Let us take you on a tour of some of the creepiest and coolest attractions, plus some not-so-scary family fun too.
We've been busy “digging up” the spookiest Halloween happenings in Northwest Ohio. With all the legend and lore surrounding Halloween, there is undeniable fascination that continues to grow each year leading to plenty of scares to be had around town.
Haunted Hydro Dark Attraction Park
A lot of history surrounds the Haunted Hydro Dark Attraction Park in Fremont, Ohio. Built in 1911 as the Hydro Electric Power Plant, it was the first producer of electricity for the city of Fremont. After being left abandoned and vacant, a man named “Crazy Bob” Turner had an idea and breathed new life into the historical structure some 29 years ago as the Haunted Hydro. Now, each October, Crazy Bob hires hundreds of zombies, clowns and other un-earthly creatures to frighten the daylights out of the thousands of visitors looking for a good scare.
Haunted Hydro isn’t just a haunted house, it’s a complete haunted park. This year, three new terrifying attractions include The Asylum, where you will navigate twisting corridors as you hear screams coming through the padded cells. You may end up not just visiting the Asylum, but become part of it! Two more new haunts include The Condemned Carnival and Crazy Bob’s House of Crazies. Oh, and we hope you don’t have a fear of clowns!
Vanna Fright presents a new reality game show, W.O.O.D.S. – Warning: Only Outcome is Danger and Screams. Vanna has collected some of the most vile, dangerous and disgusting species and contains them in the WOODS compound. Contestants enter with the only way to win is to survive. Screaming is encouraged as it increases the creatures’ intensity.
You will also find three Escape Rooms with a variety of difficulty, an updated “Ghouls Gallery” along with a new gift shop to pick up a spooky souvenirs. Concessions are also available, and please bring the little ghouls out on Sunday afternoon for a Friendly Monster Scare that’s less intense.
Haunted Hydro is open every Friday and Saturday through November 3, Sunday, October 21 and 28, plus Halloween night. Tickets prices range from $20-$40, depending on level of scare you are looking for. And remember Crazy Bob’s famous words of caution… “Expect the unexpected and never, ever come alone!”
Adams Street Zombie Crawl
Get your freak on Toledo, and come celebrate Toledo’s biggest Halloween party of the year, the Adams Street Zombie Crawl on October 20. This event of the “undead” continues to grow each year as the Zombie population continues to increase in Toledo.
Now in its 9th season, the Zombie Crawl will be held on Adams Street in UpTown Toledo from 21st to 11th Streets with entry gates into an enclosed party zone – to contain the Zombie virus, of course. Once inside, you will have access to all six Zombie Crawl bars (Ottawa Tavern, Poco Loco, The Attic, Manhattans Pub & Cheer, Georgjz's and Wesley’s).
Get as creepy, bloody and creative as you choose when piecing together your Zombie attire, and might we suggest checking out the hottest Zombie television show on earth to get some costume tips?
You’ll be doing your best “Thriller” dance to live local and regional bands including Amelia Airharts, Eerie Point, OXYMORRONS and plenty more from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the Ottawa Tavern lot.
The event is strictly for Zombies 21 and over. $10 wristbands (cash only) are available upon entry and reentry will require a new wristband. ATM’s are available.
Don’t miss the night of the undead when Toledo will gather together in revelry and terror. This event benefits The Village on Adams with the mission to keep Adams Street fun, creative, beautiful, safe & weird.
Lake Eerie Fearfest at Ghostly Manor Thrill Center
This is one haunted attraction you don’t want to miss this Halloween! It all began in the year 2000 in Sandusky, Ohio when businessman Bill Criscione purchased Skateworld and created Ghostly Manor. After years of building a solid business at Ghostly Manor providing roller skating, virtual reality games and a haunted house, Criscione launched Lake Eerie Fearfest in 2012.
Now offering six attractions in one, an Escape Room and concessions, Lake EERIE Fearfest is frequently rated among one of the top haunted attractions and has been featured on the Travel Channel and ranked by Forbes Magazine at its Top 10 Haunted Attractions in the country.
In 2017, a new outdoor Haunted Trail was added to the attraction offerings. Carefully crafted with meticulous props including dismembered bodies, skeletons and corpses, combined with mysterious screams, adds an element of spine-tingling suspense to a creepy walk through the woods.
