Something Wicked This Way Comes

Harvest Festivals, haunted tours, costume balls and more fall events to trick-or-treat your way through a frightfully fun October

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BAR EVENTS 

Arnold's Halloween Blackout — Arnold's hosts a Halloween Blackout party, tapping eight hard-to-find seasonal black stouts including Rivertown's Deateh, Southern Tier's Warlock, MadTree's Are You Ready for the Darkness, Bell's Java Stout, Bad Tom Smith's, 50 West, Listermann's Lateral Nitro Oatmeal Sweet Stout and Great Lakes Brewing aged black stout. Live music from the Hot Magnolias. Beers tapped at 4 p.m.; music at 9 p.m. Oct. 31. Free. Arnold's Bar and Grill, 210 E. Eighth St., Downtown, arnoldsbarandgrill.com.

Fear of the Dark — The bar’s fourth annual celebration of dark beers featuring Southern Tier’s Warlock, Great Divide’s Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti and more (while supplies last). 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Oct. 23-31. Free entry; beers cost money. The Lackman, 1237 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, lackmanbar.com

Halloween Concert at the Littlefield — Party for a good cause! Hiders and the Perfect Children will be performing, while the Littlefield serves you up food, beer and drink specials all night! There will be a costume contest as well, so dress to impress! Proceeds will benefit the Cincinnati Northside Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation. All night. Oct. 31. Free. The Littlefield, 3934 Spring Grove Ave., Northside, littlefieldns.com. 

Japp's Halloween Eve Dance Party — Ring in Halloween with a costume contest, dance party, "scary-delicious" cocktails and prizes. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Oct. 30. Free. Japp's, 1136 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, japps1879.com.

Neon's David Bowie's Labyrinth-Themed Halloween Party and Silent Disco — The Labyrinth will be on the TV all night, David Bowie and Halloween tunes with be on the juke and at the silent disco, you can grab a pair of headphones and dance around all night. 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Oct. 31. Free. 208 E. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com/neonsunplugged.

Pick Your  Poison — People in costumes get $3 Dogfish Head Pumpkin, $4 call cocktails or $5 bombs. Oct. 31. The Righteous Room, 641 Walnut St., Downtown, therighteousroom.com.

Pavilion's 13th Annual Halloween Masquerade — Costume contest, cash prizes, and DJ Big Once. Nov. 1. Free. Mount Adams Pavilion, 949 Pavilion St., Mount Adams, 513-744-9200.

‘Stache Bash at The Stand — In partnership with Movember Cincinnati, The Stand invites you to boogie down on Halloween night! Anyone wearing a mustache (real or fake) gets $3 Yuengling Brewery’s Black & Tan all night! There will also be a costume contest starting at midnight. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Oct. 31. Free. The Stand, 3195 Linwood Ave., Mount Lookout, thestandcincy.com. 

Wicked Wine Tasting — A costume contest, snacks, door prizes, wine tastings and live music. 4 p.m. Oct. 25. $10. Meier’s Wine Cellars, 6955 Plainfield Road, Silverton, meierswinecellars.com. 

Zombie Pub Crawl — A spooky slow Covington 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 scary and sexy zombie costumes. 10 p.m. Oct. 25. Free. Cock & Bull English Pub, 601 Main St., Covington, Ky., candbpublichouse.com. 

FAMILY-FRIENDLY EVENTS 
A Very Green Halloween — Krohn Conservatory hosts a non-scary Halloween celebration. Come in a nature-inspired costume and celebrate the season. Nature activities and healthy treats available. Noon-3 p.m. Oct. 26. $4; $2 children ages 5-12; free ages 4 and younger. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams, cincinnatiparks.com/krohn. 

The A-Maze-ing Corn Adventure — Pick out your jack-o-lantern-to-be at this local family farm. Enjoy hayrides and pony rides, a farm-animal petting zoo and a tricky corn maze. Kids will also enjoy touring a historic 1800s log cabin. Baked goods and concessions available on site. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Through October. $10; free for ages 2 and younger. Farm Haven, 10259 Tadpole Lane, Union, Ky., unionmaze.org. 

Batfest — Learn all about bats, taste food pollinated by bats and join the costume parade. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 25. $12.50 adults; $8.50 children. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Queensgate, cincymuseum.org/batfest. 

