Fright nights and fun times

Halloween season haunts, hayrides and happenings


Halloween Masquerade Costume Ball: 7 p.m. to midnight, Oct. 26, Blue Wolf Banquet Center, 7095 Lockwood Blvd., Boardman. Includes dinner buffet, adult beverages, music by the Ruthless Groove and a costume contest. Tickets are $30 per person or $50 per couple; call 330-726-1410, or email

Halloween Dance Party: 5 to 9 p.m., Oct. 28. Orthodox Center, 1025 N. Belle Vista Ave., Youngstown. USA Dance will host a night of ballroom, latin, swing and hustle dancing, featuring prizes, pizza, tango lessons and more. Beginners classes start at 5 p.m., with open dance from 6:15 to 9 p.m. Admission is $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers and $2.50 for students.

Masquerade at the Mill: Lanterman’s Mill, Mill Creek Park, 6:30 to 10 p.m. Oct. 27. Featuring food, adult beverages, musical entertainment on two floors, tours of Lanterman’s Mill, tarot card readings and more. Come dressed “mysteriously elegant.” For age 21 and over. Entrance fee is $65 per person.

Masquerade Party: Presented by the Celebrity Dancers of Youngstown, 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 12, at The Jewish Community Center, 505 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown. The evening will feature a dinner buffet, dancing, raffles, silent auction and prizes for the best masquerade masks. Tickets are $15; call 330-788-9019.

UPMC Horizon Community Health Foundation annual Boo Ball: 7 p.m. Oct. 26, at The Corinthian, 47 Vine Ave., Sharon, Pa. The evening will feature a dinner buffet and dancing. Costumes are encouraged but not required. Tickets are $35 each or $300 for a table of 10. For information or to purchase tickets, call 724-983-8875.

Hayrides and haunted houses

Canfield Scaregrounds: 7265 Columbiana-Canfield Road. Featuring the new Maze of the Mist. Food and drinks on the interactive midway. Cost (house and mist): adults, $12; kids under 10, $7; hayride and mist adults, $10; kids under 10, $6; house, hayride and mist, adults, $20; kids under 10, $10. Runs weekends Sept. 21-Oct. 28. Hours: 7 to midnight Fridays and Saturdays; 7 to 10 p.m. Sundays. Visit

Family Friendly Haunted Wagon Rides: Boardman Park, 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27. Adults, $5; children 12 and under, $3. Family rates (based on two adults and up to four children) $12 for Boardman residents, $15 for nonresidents.

Fear Forest: Route 45 behind Dairy Queen, Lordstown. Sept. 28-Oct. 28. Hours: 7 to midnight Fridays and Saturdays, 7 to 10 Sundays. Adult hayride: $8, children under 12, $6; hayride and insane-a-tarium, $14. Not recommended for children. 330-824-3141 or

Frightmare Forest Haunted Hayrides: Lazy Daisy Farm, 2061 Atkinson Ave., Youngstown. Thursdays through Sundays, Oct. 4 to 31; the cost is $7. Hours are 7 to 11 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays, 7 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays. Hours on Oct. 31 are 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Go to

Ghost Lake, Conneaut Lake Park, Pa.: Eight levels of fear: Clown Town, Rot’s Funeral Home, The House of Fear, Maze of Terror, Insanity, The Un-Fun House, The Devil’s Den and The Blue Streak Ghoster Coaster. 7 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays; 7 to 11 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 28.

Ghoul Mansion: 66 N. Main St., Sharon, Pa. Hours: 7 to 10 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays; 7 to midnight Fridays and Saturdays, through Oct. 31. Tickets are $10 to $15.

HalloWeekends at Cedar Point: One Cedar Point Drive, Sandusky. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays Sept. 14-Oct. 28. Features outdoor scare zones and haunted houses, live entertainment and themed children’s attractions. Ten haunted houses and nighttime attractions, special entertainment and decorations, a parade and daytime fun for kids. Visit

Kennywood Park’s Phantom Fright Nights: West Mifflin, Pa., Several haunts and scare zones. Hours: 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays beginning Sept. 28 through Oct. 27 and 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 7 only. Go to or

The Original Haunted Hayride: Storeyland Christmas Tree Farm, 5148 state Route 7, Burghill, sponsored by Hartford Optimist Club. 7:30 to 10 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 1, 8, 15 and 22. Nonhaunted hayrides from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Refreshments available. 330-772-8733 or

Springfield Haunted Hayride: 11511 Springfield Road, North Lima. Hours: dusk to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and dusk to 9 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 28. Bands on Saturdays at 8 p.m. See website for coupons,


Zombie Crawl: 2 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., Oct. 27, downtown Youngstown. Participants dress as zombies for this annual bar crawl that includes food and drink specials at participating restaurants and bars. It begins with a zombie walk down West Federal Street in the early evening.

Thrill the World Youngstown: After the Zombie Crawl, Oct. 27, participants will perform the dance from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” on Youngstown’s Central Square at 7 p.m.

