HAUNTS AND HAPPENINGS


Dances

Family Halloween Bash at the Old Mill, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18, Lanterman’s Mill, 980 Canfield Road, Youngstown. Wear a costume and enjoy activities, food, music/dancing with Diva Productions and a costume competition. Register/pay at Ford Nature Center by Oct. 15. The cost is $15 for Mahoning County residents, $18 for nonresidents for family of 3; extra family members are $3 for residents, $5 non-residents. Children younger than 3 enter free with family registration.

Hayrides and Haunted Houses

Hayrides to the Pumpkin Patch, Catalpa Grove Farms, 41473 state Route 14, Columbiana. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 26 (weather permitting). One-mile hayrides through scenic woods to the pumpkin patch. Cost is $3.50 per person, and age 2 and younger are free. Pumpkins will be sold; cost is 30 cents per pound, $1.35 for small pie pumpkins. Corn maze for older children and adults, and a straw maze for younger children, both free. For information, call 330-482-4064 or visit www.catalpagrove.com.

Canfield Scaregrounds, 7265 Columbiana-Canfield Road, Canfield. Haunted house and hayride featuring Slaughterhouse, Haunted Farm House and Blood Harvest Hayride and unveiling of new attraction, Blood Moon Farm. Open rain or shine from 7 to midnight Fridays and Saturdays and 7 to 10 p.m. Sundays and Halloween, now through Nov. 1. Cost for farm house and Slaughterhouse, $12 adults, $8 for those younger than 10; hayride and Slaughterhouse, $12 adults, $7 for children younger than 10; combo price for farm house, hayride and Slaughterhouse, $20 adults, $10 children younger than 10. For group rates, call 800-431-3343 or email midamericaevents@aol.com; $2 off discount coupons available at Arby’s. Visit www.bloodmoonfarm.com.

Family-friendly haunted wagon rides, Boardman Park, 375 Boardman Poland Road, Fridays and Saturdays in October starting Oct. 10. The event starts at 6 p.m.; ticket sales are from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Times are subject to change due to weather and volunteer safety. The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children younger than 12. Family rates are $12 for Boardman residents, $15 for nonresidents (family rate based on two adults and up to four children). Proceeds will benefit 4H Clubs of Mahoning County, 4H Alumni, P.A.N.D.A. and Key Club of Boardman High School. Along with the rides, Jocko the Clown balloon art, bonfires, climbing walls, children’s bounce-a-rounds, and a lighted pumpkin display Oct. 17-31 will be offered in the park as entertainment.

Fear Forest, 6780 Tod Ave. SW (state Route 45), Lordstown. Hayride, haunted house mental hospital “Insane-A-Tarium” and new Forbidden Cornfield attraction spread over 68 acres. 7 to midnight Fridays and Saturdays and 7 to 10 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 1. Ticket sales end at 11:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. and 9:30 p.m. Sunday. In the event of light rain, hayride will remain open (wagons are covered); in heavy rain, haunted house will remain open for $10. Ticket prices, with combination deals, are available at www.fearforest.com.

Frightmare Forest, Lazy Dazy Farm, 2061 Atkinson Ave., Youngstown. Haunted hayrides 7 to 11 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays and 7 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays throughout October. Open Halloween night from 7 p.m. until all spectators are gone. Visit www.youngstownfrightmareforest.com or call 330-743-2162.

Ghoul Mansion, 66 N. Main St., Sharon, Pa. Featuring CarnEvil Fear Sideshow Horrors, haunts in the Scarin’ Behavioral Institute, including solitary confinement, and the new “Hooded Haunt” where guests will conquer the haunted house alone, in the dark and hooded. Open 7 to 10 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays, 7 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 1. General admission is $7 for one attraction, $14 for two, $18 for three, and $25 for “ScarePass” (three attractions with RIP pass to skip all lines on Friday and Saturday). Visit www.ghoulmansion.com.

