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ARTAntique Halloween Travel back in time while viewing the Taft’s Antique Halloween exhibit, a one-room display of objects from 1900 to the 1950s. Items range from party invitations and games to candy and cups. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday through Nov. 1. $10 adults; $5 kids 6-17; free kids 5 and under; free Sundays. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St., 513-241-0343, taftmuseum.org. Art After Dark: Art of ThronesWinter is coming. This Game of Thrones-inspired installment of the Cincinnati Art Museum’s Art After Dark program invites guests to show up in their most gallant medieval costumes and celebrate the current exhibit Sublime Beauty. Thrones-inspired tours commence at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. 5-9 p.m. Oct. 30. Free; drink and appetizer prices vary. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park, 513-721-2787, cincinnatiartmuseum.org.Collective Vision: Open Studio Final ThursdayA Visionaries + Voices exhibit inspired by the landscape, architecture and history of Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum that includes video and sound. Artists spent six months visiting and studying the cemetery to create the work on display. 6-9 p.m. Oct. 29. Free. Visionaries + Voices, 3841 Spring Grove Ave., 513-861-4333, visionariesandvoices.com.Haunted House: The Taft at NightThis tour explores a different side of the Taft Museum, relaying tales of ghostly happenings that have supposedly taken place within its galleries. A scary movie, themed music and light bites will also be provided. 6-9 p.m. Oct. 22. $20; $10 members and students. Reservations required. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St., Downtown, 513-684-4515, taftmuseum.org. Thursday Art Play: Halloween BashMake your own slime and other spooky art at this Contemporary Arts Center party in the UnMuseum. Snacks included; costumes recommended. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 29. $7.50; free children under 5. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown, 513-345-8400, contemporaryartscenter.org.BOOZE
Beer Baron BallKick off October with music, dancing, art and more at the casino. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 23. $125; $65 after-party only. Horseshoe Casino, 1000 Broadway St., Pendleton, 513-246-4346, horseshoecincinnati.com.Brianza Gardens Fall Wine TastingGet expert tips from owner Tony Parnigoni and imbibe local breads and cheeses. Music by Rucca. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Oct. 17. $5. 14611 Salem Creek Road, Crittenden, Ky., 859-445-9369, brianzagardens.com.BreastOber FestOctober consists of more than Halloween — it’s also Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and this celebration, benefiting the I Have Wings Breast Cancer Foundation, raises awareness while featuring beer and wine, music, a pink-lantern launch and even German cars. 6:30-9 p.m. Oct. 29. $20. 21 and up. Mercedes-Benz of Fort Mitchell, 2100 Dixie Highway, Fort Mitchell, Ky., 859-743-3044, ihavewings.org.Fall Wine Tastings at Nature NookFour tastings encompassing a variety of wines, in addition to light bites. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 16 and Oct. 30. $5. Nature Nook Florist and Wine Shop, 10 S. Miami Ave., 513-467-1988, naturenookonline.com.Hallows Eve Bash Costume BallScream Acres Court is closed this season — it’s moving to a new location and reopening in 2016 — but you can still party with its monsters at this Halloween extravaganza. 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Oct. 30. Great Crescent Brewery, 315 Importing St., Aurora, Ind., 812-655-9079, facebook.com/greatcrescentbrewery.HallowQueen Pop Up Drag Brunch at MetropoleMetropole’s inaugural HallowQueen Pop Up will feature specialty cocktails, a family-style brunch and performances by local drag queens. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 25. $35. Metropole in the 21c Museum, 609 Walnut St., Downtown, 513-578-6660, metropoleonwalnut.com.Halloween GalaThis Halloween extravaganza — the first of its kind — includes beer and wine, costume and culinary contests and live music from the Naked Karate Girls. Benefits Children’s Dyslexia Centers of Cincinnati. 7 p.m.-midnight Oct. 24. $50. Cincinnati Masonic Center, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown, halloweengala.org.The Malice Ball: OTR Brewers MasqueradeThis popular OTR bash is the largest masquerade party in the city, hosted by Christian Moerlein Brewery. Dress is scary-chic, with a makeup artist onsite to complete your macabre makeover. New this year is the Malice Ball Brew, a special rye brown ale from Moerlein made specifically for the event. 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Oct. 31. $25; $30 at door. Christian Moerlein Brewing Co., Bockfest Hall, 1621 Moore St., Over-the-Rhine, otrchamber.com.Shots at the Speakeasy 1920s gangsters, bootleggers and gunrunners head to Dave & Buster’s for a Whodunit? Players murder-mystery dinner. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23. $40. Dave & Buster's, 11775 Commons Drive, Tricounty, 513-719-5306.PET EVENTS