Nonfrightful Fun

Columbiana Maze Craze: 45107 state Route 14, Columbiana. Four mazes located in 20 acres of corn. Pumpkins, gourds, straw bales and corn stalks are available for purchase. Other activities include corn box, straw pyramids, food concessions, corn hole and new gemstone mining attraction. Hayrides and barrel train rides noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays in October. Mazes open through Nov. 4. Hours of operation: 5 to 10 p.m. Fridays (last ticket sold; maze closes at midnight); 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays (maze closes at midnight); 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays (maze closes at 9 p.m.) and 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays only in October. Admission for all four mazes is $9 for age 12 and older; $7 for age 5 to 11; free for age 4 and under. Hayrides are $3, and barrel train rides are $1; age 3 and under free. 330-482-9904 or

Coolspring Maze and Farm Market: U.S. Route 62, 31/2 miles north of Mercer, Pa. Ten-acre corn maze, hayrides, gemstone mining, pumpkin blasters, corn cannon and expanded food menu. Maze hours: 4 to 11 p.m. Fridays; 11 to 11 Saturdays; 11 to 8 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 4. Bring flashlights. Cost: $7.95. Visit

Conneaut Lake Bark Park: Foust Road just north of Route 18. “The Haunting” Halloween party for dogs to benefit Canine Partners for Life and Paws Therapy Dogs groups. Dogs can play games and paint a picture in the Pawcasso booth, enter the Halloween costume contest with prizes, silent auction, treats and snacks. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 20. Go to conneautlakebarkpark.

Countryside Farm Halloween: noon to 5 p.m., weekends in October, 4684 Center Road, Lowellville. Hayrides, pony rides, face painting and pumpkin painting. Families are invited to pick from thousands of pumpkins in the fields, as well as cornstalks, straw, apples, or cider for any fall decorating needs. Weather permitting, the farm is also open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 330-536-2178.

Derthick’s Corn Maze and Farm Experience: State Route 82 in Mantua, just east of state Route 44, honors the late astronaut and Ohio native John Glenn as the theme of its 17-acre corn maze this year. Runs weekends Sept. 23-Oct. 28, weather permitting. There’s also the bucking cow train for kids, pony rides and the Farm Experience barn. Hours: Fridays, 5 to 11 p.m.; Saturdays, 1 to 11 p.m.; and Sundays, 1 to 5 p.m. The last tickets are sold at 9:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 5 p.m. on Sundays. Admission (4 years and older) is $8 for the Corn Maze, $8 for the Farm Experience, or $14 for both. For those interested only in going to the pumpkin patch, a hayride is available (cost for pumpkins is additional). Visit

Detwiler Farm: 4520 Renkenberger Road (one mile west of Route 46, five miles south of Canfield, two miles north of Columbiana), will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 28. There will be hayrides to the 10-acre “you pick” pumpkin patch, straw maze, four-acre cornfield maze, petting zoo, fall decorations, apples and cider. 330-482-2276 or

Ellwood City Oktoberfest: Ewing Park, 330 Sims St., Ellwood City. Noon to 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Enjoy bocce, tennis, nature trails, as well as local craft beers and food. Admission is $25 and includes unlimited food and brew tasting. 724-758-7777.

Fall Fun Weekends: Ridgeview Farm, 5488 Kinsman Road (state Route 87, 71/2 miles west of state Route 45 or 31/2 miles east of Middlefield). Noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through October. Hayride, corn maze, pick your own pumpkin, petting zoo, lunch, Amish bake stand and other fall activities. No admission charge to the farm. Go to

Ghost Walk in Warren: The Fine Arts Council of Trumbull County will host its 2012 Ghost Walk on Oct. 12, 13, 26 and 27. Guided tours will leave from First Presbyterian Church, 256 Mahoning Ave., every 10 minutes between 6:30 and 9 p.m. Actors and actresses will probe the secrets of Warren’s historic district and will explore the lives of those who lived and died in Trumbull County, including stops along Millionaires’ Row. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for those 12 and under. Guests can go to to book tickets in advance, which will save $1 per ticket and allow them to bypass the ticket line at the event.

The Ghosts of Burton Historical Tour: 14485 N. Cheshire St., Burton. Tours are from 5:30 to 11 p.m. Oct. 20 and 27. Each tour lasts about three hours. Several volunteers will be stationed throughout the historical Century Village and at the county’s oldest cemetery to tell local stories of old. Pre-registration and pre-payment required. No tickets at time of tour. The cost is $18. In past years, the Ghosts of Burton Historical Tour has sold out in advance of the dates; call 440-834-5050 to order by credit card, or go to

Hayrides to the Pumpkin Patch: Catalpa Grove Farms, 41473 state Route 14, Columbiana. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Oct. 13 and 20. 330-482-4064.

