Halloween Fair at Carlisle Reservation

Experience the shivers during a haunted jaunt off the beaten path through spooky stations equipped with actors and other trailside scenes, including mechanical scare props. The trail is open from 7 to 10 p.m., and the nonspooky trail will be open from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. For more family-friendly fun, the fair also includes live music, games and food vendors.

Don’t miss: During the Little Green Choo and tractor-pulled rides, participants will encounter the Children’s Nature Discovery Trail with inflatable Halloween characters and other amusing displays. Rides are included in the price of admission.

Dates: Oct. 25 and 26

Price: $3 per person; free for children 3 and younger

Place: Carlisle Reservation // 12882 Diagonal Road, LaGrange // metroparks.cc


Ghost Tours

Hosted by Scarlet Transportation and Adventure Tours, spend an eery evening aboard the Aventure Bus destined for some of the county’s most historically haunted sites. Get the scoop on local legends from a paranormal professional before daring to step off the bus to participate in investigations and explore destinations both indoors and outside.

Don’t miss: Looking for a horror story with history? Check out the Cleveland Torso Murders tour Oct. 27. Guided by a local historian, visit the sites and discover the dark details surrounding Cleveland’s most notorious and unsolved serial killings. Tickets for this event are $30.

Date: Oct. 26, 7 to 11 p.m.

Price: $45

Place: Pick-up location: Giant Eagle // 5231 Detroit Road, Sheffield // scarlettransportation.com


Give Thanks Craft and Vendor Event

Kickoff the holiday shopping season by discovering the creative works of more than 50 local crafters and small businesses. Fill your home with festive decorations, scented candles and delicious seasonal treats. Looking for thoughtful gifts for family and friends? Browse a variety of jewelry, home decor, bath and body products and other one-of-a-kind finds.

Don’t miss: While it’s the most wonderful time of year; it also can be the most stressful. Take care and pamper yourself with stops at the makeup and health and wellness vendors to ensure you feel good
inside and out this holiday season.

Date: Nov. 16, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Price: Free

Place: Lorain County Community College // 1005 N. Abbe Road, Elyria


16th Annual Turkey Dash

Work up an appetite for Thanksgiving dinner during this 5K run/walk that attracts more than 2,000 runners and spectators. Proceeds benefit the Karen P. Nakon Breast Cancer Foundation, which provides funds to families in Ohio impacted by the financial burden of breast cancer treatments. Last year, the Turkey Dash raised more than $30,000 for the foundation.

Don’t Miss: Lace up your running shoes and cheer on participants from the sidelines before enjoying post-race hot cocoa, coffee, fruit and pumpkin pie.

Dates: Nov. 28, 9 a.m.

Price: $30 for adults; $25 for kids 12 and younger

Place: Avon High School // 37545 Detroit Road, Avon // nakonfoundation.org