For all of your fall 2017 needs — scares, tricks, treats, crafts, corn mazes, and festivals — check out the list below of the many fun goings on over the next few months. All events are linked to a site with more information regarding admission costs, dates and times, and locations.
Cincinnati goes all out for haunted houses; many of which include extraordinary makeup, spooky settings, and animatronics. Here’s a list of haunted houses to visit this Halloween season:
The Dent Schoolhouse (Bridgetown) – $20 for admission to two attractions
Open weekends, September 15–October 31, and most Thursdays in October
Halloween Haunt at Kings Island (Mason) – Friday admission tickets starting at $31.99
Friday and Saturday nights, September 22–October 31
Haunted Village at Heritage Village (Sharon Woods) – $10 ages 2+, free for museum members
October 13–14, 20–21, 27–28, 6–10pm (gate closes at 9pm, last wagon ride at 8:50pm)
Land of Illusion Haunted Scream Park (Middletown) – General Admission starting at $36.99 for five haunted attractions
Mt. Healthy Haunted Hall (Mt. Healthy) – $10 per person
Opens September 29 and runs every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through October 28th
USS Nightmare (Newport) – tickets start at $17 for two haunted boat decks
Open Thursday–Sunday, September 15–October 31
Click on the corresponding link for more information about event details and admission.
Weekends in October – HallZOOween (Cincinnati Zoo)
October 13–15: Operation Pumpkin in Hamilton
October 14: Howl’OWeen Pooch Parade in downtown Lebanon
October 14: The Great Pumpkin Fest at Keehner Park (West Chester), 2–6pm
October 14: Spooky Pooch in Glendale, 11am–5pm
October 14: The Haunting at the Manor, hosted by Westwood Works, 6pm–12am [tickets required]
October 20: Magic Halloween Hikes at Caldwell Nature Preserve
October 20–21, 27–28: Dust to Darkness at Darkness Brewing, 7pm
October 22: Dog Pawrade in MainStrasse, 12:30–3:30pm
October 22: Howling Pooch Parade (Wyoming), 1pm
October 27: 26th Annual Run Like Hell (Xavier University campus) [registration required]
October 27: Silent Disco Costume Party at Taft’s Ale House, 9pm
October 28: Boo Fest at Liberty Center
October 28: Nature at Night Pumpkin Hike at Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve/Ellenwood Nature Barn, 6:30–7:30pm
October 28: Haunted History Night Hike at Glenwood Gardens, 7:30–8:30pm [registration required]
October 28: Boos & Brews Halloween Bash with Christian Moerlein Brewing Co., 8pm–1am
October 28: Spirits & Spirits Halloween Costume Ball at Grand Central Delicatessen, 8pm–2am
October 28–29: Fall Fest Weekend at Washington Park
October 29: A Very Green Halloween at Krohn Conservatory, 1–3pm
November 4: Mt. Washington Pumpkin Chuck at Stanbery Park, 12–5pm
Do you favor the paranormal over costumes and actors? Don’t worry, there are a number of options for haunted ghost tours in Cincinnati.
Bobby Mackey’s Haunted Tours (Newport) – fee required for 30-minute tours
Buried Secrets, Haunted Cincinnati Tours – $18.95 for 90-minute outdoor walking tour
Cincinnati Ghost Tour (Clifton) – $15 for 90-minute tour
Eerie Encounters, Haunted Cincinnati Tours – $16.95 for or 90-minute outdoor walking tour
Newport is Haunted, American Legacy Tours (Newport) – $20 for 90-minute tour
Queen City is Haunted, American Legacy Tours (OTR) – $20 for 90-minute tour
Art Festivals and Craft Fairs
Looking for gifts this holiday season? What about decor to spruce up your home? Shop local at one of many art festivals and craft fairs this fall. For information regarding the event and admission, click on the corresponding link.
October 6–8: GemStreet USA at Sharonville Convention Center [admission cost and info here]
October 7: Autumn Harvest Craft & Vendor Show at King of Kings Lutheran Church (Mason), 10am
October 7–8: Lakota West Craft Show 2017
October 19–21: House of Santa Mouse at St. John Neumann Church
October 21: Hamilton High School Booster Craft Show, 9am–4pm
October 28: Forest Park Women’s Club Annual Craft Show and Bazaar, 10am–3pm
October 28: Maineville Harvest Festival, 4:30–10pm
October 28–29: Ruffles and Rust Expo Fall Show at Butler County Fairgrounds [$6/adult, 12 and under free]
November 4–5: Colerain High School Craft Show
November 5: Autumn Air Art Fair at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 10am–4pm
November 10–12: 2017 Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market at Duke Energy Convention Center [tickets required and can be purchased here]
November 11–12: Lakota East Holiday Arts and Crafts Show
November 18: Sycamore High School Arts and Crafts Show
November 18: Oak Hills Band Association Holiday Craft Fair
December 2: Crafty Supermarket at Music Hall, 11am–6pm
December 3: Ohio Explored Holiday Maker Mart at Urban Artifact, 1–6pm
December 16: The City Flea Holiday Market at Washington Park, 10am–4pm
For more fairs, shows, and bazaars in the region, click here.
