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It may still be September, but the Halloween season is already in full swing in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan.
Ghosts, ghouls, and zombies have already taken their places at haunted houses throughout the area and more are on the way. This year's horror-themed attractions range from haunted hay rides and corn mazes to haunted houses and train depots.
Many of these attractions are already open for the season and almost all will be up and running by early October.
PEACH WEEKENDER: Find more fun things to do in and around Toledo this weekend
Fear Factory, 260 E. Pine Ave, Findlay. Haunted house with new scares added every weekend. Proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northwest Ohio. Hours: 7 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays and 7 to 10 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 27. Admission is $10 Fridays and Saturdays and $8 on Sundays. Information: thefearfactory.net.
HalloWeekends at Cedar Point in Sandusky. Four indoor haunted houses, six outdoor scare mazes, kids' areas and park rides, horror shows and other attractions. Hours: 6 p.m. to midnight, Fridays; 11 a.m. to midnight, Saturdays; noon to 8 p.m., Sundays. Open until Oct. 27. Costs range from $37.99 to $48.99 depending on when you go. Children's tickets are $29.99. Information: 419-627-2350 or halloweekends.com.
Haunted Hydro Dark Attraction Park, 1333 Tiffin St., Fremont. Completely rebuilt this season and features haunted houses and a "bloody walk-thru." Open Oct. 4 through Nov. 2. Hours: 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets range from $15 to $24. Friendly Monster matinees from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 13, 20, and 27 (includes a lights-on tour of the houses). Tickets are $8 for adults and include a free ticket for a child between the ages of 2 and 10, and $5 for each additional person. Information: 419-332-7380 or thehauntedhydro.com.
Heck of a Haunted Barn, 4309 W. Albain Road, Monroe, MI. Indoor haunted barn maze with farm theme and over 5,000 square feet. Opens Oct. 4. Hours: 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and Oct. 27-28. Admission is $12. Information: 734-243-1790.
Lake Eerie Fearfest, 3319 Milan Rd., Sandusky. Four of the legendary haunted houses from around the world joined to unite the mysterious legends of Lake Erie under one roof. Opens Friday. Hours: 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sundays and October 31. Tickets range from $15 to $35. Information: lakeeeriefearfest.com.
Scream Acres and PanDEMONium at Leaders Family Farms, one mile west of Napoleon, south off State Route 24 on Township/County Road 16 in Henry County. Haunted cornfield and high action haunts. Opens Friday. Both open at dark Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays until Nov. 2; close 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 9 p.m. Sundays. Cost: $15 for ScreamAcres and PanDEMONium; general admission to other attractions, including a non-haunted corn maze, petting zoo, straw tunnels and other activities is $8 for anyone older than 12, $6 for children between the ages of 5 and 11, and free for anyone 4 or younger. Information: leadersfarms.com or screamacres.com.
TerrorTown at the Lucas County Fairgrounds, 1406 Key St., Maumee. Toledo's longest running haunt features two attractions, House of the Dead and Big Top Terror. Opens Friday. Hours: 8 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays; 8 to 10 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays; 8 to 10 p.m. and 8 to 11 p.m. Oct. 31. Cost: $20 adults, $10 children 10 and younger. Information: terrortown.net.
Train of Terror and Haunted Engine House, 11600 County Road 99, Findlay. Haunted house and train ride. Hours 8 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Open Oct. 4 through Oct. 27. Recommended for teens and adults only. Cost $7 for both attractions. Information: nworrp.org.
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