Halloween Happenings in Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky

Halloween Happenings in Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky

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Halloween is just around the corner and we’ve put together a list of hauntingly fun Halloween Activities all over our region!  By now you’ve seen our fabulous Family Friendly Fall Festivals and Farm Fun in Greater Cincinnati post.  It’s full of fun things to do to celebrate fall…festivals, apple picking, pumpkin parties and more!  THIS post will focus on all of the HALLOWEEN things going on!  Costumes, Haunted Houses, Spooky Stories, and MORE!!  We’ve put together a list that should please ALL ages, and ALL scare levels.  Do you have older children or thrill seekers in your family?  Or perhaps your kids are more interested in watching elephants play with pumpkins?  There’s all sorts of fun Halloween events to choose from, just pick the ones that are right for your family!  We’ve added a few new events this year that might require a road trip…Louisville, General Butler and more!

Family Friendly Halloween Happenings in Greater Cincinnati ::

BB Riverboats has a couple of  fun Halloween Cruises for the whole family!  On October 11 & 25 they have the Haunted Pirates of the Ohio River Cruise and the Little Goblins & Ghouls Costume Cruise on October 26th.  For more information and to order tickets visit BB Riverboats.  And stay tuned, we’re going to have giveaways for BOTH cruises coming soon!

Cincinnati Parks Magic Forest Halloween Hikes ~ October 17&18  at Caldwell Nature Center.  Reservations required.  This non-scary halloween walk is perfect for children ages 3-10, and the cost is $5, children 2 and under are free.  Hike starts at 7pm and  lasts one hour.

Pipsqueak Halloween at the 20th Century Theater on Sunday October 26th.  Doors open at 10:30 am, show at 11am.   $8 per person, kids two and under are FREE.  There will be a Madcap Puppet show (Aladdin and Friends), cookie decorating, face painting, crafts and MORE!  Advanced Ticket Sales Only!  Call:  513-731-8000

Kenton County Public Library: Halloween Storytime

There will be Halloween storytimes at all three branches the last week of October. Check the calendar for details: http://www.trumba.com/calendars/kcpl.

Covington Library:

Horror Flicks Marathon for Teens ~ Grades: 6 – 12 Saturday, October 18, 11:00 am-4:00 pm
Get your creep on with an all day horror movie marathon with giveaways and snacks.

Halloween Comic Fest ~ Grades: 6 – 12 Saturday, October 25, 10 am Stop in for your free Halloween comic.  The earlier, the better, they’ll go fast!

The Horror of it All Film Festival ~ Saturday, October 25, 10:00 am-2:00 pm Two horrifying films to get you ready for Halloween.

The Mini Dead ~ Ages: 2 – 12  Saturday, October 25, 2:00 pm-3:00 pm Enjoy frightening fun for the whole family with an afternoon of Halloween games, crafts, and more!

Zombie Outbreak! ~ Saturday, October 25, 3:00 pm-5:00 pm  Zombie themed events for kids, teens and adults • Zombie costume judging with prizes! • A zombie walk from the Library to Mainstrasse • Please bring non-perishable food or pet food and supplies for charity.  This is a Covington 200 official bicentennial “Give Back” event.

Zombie Prom ~ Grades: 6 – 12 Saturday, October 25, 7:00 pm-9:00 pm Dance with the undead at the Teens only DJ dance party.  Costumes appreciated, prizes awarded.  Permission slips required.

Haunt Your Library Writing Contest ~ Grades: 1 – 6  September 8 – October 10  Enter an original poem or tale in the Library’s 12th annual spooky writing contest. Deadline for entries is October 10. Limit of 700 words. Winners will be announced and awarded prizes on October 17. Winning stories will be featured in the Community Press paper. Submit entries to the Covington Children’s Department or email a Word document to writingcontest@kentonlibrary.org. Entries must include child’s name, age, address, phone, email address, school and grade level. If possible, include a photo.

Toddler Time: Trick or Treat!  Age: 2  Parent Required  Tuesday, October 28, 11:00 am-11:45 am  We’ll share spooky stories, songs and treats at a special Halloween storytime. Costumes are optional, but encouraged!

Halloween Playart After Dark ~ Ages: 2 – 6  Parent Required Tuesday, October 28, 7:00 pm-8:00 pm Enjoy not-so-scary stories, songs, and a hands-on art project in this special evening event for the entire family. Don’t forget your costumes!

Family Storytime: Happy Halloween!  Ages: 0 – 5 Parent Required Wednesday, October 29, 7:00 pm-7:45 pm This week’s storytime will feature not-too-spooky fun and treats!

Babes in Storyland: Creepy Crawlers!  Ages: 0 – 1  Parent Required  Thursday, October 30, 10:00 am-10:45 am  Happy Halloween! Costumes are optional but adorable at this special storytime. Develop your baby’s early literacy skills while having fun and making new friends. Siblings are welcome.

Halloween Playart ~ Ages: 2 – 6  Parent Required  Friday, October 31, 10:00 am-11:00 am  Enjoy not-so-scary stories, songs, and a hands-on art project. Don’t forget your costume!

