Halloween Fair

Carlisle Reservation
12882 Diagonal Road
LaGrange, Ohio 44050
440-458-5121

2018 Event Dates

Family Friendly Trail: 4:30 - 6:30 pm
Trail CLOSED:
6:30 - 7:00 pm

Spooky Trail:
7:00 - 10:00 pm

Friday, Oct. 12 & Saturday, Oct. 13

Friday, Oct. 19 & Saturday, Oct. 20

Friday, Oct. 26 & Saturday, Oct. 27

 


RULES


Jack-O-Lantern

For your safety, the following Trail Rules apply to all visitors:

  1. NO ALCOHOL allowed on park grounds
  2. NO SMOKING on trail or in stations
  3. NO FLASHLIGHTS
  4. NO MASKS
  5. NO FOOD OR DRINK on trail
  6. NO TOUCHING of staff, volunteers, decorations or props
  7. NO DOGS on trail
  8. NO STROLLERS through stations

 


PARKING


FREE Parking is available in the fields at Carlisle Visitor Center and the parking lots at the Duck Pond Picnic area. Staff will be on hand to direct parking. Visitors who park at Duck Pond will be shuttled to Carlisle Visitor Center. This is the easiest way to get into and exit the event.

**PLEASE NOTE** Parking gates close at 9:30 pm. Admissions Booth closes at 9:45 pm.

CARLISLE VISITOR CENTER DUCK POND PICNIC AREA
12882 Diagonal Road 12550 Diagonal Road
LaGrange, OH 44050 LaGrange, OH 44050

 


ADMISSION


Admission to the Halloween Fair is $3 per person, and 3 years of age and younger are FREE! With the $3 admission, visitors are given a hand stamp, which entitles the visitor to unlimited trail visits and Little Green Choo rides on the day of purchase. All visitors will have to enter and wait in the trail queue line each time they wish to visit the trail.

All visitors walking the trail need to get a hand stamp at the ticket booth, or #3 on the Fairgrounds map. All visitors, regardless of age, must have a hand stamp to enter the trail or ride the Little Green Choo.

Tickets for the Midway Games can be purchased at the Friends of Metro Parks booth located at the start of the game Midway at the labeled wood building.

**PLEASE NOTE** Parking gates close at 9:30 pm and the admissions booth closes at 9:45 pm.

Click here to view a printable PDF of the fairgrounds map.

 


TRAIL


Halloween Fair Trail

The non-spooky family friendly trail will be open from 4:30-6:30 pm. Visitors will be able to enjoy favorites like Pumpkin Lagoon before the larger spooky attractions begin.

Walking haunted trail is CLOSED from 6:30-7 pm.

The trail turns “Scary” from 7-10 p.m. The Haunted Trail invites guests to experience a number of walk-thru spooky and startling stations equipped with actors and other trail side scenes featuring mechanical scare props.

Click here to view a printable PDF of the trail.

 

 


LITTLE GREEN CHOO AND
TRACTOR-PULLED WAGON RIDES


Tracto-pulled Wagon rides

Riders experience the Children’s Nature Discovery Trail with inflatable Halloween characters and other family-friendly displays. Visitors can ride either the Little Green Choo or the Tractor-Pulled Wagon; both vehicles travel along the same decorated path. Each ride will last approximately 7 minutes. Lines close by 9:30 pm each night to accommodate waiting passengers.

 

 


ENTERTAINMENT


Halloween Fair - Entertainment

Fridays:

  • 5-9:30 p.m. – DJ Starship Joe
  • 5-7 p.m. – Roving Balloon Artist Matt Harkins
  • 7:20 p.m. - Costume Contest on the DJ stage
  • 7:30 p.m. – Outdoor Theater – Classic Spooky Movies!

Saturdays:

  • 5-9:30 p.m. – DJ Starship Joe
  • 5-7 p.m. – Roving Balloon Artist Matt Harkins
  • Saturday, October 13th 7:30 pm– Crash Coffin, singer
  • Saturday, October 20th 7:30 pm – Crash Coffin, singer
  • Saturday, October 28th 7:30 pm – Bill Gang, magician

 


RESTROOMS


Water Aerobics Class

Although the Visitor Center will remain closed to the public during Halloween Fair, a restroom trailer will be positioned next to the building and the Ghost Town Raceway attraction. There will also be a handicap accessible portable restroom next to the restroom trailer and on the path leading up to the Little Green Choo Train Station.

 

 


MIDWAY GAMES


Friends of Lorain County Metro Parks offer a variety of Midway Games during Halloween Fair! Visit the green Friends of Metro Parks booth to purchase tickets. Tickets are 50 cents each or 12 for $5.00

Halloween Fair - Entertainment
  • Squirt the Duck
  • Ring around the Pumpkin
  • Monster Toss
  • Match the Duck
  • Ladder Ball
  • Let’s Fish
  • Witches Basketball
  • Ring Toss
  • Pick a Sucker
  • Bean Bag Toss
  • *Ghost Town Raceway* - The Ghost Town Raceway will be FREE this year!

