October 24, 2022

16 Things To Do in Cincinnati This Weekend (Oct. 28-30)

From haunted houses and Halloween pub crawls to dog costume contests and glowing pumpkins, Cincinnati is in for a spooky weekend. 
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Arnold's Ghost Hunts
10:30 p.m.-2 a.m. on Oct. 28 and 29
Arnold's Bar & Grill is Cincinnati's oldest tavern and to delve deeper into its paranormal past, the bar is hosting a two-night-only ghost hunt this Halloween. Arnold's staff will be on hand to share their spooky stories and Cornerstone Paranormal's experts will provide equipment — like EMF readers, EVP recorders and flashlights — to detect paranormal activity. However, Arnold's does recommend that if you have your own ghost-hunting tools, you bring those with you. No alcohol will be served or permitted. $40. Arnold's Bar & Grill, 210 E. Eighth St., Downtown.
Meet the spirits that might haunt Arnold's.
Photo: Maggy McDonel

Arnold's Ghost Hunts

10:30 p.m.-2 a.m. on Oct. 28 and 29
Arnold's Bar & Grill is Cincinnati's oldest tavern and to delve deeper into its paranormal past, the bar is hosting a two-night-only ghost hunt this Halloween. Arnold's staff will be on hand to share their spooky stories and Cornerstone Paranormal's experts will provide equipment — like EMF readers, EVP recorders and flashlights — to detect paranormal activity. However, Arnold's does recommend that if you have your own ghost-hunting tools, you bring those with you. No alcohol will be served or permitted. $40. Arnold's Bar & Grill, 210 E. Eighth St., Downtown.
Meet the spirits that might haunt Arnold's.
Art After Dark: Into the Wild
5-9 p.m. Oct. 28
This final Friday cocktail party at the Cincinnati Art Museum gets a spooky Halloween makeover with an "Into the Wild" theme. There will be DJs, dance performances from Pones, tarot card readings, free admission to exhibits Natural World and Galloping Through Dynasties and a self-guided ghost tour. A cash bar and food from Camp Washington Chili will be available. Dress in your best costume, but leave full face coverings and weapons at home. Free admission. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Mt. Adams.
Photo: Provided by the Cincinnati Art Museum

Art After Dark: Into the Wild

5-9 p.m. Oct. 28
This final Friday cocktail party at the Cincinnati Art Museum gets a spooky Halloween makeover with an "Into the Wild" theme. There will be DJs, dance performances from Pones, tarot card readings, free admission to exhibits Natural World and Galloping Through Dynasties and a self-guided ghost tour. A cash bar and food from Camp Washington Chili will be available. Dress in your best costume, but leave full face coverings and weapons at home. Free admission. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Mt. Adams.
Eat Your Heart Out! Halloween Party at Northside Tavern
9 p.m. Oct. 28 and Oct. 29
This annual Halloween tradition features Cincinnati musicians coming together to form cover acts of famous bands. Each night of the two-night party features five bands. Among others, the lineup for night one includes Creedence Clearwater Chronicle, featuring members of Mad Anthony performing CCR songs, and Dead Disco, with members of Carriers and Appaloosa covering Metric songs. Night two features Portisdead, with members of Strobobean, Leggy, Rae Fisher and Dream Tiger performing Portishead songs, as well as Zom Petty, featuring members of Hello Sapien, Toon Town, Slow Glows, Sharp Toys, Dune Buggy, Lemon Sky, Quotah, You, You’re Awesome, Magnolia Mountain and Bulletville covering Tom Petty tunes. It’s a zombie-themed party with photo ops, so come in your Halloween finest. $10 (covers both nights). Northside Tavern, 4163 Hamilton Ave., Northside.

