Halloween Happenings 2013

Tours, special events and freaky family-friendly fun

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A Wicked Affair — Drinks, dancing and a costume contest in support of organ donation, benefiting the National Kidney Foundation of Greater Cincinnati. $50 for single tickets; $80 for couples. 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Oct 26. Receptions Banquet and Conference Center, 4450 Eastgate South Drive, Eastgate, facebook.com/awickedaffair

Augusta Ghost Tour — A ghostly hay ride through the streets of Augusta. Reservations required. $8 adults; $5 children. 5:30-11:30 p.m. Oct 26. Downtown Augusta, Ky., 606-756-2183, augustaky.com

Delhi Athletic Association Halloween Costume Bash — There will be a DJ, spooky foods, witches brew, costume contest awards, raffle items, ghoulish games and more. $15; $20 for two. 8 p.m.-midnight Oct. 19. Delhi Senior Center, 647 Neeb Road, Delhi, daasports.com

“Dragula” Drag Show and Dance— Get down in support of St. John’s Unitarian Universalist Church with an LGBT-friendly Halloween party and drag show. Costumes optional; no alcohol served. $10 for adults; $5 children. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25. St. John’s Unitarian Universalist Church, 320 Resor Ave., Clifton, facebook.com/dragula.

Gaines Tavern Historical Center Ghost Walk — Hear tales of events that may or may not have happened on grounds or in house of historical location. $5. 6-8 p.m. Oct. 26. Gaines Tavern Historical Center, 150 Old Nicholson Road, Walton, Ky., 859-485-4383.

Halloween Concert — The Double Or Nothing Ensemble presents a family-friendly program of Halloween music including Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and Mussorgsky’s “Night on Bald Mountain.” Admission is free with the donation of a canned good or non-perishable food item for the Freestore Foodbank. 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 25. Normal Chapel, Spring Grove Cemetery, 4521 Spring Grove Ave., Northside, springgrove.org.

Halloween Masquerade Ball — Music from Simo and DJ Jessica the Ripper plus a costume contest with cash prizes. Free. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Nov. 2. Mount Adams Pavilion, 949 Pavilion St., Mount Adams, mountadamspavilion.com.

Halloween Horror 3: Return to the Sedamsville Rectory — New to paranormal investigations? Then join Dark Forest Events for their third annual Halloween Horror. Your visit will include a buffet dinner, meet and greet and a paranormal investigation at the Sedamsville Rectory. $85 per person; $150 for two-night pass. 6 p.m.-2 a.m. Oct. 18 and Oct. 19. 639 Steiner St., Sedamsville, darkforestevents.com

Haunted Cincinnati Tours: Sedamsville Rectory — Haunted Cincinnati Tours offers a special Halloween Night overnight paranormal investigation, along with private events and paranormal ghost tours of Cincinnati ($28 per person; tours start and end at Fountain Square). Their events frequently sell-out almost immediately, so check the website or contact them for availability. $69 per person. Sold out. 9 p.m.-5 a.m. Oct. 31. Sedamsville Rectory, 639 Steiner St., Sedamsville, hauntedcincinnatitours.com.

Haunted Covington Walking Tour — Hear about the historical drama that unfolded and the ghosts that still haunt the Covington area today, and see the bloodiest site in the state of Kentucky. $20. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Through October. Tours leave from the Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center, 620 Greenup St., Covington, Ky., 859-951-8560, americanlegacytours.com.

Haunted Duck Tour — Ride the ducks along the Ohio River as your tour guide share local ghost stories. $17 plus fees. 6, 6:30, 7:30 and 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Through Nov. 2. Special Halloween tour Oct. 31. Third Street, Newport on the Levee/Aquarium parking garage, Newport, Ky., 859-815-1439, newport.ridetheducks.com

Haunted Village After Dark Tours —During a two-hour paranormal tour, guests will visit the paranormal “hot spots” of the Heritage Village, listen and view the evidence captured in each building and hear past paranormal experience. Guests are welcome to bring their own paranormal detection equipment. $25 per person in advance; must be at least 14-years-old to participate. Tours limited to 20 guests. 10 p.m.-midnight Oct. 12, Oct. 19 and Oct. 26. Heritage Village Museum, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville, 513-563-9484, heritagevillagecincinnati.org. 

