NW Ohio Weekend Full of Halloween Fun

(Toledo, OH) Bicyclists can take a bit of a haunting ride Sunday at Oak Openings Preserve. The Metroparks is hosting its annual Tombstone Bike Tour, where costumed cyclists ride park trails and country roads past nearly a dozen cemeteries. The 40-mile ride begins at the Mallard Lake area at Oak Openings at noon Sunday and includes a lunch stop for chili and water stations along the route.

Organizers will try again this weekend to put on the Sylvania Fall Festival, after poor weather forced a postponement. The event features craft and business booths, food trucks, a family fun zone, and a pumpkin patch. The chamber of commerce event runs 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in downtown Sylvania.

Families can celebrate Howl-o-ween Sunday afternoon at the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. Costumed volunteers will pass out treats along the boardwalk and tell spooky stories while kids do crafts at the visitor center. Coffee, cider and donuts also will be served 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Sunday brings the Spirit of Wood County awards presentation at the courthouse in Bowling Green. County commissioners have honored outstanding citizens for the past 30 years at the annual ceremony, which starts at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Wood county courthouse atrium.

The Ohio Turnpike is hosting a statewide open house tomorrow with an emphasis on family fun and career opportunities for high school students. Each child receives a hard hat and can take photos at a selfie station. The open houses run 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow at eight turnpike maintenance posts, including in Pioneer, Swanton, Elmore, and Castalia.

The new home of the Black Swamp Curling Center opens this weekend. A formal ribbon-cutting is planned Saturday afternoon, along with live music, refreshments, and demonstrations of the Olympic ice sport. League sign-ups and beginner classes also will be held noon to 5 p.m. at the new location along Dixie Highway in Bowling Green.

Levis Commons is hosting an event known as Heels for Healing tonight. More than 20 men will put on high heels for an hour, playing corn hole, dancing, and hula-hoop to help raise funds to help families affected by drug addiction. Friends of Lucas County Children Services will use the money raised from the 6 p.m. event to train new foster parents and recruit more couples to help kids left behind by addiction.

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