In October, there are plenty of happenings each weekend. Stay up-to-date on what you can do to celebrate, whether taking your kids to costume-clad events or hiking through autumn, here are ongoing events through the season.
*Events are subject to change. Please check with venues before attending an event to ensure times and availability are valid and to understand the COVID-19 health guidelines.
Pick Your Own Apples. Fall brings apple-picking and beautiful scenery. Count on picking some great Ohio apples and taking a wagon ride on the weekends. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Patterson Farms, 8765 Mulberry Rd., Chesterland, 440-729-9809, pattersonfarm.com
THROUGH October 23
U-Pick Apples & Fun Farm Activities. Weekends 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Also enjoy Barrel Train, Corn Box, Hillcrest Orchards, Hayride and more. 50336 Telegraph Rd. Amherst, hillcrestfunfarm.com
THROUGH October 24
Pumpkin Pandemonium. Go on a scavenger hunt, get lost in the Harvest Maze and take a relaxing hayride tour. Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday 2-6 p.m. Heritage Farms, 6050 Riverview Rd., Peninsula, heritagefarms.com
THROUGH October 31
Pumpkin Days at Nickajack Farms. Enjoy pumpkin bowling, paintball, a wagon train ride to the pumpkin patch to pick your own pumpkin, and more. Every day 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Nickajack Farms, 2955 Manchester Ave., Canal Fulton, 330-323-9714, nickajackfarms.com
Family Fun Fest at Patterson Fruit Farm. Reached by a wagon ride, it includes a huge pavilion of straw, hiking trails, corn mazes, climbing tractors, tree house and silo, homemade go-carts, painting pumpkins, and pick your own pumpkins. Food concessions available or bring a picnic. 8765 Mulberry Rd., Chesterland. pattersonfarm.com Patterson Farm market is located at 11414 Caves Rd.
THROUGH November 30
Trekking Through Autumn. Get out and explore the Medina County Parks through this self-guided hiking program. medinacountyparks.com
58th Annual Fall Hiking Spree. Get out and explore; complete at least eight designated hikes to earn hiking staff (first year hikers) and shield. Veteran hikers earn the shield. summitmetroparks.org
“Colorful Autumn in Drawing, Painting, and Construction.” Create three landscapes including a forest, a village, and mountains. Use cardboard, paper, scrap materials, yarn, wire, and beads to create a working mobile, a woven wall hanging, and a decorative mask. For grades 3 to 5. 6-7 p.m. North Canton Public Library, 185 N. Main St., 330-499- 4712, ncantonlibrary.com
Haunted Lantern Tours.
Come take a walk through the long, dark corridors with nothing but lanterns to illuminate the way. 8-9:30 p.m. Lake County Historical Society, 415 Riverside Rd., Painesville, lakehistorycenter.org
THURSDAYS Through SUNDAYS
Halloween Drive-Thru. Travel Farmpark’s trails and road ways after dark in the comfort and safety of your own vehicle and experience many playfully frightful sites throughout the park. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Lake Metroparks Farmpark, 8800 Euclid Chardon Rd., Kirtland, 440-256-2122, lakemetroparks.com
Fall Fest. Join each week for fun fall festivities. Weekly crafts may include scarecrow and wreath making, gourd decorating and friendly mask making. Costumes, candy and pumpkins for every family on 10/15, 10/22 & 10/29. 3-5 p.m. Pinecrest, Park Ave., Orange Village, discoverpinecrest.com
FRIDAYS and SATURDAYS
Spooky Science. Spooky Science is about teaching people in a fun and creative environment about all the things in nature that can “spook or creep you out,” 4-9 p.m. Beech Creek Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve, 11929 Beech St. NE, Alliance, beechcreekgardens.org
FRIDAY Through SUNDAY
Trick-or-Treat Fest. Bring your family in costume and trick or treat, enjoy meet-and-greets with costumed characters, dance at the Monster Mash Dance Party, watch unlimited movies at the 4-D Theater, enjoy train rides and carousel rides courtesy of MetroHealth. 10/8-10/31. 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, 3900 Wildlife Way, 216-635-3391, futureforwildlife.org
SATURDAYS and SUNDAYS
Boo at the Akron Zoo. Dress your little ghosts and goblins in their costumes for a non-scary Halloween event. Bring your own bag or bucket to collect treats. Beginning 10/16. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Akron Zoo, 505 Euclid Ave., Akron, 330-375-2550, akronzoo.org
