22 Family-Friendly Halloween Events in the Toledo Area
Halloween can be a frightening time of the year for our little ones, so it’s important to seek out kid-friendly events happening during this season that are suitable for the entire family. Thankfully, there are plenty of things to do throughout the month of October that will provide lots of fun for the kids — and of course, satisfy their ever-present sugar cravings!
The Great Pumpkin Fest at Cedar Point’s Halloweekends
Saturdays and Sundays Through October 30
Experience the ultimate in fall family fun at The Great Pumpkin Fest taking place on Saturdays and Sundays as a part of Cedar Point’s Halloweekends. This event is designed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the classic book, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, with festivities catered just for the little ones! You’ll find friendly daytime activities, such as Halloween-themed live shows, a pumpkin patch, a hay bale maze, trick-or-treating, a magical fun house, and more.
Crazy Costume Night at the Sanger Branch Library
Thursday, October 6
Why wait until Halloween to show off your creative costume? Head to the Sanger Branch Library for their Crazy Costume Night, featuring trick-or-treating, games and crafts for the little ones from 6:30–7:30 p.m.
The Sandpiper Fall Color Cruise will be traveling through the Maumee River for two remaining weekends, departing at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Bring your picnic and enjoy a two-hour upriver cruise while experiencing breathtaking vistas and the beauty of the river in all its fall glory.
Spooky Zumba at the Locke Branch Library
Tuesday, October 11
Get the kids moving with Spooky Zumba at the Locke Branch Library as they dance and play games with Elaina Hernandez to the sounds of spooky and fun music!
Put on the kids’ costumes and head to the Library Village Trick or Treat at the West Toledo Branch Library from 2–4 p.m. for a special craft project and to receive treats from neighborhood groups and community leaders.
Harvest Festival at Oregon Branch Library
Saturday, October 15
You’ll find the ultimate collection of fall festivities at the Harvest Festival taking place at the Oregon Branch Library from 2–4 p.m. Celebrate apples, pumpkins and all other fall staples with games, crafts, snacks and more!
Pumpkin Extravaganza at Erie Orchards
Saturday, October 15–Sunday, October 16
While any day is a great day to visit Erie Orchards (one of our favorite pumpkin patches in the area!), you might want to plan your pumpkin pickin’ adventure around Erie Orchards’ Pumpkin Extravaganza. In fact, this is their biggest pumpkin weekend of the season! Load up on fresh cider and donuts, participate in the costume contest (for kids ages 1–10) and see a magic show at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Don’t miss the corn maze open for business and the crafters displaying their work during this exciting weekend!
The Sylvania Fall Festival is a long-standing community tradition, featuring dozens of food, craft and other vendor booths along Main Street in Sylvania. Don’t miss the fall festival parade winding through the streets, the exciting stage performance at the corner of Main and Maplewood, or the annual pie baking contest. The kids — and the parents! — will have a blast at this fun-filled annual event.
Spooky Family Fun Night
Thursday, October 20
The annual Spooky Family Fun Night has returned to Collingwood Arts Center, featuring trick-or-treating, art projects, costume prizes and more. But be careful! This building is said to be haunted, and you can even go ghost hunting at another time if you dare…
Little Boo at the Zoo is perfect for your tiny tots to trick-or-treat in a fun and safe environment! This is a wonderful Halloween party option for preschoolers who may be too young to enjoy the Toledo Zoo’s popular Pumpkin Path event. With stations situated close together, they will have an easy time navigating the path to get their treats! Costumes are encouraged.
Fall Family Fun Nights at Sauder Village
Friday, October 21–Saturday, October 22
Head to Sauder Village for Fall Family Fun Nights, where you can experience life on the farm after hours. From 6–9 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday, stop by for hay rides, a stroll through the straw maze, fall-themed crafts, pumpkin decorating, cider and snacks, an evening train ride, and other family-friendly activities! Space is limited for Fall Family Fun Nights, so be sure to register in advance by calling Sauder Village at 419-446-2541 or 800-590-9755.
Fort Meigs Garrison Ghost Walk
October 21–22, 28–29
Photos Courtesy of Elizabeth Raymond via Fort Meigs
Uncover the mystery of strange lights, sounds and appearances discovered at Fort Meigs’ Garrison Ghost Walk. Tours through the property depart from the Fort Meigs Visitor Center every 15 minutes beginning at 7 p.m. on October 21, 22, 28 and 29. These hour-long tours last take you through primarily outdoor terrain rain or shine, so dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes! Tickets cost $10 for those over 13 and $5 for children ages 6–12, and admission is free for little ones ages 5 and under. Book your tour today by calling 419-874-4121, as space is limited and reservations are required.
Pumpkin Path is a popular Toledo Zoo event for kids of all ages! If your preschooler didn’t make it to Little Boo, they are invited to participate in this exciting zoo event as well. In fact, there are more trick-or-treat stations at Pumpkin Path than at Little Boo, so there is plenty to go around for everyone. Bring your own bag or container for the little ones to collect their treats in!
Cider Making Weekend
Sunday, October 23
Return to Erie Orchards for their special Cider Making Weekend, where you can watch their expert cider makers in action, and even take some fresh apple cider home with you. Enjoy the corn maze, pony rides, hayrides, and their craft show!
Sandpiper Halloween Boo Cruise
Wednesday, October 26–Saturday, October 29
Hop on board the Sandpiper Halloween Boo Cruise, a non-scary experience for kids of all ages. Adorned in their Halloween costumes, your little ones will enjoy a 30-minute boat ride featuring Halloween fun and treats. This cruise costs just $5 per person for all members of your family!
Spooky Science With the Imagination Station
Saturday, October 22–Sunday, October 23 + Saturday, October 29–Sunday, October 30
During the last two weekends of October, visit the Imagination Station for Spooky Science, where you can participate in spooky and bone-chilling chemistry, physics and biology activities. You’ll discover a mysterious levitating chain, fake wounds, sneezy slime, and boo bubbles!
Jumping Pumpkins is another Toledo Zoo event your family does not want to miss. You’ll think it’s an average visit to the zoo, until you realize that some of your favorite zoo animals have received pumpkins in their exhibits, as part of the zoo’s animal enrichment program!
Downtown Perrysburg OctoBOOfest
Saturday, October 29
Spend the Saturday before Halloween at the Downtown Perrysburg OctoBOOfest, where you’ll find endless family fun and entertainment for all ages. With vendors, hayrides, live music, street performances, a free community pumpkin carving extravaganza, a costume parade, and much more, this is the ultimate fall event for the family!
Experience the park at night at the 19th annual Olander Park Halloween Hike. Kids 12 and under will collect treats at 20 different stations throughout Olander Park as storytellers tell friendly tales. This event is not intended to scare children, and all proceeds will benefit the Sylvania Area Family Services. Admission is a $1 donation for ages 3–12, and children under 2 are free!
Toledo Symphony Halloween Spooktacular
Sunday, October 30
Spend the day before Halloween with the symphony at the Valentine Theatre for the Toledo Symphony Halloween Spooktacular. You’ll enjoy a variety of fun activities in the lobby before the concert, like their instrument petting zoo, then hear a program featuring spooky classics from the symphony orchestra. Make sure you bring your camera, as your kids can participate in the annual costume parade as they walk across the stage to display their costume!
Happy Halloween, Toledo!
Let us know what activities you’re enjoying as a family this year!