The campus of Ohio University and The Ridges

ATHENS – Because it’s the month for celebrating “all things scary,” head to the Ohio University. It is considered one of America’s most haunted college campuses. And why shouldn’t it be? It’s located in one of Ohio’s most haunted cities. Several residence hall rooms and other buildings on campus are said to be haunted. Wilson Hall, Washington Hall and Jefferson Hall are some of the most haunted buildings on campus. What was once the Athens Lunatic Asylum is now owned by (and a neighbor to) Ohio University, but parts of the facility still hold shadows, stains, and spirits of former mental patients who often suffered from violent treatments such as lobotomies. The grounds of the former asylum are still home to a few unusual—and extremely eerie—cemeteries. Patients of the former insane asylum were buried on the facility’s grounds, and their restless spirits are left to wander to property. Most of the graves are without names, and merely display the number of the former mental patient buried beneath.

Lake Erie Bluffs

Hoping to catch a sunset during your road trip? Look no further than the Lake Erie Bluffs. With the easy access to the beach, and a 50-foot observation tower you can decide how you want to experience a sunset over the water. All the trails here are relatively short, but I’d suggest the Eagle View Loop Trail which brings you to the observation tower. For more views of the lake, try the Shoreline Trail. Between those two trails, you’ll get about a mile of hiking in, perfect for a quick stop along the way! A quick detour will get you to a plethora of wineries. Good wine, delicious food and beautiful views on the patio can all be found at Laurentia Winery. For a unique experience, try the South River Winery which is known to many as the “church” winery because it is housed in a century-old church with the original stain glass still intact.

Scarecrows On the Square

CARROLLTON – Autumn arrives in Carroll County with this festive annual event where area businesses and organizations engage in friendly competition by constructing imaginative Scarecrows on Public Square. Enjoy this fun activity for all ages. Kids crafts are available during this event. The scarecrows are judged based on creativity, imagination and design in 5 categories. The categories are Political, Businesses, Organizations, Youth organizations/Classrooms, and Family. This is the 14th year and is sponsored by The Carrollton Business and Retail Merchants Association in cooperation with the Village of Carrollton and the Carroll County Convention and Visitors Bureau. The whimsical creations remain on display until mid October to greet our many visitors to Carroll County during our unique fall festival season in October. This event is held outdoors and is free and open for all to see.