Falling for Findlay

Autumn activities near campus 

By Olivia Wile

As the weather has gotten chillier, so has the scenery. With the month of October in full force, traces of Halloween and fall are everywhere we turn. Whether through pumpkins, candy corn, or stores filled with costumes, it’s nearly impossible to forget what season we’re in.

Lucky for us, the Findlay area provides a plethora of spooky and spontaneous fall adventures.

For those eagerly seeking out a fear factor, look no further. Purgatory, “House of Unrested Souls,” has found a new home in Findlay this season. Fear Factory runs this haunted house on Friday and Saturday from 8 p.m. to midnight through Oct. 29. The attraction is located on 12630 County Road 216 Findlay, OH; parking is free. For additional information visit, http://purgatoryohio.com

Looking to stay outdoors to scare your senses? Putnam County’s Haunted Cornfield is located 30 minutes away at 13360 RD. 12, Ottawa, OH. You can check out this field of fear for $12 through Oct. 29. It features the Haunted Cornfield, Barn, and Trailer of Terror Friday and Saturday nights from 7:30 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. For additional information visit, http://www.pchaunt.com/faq.aspx

If you’re up for the drive – about an hour and 15 minutes from the University – the Mansfield Reformatory hosts “Paranormal Penitentiary: Monster Lockdown” this October. This supposed haunted prison takes the spirit of Halloween to the next level. For a complete calendar of events visit, https://www.mrps.org/calendar

If you don’t fancy being frightened, The NWORP Pumpkin Train is located just four miles up the road from campus. At 12505 C.R. 99 Findlay, OH, the fall attraction houses a pumpkin patch, trick-or-treating, corn mazes, and other events. Its signature pumpkin train is open through Oct. 23 on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission for adults is $2 and kids are $1; there is a $5 additional charge for pumpkins.

Beware, through Oct. 29, the pumpkin train turns haunted on Friday and Saturday nights from 7 p.m. through 11 p.m. for $5.

If you’re seeking out just a good, old-fashioned, pumpkin patch, here is a list of locations near UF:

* Suter’s Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch

* Conine’s Country Market

* Leaders Farms

* Fleitz Pumpkin Farms

For more information about spooky and fun fall activities, visit ohiohauntedhouses.com.

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