Eat Your Heart Out! Halloween Party at Northside Tavern

9 p.m. Oct. 28 and Oct. 29
This annual Halloween tradition features Cincinnati musicians coming together to form cover acts of famous bands. Each night of the two-night party features five bands. Among others, the lineup for night one includes Creedence Clearwater Chronicle, featuring members of Mad Anthony performing CCR songs, and Dead Disco, with members of Carriers and Appaloosa covering Metric songs. Night two features Portisdead, with members of Strobobean, Leggy, Rae Fisher and Dream Tiger performing Portishead songs, as well as Zom Petty, featuring members of Hello Sapien, Toon Town, Slow Glows, Sharp Toys, Dune Buggy, Lemon Sky, Quotah, You, You’re Awesome, Magnolia Mountain and Bulletville covering Tom Petty tunes. It’s a zombie-themed party with photo ops, so come in your Halloween finest. $10 (covers both nights). Northside Tavern, 4163 Hamilton Ave., Northside.
Halloween Haunt at Kings Island
6 p.m.-midnight Oct. 28 and 29; 6-11 p.m. Oct. 30
Kings Island has transformed into Halloween Haunt for the remainder of spooky season. The entire park is full of frights, including roaming actors dressed in freaky costumes that run the gamut from zombies to werewolves to killer clowns, as well as horror-themed mazes and scare zones. Select rides  and roller coasters are open, too. Tickets start at $44.99. Kings Island, 300 Kings Island Drive, Mason.
Check out 9 more freaky Cincinnati attractions — many of which close this weekend.
Photo: Provided by Kings Island

Halloween Haunt at Kings Island

6 p.m.-midnight Oct. 28 and 29; 6-11 p.m. Oct. 30
Kings Island has transformed into Halloween Haunt for the remainder of spooky season. The entire park is full of frights, including roaming actors dressed in freaky costumes that run the gamut from zombies to werewolves to killer clowns, as well as horror-themed mazes and scare zones. Select rides and roller coasters are open, too. Tickets start at $44.99. Kings Island, 300 Kings Island Drive, Mason.
Check out 9 more freaky Cincinnati attractions — many of which close this weekend.
Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Contest at Findlay Market
2-4 p.m. Oct. 29
The third annual Howl-O-Ween dog costume contest awards pooches prizes based on costume cleverness and creativity, your dog's ability to keep the costume on as intended and overall cuteness. First prize gets free PetWants food for a year, with PetWants gift certificates going to second and third place. The contest starts at 4 p.m. If dogs in costume aren't your thing, come back Oct. 30 for some kid-friendly trick-or-treating and activities. Free admission. Findlay Market, 1801 Race St., Over-the-Rhine.
Photo: Justin Jason, Unsplash

Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Contest at Findlay Market

2-4 p.m. Oct. 29
The third annual Howl-O-Ween dog costume contest awards pooches prizes based on costume cleverness and creativity, your dog's ability to keep the costume on as intended and overall cuteness. First prize gets free PetWants food for a year, with PetWants gift certificates going to second and third place. The contest starts at 4 p.m. If dogs in costume aren't your thing, come back Oct. 30 for some kid-friendly trick-or-treating and activities. Free admission. Findlay Market, 1801 Race St., Over-the-Rhine.
Rare Beer Fest at Rhinegeist
Noon-4 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. Oct. 29
Rare Beer Fest, which launched in 2017, brings together more than 50 breweries from across the country, serving "rare and sought-after offerings...not normally accessible to the Ohio market," per a release. Divided into two sessions, admission includes 12 sample tickets and a branded tasting glass and tote. VIP levels up with access to five additional breweries, a T-shirt and food. Thunderdome Restaurant Group will be providing food for the event. $55; $85 VIP. Rhinegeist, 1910 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine.
Photo: Provided by Rhinegeist

Rare Beer Fest at Rhinegeist

Noon-4 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. Oct. 29
Rare Beer Fest, which launched in 2017, brings together more than 50 breweries from across the country, serving "rare and sought-after offerings...not normally accessible to the Ohio market," per a release. Divided into two sessions, admission includes 12 sample tickets and a branded tasting glass and tote. VIP levels up with access to five additional breweries, a T-shirt and food. Thunderdome Restaurant Group will be providing food for the event. $55; $85 VIP. Rhinegeist, 1910 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine.
Cincinnati Cyclones' Home Opener
6:30 p.m. doors Oct. 29
Hockey is back. The Cincinnati Cyclones kick off their season with a match against the Iowa Heartlanders. In addition to some action on the ice, the game also promises $2 beers, hot dogs and sodas. The first 5,000 fans will also get a Cyclones calendar. Tickets start at $19. Heritage Bank Center, 100 Broadway St., Downtown.
Learn why Cyclones' $1 beer night is now $2 beer night.
Photo: Jesse Fox

