Calendar of events - Zoo offering trick-or-treat fun at Little Boo, Pumpkin Path

Tammy Walro

        When witches go riding and black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers, tis near Halloween!
        Halloween fun starts at the Toledo Zoo Thursday, Oct. 17 with the first day of Little Boo presented by Meijer. This two-day event is a chance for little princesses and superheroes to delight without the fright.
        Toddlers and pre-school aged children are invited to wear their Halloween costumes, trick-or-treat throughout the historic side of Zoo and enjoy crafts, puppet shows, photo opportunities, strolling magic and free games sized just for them. The festivities run from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Oct. 17 and 18.
        That weekend, the Halloween spirit will be in full “force” for Pumpkin Path presented by the University of Toledo Medical Center and supported by Buckeye Broadband. Now in its 35th year, Pumpkin Path will run Saturday, Oct. 19 and Sunday, Oct. 20 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. In addition to costumed trick-or-treating for all ages throughout the entire Zoo, there will be games, pumpkin carving demonstrations, bounce houses and magic shows to entertain all the witches and werewolves.
        Featured again this year, will be a free photo opportunity with characters from “A Galaxy Far Far Away,” compliments of the Apollo Base and Ohio Garrison.
        This year, in partnership with various local companies, organizations and non-profits, the Zoo will have more candy stations than ever before. All featured treats are made with sustainably produced palm oil to aid in orangutan habitat preservation. In an effort to promote inclusivity, the Zoo is proud to support the Teal Pumpkin Initiative by offering alternative treats at every station for children with food allergies.
        For Zoo members, one-day admission tickets to Little Boo or Pumpkin Path is $8 for all children who wish to participate in the trick-or-treating. (Those not participating in trick-or-treating are covered under their membership and receive free admission.) Tickets for non-members are $18 for adults and children and $15 for seniors.
        Please be a conservation superhero and bring re-usable containers to collect treats. For more details visit
Through Oct. 6: Special exhibit “Demon Rum & Cold Water: The Two Sides of Temperance,” Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Spiegel Grove, Fremont. The Temperance Movement gained popularity in the 1850s and became a significant moral and political force by 1900. This exhibit will present the causes for temperance, the role of its proponents in American society, and how the Hayeses were shaped by and helped shape the movement. Access to the exhibit is included with regular admission. 419-332-2081,
Through Feb. 23, 2020: “Everything Is Rhythm: Mid-Century Art & Music, Toledo Museum of Art. A multi-sensory exhibit featuring a selection of 20th-century abstract paintings, each paired with carefully curated musical compositions. Free admission.
Through March 8, 2020: “Global Conversation: Art in Dialogue,” Toledo Museum of Art. Dozens of contemporary works of art, many from the Museum’s permanent collection and many newly acquired, that encompass a broad range of media and geographic regions are featured. Free admission.
Through March 29, 2020: Women of Spiegel Grove – a special exhibit at Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Fremont. In honor of the centennial of women’s suffrage, the exhibit showcases the lives of the many women who played important roles at Spiegel Grove and tells the national story of women in America, from the suffrage movement to the pursuit for social and workplace equality to the #MeToo movement. Exhibit included with HPLM admission. 419-332-2081,
Oct. 4-6, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27: Cedar Point’s HalloWeekends. Enjoy not-so-scary fall activities, favorite rides and attractions, live entertainment, and more. Survive immersive mazes, spine-tingling scare zones, thrilling shows, and more during Haunt at HalloWeekends. Please note Cedar Point is closed Mon-Thurs.
Oct. 4-5, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27: Lake eerie Fearfest, Ghostly Manor Thrill Center, Sandusky. Six attractions in one.
October 4-5, 11-12, 18-19-20, 25-27, 31, Nov. 1-2:  Haunted Hydro Dark Attraction Park. 1333 Tiffin St, Fremont. In celebration of its 30th season, Haunted Hydro is pulling out all the stops. 419-307-6985,
Oct. 5, 12, 19 & 26: Panic in the Pines Haunted Hayride, Trail & Woods, Country Lane Tree Farm, 3525 N. Bolander Rd., 8-10 p.m. Climb onto the hayride that takes you out into the Forest of Pines where flesh eating zombies are lurking around each twist and turn…waiting for the right victim.​ Enter if you dare into the Haunted Woods, where a crazed Psych Doctor and his staff work to keep the current patients locked up and try to pick out a few new ones to stay. The Haunted Trail will take you back to what you may believe to be happy memories of childhood play – but games can be misleading and not what they seem.
Oct. 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26: Overnights and Snooze at the Toledo Zoo. During the overnight adventure, guests make enrichment for animals, tour the Zoo, meet animals up close and enjoy delicious meals. Each Snooze lasts from 6:30 p.m.-10 a.m. the next day. Separate fee and pre-registration required. 
