Are you looking for fun, ghostly and hair-raising, family-friendly Cincinnati Halloween activities?

With Halloween being only weeks away, you may not have time to research fun things to do with the kiddies. Below are a several family-friendly Cincinnati Halloween activities to get you in the spooky spirit!

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17th Annual Howling Pooch Parade
Wyoming Civic Center
October 22
2 p.m.

Bring your pooch in a fun Halloween costume and join in as local dogs and their people participate in this fun annual event. Dogs compete for prizes in categories including “Best Costume,” “Best Dog Trick” and “Best Tail Wagger.” This family-friendly event includes demonstrations, pet-themed vendors, refreshments, and raffles. Dog registration check-in is at 1 p.m. Registration is $15 per dog and must be paid by October 20. For those that are just coming to watch, the parade starts at 2 p.m.


Otto M. Budig Theater
October 19 – November 4
Check schedule for performance times
$28 – $52

Just in time for Halloween, Bram Stoker’s classic tale of gothic horror comes to life—and death—on stage. Join the colorfully macabre cast of characters, from the madman Renfield, to the vampire-hunter Van Helsing, to the eponymous Count himself as they take you on a breathless and bloody thrill ride from the depths of Transylvania to the very heart of Victorian London. This play is recommended for persons 13 and older. Purchase your tickets online today. Buy one ticket and get another free with ArtsWave Pass Deal.


Fall Fest
Neltmer’s Farm
September 30 – 29 (Saturdays & Sundays)
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

At Neltner’s Farm, autumn is the time for harvest and celebration at the annual fall festival. There’s something for every member of your family: 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. Children 2 and under are free. Check out CincySavers for a family package deal.


Fall Festival
Niederman Farm
September 22 – October 29
Check listing for hours

Niederman Farm has become a family tradition for most. Enjoying take a walk through a pumpkin patch and choosing your favorite one, finding your way out of their four-acre corn maze, and enjoying their special Fall treats like cinnamon sugar donuts, caramel apples, kettle corn and more! Children 2 and under are free.

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Fall-O-Ween Festival
Coney Island
October 7 – 22 (Fridays & Saturdays)
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Head to the classic amusement park by the river for the Fall-O-Ween Festival. There you will find a trick-or-treat trail, live entertainment, a hayride, and crafts. You’ll even get a chance to launch a pumpkin at a target! Also, enjoy Coney’s Classic Rides free with admission. Children under 2 are free unless participating in the trick-or-treat trail. Parking is $5.


Family Fun Night: Hocus Pocus Extravaganza
Newport Branch Library
October 18
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Not only do you and your family get to enjoy a free showing of Hocus Pocus, but there will be a Best Cackle Contest, Best Costume Contest, and a chance to learn the dance moves to Michael Jackson’s Thriller! Who could pass this up? All ages are welcome to participate. While this event is free, online registration is still required.


HallZOOween at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
October 7 – 29 (Fridays & Saturdays)
12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
$12 – $17

Get up close and personal with special animal encounters, an illusion show, trick-or-treating around the zoo and a ride aboard the Hogwarts Express Train. The fun happens on Saturdays and Sundays. Kids are encouraged to wear a costume, but it is not required. HallZOOween is free with admission to the zoo. Children under 2 are free.

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Kings Island
September 22 – October 28 (Fridays & Saturdays)
6 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Prepare yourself as the dark forces are unleashed to make your wildest nightmares come true. You’ll encounter evil creatures everywhere, waiting for you in the fog. If you’re too scared to explore our haunts, challenge yourself to a night ride on The Beast, Banshee, Diamondback, Mystic Timbers and other thrill-inducing attractions.

Haunted Village
Heritage Village Museum
October 13 – 28 (Fridays & Saturdays)
6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Walk through a (family-friendly) frightfully decorated village. Enjoy a wagon ride, haunted trail, face painting, games, balloon animals and trick-or-treating. Come face-to-face with witches, a mad scientist, and the Headless Horseman himself! The village opens Fridays and Saturdays. Wagon rides start at 6 p.m. The last ride is at 8:50 p.m. Children under 2 and museum members are free. Check out CincySavers for a family package deal.


Jack O’Lantern Junction
EnterTRAINment Junction
October 13 – 31
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
$9.95 – $13.95

Take the fun indoors at EnterTRAINment Junction, home to the world’s largest indoor train display. Jack O’Lantern Junction, lets kids roam through the trick-or-treat or straw mazes, get a free mini pumpkin at the indoor pumpkin patch, make Halloween crafts, admire the Halloweenville miniature animated display, and enjoy outdoor kids train rides. Children under 2 are free.


Pumpkin Blow
Neusole Glassworks
October 22 – 29 (Fridays & Saturdays)
10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Make pumpkins in our Pumpkin Blow. With the help of our professional glassblowers, you can blow your pumpkin from the hot molten glass. Experience the wonder that is glassblowing this holiday season with your loved ones. Reservations are required by phone or email. You will schedule 30-minute slots for each person. Payment is due upon scheduling over the phone or in person. Children must be five years or older to participate. Buy one class and get another free with ArtsWave Pass Deal.


The Great Pumpkin Fest
Kings Island
October 13 – 29 (Fridays – Sundays)
12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
$31 – $48

Join your favorite Peanuts characters in Kings Island‘s award-winning children’s area. Enjoy a mini pumpkin patch, live shows, and a kid’s costume contest; plus, trick-or-treating and all your favorite Planet Snoopy rides along with Lucy’s Witch Kitchen. Make family memories that last a lifetime.

Young Frankenstein
Covedale Center for Performing Arts
October 19 – November 12 (Thursdays – Sundays)
Check schedule for performance times
$29 – $26

Grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced “Fronk-en-steen”) inherits his family’s estate in Transylvania. With the help of a hunchbacked sidekick, Igor (pronounced “Eye-gore”), and a leggy lab assistant, Inga, Frederick finds himself in the mad scientist’s shoes of his ancestors. He brings to life a creature to rival his grandfather’s. Eventually, of course, the monster escapes and hilarity continuously abounds. Young Frankenstein has all the panache of the screen sensation with a little extra theatrical flair added. Tickets can be purchased online or through CincySavers for a discount.

Boo 2 A Madea Halloween
PG – 13
In Theaters October 20

Madea (Tyler Perry), Bam, and Hattie venture to a haunted campground and the group must run for their lives when monsters, goblins, and the boogeyman are unleashed.

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Be sure to check your local churches, libraries and recreation centers for neighborhood activities and parties. If we have missed any other family-friendly Cincinnati Halloween events, please let us know at The Voice of Black Cincinnati. Happy Halloween!