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October 2, 2013
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Things That Go Bump in the Night
Halloween
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It’s Halloween (or soon will be)! Check out these Halloween-themed special events at Ohio Historical Society sites, from All Hallows’ Eve to Zoar Ghost Tours.

Please note that there is a charge for some events and some require reservations or advance registration.


Saturdays, Oct. 12 and 19, 2013 • 5:30–9:30 p.m.
Ohio Village, Columbus

All Hallows’ Eve

Enjoy old-fashioned Halloween fun, with spooky stories by the bonfire, pumpkin carving, creepy characters like the village gravedigger plus 19th-century-style entertainment including fortune telling, crafts, games and more! Ohio Village, our recreated Civil War-era community, is the picture-perfect setting for this Halloween event.

From 5:30–8:45 p.m., join in an old-fashioned Halloween throughout the village. Pay your respects to the widow, lend the gravedigger a hand, meet wandering eccentrics like Krazy Kate and Granny Woman, dance to fiddlers in the Town Hall (we’ll teach you!) and attend an Irish wake. Enjoy old-fashioned fun for kids, consult with Readers of Fortune, check out the Museum of Oddities and Dancer of Mystery and try your luck at old-time games of fortune.

At 8:45 p.m., follow a torchlight procession of mourners carrying the dearly departed to his final resting place. At 9 p.m., chill to a fireside reading of Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and keep an eye out for the Headless Horseman, who’s been known to appear on All Hallows’ Eve! (For those with earlier bedtimes, there’s another reading of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and another appearance by you-know-who at 7:30 p.m.) Purchase sandwiches, snacks, soft drinks, hot beverages and Halloween cookies from food trucks and other vendors on site (5:30–8:45 p.m.). Shop the Ohio Village General Store for a variety of 19th-century-style merchandise and gifts from 6:30–8:30 p.m.

Much of All Hallows’ Eve takes place outdoors. Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes.

All Hallows’ Eve admission is $12 and $9/ages 6–12 ($10/ Ohio Historical Society member adult and $7/Ohio Historical Society member ages 6–12) and free age 5 and under. Pumpkin carving is $5. Call 800.686.1541, purchase admission at the gate Oct. 12 and 19 or click here to order online.

Friday, Oct. 18, and Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 • 7–9 p.m.
Cedar Bog Nature Preserve, Urbana

Boo in the Bog

Enjoy a non-scary night walk in the bog with learning stations along the way plus children’s activities, face painting, storytelling and food. $6/age 13 and older; $5 ages 6–12; Free/age 5 and under. Save $1/Ohio Historical Society member. Advance registration required. 800.860.0147 or www.cedarbognp.org.


Friday, Oct. 18, and Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 • 7–9 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 25, and Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 • 7–9 p.m.
Fort Meigs, Perrysburg
Garrison Ghost Walk

Encounter the spookier side of Fort Meigs with your 1812 guide and hear tales of the past by firelight. The ghosts may not be real, but the fun certainly is. Tours begin every 15 minutes until 9 p.m. Total touring time is about 1.5 hours. Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. $8, $4/ages 6–12. Advance registration required by Oct. 16. Not recommended for ages 5 and under. 800.283.8916 or www.fortmeigs.org.


Thursday, Oct. 24, through Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 • 8–9:30 p.m.
Schoenbrunn Village, New Philadelphia

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

There’s nothing sleepy about this hollow! Hear a dramatic reading of Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by the glow of a bonfire. Remember to watch your head! $10. Advance registration required. 800.752.2711 or www.dennisondepot.org.

Friday, Oct. 25, and Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013
Fort Laurens, Bolivar

Trick or Treaty

Hear gruesome stories of the American Revolution at Fort Laurens, site of Ohio’s only Revolutionary War fort. Listen to tales of soldiers stationed at the fort during the long winter of 1778–1779 and take a lantern tour of the grounds, where you’ll meet soldiers and hear more stories. $7/age 18 and over ($5/Ohio Historical Society member); $3 ages 5–17; $1/ages 2–4. $1 off with costume. 800.283.8914 or www.fortlaurens.org.


Friday, Oct. 25, and Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013
6:30, 6:45, 7, 7:15 and 7:30 p.m.

Zoar Village, Zoar

Zoar Ghost Tours

Take a guided one-hour tour of Zoar and hear tales of spirits past and present. $15 ages 11+, $10/ages 10 and under. Ohio Historical Society members save 10%. Advance registration required. 800.262.6195 or www.historiczoarvillage.com.