We’ll let you in on a little secret. Expect surprises, and lots of them. Bodies dropping from the ceiling? Yes. Spiders above your head? Check! Rice droppers that drip wet “maggots” on you? It’s going to happen. And for the Dead in the Water haunt, ponchos are provided as you may get wet when you board the oldest ship known to man and traverse through the darkness. It’s all part of experiencing one of the best and most original haunted attractions in the country.
Lake Eerie Fearfest is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the remainder of October. Tickets are $22 and allows access to all five Haunted Houses and the Haunted Trail; add a Fast Pass for an additional $10.
Spooky Science at Imagination Station
Dare to come into the lair of Imagination Station when Spooky Science returns October 26-31. Kids of all ages will have a scary good time creating some Halloween magic with these hands-on activities:
- Create a Shrunken Head – don’t worry, you’ll really use apples for this activity – and take your creation home with you!
- Brew your own Boo Bubbles – with a top-secret ingredient – that will make the creepiest concoction ever!
- What’s Halloween without a little scary music? FrakenSounds allows you to experiment with a table of spooky-sounding instruments to compose your own creeptastic music.
- For the Oobleck Reanimation experiment, you’ll use soundwaves to make the Oobleck come to life and dance before your eyes.
No need to be scared, Spooky Science is included with your admission cost!
Garrison Ghost Walks
Grab some hot apple cider, toss in a cinnamon stick and head to Fort Meigs: Ohio’s War of 1812 Battlefield for the annual Garrison Ghost Walk. Tours take place two consecutive weekends on Friday and Saturday nights, October 19-20 and October 26-27.
Your tour guide will lead your group by lantern on a journey back in time, telling eerie tales of lost loves, the physical and emotional toll of war and spirits that refuse to sleep. Groups will enjoy the spooky tales spun by actors in period costume at 4-5 “telling stations” that make up the largest reconstructed fort in the U.S.
Ghost Walks are held in the evening, last about one hour and are a great family outing. All-age tours run from 7-8:30 p.m. and step off every fifteen minutes. Ghost hunters rejoice! Those who are 18 and over that enjoy the paranormal will be want to book the 8:45 or 9 p.m. adult-only tours. Chris Woodyard, author of the Haunted Ohio series, wrote about her personal experience with the supernatural at Fort Meigs in her book, Haunted Ohio V. Who knows, maybe you’ll meet a kindred spirit or two.
Tickets are only available for purchase online, and remember to dress for the weather! Ghost Walks are rain or shine, and refreshments are available (cash only).
Toledo Symphony Orchestra's Halloween Spooktacular
Toledo Symphony’s Halloween Spooktacular returns to the stage of the historic Valentine Theatre on October 28 from 3-5 p.m., scaring up a good time for families as they enjoy spooky classics performed by the outstanding Toledo Symphony Orchestra.
Make sure the kids are dressed in their Halloween best as they will enjoy a variety of pre-concert activities – like the popular instrument petting zoo – in the Grand Lobby before heading for the fabulously fun main concert. Bring your camera, as kids get the opportunity to walk across the stage as they join in the annual costume parade!
Please contact the Box Office at 419.246.8000 for information on child/student ticket pricing.
iHeart Radio's Trunk or Treat
Bring your little princesses, ghosts and goblins to the annual iHeartRadio’s Trunk or Treat at Hensville Park on October 28 from 1-4 p.m. to safely trick or treat through the Halloweenfest! Dress to impress to compete in the kid and pet costume contests, pose for shots in the photo booth and so many more fun Halloween activities for the whole family.
Expect large crowds, so get here early and dress for the weather. Remember, candy will be distributed while supplies last. And who wants to tell the children there’s no candy?
This year, Hensville is partnering with SeaGate Food Bank to collect canned goods and nonperishable food items for the holiday season, so if you are able, please bring one to donate upon entry.
Looking for more Halloween fun? There are plenty of corn mazes, hay rides and pumpkin farms to explore. Check out the Country Lane Tree Farm in Genoa, Ohio and search for the perfect pumpkin at their Great Pumpkin Patch, the largest in the Toledo area. Hop aboard a Haunted Hay Ride, or shop for a huge selection of gourds, cornstalks and other Halloween decorations. For more ideas to add to your frightfully fun October itinerary, go to our events page. Happy Hauntings!