Spooktacular Weekends. The nature center will be decorated for a kid-friendly Halloween. Learn about animals, from creepy and crawly to slithery and slimy. Costumes are welcome. Beginning 10/23. Noon-5 p.m. Susan Hambley Nature Center, 1473 Parschen Blvd., Brunswick, 330-722-9364, medinacountyparks.com
Halloween Boo-Thru. This family-friendly drive-through event will host some of your favorite seasonal attractions, as well as new displays and live actors. 5-8:45 p.m. Equestrian Center of Carlisle Reservation, 13630 Diagonal Rd., LaGrange, loraincountymetroparks.com
Old West Pumpkin Fest. Includes unlimited activities. Hayrides, live costume character show, petting farm, Children’s Haunted House in 3D, etc. Noon-5 p.m. Rockin’-R-Ranch, 19066 E. River Rd., Columbia Station, 440-236-5454, clevelandhayride.com
Corn and Pumpkin Weekends. Help husk, shell and grind corn, or plow behind draft horses, while younger visitors make handmade corn husk dolls, paint pumpkins, and more. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Lake Metroparks Farmpark, 8800 Euclid Chardon Rd., Kirtland, 440-256-2122, lakemetroparks.com
Family Fall Hikes at Mentor Marsh. The upland woods along the rim of Mentor Marsh are diverse and always interesting to explore. How are the fall colors progressing this year? Join the Cleveland Museum of Natural History on a foray into our forest and see what you can discover. 2 p.m. Mentor Marsh, 5185 Corduroy Rd., Mentor, cmnh.org
Check out the Halloween & Fall Fun and Frolic special advertising listing for more happenings!
The Akron Zoo’s popular Halloween event is back. Boo at the Akron Zoo is on Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 16-17, 23-24 and 30-31 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Dress your ghosts and goblins in their favorite costumes to go trick-or-treating throughout the zoo during the non-scary event. Purchase tickets online to save money at akronzoo.org
Come join the Pumpkin Pandemonium at Heritage Farms in the heart of Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Peninsula. See if you can solve the infamous maze, enjoy the hayride through the tree fields, and don’t miss the scavenger hunt. Pumpkins, corn stalks, straw bales – and more. heritagefarms.com
Experience the beauty of fall colors at the Holden Arboretum and Cleveland Botanical Garden. From an immersive Leaf Trail, adventurous Canopy Walk and Emergent Tower, and epic Stickwork structure made of bent willow branches by artist Patrick Dougherty at the arboretum to family-friendly Halloween events, gorgeous indoor and outdoor horticultural displays and fun seasonal classes at the botanical garden, Holden Forests & Gardens is your go-to fall destination! Visit holdenfg.org
Lorain County Metro Parks
Load up the car for Lorain County Metro Parks’ Halloween Boo-Thru. Join on October 15-17 and 22-24 at the Carlisle Equestrian Center. Drive along the family-friendly haunted trail. Tickets are on sale now at loraincountymetroparks.com/Halloween No tickets sold onsite.
Pumpkin Days at NickaJack Farms is open every day 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. from September 11 through October 31. Purchase your tickets online or at the door. Activities include hayrides, corn maze, pony rides, animals, corn crib, peddle carts, and much more. Interested in only pumpkins and decor? The perfect non-admission area is full of fall fun. The farm grows 75 varieties of pumpkins, gourds, and squash. Mums, large and small straw bales, corn and corn stalk bundles available for sale. nickajackfarms.com
Patterson Family Fun Fest
Patterson Farm hosts a young-family oriented creative farm outdoor play area daily from September 18 through October 31. Reached by a wagon ride, it includes a huge pavilion of straw, hiking trails, corn mazes, climbing tractors, tree house and silo, homemade go-carts, painting pumpkins, and pick your own pumpkins. Food concessions available or bring a picnic. 8765 Mulberry Rd., Chesterland. pattersonfarm.com Patterson Farm market is located at 11414 Caves Rd.
Old West Pumpkin Fest at Rockin’-R-Ranch, daytime event: Unlimited activities on Saturdays and Sundays from 12-5 p.m. Hayrides, pony rides, show, pumpkin slide, costumed characters, petting zoo, fun house and more! Fair food available. Or come to the Spooky Ranch at Rockin’-R-Ranch, nighttime event: Top-rated haunted hayride and haunted houses. Cleveland’s premier haunted event. Five awesome attractions. Fair food available. Visit clevelandhayride.com or spookyranch.com
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