also be a photo booth.
Limited tickets are available and must be purchased prior to the event. Tickets are available at all Ottawa County Senior Centers. For more information, call Senior Resources at 419-898-6459.
Sandusky County Park District will present “Farm Days” at Creek Bend Farm Sunday, Oct. 20 from noon-4 p.m. Creek Bend is located at 654 S. Main St., Lindsey.
Corn is the theme at this year's celebration of agriculture and life on the farm. The event is free and open to all ages.
Activities planned include a portable sawmill demonstration; a harvest demonstration by the Sandusky County Restorers of Antique Power; tours of the 1862 Farm House; old-fashioned games; forest insects with Ohio State University; rabbits, chickens, goats and sheep on display by the Clyde FFA and more. Visitors can also see plans for the Nature Center to be built on site in 2014.
For more information contact the Park District at 419-334-4495.
Farmer’s Market finale
The seventh and final Ralph’s Joy of Living Farmer’s Market of the season will take place Saturday, Oct. 19 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., rain or shine, on Front Street in downtown Fremont.
There will be a large variety of items for sale from over 50 local vendors. In conjunction with the market, the 8th Annual Scarecrow Decorating Contest, sponsored by Memorial Health Care System, will kick off.
Thirty-five businesses, individuals, and organizations have signed up for the annual competition where the public votes for their favorite scarecrow. Memorial Health Care System will present the owner of the scarecrow with the most votes $100. In addition, anyone who votes will be entered into a drawing to win a $50 gift certificate to a participating downtown business.
The scarecrows will be on display through Oct. 28.
Fall color has arrived and there’s still plenty of time to complete eight walks by Nov. 18 to finish Metroparks of Toledo’s Autumn Adventure program.
See rules, trails, walks -- and download a walking record at MetroparksToledo.com.