Warm, sunny days with lovely autumn leaves?
Creep through a haunted house
In terms of scaring the poop out of you, few Ohio operations can top Dead Acres in Pataskala, which this year was named the nation's most outrageous haunted house by hauntworld.com. The experience also known as Haunted Hoochie is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through October, as well as on Oct. 30-31. Visit deadacres.com.
Grab some Ohio applesThe region's you-pick season has wound down, but freshly harvested apples await at Legend Hills Orchard, a charming farm in Utica, about an hour northeast of Downtown. The general store there also sells seasonal goodies such as unpasteurized cider, Amish cheese and maple syrup. Visit legendhillsorchard.com. Make your own apple sauce Once you've enjoyed an afternoon at the Legend Hills market, cozy up to the stovetop. Can't handle an apple pie? No worries. Try this simple apple sauce formula from allrecipes.com.
8 apples peeled, cored and chopped
1/2 cup white sugar
1 1/2 cups water
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
In a large saucepan, combine ingredients. Cover and cook over medium heat until apples are soft. Allow mix to cool. Mix ingredients with fork, potato masher or food processor.
Toss a disc at Blendon Woods Metro Park
Head outside to enjoy the remaining sunshine - and move around a bit to cut the autumn chill. Disc golf is among the season's ideal sports, and there's a challenging 18-hole course at this Westerville nature preserve. Rounds costs $1.50, rental discs $1. Visit metroparks.net.
Attend a Halloween art show
Thirteen artists will capture the spooky spirit during the Dark Carnival Art Show, which begins at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, at Wild Goose Creative in Clintonville. Visuals will be produced by the Found Art Project, tunes by DJ Plague Daddy. A part of the proceeds will benefit the Mid-Ohio Food Bank. Visit wildgoosecreative.com.
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