What to do this weekend: Halloween in Findlay, OH

By Kelsey Nevius


The air is chilly, ghosts and pumpkins are decorating doors and windows, and the jumbo-sized bags of colorful candy deck the shelves of every store. This can only mean one thing: it’s time for Halloween. If the spooky decorations and fall treats don’t grab your attention, the Halloween activities are sure to get you into the Halloween spirit. If you still haven’t made plans for the ghoulish holiday yet, don’t fret; there are plenty of things throughout the day to get you into the Halloween spirit without straying too far from campus.

If you love to get out and be active, than the Pumpkin Run/Walk is for you. This event is held at Riverside Park and starts at 9 a.m. on Halloween morning. This will be the 5th Annual Pumpkin 5K Run/Walk, and if the runners beat the pumpkin in the 5K, they get their money back. Along with the 5K, there will be treats and a long-sleeved T-shirt for the runners, as well as awards for first and second place for male and female finishers overall and in their respective age groups.

If you’d like a totally new dining experience, you don’t have to look far. From 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the AMU is featuring an event called “Dine in the Dark.” This event is in its 3rd consecutive year and it serves as a fundraiser. “Dine in the Dark” will allow you to experience a 3-course meal while in complete darkness. While it costs $30-$50 dollars to go, depending on your meal, all the proceeds from this event go to Lodestar: Guiding Angels for the Blind. This organization helps place guide dogs with visually-impaired children free of charge.

Those who enjoy theater and the arts might consider attending an event on Halloween night, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Litzenburg Memorial Woods in the activity barn, professional actor Brent Allen Burington will be presenting a one man performance of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” For those who are unfamiliar, this is a tale of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman. The performance will include popcorn and beverages. To attend the event, you must register ($7 per person).

Interested in the fear factor part of Halloween? Check out the Haunted House on 12630 County Road 216. This year’s theme is “Purgatory: House of Unrested Souls” and is sure to give you chills. There are two haunts included in the admission fee of $9, one indoor and one outdoor. The House is open from 8 p.m. to 11:55 p.m. on Halloween night.

Those who are of age and have a DD can check out Findlay’s 4th Annual Zombie Pub Crawl. From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., there is a pre-party with zombie make-up, food and music at the 2nd floor ball room at Waldo Peppers, then the zombies will takeover Main Street from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. The bars on the list for the crawl include Logan’s Irish Pub, The Gathering, and Uncle Buck’s. This event is a $10 prepay and $12 charge at the door.

So many options with so many different themes invade Findlay on Halloween, giving you a wide array of choices to pick from to spend your spooky holiday. From theater performances to dining in darkness to zombies invading Findlay, Halloween is sure to be filled with tricks and treats. Grab a group of friends and experience all Halloween has to offer in Findlay!

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