The Malice Ball: OTR Brewers Masquerade — The Over-the-Rhine Chamber of Commerce presents a masquerade to celebrate the Halloween season. There will be costume contests, prizes, adult beverages, spooky photo booths and more. $25 ticket cost includes beer tickets. 8 p.m.-midnight Oct. 26. Christian Moerlein Brewery, 1621 Moore St., Downtown, 513-241-2690, otrchamber.com.

Miamitown Ghost Tours— Prepare yourself to undertake this frightening haunted tour through Miamitown. $15 for adults, $10 for children. 7:30, 9, 10:30 p.m. and midnight Fridays and Saturdays; 7:30 and 9 p.m. Sundays. Through October; special Halloween tour 9:30 and 11 p.m. Oct. 31. 8021 Mill St., Cleves, 513-846-0018, miamitownghosttours.com.

Newport is Haunted Walking Tour — Newport’s most vicious ghost stories will be revealed in this 90-minute haunted tour. $20. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Saturdays. Through October. Tour leaves from Gangster’s Dueling Piano Bar, 18 E. Fifth St., Newport, Ky., 859-951-8560, americanlegacytours.com.

Queen City is Haunted Walking Tour — Uncover disturbing tales deeply buried in the Queen City’s past through the Cincinnati haunted walking tour. $20. 7:30, 8:30, 9:30 and 10:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Through October. Tours leave from Cincy Haus, 1218 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, 859-951-8560, americanlegacytours.com. 

Run Like Hell — Run a night time 5K in your favorite costume to the best Halloween party of the year for the 22nd annual Run Like Hell! The route travels from Xavier University to the German Cemetery off Victory Parkway and back. There will also be free food, drinks, reasonably priced beer, a costume contest and live music at a finish-line party. Proceeds will be donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. $35 pre-registration; 40 week of Oct. 22; $45 day-of; $20 party. 7:30-11 p.m. Oct. 26. Xavier University Campus, 3614 Woodburn Ave., Evanston, cincyrunlikehell.com.

Shillito’s Abandoned TourOnce the largest department store in the country, the partially abandoned old Shillito's building is now locked in time. Join Landor Associates for a unique opportunity to step into spooky retail history. All proceeds benefit the Amann Family Benefit Fund. Presale tickets available at shillitosabandoned.eventbrite.com. $10. 5-11 p.m. Oct. 25; tours depart every 10 minutes. Landor Associates, 110 Shillito Place, Downtown, facebook.com/landorunleash

The Thought Sherpas: Ghostly EditionFaculty members Brian Domino and Lauren Matus facilitate discussion on the afterlife and other Halloween-inspired topics as chosen by audience. Participants also invited to share own paranormal experiences. Free. 6-8 p.m. Oct. 25. Miami University Middletown, 4200 E. University Blvd., Middletown, regionals.miamioh.edu.

Trick or Trot 5k/10k — This Halloween run starts and fininshes at Corwin Nixon Park in Mason. After the race — 5k or 10 k — will be a monster party with costume contest, trick-or-treating and a kids spooky sprint. This spooktacular race benefits the Fetal Hope Foundation. 6 a.m. Oct. 27. Corwin M. Nixon Park, 6249 S. Mason Montgomery Road, Mason, ohiorunning.com.

Undead 5k — The Zombie Apocalypse is here. Are you prepared? Test your survival skills with an obstacle-filled 5K run/walk through zombie infested territory. Can You Survive? Celebrate your survival at the Zombie Jamboree after the race. Registration is open online through Oct. 24. $25-$35. Race starts at 4 p.m. Oct. 26. Kingswood Park, 4188 Irwin-Simpson Road, Mason, undead5k.com.


