Spooks & Scares at the Shores!

October 04, 2010

Welcome to fall – when the ghosts and goblins, both friendly and scary, return to haunt the Lake Erie Shores & Islands.

Looking for ways to celebrate the season? Along with the most frightening amusement park in the Midwest and a top-rated haunted thrill, the area hosts a number of seasonal spooky attractions. Explore one of our many haunted attractions…if you dare! Or put on your best costume for one of the numerous masquerade parties, both on land and on lake.

There’s plenty of family-friendly fun to be had, too. Activities abound for the little ones from pumpkin festivals to trick-or-treat to creative crafts. The Halloween possibilities are endless in the Shores & Islands.

Read on for all the Halloween event details. Those marked with a pumpkin are great for kids!

Oct 8 – 10, Oct 15 – 17, Oct 22 – 24 & Oct 29 – 31, 2010
Haunted Hydro
Fri & Sat: 7:30 – 11:30 pm, Sun: 7:30 – 10:30 pm
Haunted Hydro Dark Attraction Park, Fremont
The Haunted Hydro is a full Halloween Attraction Park that is built in, and around a 1911 Hydro Electric Power Plant that was used by the city of Fremont until 1943. The park features 2 professional Haunted Houses, including stage entertainment, gift shop, vendors, concessions and more! The Hydro celebrated its 20th Anniversary last year and is a family tradition of Halloween fun in Northwest Ohio.
$10/person (one haunted house), $15/person (two haunted houses)

Oct 8 – 9, 2010
Annual Halloween Campout
East Harbor State Park, Marblehead
Fun for all. Have a ghoulish time with a bonfire, dance, scarecrow building contest, campsite decorating contest, cookout, seriously spooky house, kid’s crafts, games, hayrides and more!

Oct 9 – 10, Oct 16 – 17, Oct 23 – 24 & Oct 30 – 31, 2010
Boeckling’s Banquet
Sat & Sun: 12:30 pm
Cedar Point Amusement Park, Sandusky
It’s a dining experience unlike any other! Take your seat in the grand dining hall of the Eerie Estate as the creepy inhabitants of the old mansion welcome you, serve you and entertain you! Menu is fine dining. Choices include one of the following: crab legs; lobster tail & petite filet mignon; char-grilled filet mignon with bearnaise sauce; or shrimp, scallop & lobster pasta alfredo. Meals include salad, twice-baked potato, buttered asparagus spears, rolls & butter, our “surprise” dessert, a glass of wine or beer and assorted Pepsi beverages. Advanced reservations required.

Oct 8 – 9, Oct 15 – 16, Oct 22 – 23 & Oct 29 – 30, 2010
Terror In The Field
7 – 11 pm
Novotny’s Farm Market, Vermilion
1/3 of a mile long haunted corn maze waiting for you to take each Erieee step in the field.
$10/adult, $5/child (under 48″)

Oct 8 – 10, Oct 15 – 17, Oct 22 – 24 & Oct 29 – 31, 2010
Fri: 6 pm – 12 am, Sat: 12 pm – 12 am, Sun: 12 – 9 pm
Cedar Point Amusement Park, Sandusky
Creatures of the night come alive at Cedar Point’s annual celebration of spooks and screams. You will find not-so-scary fun for the kids and in-your-face frights for the adults. Trust us – it’s ok to scream…

Oct 8 – 10, Oct 15 – 17, Oct 22 – 24 & Oct 29 – 31, 2010
Ghostly Manor & Ghostly Gauntlet
Fri & Sat: 7 pm – 12 am, Sun: 7 – 10 pm
Ghostly Manor Thrill Center, Sandusky
Ghostly Manor Thrill Center is now open for the Halloween season! Our nationally-ranked, indoor haunted house, Ghostly Manor, is twice as big this year. Plus we’ve added a brand new haunt for the 2010 season – the Ghostly Gauntlet outdoor maze!

Oct 9, 2010
Boo at the Bay
11 am – 5 pm
Maritime Museum & Historic Downtown, Sandusky
Before you begin your Halloween preparations come enjoy the festivities at Boo at the Bay. Enjoy a pumpkin drop, Halloween crafts, games, pumpkin decorating, Underground Railroad trolley tours, Night at the Maritime Museum and more.
$1/person (Night at the Maritime Museum) $5/person (Trolley Tour)

Oct 18, 2010
Spooky Magic
6:30 pm
Sandusky Library, Sandusky
Jim Kleefled presents fun magic tricks wrapped up in spooky sights and tied with goofy fun. His light, bright, colorful program is especially geared towards families. Registration is required.

Oct 19, 2010
Haunted Houses Made Easy
6 – 7:30 pm
Tre Sorelle Cioccolato, Sandusky
Construct your own haunted house out of chocolate and decorate with additional chocolates and other candies. Think gingerbread house – but out of chocolate and a little bit off-kilter! Each student makes 1 house. For adults ages 16 and older. Please register by October 12th.

