Celebrate Fall in Ohio
By Theresa Russell

Celebrate Fall in Ohio

It’s that time of year and you still have a few weeks to take advantage of some of the fall and Halloween-themed fun activities in Ohio.

Remember picking apples at the orchards as a kid? Well, you can still do that at Hillcrest Orchards in Amherst. The apples taste delicious and are well worth the effort. Although the apples are the principle product at the farm, other typical fall activities take place at Hillcrest. Pumpkins, hay rides and a corn maze, this year in the design of a train, make Hillcrest Orchards a fun place to spend the day with the family.

While picking your own apples and pumpkins or attempting to navigate a corn maze are popular fall activities, pumpkin carving, zoo events, haunted houses and Halloween campouts also fill the fall calendar. Be sure to check on dates and times before you head to your favorite spot.


State Park Halloween – There’s still time to attend one of these popular events at your favorite Ohio State Park. Events vary at the different parks, but may include camp outs, hay rides, pumpkin carving, trick or treat and even scary movies. Check the calendar to see what is happening at your favorite state park. 

Zoo Events – All of the major zoos in Ohio (Toledo Zoo , Cincinnati Zoo , Columbus Zoo , Cleveland Zoo  and Akron Zoo) organize fun family events.

Museums – Many family events happen at Ohio museums. The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in Dayton features a ScreamPark, while the Hancock Historical Museum puts on a Spooktacular event.

Corn Mazes – Navigating the tunnels of cornstalks, some of them stocked with spooky characters to frighten even the best mazer, thrills young and old alike. As long as there is a cornfield nearby, there is likely to be a corn maze.

Haunted Houses and Scary Places– Communities, schools, businesses, fraternities and nonprofits operate these scary fright events. Some of these events have become traditions like the Lake Eerie FearFest or  Halloweekends at Cedar Point. And of course, be sure to read the upcoming DiscoveringOhio blog post for in-depth coverage of the Haunted Prison Experience at the Ohio State Reformatory.


Want more fall fun?! Ohio is the perfect place to experience the beauty of the season. Check out this video highlighting autumn adventures that are truly breathtaking.

Plan your fall Ohio getaway by visiting Autumn Adventures at Ohio.org.


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