Festival fun and a car show will begin at 4 p.m. There is no fee to participate. In addition to a car-lighting contest, there will be awards for the best-decorated vehicle and the entry voted best-of show. All awards will be presented at 8:30 p.m.
Spooktacular fun will also include costume judging at 5 p.m., along with hay rides, seasonal foods and drinks and more. At dusk, a “Light the Night” Kiddie Parade will step off. Beginning at 4 p.m., stop in at the haunted shelter house, which will also be open at 6 p.m. Oct. 31.
For more information about the car show or the festival, call 419-666-2583.
Fall open house & tour
Fall is here, and migration is in full swing!
Visit Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Sunday, Oct. 19, and enjoy the season at its best. Come to the Visitor Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for an open house. Check out the Refuge Photo Contest entries, meet “Puddles the Blue Goose,” the refuge system’s mascot, try your hand at some duck artwork or take a hay wagon ride around the refuge.
Wagon rides will run every hour between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Kids are invited to meet Puddles and hear a story about nature at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30, 1:30 or 2:30 p.m.
The auto tour route is also open this Sunday. View migrating waterfowl and shorebirds, bald eagles, white-tailed deer, beautiful fall colors, and more. Travel seven miles through normally closed areas of the refuge. Begin at the Trail head parking lot where you can pick up an auto tour guide. The gate is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Travel the route at your own pace. The exit gate closes at 5:30 p.m.
For more information about these or other Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge events, call 419-898-0014 or visit www.fws.gov/midwest/ottawa.
The Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge entrance is located 15 miles east of Toledo on SR 2. The entrance road is located on the north side of SR 2.
It will be two hours of family fun, PumpkinFest, planned for Oct. 21 from noon to 2 p.m. at Hoeflinger-Bolander Funeral Home, 3500 Navarre Ave., Oregon.
Free pumpkins will be available for kids. Patrick the Magician will be on hand, as will Miss Rita, who will be making balloon creations. Learn about fire safety at the Oregon Fire Department’s Fire-Safety House. Also see the DARE car and the Life Flight helicopter and have the little ones’ fingerprints taken for safe-keeping. There will also be cider and snacks, cooking-decorating and face art.
For more information, call 419-691-6768.
Community forum set
“We Need to Talk to Our Kids” will be the topic of a community forum on substance abuse Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. at Clay High School.
The event, hosted by WTOL-TV’s Colleen Wells, will include a panel of experts and guests who will provide a frank discussion regarding drug and alcohol use and abuse among youths in the community.
It is presented by Oregon Community & Family Coalition, Courage to Change and Oregon City Schools.
Halloween Alternative offered at Owens
Friendly ghosts, skeletons and witches will abound as Owens Community College hosts the third annual “Halloween Alternative” for children ages 12 and under Oct. 24.
Sponsored by the college’s Student Government, the child-friendly haunted evening will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Student Health and Activities Center, located on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township. All activities are free and area residents are welcome to attend with their children.
Children attending the event will be able to participate in a variety of arts, crafts and games. Young boys and ghouls will be given a trick-or-treat bag to decorate with their favorite colors and unique Halloween designs. Throughout their haunted adventure, children will trick-or-treat for candy from Owens students. There will also be refreshments and snacks, including donuts and apple cider.
For more information, call 567-661-7583 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7583.
The 2008 edition of Elmore’s Tombstone Derby family fun day will be held Oct. 25 on the Elmore Historical Society property.
This year’s event will feature some new and exciting twists. In addition to the motorized casket races, kids will take center stage in two new classes of racing – pedal car decorating and races and battery-operated car decorating and racing. Each division will have a “scariest” and “people’s choice” decorating contest. Competitors in both divisions will square off in single-elimination drag races to crown the pedal car and division champions.
In addition to the feature event, the Tombstone Derby pitting motorized caskets against each other, events this year will also include the popular “cadaver toss,” the “body parts toss,” the “Parade of Fools,” Grave Robber Bingo, a magic show, ghost stories at the Harris-Elmore Library and Elmore trolley car tours featuring local legends and ghost stories.
On the same day, local author, Glenn Sasscer will be signing copies of his first horror novel, “Suffering Madness” at 2 p.m. at the Harris-Elmore Library.
There will also be ghoulish food, trick-or-treating for kids and a pie-baking contest. For more information, call “Count” Krumnow at 419-260-1282.
Autumn Fest on the River
The 2008 Pemberville Autumn Fest on the River will be held Oct. 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Step back into time to enjoy foods and artisans of the 1800s, horse and wagon tours, a Civil War encampment, old fashioned entertainment, hands-on children’s activities and more.
A craft show featuring more than 80 craftsmen will run concurrently in the Pemberville American Legion Hall & Pemberville School. The show is sponsored by American Legion Post 183 Marching Units.
Read more details about this year’s festival at www.presspublications.com.
Woodville Mall welcomes trick-or-treaters
Gather up the little ghosts and goblins and come out to Woodville Mall for trick-or-treating Oct. 26 from 2 to 4 p.m.
The Andersons will also host a storewide trick-or-treat event during the same hours. Woodville Mall is located at Williston and Woodville roads approximately one mile east of I-280 in Northwood.
Riverview Trick or Treat
Riverview Health Care Campus in Oak Harbor will hold its 8th Trick or Treat Night Oct. 26 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Costumes, trick-or-treating and a Spooky StoryTime will be part of the fun.
Typically, more than 700 little ghosts and goblins attend. Local residents and businesses who would like to help support the event are invited to donate candy or cash. For more informatin, call Kim Geldien at 419-898-2851.
Haunted corn maze
The Oak Harbor FFA will present a Haunted Corn Maze Oct. 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. (haunted maze) and Oct. 26 from 2 to 5 p.m. (open maze) at the high school farm.
Admission is $4 per person. Bring a canned food item to get $1 off the price. Proceeds will benefit the Oak Harbor Food Pantry and Ottawa County Habitat for Humanity.
Parking will be available by the FFA barn by the soccer field driveway.
Kiwanis Club costume contest
The Genoa Area Kiwanis Club will sponsor the Annual Halloween Costume Contest for Genoa Area Schools residents Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. on Main Street in downtown Genoa. Children are encouraged to arrive 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; ages 3 & 4; kindergarten; first grade; second grade; third grade; fourth grade, fifth & sixth grades; and band. First- and second-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 Genoa Fire Station.
The Genoa Area Kiwanis Club is looking for new members to help support their community projects. Call Jean Holcombe at 419-855-8381 for details.
The Woodville Witch is coming...
Woodville’s 6th Annual Fright Night will be held Oct. 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. The evening will feature the very popular Pumpkin Patch, refreshments and specials from village merchants. There will also be kids’ crafts, a competition for the best-decorated lightpost and chances to win gift certificates. Costumes welcome.
The United Methodist Church will serve a “Frankenchili Supper” from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Kids’ meals and a la carte items will be available.
Free developmental screening
Free developmental screenings for children ages 3-5 will be offered Nov. 1 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Brunner Elementary School, 1224 West Street, Genoa.
Children will be evaluated in the following areas: gross/fine motor skills; concept development, hearing (pure tone/impedance); and speech/language development.
Appointments are required. Call Julie at the Ottawa County Health Department at 1-800-788-8803 by Oct. 23 to make an appointment.
The event is sponsored by Genoa Schools, Erie-Huron-Ottawa Educational Service Center, Ottawa County Health Department and WSOS Program of Ottawa County.