Oct. 4-6: American Presidents Film & Literary Festival, Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Fremont. The festival focuses on issues, themes and popular culture related to the American Presidency. The literary component includes talks by featured authors and essay and poetry contests. It will take place at various locations around Fremont, including The Strand Concert Theater, Fremont City Schools, the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums and Birchard Public Library.
Oct. 5: Things that GO Show, Town Center at Levis Commons, Perrysburg, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Get up-close-and-personal with all things that go. Live music, free train rides, ProMedica Air and Mobile display (noon-2 p.m.) and more.
Oct 5: Pops Series: Pixar in Concert, Stranahan Theater, Toledo. High-definition, multi-media family show features video montages of memorable clips from every one of Pixar’s 14 films — including “Cars,” “WALL•E,” “Ratatouille,” “A Bug’s Life,” “Finding Nemo,” “Monsters, Inc.” and “Brave” – all accompanied live by the Toledo Symphony.
Oct. 5: Night of the Living Dead 5K Obstacle/Mud Run, Ottawa County Fairgrounds, Oak Harbor. Beware of the Black Swamp creatures, but unlike a Zombie run, there will be no one chasing you. There will also be music, food, drinks, and lots of Black Swamp Mud.
Oct. 6: Johlin Cabin Open Hours, 12-2 p.m., Pearson Metropark, (north entrance), Oregon. “Can You Survive the Great Black Swamp?” See how much life has changed in the last 150 years. Explore inside the cabin, then venture outside. No registration required. Free, Reservations Code 401103605.
Oct. 6: Zoomba at the Toledo Zoo. Move and groove to traditional Latin rhythms and animal-inspired tunes for an hour of energetic exercise to benefit Raising Up Red Pandas campaign. Workout 9-10 a.m. in The Great Hall of the new ProMedica Museum of Natural History at the Toledo Zoo. Separate fee. Ticket includes Zoo admission.
Oct. 6: Monthly Bird Survey, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, Oak Harbor, 8 a.m. Free. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather. Meet at the trailhead parking area. 419-898-0014,
Oct. 8: Free Senior Movie Day, Maumee Indoor Theatre, 601 Conant St., Maumee, 1 p.m. “Notorious,” starring Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman. Popcorn and refreshments provided by Kingston Healthcare Company.
Oct. 8, 15, 22 & 29: Senior Discovery Days, Toledo Zoo. Seniors are treated to free admission, perks and activities every Tuesday during Senior Discovery Days and special discounts during the rest of the week. 419-385-4040 or
Oct. 8, 15, 22: Animal Tales: Nocturnal Animals Series, Toledo Zoo. Visit once a week for three weeks to learn about nocturnal animals through stories, crafts, games and live animal visitors. Classes offered at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Separate fee. Registration required.
Oct. 11: Dungeon Descent: An Adventure into the Paranormal, Sandusky County Historic Jail, Fremont, 8 p.m. Explore the age-old mystery of what lies beyond the grave in this nighttime paranormal investigation adventure. $25. Pre-registration required. 419-332-4470,
Oct. 11: Football Friday Glass City Dance Party, Holland Gardens, 6430 Angola Rd., Holland, 8-11:30 p.m. Wear your favorite team shirt. Free dance lesson at 7:15 p.m. with paid $10 admission.
Oct. 11-12: NCAA Ice Breaker Hockey Tournament, Huntington Center, Toledo.
Oct. 11: Halloween Movie Night, Fifth Third Field, downtown Toledo, 6-10 p.m. Fifth Third Field becomes a “Field of Screams” as the Mud Hens host Halloween Movie Night featuring a family-friendly “Hocus Pocus.” No trick, all treat: doors open at 6 p.m. with candy stations on the main concourse with special character appearances for the children. Come dressed in your favorite costume and bring a blanket for you and your family to watch the movie on the field. The movie will begin at 7 p.m. Food stations will be open to purchase a limited variety of food, and beer will be available at the food stations and at Holy Toledo Pub.
Oct. 12: Northwood Community Fall Festival, Central Park, Wales & Oram roads, Northwood. DinoROAR, parade, music, kids’ activities, car show, vendors and more.
Oct. 12: The Great Inflatable Race, Toledo Speedway, 8 a.m. An obstacle course run through giant inflatables.