Cincinnati Cyclones' Home Opener

6:30 p.m. doors Oct. 29
Hockey is back. The Cincinnati Cyclones kick off their season with a match against the Iowa Heartlanders. In addition to some action on the ice, the game also promises $2 beers, hot dogs and sodas. The first 5,000 fans will also get a Cyclones calendar. Tickets start at $19. Heritage Bank Center, 100 Broadway St., Downtown.
Learn why Cyclones' $1 beer night is now $2 beer night.
Film Cincinnati Backlot Party
7-11 p.m. Oct. 29
Film Cincinnati's annual Backlot fundraiser and gala is going old-school Hollywood glam. Dress on theme for an evening that includes a red carpet, open bar, food and entertainment. VIPs get in an hour early for mingling and drinks. The nonprofit — which "celebrates the movie industry and the local crews and talent that keep the industry growing," per a release — is also honoring Oscar and Emmy-nominated producer Sarah Green with a Founder's Award; she is currently in town with The Bikeriders.. $150; $250 VIP. Waypoint Aviation, 4765 Airport Road, East End.

Film Cincinnati Backlot Party

7-11 p.m. Oct. 29
Film Cincinnati's annual Backlot fundraiser and gala is going old-school Hollywood glam. Dress on theme for an evening that includes a red carpet, open bar, food and entertainment. VIPs get in an hour early for mingling and drinks. The nonprofit — which "celebrates the movie industry and the local crews and talent that keep the industry growing," per a release — is also honoring Oscar and Emmy-nominated producer Sarah Green with a Founder's Award; she is currently in town with The Bikeriders.$150; $250 VIP. Waypoint Aviation, 4765 Airport Road, East End.
Oakley Masquerade
8 p.m.-midnight Oct. 29
This annual Halloween costume party acts as a fundraiser for local nonprofits, raising more than $58,000 over the past seven events. This year the masquerade benefits ProKids, which "provides volunteer advocacy for abused and neglected children in Hamilton County," per an event description. Dress to impress to enter the "haunted" nightclub and enjoy an open bar, silent auction, dancing and costume contest. $58; $78 VIP. 20th Century Theater, 3021 Madison Road, Oakley.
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Oakley Masquerade

8 p.m.-midnight Oct. 29
This annual Halloween costume party acts as a fundraiser for local nonprofits, raising more than $58,000 over the past seven events. This year the masquerade benefits ProKids, which "provides volunteer advocacy for abused and neglected children in Hamilton County," per an event description. Dress to impress to enter the "haunted" nightclub and enjoy an open bar, silent auction, dancing and costume contest. $58; $78 VIP. 20th Century Theater, 3021 Madison Road, Oakley.
Halloween Bar Crawl
4-10 p.m. Oct. 29
One of two Halloween-themed bar crawls this weekend. Check in at Bloom OTR between 4 and 6 p.m. for an evening of food and drink specials and a costume contest ($1,000 goes to the first place winner). Stops include Liberty's Bar & Bottle, The Hub, MOTR Pub, Queen City Exchange and Pins. Tickets get you two free drinks or shots. $25. Bloom OTR, 1120 Walnut St., Over-the-Rhine.
Photo: Provided by Emma Nurre

Halloween Bar Crawl

4-10 p.m. Oct. 29
One of two Halloween-themed bar crawls this weekend. Check in at Bloom OTR between 4 and 6 p.m. for an evening of food and drink specials and a costume contest ($1,000 goes to the first place winner). Stops include Liberty's Bar & Bottle, The Hub, MOTR Pub, Queen City Exchange and Pins. Tickets get you two free drinks or shots. $25. Bloom OTR, 1120 Walnut St., Over-the-Rhine.