Events Roundup: Harvest Festivals, Horcrux Hunts, and HallZOOween Celebrations (Oh, My!)
October is upon us, and you know what that means, right? First, you should probably binge-watch all eight Harry Potter movies because they are perfect spooky-season series. Second, check out some of these outrageously fun activities that are planned throughout the entire month. This week’s Events Roundup is all about what’s going on in October near you. Let’s get started.
Muggle Month on Magical Main
Ellicott City, Maryland, is starting the fall season just the way we like it, Harry Potter–style! From now until October 30, many Ellicott City businesses will participate in Muggle Month in their own unique ways. For example, if you dress in your best wizard robes, you may get some very nice discounts; cafes and restaurants will have butterbeer spilling out of every nook and cranny; and there are games to play in many of the shops. City officials are asking that social distancing and mask regulations are still followed. For a full list of all the businesses participating in Muggle Month on Magical Main, check the event website.
Corn Maze at Elzinga Farm & Greenhouse
Corn mazes are a fall tradition, as long as you don’t get lost. Elzinga Farm in Dryer, Indiana, will open its doors for a Harry Potter–themed 4.6-acre corn maze, a haunted house, and a fall festival. If the larger maze turns out to be a little bit of a challenge, there’s always a mini maze to try out. Since there are so many wizard recipes that need a pumpkin for something, you should grab a couple from the pumpkin patch. Elzinga Farm is open Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. until the end of October. For directions and more information, check out the farm website.
Hogwarts Harvest Festival
All are welcome to another year of the Hogwarts Harvest Festival in Jerome, Idaho. Starting at 9:00 a.m. on October 10, the entire family will be able to enjoy the day. There will be lunch at Hogwarts, a photo opportunity, a costume parade, trick-or-treating, a silent auction, shops from Diagon Alley, and so much more! You can check out the event website or Facebook page for more information, directions, and times.
Tri-Wizard Horcrux Hunt
While battling dragons and mermaids does sound like a grand old time, we think you should maybe stick with the Muggle version until your magical skills are up to par, the Muggle version being the Tri-Wizard Horcrux Hunt in Redding, California. Grab whomever you’ve been in quarantine with, stick them in your car, and go on the scavenger hunt that will bring your family eternal glory! Well, okay, maybe not actual eternal glory, but winners of the hunt will receive gift cards to local businesses and ultimate bragging rights. Registration is $20 per group and ends on October 12. The game begins on October 17 at noon at Redding City Hall. You will get your first clues when you start. You can find more information and register online. Happy hunting!
What do you get when you combine cute zoo animals and Halloween? HallZOOween! Get it? The Cincinnati Zoo inhabitants are celebrating Halloween and invite you to do the same. On October 17, 18, 24, and 25, the zoo will host several activities for everyone to enjoy. Watch the animals get their own special treats, receive goody bags, and ride the Hogwarts Express. The activities for HallZOOween are free with regular zoo admission, and kids are encouraged to wear costumes. You can find more information on the Cincinnati Zoo website.
Thanks for joining us for this week’s Events Roundup. Check back soon for more spooky, scary things to do near you!
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