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October 2017 - Visit the best destinations in Stark County for Halloween events this year.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1: What better way to enjoy the fall foliage and celebrate the autumn equinox than on a trail run through a scenic orchard?


Enjoy a scenic 1-mile stroll through the fall foliage, or 5K and 10K cross country trail courses through the woods over a gently rolling landscape.  A special kid’s play area with offer adult chaperones, face painting, bounce houses and balloon artists while you walk or run the course.  And football fans should have no fear because the Cleveland Browns vs Cincinnati Bengals will be broadcast live on the big screen starting at 1:00 PM.  Enjoy the after-race bonfire celebration with delicious food, hot and cold apple cider, lemonade, beer, and great music.  Race Registration

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6: Witches and wizards descend on downtown Canton for the October First Friday, a monthly party in the downtown Canton Arts District featuring themed food, music, performances and visual arts events. 


There are so many activities planned we cannot cover them all here!  Be sure to check the First Friday Facebook page for all of the latest event details.  Catch a FREE movie Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone, 7:30 PM at the Palace Theater (605 Market Ave. N). Then, bring the kids to a potion class at Avenue Arts Marketplace and Theatre (324 Cleveland Ave. NW) from 6:00-8:00 PM.  Visit “Wizarding Alley” (6th St. between Market and Cleveland Ave.) with activities to include spooky drawing demonstrations, a candy apple bar, painted-on wizard-themed tattoos, a 'deciding hat' filled with house-colored candy, and much more!


The place to kick-off every First Friday is the Canton Museum of Art.  Bring your little gal or ghoul to the Canton Museum of Art from 5:30-7:30 PM for the 3rd Annual Art Harvest Trick-or-Treat.  Kids should arrive in their favorite Halloween costume and Trick-Or-Treat in the Museum for candies and free art supplies, and play classic carnival games inspired by the Halloween season.  More Information about the Canton Museum of Art Trick-or-Treat First Friday event.


Join Team S.P.E.C.T.R.E. as they lead a group of brave souls on a ghost hunt at the Palace Theatre.  The paranormal investigation starts at 10:30 PM and continues until 2:00 AM.  Reserve Your Ticket


Don’t miss the party within the party!  During October's First Friday festivities in downtown Canton, stop by Print & Press Shop & Studios (429 4th St NW) for a free event with food from The Pierogi Lady and The Local Frank, and live music from the one and only Ryan Humbert.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14: The eerie chill of autumn has made its way to Massillon, Ohio with a series of special events offering just the right mix of fun and fright.


In its 10th year the Massillon Zombie Walk is adding even more entertainment for the entire family.  Spend the evening in downtown Massillon (121 Lincoln Way E, Massillon, OH) from 5:00 to 10:00 PM.  Peruse local vendors, artisans and kid friendly crafts and activities.  Watch the zombie pack perform to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”; first on Duncan Plaza at 6:00 PM, then at 7:00 PM outside of the Massillon Public Library (208 Lincoln Way E, Massillon, OH), and a final performance on 1st Street at 7:30 PM accompanied by New Wave Nation with a free outdoor concert immediately following the performance.  Event Details


While you are enjoying the festivities at Massillon’s Zombie Walk join the docents of Spring Hill Historic Home on a guided walking tour of downtown Massillon.  Did you know about the mysterious woman wandering around town, to the point that the local newspaper offered a reward for information on the ghost?  Explore the silly and weird stories of Massillon’s past on one of the walking tours departing from Duncan Plaza (1 James Duncan Plaza, Massillon, OH) at 5:00, 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 PM. Call ahead to reserve your tickets: 330.833.6749


Adults are invited to keep the good times rolling at Art After Dark.  This adult costume party is hosted by both the Massillon Museum and Canton Museum of Art and features a non-stop dance floor, roaming entertainment, and other spooky surprises at the Canton Museum of Art (1001 Market Ave N, Canton, OH).  Purchase Event Tickets

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28 : Stroll the shops of Historic Downtown Hartville and bring your costumed kiddos (fur family included) along for the day.


Bring out the entire family, pets included, for a fun day trick-or-treating in Historic Downtown Hartville.  Look for orange balloons at participating businesses from 11 AM to 3:00 PM.  Plus, enter your “fur kids” in the pet costume contest at Snags & Wags Barkery (127 Mill St SE, Hartville, OH).


Be sure to make your way to the Hartville MarketPlace & Flea Market (1289 Edison St NW, Hartville, OH) for live pumpkin carving demonstrations 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, featuring Chef Stephan Baity a winner of Food Network’s “Cake Wars”.

These destinations are just the tip of the hay bale when it comes to fall fun in Stark County.  Find more more ways to have fun this fall>>>

Tonja Marshall

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Tonja Marshall is the VP of Marketing & Communications for Visit Canton.  She has previously served as Director of Sports Tourism.  Prior to working for Visit Canton, Tonja was the Travel & Tourism Marketing Specialist at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Tonja moonlights as a foodie, trying-out new recipes and seeking-out great restaurants. Whether she is headed to a basketball tournament, cheer competition, or weekend “staycation”, Tonja can usually be found traversing the Stark County area with her husband Marcus and three kids, Jordan, Janiya, and Marcus Jr.

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