Halloween Events


Dust off your witch hats, pack up those goblins,
and get out there for a month full of spooktacular Halloween fun!

The Great Pumpkin Fest & HalloTween

Saturdays & Sundays, September 22-October 27
Kings Island

The Great Pumpkin Fest at Kings Island is all treats and no tricks when it comes to family-friendly fun including live entertainment, mazes, trick-or-treating and so much more! Guests of all ages will enjoy Halloween-themed festivities, sure to make memories that will last a lifetime.

Saturdays and Sundays, Sep. 22 – Oct. 27, 2019
New to Kings Island in 2019

HalloTween offers spooky-fun haunts for young scare-seekers! Ghouls of all ages are invited to explore kid-friendly, abbreviated versions of select Halloween Haunt attractions where they can participate in interactive, family-friendly challenges that will test their courage without the fear of running into one of the monsters.

Haunted Wagon Rides

September 27-28 & Friday & Saturday Nights in October
Young’s Jersey Dairy
6880 Springfield Xenia Road, Yellow Springs, OH 45387
7:30-10pm, weather permitting
$12 adults and children ages 5 and older, $5 ages 4 and under

Haunted Wagon Ride and Scary Stories are designed for families with children. This ride is designed for families with children. They don’t touch, grab, or chase anyone, but they do try to make it scary and fun. The ride goes into a very dark cornfield where the ‘monsters and goblins’ live. There will be chainsaws (without the chains!), boo’s and other scary things going on. A responsible adult must accompany all children under age 11. This is a family fun activity that will help get you into the proper Halloween spirit!


Saturdays & Sundays October 5-27
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
Hallzooween is FREE with Zoo admission.

Always hairy, never scary! You and your family can enjoy: Trick-or-Treat Stations, Special Animal Encounters, Beauty Shop of Horrors, Search for the Golden Frisch’s Big Boy, Phil Dalton’s Theater of Illusion Shows at 1pm & 3pm, Hogwarts Express Train Ride (Additional charge applies), Scare-ousel (Additional charge applies). Kids are encouraged to wear a costume during HallZOOween, but it is not required. Help the Zoo Go Green! Please bring your own treat bag!

Haunted Village

October 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, and 26
$10; museum members, military members (with a military I.D.), and children under two are free.

Heritage Village Museum will transform into a Haunted Village for a family-friendly, slight-fright Halloween event. The 19th-century village inside Sharon Woods is the perfect setting for a spooky October evening! Halloween costumes are encouraged and add to the fun. Trick-or-treat through the Village meeting a headless horseman, a ghost, a witch, a fortune teller, and a mad scientist along the way. Take a horse-drawn wagon ride through the creepy forest. Enjoy face painting, balloon art, games, storytelling, and more!
6-10pm (entrance closes at 9pm) A Great Parks of Hamilton County parking permit may be required.

Creepy Nature Hunt

Saturday, October 12
Woodland Mound/ Seasongood Nature Center

Eek! Mysteries await you in this hunt all about investigating nature under logs, beneath rocks and in the soil. Brave participants will receive a prize upon completion and return of their hunt sheet.

The Great Pumpkin Fest

Saturday, October 12
Keehner Park
7211 Barret Rd, West Chester, OH 45069

This free, family-friendly fall festival features fun and entertainment including a puppet show and costume contest (ages 0-12). Guests can also enjoy a Not-So-Scary Haunted Trail, petting zoo, pony carousel, horse-and-wagon rides, and face painting all at no cost.

Hocus Pocus Halloween

Sunday, October 13
Downtown Middletown, Inc.
S. Main Street, Middletown, OH 45044

Enjoy a fun day of family-friendly Halloween activities in downtown Middletown including: Free Screening of the movie Hocus Pocus (starts at dusk), Creepy cruise-in car show with trunk or treat, Arts and crafts vendor alley, Kids activities, Live music and dance troupes

Ghosts of Nature’s Past

Monday, October 14 – Sunday, October 27
Sharon Woods/Sharon Centre
11 am–4 pm

Experience the creatures that once walked, flew and stalked Hamilton County’s forests with creepy crafts, ghastly games and alarming activities for the whole family.

Haunted Halloween Trail 

Friday, October 18
Middleton Mills Park
3415 Mills Road, Covington, KY 41015
7-10 pm
$1 or free with a non-perishable food donation or personal care item donation for Be Concerned

This haunted trail is a quarter mile of fright and drama (so best for ages 6 and older, but parents, use your best discretion). Horror lurks in the woods, including ghosts, goblins, witches, and creatures ready to frighten all. Stay upon the torch-lit trail and you might just survive. There is a shelter house at the end of the Haunted Trail where survivors may wish to sample complimentary Bat’s Blood (punch) served by Ghostesses. There will be a hayride shuttle that will take participants back to their vehicles.

Halloween Happenings: Kid’s Fun Day/Character Trail

Saturday, October 19
Middleton Mills Park
3415 Mills Road, Covington, KY 41015
No cost. KCP&R collects donations of non-perishable food and personal care items for Be Concerned.