Durr Branch Library:

Haunted Library  Parent Required  Saturday, October 25, 5:30 pm-8:30 pm  Sunday, October 26, 2:00 pm-4:00 pm  Thrills, chills and laughs await all who dare to enter our family friendly Halloween experience!  Please bring a canned good or non-perishable food item to be donated to Action Ministries.  Free pizza provided by LaRosa’s!

Boo Bash!  Ages: 2 – 6  Sunday, October 12, 2:00 pm-3:00 pm  Boo to you! Come join the fun and wear your costume if you’d like.  Children ages 2-6 are invited for fun Halloween games, crafts and treat.  Registration required.

Erlanger Branch

Special Event – Pumpkin Decorating   Friday, October 24, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm  Decorate your Halloween pumpkin at the Library!  We will supply pumpkins for carving and painting, as well as carving tools, paint, and decorations, while supplies last.

Teen Halloween Dance  Grades: 6 – 12  Friday, October 31, 6:00 pm-9:00 pm  Join us for the first ever Teen Halloween Dance! The music will be loud, candy and drinks will be served, and there will be all manner of party games and shenanigans. Costumes optional. Grades 6-12 only.

Monstober  Ages: 3 – 10  Friday, October 17, 4:30 pm-5:30 pm  We are going to read monster stories and make an inspired craft. Have a snack and play games.  Registration Required.

Halloween Party  Ages: 2 – 12  Wednesday, October 29, 7:00 pm  Enjoy Halloween stories and go trick-or-treating at the Library!  Costumes encouraged but not mandatory. Co-sponsored by the City of Erlanger.

Halloween Fun!  Ages: 6 – 12  Thursday, October 30, 7:00 pm  Get a jump on Halloween with some terrific Halloween stories, snacks, and a craft!

Friday Night Fright Night at Washington Park ~ Pack some snacks and head downtown to watch a spooky movie on the lawn at Washington Park.  Check out their website for show dates, times and titles.  There’s everything from “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” to “Dracula” to “The Mummy”…so many cool old spooky movies!!

Monsters in the Sky at the Trailside Nature Center Wolff Planetarium October 24th from 7-8pm.  Children & Adults (5 years and older)  Seating is limited. $5/person. Call 751-3679 for more information or paid reservations.

Trunk or Treat at Florence United Methodist Church, Saturday, October 25th from 5 – 6:30 pm

Halloween Costume Contest on Fountain Square on October 31st from 12pm – 1pm.  GREAT prizes for adults AND kids!Hallzooween

HallZOOWeen at the Cincinnati Zoo ~ Weekends in October from Noon until 5pm  Free with ZOO Admission.  This has to be one of the most interesting places to trick or treat with the family!  There are so many activities going on and fun things to do while you trick or treat throughout the zoo.

American Legacy Tours offers haunted tours of Newport, Cincinnati and Covington.  Some of the FFC writers went on the Haunted Covington Tour last year with their families and loved it! Check out their website for all the details.

BatFest at the Cincinnati Museum Center on Saturday, October 25th ~ spend the day at the museum learning all about bats and taking part in some fun “batty” activities!

Halloween Walk in the Woods at Blue Ash Nature Park, Saturday October 25th 12-3pm.  Ages ten and under, FREE.  Wear your costumes, see a magic show, do some crafts and more fun stuff!

Halloween Trick or TreatBoone County Public Library Halloween Events: (be sure to register as needed for these events)

  • Itty Bitty Halloween Parties for munchkins 2-5 years, wear your costumes and party at the library! (Walton: October 21st at 6:30pm ~ Scheben: October 22nd at 5pm & 6:30pm ~ Florence: October 24th at 6:30pm ~ Lents: October 28th at 6:30pm ~ Main: October 29th at 6:30pm ~ Main: October 30th at 10am)
  • Halloween Spectacular for grades K-5.  Costumes, games & treats!  (Lents: October 22nd at 6:30pm ~ Walton: October 24th at 4:30pm ~ Scheben: October 30th at 6:30pm)
  • Babytime Halloween October 23rd at 9:30am at the Main Branch
  • Halloween Howls: Grades K-2 come to the Main Branch for Halloween fun!  October 29th at 6:30pm

Jack-O-Lantern Junction Through OCTOBER 31  2013 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. EnterTRAINment Junction www.entertrainmentjunction.com 7379 Squire Ct., West Chester, OH 45069 Starts at $9.95 September 21-October 31, 2013.  Halloween celebration in a kid-friendly, themed environment; Main Street Halloween decorations; walk-through trick-or-treat maze with non-scare ghosts, skeletons, cobwebs and multiple treat stations; area’s only indoor Pumpkin Patch (where kids get a free mini-pumpkin); Halloween crafts and more!

