The leaves are turning colors, the weather is brisk, and pumpkin flavored everything has hit the shelves. Which can only mean one thing – Halloween is coming! There are plenty of ways to celebrate the holiday in Hancock County!
Pumpkin Picking and Carving
Pumpkins are Fall’s unofficial mascot so make sure you go out and pick out yours! There are plenty of places in Hancock County to choose from, pick a few and check out their great selections, plus have some fun while you’re at it!
Pumpkin Train and Riverside Halloween Express
If there is a train lover of any age in your family a visit to Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation on County Road 99 is a must. Saturday and Sunday during the day the Pumpkin Train will be running and on Fridays and Saturday evenings the Riverside Halloween Express hits the rails. Both of these trains are family friendly and affordable – train rides cost just $1 for children and $2 for adults. Plus, this Saturday NWORRP is hosting a special Trick-or-Treat Pumpkin Train.
Findlay has two great Halloween traditions, the Halloween Parade and, of course, Trick-or-Treat! Don’t miss out on either of these memory-making events. The Halloween Parade will take places Tuesday, October 24, and begins at 7 p.m. in Downtown Findlay. Make plans to arrive early – not only will there be thousands of visitors lining the street for the parade, there are also some great activities taking place before the parade at Awakening Minds Art! After the parade check out some of the great Downtown Findlay restaurants, we recommend making reservations! We’ve compiled community trick-or-treat times on our Event Calendar, the City of Findlay trick-or-treat will take place Thursday, October 26 from 6:30 – 8 p.m., and the Children’s Museum of Findlay and Findlay Village Mall will be offering an indoor trick-or-treat at the same time.
Family Friendly Spooky Events
Come to the Hancock Historical Museum for Halloween fun for the whole family at their annual Spooktacular! Saturday, October 21, from 5 – 8 p.m. there will be haunted Hull House tours, pumpkin decorating, face painting, crafts, games, storytelling, pumpkin seed spitting contest, apple cider, cookies, popcorn, hotdogs, and much more! Hancock Park District will be hosting a Spooky in Nature Open House on October 29 from 1 – 4 p.m. Celebrate the spooky season by learning about nature’s creepy offerings like star-nosed moles, ghost orchids, horror frogs, and more. Displays, crafts, and activities will be available for visitors at this free event.
Go on a Haunted History Tour at the Jones Mansion on October 27 and 28. Tours are family friendly and will lead guests through the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd floors of the mansion. Tours on Friday will be followed by an evening at Elijah’s for those 21 and older, with adult refreshments, a chance to meet the characters encountered on the tour, hear additional ghost stories, and have their cards read for a donation. Tours will leave every 15 minutes both nights and reservations are recommended, but not required; reserve your tickets by calling 419-427-6110.
Looking for something that will get your adrenaline pumping? Head to Haunted Ghost Town for plenty of fun this Halloween season. Haunted Ghost Town has something for everyone, with traditional haunted festivities every Friday – Sunday night until Halloween, a Kids Jr. Haunt on Saturday afternoons, Zombie Laser Shoot, Climbing Wall, and more! And, back for its 15th year is the Fear Factory and Purgatory, open weekends until Halloween. These two haunted attractions have joined forces too offer both an indoor and outdoor haunt for just $10!
We hope you enjoy the Fall Season and Halloween in Hancock County. Check out our suggestions on the best places to see the Fall colors in Hancock County, go on a Tractor-drawn wagon ride in our parks, go horseback riding, or enjoy the crisp air from the river by taking part in a Fall Float trip!