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14 MustAttend Halloween Events In The Akron And Canton Area
Gather ‘round all you witches and warlocks, ghouls and boys — the spookiest season of the year is upon us again! Between the caramel apples, costume contests and frightful fun, there will be plenty to celebrate over the next few weeks, but Halloween wouldn’t be complete without attending one or two of these festive, local events.
From family-friendly gatherings to 21 and up events, we have rounded up some of the parties, festivals and bashes in the Akron and Canton area that we are most looking forward to. Mark your calendars and get ready to make this a Halloween you won’t soon forget!
September 23-October 29, Saturdays and Sundays
Photo courtesy of Ramseyer Farms
Spend the day on Ramseyer Farms, located just outside of Canton, and fall in love with fall all over again. The festival features giant corn mazes, face painting, and fun activities for all ages. Fuel your adventures with a number of delicious fall-themed concessions, including fresh kettle corn, apple cider and barbecue.
September 29-October 29
The Carnival of Horrors, located in Cuyahoga Falls, was proclaimed the most terrifying haunted house in the midwest, but it also rests among the top five most terrifying haunted houses in the world according to Monster Junkie Magazine. Only the bravest souls will be able to make it through all four attractions, which include an abandoned fun house, a freaky forest, an insane asylum and a freak show in 3D terror vision. Each offers a new labyrinth of chaos, wrong turns and monsters — and if you think you can escape unfazed, think again.
Enjoy a casual beer and wine tasting from local establishments as you stroll through the Akron Zoo after hours. Though costumes are not required, we challenge you to dress up as your favorite zoo animal for bonus points.
Celebrate all things pumpkin at Mapleside Farms, which happens to be home to some of Ohio’s largest pumpkins. The entire family can join in the fun with the pick-your-own pumpkin extravaganza, a crafting tent, a pie eating contest and more! Once you’ve picked the pumpkin of your dreams, sit in on the carving demonstrations to get inspiration for your next Jack-O-Lantern.
October 13,14, 20 and 21
This educational event gives a different meaning to the word “spooky.” In the natural world, there are countless species that tend to spook or creep people out, but the goal here is to allow families the opportunity to explore, experience, enjoy and learn about nature in a fun creative way. Attractions include an enlightening night walk, a chance to identify the sounds of the night, and a mad scientist who will explain the science behind his crazy experiments.
Settle in and grab your popcorn! This two-day movie marathon event will feature the most classic and frightening Frankenstein and Dracula films at the Canton Palace Theatre. Guests are welcome to buy individual movie tickets or a weekend pass for the full spooky experience.
Photo courtesy of the Canton Museum of Art
Don your cleverest costume, grab a few friends and get ready to dance the night away at this swanky event. The Art After Dark Costume Party takes place at the Canton Museum of Art, and features a non-stop dance floor, roaming entertainment, craft beer, a tarot card reader and other spooky surprises. Make sure to enter the costume contest for the chance to win prizes! All proceeds from the party will benefit the Canton Museum of Art and the Massillon Museum.
For the 10th year in a row, the streets of downtown Massillon will fill with the undead — but that doesn’t mean it won’t be a lively celebration. The annual zombie walk will feature a live performance from New Wave Nation, local vendors and artists, kids activities and crafts, and of course plenty of spooky costumes.
Located in historic downtown Canal Fulton, the Dragonfly Tea Room is a popular destination for elegant finger sandwiches and soul warming tea. For this event, bring the children to do crafts, play games, and decorate a pumpkin to take home!
October 14-15, 21-22 and 28-29
Dress up your little superheroes and princesses for this scare-free event at the Akron Zoo. Grab your candy passport and use it to hunt for treats around the zoo after hours. Between bites, make sure to give a Halloween greeting to your favorite animals!
Photo of the Players Guild
Join the Players Guild Theatre for its second annual Masquerade Ball. Here, you’ll find two kinds of spirits — the ones you consume and the ones inhabiting the theater. Dress in the costume of your choice, and enjoy a night full of dancing, libations and performances from haunted characters throughout the evening.
Akron’s biggest event of the season is expected to draw hundreds of costumed imbibers to the Tangier this year. Grab a drink from the open bar and head out to the dance floor, where a live dj will be slinging tunes all night. Make sure to dress in your Halloween best to have the chance to win $500 in the costume contest!
Photo courtesy of the Fieldcrest Estate
Enjoy wandering through the richly decorated grounds at the Fieldcrest Estate for the annual Glow festival. Guests will enjoy hayrides, a magical maze, demonstrations from jack-o-lantern artists, and thousands upon thousands of carved pumpkins that will light up the night.
This family-friendly festival is as spooky as it is fun! Enjoy scary story times, Halloween-themed games, and a nighttime flashlight corn maze adventure. Kids and their parents are invited to dress up in costumes for the full experience — and kids are welcome to participate in the costume parade. Bonus: Find a golden apple in pumpkin village, and you will have the chance to spin the prize wheel.
It’s the most frightful and fabulous time of the year! Halloween is almost upon us, but luckily, you won’t have to wait until October 31 to celebrate. Columbus is hosting a wide variety of spooky yet sweet Halloween events throughout the month, including costume contests, pumpkin carving, a spooky campout, adult trick-or-treating and more.
