Fall Festivities come to Ashland County

Katie Foster, AU-Live Managing Editor

Fall brings the cold air, the changing colors of the leaves and the many festive activities connected with the season. There are many events around Ashland University to look forward to during the months of Sept. and Oct. 

A short drive away from AU is Honey Haven Farm. 

Going on their 22nd year of being open, owner John Boyer is ready for an exciting and busy season. 

“We have people come from all over, that’s exactly what we like to see,” Boyer said. 

Honey Haven Farm is having all of their regular attractions this year including their famous corn maze, pumpkin slingshot, corn guns, pumpkin picking, a craft barn, cider slushies, apple and pumpkin donuts, pumpkin ice cream and much more. 

Admission into Honey Haven is free, the cost of each activity stands on its own. The event will be open Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays beginning Sept. 25. 

Honey Haven might also be worth the look around for those searching for a job.The Farm is looking to hire three to four people to help run the pumpkin slingshots and corn guns. For more information, contact Honey Haven Farm at 419-289-3384. 

Another fall attraction in the area is the Prairie Peddler. A major event in Butler, this festival features over 200 different small business entrepreneurs, live music and an array of food vendors. 

According to Prairie Peddler’s official website, prairietown.com, the event dates are Sept. 25-26 and Oct. 2-3, with hours from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is $8.

A haunted event to go to this fall is the Mohican Haunted SchoolHouse, located in Perrysville.

Rated one of the top haunted houses in Ohio, the tour through the schoolhouse will take you through a “Dead and Breakfast’’, the school cafeteria–home to a human butcher– and much more. 

According to mohicanhauntedschoolhouse.com, the event will be running from Sept. 24 through Oct. 30 on Fridays and Saturdays. Admission is $25, but there is a $5 discount for those who buy tickets online ahead of time. 

The famous Blood Prison held at the Reformatory is always a big hit with locals and travelers alike. Victor Amesquita, owner of the event, is expecting a big turn out, much like they have had in previous years. 

“This year we are coming back full force after the little anomaly we had last year called Covid,” Amesquita said. 

The Reformatory always keeps its prison theme for the event, staying true to its roots as being a maximum high security prison for men in the past, but this year’s featured main character is the Warden’s Widow.  

Blood Prison will be bringing their cell blocks back this year as part of the 45 minute haunted tour, since last year they had to close them due to COVID-19. Clowns, which represent the inmates, and the vortex will also be making an appearance again this year, along with many other scary sights. 

The Blood Prison haunted tour will be open for the entire month of Oct. on Fridays and Saturdays from 7:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. and Sundays from 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

“The busiest nights of the month are the third and fourth weekends”, Amesquita said. 

He recommends coming the first or fourth weekend for less of a wait time, as it is not uncommon to wait two or three hours in line before entering. The gates open at 6:00 p.m.  

 General admission is $25, but if you are looking for a little more of a thrill, you can add a touch pass for an extra $5. There is also a “fast pass” available for purchase to help visitors skip the line for $55. 

For those looking for a job and interested in providing halloween thrills this season, the Reformatory is looking to hire actors.

For more information about Blood Prison, visit bloodprison.com or call 419-522-2644. 

The Warden’s Widow waits for whoever is brave enough to visit her at The Ohio State Reformatory this fall. USED WITH PERMISSION: THE OHIO STATE REFORMATORY