#10 Search area pumpkin patches till you find that perfect pumpkin to carve.
Host a neighborhood pumpkin carving contest. It’s a great way to enjoy time with your neighbors or friends. Light them all up with a string of holiday white lights or candles. Make it a potluck event.
- Patterson Fruit Farm – Chesterland, Ohio
- Dussel Farm – Kent, Ohio
- Mapleside Farm – Brunswick, Ohio
- Nickjack Farms – North Lawrence, Ohio
- Ramseyer Farms – Wooster, Ohio
- White House Fruit Farm – Canfield, Ohio
- Szalay’s Farm & Market – Peninsula, Ohio
- Bergman Orchard’s Farm Market – Port Clinton
While at the fruit farms, don’t forget to grab a bag of Ohio apples. Perfect for making caramel and candy apples.
#9 Get lost in one of Ohio’s fun corn mazes.
Ever fall many of the local farmers turn their fields into unique pieces of art. Each corn maze represents a different theme. This year we salute the following corn mazes.
- “Get Lost in a Sea of Corn” at Dethricks Corn Maze & Farm Experience, Mantua, OH
(On October 27, 2019 dog owners may enjoy the maze with their beloved four-legged friend.) – Click here for details.
- You can “Wine Your Way” through this corn maze or enjoy using a flashlight at Mapleside Farms, Brunswick, OH – click here for details.
- Find your way around “Ohio” at Ramseyer Farms, Wooster, Ohio. – click here for details.
- This 8-acre “Apple-Mania Maze” includes a scavenger hunt for clue stations.
Lynd Fruit Farm, Pataskala, Ohio – click here for details.
- For those who like wine, enjoy a game of “Wineopoly” in Regal Vineyards large maze. The Vineyards has also teamed up with Grand River Cellars Winery to offer a Dinner & Thrill package.
Regal Vineyards, Madison, OH – click here for details.
- Szalay’s Farm & Market boasts a 3-acre corn maze that is a “bit challenging”. For more information click here.
#8 Visit the largest candy store in America.
It wouldn’t be Halloween without a big bowl of candy. And you can find all your favorites at b.a. Sweetie Candy Company in Cleveland, Ohio. Over 4,500 items to choose from, plus a soda shop. Did you know most trick-or-treaters prefer a Reese’s cup?
#7 Take in a scary movie or enjoy a night of “Rocky Horror Picture Show”.
Throughout the Halloween season many local movie theaters show many of the classic horror movies on their big screens including the always entertaining “Rocky Horror Picture Show”. Just “Google” Rocky Horror Picture Show in Ohio and a listing of area theaters will appear. Don’t forget to the bring “the toast”.
#6 Spend a night in a haunted hotel or bed & breakfast, if you dare.
Need ideas? We can’t guarantee you will run into a ghost, but you never know. The following area Inn’s made our list of possible haunted establishments.
- The Buxton Inn – Granville, Ohio
- Spitzer House Bed and Breakfast – Medina, Ohio
- The Golden Lamb – Lebanon, Ohio
- Spread Eagle Tavern & Inn – Hanoverton, Ohio
- Punderson Manor Resort & Conference Center – Newbury, Ohio
- Rider’s Inn – Painesville, Ohio.
- Harrison Inn House Bed & Breakfast, Columbus, Ohio
- A Georgian Manor Bed & Breakfast – Logan, Ohio
#5 Visit the Ohio State Reformatory.
What better time to visit a haunted prison than during Halloween? During the season, in addition to tours, the reformatory serves up it’s own haunted house called “Escape from Blood Prison”.
Did you know the Mansfield, Ohio area is considered the haunted capital of Ohio? Click here to learn more.
#4 Take a tour or enjoy a performance in one of Ohio’s haunted theaters.
It is said that various spirits still walk the halls of many of our Ohio theaters. Some of the theaters even offer their own ghost tours. The following are theaters that have acknowledged tales of “ghostly” events.
- Akron Civic Theater – Akron, Ohio
- Playhouse Square – Cleveland, Ohio
- The Kent State– Kent, Ohio
- Sandusky State Theater – Sandusky, Ohio
- Canton Palace Theater – Canton, Ohio
- Renaissance Theater – Mansfield, Ohio
- Victoria Theatre – Dayton, Ohio
#3 Enjoy Boo at the Zoo.
What a fun way to enjoy the season. Grab your Halloween costume and enjoy a day parading around the zoo. Your admission goes towards funding our zoos. Here is a list of Ohio zoo’s hosting “Boo at the Zoo” events.
- Akron Zoo – (October 26-27, 2019)
- Cleveland Metroparks Zoo – (October 25-27, 2019)
- Columbus Zoo – (October 25-27, 2019)
- Cincinnati Zoo – (October 26-27, 2019) #HallZOOween
#2 Look for spirit orbs on a ghost tour or in a cemetery.
Grab your friends and go on a ghost busting adventure. Here are a few upcoming area ghost tours.
- Ghost Tour – October 25-26, 2019
Historic Zoar Village, Zoar, Ohio
- Victorian House Ghost Walks – October 26, 2019
Victorian House Museum, Millersburg, Ohio
- Paranormal Experience – November 1, 2019
Lake County History Center, Painesville, Ohio
- Ghost Hunt – November 2, 2019
Parma Armory, Parma, Ohio
- Ghost Hunt – November 15, 2019
Ohio State Reformatory, Mansfield, Ohio
- Haunted Cleveland Ghost Tours
- Ghost Walks with Psychic Sonia
- For more information about any of the above ghost tours click here.
If you want to learn more about area ghosts and haunts, we suggested you check out local author William G. Krejci. He has published a few books on haunted places around Cleveland, Ohio, and Put-in-Bay. He even resides in Franklin Castle during the winter months. For more information click here.
#1 Brave a haunted house. Don’t forget to watch out for the clowns!
If you love being scared, then you have come to the right place. Ohio has some of the best haunted house experiences. Here are a few of our top picks.
- Hauntville Haunted Houses – Elyria, Ohio
- Spooky Ranch – Columbia Station, Ohio
- The Haunted Schoolhouse and Haunted Laboratory – Akron, Ohio
- Terror Town – Toledo, Ohio
- Seven Floors of Hell – Middleburg Heights, Ohio
- 13th Floor Haunted House – Columbus, Ohio
- The Dent Schoolhouse – Cincinnati, Ohio
- Escape from Blood Prison – Mansfield, Ohio
Halloween is a great time to enjoy all that Ohio has to offer.
Article and some photos: Diane Rock
Rocky Hill | MyOhioFun.com
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Additional photo credits:
Boo at the Zoo – Akron Zoo.
Haunted House -Hauntville