From family-friendly gatherings to 21-and-up events, we’ve rounded up the events we are most looking forward to this month. So, get dressed in your Halloween best, prepare your sweet tooth, and get ready to make this a season you will not soon forget.
Hitchcocktober | October 1-31
Film still from Hitchcock's "Vertigo" (1958)
For the eighth year running, the Gateway Film Center will countdown to halloween by showcasing the best films from Alfred Hitchcock. This month-long celebration of cinema and suspense will feature Vertigo, The Wrong Man, Strangers on a Train, The Birds, Psycho and more, all presented on the big screen.
The Glass Axis Pumpkin Patch Art Sale & Glass Workshop | October 6-8
Join Glass Axis to roam through a pumpkin patch like you’ve never seen! Here, you will find numerous local glass artists providing demonstrations, opportunities to take a class and make your own glass pumpkin or fall-themed creation, and a wide array of beautiful glass pumpkins to choose from — just don’t try to carve these ones.
The Halloween Campout Weekend | October 13-14
Located just over an hour northeast of Columbus, Pleasant Hill Lake Park is a popular destinations for camping during the warmer months. Finish off the camping season in style at this Halloween-themed campout, which will feature a full gauntlet of family-friendly activities including pumpkin carving, costume contests, a chili cook-off, trick-or-treating, karaoke, campsite decorating and more!
Monster Bash At The German Village | October 14
Who says adults are too old to trick-or-treat? Indulge in a bit of 21-and-up trick-or-treating at the annual Monster Bash in German Village. You’ll venture from stop to stop on the surrounding streets to sample delicious concoctions and sinful treats before gathering at the Meeting Haus for drinks, dancing, a photo booth, a costume contest and the Ohio State game on the big screen.
All Hallows’ Eve At The Ohio Village | October 14 & 21
Graphic courtesy of Ohio Village
Enjoy an evening of 1890s-style fun at this historical, family-friendly event. Sit down for a spooky retelling of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by the bonfire, try your hand at pumpkin carving, and interact with a number of strange characters roaming about Ohio Village. There will also be fortune-telling, crafts, games and more!
Dublin’s Halloween Spooktacular | October 19
Guests of all ages will enjoy this festive and spooky event! Don your costume and stop by the Dublin Community Recreation Center for candy corn crafts, live performances, photo opportunities, pumpkin carving, trick-or-treating and more.
Highball Halloween | October 20 & 21
Photo courtesy of Randall Schieber and the Short North District via Highball Halloween
You are what you wear at this elaborate costume party! On October 20 and 21, the streets from Goodale to Nationwide will be filled with bright lights, vibrant colors and party goers for the nation’s most high-fashion Halloween event. The event bridges runway style with the culture of the Short North Arts District, boasting costume couture fashion shows, goofy contests, live art, and electrifying stage performances. Proceeds will benefit clean and safe initiatives, public art installations and more in the Short North Arts District.
Boo At The Zoo | October 20-22 And 27-29
Bring the whole family out to this no-scare event of epic proportions! The Columbus Zoo will be decked out in its Halloween best for merry-not-scary festivities, including animal shows and performances, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle race, hayrides, fun story times, pumpkin carving, pumpkin smashing and more! We hear that even Batman and Wonder Woman are taking a break from saving the world to be there.
Halloween Pet Parade And Fall Festival | October 22
Photo courtesy of the Easton Town Center
Pets are as cute as can be already, but we absolutely cannot resist them in costume. Stop by Fenlon Square to see the fluffiest ghouls, goblins, and ghosts imaginable at the Halloween Pet Parade. Prizes will be given to the best group, scariest and funniest costumes. Afterward, enjoy a variety of family-friendly games and activities!
HalleBOOia! | October 27
Join the Ohio State University school of music for their annual Halloween concert, which will feature student vocalists and instrumentalists dressed in their best costumes. The spooky ensemble will feature theme music from your favorite seasonal movies, jazz and contemporary pop tunes, spoofs and more. The concert is completely free — just bring yourself (and a costume, if you wish)!
Halloween Family Funday At North Market | October 29
You know the North Market as a prime destination for gathering fresh produce, baked goods, locally made crafts and more — but you’ve never seen it like this! Stop by the market on October 29 for a full day of Halloween fun, including crafts, face painting, trick-or-treating, a petting zoo, music and more. And the best part? This event is completely free!
Freaky Flight Tours | October 27-30
Photo courtesy of ZipZone
During Halloween week, ZipZone will feature nighttime ziplining through the trees! Dress in your favorite costume (one that can be worn with a harness), to compete for best-dressed. Then grab a pumpkin and chuck it from the line for the chance to win prizes.
Trick-Or-Treating At The Conservatory | October 28th
Come in costume and visit trick-or-treat stations throughout the Franklin Park Conservatory. Your little ones will even be able to decorate a custom treat bag to collect their loot! The event is free with the price of admission, so this is the perfect opportunity to see all that this beloved Columbus landmark has to offer — including art collections, scenic gardens and more.
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