BOOport on the Levee — Bring the entire family down for an afternoon of Halloween fun at Newport on the Levee. Children younger than 10 are invited to trick-or-treat. The family-friendly event will feature live music. 3-4 p.m. Oct. 26. Free. Newport on the Levee, Newport, Ky., newportonthelevee.com. 

Country Pumpkins Fall Festival — Hosted on a 250-acre dairy farm, the selection of pumpkins, gourds and squash can’t be beat. Kids can play in a corn maze built especially for them, a straw bale maze and a play area. Hayrides, barrel train rides and a you-pick pumpkin patch are also a must. 2-7 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday; 12-5 p.m. Sunday. Through Nov. 2. Free. Alpine Hills Dairy Farm, 1835 Sherman Mt. Zion Road, Dry Ridge, Ky., countrypumpkinsky.com. 

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. Noon-1 p.m. Oct. 31. Free. Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, myfountainsquare.com. 

Greenhills Harvest Fest — Live music by Straw Boss, hayrides, balloon rides, chainsaw carving, pumpkins and a 5K Run For Good to support the Alois Alzheimer Foundation. 3:30 p.m. Oct. 25; 4:30 p.m. walk. Free. Greenhills Shopping Center, 44 Eswin St., Greenhills, greenhillsohio.us. 

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. Noon-3 p.m. Oct. 25. Free. Blue Ash Nature Park, 4433 Cooper Road, Blue Ash, 513-745-8550, blueash.com. 

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

Halloween Spooktacular — Ghostly games, spooky stories and tricky treats. For ages 8-10. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 23. Free; registration required. Boone County Public Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington, Ky., bcpl.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 scientist, a fortune teller and witches. Everyone is encouraged to dress in costume for face painting, games, balloon-animal making and more. 6-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Through Oct. 25. $8; free for museum members. Heritage Village Museum, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville, 513-563-9484, heritagevillagecincinnati.org. 

Haunted Magic Show — Magic of the Night features ghostly tricks and treats with Halloween-themed illusions. 5:15 p.m. Oct. 30. $7. UC Clermont College, 4200 Clermont College Drive, Clermont, ucclermont.edu/community_arts.

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. 3-4:30 p.m. Oct. 25. $20 adults; $16 children. BB Riverboats, 101 Riverboat Row, Newport, Ky., bbriverboats.com. 

Heads-Up Pumpkin Chuck — Chuck your leftover Halloween pumpkins using hand-built trebuchets, and watch them fly down the sledding hill at Stanbery Park. Besides the opportunity to hurl pumpkins legally (a rarity) this event also features live music, Pumpkin Olympics for kids, live broadcast by WNKU, food, drink and a 0.08K race. Noon-5 p.m. Nov. 1. $3 to chuck your own pumpkin and $5 to buy a pumpkin on site to chuck. Stanbery Park, 2221 Oxford Ave., Mount Washington, mwcc.org. 

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 treat stations. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays; noon-6 p.m. Sundays. Through Nov. 2. Prices start at $13.95; $9.95 children 2 and older. EnterTRAINment Junction, 7379 Squire Court, West Chester, 513-898-8000, entertrainmentjunction.com. 

Kinman Farms Fall Festival — A traditional family-friendly fall festival with hayrides, a corn maze, pony rides, bonfires and fall décor. 5-10 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays; noon-7 p.m. Sundays. Through Oct. 30. $8. 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. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Saturdays. Through Oct. 25. $7. Bonnybrook Farms, 3779 State Route 132, Clarksville, 937-289-2500, bonnybrookfarms.com. 

Little Goblins and Ghouls Costume Cruise — A Halloween cruise with a 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. 3-5 p.m. Oct. 26. $35 adults; $26 children. BB Riverboats, 101 Riverboat Row, Newport, Ky., bbriverboats.com. 

Midwest Cheer Elite Trunk or Treat — Let the kids dress up in their Halloween costumes a day early for an evening of hayrides, train rides and all the candy they can carry from trunk-or-treating. 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 30. Free. Midwest Cheer Elite, 8730 N. Pavilion Drive, West Chester, 513-779-9111, midwestcheerelite.com. 

Pipsqueak Halloween with Madcap Puppets — What happens when you wish upon a fish? Come dressed in costume to Pipsqueak Theater for this funfilled Halloween show with holiday crafts, face painting, photo booth and more. 11 a.m. Oct. 26. $8. 20th Century Theater, 3021 Madison Road, Oakley, 513-731-8000, the20thcenturytheatre.com. 