For admission information, dates, and more details about the events, click on the corresponding link below.
October 7–8: Sunflower Festival at Gorman Heritage Farm
October 8: Findlay Market’s Annual Fall Food Fest, 10am–4pm
October 14: Cincinnati Family’s Family Fall Festival at Mason Community Center, 10am–2pm
October 14–15: Ohio Sauerkraut Festival (Waynesville)
October 21–22: Minges & Weber Family Pumpkin Festival (Harrison)
October 21–22: Pumpkin Days on the Farm (Benton Farm, Walton, KY)
Burger Farm Fall Festival (Newtown) – weekends in October, 10am–6pm
Pumpkins, corn stalks, mums, gourds, apple cider, animated pumpkin land characters, hay, pony and amusement rides, games, food, music, farm animals, crafters and more.
Burwinkle Farms (Ross) – weekends in October
Corn maze, skid maze, Halloween scavenger hunt, locally grown apples, crawl-thru straw tunnel, corn pool, and weekend hayrides to our pumpkin patch and sunflower field (when in bloom).
Country Pumpkins (Dry Ridge, KY) – September and October
Monday–Thursday 4–7pm, Friday 2–7pm, Saturday 10am–7pm, Sunday 12–5pm
Kiddie corn maze, petting zoo, corn box, straw bale maze, play area, Sand Tunnels, Hay Pyramid and picnic shelter (all free), and our U-Pick Pumpkin Patch, 4 Acre Corn Maze, hayrides, barrel train rides, Cotton Wagon Ride, Turbo Slide, Extreme Launcher and food available for purchase.
Fall-O-Ween at Coney Island (California) – October 7–8, 14–15, 21–22
Trick or Treat Trail for kids, a pumpkin launch, carriage rides, Fright Lights musical light show, Coney’s Classic Rides, musical entertainment, farmyard friends and more.
The Great Pumpkin Fest at Kings Island (Mason) – weekends September 29–October 30
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! For guests of all ages.
Halloween Nights at Parky’s Farm (Mt. Healthy) – October 12–29, Thursday – Sunday 5:30–9:30pm
This annual event features hay wagon rides, festive Halloween displays and family fun activities and entertainment for all ages. Winton Woods/Parky’s Farm (Pre-order tickets online: $7/person; Tickets at gate: $8/person; Free/children under 2)
Irons Fruit Farm (Lebanon) – October Weekends
Pumpkins and hayrides, corn maze, bakery (with apple fritters, pies, cinnamon-cider donuts, and more!), market and store, apples, and special events.
Jack O’Lantern Junction (West Chester) – September 23 – October 31
Halloween fun for the whole family! Walk through our kid-friendly trick-or-treat maze, visit our mini animated display and visit the area’s only indoor Pumpkin Patch – kids get a free mini pumpkin!
Kinman Farms Fall Fest (Burlington) – weekends September 23 – October 29
Corn maze, barn animals, hayrides, bonfires, picnic shelter, pony rides, Kinman’s Grill, face painting, baked goods, pumpkin patch, cornhole, playhouse, volleyball, tetherball, funnel cakes, and more! Open daily, but activities take place on the weekends.
Neltner’s Farm Fall Fest (Melbourne, KY) – September 30 – October 29 (more info)
Horse-drawn wagon rides, model train display, an expansive corn maze, our pick-your-own pumpkin patch, petting zoo, pony rides, homemade food and ice cream, farm shop, crafters, pottery, face-painting, seasonal apples, folk art, live music, a wonderful variety of demonstrations and a barrel train!
Niederman Family Farm Fall Festival (Liberty Twp.) – September 22–October 29
Wednesday–Thursday 6–9pm, Friday 6–10pm, Saturday 11am–10pm, Sunday 1–6pm
Shaw Farms Fall Festival Weekends (Milford) – weekends in September and October
Hayrides, horse-drawn wagons, music, pedal kart races, corn maze, and interactive playground.
Trick or Treat Events
October 14: Trunk ‘R Treat at Beech Acres Park, 2:30–5pm
October 21: Trunk or Treat! at Top Flight Gymnastics, 5:30–7pm
October 27: Treat Street at Deerfield Town Center
October 28: Carol Ann’s Carousel Trick or Treat Event, 11am–3:30pm
October 29: Trunk or Treat at Trinity Lutheran Church
The official Trick-or-Treating time this Halloween is from 6pm–8pm, according to the city of Cincinnati.
Featured image: Fall in Eden Park, 2016