 


VENDOR LIST


  • MARLOCK
    • Italian Sausage, Bourbon Chicken and Rice Bowls, Chicken Fries, and Deep-Fried Tator Tots
  • WRIGHT CONCESSIONS
    • Funnel Cakes, Chicken paprikash, Hamburgers, Fries, Cheese & Chili Fries, Fried Snickers, Oreos and Twinkies.
  • FRIENDS OF METRO PARKS
    • Candy, Donuts, Popcorn, Hot Chocolate, Apple Cider and Pop
  • SARGE'S
    • Mac & Cheese, Pulled Pork, Fries
  • HOT DOG HEAVEN
    • Hot Dogs, Fries and Pop

 


CANCELLATION POLICY


In the event of lighting, thunder, or high wind, Lorain County Metro Parks may cancel Halloween Fair. Please check the www.MetroParks.cc homepage and our Facebook page for regular updates during inclement weather.

 

 


HALLOWEEN HAPPENINGS AT THE METRO PARKS


Havok the Peregrine Falcon at Carlisle Visitor Center

CARLISLE RESERVATION: Hay Wagon Rides & Corn Maze

Dates: Saturdays & Sundays
September 15 - October 7
Time: Noon - 3:30pm
Location: Equestrian Center,
Carlisle Reservation
Cost: $1 per person per activity
(Children 3 and under are FREE)

What better way to enjoy the sights of fall than with an afternoon of family-oriented fun! Join us at the Equestrian Center of Carlisle Reservation (located at 13630 Diagonal Road, LaGrange, 44050) for an old-fashioned horse-drawn hay wagon ride and a walk through our six-acre corn maze! Horse-drawn wagons leave about every fifteen minutes from in front of the grandstand at the Equestrian Center of Carlisle Reservation. The wagon rides last approximately one half hour. Waits are common for this program; please plan that into your trip as ticket sales end at 3:30pm. And don’t forget to try your hand finding your way through our large six-acre corn maze! A new design is implemented each year; test your navigation skills while learning a little trivia along the way at various points in the maze. Don’t forget to ring the bell once you’ve reached the middle!

Tickets for each of these activities are $1 each, available for purchase at the grandstand at the Equestrian Center of Carlisle Reservation until 3:30pm. Children three and under receive a FREE ticket. The concession stand will also be open and refreshments are available for a small fee.  As always, these outdoor programs are weather dependent.  Please call ahead (440-458-5121) the day of the program in case of inclement weather or high wind advisories.   

CARLISLE RESERVATION: Sunset Celebration Fall Hay Wagon Rides and Corn Maze

An additional evening date and times for the horse-drawn hay wagon rides and corn maze are avilable during the evening on Friday, October 5, 2018.

Friday, October 5, 2018
5:30 - 7:00 pm, Equestrian Center of Carlisle Reservation
Tickets for each activity are $1 each, children 3 and under free

 

Ghost Town Raceway

HOLLSTEIN RESERVATION: Trick-Or-Treat On Your Feet

Date: Sunday, October 21, 2018
Time: Race-Day Registration: 11:00am
Age Group Races Start: 12:10pm
Location: Mercy Health & Recreation Center
Cost: $2 per person

Kids ages 12 and under can participate in a Kids Fun Run. The participants will dress up and run the ½-mile course, stopping at six stations to receive a trick (fitness exercise) or treat (candy) - you just never know what you're going to get!

Havok the Peregrine Falcon at Carlisle Visitor Center

SPLASH ZONE: Splash-O-Ween

Date: Sunday, October 28, 2018
Time: 5:30 - 8:00pm
Location: Splash Zone

Join us for a family-friendly Halloween party! Families can enjoy lots of fun Halloween activities, including swimming, crafts, and trick-or-treating! Don't forget to bring your costume for our contest!

The cost is $3.50 for members and $5.00 for non-members (children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult).

Pre-Registration is required. Call (440) 774-5059 to pre-register.

SANDY RIDGE RESERVATION: Halloween Fun 5K

Date: Sunday, October 28, 2018
Time: 1:00 - 2:30pm
Location: Sandy Ridge Reservation
Cost: FREE

Wear your costume while trekking this 3-mile plus hike! Prizes for all in costume! For more information call (440) 327-3626.

VERMILION RIVER RESERVATION: Halloween Scavenger Hunt

Date: Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Time: 10:00 - 11:30am
Location: Carriage Barn,
Vermilion River Reservation
Cost: FREE

Join us for a spooky adventure with prizes and candy! Feel free to dress in costume. For more information call (440) 967-7310.

MILLER NATURE PRESERVE: Scary Critters Hike for Halloween

Date: Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Time: 10:30 - 11:30am
Location: Miller Nature Preserve
Cost: FREE

Spiders, snakes, skunks! These animals have always gotten a bad rap but really are important parts of nature. On this hike look for signs of these and other critters.

 

 

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