Oct 23, 2010
Kelleys Island “Boo” Cruise
Jet Express Dock, Sandusky
Get dressed up in your best costume and celebrate Halloween a little earlier this year at Kelleys Island. Departing from the Jet Express Sandusky dock, the Boo Cruise is a special Jet Express Excursion and sets sail with a full bar, snacks and entertainment onboard. We’ll take our time with a leisurely party cruise through Sandusky Bay, before kicking it up to full speed to get you to Kelleys Island faster, giving you more time at Kelleys Island and a fast ride home. Two cruises will be offered to better serve you!
$28/adult (21 & older only)

Oct 23, 2010
Sweet Scavenger Hunt & Halloween Costume Contest
Sandusky Mall, Sandusky
At 10:30 am, registration for the Scavenger Hunt and Costume Contest begins. The Scavenger Hunt will be from 11 am – 1 pm and the Costume Contest will begin at 1 pm for kids 0 – 10 years of age. You must be registered to participate in either event.
419.626.8574 x120

Oct 23, 2010
Halloween Spooktacular
1 – 3 pm
Port Clinton Middle School, Port Clinton
For children up to and including grade 5. Costume parade, crafts, games, candy & much more! Fun for all!

Oct 23, 2010
Halloween Pretzel Rods
1 – 2:30 pm
Tre Sorelle Cioccolato, Sandusky
Use chocolate “paint” to highlight the fun Halloween characters in each mold. Then add pretzel rods and more chocolate (milk, dark or white) to turn them into a unique treat! Each student makes 1 tray of 4 pretzel rods. For children ages 8 – 15. Please register by October 16th.

Oct 24, 2010
Pumpkin Palooza
12 – 3 pm
Milan Historical Museum, Milan
Come enjoy an afternoon of harvest holiday fun! Pumpkin painting, costume contest at 1 pm, popcorn, cider and more. All activities are free!

Oct 25, 2010
Ghosthunting Ohio
6:30 pm
Sandusky Library, Sandusky
Writer and paranormal researcher John Kachuba (aka The Ghosthunter) investigates haunted locations throughout the country. Join us on Monday, October 25 when he’ll discuss hauntings in Ohio.

Oct 28, 2010
Stories of Ghosts & Monsters
6:30 pm
Huron Public Library, Huron
This storytelling program featuring tales from across the country and the Great Lakes.

Oct 29, 2010
A Halloween/Masquerade Party
7 pm
Chez Francois/Touche’ Wine Bar, Vermilion
We have booked the Naked Monkeys to perform downstairs in the Main Dining Room and DJ Extraordinaire Mike Moore will play your favorite songs in Touche. Find your favorite costume and book this event early. We will seat the first 100 reservations downstairs and the later reservations upstairs in the Parisian Room. You can dance in either venue, so put on your dancing shoes and enjoy a night of laughter and good times.
$90 – $100/person (tax & gratuity not included)

Oct 29, 2010
Halloween Bash at the Bay
Downtown, Put-in-Bay
What do you get when you mix over 1000 people in costume? Ohio’s largest island Halloween party and a great time! Costume contests with numerous prizes. Downtown bars and taverns decorate with a haunting theme. This is the islands last big weekend of the year!

Oct 29 – 31, 2010
Frankenstein’s Wacky Wedding
Fri & Sat: 7 pm, Sun: 2 pm
Sandusky State Theatre, Sandusky
Don’t miss the wedding of the Haunting Season! The Frankenstein’s invite you and your friends to the Wedding of Frankie to The Bride. Afterwards, join the fun at a Boo Bash reception in honor of Frankie and his bride.
$15/adults, $10/child

Oct 30 – 31, 2010
Happy Halloween Weekend
Burnham Orchards, Berlin Heights
Featuring the Haunted Corn Maze, hayrides, a talent show, antique tractor show, delicious baked goods and more.

Oct 30, 2010
2nd Annual OcTogaWeen Pub Crawl
6 – 11 pm
Goodtime – Jackson Street Pier, Sandusky
Join in the fun for special drink prices and “treats” hosted by all nine taverns on Kelleys Island. While dressed in a Toga or favorite costume, participants can obtain a “treat bag” at any KI tavern and then “Crawl” to the next tavern to obtain your next treat and become eligible to win one of three Kelleys Island prize packages. A special Goodtime I cruise will depart Sandusky at 6 pm where you will receive $10 in Kelleys Island Toga Bucks.

Oct 30, 2010
Octogaween/Halloween Pub & Island Crawl
6 pm
Jet Express Dock, Sandusky
Join this boatload of zany characters and toga laden maidens as we begin this special cruise from the Jet Express Sandusky dock. Our first stop will be Kelleys Island and the annual OcTogaWeen Pub Crawl! Visit your favorite Kelleys Island tavern for special “treats” and fun! After warming up at the Pub Crawl, we will depart for Put-in-Bay and the annual Halloween at the Bay bash. Downtown Put-in-Bay taverns decorate for Halloween, hundreds of people in costume…the island’s last big weekend. For your cruising pleasure…a full bar, snacks and entertainment will be onboard!
$34/adult (21 & older only)

Oct 30, 2010
BOO! At The Boardwalk
6 – 8 pm
Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, Oak Harbor
Great for the whole family! Visit stations along the boardwalk for treats, surprises and fun!

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