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

Halloween Nights at Parky’s Farm — Dress your best and bring your little ghouls, goblins, princesses and superheroes out to enjoy the only non-scary nighttime Halloween party in town. This party features tens of thousands of lights and dozens of whimsical Halloween light displays. 6-10 p.m. Thursday- Sunday. Oct. 9-26. $7. Parky’s Farm, Winton Woods, 10073 Daly Road, Winton Woods, 513-521-7275, greatparks.org. 

Pumpkin Patch Express — All aboard for a train ride through Warren Country to Schappacher Farms in Mason. The Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad invites families to walk through a working farm, pet the animals and wander 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. 26. $18.50 adults; $15.50 seniors and children; $8.50 toddlers. Lebanon Station, 127 S. Mechanic St., Lebanon, lebanonrr.com. 

Pumpkin Patch Tour — Visit Sunrock Farm for hands-on animal fun: milk a goat, hold chicks, brush a horse, feed the sheep and pet farm animals. Then take a hayride to the pumpkin patch to pick out your perfect pumpkin. Enjoy free apple cider and cookies from the farm store. 10 a.m.-6.p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Through Oct. 31. Reservations required. $8 hour tour; $10 two hour tour. Sunrock Farm, 103 Gibson Lane, Wilder, Ky., 859-781-5592, sunrockfarm.org. 

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

Snoopy’s Halloween Party — Activities include a petting zoo, pony rides, mazes, dance party, tractor town, talking pumpkins, carnival games, costume contests, a Charlie Brown Spooktacular show, food and more. Noon-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Through Oct. 26. Free with park admission ($32.99 online; $56.99 gate). Kings Island, 6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason, visitkingsisland.com. 

Spook-A-Palooza — Trunk-or-treat in the parking lot plus inflatable playgrounds, putt putt, a climbing wall, family swim, a magic show, games, food and more. 3-5 p.m. Oct. 27. $5. Kids First Sports Center, 7900 E. Kemper Road, Sycamore, 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! featuring 65 dinosaurs. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Through Oct. 27. Park admission plus $5 entry to Dinosaurs Alive! Kings Island, 6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason, visitkingsisland.com. 

Wendel Farms Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch — Celebrate the season with some good ol’ down-on-the-farm fun. Try your luck at the 6.5 acre corn maze, build a perfectly festive campfire and even pick out your perfect pumpkin from the pumpkin patch or a bouquet of handpicked chrysanthemums. 2-6 p.m. Monday-Friday. Through Oct. 31. $7; $6 ages 3-12; free ages 2 and younger. Wendel Farms, 8134 N. State Line Road, Brookville, Ind., wendelfarms.com. 

YWCA Halloween Spooktacular — Bring the kids dressed as their favorite literary character for trick-or-treating and literacy activities from 2-4 p.m., then stop by the craft show to get the holiday shopping started early. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 25. Free. YWCA Hamilton, 244 Dayton St., Hamilton, ywcahamilton.com. 


MASQUERADE AND COSTUME BALLS 
A Wicked Affair — Drinks, dancing and a costume contest in support of organ donation, benefiting the National Kidney Foundation of Greater Cincinnati. 7 p.m. Oct 25. $40. Receptions Banquet and Conference Center, 4450 Eastgate South Drive, Eastgate, 937-763-0474, 513-265-8530, facebook.com/ awickedaffair. 

Children’s Dyslexia Centers of Cincinnati Halloween Gala — Support the Children’s Dyslexia Centers of Cincinnati by attending a Halloween Gala where guests will be treated to a performance by the Naked Karate Girls while enjoying an evening of dancing, food and drinks. Guests are also invited to help sponsor the event with Gold, Platinum and Diamond packages. 7 p.m. Oct. 25. $30 in advance; $40 at the door; $500 VIP tables. Cincinnati Masonic Center, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown, cdcoc.org/halloween. 

Fashion Angels: The Masquerade — Dress to impress in your best masquerade disguise, all for a great cause. This charitable fashion event benefits the American Cancer Society, Freestore Foodbank, Aubrey Rose Foundation and more while showcasing local designers, singers, dancers and hair and makeup stylists. Attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishables for the Freestore Foodbank. 6-11 p.m. Oct. 31. $25. Kings Island Resort & Conference Center, 5691 Kings Island Drive, Mason, fashionangels.org. 

