Lovers of Halloween and all-things-fall are in luck if they’re visiting the Youngstown area this season! With haunted houses, winery parties, pumpkin patches and hayrides, you have ample opportunities to enjoy the spooky season. If you love Halloween, here’s a few places to check out.
The Canfield Scaregrounds
Each October, the Canfield Fairgrounds transform into the much-anticipated Canfield Scaregrounds. Open Fridays and Saturdays from 7pm to midnight and Sundays from 7pm–10pm, the Scaregrounds feature four haunted houses, a haunted hayride and zombie paintball session. General admission includes access to all attractions (excluding paintball) and is $20. Guests also have the option to purchase just a haunted hayride pass for $10 or a paintball session for $10. For more details about the Canfield Scaregrounds, visit their website.
Ward Beecher Planetarium
Youngstown State University’s Ward Beecher Planetarium offers a wide selection of free astronomy programs to the public – and this October includes a few spooky specials. Families with young kids will want to check out Night-LITE, showing October 12, 19 and 26 at 2pm. It’s a fun (not scary), music and light show and guests are encouraged to arrive in costume. For those that like all things scary and horrific, head to a showing of Nightlights on October 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 or 26 at 8pm! Guests are encouraged to arrive in costume to this program as well.
Diletto Winery and The Vineyards at Pine Lake
While there are several uniquely wonderful wineries in the Youngstown area, Diletto Winery and The Vineyards at Pine Lake are two that are known for their packed event schedules. From sip ‘n paints and live music to yoga and vineyard tours, these wineries offer it all. And in October, you can expect to find both of their calendars FILLED with Halloween happenings.
At Diletto Winery:
- Oct 10 -12 | Drink Up Witches Wine Release Party
- Oct 16 | Wooden Pumpkin Craft Session
- Oct 18 | Frank ‘n Stein Fest (limited tickets left)
- Oct 24 | Jack and Sally Sip ‘n Paint
- Oct 26 | Adult Halloween Party
- Oct 30 | The Rocky Horror Picture Show Movie Showing
At The Vineyards at Pine Lake:
Boardman Township Park
This month, Boardman Township Park is hosting family-friendly haunted hayrides, perfect for all ages. Rides will be held on October 11, 12, 18 and 19 from 6pm–10pm. Ticket sales will take place between 6:30pm and 9:30pm. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 12 and under. Family rates are also available: $15 for Boardman families of two adults and four kids; $18 for non-resident families of the same size.
Youngstown Area Pumpkin Patches
Spooky season isn’t complete without at least one visit to a pumpkin patch, right? Luckily, there’s plenty throughout the Mahoning County area! When in Poland, visit Molnar Farms for not only pumpkins, but also a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables in their market. In Canfield, head to White House Fruit Farm (weekends are best in the fall) to peruse their pumpkin pavilion, market and fall gift barn. To carve pumpkins, visit Fellows Riverside Gardens October 10, 11 or 12, then head back on Sunday, October 13 to see them on display at the annual Pumpkin Walk at Twilight. Or, take the kids to Mill Creek MetroParks Farm on October 13, 19 or 20 for tractor-wagon rides out to the pumpkin patch. Pick the pumpkin of your choice, then decorate it to take home.
Although you might not think of it, local bakeries are one of the best spots to visit during the Halloween season. Why? They serve up endless fall-inspired treats! Think: flavors of pumpkin spice, maple walnut, apple and more. Stop in Classic Bakery in Boardman this fall and try their pumpkin pie, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin muffins or pumpkin log. At Bake Me Treats in Poland, expect pumpkin spice éclairs, monster cakes and maple walnut macarons. And, at One Hot Cookie, in both Youngstown and Boardman, you’ll find pumpkin-shaped cookies, maple walnut-flavored cookies and caramel apple smash cups.
This fall, make sure to take advantage of all the fun and freaky things happening in Mahoning County! For more information about Halloween festivities and other happenings in the Youngstown area, visit our Facebook page or our website.