Ghost Lake at Conneaut Lake Park, 12382 Center St., Conneaut Lake, Pa. Thirteen Levels of Fear including Front Gates of Hell, Clown Town, Funeral Home, House of Evil, Haunted Hotel Conneaut, Zombie Hell, Last House On The Left, 3-D Carnival of Fear, Purple Haze, Demon House, Cabin in the Woods, Devil’s Den and Blue Streak Ghoster Coaster. Open 7 to midnight Fridays and Saturdays, 7 to 11 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 1. Allow two hours to explore attraction. Ticket sales end at 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 9:30 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $25 Friday and Saturday and $20 Sunday for adults; $17 Friday and Saturday and $15 Sunday for children 11 and under. For group rates, call 800-431-3343 or email midamericaevents@aol.com. Visit www.ghostlake.net.

Halloweekends at Cedar Point, One Cedar Point Drive, Sandusky. Open weekends through Nov. 2; 6 p.m. to midnight Fridays, 11 a.m. to midnight Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays. Family-friendly (nonscary) events include Magical House on Boo Hill, Monster Midway Invasion, Halloween show and kids’ costume contest, trick or treats and more. Scary events include mazes, scare zones, live shows and other haunted experiences. Expanded information and ticket prices at www.cedarpoint.com/things-to-do/halloweekends.

Hells Hollow Haunt, Hell’s Hollow Farm, 340 Bestwick Road, Mercer, Pa. Haunted “Bloody Barn” with two new floors, haunted hayride and corn-field walk. Combo adult ticket is $20/person, and combo for children 12 and younger is $12/person. Combo pass coupon available on website. Open from 7 to 10 or 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 1. Visit www.hellshollowhaunt.com or call 724-662-1999.

Kennywood Park Phantom Fright Nights, 4800 Kennywood Blvd., West Mifflin, Pa. Spectacles include BioFear, Voodoo Bayou, Mortem Manor, Villa of the Vampires and more. Park thrill rides open. Open from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 1, and special 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 12. At gate, cost is $32.99 with $1 amusement tax; buy tickets online and save $3, and save $5 by buying tickets at Giant Eagle. Other deals available. For information, go to www.phantomfrightnights.com.

The Original Haunted Hayride, Storeyland Christmas Tree Farm, 5148 state Route 7, Burghill. Sponsored by Hartford Optimist Club. Nonhaunted hayrides from 5:30 to 7 p.m., haunted hayrides from 7:30 to 10 p.m., Sunday and Oct. 11, 18, 24 and 25. Refreshments available. Proceeds benefit Hartford youth groups and organizations. Call 330-772-8733 or go to www.hartfordoptimist.com or www.storeyland.com.

Wagon Trails Animal Park Hayride and Apple Toss, 907 Youngstown-Kingsville Road SE, Vienna. On the “Apple Toss Express,” guests will ride through the park and toss, launch or roll apples to bison, zebras, camels and other animals. Wagon Trails features apple launchers that allow visitors to slingshot the apples as well as customized apple cannons. Hayrides and apple tosses are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 26. Free with regular park admission. Call 330-539-4494 or visit www.wagontrails.com.

Walking Deadhouse, 523 E. Market St., Warren (across from the Sunrise Inn). Open from 7 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays in October and Nov. 1. Zombies invade downtown Warren. Tickets are $10, available at the door or at the Sunrise Inn, 510 E. Market St. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Parental guidance is recommended.

NIGHTLIFE

Halloween Costume Party with DJ Pat Tucci, 10 p.m. Oct. 31, Georgia City Lights, 3036 E. State St., Hermitage, Pa.

Halloween Costume Party with The Sensations, 8:30 p.m. Oct. 31, The Fireplace Restaurant, 2075 E. Western Reserve Road, Poland.

Rocky Horror Picture Show screenings, Oakland Center for the Arts, 220 W. Boardman St., Youngstown. Four showings: 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. on both Oct. 25 and Oct. 31; doors open at 7 p.m. A selection of classic cartoons, movie trailers and short films for the Halloween season will be shown before the movie. Halloween Carnival will be offered in the Star Gallery before the movie, with games, prizes, concessions and tarot readings. Costumes encouraged. Prop bags for the movie and concessions will be for sale. Film is rated R— no one younger than 18 will be admitted without adult supervision. Cost is $10 at the door; carnival and pre-show festivities are free.

