Travelers can stroll through haunted history and hear the “Untold Stories of the Women of Hocking County” at Logan's seventh annual Tombstone Travels, Saturday, Oct. 22 in Old Logan Cemetery. Talented costumed storytellers, guides and docents bring to life some of the county’s more influential women.
Tours depart from the Logan Central Elementary School on North Market St., across the street from the historic town cemetery, at 4 and 6 p.m. and are part of the Logan Bicentennial Celebration. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under and may be purchased at the Hocking Hills Regional Welcome Center or on site.
Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” returns for its third annual live performance, featuring talented actors, musicians and creepy dancing zombies among the tombstones at Logan Monument Company, 156 West Main Street. The crowd favorite takes place Sunday, Oct. 30, at 6 p.m. Just prior to the Thriller performance, kids line up at 4 p.m. on the Logan Town Square for the annual Halloween Parade, followed by trick or treating.
Haunted Houses can be scary and corn mazes can be fun, but nothing compares to the thrill of Halloween on the Hocking River in the deep, dark of night. Once in the canoe or kayak, there is no turning back and no knowing what’s lurking around each river bend. With spooky surprises lining the riverbank, Hocking Hills Adventures presents Halloween on the Hocking, Saturdays, Oct. 22 & 29, starting at 6 p.m. The evening wraps up with a scary hayride through the campground of lost souls, followed by s'mores and a bonfire. Fox's Hocking Hills Canoe Livery offers daytime canoeing or kayak trips, followed by a nighttime potluck and bonfire on October 15. Reservations are highly recommended for these Hocking River excursions.
R Adventure Park hosts “Nightmares in Hocking Hills” every Friday and Saturday from 8-11 p.m. throughout Oct., with extended hours on Halloween weekend: Thursday, Oct. 27 through Halloween night, Monday, Oct. 31. Recommended only for those ages 8 and up, Nightmares in Hocking Hills is sure to scare with terrifyingly realistic scenes along a haunted wooded hiking trail for just $10/person, $8 for children age 8-12.
The revelry continues the weekend after Halloween with an interactive reenactment of an actual Hocking Country murder trial: “Mayhem, Malice and Murder? Maybe!” The first 12 guests to purchase VIP tickets for each performance will serve as members of the jury, coming to their own conclusion on the infamous 1898 murder trial. Local “celebrities”, including Hocking County Judge John Wallace, retired Hocking County Judge Rick Wallar, Hocking County Commissioner Sandra Ogle and Logan Mayor Greg Fraunfelter will bring the story to life. Tickets are $15 each for general admission and VIP jurors’ tickets are $25. The show begins at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 4 and Saturday, Nov. 5, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Nov. 6. Tickets are available at the Hocking County Welcome Center, 13178 St Rt 664 S, Logan. Call 740-385-2750 for additional info.
Located 40 miles southeast of Columbus, Ohio, the Hocking Hills region offers once-in-a-lifetime experiences that make every day feel like Saturday, with plenty of Admission: FREE activities. The region boasts a wide variety of affordable lodging, from camping, cabins and cottages to hotels and inns. In addition to hiking trails, parks and forests, the Hocking Hills is the zipline capital of the Midwest, with 50 ziplines being offered via three distinct guide services. Unique gift and antique shops, canoeing, horseback riding, golf, spas and more add to the allure of the Hocking Hills as the perfect place to unplug. Complete traveler information is available ExploreHockingHills.com or 1-800-Hocking (800-462-5464).