Spooky Shores & Islands: 8 Ways to Get Scared Out of Your Gourd
October 06, 2015
The Halloween season is upon us and what better way to commemorate the spookiest time of the year than with a few scares? Lake Erie Shores & Islands offers countless opportunities to get your pulse racing and your palms sweating. But don’t worry. When it’s all over you can go back to enjoying pumpkin-flavored everything and forget you were being chased by brain-eating zombies a few hours ago. Just don’t look behind you.
Coaster thrills combine with spooky chills and monstrous fun for the little ones. It's a family-friendly daytime event (there's even a parade!) with The Great Pumpkin Fest, but beware of ghouls and terror emerging at night for Haunt. HalloWeekends are Friday nights, Saturdays, and Sundays through October 31.
Walk with your guide, Marshall Inn host Victoria, through old Port Clinton as she recounts tales of romance, history, mystery, and ghosts in the area. Walks are offered nightly at 7 and 8 pm through the end of October.
Does your significant other share your love of all things spooky and unusual? Consider a HalloWedding - a themed wedding ceremony which being offered to couples by Sandusky’s Merry-Go-Round Museum on October 31. A $100 wedding package includes the ceremony and officiant, carousel rides, photo shoot, and wedding cake.
Haunted Prison Tours
Tour behind the scenes at Osborn MetroPark and learn how this was once a working prison farm. Be prepared to be spooked by hearing ghost recordings that were taken there. Two walks are offered at 6:30 and 7:30 pm on Friday, October 16 and registration is required – call 419.625.7783 ext. 221.
Are you ready for the tales of ghost ships, legends of Lake Erie, folklore, monsters, UFOs and shipwrecks?! Lake Erie, with its 9,940 square mile surface, holds many supernatural legends. Explore exciting stories of the area’s ghostly history with this October 31 walking tour of downtown Sandusky’s waterfront that begins and ends at the Sandusky State Theatre.
Part of the award-winning Ghostly Manor, this seasonal scare includes five haunted houses which use animatronics, disorienting scenes, and modern scare techniques. Lake Eerie Fearfest was rated #1 in Ohio by Haunted Attraction Magazine. While Ghostly Manor is open year-round, the additional Fearfest attractions are only open on weekends through October 31 (Fri & Sat 7:30-11:30 pm, Sunday October 18 & 25 7:30-9:30 pm).
Explore the spooky corn maze behind Novotny’s Farm Market in Vermilion and see if you can escape. Watch every eerie step you take in the field. This haunt takes place on Friday and Saturday nights through the end of October (with the exception of Oct. 10-11 when it will be closed for a farm market auction).
Zombies, zombies, zombies!
A number of local communities are jumping on the “walking dead” train and hosting zombie walks. Dress up like your favorite undead or try to outrun one of the many creepy creatures as you enjoy a pub crawl. Partake in the Zombie Bar Crawl in Vermilion on October 16, the Zombie Bar Crawl at Kelleys Island on October 17, the Put-in-Bay Zombie Fest and Pub Crawl on October 17, or the Main Street Port Clinton Zombie Pub Crawl on October 31.
Ohio's Lake Erie Shores & Islands
One of the Midwest hottest vacation spots, the region between Toledo and Cleveland provides an eclectic mix of historically significant sites, family-fun amusements, gorgeous scenery, and outdoor recreation.