As Halloween approaches, some families enjoy the chills and thrills that the season offers. But for those who are not looking for a good fright, the city of Bexley Recreation and Parks Department and the Bexley Celebrations Association will present the annual Harvest Festival.
The event will run from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 11 at Jeffrey Mansion, 165 N. Parkview Ave.
A community tradition for the past 20 years, the festival is designed as an alternative to haunted houses that can be too advanced for young children, said Barb Greiner, the city's recreation supervisor.
"Halloween's always such a frightful time for some children," she said. "We put this together so that parents could be sure that there's nothing scary."
Activities will include a corn maze, hayrides, live music, face painting and a bonfire. Local students in Boy and Girl Scouts and other community groups will sell pizza, chili, popcorn, hot and cold drinks and desserts.
Participants can expect a lot of the typical fan favorites, said Recreation Director Michael Price.
One of the most popular activities of the Harvest Festival is the Enchanted Walk, which will feature cartoon, movie and literary characters along the paths in the woods surrounding Jeffrey Park. Characters will greet guests and pose for photos from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m.
"We have Mickey Mouse and Winnie the Pooh," Greiner said. "More importantly, we have Brutus Buckeye."
The festival attracts 600 to 700 people each year, depending on the weather, Greiner said.
"The word has spread because it is a safe place to bring your children," Greiner said. "We try to keep it an event where a family doesn't have to spend a lot of money if they don't want to."