Just because the weather is getting cooler doesn’t mean we need to hunker down for winter just yet. There are plenty of fun fall activities just starting to kick off around the area. So get outside, enjoy the beauty of autumn, and explore some of the Toledo area!
Toledo Fall Festival at Ottawa Park
2532 Upton Ave.
Oct. 17, 6-9pm
Looking for a fun, family-friendly and safe Halloween activity for the kids? The free Fall Festival, hosted by the City of Toledo, will feature a drive-thru pumpkin path with a free bag of candy for each child. The first 150 kids will receive a free pumpkin as well, handed out by volunteers in costume. Then, families can stay at the park to watch a drive-in screening of the 1998 Disney Channel movie Halloweentown starring Debbie Reynolds. The screening will begin at 7:30pm. Families who don’t wish to stay for the movie are welcome to leave right after getting their candy. Food trucks will be on hand selling coffee, hot cocoa and more. Masks are required whenever you exit your vehicle.
Fleitz Pumpkin Farm
7133 Seaman Rd. Oregon, OH
Hours: 10am-7pm daily
Since 1991, Fleitz Pumpkin Farm has been growing pumpkins to sell to the public. In addition to pumpkins, the farm also has corn mazes, children’s play areas, and freshly made donuts, cider, and hot sandwiches for snacking. During COVID, the farm decided to start an online ordering for their donuts and snacks as well as some of their pumpkins and squash. So if you want to enjoy the tastes of autumn while still socially distancing, ordering online and picking up is a great option.
7605 Garden Rd. Holland, OH.
Hours: 9am-8pm daily
For some of the best cider around, MacQueen’s Orchards is the place to go. Along with their cider, they offer delicious baked goods made fresh daily. The orchards grow a variety of apples and peaches, and starting in mid-September through the third week of October visitors can drive their own vehicle in the orchard and pick their own apples. This is a great way to socially distance while still enjoying some fall fun.
Pumpkin Pete’s & Gwen’s Gourds
10988 Neiderhouse Rd. Perrysburg, OH.
Hours: Fridays 4-8pm; Saturday and Sunday 9am-9pm
Pumpkin Pete’s & Gwen’s Gourds has opened for the 2020 season and will be selling a variety of fall decor including pumpkins, mums, and squash. While visiting be sure to stop by and say “hi” to the animals . Kids will also enjoy the play area. If you can’t make it during their hours, Pumpkin Pete’s & Gwen’s Gourds offers a self-serve roadside stand to purchase pumpkins and gourds.
6421 North Stoney Creek Rd. Monroe, MI
Season runs September 11th-November 1st
Hours: Thursdays 5-10pm; Fridays 5-11pm; Saturdays Noon-11pm; Sundays Noon-10pm
For the ultimate fall festivities, check out Kackleberry Farm. This farm has just about everything fall-related that you can imagine including hayrides, bonfires, corn hole, barnyard animals, kids’ games, a pumpkin patch, and a corn maze. And as it is really a full day of fun at Kackleberry Farm, food is also available. Enjoy Kat’s Hungry Chicken for a delicious dinner, Gen’s Country Fixin’s for tasty snacks and treats, or enjoy cider and donuts (among many other goodies) from the bakery.
4550 Weckerly Rd. Monclova, OH
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10am-7pm; Sundays 10am-6pm
Stevens Gardens is a great place for family fun. Not only can you get your fall veggies, pumpkins, and autumn decor here, but the family can enjoy a corn maze, petting zoo, hayride, corn cannon, and the cowtrain. Snacks and treats are also available for hungry visitors!
Gust Brother’s Pumpkin Farm
13639 Mulberry Rd., Ottawa Lake, MI
Season runs September 12th-October 31st
Hours: 9am-7pm daily
For your fall decorating needs and for a great day spent with family, Gust Brother’s Pumpkin Farm is the place to be. The farm offers a variety of pumpkins, straw bales, corn shocks, gourds, mums, wreaths, and crafts for your decorating needs. Additionally you can enjoy amish jam, apple butter, soy candles, and local honey. While visiting the farm be sure to stop at the you-pick pumpkin patch and visit the you-cut flowers to build your own flower bouquet. The farm also has many animals to visit, and a hayride that runs on the weekends. Snacks are always available and include donuts, pumpkin cookies, candy, apple cider slushies, and popcorn.
Cedar Point’s Tricks and Treats Fall Fest
1 Cedar Point Dr., Sandusky, OH.
Season runs on Saturdays and Sundays from September 12th – November 1st
Admission: $57 with reservation
Due to COVID-19 Cedar Point had to cancel their usual Halloweekends; however, they have plenty of fun still in store with their new Tricks and Treats Fall Fest. The festival is a family-friendly event with great food, activities, and entertainment. And of course, like the name says, treats will certainly play a major role in the festival. Kids are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes and go candy hunting. Cedar Point is working hard to ensure that social distancing and sanitation procedures are followed to make sure the event is safe and fun for everyone.
1333 Tiffin St., Fremont, OH.
COVID-19 won’t stop Haunted Hydro for opening their spooky doors this season. The Haunted Hydro is one of the scariest attractions around, so this might be more fun for the older kids and adults of the family. Two haunted attractions will be open this season including The Curzed Woodz and Bizarre Bazaar. Additionally escape rooms will be another fun activity that will be taking place. Haunted Hydro is working hard to keep a safe and fun environment, so on your arrival you will be asked to fill out a COVID related safety questionnaire. Masks will also be required and gloves will be provided for visitors enjoying the escape rooms.
The Toledo Zoo’s Little Boo at the Zoo
2 Hippo Way, Toledo, OH.
October 15th & 16th from 10am-3pm
Admission: Adults – $22 / Children – $19 / $2 discount for Lucas county residents
For your littlest trick-or-treaters, The Toledo Zoo will be hosting their annual Little Boo at the Zoo. This fun event allows the kids to trick-or-treat in one of the most fun places possible, the zoo! Along the way the kids will enjoy magic tricks, puppet shows, pumpkin carving demonstrations, and will get to see some of their favorite characters brought to life.
The Sandpiper Public Cruises
1 Jefferson Avenue, Toledo, OH.
Weekends in October
For a unique weekend event take a cruise down the Maumee River on the Sandpiper. During weekends in October you can enjoy the Fall Color Cruise. This trip is a two hour cruise that will take you past some beautiful fall colors. Be on the lookout for the Halloween Boo! Cruise which will take place at the end of October. This cruise is thirty minutes with Halloween treats and fun. Everyone is invited to dress in their costumes.
Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation
12505 C.R. 99, Findlay, OH.
Runs weekends September 19th – October 25th
Admission: $3 for adults and $2 for children under 12
Looking for an exciting new way to get to the pumpkin patch? Try taking the Pumpkin Train. This quarter scale train will take the family to the pumpkin patch to pick out the perfect pumpkin. After the train trip, enjoy games and family activities at the Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation museum.
Great Pumpkin Drop-Off
Bracy Gold Bison Ranch
11616 Co Rd 4, Swanton, OH.
November 7th 10am – 3pm and 4pm – 9pm
When the fun of Halloween is over usually pumpkins just go to rot in a dumpster or in the backyard, but why not drop those pumpkins off for bison to enjoy? The bison at Bracy Gold Bison Ranch love munching on pumpkin, and this would be a great family outing! Be sure to dress warm as you will be taking a wagon ride through the fields with North American Bison. And when you get back you can enjoy some tasty food and great music.