All You Can Eat Halloween Costume Party — People Flavored — an events, networking and promotions group — hosts All You Can Eat, a Halloween costume contest and party. There will be a red velvet flesh cake; art prints by visuals artists such as Maxwell Jacques Leclerc, Tom Bicknell and Matt Crave; and music from D.O.L., Lake Radio, The Variable Star and Ritualz. Best costume of the night wins $100. Free. 9 p.m. Oct. 19. Mayday Northside, 4227 Spring Grove Ave., Northside, maydaynorthside.com

Dizney Booty Dance Party — A Hannah Montana twerking contest, costume contest and dance party with comedy by Mammyspanx and music by Honeycombs, Flower for Judith and DJ Northside Nick. Free. 10 p.m. Oct. 31. Mayday, 4227 Spring Grove Ave., Northside, maydaynorthside.com.

Fear of the Dark — A Halloween celebration of dark beers featuring Southern Tier’s Warlock, Great Divide’s Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti and more (while supplies last). Free entry; beers cost money. 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Oct. 24-Oct. 31. The Lackman, 1237 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, lackmanbar.com.

Halloween ‘Stache Bash — Costume contest with prizes plus $3 Lienenkugel Oktoberfest for anyone wearing a real or fake mustache. Free. 6 p.m.-2 a.m. Nov. 1. The Stand, 3195 Linwood Ave., Mount Lookout, thestandcincy.com.

HorrorHound Records Release Party — HorrorHound (the magazine and weekend convention) releases their first album, from Horror Rock band Harley Poe. Guests are encouraged to attend in full costume. Free. 10 a.m. Oct. 26. Northside Tavern, 4163 Hamilton Ave., Northside, 513-542-3603, northsidetav.com

Killbox Halloween Party — Get down during a psychedelic dance party courtesy of Killbox, Detached, Antic Terror and Breakneck Pace. $10. 8 p.m. Oct. 26. Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Covington, Ky., 859-491-2444, madisontheateronline.com.

Pick Your Poison Halloween — Costume-wearers receive drink specials: $3 Dogfish Head pumpkin, $4 call cocktails and $5 bombs. Free. 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Oct. 31. The Righteous Room, 641 Walnut St., Downtown, therighteousroom.com. 

Speakeasy Soiree — A Prohibition-era bootlegger party with cocktail specials, a photo booth, music and more. 1920s flappers and dapper gentleman costumes encouraged. Free. 8 p.m. Oct. 31. Igby’s, 122 E. Sixth St., Downtown, igbysbar.com.

Twiztid — Horrorcore duo Twiztid presents a special Halloween show with Madchild, Blaze and Aqualo. $22. 7 p.m. Oct. 31. 730 Madison Ave., Covington, Ky., 859-491-2444, madisontheateronline.com.

Walking Dead Viewing Party — Watch the latest installation of the Walking Dead with zombie bartenders and $3 Dead Guy ales. Free. 8:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 27. Keystone Bar & Grill Hyde Park, 3384 Erie Ave., Hyde Park, keystonebar.com.

Wicked Wine Tasting — A costume contest, apple bobbing, snacks, door prizes, wine tastings and live music. $10. Oct. 26. Meier’s Wine Cellars, 6955 Plainfield Road, Silverton, meierswinecellars.com

Wicked Wonderland — A Halloween party down the rabbit hole. Wicked Alice in Wonderland-themed costumes encouraged. Music by DJ Storm and DJ Quest. Free. 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m. FB’s, 126 W. Sixth St., Downtown, fb-cincy.com.

Zombie Pub Creep ‘n’ Crawl — A spooky slow Covington, Ky., pub crawl starting at the Cock & Bull Public House then to Pachinko, Zola and finally the Strasse Haus at 11:30 p.m. Awards for best costumes. Free. 10 p.m. Oct. 26. Cock & Bull English Pub, 601 Main St., Covington, Ky., candbpublichouse.com.


