Halloween Fair

Carlisle Reservation
12882 Diagonal Road
LaGrange, Ohio 44050

2017 Event Dates

5:00 - 10:00 pm

Friday, Oct. 13 & Saturday, Oct. 14

Friday, Oct. 20 & Saturday, Oct. 21

Friday, Oct. 27 & Saturday, Oct. 28




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
  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



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.

12882 Diagonal Road 12550 Diagonal Road
LaGrange, OH 44050 LaGrange, OH 44050



Admission to the Halloween Fair is $2 per person, and 3 years of age and younger are FREE! With the $2 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.



Halloween Fair Trail

The Halloween Fair trail (Carlisle Reservation’s Short Loop Trail) is designated as “Family-Friendly” during the hours of 5-6:45 p.m. Families are invited to experience the trail during daylight hours without actors and activated scare devices.

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.




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.




Halloween Fair - Entertainment


  • 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!


  • 5-9:30 p.m. – DJ Starship Joe
  • 5-7 p.m. – Roving Balloon Artist Matt Harkins
  • Saturday, October 15th 7:30 pm– Crash Coffin, singer
  • Saturday, October 22nd 7:30 pm – Crash Coffin, singer
  • Saturday, October 29th 7:30 pm – Bill Gang, magician



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.




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!



    • Italian Sausage, Bourbon Chicken and Rice Bowls, Chicken Fries, and Deep-Fried Tator Tots
    • Funnel Cakes, Chicken paprikash, Hamburgers, Fries, Cheese & Chili Fries, Fried Snickers, Oreos and Twinkies.
    • Candy, Donuts, Popcorn, Hot Chocolate, Apple Cider and Pop
    • Pulled Pork, Chicken Salad Croissants, Wraps, Crepes and Smoothies



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.




Havok the Peregrine Falcon at Carlisle Visitor Center

CARLISLE RESERVATION: Hay Wagon Rides & Corn Maze

Dates: Saturdays & Sundays
September 16 - October 8
Time: Noon - 3:30pm
Location: Equestrian Center,
Carlisle Reservation
Cost: $2 per person per activity

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 $2 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: Evening Hay Wagon Rides & Corn Maze

Additional times for the horse-drawn hay wagon rides and corn maze are avilable during the week nights.

Wednesday evenings, September 27 and October 4, 2017
5:00 - 6:30 pm, Equestrian Center of Carlisle Reservation
Tickets for each activity are $2 each, children 3 and under free



Havok the Peregrine Falcon at Carlisle Visitor Center
Dates: Tuesdays, October 17 & 25
Time: 7:00 - 8:30pm
Location: Equestrian Center,
Carlisle Reservation
Cost: $2 per person

Check out this haunted version of our 6-acre corn maze in the dark! Bring your flashlight and try your nocturnal navigation skills through the 6-acre corn maze at Carlisle Reservation’s Equestrian Center! The maze is crawling with spooky surprises. You never know what might be lurking around each turn! Not suitable for young children. Tickets $2 each, and ticket sales end at 8:30pm. As always, this outdoor program is weather dependent. Please call ahead (440-458-5121) the day of the program (8am-4:30pm) in case of inclement weather or high wind advisories.


Ghost Town Raceway


Date: Sunday, October 15, 2017
Time: Noon - 1:00pm
Location: Mercy Health & Recreation Center
Cost: $2 per person

Dress up in costume for a Kids Fun Run! Participants will run through the ½-mile Trick-or-Treat course stopping at stations throughout the run where they will receive a TRICK (fitness activity) or a TREAT (candy).

COLUMBIA RESERVATION: Spooktacular Egg Hunt for Adults

Date: Saturday, October 28, 2017
Time: 7:00 - 9:00pm
Location: Columbia Reservation

We've been having so much fun at Easter we have decided to do it again...for Halloween!! Join us for our second annual Halloween orange and black egg hunt! There will be a costume contest, trivia, the Halloween egg hunt, and lots of fabulous prizes! Mark it on your calenders and stay tuned to facebook for more details. This is one event you won't want to miss!

SPLASH ZONE: Splash-O-Ween

Date: Sunday, October 22, 2017
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 and parade!

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

Pre-Register by calling (440) 774-5059.


Date: Saturday, October 28, 2017
Time: 2:00 - 3:00pm
Location: Lakeview Park
Cost: FREE

Wear your costume for this fun Halloween run! For more information call (440) 245-1193.


Date: Tuesday, October 31, 2017
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.



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