Halloween Pumpkin GutsCampbell County Public Library Halloween Events (please register as needed – see their website)

  • Super Saturday: Build a Spooky Gingerbread House!  October 26, 2013 at 2:00 PM (Newport Branch) For all ages, snacks provided.
  • Baby Boos and Ghouls  October 26, 2013 at 10:00 AM (Carrico/Ft. Thomas Branch), for munchkins ages 2 and under.  Costumes, Halloween stories & songs and cookies.
  • Adventure Club: Halloween Party  October 28, 2013 at 4:00 PM (Carrico/Ft. Thomas Branch)  For grades 1-5, snacks provided.
  • Halloween Preschool Time Registration not required October 29, 2013 at 1:30 PM (Cold Spring Branch) for ages 4&5…be sure to wear your costume!
  • Halloween Toddler Time  Registration not required October 30, 2013 at 10:00 AM (Cold Spring Branch) for ages 2-3, wear your costumes!
  • Adventure Club: Harry Potter Halloween Bash October 31, 2013 at 4:00 PM (Cold Spring Branch) for grades 1-5.

Haunted Duck Tours ~ Fridays and Saturdays through November 2nd.  RECOMMENDED for CHILDREN over 16.  Local ghost stories and more.

Halloween Nights at Parky’s Farm at Winton Woods ~ Thursdays–Sundays, October 3–27, 2013 from 6–10 p.m. 10073 Daly Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45231 ~ Fun for the whole family!  Twinkling lights, jump houses, pony rides and more not-so-scary fun!  Visit the Halloween Nights website for more details

Heritage Village Museum’s Haunted Village ~ “Slight Fright” for the whole family…wagon rides, walks in the cemetery, trick or treating in the village, and more.  You might cross paths with the Headless Horseman or a fortune teller, you just never know!  Face-painting, balloon animals, and more.  Every Friday and Saturday, October 11th-26th from 6pm-10pm.  Admission is $8.00 for anyone 2 and up. Museum members are FREE.

Halloween Happenings at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (there were just too many to list!  Check out their website, there’s plenty to choose from!)

HelloWeeOnes – The Child Wellness Fund and Phillips Edison Company have joined up for a  FREE  event especially forHalloween Storytime2 young ones in the community.  Check out their Facebook page for all the details.  Here are the locations (events are from 12-3):

  • Forest Park Square: Saturday, October 17th
  • Alexandria Village Green: Sunday, October 18th
  • Amelia Center: Saturday, October 24th
  • Landen Square: Sunday, October 25th.

The 2nd Annual Scarlet Oaks Retirement Community Halloween Spooktacular is coming soon! Visit us for trick or treating, games, and a kid friendly haunted mansion fro, 5-7pm on Friday, October 25, 2013! http://lnkd.in/bHp_BSr

Family Day: Spooktacular Aerospace Fun    October 18, 2014 | 10 am-3 pm    National Museum of the U.S. Air Force    http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/education/family/index.asp    National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, 1100 Spaatz St., Dayton, OH    Free    Celebrate Halloween by learning fun aerospace principles through Halloween-themed activities. Come dressed in your favorite costume!

A Very Green Halloween at Krohn    October 26, 2014    Krohn Conservatory    www.cincinnatiparks.com/krohn    Krohn Conservatory    Free with admission to Fall Show $4 Adults, $2 5-12yrs., FREE 4 and under    Looking for a non-scary, family-friendly Halloween celebration?  Come to Krohn Conservatory in your favorite (non-scary) nature-inspired costume and celebrate the season of giving and sharing. Lots of nature activities and healthy tasty treats will be available.

Louisville: Jack O’Lantern Spectacular ~ October 9 – November 2 in Iroquois Park, Louisville  with thousands of creatively carved pumpkins along a walking trail.  The trail is open daily from dusk to 11 p.m. during the week and until midnight on Friday & Saturday.  Visit the Jack O’Lantern Spectacular Website for more details!

General Butler State Park Halloween Family Weekends ~ There will be two Halloween Family Weekends at General Butler, Oct. 17-19 and Oct. 24-26.  There will be costumes, trick or treating, Haunted Train Tracks, Glow in the Dark Mini Golf, family friendly activities and MORE!  Sounds like fun!  Make a weekend of it and go camping!  More details at the General Butler State Park Website.

A.J. Jolly Park Halloween Spooktacular ~ October 25 from 2-9pm Children 12 and under are invited to trick or treat, take a hay ride, carve pumpkins, get their faces painted, enter a costume contest and much MORE!  Visit the AJ Jolly website for more details.

Haunted Houses ::

**This list is for the thrill seekers…the adults or teen kids in the family…proceed with caution!

The Chambers of Horror, The Twisted Ohio Haunted House

The Dent Schoolhouse

The Dungeons of Delhi

Halloween Haunt at Kings Island

The Haunted Cave at Lewisburgzombies

Land of Illusion (5 Haunted House for 1!  AND a chance to hunt zombies) (COUPON: Save $5 off Admission)

The Mayhem Mansion

Mount Healthy Haunted Hall

Sandyland Acres

Scaredown in Waynesville, OH

Scream Acres Ct. 

Springboro Haunted Hayride and Black Bog

St. Rita’s Haunted House

USS Nightmare



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  1. says

    omg, thank you very much for posting this! It is gonna help me when I am thinking about going to Regal Exchange 20 in Augusta! I am from Buffalo so I am not familiar with Augusta. Next time I see my family will be much better! So Marvelous!

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