Clue and Clue Jr. — A murder-mystery whodunit based on the cult movie presented by Queen City Productions. Alternating junior, teen, young adult and adult performances. $10 adults; $8 students; $6 for kids. 7 p.m. Oct. 11; 2 and 7 p.m. Oct. 12; 5:30 p.m. Oct. 13; 7 p.m. Oct. 18; 2 and 7 p.m. Oct. 19; 5:30 p.m. Oct. 20. Westwood Town Hall, 3017 Harrison Ave., Westwood, 513-922-4420. 

Crime and Pun-ishment Murder Mystery Dinner — One of the Murder Mystery Company’s most popular shows featuring a classic murder mystery set in the 1920s. $60. 7-10 p.m. Oct. 25. Old Spaghetti Factory, 6320 Gilmore Road, Fairfield, grimprov.com/fairfield.

The Crucible — Experience the hysteria and horror of the Salem Witch Trials with the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and Xavier University’s Department of Music & Theatre. This heart-pounding drama is both a gripping historical play and a timely parable of our contemporary society. $15-$30. Showtimes Friday-Sunday. Through Nov. 3. A special 10 p.m. Oct. 31 performance. Xavier University’s Gallagher Student Center Theater, 3800 Victory Parkway, Evanston, 513-381-BARD, cincyshakes.com.

DEAD CAN DANCE by Exhale Dance Tribe — The signature flair of Broadway veterans Missy Lay Zimmer and Andrew Hubbard, and the talents of local actress Jodie Linver combine in a frighteningly fun vision of sprites and spirits. Come dressed as your worst nightmare and join us for a rhythmic, emotional experience that will haunt you! $30. 7:15 p.m. Nov. 1. All ages. Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-505-6340, exhaledancetribe.com

Dracula — The Covedale Center for Performing Arts presents this classic tale of an English doctor’s daughter, who falls ill with a mysterious malady only to be evaluated by specialist Dr. Van Helsing, a dude kind of obsessed with vampires and Count Dracula. $24 adult; $21 seniors, students, groups. Thursdays-Sundays. Through Nov. 10. Covedale Center for Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave., Covedale, cincinnatilandmarkproductions.com

Frankenstein: The Radio Show — Springfield Township's Dinner Theater Series hosts New Edgecliff Theater for an evening of Frankenstein: The Radio Show. Admission includes dinner, non-alcoholic beverages and entertainment. A cash bar will be fully stocked. Reservations must be made at least one week prior to the show and may sell out early. Maximum 250 people. All dinner theater events are for adults, 21 and over. $35. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 25.
The Grove Banquet Hall, 9158 Winton Road, Springfield Township, springfieldtwp.org/dinnertheater.cfm.

Rocky Horror Picture Show — Enjoy a Rocky Horror sing-along every other Saturday night. $9.50; $6.75 students. Special Halloween shows midnight Oct. 27 and 9 p.m. Oct. 31. Esquire Theatre, 320 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, 513-281-8750, esquiretheatre.com

Slasher — Sheena thinks she’s gotten her big break cast as the “last girl” in a low-budget slasher flick. But news of the movie unleashes her mother’s rage. Presented by Falcon Theater. $18; $15 students and seniors. 8-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Through Nov. 2. Monmouth Theatre, 636 Monmouth St., Newport, Ky., falcontheater.net.


Photo: Kathy Newton

It's easy to lose sight of Halloween's traditionally child-centric role in our culture. The main events often look like a Saturday night slasher film come to life with crazy, horror movie-inspired haunted houses and booze-fueled dance parties that are way more sexy than scary. What's a kid to do? Thankfully, there are local folks who have an answer for that, and deliver mild frights and fun happenings for local families.