Bark Out Against Battering The YWCA of Greater Cincinnati is teaming up with the SPCA to raise awareness about the link between animal abuse and domestic violence. According to the YWCA, many women stay in abusive relationships because they fear for the safety of their pets, and the organization hopes to remove this concern by providing protective shelter for animals at the SPCA. This sixth-annual event features pet vendors, dog trick-or-treating and a canine costume contest. Benefits YWCA’s work with the SPCA. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Oct. 17. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Downtown, 513-487-5421, ywca.org. Dog Days at Kings IslandThe park goes to the dogs every Sunday in October, when dogs and their humans can participate in canine costume contests and parades. Noon-4 p.m. Sundays in October. Tickets start at $39.99. Kings Island, 6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason, 513-754-5700, visitkingsisland.com.Howling Pooch ParadeJoin ghoulish greyhounds, pug pumpkins and more at the 16th-annual Howling Pooch Parade, during which pets and their people show off their most creative costumes. Shop from pet-themed vendors and participate in raffles and agility demonstrations. Prizes will be awarded for Best Costume, Best Dog Trick and Best Tail Wagger. 1-4 p.m. Oct. 18. $15 per dog. Wyoming Civic Center, 1 Worthington Ave., Wyoming, wyomingyouthservices.com.MainStrasse Village Dog PawRadeThings get pixelated at this year’s event as dogs and their humans interpret the theme “Video Game Characters.” Benefits Rescue Angels. 12:30-3:30 p.m. Oct. 25. Free. MainStrasse Village, Covington, Ky., 859-491-0458, mainstrasse.org. FAMILY-FRIENDLYA Very Green Halloween at Krohn ConservatoryKids and adults alike are encouraged to dress up in their favorite nature-inspired costume for this twist on Halloween fun. The event features eight different stations of activities including cookie decorating, arachnid-themed crafts and a scavenger hunt. Kids can even plant a seedling to take home with them. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 18. $4; $2 kids. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park, 513-421-5707, cincinnatiparks.com/krohn. The A-Maze-ing Corn AdventureThe A-Maze-ing Corn Adventure, located at family-owned Farm Haven, offers pumpkin-picking, pony rides, a petting zoo and its namesake — a corn maze. The farm is also home to a log cabin built in the 1800s. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays in October. $10. Farm Haven, 10259 Tadpole Lane, Union, Ky., 859-380-3882, unionmaze.org. BatFest at the Cincinnati MuseumIt’s all about bats at this annual fest, during which experts dispel myths about the mammal. The museum’s Big Brown Bat colony takes flight every hour and members of the Cincinnati Grotto climb to the top of the 106-foot-tall Rotunda. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 24. All-museum pass $14.50 adults; $13.50 seniors 60 and up; $10.50 children 3-12. Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, 1301 Western Ave., Queensgate, 513-287-7001, cincymuseum.org.Country Pumpkins Fall FestivalClassic farm fun: a petting zoo, hayride and pumpkin patch, a corn maze for kids, cornhole, a play area and much more. This year’s festival features an all-new turbo slide. 2-7 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday through Nov. 1. Free admission. Country Pumpkins, 1835 Sherman Mt. Zion Road, Dry Ridge, Ky., 859-905-9656, countrypumpkinsky.com.Fall Festival at the Blue Ash YMCAThe Y’s 15th-annual festival features trick-or-treating, hayrides, a haunted trail, games, prizes and more. 4-7 p.m. Oct. 17. Free; advanced tickets required. 