Harvest fun: Farm, festivals and fright


Scarecrow Contest

The 22st annual Scarecrow Contest & Workshop will be held Oct. 5 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at Carter Historic Farm. Join in the fun fall tradition of building scarecrows and lighthearted competition. Build a scarecrow from scratch using our provided materials or bring your homemade scarecrow to Carter Historic Farm to enter it in our 22st annual Scarecrow Contest to win cash prizes. Find full contest details at wcparks.org. Contest scarecrows will be on display and judged live during the Heritage Farm Fest on Oct. 7. Register: wcparks.org or 419-353-1897.

Haunted Waterville Tours

WATERVILLE — Haunted Waterville Tours start in Robbins House Museum where the group will meet special guests ranging from ghost hunters to mediums to Tarot interpreters to learn more about these areas. There will be different special guests each evening of tours. Then the group will board a horse drawn trolley for a 45 minute tour of historic Waterville accompanied by storytellers to enlighten visitors about Waterville’s long-standing haunted heritage while passing by the places where verified hauntings have occurred or are still occurring.

Tickets are limited and need to be purchased online prior to the tour. The last tour of the season will be Oct. 5.


TOLEDO — Toledo Night Market presents the 2nd annual Ciderfest419 from 6-10 p.m. on Oct., 6 at The Ribbon at Glass City Metropark, located at 1505 Front St.

Ciderfest419 will feature ample tastings of hard cider, mead, wine, and craft beer, as well as a concert by the Marty Ray Project, an indie band, and dancing with Urban Cowboy Line Dancing, both visiting Toledo for the first time from Nashville, Tennessee.

A portion of the proceeds from Ciderfest419 will support Metroparks Connections Camp, which sends kids from underserved areas to experience a week of nature camp free of charge.

Heritage Farm Fest

Heritage Farm Fest will be held Oct. 7 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Carter Historic Farm.Visit the farm for a day of Depression-era farming demonstrations, music, games, wagon rides, and food grown on the farm. No registration is needed. This is a Wood County Park District free community event that is open to all.

Wheeler Farms corn maze

WHITEHOUSE — The theme for the Wheeler Farms 2023 corn maze is Dinosaurs. Take to the skies with a Pterodactyl, dodge the vicious Tyrannosaurus Rex, and evade the Triceratops as even the most savvy navigator will be challenged trying to find all 24 checkpoints throughout nearly 5 miles of intricate mazes.

The corn maze is located at 11455 Obee Road and is open through Oct. 29 on Fridays from 5-10 p.m., Saturdays from noon-10 p.m. and Sundays from noon-6 p.m.

Put-in-Bay Octoberfest

The 30th annual Put-in-Bay Oktoberfest will be held in DeRivera Park on Oct. 7-8. German food, beer, wine, German dancers and polka music will be held during the festival. For more information on hours, entry fees and pricing go to www.visitputinbay.com.

Grand Rapids Applebutter Fest

GRAND RAPIDS — The 45th Grand Rapids Applebutter Fest is set for Oct. 8.

There will be live music, crafts, food, living history, a farm area, towpath reenactors and classic cars.

Go on a ghost walk

PERRYSBURG — Garrison Ghost Walks at Fort Meigs will be held Oct. 20, 21, 27 and 28.

Come for a “spirited” 90-minute stroll, walking the fort grounds with an 1812 guide and encounter the spookier side of this historic place.

Advanced tickets are required and cost $15 for adults, $12 for senior citizens and $10 for children aged 6-17.

MacQueen’s hosts celebration

HOLLAND — MacQueen’s Apple Butter Celebration is Oct. 7-8.

Activities include pick your own apples and pumpkins, barrel train rides, craft show, live entertainment, pony rides, kids rides, petting zoo and food.

Fall adventures at Leaders

NAPOLEON — Leaders Farms opened for the season Oct. 22. Pick out a pumpkin, go through a corn maze, take a scenic hayride and crawl through a straw tunnel maze.

Screamacres features haunted fun on Fridays and Saturdays.

There are over 25 activities going on now through Oct. 19.

Fall on the Farm Week

ARCHBOLD — From churning butter, playing old-fashioned games and pumpkin decorating to creating leaf art and helping with fall planting, Fall on the Farm, from Oct. 11-14, promises to be a day for families to create special memories at Sauder Village.

Fleitz Pumpkin Farm

OREGON — Enjoy the best selection of pumpkins, gourds, corn stalks, apples, cider and many other fall itemsat the farm, 7133 Seaman Road. Visitors of all ages will enjoy petting farm animals, corn mazes, hundreds of giant pumpkins, weekend hayrides and a snack shop.

Fall cruise on the Maumee

Travel down the Maumee River on a Fall Color Cruise Oct. 15 to enjoy the fall festival of color on the Sandpiper Boat. Pack a picnic lunch.

Pumpkin Palooza

SWANTON — The third annual Pumpkin Palooza is Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Keil’s Produce and Greenhouse in Swanton.

There will be games, $2 pumpkins, fall decor for your home, food trucks, coffee trucks, apple cider and more.

Boo at the Zoo

TOLEDO — October fun kicks off at the Toledo Zoo & Aquarium with Little Boo at the Zoo Oct. 19 and 20. Toddlers and preschool aged children are invited to wear their Halloween costumes to trick-or-treat throughout the zoo and enjoy strolling magic, pumpkin carving demos and animal shows.

Get the costumes ready Oct. 21 and 22 for Pumpkin Path and enjoy costumed trick or treating for all ages. Other activities include animal shows, magic shows, Glass City Steel Drums, stories and songs with witch sisters Matilda and Hilda, and pumkin carving demos. New at Pumpkin Path this year is a sensory area, located in the formal gardens, near Kingdom of the Apes. This will be a quiet zone with sensory-friendly activities and dedicated staff and volunteers to assist with any sensory needs.

Visit the Zoo on Oct. 29 for the annual Pumpkin Stomp & Chomp, and observe the animals as they discover pumpkins in their exhibits.

(Some events are from visittoledo.org.)

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