Whether you get into the Halloween hullabaloo or a pumpkin-patch party pooper (boo!) there are plenty of attractions and events to help you get into the spirit…if you dare.
For instance, The Challenger Learning Center of Lucas County in association with Oregon Community Theater, in association with Saturn V Productions, is leaping back in time to 1938 in a tribute to the Halloween spoof that spooked the nation.
Orson Welles, the master of “trick or treat,” panicked the nation with a radio play adaptation of H.G. Well’s “War of the Worlds.” A live performance of “The War of the Worlds” and Star Party will be presented Oct. 29 and 30 at 8 .m. at the Challenger Learning Center of Lucas County, 4955 Seaman Rd., Oregon.
Following the performance, a reception with the cast, a tour of the Challenger Learning Center, and Star Party to view the planets and stars will be held, weather permitting.
Local astronomers and experts on Mars will be on hand.
Tickets are $8 or $5 for those born before Oct. 30, 1938 (ID required).
In daylight or Twilight, this year’s corn maze at Country Lane Tree
Farm, featuring “Twilight’s” Team Edward and Team Jacob, promises
18 acres of a-mazing fun.
Through Oct. 31: Fleitz Pumpkin Farm, 7133 Seaman Rd., Oregon. Bring the whole family for some fall fun and don’t forget to bring a camera. Activities include a free family corn maze; free kids’ straw bale maze (ages 6 and under); free straw bale play tower; a $1 one-acre maze and $2 five-acre maze; $1 hayrides (Sat. and Sun. only); craft shop; Snack Shack (Sat. and Sun. only) featuring homemade donuts, fresh apple cider, hot sandwiches and hot dogs; corn shocks, giant squash and Indian corn. Open every day through Oct. 31 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. 419-836-7613 or www.fleitzpumpkinfarm.com.
Through Oct. 31: Country Lane Tree Farm’s 2010 Twilight Eclipse Corn Maze, 3525 N. Bolander Rd., Genoa. Eighteen acres of family Halloween fun including Twilight Eclipse corn maze (Team Edward and Team Jacob). Hours are Monday through Friday. 4 p.m. to dark; Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to dark. Cost: $5 for the maze, free for children ages 5 and younger and active military personnel with ID. Half of the maze admission goes to the Diabetes Youth Services this year. Haunted tree maze and the Twilight Trail of Terror on Saturdays in October only, $5. Combination tickets and group rates available. U-pick pumpkin patch and farm animal tours too. 419-461-1298 or www.countrylanetreefarm.com.
Through Oct. 31: The Corn Maze at the Butterfly House, 11455 Obee Rd., Whitehouse. Visit the 16-acre corn maze carved to pay homage to Elliston’s own Crystal Bowersox. Four levels of skills available. Hours are Thursday 3-10 p.m., Friday 3 p.m.-midnight, Saturday noon-midnight and Sunday noon-8 p.m. Last ticket sold one hour before closing. 419-877-2733 or www.whitehousecornmaze.com.
Through Oct. 31: Haunted Hydro Dark Attraction Park, 1331 Tiffin St., Fremont. The Haunted Hydro is a full Halloween Attraction Park that is built in and around a 1911 Hydro Electric Power Plant that was used by the city of Fremont until 1943.The park features two professional Haunted Houses, including stage entertainment, gift shop, vendors, concessions and more. Hours are Friday and Saturday 7:30 to 11:30 p.m., Sunday 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Admission $10 for one Haunted House, $15 for a combo ticket for both haunted houses. 419-332-7380 or www.thehauntedhydro.com.
Weekends in October: HalloWeekends, Cedar Point amusement Park, Sandusky. Creatures of the night come alive at this annual celebration of spooks and screams. Friday 6 p.m.-midnight; Saturday noon-midnight; Sunday noon-9 p.m. www.cedarpoint.com.
Ghostly Manor Haunted House & Ghostly Gauntlet: 3319 Milan Rd., Sandusky. Two indoor haunted houses and 3-D simulated motion ride. Hours are 7 p.m.-midnight Friday s and Saturdays and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays. 419-626-4467 or ghostlymanor.com.
Through Oct. 31: TerrorTown, located at the Lucas County Fairgrounds, 1406 Key Street, Maumee. The haunting season has come and the Lucas County Fairgrounds will be once again twisted into a mangled realm of sheer terror as TerrorTown returns. The asylum is an all new attraction with over 20 rooms and the newest state-of-the-art animatronics and effects including a 50-foot black hole. The slaughter house is another all new attraction with cutting edge animatronics and gallons of blood spilled every night. Hours are Thursday and Sundays 8 to 10 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays 8 p.m.-midnight. This year, the Hellevator will deliver you to a new floor of the house. A special Lights on Tour will be held for the little ones Oct. 24 1-3 p.m. www.terrortown.net.