NONFRIGHTFUL FUN

Parto’s Golf Learning Center Annual Halloween Party for Kids, 2231 Coitsville-Hubbard Road (Route 616), Youngstown. Noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 18. Cost is $5 per child. Pumpkin decorating, face painting, mini golf, games, balloons, prizes, popcorn and cupcakes. Call 239-404-1117.

Pymatuning State Park Halloween Spooktacular, Jamestown Campground, 2660 Williamsfield Road, Jamestown, Pa. Open 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Oct. 10-11. Pumpkin derby, family night hike, bonfire and DJ, family movie night, donuts, kids crafts and face painting, balloon art and magic show with The Real Magic Steve (Oct. 11 only), pumpkin slingshot, costume contest, trick or treat, nonscare hayrides, camp-site decoration contest. No parking or entrance fee. Derby, slingshot, hayrides and crafts have a small fee to participate; all others free. Food, beverages and pumpkins will be for sale. For information, visit www.facebook.com/pymatuningstatepark.

Boo Thru the Woods, Boardman Park, 375 Boardman-Poland Road, Ex-Servicemen’s pavilion, Boardman. From 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 12; children will receive treats from area businesses during a nonhaunted wagon ride. Free. Replaces the park’s former Trunk or Treat event.

Bow-Wow-Ween, Austintown Township Park, 6000 Kirk Road, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 18. Sponsored by Legacy Dog Rescue. Pet and kid costume contests, games, vendors, representatives from other pet-rescue organizations, 50-50 raffle, basket auction and fall/Halloween-themed pictures (printed 4-by-6 photos at event) will be available. There will be a $5 costume contest entry fee. For information, follow Legacy Dog Rescue on Facebook.

Coolspring Corn Maze and Farm Market, 537 Franklin Road, Mercer, Pa. General admission activities include corn maze, indoor hay maze, hayride, pedal tractor racetrack, mountain slides and barnyard board game for $9.95. Additional pay activities, at $5 each, are mechanical-bull riding, gemstone mining, pony rides, cow train and pumpkin blaster. “Admission with a bang” includes all general-admission activities and one additional pay attraction for $12.95. Group rates and season passes available. Open 4 to 11 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 2. Visit www.coolspringmaze.com.

Corn Maze at Guyette Farms, 10833 Chamberlain Road, Mantua. Open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 26; last ticket sold 90 minutes before closing. Cost for age 3 and older is $6, and children 2 and younger enter for free. Corn maze, round-bale obstacle course, bale maze for young children, corn box, slide, petting zoo, hayride, indoor play area and apple- launching pad. Pick your own pumpkin patch, 25 cents per pound. For information, call 330-562-5234 or go to www.guyettefarms.com/corn-maze.html.

Derthick’s Corn Maze and Farm Experience, 5182 state Route 82, Mantua. The 2014 corn maze celebrates American legends Paul Bunyan, Babe the Blue Ox, Annie Oakley and Johnny Appleseed. Corn Maze ticket includes three mazes, games, play area and more; Farm Experience ticket includes wagon ride, free pony ride, animals, games, a “bucking cow train” ride and play areas; a combo ticket for both is also available. Open Fridays to Sundays through Nov. 2. For information on ticket prices and opening/closing times visit www.derthickscornmaze.com.

Detwiler Farm, 4520 Renkenberger Road (one mile west of Route 46), Columbiana, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 26. Hayrides to the 10 acre pumpkin patch, straw maze, 4 acre cornfield maze, petting zoo, fall decorations, and apples and cider. www.detwilerfarm.com or 330-482-2276.

Ellwood City Oktoberfest, Ewing Park, 330 Sims St., Ellwood City, Pa. Open noon to 5:30 p.m. SaturdayTickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Foods to celebrate Ellwood City-area heritages, locally brewed beers to sample, basket auctions and raffles, cornhole tournament, entertainment by RMS Trio from noon-2:30 p.m. and Major-D from 3-5:30 p.m. Sponsored by Ellwood City Wolves club, the Lions club and Rotary club.

