Warm, sunny days with lovely autumn leaves?

Warm, sunny days with lovely autumn leaves?

Yes, we'll take that.

This has been the best fall season in years - and it's far from over. Ghost tours are setting out. Circleville's giant pumpkins are heading to the scale. A new apple wine awaits your ready glass.

With Central Ohio's fall fun, the only hard part will be fitting it all in. Luckily, we're here to help.

On the following pages, you'll find 20 ways to carve, roast, dance, haunt, eat, sip and savor your way through the rest of the season.

Jump into the Fall Festival of Leaves

No one celebrates the season better than the fine people in Bainbridge, who claim their Ross County to be "Leaf County, U.S.A." On Friday-Sunday, Oct. 14-16, you'll find arts, crafts, flea markets, parades, a tractor pull and self-guided scenic drives. Find details at fallfestivalofleaves.com.

Get lost in a corn maze

From the sky, The Maize at Little Darby Creek is a nine-acre horticultural masterpiece commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. On ground level, it will be the toughest corn maze you'll ever face. The attraction in Milford Center, about 50 minutes northwest of Downtown, is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through October and on Halloween. Visit mazeandberries.com.

See the giants at Circleville Pumpkin Show

Bigger pumpkins than you can imagine will be on display during this awesome annual event about 40 minutes south of Downtown. We're talking pumpkins transported on their own flatbed trucks. The show runs Wednesday-Saturday, Oct. 19-22, with all the familiar festival trimmings. The giant pumpkins weigh in at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday. Check out pumpkinshow.com.

Hop on a hay ride

If you had to do farm chores, a tractor would look pretty intimidating. But slap a few bales of hay on its flatbed, and you're ready for a fantastic fall joyride. Freeman's Farm in Galena offers hay rides, a petting zoo, quaint crafts, kettle corn and more during fall festivals every Saturday and Sunday in October. Visit freemansfarm.com.

Watch drama about leaves (and leaving)

Tree parts don't just sit around and look pretty. This year, they provided part of the inspiration for "3 in 30: Leaves," a recurring series at MadLab Theatre & Gallery that features three plays in 30 minutes. This installment runs at 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 21-22, at the Downtown space. Visit madlab.net.

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