Oct. 12: Fall on the Farm & Scout Day, Sauder Village, Archbold. Take a step back in time and help prepare the farm for the winter ahead. As part of this fun-filled day, Sauder Village is also recognizing the accomplishments of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. All Scout members and leaders in uniform will receive free admission 800-590-9755,
Oct. 12: Storybook Adventure, Historic Lyme Village, Bellevue. Visit storybook characters in each building with many activities for children. Children are invited to come in their favorite costume. 419-483-4949,
Oct. 12: Mozart Series: The Three Bs, Valentine Theatre, Toledo, 2 p.m. Mozart’s best works and masterpieces from the 20th century in a matinee format. Coffee and sweets will be served in the theatre’s Grand Lobby following the performance.
Oct. 12-13: Oak Harbor Apple Festival, downtown Oak Harbor. A family-oriented family festival that celebrates apples in all their glorious forms with a Grand Parade, crowning of Apple Royalty, kiddie-tractor pull, talent show, classic car show, 5K Apple run, food, entertainment and more.
Oct. 12-13: Fremont Flea Market, Sandusky County Fairgrounds, Fremont. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun.
Oct. 13: 43rd Grand Rapids Applebutter Festival, downtown Grand Rapids, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Historical re-enactments, crafts, live music, food and more.
Oct. 15: “Ghost,” Huntington Center, Toledo, 7:30 p.m. Ghost brings its “Ultimate Tour Named Death,” to Toledo with special guest, “Nothing More.”
Oct. 16: Champions of Magic Tour, Stranahan Theater, Toledo, 7:30 p.m. Five world-class illusionists bring their mind-bending theatrical production to Toledo.
Oct. 17: $5 After 5 p.m., Imagination Station, downtown Toledo. Bring the whole family for the evening and experience hundreds of hands-on exhibits for $5 admission each.
Oct. 17: Art Loop: Haunted Harvest, downtown Toledo, various locations. Enjoy family-friendly trick-or-treating, artist pumpkin carving, creative costumes, live music, and lots of scary fun. Costumes encouraged.
Oct. 17-20: “Fiddler on the Roof,” Stranahan Theater, Toledo. Featuring the Broadway classics “Tradition,” “If I Were a Rich Man,” Sunrise, Sunset,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” and “To Life.”
Oct. 18-19, 25-26: Garrison Ghostwalks, Fort Meigs State Memorial, Perrysburg, 7-9:30 p.m. Enjoy a “spirited” stroll at the fort with an 1812 guide and encounter the spookier side of this historic place.
Oct. 18-20 and 25-27: Fremont Community Theatre presents, “Dracula The Musical?” directed by Tracy Armentrout, 1551 Dickinson St., Fremont. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. 419-332-0695,
Oct. 18: Veterans Matter Walk to End Veteran Homelessness, Civic Center Mall, Toledo, 6-9 p.m. Join Veterans Matter and 1Matters in kicking off the 29th Annual Tent City weekend with a 1-mile Walk to End Veteran Homelessness. Proceeds from the walk will help Veterans Matter house more veterans in our community, state and across the nation.
Oct. 18: Firefly Nights Festival, downtown Bowling Green, Main Street, 6-10 p.m. food, entertainment, kid zone and more.
Oct. 18-19: Ghosts of Providence, Providence Metropark, Grand Rapids, 7-9 p.m. Forty-five minute tours begin at 7, 7:15, 7:30, 7:45 and 8 p.m. Not for kids under 5. $7.
Oct. 19: Downtown Fremont Farmers Market, downtown Fremont, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., rain or shine. Theme: “Harvest Happenings.” Vendors, entertainment, treats and more.
Oct. 19: Car & Small Truck Tire Recycling, Sandusky Co. Fairgrounds, North Parking Lot, Fremont. There is a limit of 10 car or small truck tires recyclables at 50 cents each. Call OSS Joint Solid Waste Management District at 419-332-7222 or visit
Oct. 19: Tombstone Bicycle Tour & Family Haunted Bike Ride, Oak Openings Preserve, 5240 Wilkins Rd., Whiteheouse, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Family Haunted Route, Intermediate and Long Routes. Sponsored by Maumee Valley Adventurers.
Oct. 19: Folklore & Funfest, Wood County Historical Center & Museum, Bowling Green, 4-9 p.m. Nocturnal nature, spooky trail, crafts, s’mores, horse-drawn carriage rides, games and live music. Costumes encouraged, but not required.
Oct. 19: Adams Street Zombie Crawl, The Village on Adams/UpTown Adams Street, 21st to 11th streets, 5 p.m.-1 a.m. Over 21. $10 wristband.
Oct. 19-20: Fremont Gun Show, Sandusky County Fairgrounds, Fremont, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sat. and 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sun. Exhibitors with all types of guns and related products will be on hand. All federal, state and local firearm ordinances and laws must be obeyed. 419-332-8189.
Oct. 20: Pearson Metropark Highlights Walk, Packer-Hammersmith Center parking lot, 3-4:30 p.m., This fall color walk will feature a combination of cultural and natural history. Free, Reservations, Code 404402611.