The A-Maze-ing Corn Adventure — Pick out your jack-o-lantern-to-be at this local, family farm. Families will enjoy hayrides and pony rides, a farm animal petting zoo and a tricky corn maze. Kids will also enjoy touring a historic log cabin, built in the 1800s. It's Halloween the way it used to be. Baked goods and concessions available on site. Overflow parking at the Union Presbyterian Church, across the bridge from the farm. $8; free for ages 2 and younger. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Through October. Farm Haven, 10259 Tadpole Lane, Union, Ky., unionmaze.org.

Batfest — This family favorite is back yet again! Learn all about bats, taste food pollinated by bats and join the costume parade. $12.50 for adults, $8.50 children. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 26. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati. cincymuseum.org/batfest

Blue Manatee Halloween Party — Games, crafts, stories and a costume contest plus spooky potions and snacks from Grateful Grahams. $12. 7-8 p.m. Oct. 26. Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, 3054 Madison Road, Oakley, bluemanateebooks.com.

BOOport on the Levee — Bring the entire family down for an afternoon of Halloween fun at Newport on the Levee. Children under 10 years of age are invited to trick-or-treat. The family-friendly event will feature live music. Free. 3-4 p.m. Oct. 27. Newport on the Levee, Newport, Ky., newportonthelevee.com.

Cincinnati HallZOOween — Bring your little creatures to the Cincinnati Zoo for special animal encounters and trick-or-treat stations. Free with zoo admission ($15 adult; $10 child). Noon-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Through Oct. 27. Cincinnati Zoo, 3400 Vine St., Avondale, 513-281-4700, cincinnatizoo.org. 

Fall Color Sightseeing Cruise — View lush foliage as you cruise past some of Cincinnati's beautiful tree-covered hillsides during this sightseeing cruise. Cruise includes autumn treats like a make-your-own gourmet candy apple station, warm apple cider and hot chocolate. $22 adults; $16 children. 3-4:30 p.m. Oct. 20 and Oct. 27. BB Riverboats, 101 Riverboat Row, Newport, Ky., bbriverboats.com

Freaky Friday — Costumes encouraged for a Halloween carnival with activity stations ranging from face painting to special activities hosted by Starglazers. For ages 2-14. $5. 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 18. TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Road, Mongtomery, 513-985-0900, trihealth.com

Friday Fright Night — Bring a blanket and some popcorn for a walk-in movie night at Washington Park. Catch the 1931 edition of Dracula on Oct. 4, the 1931 Frankenstein on Oct. 11 and Gremlins on Oct. 18. These old-timey films offer mild scares and tons of fun for families. Free. 7 p.m., Oct. 4, Oct. 11 and Oct. 18. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, washingtonpark.org.

Fountain Square Costume Contest — Think you’ve got the best Halloween Costume? Test your luck in the seventh annual Fountain Square Costume Contest for the chance to score a prize. Prizes offered in Best Individual Costume Category, Best Team Costume Category and Best Youth Costume Category. Free. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 31. Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, myfountainsquare.com

Halloween Walk in the Woods — A dozen storybook and fairy tale-inspired trick-or-treat stations are open at this annual event. Children get to test drive their costumes before the big day and check out the next week's competition. There's also a Halloween magic show and crafty activities for children 10 and younger. Free. Noon-3 p.m. Oct. 26. Blue Ash Nature Park, 4433 Cooper Road, Blue Ash, 513-745-8550, blueash.com.

Hallo(WEE)n Wednesday — Kids over 2 years old are invited to wander the galleries with different interactive storytelling stops, an art project and more. Kids are invited to wear costumes. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 30. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams, cincinnatiartmuseum.org

Harvest Fest — The 75th anniversary of the Village of Greenhills’ Harvest Fest features music, food, arts, crafts, games, hayrides, tethered hot air balloon rides and more. Free. 3-9 p.m. Oct. 19; parade 3-4 p.m. Greenhills Shopping Center, 44 Eswin St., Greenhills, greenhillsohio.us.

Harvest Festival — Games, quilt show, hay rides, pony rides, Mr. Cowpie’s Famous Petting Zoo, tractor rides, bouncy castle, storytelling and more. Free. Noon-5 p.m. Oct. 20. Centennial Barn, 110 Compton Road, Springfield Township, centennialbarn.org.

