Haunted Tiffin Ghost Walk

Downtown Tiffin businesses offer “Trick or Treat”

Downtown Trick or TreatA new Tiffin Halloween event, the 1st Annual Downtown Trick or Treat is slated for Friday, Oct. 30 from 3:30-5 p.m. More than 60 businesses, organizations and offices all over downtown Tiffin will be opening their doors to provide candy to children. Afterward, Tom Rodgers Flowers will have cider and donuts for adult trick or treaters from 5-6 p.m.

Organizer Yolanda Gonzales got the idea from a similar event in Owensboro, KY, where she used to live. “It was a win for the community, businesses got positive exposure, kids got candy, caretakers learned more about their community and it was daylight. I found myself entering business that I would not normally go into – it was a wonderful way to meet businesses in town – also meet the people who own the businesses and  people who work there,” she said. “So, I contacted Mr. Montz with the idea and he said it was a great idea – but he needed someone to coordinate it.  I volunteered.”

Gonzales was greeted with excitement and enthusiastic responses from downtown businesses and hopes to make this an annual event. “The owners of Cabin Creations said they used to do this downtown – but no one else remembers.  I hope this becomes a new tradition for Tiffin.”

The following organizations are scheduled to participate, as well as businesses displaying a flyer in the window during the event:

If you have a downtown business, organization or office and would like to join the fun, contact Yolanda Gonzales at yolanda.gonzales4@gmail.com.

This is only one of the many events taking place over the next two weeks. Other upcoming community Halloween events include:

Relive the drama of 1913 historic flood

Calamity CourageLisa Swickard, local historian and author of award-winning book “Calamity and Courage: Tiffin’s Battle During Ohio’s Deadly 1913 Flood,” is offering tours of areas affected by Tiffin’s devastating 1913 flood that left 19 dead and 500 homeless.

The tour is informal and interactive, with Lisa drawing on personal accounts she has collected over decades. Throughout the tour, Lisa tells stories of the homes and businesses that were affected, some of which were completely destroyed or washed away, and rescue efforts for trapped residents. She draws attention to various landmarks that survived the flood, houses that were moved after the flood in order to widen the river, and the locations of homes and businesses that were completely destroyed.

The Downtown Tour traces the path of flood destruction in the area surrounding the Sandusky river. The tour circles around Frost Parkway, Market Street, Monroe Street, a bit of Perry Street, and South Washington Street. Key places include the bridges, the flood marker located on the wall of the police station, the Knights of Columbus building area, the Tiffin Eagles building and Frost Parkway.

There are three different tours available by appointment:

  • Downtown Tour – An hour to hour and a half tour of the flood zone. $5 adults / $3 children 15+
  • Extended Downtown Tour – Downtown Tour plus East Davis Street. $7 adults / $4 children 15+;
  • Entire Flood Zone Tour – A day-long tour that encompasses the entire flood district. $15 adults / $9 children 15+

To contact Lisa for any of the flood tours listed above, email her or call 567.525.9317. For more information about Lisa and other tours, visit www.virginalleypress.com/.