Fall Celebration Weekends, White House Fruit Farm, 9249 Youngstown-Salem Road, Canfield. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 26. New children’s play area with cost of $2/child that will feature a hay mountain, corn maze, bouncing horse track, scarecrow creation station, and create-a-pumpkin wipe board. New “snack shack” with picnic tables located near play area entrance will offer donuts, fry pies, cider, water, and coffee. The farm also offers a caterpillar tunnel, petting zoo, funhouse, pony rides and a buggy tour of the orchard. Information at www.whitehousefruitfarm.com.

Fall Fun Weekends at Ridgeview Farms, 5488 Kinsman Road (state Route 87), Middlefield. Hayride, corn maze, pick your own pumpkin, petting zoo, lunch and Amish bake stand, and other fall activities. There is no admission charge to the farm, but cost for corn maze is $5.50/ person, hayride $5.50/ person and maze-hayride combo $10. Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 26. Pig races at 2 and 4 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday in October. Visit www.ridgeviewfarm.com.

Ghost Walk Warren, First Presbyterian Church, 256 Mahoning Ave. NW, Warren. Sponsored by Fine Arts Council of Trumbull County. Guided tours leave every 10 minutes from church parking lot. One-mile historic walking tour features stops where actors portray people who lived in Trumbull County. Last group leaves at 9 p.m. Tours 6:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 10, 11, 18 and 19. Tickets at the door are $7 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Buy tickets in advance and save $1 off each and bypass ticket line. Info at www.trumbullarts.org.

Halloween Planetarium Show, 1 and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 11, 18 and 25 in Ward Beecher Hall, Youngstown State University. Non-scary program is free and for all ages. Information available by calling 330-941-1370.

Irons Mill Farmstead Corn Maze and Fall Fun, 252 Greenfield Road, New Wilmington, Pa. Open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays to Sundays through Nov. 2, with special opening 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Columbus Day, Oct. 13. A $10.95 Barnwelly Farm Pass includes entrance to corn maze, hayride, duck races, corncob beach, bounce castles, slide mountain, jumping pillow, pumpkin bowling and more; a seasons Farm Pass is $14.95 and will include all Barnwelly Farm Pass activities with unlimited visits in the 2014 season. Senior citizen cost is $7.95 and ages 2 and younger enter for free. Additional fees for pumpkin slingshots and pony rides. Visit www.ironsmillfarmstead.com for information.

Kid’s Boo Bash, 5-8 p.m. Oct. 29, Quaker Steak and Lube- Austintown, 5800 Interstate Blvd. Children are invited to arrive in their costumes. Activities will include pumpkin painting, crafts, trick or treat bags and an indoor bounce house.

Kids Pumpkin and Magic Train, boarding site near 161 E. Jefferson St., Jefferson. Departures at 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and Oct. 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26. See the fall foliage on a train ride from Jefferson. Entertainment with magician Freddie the Hobo. A bag of popcorn and small pumpkin to take home are free with child’s fare. Trains are enclosed, decorated for the season and heated. Cost is $14 for adults, $12 for seniors 60+, $10 for children ages 2 to 10 and children under 2 are free when held. Visit www.familytrainrides.com or call 440-576-6346.

Maze Craze, 14070 Woodworth Road (state Route 165), New Springfield. Four mazes through 20 acres of corn. This year will feature a Wild West theme, with one maze displaying the face of John Wayne. Activities include corn field games, gemstone mining, corn box, straw pyramids, jumping balls, food concessions, swing set and corn hole. Pumpkins, gourds, straw bales and corn stalks will be available for purchase. Hayrides and barrel train rides will be available from noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays in October. Open through Nov. 2. Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 8, 15, 22 and 29, with last ticket sold at 8; 5 to midnight Fridays, last ticket 10 p.m.; 11 a.m. to midnight Saturdays, last ticket 10 p.m.; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays, last ticket 7 p.m. Cost for all four mazes is $9 for ages 12 and older, $7 for 5 to 11 and free for 4 and younger. Hayrides are $3 each or free for ages 3 and under. Barrel Train rides are $1 each. 330-549-9000 or www.getlostatmazecraze.com.

MetroMutts Howl-O-Ween Hike, 10-11 a.m., Oct. 18, MetroParks Bikeway. Bring your dog dressed in costume for this hike. Refreshments will be served after the hike in the pavilion. MetroMutts members receive a free pumpkin. For more details, visit millcreekmetroparks.org.