Haunted Village Heritage Village — The Heritage Village offers six nights of spooktacular family fun. Take a wagon ride through the village, stroll the cemetery and be entertained by the headless horseman, a mad scientists, fortune teller and witches. Everyone is encouraged to dress in costume for face painting, games, balloon animal making and more. $8; free for museum members. 6-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Through Oct. 26. Heritage Village Museum, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville, 513-563-9484, heritagevillagecincinnati.org.

Haunted Pirates of the Ohio Cruise — A Halloween twist on the BB Riverboats Pirates of the Ohio Cruise. Glide down the Ohio River in costume (not required) to play Halloween games and receive special treats. $20 adults; $16 children. 3-4:30 p.m. Oct. 19 and Oct. 26. BB Riverboats, 101 Riverboat Row, Newport, Ky., bbriverboats.com

Howl-O-Palooza in Soak City — Activities include a petting zoo, pony rides, mazes, dance party, tractor town, talking pumpkins, carnival games, costumes contests, a Charlie Brown Spooktacular show, food and more in Kings Island’s Soak City. Free with park admission ($32.99 online; $56.99 at the gate). Noon-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Through Oct. 27. Kings Island, 6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason, visitkingsisland.com

Jack-O-Lantern Junction — Come to the area’s only indoor pumpkin patch. Kids can also go through the trick-or-treat maze where they’ll be greeted by kid-friendly ghosts, skeletons, cobwebs and, of course, treat stations. Prices start at $9.95. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays; noon-6 p.m. Sundays. Through October 31. EnterTRAINment Junction, 7379 Squire Court, West Chester, 513-898-8000, entertrainmentjunction.com

Kinman Farms Fall Festival — A traditional family-friendly fall festival with hay rides, a corn maze, pony rides, bonfires and fall décor. $8. 5-10 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays; noon-7 p.m. Sundays. Through Oct. 27. Kinman Farms, 4175 Burlington Pike, Boone County, Ky., kinmanfarmsfallfest.com.

Lantern Light Wagon Ride — Go on a history-based wagon ride, enjoy ghost stories around a campfire, get lost in the crazed corn maze and more. $7. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Saturdays. Through Oct. 26. Bonnybrook Farms, 3779 State Route 132, Clarksville, 937-289-2500, bonnybrookfarms.com. 

Little Goblins and Ghouls Costume Cruise — A Halloween cruise with fun, kid-friendly lunch plus trick-or-treating aboard the ship and a lights-on romp through the USS Nightmare after the cruise. There will also be a costume contest and games. $35 adults; $26 children. 1-3 p.m. Oct. 27. BB Riverboats, 101 Riverboat Row, Newport, Ky., bbriverboats.com.

Magic Forest Halloween Hikes — The pumpkin-lit hike adorned with friendly costumed characters is a non-scary holiday walk for children. $5 ages 3 and up. 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 18-19. Caldwell Nature Center, 400 W. North Bend Road, Carthage, 513-321-6070, cincinnatiparks.com. 

Pipsqueak Halloween with Madcap Puppets — What happens when you wish upon a fish? Come dressed in costume to Pipsqueak Theater for this fun-filled Halloween show with holiday crafts, face painting, photobooth and more. $7. 11 a.m. Oct. 27. 20th Century Theatre, 3021 Madison Road, Oakley, 513-731-8000, the20thcenturytheatre.com. 

Pumpkin Decorating in the Park — The Blue Ash Recreation Center invites kids to come decorate their favorite pumpkin just in time for Halloween. Free. 7p.m. Oct. 29. Blue Ash Recreation Center, Blue Ash, 513-745-8550, blueash.com.

