Fun as well as frights

There are plenty of opportunities for Halloween spooks and fall fun around Washington County this month.

Stacy Family Farm is celebrating fall at their new Reno location with a Fall Festival every Saturday and Sunday in October.

“There will be a hay ride, corn maze and pumpkin bowling. Something the kids and adults have a lot of fun with is the right-turn-only maze,” said Janet Stacy, one of the farm’s owners.

The sprawling farm at 27515 State Route 7 will also be offering you-pick pumpkins.

A $5 admission gets guests in on all the activities. Pumpkin-picking costs 25 cents a pound for those who paid admission or 35 cents a pound for those who want to come solely to pick the orange orbs.

The farm is open from noon to 6 p.m.

Sweetapple Farm in Barlow is bringing back its Halloweekends. Spooky hayrides started this weekend, and are offered at 7:30 Fridays and Saturdays. The rides, which are appropriate for all ages, cost $5 per person.

The farm also offers a flashlight maze every Friday and Saturday in October. The $4 experience begins at dusk, with the last maze entry at 9:30 p.m.

Campus Martius Museum will be hosting an evening of Halloween-inspired activities Friday, Oct. 18, from 6 to 9 p.m.

“There will be a ‘Haunted Appalachian Trail’ down in the basement. We’ll have activities throughout the evening like pumpkin decorating and dancing the ‘Monster Mash,'” said museum education program director Glenna Hoff.

The cost is $15 per person and is intended for children in the third grade and older, but younger children accompanied by parents are welcome to attend, said Hoff.

For those looking to feast on some brain, the fifth annual Harmar Zombie Walk is slated for Saturday, Oct. 19, starting at 6 p.m.

There will be a zombie parade and zombie olympics. Entry into the costume contest is $5.

The Lafayette Hotel will be hosting a “Hallowedding Whodunit Mystery Weekend” Oct. 25-27. Packages, which start at $209, include a two-night stay, all meal courses, a Saturday night masquerade ball and participation in the mystery.

A haunted attraction geared toward adults will be open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in October, as well as on Halloween night.

The “R-rated” Wicked Warehouse at 111 W. Montgomery St. is open Friday and Saturdays from 7 p.m. to midnight and 7 to 10 p.m. Sundays. They are also open Halloween from 7 to 10 p.m. Admission is $12.

Frontier High School’s FFA and the Newport Elementary Parent Teacher Organization are each sponsoring family friendly spooky events on Saturday, Oct. 26.

A haunted forest behind Frontier High School runs from 7 to 10 p.m. The $5 admission takes guests on a hayride through the forest with stops at different spooky stations throughout the forest.

“We’ll try to put a little fright in you, but nothing you’ll lose sleep over,” said FFA adviser Erwin Berry.

At Newport Elementary, the Halloween Bash starts after area trick-or-treat ends at 7:30 p.m.

“This year we’ll have sort of a Halloween carnival with costume judging, bean bag tosses, pumpkin bowling, things like that. And the older, braver kids can go through the eighth grade’s haunted house,” she said.

The carnival will have a $3 cover charge, and admission into the haunted house is an additional $2.