It’s been a long wait, but now that Halloween is (finally) here, the ghosts and ghouls really start to come out. If you’re willing to take a break from passing out candy to trick-or-treaters/shoving candy in your face, there are some wickedly fun events to pursue this weekend, including haunted attractions, a corn maze and tons of costume contests.
Spooktacular Family Fun – All things considered, Halloween can be a kid-friendly holiday: candy, dressing up, staying up late waiting for the Great Pumpkin. It makes sense, then, that Kalahari is hosting family friendly Halloween-themed activities all weekend, including movies, games, crafts, tricks, treats and overall merriment. The treats are all good; I can almost guarantee that no one will get a rock.
"Frankenstein's Wacky Wedding" – The State Theatre in Sandusky has formally invited all of us to attend the wedding of Frankenstein and his bride, and it promises to be a celebration not soon forgotten. I mean, come on, how often do you get the chance to party with a bunch of monsters? Just beware the Bride of the Monster; she can be a bit of a handful.
A Halloween and Masquerade Party – If you can tear yourself away from the inevitable “Halloweentown” marathon, you’re in for a treat: Chez Francois in Vermilion is hosting what looks to be a promising Halloween party. In addition to some of the best food you’ll ever try, the festivities include a live band, a DJ and dancing. I bet you look good on the dance floor in your costume, so put on your dancing shoes.
"12 Angry Jurors" – What happens when twelve people from various social backgrounds are thrown into a room together and forced to make a decision? “12 Angry Jurors” is the original “Big Brother” reality show, with high stakes drama, intense action and profound characters. Harlequins Coach House Theatre in Sandusky is known for its intimate setting, and, because of this, the show should flourish and be one to remember.
Halloween Bash at the Bay – Downtown Put-in-Bay hosts one of the area’s largest Halloween parties as its last great hurrah before gloomy winter hits, so make the most of this great chance to visit the island. Aglow with seasonal decorations, the downtown area will be flooded with all sorts of creatures and monsters as guests participate in costume contests for lots of prizes.
Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest – It sounds like a Mad-lib answer, but that just makes it so much more interesting. It is exactly what it sounds like: a group of divers is attempting to carve pumpkins underwater. Watch a video of some Florida divers carving here for a good example of what it looks like. It’s wacky stuff, and definitely well-worth checking out.
2nd Annual Zombie Walk – Nothing says Halloween quite like an army of the living dead roaming the streets. At the Zombie Walk at the Norwalk Theatre, participants give their best zombie imitations and march (or limp or hobble or shuffle) around a few city blocks before heading back to the theatre to watch a movie. People don’t hold back when it comes to their costumes, so if you plan on attending (and you should), start preparing early. If you don’t want to go, well, they’re coming to get you anyway, Barbara.
Ghostly Gala – Party the night away at The Reserve in Kalahari with dancing and a giant costume competition. In terms of prizes, this is more or less the granddaddy of costume contests; the winners win a free night at Kalahari, dinner for two and spa treatment. Also, Spotted will be there, so you and your costume could potentially end up in next week’s Funcoast, which basically means that you’re famous. Basically.
1st Annual Kalahari Cup – Can you bend it like Beckham? Run like Ronaldo? Pass like Pelé? Prove your soccer skills at the Kalahari Cup at Osborn MetroPark. The tournament will feature competitive traveling teams from around the area, and the competition promises to be fierce. If you don’t play but love soccer anyway, you have two basic options: 1.) you could go and cheer on the athletes, thereby promoting fitness and wellness within our community or 2.) you could sit at home and watch the Olsen magnum opus that is “Switching Goals.” Your call.
Fall Harvest: Happy Halloween Weekend – Burnham Orchards is pretty consistent in its ability to entertain a wide range of people, and this weekend is certainly no exception. In addition to games and hayrides and pumpkin picking and the typical orchard-y things, they have over a mile of corn maze mapped out, which is a lot of corn but also a lot of fun.