Halloween Events Guide

Whether you've got kids, an itch to waltz or just need an excuse to drink in costume, we've got the event for you.

Oct 14, 2009 at 2:06 pm

Bar Events

Halloween Night with music by The Sleeping Dogs. $50-$300 prizes for best costumes. 8 p.m. The Beer Sellar, 301 Riverboat Row, Newport, 859-431-6969.

Level Tuesday @ SUITE: Come dressed in your sexiest school girl and prep outfit for free cover. Best dressed receives $500. 50-cent Miller drafts and 10-cent tacos until midnight. 18 and up for ladies and 21 and over for guys. Oct. 27;

Bootsy’s Monster Mash: Costume contests for scariest costume, sexiest costume and best Bootsy Collins look-alike, judged by Bootsy, Patti, Bawe and the crowd. A DJ will begin the festivities at 9 p.m. playing themed music and the Monster Mash, with scary movies on TV. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Bootsy’s, 631 Walnut St., 513-241-0707.

Halloween Night at Beer Sellar: Music from The Sleeping Dogs, Cash prizes for best costume: $300 for first; 200 for second; $100 for third; $50 for fourth. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Oct. 31. Beer Sellar. 301 Riverboat Row, Newport, 859-431-6969.

The Devils Bash is a night of palm readings, costume contests, and scary drink specials all night long. Oct. 29;

The Immortals Ball has $3 Patron and Ultimate Vodka Cocktails from 9-11 p.m. Featuring DJ Haze. Oct. 31. BlackFinn, 19 East 7th St., 513- 721-3466.

Nightmare on 7th St. Bar Crawl: Party at SUITE, BlackFinn and Lodge Bar for one $5 cover all night long. Oct. 30. BlackFinn, 19 East 7th St.; Lodge Bar 35 East 7th St., 513- 721-9400.

“Miss Just A Dream” Halloween featuring artworks by AVS and a live performance by Miss Dakota. 9 p.m. Oct. 29;

Bobby Mackey’s Music World: Hosts the Monster Mash with live music and dancing. Free admission until 10 p.m. 44 Licking Pike, Wilder, 859-431-5588.

Nadaween: Join Nada for drink specials, dinner and a DJ. 6 p.m.-2 a.m. Oct. 31. Nada, 600 Walnut St., Downtown, 513-721-6232.

Frankenstein’s Bride costume party with a $250 prize for the goriest costume. 9 p.m. Oct. 30;

Through the Looking Glass Wonderland Costume Party. $500 for Best Costume. 9 p.m. Oct. 31. Reservations and table side mixology to adhrucia@ jmswgroup.com. FBs, 126 West 6th St, Downtown, 513-246- 4333.

Halloween ‘09 with De Los Muertos, Animal Circles and more. 8 p.m. Oct. 31. Harvey’s, 4520 West 8th St., Price Hill, 513- 293-4864.

Latin Mix Halloween Party: Prizes for best costume, Spooky- Tini drink specials ($6), DJ Rudy Alveraz. 9 p.m. Oct. 29; Live Music by the Groove: No cover with Halloween costumes, prizes for best costumes, Spooky-Tini drink specials ($6). 9:30 p.m. Oct. 31. Havana Martini Club, 441 Vine St., Downtown, 513- 651-2800.

Longworth’s Tavern Costume Contests: “Night of the Living Dead” Oct. 30 and “Heaven Hell” Oct. 31. Longworth’s Tavern, 1108 Saint Gregory St., 513-651-2253.

Mount Adams Pavilion’s 7th Annual Masquerade Ball: Halloween costume contest with prizes for first through third and a best group costume prize. $5 cover. Mount Adams Pavilion, 949 Pavilion St., 513-744-9200.

The Unofficial Queen of Northside Krystal LaMour presents “Death Becomes Her.” Costumes encouraged. 10:30 p.m. Oct. 17. Northside Tavern, 4163 Hamilton Ave., 513-513-542-3603.

