Since fall is officially here, we should stop fighting it. This weekend, we've got plenty of tasty options and plenty of food to comfort you. There are some great movie-centric events, too, in case you're the type who likes to mourn the end of summer by becoming a couch potato. If you're looking for frights and a jump start on Halloween, we've got a creepy ghost hunt for you to check out.
1.) Ghost Hunting at the State Theatre
Why you should go: Investigate the historic Sandusky State Theatre and enjoy this ghost hunt from both the scientific and intuitive sides as the Firelands Paranormal Society extend their abilities to search for spirit activity in the theatre, State Room, offices and basement. The event is recommended for adults 18 or older, unless accompanied by a parent. Check out our story here.
WHEN: 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Sept. 23
WHERE: Sandusky State Theatre, 107 Columbus Ave., Sandusky
INFO: 419-626-1950 or sanduskystate.com
2.) Couch Fest Films 2011
Why you should go: This year, Norwalk will be participating in the worldwide Couch Fest Film Festival. During this event, lovers of film can sit shoulder to shoulder watching short films in their neighbor’s homes. You’ll enjoy award-winning animation, documentaries and comedies (probably stuff you haven’t seen before). The exact address of the Norwalk host’s home will be posted a few days before the festival at couchfestfilms.com.
WHEN: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 24
WHERE: Norwalk (exact location to be announced before the festival at couchfestfilms.com)
3.) Family Movie Matinee: “Rio”
Why you should go: It’s the perfect family-friendly movie. Bring a pillow and a blanket to sit on and some yummy snacks. Lemonade will be provided.
WHEN: 2 p.m. Sept. 24
WHERE: Norwalk Public Library, 46 W. Main St., Norwalk
4.) 36th Annual Put-in-Bay Fire Department Island-Style Clam Bake
Why you should go: This annual tradition features meals including a dozen clams, half a chicken, corn, potato, fresh fruit and vegetables. Carry out will be available. Call 419-285-3709 to leave your ticket order or get your tickets the day of the bake. But beware: waiting too long could mean leaving hungry! All proceeds will be used to update equipment for the island fire department.
WHEN: 3-7 p.m. Sept. 24
WHERE: Put-in-Bay Fire Station, Concord Ave., Put-in-Bay
COST: Call for cost.
5.) Twin Lakes Browns Backers Steak Fry
Why you should go: Because the best way to celebrate fall football is with some good eats. Join the folks at Twin Lakes for a tasty meal.
WHEN: 6 p.m. Sept. 24
WHERE: Twin Lakes Golf Course, 100 Decker St., Bellevue
COST: Call for cost.