This trail is an opportunity for kids of all ages to meet a few friendly characters and get a sweet treat. There will also be Halloween games that are fun for the whole family!

Trunk ‘R Treat Fall Festival 

Saturday, October 19
Beech Acres Park
6910 Salem Road, Cincinnati, OH 45230
FREE car show; festival activities $5 per child ages 10 and under

A classic car show, kids in costumes, music, games, prizes and candy combine for this annual event. Families and car enthusiasts stroll around the oval at Beech Acres Park while kids “trunk ‘r treat” at classic cars decorated with Halloween flair and other spooky stations.

Haunted Halloween Village Party

Saturday, October 19
Village of Glendale
34 Village Square, Harry Whiting
Brown Community Center
Glendale, OH 45246

This free family-friendly event has a spook house, games, prizes, a costume contest, and more, brought to you by Harry Whiting Brown Community Center as well as Pack 60 & Troop 417 of the Glendale scouts. Limited concessions will be available, plus lots of free treats.

Magic Halloween Hikes 

Saturday & Sunday, October 19 & 20
Caldwell Nature Preserve
430 West North Bend Road, Cincinnati, OH 45216
$6, children 2 and under are FREE, Registration is required. There is a $3 administrative fee (per order, not per ticket). Online reservations begin on Sept 1st.

Walk through a pumpkin-lit trail and meet costumed characters from nature and history. This is a non-scary holiday walk best suited for children ages 3-10.  Hikes start at 7pm with the last hike leaving at 8:30pm. Hike groups are organized by type: scouts, families with young children, and families with older children. Each hike lasts approximately 1 hour.

Mt. Healthy Haunted Hall Lights Up Night

Sunday, October 20
Mt. Healthy Haunted Hall
7700 Seward Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45231
$5 per child, adults FREE

Children get to go trick or treating through the (much less scary) Haunted Hall as well as getting a trip through our giant vortex tunnel!

Halloween Hoopla & Howling Pooch Parade 

Sunday, October 20
Wyoming Civic Center
1 Worthington Avenue, Wyoming, OH 45215
1-4pm (Parade starts at 2:00)
$15 per dog

The Halloween Hoopla includes various games and snacks for the entire family. The Recreation Department supplies pumpkins to be selected at the Civic Center’s pumpkin patch to be painted and carved at this annual event. The Howling Pooch Parade is an annual family-friendly custom event for local dogs and their people includes agility demonstrations, pet-themed vendors, refreshments, raffles, and prizes in various categories for dogs.

Spooky Sunday 

Sunday, October 20
Presidents Park
281 Dudley Road, Edgewood, KY 41017
For children 12 and under.

Costume parade starts at 3:45 p.m. at St. Pius parking lot to Presidents Park. Costume judging takes place on the basketball court. Entrance to the spooky forest after the contest. Goody bags are available while supplies last. Magic show by Beetle Juice follows. 

STEM in the Garden: Frankenstein’s Garden

Tuesday, October 22
Glenwood Gardens/Cotswold Visitor Centre
3:45–5 pm
For ages 6–10
$7.50/child, register by October 18th

Halloween is just around the corner, and doctors Frankenstein and Munsford have been hard at work in the garden. Explore the world of genetic manipulation and hybridization as we delve into this hot topic.

Halloween Treat Street

Friday, October 25
Deerfield Towne Center 
5503 Deerfield Blvd.
Mason, OH 45040

Come dressed in your favorite costume for an evening of spooktacular fun at Deerfield Towne Center! While supplies last, children 12 and under will enjoy Trick-or-Treating, festive music and refreshments. Remember to bring a bag to collect your goodies!

Nature at Night: Pumpkin Hike

Saturday, October 26
Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve/Ellenwood Nature Barn
6:30 pm

Jack-o’-lanterns will light your path as you discover the wonder of nature at night along the Pin Oak Trail. Bring a flashlight and arrive any time between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. for this self-guided hike. A limited number of pumpkin tickets will be sold for the 8 p.m. jack-o’-lantern drawing.

The USS Nightmare Lights on Matinee

Sunday, October 27
USS Nightmare

Perfect for younger kids or the faint of heart. Special lights on, lighter scare suitable for those too young to enjoy the regular show.

Halloween on the Square

Sunday, October 29
Hyde Park Square and the Farmer’s Market
2700 Erie Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45208

Enjoy a kids costume contest and parade as well as trick-or-treating on the square. This event is perfectly timed between nap time and sure to be fun!

Don’t forget to check out your local library for fun Halloween activities (that are often free!):
The Public Library of Hamilton County
Clermont County Public Library
Campbell County Public Library
Boone County Public Library
Kenton County Public Library

Happy Halloween!

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  1. I teach an infant/toddler music and movement “mommy and me” class at Blue Cocoon. We will have a special Halloween themed class on Thursday, Oct. 26th at 10 a.m. Children are encouraged to wear a costume and will receive a Halloween gift. We will sing and dance to Halloween songs as well as favorite children’s songs. You can find more information on Blue Cocoon’s facebook page under events or on the store website!


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