REDRUM: A Halloween Event: Drink specials all night with live music by Jordan “Frankly Speaking” Schneider and DJ Haze. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Oct. 29. Red Restaurant, 2724 Erie Ave., 513-871-3200.

Play by Play Halloween Bash: Put your costumes on and come out for 50-cent drafts plus drink specials. DJ Sean and Jake from One Day Alive will be doing a Decks and Drums set from 10 p.m.-close. $100 prize for best costume. Oct. 28. Play by Play Café, 6923 Plainfield Road, 513-793-3360.

Night Shift Limousine
: This hearse-based limousine service will be part of the Run Like Hell and Fountain Square Monster Mash Bash. Offering safe, fun, affordable limousine service, with split shift reservations available and one-hour minimums with rates as low as $25 per person round trip. www. nightshiftlimousine.com, 513-658-LIMO.

Northside Tavern presents Whomageddon
: Area artists will impersonate The Who, Devo and the Ramones. Free. 10 p.m. Oct. 31. Northside Tavern, 4163 Hamilton Ave., Northside, 513-542-3603.

Masquerade Balls and Special Events

Bite Me Ball: Galleries open 6-9 p.m. Costumed dance party with PROJECTMILL 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Museum admission applies. Oct. 30. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. 6th St., 513-345- 8400.

The End is Nigh Zombie Apocalypse: 13 bands including Angels of Meth, Banderas and Mala In Se. Fire dancers, fire eaters and the mega-bloody “Chainsaw vs. Zombie Massacre.” A benefit for www.dogsdeservebetter.org. $6. 8 p.m. Oct. 31. Mad Hatter, 620 Scott St., Covington. 859-291-2233.

Halloween Bridal Bash: Come as Bridezilla or one of her entourage 6-9 p.m. Oct. 23. Trick-or-treat in the bridal district for a chance to win a $15,000 wedding prize package. Free. Benson Street Bridal District, Reading, www. readingbridaldistrict.com.

Ride the Duck Haunted Tour: Ride Newport’s Duck to see some of the area’s most haunted sites including the Carneal House in Covington, Music Hall, the Taft Museum and the Southgate House. For ages 9 and up. 5, 6:15 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday- Sunday. Through Nov. 1. $17; $13 children. Trips depart from Newport on the Levee. 859-815-1439.

Run Like Hell: Dress in costume for this annual nocturnal 5K run through the Walnut Hills Cemetery. Start at Dana and Woodburn avenues and end up a Halloween themed after party with free food, booze and live music by Forehead. The event benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30. www.cincyrunlikehell.com.

Witches Ball: Celebrate Halloween with a whole-house celebration at the Southgate House. Rocky Horror Picture Show actors will teach and perform the Time Warp, and bands like Dante’s Gypsy Circus, Tree of Life, Mayan Ruins and more will perform. There will also be vendors, readers, door prizes and food. $30. 7:30 p.m. doors; 8 p.m. show. www.southgatehouse. com, 859-431-2201.

Carnival Noir: Features belly dancers, music and face painting. Free. 7 p.m. Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd., Covington, 513-515-9695.

The DeComposition Zombie Crawl makes its way through six Covington venues. Come dressed to kill or let your hosts (Full Spectrum) help zombie you up with makeup at the first stop, Molly Malone’s from 6-7 p.m. Full schedule online at www.covingtonarts.com/ pdf/FS_schedule_zombie.pdf. Free. 6 p.m.midnight, Oct. 31. Beginning at Molly Malone’s Irish Pub, 112 E. 4th St. and ending at Leapin Lizard Gallery, 726 Main St., MainStrasse, 859-292-2322.

Ghosts of Cincinnati
: The Dark Side of the Queen City book signing by authors Teri Casper & Dan Smith: The book contains more than 30 black and white photographs and retails for $19.99. Register to win complimentary tickets to Bobby Mackey’s in Wilder, which is one of the featured ghost stories. Noon- 2 p.m. Oct. 24.

