For Immediate Release: October 7, 2015

Have a “Spirited” October in Ohio

Media Contacts:
Tamara Brown, (614) 466-8591
Leslie Holbrook, (614) 383-1635


October 7, 2015       

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Prepare to be unnerved as October reveals a bounty of spooky experiences that will make your heart race and your “spirits” soar.

Ghostly tales around a campfire about strange, but true happenings; a lantern light tour casting wild shadows in an 1800s era town; and a night on the town that could take an unexpected twist at a mortuary-turned-brewery are just the tip of the spine-tingling iceberg awaiting your discovery. There are plenty of high-spirited, family-friendly events for all ages as well.

Here’s just a sampling of what awaits!

Spirited Experiences

Punderson Haunted History Tours – Newbury, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29

At Punderson Manor State Park Lodge, the fall colors are as vibrant as the property’s spooky past. Gather around the bonfire at 8:30 p.m. to listen to the staff share haunted tales about strange happenings that have taken place since the Manor was built in the early 1900s. For a more immersive experience, check out the Halloween Night package with dinner and a haunted history tour including the “off limits” third floor. Ask about the 10/20/30 Deal – the longer you stay, the more you save… if you dare!

Zoar Ghost Tours – Zoar, Oct. 23, 24, 30, & 31

Explore the town’s historic buildings, many of which date back to the early 1800s, by lantern light on a guided tour of the Ghosts of Zoar. Costumed interpreters share eerie tales of former residents, and you may just have an encounter of your own! Tours begin at 7:30 p.m.

Haunted Cincinnati Tours – Cincinnati

Home of the first motorized hearse, Cincinnati gives thrill seekers a ghost tour with a twist. On Haunted Cincinnati Tours’ private hearse tour you’ll explore some of the most actively haunted sites in the Queen City while riding in a hearse used to transport the deceased for more than 15 years. The private, three-hour tour includes paranormal detection tools.

Beer, Wine and… Spirits

Mansfield Brewing Company – Mansfield

Housed in the haunted remains of what used to be a funeral home and mortuary back in the early 1900s, The Phoenix Brewing Company brews six of its own beers including its Redemption IPA and Pale Ale 419. The brewery also serves beer flights in coffin-shaped frames made of wood recycled from the beams of the building’s casket elevator.

Night Shift Limousine Craft Brewery Tour – Cincinnati

Night Shift Limousine’s craft brewery tour includes three breweries and is available on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Take the tour in a traditional limo or opt to hit the town in a unique hearse limo. Tours may vary depending on group size and traditionally last three to four hours.

Regal Vineyards Haunted Winery – Madison, Friday & Saturday Nights in October

For wine lovers who love Halloween, Ashtabula County’s oldest winery is partnering with Grand River Cellars to offer the Dinner & Thrill package. Begin your night with a delicious dinner paired with the official wines of Regal Vineyards’ Haunted Winery, Blood Red and Fright White, then head over to the winery to explore the depths of the original wine cellar.

High Spirited Family Fun

Haunted Hocking – Logan, Oct. 1 – 31

The Hocking Hills region of southwest Ohio offers a haunting good time for families this fall. Take a ghost tour with the Haunted Hocking team to search for the “unexplained” in Ash Cave or climb aboard the haunted boo train. Other activities include a hayride, scary movie night and trick-or-treating at Old Man’s Cave campground. 

Little Boo at the Zoo – Toledo, Oct. 22 – 23

The Toledo Zoo’s Little Boo at the Zoo is the perfect Halloween-themed party for preschoolers. Visit the trick-or-treat stations located throughout the zoo, watch an artistic pumpkin carving demonstration and show off your little one’s costume at the spooktacular play area near the main plaza.

COSI Costume Fun & Run – Columbus, Oct. 24

Put on your costume and head to this year’s COSI Costume Fun & Run on October 24. The event features a 5K race and 1 mile family fun walk, all with a COSI twist. As an extra bonus, you’ll receive a t-shirt, food and beverages at the finish line, plus a general admission pass to COSI.

Young’s Jersey Dairy – Yellow Springs, Friday & Saturday Nights in October

Gather your family and head to Young’s Jersey Dairy to hear professional storytellers share family-friendly ghost stories in the farm’s Storytelling Theatre followed by a haunted wagon ride through the cornfield. Events begin each evening at 7:30 p.m.

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