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Things to do this weekend, October 23-25

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Are you constantly asking “What’s Happening, Hancock County?” There are plenty of things to do in Findlay and Hancock County this weekend!

HLAA Halloween Fun!

Deadline: Saturday, October 24!
Submit by filling out this form or emailing  

HLAA has conjured up a cauldron-full of delightfully spooky events and activities aimed at enchanting and compelling the Findlay-Hancock County community to participate/get involved in the Spirit of Halloween!  Submit your entries for these activities by Saturday: House Decorating CompetitionBusiness Window Decorating Competition, Picture Coloring Contest, Costume Contest, Pet Costume Contest, and Pumpkin Carving/Decorating

Pumpkin Hunt

Hancock Historical Museum

Visit the Hancock Historical Museum any time from October 14- 30 to take part in the museum’s pumpkin scavenger hunt!  All the pumpkins are outside, so the museum does not need to be open to find them.  Turn in your completed scavenger hunt during regular hours (Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) for a Halloween prize!

Drive-Thru Halloween Fun

Blanchard Valley Center
Friday, 7 – 9 p.m.

Drive through Blanchard Valley Center’s parking lot for a view of decorated vehicles and folks in costumes. Visitors are encouraged to wear their costumes in their vehicles (please remain in vehicle). A DJ will be playing spooky music as you travel through the haunted graveyard. Businesses in Findlay and Hancock County have joined in on fun by donating items for the grab bag and/or having a vehicle decorated in the parking lot.  This free community event is being offered by Kan Du Group and Blanchard Valley Center.

Uncorked and Unplugged

Friday & Saturday

Make your reservation for dinner and dine in or take home a delicious dinner from The Bistro. If dining in you will be seated at their new Brix location right next door to allow for extra room for dining. Reservations must be made in advance by calling The Bistro 419-425-4900 and be sure to let them know you are supporting Uncorked and Unplugged. Your support benefits Children’s Mentoring Connection of Hancock County.  Weekly deals are being offered by LaRiche Toyota.  Online auction Oct. 19 – 24.

Halloween Express

Friday, 6:30 – 9 p.m.

You’ve ridden the trains during the daylight – now come out to experience a night time train ride! A non-scary Halloween train ride for the whole family around our tracks to see the Halloween decorations after dark.  Rides are $3 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under.

Area Farmers’ Market

Bluffton: Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – Noon, Citizen’s National Bank

Stock up on your favorite local homemade goods, produce, freshly cut flowers, and more while visiting the local farmers’ markets!  The Bluffton Farmers’ Market has many vendors registered this year, and many allow pre-orders and pick up.  See who is participating here!

Pumpkin Train

Saturday & Sunday, 1 – 5 p.m.

Ride the train and pick up a pumpkin! NWORRP’s quarter scale trains take you on a ride to the pumpkin patch to find that special pumpkin. Load it on the train’s flatcar and you and your pumpkin take one more trip around the track to return to the station. Make sure to enjoy the other games, decorations, and family friendly activities throughout the museum during your visit.   Rides are $3 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under.  Pumpkins are an additional cost and are not required to purchase.

Halloween Crafts & Activities

Hancock Historical Museum
Saturday, 1 – 4 p.m.

Visit the museum from 1 – 4 p.m. to see all the museum has to offer and to take part in Halloween crafts and activities!  Admission is just $1.

Self-Guided Fall Float Trip

Blanchard River Water Trail
Trips begin at Zonta Landing
Saturday & Sunday, 1 p.m.

From a canoe or kayak, you get a perspective on autumn unlike any other. The Hancock Park District is offering 2020 Self-guided Fall Float Trips on the Blanchard River Water Trail on Saturdays and Sundays this fall, starting at 1 PM. Float trips begin and end at Zonta Landing at Riverside Park Waterfront. Canoeists and kayakers have the opportunity to enjoy the late summer green and early autumn brilliance along the Blanchard River as they paddle upstream past the Country Club’s golf course, Eastpoint Area, and Vogelsong Conservation Area to the State Route 568/Sandusky Street Bridge and back.  The trip takes approximately 2 hours. See details about the trip here!

Trick-or-Treat Halloween Train

Saturday, 6:30 – 9 p.m.

Two nights of special Halloween Express train rides – take a ride around our tracks and enjoy the Halloween displays as our train makes trick or treat stops. No scary sites – just fun and treats for all!  Rides are just $3 for adults and $2 for children!

Halloween at Home

Jen’s Buggy Whip Cakery
Special Halloween cookies and cupcakes to celebrate Spooky Season!

Trends! on Main
Devour delicious varieties of rice krispies, they make great trick-or-treat gifts!

Painters’ Pottery
Purchase an at-home pottery painting kit to enjoy at home, select a special Halloween themed bucket for extra fun!

Smarty Pants Findlay
Learning can be fun!  Pick up some Halloween Jixelz puzzles, books, toys, or more to celebrate Halloween at home!

Visit the Library!

Findlay-Hancock County Public Library
Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Did you know that it is National Library Card Sign-Up Month?  Plan to visit the library and sign up for a card while also exploring all the items you can check out like books (of course!), movies, music, and even items like telescopes!  Learn more about the library’s services here.  

Take Part in the Hike-It Program

The fall is a great time to explore the trails that wind throughout the community.  Hancock Park District invites you to walk designated trails at several locations.  Email your registration individual registration or family registration to or you can drop them in the night slot in the front door of the administrative office, or mail them to 1424 E. Main Cross.

Plan next week’s At-Home Learning!

We know more kids than ever are learning at home, whether that is through homeschool, online learning, or hybrid learning.  For caretakers and parents who are looking for activities for their children we have you covered!  See what learning opportunities are available next week here!

For more information about what is happening in Hancock County, visit our event calendar.

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