Ghoulish Tea Tasting & Tea Leaf Readings
: The Kentucky Haus Artisan Center hosts a autumnal tea tasting featuring Elmwood Inn Fine Teas and Numi Flowering Teas. While inside enjoy a Tea Leaf Reading offered by shop manager, Peggie Brunyate. Noon-2 p.m. Oct. 31. Free and open to the public. 411 East 10th St. (corner of East 10th & Monroe), Newport, www.kentuckyhaus.com or 859-261- 4287.

Kenton County Parks Halloween Weekend
: Features scary and silly Halloween fun for everyone. The Haunted Halloween Trail is a moderately scary trail populated with all manner of demons. Follow the lit jack-olanterns to the trail’s beginning. A hayride takes you back to your car from the end. Lines open from 7-10:30 p.m. Oct. 23 and the trail stays open until everyone’s gone through. Bring your roundest pumpkin, free of any alterations, to the Great Pumpkin Races. Participants roll their pumpkins down an incline to compete for the candy and other goodies. Registration is noon-12:45 p.m. and the races begin at 1 p.m. Oct. 24. Both events are free, but participants are encouraged to donate canned goods and personal hygiene supplies for Kenton County’s needy residents. The races are at Shelterhouse 2. Both events are in Middleton Mills Park, 3415 Mills Road, Covington, Exit 79 off I-275, 859-525-7529. Poe: The Cincy Shakespeare Company presents this one-man show about the life and works of Edgar Allan Poe. The production will feature several of the author’s classic stories and poems including The Tell-Tale Heart and Anabel Lee. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Sundays; 2 p.m. Saturdays. Oct. 24-Nov. 8. $20; $15 students. www.cincyshakes.com, 513-381-BARD.

Halloween Events for the Whole Family

Blue Manatee Spooky Storytime: Join the Boo! Manatee for a spooky Halloween Storytime! Come dressed in your costume if you dare, and join in some Halloween fun! 10:30-11a.m. Oct. 31 Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, 3054 Madison Road, Oakley, 513-731-2665.

Crime Time Theater: The Addams Family would like to invite you to join them for a one-hour train ride aboard the Lebanon M&M Railway and dinner at the historic Golden Lamb. This is not your typical train ride and mystery and mayhem will unfold. $63. Train departs from the Lebanon station 7 p.m. Oct. 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 and 31 and Nov. 7 and 14. 513-889-9649.

Ghosts of Pirate Cove: Trick-or-treat throughout the Newport Aquarium and see pirate ghosts sword fighting underwater and underwater pumpkin carving at shows. Swagger on down and join in on the fun. $18, $5 for children with every adult. 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. daily Oct. 24-Nov. 1. Newport on the Levee, Newport, 859-261-7444.

Halloween Nights at Parky’s Farm: Parky’s transforms from farmland to a Halloween play land but without any scary monsters. This kid-friendly, non-scary event features hayrides, animated light displays, magic and puppet shows, and a fun house. $6, free for kids 2 and under. 6-10 p.m. Wednesday- Sunday through Oct. 30. 10037 Daly Road, Winton Woods, 513-521-7275.

Halloween Spooktacular: Enjoy baked goods by Silverton Blockwatch, wine available by the glass or bottle, cash bar, free juice for kids. A balloon artist and face painting will be available. Free. 6-10 p.m. Oct. 30. Meiers Wine Cellars, 6955 Plainfield Road.

HallZOOween: Discover the creepy and the crawly at Cincinnati Zoo. Little ghouls and goblins ages 12 and under can trick-ortreat their way around the Zoo at a variety of Treat Stations.
There are also a lot of events where different animals smash pumpkins. Free with Zoo admission. 12-5 p.m. Oct. 17, 18, 24 and 25. 3400 Vine St., Avondale, 513-559-7759, www.cincinnatizoo.org.

Howl-O-Fest: Kings Island presents this kids’ Halloween bash with a costume parade, an indoor maze, mask painting, trick-ortreating, a dance party, a story-telling witch, a talking pumpkin, food and more, including a petting zoo. $27.99. Noon–5:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Through Nov. 1. 6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason, 513-754-5700.

