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Boo by the Woods
BOO BY THE WOODS FESTIVAL
Friday, October 6 & Saturday, October 7, 2023
 
At the Avon Lake Public Library and Lorain County Metroparks Kopf Reservation.
Presented by the City of Avon Lake, Avon Lake Recreation Department, and the Avon Lake Public Library.
Exclusive Title Sponsor: Kopf Builders.

 
Bigger and better than ever!  Now our 10th year of bringing Spooktacular family fun to Avon Lake.  On Friday evening we will be bringing high-intensity scares to our indoor mazes for those who dare to enter the Library’s Basement of Terror!  There might also be a chance to bump into some eerie characters throughout the evening. 

On Saturday we will have our "PG" rated Trail of Haunted Tales, including the option of walking the trail earlier for a non-scary experience during daylight.  As in year’s past, this remains a family friendly event; however, you will have the opportunity to enter the new and much scarier Basement of Terror.

Other activities will include an inflatable obstacle course, pumpkin decorating, tarot card reading, face-painting, and more!  Plus, we have added more characters and decorations, the Ghostbusters, Superheroes for Kids of Ohio and creatures of the night from Back to the Wilds.  Food and beverages will be available for purchase from participating food trucks.  

 
 
Friday, October 6
 
BASEMENT OF TERROR  
Visit the Basement of Terror on Friday, October 6 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Avon Lake Public Library.  Friday tickets must be purchased online prior to attending.   
 
The Basement of Terror will provide those daring enough to enter the Library on a Friday night and walk through the indoor mazes with high intensity scares and an extreme fear factor with lots of jump scares.  The Basement of Terror is geared towards older children, teens, and adults. 
 
Basement of Terror Ticket Sales:  $5 per ticket/per person 
Tickets for Friday evening are limited and will only be sold as supplies last.  Tickets will be sold in one-hour increments; i.e. 6:00 pm, 7:00 pm, etc.  You must enter the line within the 45 minute time slot printed on your ticket.  If you miss your time slot, you will not be permitted to enter so please plan to arrive early.   Friday tickets are only valid on Friday.  All participants must have a ticket to enter. 
Food Truck:  Lorenzo's Pizza
 

Tickets go on sale as follows: 
 
Avon Lake Residents (online only) – Wednesday, September 13 at 9:00 am at www.avonlakerec.com.   
 
Non-Residents – (online only) - Wednesday, September 27 at 9:00 am at www.avonlakerec.com.   
 
TICKETS PURCHASED ON 9/29/23 OR LATER WILL BE AT WILL CALL AT THE LIBRARY AT THE EVENT.

Please note, you must have an account set up in advance with avonlakerec.com prior to your purchase. 

 
Tickets are limited to 10 tickets per household.  Purchases over 10 tickets per household will be cancelled and refunded.

Tickets will be mailed approximately one week prior to the event.



Saturday, October 7
 
BOO BY THE WOODS FESTIVAL
Saturday, October 7 from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Avon Lake Public Library and the Lorain County Metroparks Kopf Reservation.   

Event Schedule (subject to change):
 
4:00 pm – Event begins and food trucks are open! FREE activities include: DJ, inflatable obstacle course, pumpkin decorating, hay maze, Trunk or Treat, and character meet and greets with Ghostbusters, Superheroes and princesses.  Food trucks include: Hot Dog Heaven, Desperados Quesadillas, Kona Ice, Dough Daddy Doughnuts and Kountry Krunchins.
 
FAMILY TRAIL (4:30 pm – 5:00 pm):  $5 per wristband/per person
Guests with a Family Trail wristband will be able to walk a Not-So-Spooky trail through the woods with cool characters and scenes while it is still daylight.  All participants must have a Family Trail wristband to enter.  Children 2 and under are FREE with the paid admission of an adult.  Wristband holders may enter the trail anytime between 4:30 pm and 5:00 pm.  The Trail will be cleared at 5:30 pm.       

