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October 16, 17 and 18

Apple Butter Stirrin' Festival

With over 100 crafters, this festival brings out the sights, sounds and scents of autumn. Watch cooking demonstrations, craft auctions, hog calling contests and more. Smell the fresh apple butter simmering over an open fire as you stroll through the street. The festival is on Whitewoman St. in Roscoe Village in Coshocton from October 16 -- 18. Admission is $3 for guests 12 and older and parking is free. For more information, visit

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October 16

Halloween Party

This is a wonderful event for kids 8 to play carnival games, walk the Trick-or-Treat Trail and enjoy Halloween Bingo safely. This free party is at Everal Barn and Homestead, 60 N. Cleveland Ave. from 6 to 8 p.m. Call (614) 901-6500 for more information.

Haunted State House Tours

Meet figures from the past as you follow conductors with lanterns though the darkened hallways and chambers of the State House. This historical tour is spooky but appropriate for all members of the family. There will be free activities for kids before the tour begins. The Ohio State House is at the corners of High and Broad St. The tours are $8 for adults and $4 for children under 16. Times of the tours are 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 9 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. For more information, visit

Leeds Farm COTA Day

This is the only Friday that the Leeds Farm will be open during the fall harvest. Come enjoy the corn maze, feed farm animals, take hayrides and have fun in the Pumpkin Jump. The farm will be open from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Leeds Farm is located at 8738 State Route 36 in Ostrander. For more information, log on to

October 16 and 17

Stephen Knight's Magic of the Night

Magic of the Night is illusionist Stephen Knight's annual Halloween magic show featuring illusions, lights, music and special effects. An original production filled with chills and thrills for the whole family. Magic of the Night contains no blood or gore -- it's just good, clean, haunted Halloween fun for the entire family.

October 16 and 17 at the Lincoln Theatre. Standard ticket prices are $16, $22 and $28, plus fees. Tickets available online at or, or by phone at (800) 745-3000. For more information, visit

October 17

Red Nose Children's Run

Lace up your big, old, floppy, clown uh, running shoes, put on your red nose, and meet us at the annual Nationwide Better Health Columbus Marathon Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Red Nose Children's Run. There will be a race for every child. The diaper dash (ages 1 to 3) will be 60 yards; 4- to 5-year-olds will run .15 miles; 6 to 8-year-olds will run .35 miles; 9- to 11-year-olds will run .80 miles; and 12 to 14-year-olds will run a full mile. There also will be a wheelchair division. A real Ringling Bros. clown will keep the runners laughing the entire way. Held at the Franklin Park Adventure Center, 1747 E. Broad St. The Children's Activity Expo runs from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

$8 registration fee ($4 each for groups of 25 or more)

Clown costume competition: If you can run and clown around at the same time, then wear your best clown costume and compete for great prizes, including tickets to see Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey at Nationwide Arena and the chance to be a guest clown in the show. For more information, log on to

October 25

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is a noncompetitive walk to help fight breast cancer and provide hope to people facing the disease. Join TheBAG Lady's team by going to and click on Ohio. Hungry Howie's Pizza will provide free pizza and soda to Strides participants. The walk will start at COSI, 333 W. Broad St. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Walk starts at 10 a.m.