Pop Art Costume Party — Grab your most vibrant, colorful costume and head to this Art After Dark event. Join the Cincinnati Art Museum in celebration of all things Pop with the opening of Beyond Pop Art: A Tom Wesselmann Retrospective. Tours of the special exhibition will meet in the Great Hall at 5:30 p.m. (members only), 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. (public tours). Drinks and appetizers available for purchase. 5-9 p.m. Oct. 31. Free admission; $4 parking; free for Art Museum members. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park, cincinnatiartmuseum.org. 

Scream Acres Haunted House Dance Party — It’s not every day (or even every Halloween) you get to listen to live zombified music in one of the area’s largest and most terrifying haunted houses. But Scream Acres is pulling out all the stops to make this a fright night to remember: it’s opening its doors to a ghoulishly impressive lineup of bands to create a night of costumes, dancing, monsters, and screams. All ages are welcome … if they dare. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Oct. 31. $14. Scream Acres Ct., 4399 Boron Drive, Covington, Ky., cincyscreams.com. 

The Malice Ball — Dance the night away in a spectacular masquerade ball while being served by bartender’s from Bakersfield OTR, the Eagle and other OTR favorites. The Malice Ball will also feature light snacks from OTR restaurants, makeup and styling by Rebel Face Makeup, a photo booth and more! DJ Matt Joy will be providing the tunes for the night. All proceeds benefit the Over-the-Rhine Chamber’s Business First Grant Program. Must be 21 years of age or older. 8-12:30 p.m. Oct. 31. $25 advance; $35 at the door. Christian Moerlein Brewing Company, 1621 Moore St., Over-the-Rhine, otrchamber.com. 

Boogie to Death — Dance Halloween away in Hollywood Casino's Boogie Nights, with 600 feet of lighted dance floor, a haunted maze of horror and costume contest. $1,000 for best overall costume. 9 p.m. Oct. 31. $10. 777 Hollywood Blvd., Lawrenceburg, Ind., hollywoodindiana.com.

ONSTAGE AND ONSCREEN
A Russian Hallows Eve — The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra presents an all-Russian program, with works from Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Mussorgsky. 7:30 p.m. Oct 30; 8 p.m. Nov. 1. Tickets start at $12. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, cincinnatisymphony.org.

Best Laid Plans, Murder Mystery Dinner — One of the Murder Mystery Company’s most popular shows featuring a classic murder mystery set in the 1950s. 7-10 p.m. Fridays. Oct. 10-Nov. 21. $60. Old Spaghetti Factory, 6320 Gilmore Road, Fairfield, grimprov.com/fairfield. 

The Birds — Hitchcock’s classic avian thriller wings its way to the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company just in time for Halloween. Costumes are encouraged for those attending the special 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31 performance. Showtimes Thursday-Sunday. Oct. 17-Nov. 8. $21-$36. 719 Race St., Downtown, 513-381-BARD, cincyshakes.com. 

concert:nova Gothic Halloween — Uncover the mysteries of Edgar Allan Poe, the master of horror who played muse for the latest installment of concert:nova. Enjoy a dark, spine-tingling evening full of haunting influences of the macabre as Jason Podplesky weaves layers of chills throughout performances of André Caplet, Gyorgy Ligeti, Bach, Schubert and more. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 21 and 27. $25; $12 students. Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, 719 Race St., Downtown, concertnova.com. 

Halloween Concert — The Double or Nothing Ensemble presents a familyfriendly program of Halloween music including Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and Mussorgsky’s “Night on Bald Mountain.” 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 24. Admission is free with the donation of a canned good or non-perishable food item for the Freestore Foodbank. Normal Chapel, Spring Grove Cemetery, 4521 Spring Grove Ave., Northside, springgrove.org. 

Into the Woods — The Brothers Grimm meet Broadway in this epic fairytale where worlds collide and storybook characters end up with a bit more than they wished for. Showtimes Thursday-Sunday. Oct. 23-Nov.16. $24 adult; $21 seniors, students, groups. Covedale Center for Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave., Covedale, cincinnatilandmarkproductions.com. 

Taft Museum Halloween Open House — The William Howard Taft National Historic Site celebrates the Halloween season decorated to reflect the mid- Victorian period during this Halloween celebration. Visitors learn about the origin of “Hallows Eve” and the 19th century traditions surrounding the holiday. 6 p.m. Oct. 25. Free. William Howard Taft National Historic Site, 2038 Auburn Ave., Mount Auburn, nps.gov/wiho. 