Oct. 20: Music in the Parlor, Hayes Presidential Library & Museums at Spiegel Grove, Fremont, 4-5 p.m.
Oct. 24: Sandusky County Historic Jail Tour, 622 Croghan St., Fremont, 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. One-hour guided tour includes the historic 1892 Sandusky County Jail, the 1840s dungeon located underneath the Sandusky County Courthouse and the Gallows Exhibition Hall featuring the gallows used for the last hanging in Sandusky County. $5. Tickets available at the door or at the Sandusky County Convention and Visitors Bureau, 712 North St.
Oct. 24-26, Oct. 31-Nov. 2: Flashlight Tours, Toledo Museum of Art. Explore the mysteries of the Museum on this one-hour tour through TMA’s darkened galleries and secret spaces and places. Meet in the Little Theater for orientation 15 minutes prior to the start of the tour. Tours begin at 9:15 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays and 5:15 p.m. on Saturdays.
Oct. 25: Glass City Dance Party Halloween Bash, Holland Gardens, 6530 Angola Rd. 8-11:30 p.m. Free dance lesson at 7:15 p.m. with paid $12 admission. Costumes optional.
Oct. 25-27: Mister Sandman Murder Mystery Weekend, Maumee Bay Lodge, Oregon. Take a trip back to the Crazy 1980s in this full weekend Murder Mystery event. Prizes awarded for Solving the Mystery, Best Halloween Costume and more. To make reservations call 419-836-1466.
Oct. 15: Vince Gill in concert, Stranahan Theater, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 26: Autumn Open House & Pemberville’s Harvest Gathering, downtown Pemberville.
Oct. 26: Count Krumnow's Tombstone Derby, Depot Park, Elmore, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Ghoulishly good food, parade, vendors, contests and motorized casket races.
Oct. 26: Pumpkin Stop & Chomp, Toledo Zoo, Toledo. Visitors are invited to watch as zoo animals make a meal (and a mess) of the pumpkins left over from trick-or-treating activities.
Oct. 26: Explore the Crafts, Sauder Village, 22611 SR 2, Archbold, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. From pottery and spinning to weaving and tinsmithing, explore crafts and make memories.
Oct. 26: All Wheels Swap Meet, Sandusky County Fairgrounds, Fremont, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. New and used racing parts and equipment.
Oct. 26-27: Woodcarver’s Show & Sale, Sauder Village, Archbold. A special weekend filled with unique artistry and family fun. Founder’s Hall will feature skilled carvers showcasing handcrafted wildlife, fish, birds, caricatures, bowls, plaques, ornaments, pens and more.
Oct. 26: Kids Days @ Hayes – Civil War Camp, Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Fremont, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Kids will experience what life was like in a Civil War camp.
Oct. 26: Creatures & Candy, White Star Park Campground, 901 S. Main St., Gibsonburg, 1-3 pm. Wear costumes to the pre-trick-or-treat celebration at White Star. The campground will be open for families to walk through, visit stations to collect candy and learn more about wild creatures. Register at
Oct. 26: Old McDonald’s Spooky Farm Trunk-or-Treat, Fremont Rec Center, 600 Joseph St., Fremont, 1-3 p.m. Bounce houses, carnival games, caricature drawings, costume contests, ice skating and live music by DJ Marco. Free. Kid-friendly costumes, please.
Oct. 26: OctoBOOfest, downtown Perrysburg, 11 a.m.-3 pm. For the third year in a row, Louisiana Avenue will transform in to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Trick-or-treat, family activities, music, costume parade contest and more.
Oct. 26: iHeartRadio’s Trunk or Treat, Hensville, N. St. Clair St., Toledo, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Trick-or-treating, games, inflatables, kids’ and pet costume contest and more.
Oct. 27: Kathy Najimy & Hocus Pocus Screening & Witchy Halloween Costume Contest, Stranahan Theater & Great Hall, Toledo, 7:30 p.m. Meet & greet includes a 6 p.m. pre-show photo op with Kathy Najimy. 419-381-8851,
Oct 27: Trick or Treat Night & Costume Contest, Ottawa County Riverview Healthcare Campus, 8180 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Little ghosts and ghouls (12 years and under) are invited to trick-or-treat at the door of more than 100 residents. At 7:30 pm, families can gather in the Multipurpose Room to enjoy cookies and punch. 419-898-2851,
Nov. 2: The World at War: Miniature War Gaming Day, Fort Meigs Memorial, Perrysburg, Miniature war gaming experts help visitors play more than 16 different war games and learn about this family friendly hobby.
Nov. 2-3: Homespun Holiday Art & Craft Show, Great Hall at the Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo.
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