It’s The Great Pumpkin-Carving, Charlie Luken!: Drop off your pre-carved pumpkins between 5 and 7 p.m. and at 8 p.m. one lucky winner will be announced based on the decision by a panel of judges led by former Cincinnati Mayor Charlie Luken. The winner will receive $500. Free. Oct. 30. Fountain Square, Downtown.

Jack-O-Lantern Junction at EnterTrainment Junction: Check out the well-lit maze in an old Victorian mansion with cobwebs and “haunted” rooms, plus a walk-through featuring a mirror maze, clown room, chain-link maze and a curtain maze. Halloween treats for kids are available at selected locations throughout the mazes. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. $12.95. Through Nov. 1. 7379 Squire Court, West Chester, 513-898-8000.

Laser Spooktacular/Dark Side of the Moon: Drake Planetarium presents this Halloween-inspired laser show along with Pink Floyd’s classic. Various show times Thursdays through Sundays through Oct. 30. $6 advance, $7 at the door for Laser Spooktacular; $7 in advance, $8 at the door for Dark Side of the Moon. 2020 Sherman Ave., Norwood, 513-396-5578, www. drakplanetarium.org.

Magic for the Night: This haunted magic show is for the whole family. $18-$30. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23 and 24. Aronoff center, 650 Walnut St., Downtown, www.magicofthenight.com, 513-621- ARTS.

Mainstrasse Village Dog Costume Pawrade: The MainStrasse Village “goes to the dogs” for this special event as costumed dogs parade along the 6th Street Promenade for a bit of doggie Halloween fun. Free. Oct. 25. MainStrasse Village, Covington, 859-491-0458. www.mainstrasse.org.

Monster Mash Bash: Enjoy Halloween-themed live music, dress up in a crazy costume or come as yourself and experience some ghoulish lighting effects, refreshments and other “scary” surprises. Free. 8 p.m.-midnight. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine Streets, Downtown, 513-621-4400.

Newport on the Levee: Even more treats than last year, 19 venues will host a Trick-or-Treating event for costumed children 12 and under. Free. Parking fee applies. 1-4 p.m. Oct. 25. Newport on the Levee, Newport, www.newportonthelevee.com.

Pumpkin Patch Express: Take the Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad to the Schappacher Farm to go through a corn maze, pet farm animals, visit the gift shop and pick a pumpkin. The ride, round-trip, takes 2.5 hours. 10 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Through Nov. 1. $18; $15 children 2-12. 127 S. Mechanic, Lebanon, www.lebanonrr.com.

William Howard Taft Historic Site Halloween Open House: A park guide in Victorian garb will discuss the origin of Halloween, followed by a stroll through a makeshift cemetery and an invitation to attend Alphonso Taft’s funeral. Arts and crafts and games. 6-8:30 p.m. Oct. 24. Free. www.nps.gov/wiho, 513- 684-3262.

Augusta Ghost Tour: The city of Augusta, Ky., hosts their annual Augusta Ghost Tour. Tours depart from the old 1811 jail and travel the streets of Augusta, stopping at houses where the owners tell stories about the spirits living inside. Then the tour proceeds out to “Long Stretch Road,” where some strange things have been happening. Reservations are required. $6, $3 children under 12. 7-11 p.m. Oct. 24. Main St., Augusta, Ky., 606-756- 2183, www.augustaky.com.

Deer Park Pumpkinfest: Games, face painting and goblin good treats with old fashioned hayrides, a costume contest and parade with trophies awarded for “Favorite Individual” and “Best Family” costume. 3-10 p.m. Chamberlin Park, 7640 Plainfield Road, Deer Park.

Pumpkins on Parade Haunted Festival
: Hosted by the school’s PTA, the annual event includes a moonwalk, cake walk, temporary tattoo station, face painting, food and raffles. Costumes encouraged. Free. 5-9 p.m. Oct. 30. Blue Ash Elementary, 9541 Plainfield Road.