5000 YMCA Drive, Blue Ash, 513-791-5000.Fall-O-Ween at Coney IslandAn autumn tradition featuring light shows, a petting zoo, stage entertainment, pumpkin-painting and access to the park’s 26 classic rides. New this year is the Creep County Fair, an expanded version of their Trick or Treat Trail that takes place in a whimsical town. 1-7 p.m. select Saturdays and Sundays in October. $11; $5 parking. Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., California, 513-232-8230, coneyislandpark.com.Fountain Square Costume ContestA large-scale costume contest for kids and adults. Show off your creativity individually or as a group and compete to take home a variety of prizes. Noon-1 p.m. Oct. 30. Free. Fountain Square, 520 Vine St., Downtown, myfountainsquare.com.HallZOOweenFun for kids, animals and grown-ups that includes a Hogwarts Express Train Ride, special animal encounters and pumpkin playtime. Also compete to find one of two golden Big Boy statues hidden around the zoo each day. Noon-5 p.m. select Saturdays and Sundays in Oct. $25 adults; $19 kids/seniors. 3400 Vine St., Avondale, 513-281-4700, cincinnatizoo.org. Halloween Fire Spooktacular EventHalloween fun for kids that takes them through the Fire Museum of Greater Cincinnati. Participating children will receive a “passport” at the entrance, which they’ll complete at various stations throughout the building featuring crafts, stories, a fire safe house and more. Complete the passport to receive a goody bag. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 17. $4 kids; free accompanying adults. Fire Museum of Greater Cincinnati, 315 W. Court St., Downtown, cincyfiremuseum.com.Hallo(wee)n Wednesday This Cincinnati Art Museum event is recommended for ghouls and goblins 5 and younger. A spooky story time, hands-on projects, interactive learning stations and more take place throughout the morning. 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 28. Free. Cincinnati Art Museum (Great Hall), 953 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park, 513-721-2787, cincinnatiartmuseum.org.Jack-O-Lantern Contest and WalkHundreds of jack-o-lanterns and luminaries light up the Anderson Lake walkway during this free event. 7-9 p.m. Oct. 24. Free. Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road, Anderson, 513-688-8400, andersontownship.org.Jack-O-Lantern JunctionView Halloween-themed hand-cranked train cars and take an electric train ride at EnterTRAINment Junction’s annual fest. The event also has an indoor pumpkin patch, crafts and a trick-or-treat maze. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Nov. 1. $13.95 adults; $11.95 seniors; $9.95 children. EnterTRAINment Junction, 7379 Squire Court, West Chester, 513-898-8000, entertrainmentjunction.com.Kids Fall Fest at Washington ParkPuppet shows from Wump Mucket Puppets, a magic show with Charlie Cadabra, the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati and more take over Washington Park for this kid-friendly festival. Catch a free screening of Casper at 7 p.m. Noon-8 p.m. Oct. 25. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-621-4400, washingtonpark.org.Magic Halloween Hikes at Caldwell Nature PreserveA fun — not scary — pumpkin-lit trail aimed at children ages 3-10. Meet costumed characters throughout the walk. 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 16-17. $6; reservations required. Caldwell Nature Preserve, 430 W. North Bend Road, Carthage, 513-321-6208, cincincinnatiparks.com.Minges & Weber Pumpkin FestivalHeld for more than three decades, this festival features more than 100 arts-and-crafts vendors, old-fashioned games and contests, a kids market and a petting zoo. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 17; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 18. $5 adults; kids 12 and under free. Weber Farm, 6007 Kilby Road, Harrison, 513-367-6338, webersfarmmarket.com. Snoopy’s Halloween Party at Kings IslandThis extravaganza offers Peanuts-themed fun for the whole family. Kids can dress up in costume, go trick-or-treating, check out the region’s largest petting zoo and enjoy 14 Peanuts attractions in the park’s Planet Snoopy area. Noon-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 1. Tickets start at $39.99. Kings Island, 6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason, 513-754-5700, visitkingsisland.com.Star Wars Halloween BashCalling all Lukes and Leias: the Cincinnati Museum Center is hosting a Star Wars-themed dance party complete with a station to build your own light saber. Also see a show by the Millennium Robots performance team. 1:30 p.m. Oct. 31. $6. