Halloween haunts, adventures lure travelers to Ohio’s Hocking Hills

#10LOGAN, OHIO – Travelers can stroll through history with some of Ohio’s shadowy and intriguing characters at Logan’s 6th Annual Tombstone Travels, Saturday, Oct. 24 in downtown Logan. Talented costumed storytellers, guides and docents bring to life some of the town’s more ghostly stories. Tours depart from the Logan Central Elementary School on North Market Dr., across the street from the cemetery, at 5 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under and are available at the tour.

The Hocking Halloween Campout boasts unforgettable experiences for all ages. The fun begins Friday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m., as the Haunted Hocking “HHIT” team takes travelers on the search for the unexplained. The team leads visitors on night hike into the pitch black of Ash Cave, best known for its beautiful, cascading waterfall, winding trail and yawning recess cave. But those hemlock-lined trails are also known to harbor goose bump-inducing spirits, with recent night hikers reporting a hand creeping out from under the bridge and shadowy apparitions of a woman dressed in 1920’s attire. The Campout continues Saturday, Oct. 31 with family friendly activities, such as, pumpkin decorating at Old Man’s Cave, hayrides, trick-or-treat and a costume parade.

Haunted Houses can be scary and corn mazes can be fun, but nothing compares to the thrill of Halloween on the Hocking. On the Hocking River, there’s nowhere to hide from whoever — or whatever — is lurking around the bend. Once in the canoe, there is no turning back. Those who survive can further test their bravery on the haunted hayride through the campground. With spooky surprises lining the riverbank, Hocking Hills Adventures offers Halloween on the Hocking Oct. 17, 24 and 31. On Oct. 17, Fox’s Hocking Hills Canoe Livery offers a nighttime New Moon Glow Float, complete with glow sticks that create shimmering reflections on the water, followed by live bluegrass and a roaring bonfire.

R Adventure Park offers three different Hocking Hills Haunts every Friday and Saturday from 8-11 p.m. throughout October. Kryptic Kreek is the most extreme, featuring haunted hiking trail dotted with chill-inducing scenes for just $12/person. Adventurers can ride the Dead Trails on a haunted hayride while they battle zombies, spooks and chainsaw-wielding maniacs with only a paintball gun and teamwork to help them survive. Admission is $25 and includes 200 rounds of paintball ammo. The Hangman’s Hollows High Ropes Obstacle Course is the world’s largest family ropes course and the first that’s believed to be haunted. Visitors walk through an old Western graveyard and up the tangle of rope bridges to discover what terrifying creatures lurk in the treetops. At $20 per person, guides lead thrill-seekers safely through any obstacles. However, avoiding the hangman and his accomplices may not be so easy.

The Bowen House Community Center for Arts & Education, 196 North Market Street, Logan, is hosting its 2nd Annual live performance of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” The festivities will begin at 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 25 with a Halloween parade, trick-or-treat and a “Fright Night Buffet” of spooky spoonfuls and dangerous dishes. An enthusiastic live performance of “Thriller” with zombie dancers, actors and musicians will serve as the grand finale. On Halloween day, The Bowen House will be dressed for the occasion. The Kid Friendly Haunted House will feature child-appropriate activities, ghost stories, freaky snacks and a mad scientist lab. The community center invites kids to kick off their Halloween from 2-5 p.m. on Oct. 31. Costumes are encouraged.

Located 40 miles southeast of Columbus, Ohio, the Hocking Hills region offers once-in-a-lifetime experiences that make every day feel like Saturday, with plenty of Admission: FREE activities. The region boasts a wide variety of affordable lodging, from camping, cabins and cottages to hotels and inns.  In addition to hiking trails, parks and forests, the Hocking Hills is the zipline capital of the Midwest, with 50 ziplines being offered via three distinct guide services.  Unique gift and antique shops, canoeing, horseback riding, golf, spas and more add to the allure of the Hocking Hills as the perfect place to unplug. Complete traveler information is available ExploreHockingHills.com or 1-800-Hocking (800-462-5464).

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