It's fall in northwest Ohio and that can only mean two things:
Haunted houses and corn mazes.
Toss in some pumpkins, childrens' activities, hay rides, and lots of other stuff and you have the perfect excuses to get outside and breathe in the fresh cool air, celebrate autumn, and either get lost in a corn field or have the bejeebers scared out of you.
Here's a list of some of the corn mazes and haunted houses in the area that will be hopping from now through October:
Fleitz Pumpkin Farm, 7133 Seaman Rd., Oregon. Featuring a pumpkin patch, corn maze, child-sized hay bale maze, hay rides, a gift shop, and refreshments. Open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sun-Sat through Oct. 31. 419-836-7613.
Hoen's Greenhouse, 1710 Perrysburg-Holland Rd, Holland. Featuring pumpkin patches and pumpkins already gathered from the field, hay rides, pre-picked produce, and honey from hives. Open Mon-Sat 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. 419-865-6566. On Oct. 13 and 14, Hoen's will celebrate its Autumn Affair festival from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days.
Country Lane Tree Farm, 3525 N. Bolander Rd., Genoa. Opening day for the The Great Pumpkin Patch is Saturday and hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Visitors can pick their own pumpkins, which are 25 cents a pound. There also is a large corn maze at the farm and admission for it is $5 a person. A haunted "Carnevil" barn will be open on Saturdays only through October from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. and admission is $7.50 per person. 419-461-1298
Jason's Pumpkin Patch, 12629 West Salem-Carroll Rd., Oak Harbor. Featuring a variety of unusual colors, shapes, and painted pumpkins, plus photos at the giant pumpkin tree or with pumpkins weighing up to 200 pounds. Corn mazes and hay rides. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Halloween. 419-898-3215.
Steven's Gardens, 4420 Weckerly Rd., Monclova. Pick-your-own and already gathered pumpkins, hay rides, maze, and petting zoo. Open 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily through Halloween. 419-867-7229.
Pumpkin Peddler, 20354 North Dixie Hwy., Bowling Green. Featuring a pumpkin patch with children's activities, hay and wagon rides, and pumpkin painting. Open Monday to Friday noon until dark, Saturday, 9 a.m. until dark, Sunday, 10 a.m. until dark. 419-409-0252.
Wheeler Farms, 11455 Obee Rd., Whitehouse. The Corn Maze at the Butterfly House this year features an elaborate design that celebrates the football rivalry between the Bowling Green State University Falcons and the University of Toledo Rockets. The maze covers more than six miles over 16 corn fields. It is open for viewing 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Thursdays, 5 p.m.-midnight Friday, noon-midnight Saturdays, and noon-8 p.m. Sundays. Costs are $8 for anyone older than 10, $7 for children between 6 and 9, and seniors older than 65. 419-350-9640.
HalloWeekends at Cedar Point in Sandusky. Four indoor haunted houses, six outdoor scare mazes, kids' areas and park rides and other attractions. Hours 6 p.m. to midnight, Fridays; 11 a.m. to midnight, Saturdays; noon to 9 p.m., Sundays. Open until Oct. 28. Costs range from $54.99 to $35.99 depending on when you go. Children 2 and younger are free. Information: 419-627-2350 or halloweekends.com.
Lake Eerie Fearfest, 3319 Milan Rd., Sandusky. Four of the most feared haunted houses from around the world come together in what once was Ghostly Manor Thrill Center thanks to an $850,000 expansion. Hours: 7:30 p.m. to midnight, Fridays and Saturdays; 7:30 to 10 p.m., Sundays. Tickets range from $15 to $35. Information: lakeeeriefearfest.com.
Haunted Hydro Dark Attraction Park, 1333 Tiffin St., Fremont. Haunted houses and other scary stuff open open Oct. 5 and continue through the month. Hours: 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 31. Tickets range from $12 to $22.Friendly Monster matinees from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 14, 21, and 28 (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.
Leaders Family Farms, one mile west of Napoleon, south off State Route 24 on Township/County Road 16 in Henry County. ScreamAcres haunted cornfield and PanDEMONium Project. Hours: Both open at dark Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays until Nov. 4; close 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 9 p.m. Sundays. Cost: $16 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.
TerrorTown at the Lucas County Fairgrounds, 1406 Key St., Maumee. Two attractions, House of the Dead and Big Top Terror. Hours: 8 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays; 8 to 10 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays; 8 to 10 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 until Oct. 27. Recommended for teens and adults only. Cost $7 for both attractions. Information: 419-721-1175 or nworrp.org.