Niles Cemetery Walk, Union Cemetery, intersection of Niles-Cortland Road and Vienna Ave., Niles, 5 p.m. Oct. 5. Historian Wendell Lauth will lead a tour through the grave sites at the cemetery, where guests will learn about the prominent residents who once lived in Niles.

ONSTAGE

“Living Dead: The Musical,” by Rust Belt Theater Company, Calvin Center, 755 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown. Performances are at 8 p.m. Oct. 17-18, 24-25 and Oct. 31-Nov. 1.

“The Turn of the Screw,” by Victorian Players Theater, 702 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown. Performances will be 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, 7, 8, 14 and 15, and 2 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 2, 9 and 16.

PUMPKINS

Carved Pumpkin Art, Fellows Riverside Gardens in Youngstown, noon-1:30 p.m. Oct. 25. Children ages 10-17 invited to make pumpkin art. Learn about techniques and tools to best execute your jack o’ lanterns. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens at 330-740-7116 to register. Cost is $10.

Conneaut Lake’s Fall Pumpkin Fest, Conneaut Lake Park, 12382 Center St., Conneaut Lake, Pa. Festival from 2 to 8 p.m. Oct. 10, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Oct. 11, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 12. Food vendors, crafters, artisans, and entertainment including a giant pumpkin drop, fireworks, parade in downtown Conneaut Lake, pageant at Conneaut Lake Middle School, pet parade at Conneaut Lake Elementary, and Bluegrass Festival at Hotel Conneaut. For information call 814-853-5833 or visit www.pumpkinfest.conneautlake.com.

Ohio Valley Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off, Parks Garden Center, 9010 state Route 62, Canfield. 10 to 2 p.m. Oct. 11. Prize money will exceed $25,000 for heaviest categories of giant pumpkin, watermelon, tomato and Halloween pumpkin, as well as widest sunflower head and longest gourd. Exhibits will remain on display through 4 p.m. that day, and several of the larger pumpkins will remain on display through Halloween. There is no admission charge. Lunch stand available. Call 330-533-7278.

Pumpkin Carve Out Contest, Boardman Park, 375 Boardman Poland Road, Boardman. 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 10, noon to 9 p.m. Oct. 11 and noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 12. Guests will bring carving tools and newspaper to create Jack O’ Lanterns. There is a small charge per pumpkin. Prizes will be awarded in all age categories.

Pumpkin Carving at the Park, Mill Creek MetroParks Service Building at Fellows Riverside Gardens, Youngstown. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 16-18, carve pumpkins that will be displayed at the Pumpkin Walk at Twilight on Oct. 19. The carving area is in the Service Building, which may be chilly, so dress appropriately. Carving tools will be provided while supplies last or you can bring your own. For details, visit millcreekmetroparks.org.

Pumpkin Walk at Twilight, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown. Walk through Fellows Riverside Gardens’ pumpkin-lined path live entertainment and children’s activities from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 19. This event is free and open to the public.

Pint Size Pumpkin Picking Wagon Rides, Mill Creek MetroParks Farm, 7574 Columbiana-Canfield Road, Canfield. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Oct. 11, 18 and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday and Oct. 12 and 19. Corn maze, guided tractor and wagon ride, pumpkin picking and decorating. Farm barns will be open to visit the animals. Wagon rides leave every half hour. Rides are $1; ride including pumpkin, $4. Details visit www.millcreekmetroparks.org.

Pumpkin Festival, Columbiana County Fairgrounds, 225 Lee Ave., Lisbon. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.Craft show, food vendors, scarecrow contest, and games for kids. Featuring a tractor pull on Saturday and classic car cruise on Sunday.

Volant Shops’ Autumn Pumpkin Festival, Main Street Shops, 550 Main St., Volant, Pa., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 11. Featuring pumpkin decorating and tin punching for kids, a chili cook-off, food and drink, fresh produce for sale, local honey and live beehive demonstration, Amish textiles and work local artisans on display. There will be horse drawn hay rides in the Volant Mills Courtyard from 1-4 p.m. and live folk music by Rick Bruening 1-5 p.m. Visit www.volantshops.com/events.

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