HAUNTED TRAIL (6:00 pm to 9:00 pm): $10 per wristband/per person 
If you dare, enter the Haunted Trail featuring spooky tales as it winds through the Kopf Reservation woods.  All participants must have a Haunted Trail wristband to enter.  Children 2 and under are FREE with the paid admission of an adult.       
 
BASEMENT OF TERROR (6:00 pm to 8:45 pm): Must purchase a Haunted Trail wristband to enter
Things get even scarier with the Basement of Terror located inside the Avon Lake Public Library.  The Basement of Terror will provide those daring enough to enter the Library on a Saturday night and walk through the indoor mazes with high intensity scares and an extreme fear factor with lots of jump scares.  The Basement of Terror is geared towards older children, teens, and adults. 

All participants must have a Haunted Trail wristband to enter.  Wristband holders are permitted to enter the Basement one time anytime between 6:00 pm and 8:30 pm.  You must be in line for the basement by 8:30pm. 

 
FAMILY TRAIL & HAUNTED TRAIL WRISTBAND SALES:
 
Wristbands for Saturday are limited and will only be sold as supplies last.  Wristbands are sold in 15-minute increments.  Please enter the trail queue at the beginning of your time slot.  For example, if you purchase a 6:00 pm – 6:15 pm wristband, please enter the line at 6:00 pm. If you miss your time slot, you will not be permitted to enter the trail, so please plan to arrive early.  To accommodate the trail size and give families the best view of the scenes, wrist-banded guests may be asked to walk in smaller groups within their time slot.  Saturday wristbands are only valid on Saturday. 
 
Wristbands go on sale as follows: 
 
Avon Lake Residents (online only) – Wednesday, September 13 at 9:00 am at www.avonlakerec.com. SOLD OUT
* Please note, you must have an account set up in advance with avonlakerec.com prior to your purchase.
* Wristbands are limited to 10 wristbands per household.  Purchases over 10 wristbands per household will be cancelled and refunded.
* Wristbands will be mailed approximately one week prior to the event and must be worn for admission to both the Haunted Trail and Basement of Terror. 

Did tickets for the Haunted Trail and Basement of Terror sell out before you had a chance to purchase? 
There are still plenty of FREE family friendly activities at the festival at the library and in the library parking lot to enjoy without a ticket to the trail or basement.

Parking:
Parking is NOT available at Avon Lake Public Library.  Please use the Avon Lake High School North Lot, or Erieview Elementary School. Police will be available for assistance crossing Electric Blvd.  Limited handicapped parking available at the library west entrance, check with the police officer at the West entrance.

 
Weather Policy:
This event is rain or shine.  If severe weather occurs and the wooded trail is deemed unsafe, it may be closed early and no refunds will be given as indoor activities will still be available.  In the rare event that the entire Boo by the Woods event is cancelled, credits will be given to your MyRec account with Avon Lake Parks & Recreation. 

Check AvonLakeParks&RecreationDepartment on Facebook for updates.

Register Activity Ages Grades Days Date/Time Fees
 
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FRIDAY Basement of Terror 6:00-6:45pm 
N/A N/A 10/06/2023
06:00 PM - 06:45 PM

Avon Lake Public Library
$5.00 Res, $5.00 Non-Res
* To be fair and equitable to all attendees, we respectfully request patrons abide by the limit of 10 tickets per household. Purchases over 10 per household will be cancelled and refunded.
 
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FRIDAY Basement of Terror 7:00-7:45pm 
N/A N/A 10/06/2023
07:00 PM - 07:45 PM

Avon Lake Public Library
$5.00 Res, $5.00 Non-Res
* To be fair and equitable to all attendees, we respectfully request patrons abide by the limit of 10 tickets per household. Purchases over 10 per household will be cancelled and refunded.
 
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FRIDAY Basement of Terror 8:00-8:45pm 
N/A N/A 10/06/2023
08:00 PM - 08:45 PM

Avon Lake Public Library
$5.00 Res, $5.00 Non-Res
* To be fair and equitable to all attendees, we respectfully request patrons abide by the limit of 10 tickets per household. Purchases over 10 per household will be cancelled and refunded.
* Adjustments and discounts will be applied during checkout if applicable. *

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