Kids’ Pumpkin Train: Weekends Oct. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21 and 27-28 with departures at 1 and 3 p.m. at 161 E. Jefferson St., Jefferson. Entertainment by magician Jim Hathy and Freddie the Hobo. No reservations required; visit

Spooktacular Funfest at Judge Morley Pavilion: Mill Creek Park, 12:30 to 4 p.m., Oct. 20. Families can enjoy a concert by Hey Kid!, be entertained by Jocko the Clown, compete in a mummy wrap contest, and enter leash-secured, costumed pets into a special competition. Register at 12:30 p.m. for the children’s costume contest. Judging will begin for the competitions at 1 p.m.

Wagon Trails Animal Park Hayride and Apple Toss: 907 Youngstown-Kingsville Road SE, Vienna. The ninth annual event will be from 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 28. It’s free with admission to animal park. Call 330-539-4494, or visit

Warren Philharmonic “Halloween Spectacular” Family Concert: Christ Episcopal Church, 2627 Atlantic St. NE, Warren. 3 p.m. Oct. 28. 330-399-3606.


“Living Dead: The Musical,” by The Rust Belt Theater Company, 755 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown. Performances at 8 p.m. Oct. 19, 20, 26, 27, Nov. 2, 3. 330-507-2358.

“Postmortem,” by The New Castle Playhouse, 202 E. Long Ave., New Castle, Pa. Performances at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19, 20, 26, 27, Nov. 2, 3 and 2 p.m. Oct. 21 and 28, Nov. 4. 724-654-3437.

“Woman in Black,” by The Youngstown Playhouse, 600 Playhouse Lane. Performances at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19, 20, 26, 27, and 31 and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 21 and 28. 330-788-8739

“Edgar Allan Poe’s The Masque of the Red Death,” Victorian Players Theater, 702 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown; 330-746-5455. Performances at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27; 2 p.m. Oct. 14, 21 and 28; and midnight Oct. 20 and 27.


Pumpkin Carving: Fellows Riverside Gardens, Mill Creek Park, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Oct. 18, 19, 20. Help carve pumpkins to be displayed at the Fellows Riverside Gardens Pumpkin Walk on Oct. 21. Carving area is in the Service Building, which may be chilly, so it is suggested to dress in warm layers. Carving tools will be available, or guests are invited to bring their own. Light refreshments will be provided. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens for information at 330-740-7116.

Great Pumpkin Carve Out: Boardman Park. Small charge for pumpkins and wagon rides. Prizes awarded in all categories. Please bring your own carving tools and newspaper. Food concessions available. Jocko the Clown, balloon art and a bonfire. Hours: 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 12, noon to 10 p.m. Oct. 13 and noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 14. Lighted display will run from Oct. 21-31.

Pumpkin Walk at Twilight: Fellows Riverside Gardens, Mill Creek Park, 5:30 to 8 p.m., Oct. 21. Jack O’Lanterns will glow as guests stroll through the gardens at Twilight. Harvest decorations will be on display throughout Fellows Riverside Gardens. Refreshments and entertainment will be available in the Davis Center after the walk.

Pick of the Patch: MetroParks Farm, 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 12, 21, 28. Guests will enjoy a wagon ride through the fields, over the creek, and into the Farm’s pumpkin patch. Kids can choose their own pint-size pumpkin and, upon return, the facility will have supplies for families to decorate their pumpkins (no carving) for a beautiful fall display. Wagon rides will leave approximately every hour. Fee will be $2 per person, $3.50 per person with pumpkin.

Pumpkin Festival: Columbiana County Fairgrounds. 10 to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. Features arts and crafts, antiques, DJ, food, classic-car cruisers, pumpkin-carving contest, garden tractor pull and wagon rides. Food and concessions. Visit

Conneaut Lake Park Fall Pumpkin Fest: Oct. 12, 13, 14, Conneaut Lake Park. Family-oriented festival, featuring rides, food, crafts and entertainment with juried crafters, food vendors, entertainment and more. On Friday, the event will begin with a bluegrass benefit for Hospice at the Dockside from 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday festivities will include a parade downtown with bands, floats and civic groups from 10 a.m. to noon. From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, the event will offer games for kids, clowns, musicians and other entertainers. Artisan demonstrations will take place on the Hotel Conneaut lawn, including blacksmiths, cider makers, spinners, weavers, trappers, fishing lure craftsmen and a bow and arrow maker. All park rides will be in operation during the festival. The famous Giant Pumpkin Drop will drop a 1000-pound pumpkin on a vehicle Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. Visit

Other Frights

Pymatuning State Park Halloween Spooktacular: Jamestown Campground, 2660 Williamsfield Road, Jamestown, Pa., Friday, Saturday, Oct. 12 and 13. Fun for the entire family. Haunted hayrides, 8 to 11 p.m., $2; haunted walk in the woods, $2; Boo Alley Walk, $2. No-scare hayride on Saturdays only, 6 to 7 p.m., $2. Bring a canned food item and receive $1 off admission. 724-932-3142.

Witch Walk, Boardman High School: 7777 Glenwood Ave., Boardman. 7 p.m. Oct. 20, 21, 27, 28. Cost: $2. Proceeds benefit the Art Club and its activities. 330-758-7511.

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