Fall family fun and community Halloween events
Franklin Park Conservatory, "Scary Plants" exhibition, through Nov. 9, 1777 E. Broad St. The exhibit will focus on the oddities of the plant world, including carnivorous plants. Special activities will be featured from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Some highlights include: Gus the Squash Carver, Oct. 11; Ohio Nature Education performance, Oct. 18 and 19; Trick or Treat at the Conservatory, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 25 and 26; and CATCO Puppetry, Nov. 1 and 2. For more information, call 614-715-8000.
The MAiZE! in Milford Center is open. On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, now through Nov. 2, this cornfield labyrinth provides more than two miles of twists, turns and dead ends on the Rausch family farm. On average, maze-goers will wander for more than an hour seeking the labyrinth's one and only exit. The MAiZE will also have additional activities including a pumpkin patch, hayrides, Barnyard Bouncer, Corn Cannons, Pumpkin Blaster, cow barrel train, Laser Tag, Family Dodgeball, farm animals, pedal carts, tube slide, PVC roller slide and rubber duck races, Spiderweb, Kiddie Maze and campfires. The haunted Field of Fright will be opened at dark on the weekends before Halloween. The MAiZE is open Fridays from 5-10 p.m., Saturdays from 12 noon-10 p.m., Sundays from 12 noon-6 p.m., and one special weekday — Oct. 17 — from 12 noon-10 p.m. The costs of admission is $8.50 for ages 3+ and $13.50 if the haunted Field of Fright option is chosen. Discounts are available for groups of 15 or more. THE MAiZE is located at 8657 Axe Handle Rd, Milford Center. It is 10 miles south of Marysville and 8 miles west of Plain City just off SR 161. For more information, call 937-349-4781 or visit the website at www.themaize.com.