Pumpkin Chuckin’ Festival — Pick your own pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, go on the Adventure Hayride with professional theater actors, try your hand at the giant slingshots, go on a pony rides and more. Free. Noon-5 p.m. Oct. 26 and Oct. 27. Bonnybrook Farms, 3779 Ohio 132, Clarksville, Ohio, 937-289-2500, bonnybrookfarms.com.

Pumpkin and Gourd Festival — Fall festivities like a pick-your-own pumpkin patch, hayrides, a corn maze and more. Free. Noon-5:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 20. Bonnybrook Farms, 3779 Ohio 132, Clarksville, Ohio, bonnybrookfarms.com.

Pumpkins at Parky’s Farm — Find out about the different varieties of pumpkins and take a look to see what’s inside. Recommended for children ages 2−5 and their favorite adult. $10. 9:30-11 a.m. Oct. 29-Oct. 30. Parky’s Farm, Winton Woods, 10073 Daly Road, Springfield, 513-521-7275, greatparks.org. 

Pumpkin Patch Express — All aboard for a train ride through Warren Country to Schappacher Farm in Mason. The Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad invites families to walk through a working farm, pet the animals, and wander through the corn maze to find a pumpkin to take home. 9:15 a.m., 1 p.m., and 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Through Oct. 27. Lebanon Station, 127 S. Mechanic St., Lebanon, lebanonrr.com.

Pumpkin Patch Tour — Hitch a ride on the hayride to the pumpkin field and stop to hold chicks and bunnies or even milk a goat. $10. Daily. Through October. Sunrock Farm, 103 Gibson Lane, Wilder, Ky., 859-781-5502, sunrockfarm.org.

Shaw Farms Fall Festival — The Shaw Farms fall festival is a family-friendly bonanza of hayrides, animals, pumpkins, corn and a giant corn maze. $5 corn maze admission. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. Through October. 1737 State Route 131, Milford, shawfarms.com.

Spook-A-Palooza — Trunk or treat in the parking lot plus inflatable playgrounds, putt putt, climbing wall, family swim, magic show, games, food and more. $5. 3-5 p.m. Oct. 27. Kids First Sports Center, 7900 E. Kemper Road, Sycamore Township, 513-489-7575

Trick-or-Treat with the Dinosaurs — Trick-or-treat from dinosaur to dinosaur in Kings Island’s animatronic dinosaur park, Dinosaurs Alive!, with 65 dinosaurs. Park admission plus $5 entry to Dinosaurs Alive! 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Through Oct. 27. Kings Island, 6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason, visitkingsisland.com

Trunk or Treat — Adults and kids alike will enjoy the trinkets and treats to be found in trunks across the parking lot. Hotdogs, chips and drinks are provided to keep the trunk-or-treating going. Free. 1-3 p.m. Oct. 20. Grace Lutheran Church, 3628 Boudinot Ave., Westwood, gracemin.org; 5:30-7 p.m. Oct. 26. Cheviot United Methodist Church, 3820 Westwood Northern Blvd., Cheviot, cheviotumc.org.


MainStrasse Village Pawrade

Howloween Costume Parade — A doggie Halloween costume contest and parade plus adoptions and food vendors. Free. 1-2:30 p.m. Oct. 27. KennelResorts, 5825 Meadowview Drive, Milford, 513-831-7297.

Howling Pooch Parade — A dog costume parade with exhibits, demonstrations, contest and prizes. $10. 1-4 p.m. Oct. 27. Wyoming Civic Center, 1 Worthington Ave., Wyoming, Ohio, wyomingyouthservices.com

MainStrasse Village Dog Costume Parade — The 12th annual MainStrasse Village dog costume parade’s theme is “dancing with the dogs.” Top prizes will be awarded for best original costume, best store-bought costume and best theme costume. All dogs get a goody bag with a prize! There will also be dog activities, pet-friendly vendors, an arts bazaar, trick-or-treating in the village and more. $5. 1-5 p.m. Oct. 27. Pawrade begins at 3:30 p.m. Register at Goebel Park, Philadelphia St., Covington, Ky., mainstrasse.org.

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