Halloween Happenings in Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky
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 ::
Cincinnati Fire Museum:: The Fire Spooktacular on Wednesday, October 29, is a fun filled Halloween event for all ages. The museum will be hosting both a daytime and evening event. The daytime will be a fun event for the younger children and the evening will be a fun-scary event for the slightly older. Children will come to the museum in costume and engage in various activity stations as they explore the world of fire fighting. They will receive their passport to explore the museum. They travel throughout the museum completing various fun activities and completing their passport. Activities will include crafts, games, fire safe house, searches, stories, costume contests, photo booth and other fun. Once they complete their passport, they will receive a “goody bag” to take with them. The daytime session will run from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm, the evening session will be from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm. Cost is only $4 per child and adults are free with a paid child admission. (up to 2 adults per child. Adults will not be admitted with out a child) Visit the museum’s website at www.cincyfiremuseum.com/special-events or call 513- 621-5553 for details. The Cincinnati Fire Museum located at 315 W. Court St.
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.
St. Anthony HalloweenFest October, 18, 2014 from noon until 3pm at St. Anthony School’s Fleming Hall 485 Grand Avenue, Taylor Mill, KY 41015 Come join us at our small but MIGHTY school for HALLOWEENFEST 2014! Hay Rides, Bounce House, Games, Prizes, Food, Cake Walk, Split the Pot, Silent Auction and much more family fun! Grand Raffle Prize this year is a Play Station 4! Second prize – Zoo Tickets Third Prize – $50 Target Gift Card Costume Contest starts at 1PM. http://school.saintanthonytaylormill.org/
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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 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!
Jack-O-Lantern Junction September 27 through November 2 at. EnterTRAINment Junction www.entertrainmentjunction.com 7379 Squire Ct., West Chester, OH 45069 Starts at $9.95 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!
Campbell County Public Library has many Halloween events for the wee ones including making spooky snacks, decorating pumpkins, creating monster puppets and MORE! Visit the CCPL website for a full list of events.
Haunted Duck Tours ~ Fridays and Saturdays October 2nd through November 1st. RECOMMENDED for youths OVER 16. Local ghost stories and more.
Halloween Nights at Parky’s Farm at Winton Woods ~ Thursdays–Sundays, October 9–26, 2014 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 10th-25th from 6pm-10pm. Admission is $8.00 for anyone 2 and up. Museum members are FREE.
JUMP OVER FOR OUR JACK O’LANTERN JUMP! Friday, October 24th 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Admission is $8.00 per child ($2 for walking toddlers under 2) Jump over in your costumes for a chance to win awesome prizes! We will also be featuring FREE Chic-Fil-A kids’ meal coupons in our goodie bags (while supplies last). Admission is ONLY $8 per child!!!
****No passes, vouchers, or coupons can be used toward the Jack O’Lantern event.****
Pump It Up of West Chester 513-829-7867 7724 Service Center Drive West Chester, OH 45069 PumpItUpCincinnati.com A signed waiver and socks are always required to play at Pump It Up.
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!) Here’s a sample:
A Halloween Hullabaloo October 25th, 2014 http://programs.cincinnatilibrary.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp Corryville Branch Library Free Come dressed in costume! We’ll tell spooky tales followed by songs and dancing. Join us for Halloween trivia, games, and a special ghoulish treat!
Spooky Campfire Stories Thu 10/16, 7 p.m. Join us as the Greater Cincinnati Storytelling Guild conjures up some ghoulish Halloween entertainment in the outdoor amphitheater. Bring your own hot dogs and roasting sticks to cook over the campfire from 6–7 p.m. before the stories begin. Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve at Ellenwood Nature Barn (Free)
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