Strangers on a Train — For one night only, New Edgecliff Theater presents their radio theater adaptation of Strangers on a Train. Two strangers — a tennis player and a psychopath — meet on a train and attempt to exchange murders. Maximum 250 people; reservations required. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 26. $35. The Old Saint Patrick’s Church, 1662 Blue Rock St., Northside, newedgecliff.com. 

The Woman in Black — One of the longest running plays in London, this Victorian ghost story is set in a theater where a stranger enters and tells an otherworldly tale full of mystery and haunting. Presented by Falcon Theatre. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Oct. 17-Nov. 1. $19; $17 students and seniors. Monmouth Theatre, 636 Monmouth St., Newport, Ky., falcontheater.net. 

Suicide Girls Blackheart Burlesque Tour — The Suicide Girls spice up your typical Halloween week festivities with a special burlesque performance at the 20th Century Theatre. 8 p.m. Oct. 29. $22 in advance; $25 at the door. 3021 Madison Road, Oakley, 513-731-8000, the20thcenturytheatre.com. 

Halloween Dinner and a Movie — Cincinnati World Cinema presents The Perfect Host, a suspenseful, darkly funny tale about an elaborate dinner party that turns into an evening of mystery, riddles, twists and turns. Dinner and cocktails available before the film. 6 p.m. Oct. 29. $10 advance; $12 at door. Highland Country Club, 931 Alexandria Pike, Fort Thomas, Ky., cincyworldcinema.org. 

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre — This classic horror film celebrates its 40th anniversary with a screening at the Esquire. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30. $9.75; $7.50 students; $7 seniors. Esquire Theatre, 320 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, 513-281-8750, esquiretheatre.com. 

Halloween — Michael Meyers comes to the Springdale Cinema de Lux for a special two night screening of Halloween. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30; 11:30 p.m. Oct. 31. $13.50. 12064 Springfield Pike, Springdale, showcasecinemas.com.

Rocky Horror Picture Show — Enjoy a Rocky Horror sing-along every other Saturday night. Special Halloween show features live performances midnight Oct. 25 and 9:30 p.m. Oct. 31. $9.75; $7.50 students; $7 seniors. Esquire Theatre, 320 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, 513-281-8750, esquiretheatre.com. 

Magic of the Night — A spooky magic show for the whole family presented by Steven Knight featuring his spectacular production of Halloween-themed illusions. Watch as he turns skeletons to humans, causes witches to float mid-air and shares ghostly tales! Wear your Halloween costume to the show. There will be a pre-show reception which will provide free refreshments, Halloween-themed kids crafts, and treats. 5:15-6:15 p.m. pre-show reception. 7 p.m. magic show. Oct. 30. $7. Krueger Auditorium at UC Clermont College, 4200 Clermont College Drive, Batavia, ucclermont.edu/community_arts. 

Agatha Christie's Mousetrap — A mysterious play presented by Stagecrafters and written by Agatha Christie. The Mousetrap features a group of strangers (one of whom is a murderer) that are stranded in a boardinghouse. The rest is up to you to discover. 8 p.m. Nov. 1, 7 and 8; 9 p.m. Nov. 2 and 9. $17; $12 students with ID. Sharonville Fine Arts Center, 11165 Reading Road, 513-288-4613, stagecraftersinc.org. 

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 them for a rhythmic, emotional experience. 8:30 p.m. Nov. 1. $30. All ages. Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-505-6340, exhaledancetribe.com. 

PET EVENTS 

Howloween Costume Parade — A doggie Halloween costume contest and parade plus adoptions and food vendors. 1-3 p.m. Oct. 25. Free. Kennel Resorts, 5825 Meadowview Drive, Milford, 513-831-7297. 

Howling Pooch Parade — A dog costume parade with exhibits, demonstrations, contests and prizes. 1-4 p.m. Oct. 26. $10. Wyoming Civic Center, 1 Worthington Ave., Wyoming, 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. 1-5 p.m. Oct. 27. Pawrade begins at 3:30 p.m. $5 contest registration. Register at Goebel Park, Philadelphia St., Covington, Ky., mainstrasse.org. 

Dog Days at Kings Island — Kings Island celebrates “Dog Days” every Sunday in October. Just bring your canine family members to join in on the fun —pooches are free of charge — with Snoopy in Soak City. Man’s best friend can participate in a dog parade to win prizes from top doggie spas and stock up on gourmet pet treats. The first 1,000 dogs to enter the park during Sunday Dog Days will also receive a special bandana. Noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Through Oct. 25. $32.99 online; $56.99 at gate. Kings Island, 6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason, visitkingsisland.com. 