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Queensgate, cincymuseum.org.Thriller Dance PartyChannel your inner Michael Jackson as you learn the dance to "Thriller." This third-annual event also includes a glow-in-the-dark party in the dance studio’s gym. 6-8:30 p.m. Oct. 24. $25; $20 students. Dance Etc., 5985 Meijer Drive, Milford, dance-etc.com.A Very Frozen HalloweenLet it go at this all-things-Frozen dance party and celebration. Sing along to tunes you know you know by heart — no matter what age you are — and enjoy snow cones and a variety of hands-on activities. 10:30 a.m. Oct. 29. $6. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Queensgate, cincymuseum.org.Village of Greenhills Harvest FestClassic farm fare including pumpkin painting, bouncy houses and a petting zoo, plus eccentric activities like pumpkin bowling and chainsaw carving. 3-10 p.m. Oct. 24. Historic Farmers Market Stand behind the Greenhills Shopping Center, 44 Eswin St., Greenhills, greenhillsohio.us.ONSTAGE
Cincinnati Pops Symphony SpooktacularA family-friendly, costumes-encouraged concert from the Pops. The program is filled with familiar songs including the “Imperial March” from The Empire Strikes Back and “Harry’s Wondrous World” from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. A Family Fun Zone begins at 9:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. Oct. 31. $14; $9 children. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, cincinnatisymphony.org/pops.Dead Can Dance — The Dead Will Rise!Dress up in costume and head to the Aronoff Center for Exhale Dance Tribe’s popular Halloween show. Choreography incorporates elements of Contemporary and Jazz dance. 3 and 8:30 p.m. Oct. 24. Aronoff Center, Jarson-Kaplan Theater, 650 Walnut St., Downtown, 513-505-6340, cincinnatiarts.org.Destiny and Dante’s InfernoThe May Festival Chorus teams up with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra to tackle Liszt’s Dante Symphony — inspired by Dante Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy — depicting Dante’s and Virgil’s journey through hell. Australian conductor Simone Young also leads the orchestra in Brahms’ “Song of Destiny” and “Funeral Song.” 8 p.m. Oct. 30 and Oct. 31. $10-$104. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-381-3300, cincinnatisymphony.org.RUNS/WALKS
Alois Alzheimer Foundation’s Run for GoodKicking off the Village of Greenhills’ annual Harvest Fest, Run for Good allows participants to choose between a 5k run and 1-mile walk. 8:30 a.m. Oct. 24. Begins at the Community Building, 8 Enfield St., Greenhills, greenhillsoh.us.The Great Pumpkin RunA festive 5k that takes runners and walkers through a scenic trail at Bonnybrook Farms. Dress your best and participate in a costume contest after completing the course. Serious runners can choose a Tough Pumpkin option — select a pumpkin weighing up to 10 lbs. and carry it with you throughout the race. Waves begin 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Oct. 31. $50. Bonnybrook Farms, 3779 State Route 132, Clarksville, thegreatpumpkinrun.com.Run Like HellNearly anything goes at this philanthropic run — as long as you don’t come as yourself. Run the 3.1-mile course in your most creative costume; after you cross the finish line, the event becomes a costume party with food, drinks and live music. Benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23. $35 pre-registration; $45 day-of. Begins and ends at 3614 Woodburn Ave, Walnut Hills, cincyrunlikehell.com.Lawrenceburg Zombie WalkThis walk begins at the historic 1818 Vance-Tousey House, which will open its doors for tours before the event. Also features a parade, costume contest, live music and more. 5 p.m. Oct. 17. Free. 118 Walnut St., Lawrencburg, Ind., lburgzombiewalk.com.SPECIAL EVENTS
Cincinnati Ghosts and Spirits SequelWhat are Cincinnati’s most haunted destinations? Find out during this discussion that divulges ghost stories surrounding public places, bridges, railroad tracks and more. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 26. Free. Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Greenhills Branch, 7 Endicott St., Greenhills, 513-369-6900, cincinnatilibrary.org. From Cincinnati to the MoonCelebrate the writing of Jules Verne at the Cincinnati Observatory. Dust off your best period-authentic costume and revel in Verne’s sci-fi classic, where three men climb into a metal bullet and are shot around the moon for a closer look at the lunar world. It’s a steampunk adventure. Costume contest included. 7-9 p.m. Oct. 24. $15; $10 if you’re in costume. Cincinnati Observatory, 3489 Observatory Place, Mount Lookout, cincinnatiobservatory.org.