Oct. 16-17: Spooky Carnival of Fun, Maumee Bay Nature Center, noon to 4 p.m. The afternoon of slightly spooky indoor fun suitable for goblins of all ages will feature a Halloween history video, carved pumpkins for sale and refreshments. Goofy gravestones and carved pumpkins will light the area, while silly spooks mill about. $5 per child craft fee. Costumes are encouraged. Info: 419-836-9117.
Oct. 21-22: Little Boo at the Zoo, Toledo Zoo, Hippo Way, Toledo, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Food, activities, and fun for all ages. Little Boo is the perfect Halloween party for preschoolers. Trick-or-treat stations, games, and Fisher-Price's giant play area are just part of the fun. Costumes are encouraged. www.toledozoo.org/419-385-4040.
Oct. 22-23, 29-30: Garrison Ghostwalk, 7-9 p.m., Fort Meigs State Memorial, 29100 W. River Rd., Perrysburg. Tour the fort with an 1812 guide and encounter the spookier side of this historic place.800-283-8916 or www.fortmeigs.org.
Oct. 23-24: Pumpkin Path, Toledo Zoo, Hippo Way, Toledo, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. A Halloween “ghost-travaganza” for kids at the zoo. Costumes are encouraged. www.toledozoo.org/419-385-4040.
Oct. 27-30: Halloween Boo Cruises, Sandpiper Boat, Jefferson Street Dock, Jefferson and Summit, downtown Toledo. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 5 p.m., 5:45 p.m., 6:30 p.m. & 7:15 p.m.; Saturday noon, 12:45, 1:30, 2:15 p.m. Price is $5 for all ages. Reservations required. A non-scary Halloween experience for kids of all ages. Thirty-minute boat ride, Halloween fun and treats. Costumes welcome. 419-537-1212
Oct. 27: Trick-or-Treating at Westfield Franklin Park, 6-7 p.m., 5001 Monroe St., Toledo. Pick up a list of participating retailers and treat bags at each entrance. Kids’ activities will be held from 5-7 p.m. Info: 419-473-3317.
Oct. 29: Friday-Night Folklore Tours, 7 and 11 p.m., Wood County Historical Center & Museum, 13360 County Home Rd., Bowling Green. Reservations required: 419-352-0967.
Oct. 28: “Trunk & Treat” for children 6-7:30 p.m., East Toledo Family Center, 1020 Varland. For info or to volunteer, call Tracy Garufos at 419-691-1429.
Oct. 30: 6th Annual Tombstone Derby Casket Races, noon-7 p.m., Depot Park, Elmore. Motorized Casket Races, a live band, food, a Car and Hearse Show, Magic Shows and holiday games and activities. There will also be pedal cars restyled to look like caskets. A quaint fun-filled event for the entire family. Businesses open late. Costumes encouraged. Lowell Krumnow at 419-260-1282.
Oct. 30: A Spooktacular Occasion at the Oregon Branch Library, 3340 Dustin Rd., 2-2:45 p.m. Kids 3-10 are invited for spooktacular fun with magician Ming the Magnificent.
Oct. 30-31: Pumpkins for the Animals, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Way, Toledo. The Great Pumpkin will pay a visit to zoo animal habitats. www.toledozoo.org or 419-385-4040.
Oct. 30-31: Spooky Science, Imagination Station, One Discovery Way, Toledo. Enjoy a Spooktacular Extreme Science Show in the theater and other frighteningly cool activities in Science Studio. www.imaginatinostationtoledo.org/419-244-2674.
Oct. 30: Devil’s Night Out at the Valentine Theatre, 7 p.m., Valentine Theatre, 400 N. Superior St., Toledo. Double classic film feature including “Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein” and Boris Karloff in “The Bride of Frankenstein.” Also dancing, ghoul makeup station, full bar and free popcorn. 419-242-2787.
Oct. 30: Spooktacular Halloween, 2 to 3 p.m., Toledo Lucas-County Public Library, 325 Michigan Ave., Toledo. Join Magician Andrew Martin for a fun-filled afternoon at "Count Wakula's Funny Fest." Registration required. 419-259-5207.
Oct. 30: Free Public Tour: Madness and Mayhem in the Museum, 2 and 3 p.m., Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. Meet in Libbey Court. 419-255-8000 or www.toledomuseum.org.