Howl-O-Ween — Leash up the pooches and bring them to Howl-O-Ween, an event for the whole family! There will be a costume contest, games, food tricks, free play in the park, face-painting, trick-or-treat and more! 1-4 p.m. Oct. 25. Free. Red Dog Pet Resort & Spa, 5081 Madison Road, Madisonville, 513-733-364, red-dogs.com. 

RUN/WALKS 
Run Like Hell — Run a nighttime 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, beer for sale, a costume contest and live music at a finish-line party. Proceeds will be donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. 7:30-11 p.m. Oct. 24. $35 pre-registration until Oct. 20; $40 week of Oct. 21; $45 day-of; $20 party. Xavier University Campus, 3614 Woodburn Ave., Evanston, cincyrunlikehell.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. If you survive, celebrate your survival at the Zombie Jamboree after the race. Race starts at 8 a.m. Oct. 25. $25-$50. Kingswood Park, 4188 Irwin- Simpson Road, Mason, undead5k.com. 

SPECIAL EVENTS 
The Thought Sherpas: Ghostly Edition — Miami University educator Lauren Matus facilitates discussion on the afterlife and other Halloweeninspired topics as chosen by the audience. Participants are invited to share their own paranormal experiences. 6 p.m. Oct. 24. Free. Miami University Middletown, 4200 E. University Blvd., Middletown, regionals.miamioh.edu. 

Modern Makers The Witching Hour — Modern Makers hosts a Halloween exhibit that explores magic through the work of five local artists. Wear a costume for the costume contest. 6-8 p.m. Oct. 29. Free. 2606 Vine St., Corryville, facebook.com/modernmakers.

TOURS 

Augusta Ghost Tour — A ghostly hayride through the streets of Augusta. Reservations required. 5:30-11:30 p.m. Oct 25. $8 adults; $5 children. Downtown Augusta, Ky., 606-756-2183, augustaky.com. 

Dent Schoolhouse Ghost Tours — Get one of Dent Schoolhouse’s infamous hall passes this year and delve even deeper into the schoolhouse’s dark, demonic past. The Dent Ghost Tour takes you through the most haunted spots in the schoolhouse, giving you the chance to experience the paranormal for yourself. There are no actors or props on the ghost tours. Instead, an expert guide will take you from room to room explaining the history and paranormal experiences that go along with each location. This is a chance to go behind the scenes of the schoolhouse for some one-on-one time with the paranormal. Tickets must be purchased online. Unless otherwise noted by website or staff, ghost tours are 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Through Oct. 29. $25. The Dent Schoolhouse, 5963 Harrison Ave., Harrison, 513-598-4600, frightsite.com. 

Covington is Haunted Walking Tour — Hear about the historical drama that unfolded and the ghosts that still haunt the Covington, Ky., area today, and see the bloodiest site in the state of Kentucky. 7 and 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Through October 31. $20. 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 shares local ghost stories. 6, 6:30, 7:30 and 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Through Nov. 2. Special Halloween tour Oct. 31. $17. Third Street, Newport on the Levee/Aquarium parking garage, Newport, Ky., 859-815-1439, newport.ridetheducks.com. 

Halloween Music Hall Tour — Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to experience Music Hall in a whole new (ghostly) light! On Halloween night, learn about the history and paranormal potential of this iconic building. Presented by the Cincinnati Research & Paranormal Studies, a group dedicated to investigating, documenting and researching paranormal activities. Costumes optional. 7 p.m.; 8:30 p.m.; 10 p.m.; 11:30 p.m. Oct. 31. $20. Cincinnati Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, cincinnatiarts.org.

Haunted Village After Dark Paranormal 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. 10:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Oct. 25. $25; must be at least 14. Tours limited to 20 guests. Heritage Village Museum, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville, 513-563-9484, heritagevillagecincinnati.org. 

Miamitown Ghost Tours — Prepare yourself to take this super scary haunted tour through Miamitown. 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. $15 adults; $10 children. 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. 7 and 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Through October 25. $20. 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. 7, 8, 9 and 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Through Nov. 1. $20. Tours leave from Cincy Haus, 1218 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, 859-951-8560, americanlegacytours.com. 

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