Parenting · Toledo, OH

Family-friendly Halloween Events in Toledo

There are some great, family friendly Halloween events coming up in Toledo! The info on these events came from their websites.


Oddmall Emporium of the Weird: Hallowondrous Edition

October 14th 10-6

October 15th 10-5

Seagate Center


Oddmall is part art fair, part craft show, part comic con, part gaming festival, part cosplay extravaganza, part toy show, part antique show, part vintage fashion show, part geeksplosion, part music fest, part magic show, and part various undefinable othernesses. If it’s fun, artsy, geeky, crafty or odd, chances are it can be found at Oddmall. It’s the Emporium of the Weird.

Oddmall: Emporium of the Weird – HALLOWONDROUS returns to the fabulous SeaGate Centre in lovely Toledo, Ohio! Toledo’s SeaGate Centre is a fantastic venue with plenty of room for all our artsy-fartsy, crafty-wafty, geeky-freaky, activities. We’ll have an ENORMOUS vendor hall overflowing with artists, crafters, and purveyors of all things unique, odd, unusual, geeky, and wonderful. There will be cosplayers and a costume contest, trick and/or treating, live entertainment, open gaming, a Kid Cave with games and activities for the chillunz, a Halloween costume party. There will be panels and workshops, special guests, and a veritable overflowing cornucopia of surprises and super fun stuff.


And it’s all FREE to the public!!!!! That’s right, it’s all FREE to the public!!!


Toledo Zoo


Little Boo at the Zoo
Thursday, October 19
and Friday, October 20
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.


To help us with our green initiatives, please bring a bag, plastic pumpkin, or other container for trick-or-treating. Little Boo is the pre-school pirates’ and princesses’ chance to delight without the fright! Toddlers and preschool aged children are invited to wear their Halloween costumes to trick or treat throughout the Zoo and enjoy crafts and games sized just for them.


Pumpkin Path
Saturday, October 21
and Sunday, October 22
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.


To help us with our green initiatives, please bring a bag, plastic pumpkin, or other container for trick-or-treating. Pumpkin Path is when the Halloween fun really comes alive at the Toledo Zoo! In addition to costumed trick or treating for all ages, there will also be games, artistic pumpkin carving demonstration, bounce houses and magic shows to entertain all the ghosts and goblins!



Fun Pregnancy Stories

Fun blog post today! I’d like to tell you some stories about my pregnancy with Karly. Being pregnant was fascinating even though I felt sick most of the time.

Karly newborn

I thought buying maternity clothes was a lot of fun. I bought a lot of my outfits from Many others came from a fun shopping trip with my step mom. I always thought pregnant women were cute so I was happy when I was very noticeably showing at only four months along.

Jason and I said throughout the pregnancy that it would be neat if Karly was born during a thunderstorm. Jason told the nurses that when we arrived at the hospital to be induced. Karly was born in the middle of the night, and it was storming! Everyone’s phones were going off with weather warnings while I was pushing.

Some of the foods I craved while I was pregnant included Hot Head burritos, egg rolls, and banana popsicles. There was a Chinese restaurant next to the office where I worked, and I would often walk over and get a couple egg rolls for an afternoon snack. Karly would kick a lot when I ate them.

I had morning sickness when I was pregnant with Karly. I got sick almost everyday and it lasted throughout the entire pregnancy. It was horrible at the time, but sometimes I laugh about it now. One night before bed I didn’t brush my teeth because I thought if I did I would throw up. However, when I woke up in the morning there was such a terrible taste in my mouth that I threw up anyway. I was pretty lucky at times because we lived so close to the office where I worked. When I felt like I was going to get sick, I would drive home really quickly, get sick, and drive back to work like nothing happened.

Karly’s full name is Karla Gail, and Jason and I had her name picked out since before we were married. Jason and I both lost our mothers, and we had decided if we ever had a daughter we would name her after them. Karla was my mom and Gail was Jason’s mom. We were so excited when the ultrasound revealed we were having a girl.

Being pregnant for the first time was an adventure, and Karly’s birth was amazing.