Get Scared Witless

The Moron Report improv comedy group is back. Audience suggestions will shape a show of horror-themed sketches. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16. $5. Leapin Lizard Lounge, 726 Main St., Covington, Ky., 513-509-0951.

Ghosthunting Ohio with John KachubaAuthor John Kachuba discusses his book, which describes more than 25 haunted locations in Ohio; it even provides maps to help you do some ghost hunting of your own. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 15, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Clifton Branch, 3400 Brookline Ave.; 2 p.m. Oct. 17, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Main Branch, 800 Vine St., cincinnatilibrary.org.Ghost Stories From Cornerstone ParanormalLocally based Cornerstone Paranormal shares real-life ghost stories from their own investigations. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21. Free. Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Harrison Branch, 10398 New Haven Road, 513-369-6900, cincinnatilibrary.org.Hunting Ghosts (And Other Things That go Bump in the Night)A discussion on all-things ghost hunting with the Cincinnati Research & Paranormal Studies Group. Includes Queen City ghost stories. 5 p.m. Oct. 15. Free. Public Library of Cincinnati, College Hill Branch, 1400 W. North Bend Road, 513-369-6900, cincinnatilibrary.org.The Roast of Harry PotterThe Louisville Roasters head to Funny Bone on the Levee to roast everyone’s favorite boy wizard. Harry will get burned by some of his best friends and mortal enemies — Ron Weasley, Hermione, Hagrid, Lord Voldemort, et al. 8 p.m. Oct. 26. $10. Funny Bone on the Levee, Newport on the Levee, Newport, Ky., facebook.com/leveefunnybone.TOURS
Covington is Haunted Tour Explores the darker side of Northern Kentucky history, covering neighborhood feuds, controversy, spirits and the buildings they supposedly inhabit. 7 and 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 24. 90 Minutes. $20. Begins at Molly Malone’s, 112 E. Fourth St., Covington, Ky., americanlegacytours.com.Guided Ghost Tour of Music HallIs Music Hall really haunted? Find out for yourself during this guided tour that includes stops at the ballroom, freight elevator, Corbett Tower, backstage and more. Guests encouraged to bring their own ghost-hunting equipment. 7 and 9:30 p.m. Oct. 23. $25. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-621-2787, cincinnatiarts.org.Newport Is Haunted TourCovers a wide range of grisly topics from murder and suicide to decapitation. Follow your guide by lantern light as he or she regales you with tales of haunts including Bobby Mackey’s Music World. 7 and 9 p.m. Oct. 17 and 24. $20. Tours begin at 18 E. Fifth St., Newport, Ky., americanlegacytours.com.Queen City is HauntedA 90-minute American Legacy Tour revolving around murders, deaths and mysteries throughout Cincinnati’s history. Stops include Music Hall, one of the city’s most notorious alleged haunted buildings. Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 7. $20. Tours begin at 1332 Vine St., Downtown, americanlegacytours.com.

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