MANSFIELD, OHIO – Gorgeous 47-acre Kingwood Center will come ablaze during the annual Great Pumpkin Glow. On Saturday, Oct. 17 from 5 – 10 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 18 from 5 – 9 p.m., the stunning display of hundreds of glowing pumpkins will warmly greet guests as they walk through Kingwood Center’s lush grounds. The public is also invited to get in on the action and contribute to the display, carving his or her own pumpkin Oct. 14-16 from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. Pumpkin carving is free, but supplies are limited.
In addition to grinning, creatively carved pumpkins, Kingwood Center’s gardens will be filled with glow-in-the-dark balloons, friendly scarecrows, festive and dramatic gourd displays, towering corn stalks and beautiful chrysanthemums. The whole family can also enjoy a horse-drawn hayride, delicious food from local vendors and fun face painting. Great Pumpkin Glow tickets are $5 per person (children under 12 are admitted free of charge) and parking is available at Mansfield Senior High School. Information is available at www.kingwoodcenter.org or (419) 522-0211.
Families can experience Mansfield’s bounty first hand at Apple Hill Orchards. Visitors are able to pick their own apples and pumpkins, feed the resident goat and sheep and watch the honeybees in the observation beehive. Apple Hill Orchards boasts seasonal must-have treats such as fresh-pressed apple cider, apple donuts, caramel apples and apple walnut bread. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (419) 884-1500.
Throughout the entire month of October, Wayne’s Country Market supplies endless amounts of fun for little ones. Kids can enjoy navigating the straw maze, soaring on the rope swing, wagon rides and fun slides. Visitors will also learn fun facts about pumpkins, apple cider, milking cows and apple sorting. Admission is only $3 per child and accompanying adults are free. For group reservations and more information, call 419-884-1993.
The Ohio Bird Sanctuary will host its annual Fall Festival where festivalgoers can enjoy fun wildlife activities, nature crafts and zoo animals. Be sure to bring your cameras for the Raptor Photography Trail, as the Sanctuary’s birds perch along the beautiful trails. The festival will be held Oct. 17 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., and admission is $10 per vehicle. For more information, call 419-884-4895.
In celebration of Halloween, Mansfield will host the kid-friendly Monsterfield Masquerade. Trick-or-treaters can fill their candy bags to the brim during the Downtown Trick or Treat on Oct. 27 from 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., followed by the Halloween Parade at 7 p.m. The parade route will begin at the intersection of Main Street and Sixth Street and move south on Main Street, west on Park Avenue and north on Walnut Street.
A destination unlike any other, Mansfield and Richland County, Ohio offers wildly unusual travel adventures and experiences. Travelers can spend the night in a haunted former state prison where the No. 1 movie of all time, The Shawshank Redemption, and other Hollywood blockbuster movies were filmed. World-class motorsports, skiing, hiking, biking, golf and loads of other outdoor adventures attract families and visitors of all ages. Complete visitor information and free visitors guide is available at MansfieldTourism.com or MansfieldTourism.com/mobile or by calling (800) 642-8282.
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