Kelleys Island 2017

My family had a blast this past weekend at Kelleys Island. (For those of you who are unfamiliar with Kelleys Island, it is a small island in Lake Erie. It’s about a 20-minute ferry ride from Marblehead, Ohio.) We shopped downtown and visited the winery and beach. My parents rented a house right on the water, and it was wonderful.

Watching Karly’s first time at the beach was amazing. I think I got some pretty good pictures. She loved playing in the sand and even got in the water.

Kelleys Island is beautiful, and I highly recommend everyone to visit. It’s laid back and a great place to relax. Phone reception isn’t very good, but maybe that’s part of the charm.


Karly Update 9-19-17

Karly has been getting up in the middle of the night. We were fortunate enough to have Karly sleeping through the night at eight weeks old, but now she has been getting colds and also has teething pain. It looks like she has four teeth coming in all at once on the top.

Karly is constantly repeating what she hears. Sometimes it’s cute, like when she repeats “thank you”, but sometimes it’s not. I yelled at our cat for scratching the couch the other day, and now Karly keeps yelling at the cat. I guess we need to watch what we say.

She loves building with her Lego blocks and sometimes builds towers five or six blocks high. We’ve noticed that sometimes she cleans up after herself by putting her toys in baskets. She does this in our office, too. She dumps out all the pens and pencils and then puts them back in their cup.

Karly still loves being outside. She stands at the door and says, “outside”. She still loves fruits and veggies, and has been eating bananas all the time. She asks for them by saying, “nana”.

This weekend my family is going to Kelleys Island. It will be Karly’s first overnight trip, and we’re all really excited. Pictures coming soon!



Karly Update 8-29-17

What’s New With Karly?

Karly is now walking and getting into everything. She sometimes uses a toy drum to climb onto the coffee table or reach something on the bookshelf. She’s talking more and more each day and her latest words are, “all done”, “outside”, “binky”, “more”, “again”, and of coarse “Elmo”. She moved up to the next room at daycare, and she really seems to enjoy it. They play outside and work on art projects. She can sing the tunes of “Wheels on the Bus”, “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”, and the Alphabet Song. I can’t wait until she can sing the words, too! She likes to try to put her socks and shoes on by herself, but gets frustrated. She sometimes scrunches her nose when she smiles and it’s adorable!

Karly’s Favorite Things

In the past few days Karly has started carrying around her blanket. Her favorite shows are “Elmo’s World” and “Pocoyo”. As far as food goes Karly loves fruits and veggies, especially bananas, watermelon, and just about anything green. Her favorite toys are Elmo and her little brown puppy. She sleeps with them as well as plays with them during the day.

It’s amazing watching her grow. There’s something new everyday.

mental health · Parenting · Small Business

Writing for HealthyPlace

I always look forward to posting my articles on This is my first writing job, and I’m learning everything from keywords to proper grammar.

HealthyPlace is the largest consumer mental health website out there with thousands of articles and over 2M unique visitors each month. I’m honored to be a part of this resourceful community.

My latest article is, “My Journey into Motherhood With a Mental Illness”. I discuss my pregnancy with Karly, which was high risk due to the medications I take for schizoaffective disorder. I also add what life is like today caring for a 15-month-old and coping with mental illness.

I can’t wait to share more articles. I post to HealthyPlace every other Wednesday.


Karly Update


Karly had her 15-month well check at her doctor’s office last Tuesday. She’s healthy and growing, but she’s tiny–under the 3rd percentile for both height and weight. She didn’t even cry when she got her shots!

Karly is still working on walking. She stands up and takes a few steps sometimes, so we know she’s close. She’s moving up to the next room at the daycare center, and the kids in that room get to go outside to the playground. Karly loves being outside.

She loves foods that are green—edamame, peas, beans, broccoli, and spinach. She is always asking for Goldfish crackers by pointing and saying, “ba ba”.

In September, my parents are renting a house on Kelleys Island, and we will be spending a weekend with the rest of my family there. It will be Karly’s first vacation, and we are super excited to go!

Megan with Karly