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

Pull out your costumes and get ready family-friendly Cincinnati Halloween activities. Start with pumpkin picking and work your way to haunted hayrides, mazes, houses and trails. There is a scare for everyone. Get in the ghostly spirit!

*Dates and times are subject to change. Please confirm with event location. 

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Haunted Village
Heritage Village Museum
October 12 – 27 (Fridays & Saturdays)
6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Experience a family-friendly frightfully decorated village of haunted wagon trails, fortune tellers and mad scientist. Children under 2 and museum members are free. Purchase a discount package from CincySavers.


Halloween (2018)
In Theaters October 19
Laurie Strode comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.


Fright Night
Washington Park
Through October 24
8 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Free Entry
Watch Halloween classics like E.T, Ghostbusters and Nightmare Before Christmas. Get there early to grab a spot and a drink from the bar. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and snacks. 


Halloween Express
Eastgate Mall
Through October 26
10 a.m. – 9 p.m. 
Halloween Express offers the largest selection of Halloween merchandise available anywhere. From costumes inspired by the latest blockbusters as well as the tried-and-true best sellers, Halloween Express has something for everyone – kids, groups, pets and more! Just need to find the right wig, makeup or mask? Get more discount savings through CincySavers.


Jungle Book
October 26

7 p.m.
Free Entry
Bring your children to the jungle to watch Mowgli, the man-cub, come face-to-face with noisy adventures. Kids who wear Halloween costumes can trick-or-treating after the show! (Bring trick-or-treat bags).


Metro’s Haunted Bus
Carl H. Lindner YMCA (West End)
October 27
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Free Entry
Wear your best costume outfit and enjoy Halloween treats and surprises. 


William Howard Taft Halloween Open House
William Howard Taft National Historic Site
October 27
6 p.m.
Free entry
Join a Victorian visitor for a look into the origins of Hallows Eve Celebration and the customs that surround it. The Victorian storyteller will also give everyone the chance to make keepsakes. 

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Kings Island
Through October 27 (Fridays & Saturdays)
6 p.m. – 1 a.m.
$31.99 and up
Prepare yourself sinister shows, haunted mazes, and evil creatures in the fog. You can also get a scare on The Beast, Dropzone, Mystic Timbers and more thrill-inducing rides. Present student IDs at the front gate for instant savings of $17.


Fall Fest
Neltmer’s Farm
Through October 28
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

$0 – $5
Enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, an expansive corn maze, our pick-your-own pumpkin patch, petting zoo, pony rides, homemade food and ice cream, face-painting, seasonal apples, live music, and more! Children 2 and under are free. There is no admission for weekdays.


HallZOOween at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
Through October 28 (Saturdays & Sundays)
12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
$12 – $17
Get up close and personal with special animal encounters, a Beauty Shop of Horrors, 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. SNAP card holders can purchase discount tickets zoo membership office.


Pretty Brown Book Club
Hyatt Place Blue Ash
October 28
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Ages 4 – 8
Free Entry

Please join this mom and daughter duo for a fun, free and educational book club meeting. They’ll be reading Shake Dem Halloween Bones by W. Nikola-Lisa and will have a fun dance party and crafts too! Kids between preschool and 2nd grade are encouraged to come and wear Halloween costumes.


Pumpkin Blow
Neusole Glassworks
Through October 28 (Saturdays & Sundays)
10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
With the help of our professional glassblowers, you can make pumpkins from hot molten glass. 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.


Fall Festival
Niederman Farm
Through October 28
Check listings for hours
You and your family can choose your favorite pumpkin while walking through their pumpkin patch enjoying cinnamon donuts, caramel apples, hot roasted nuts, kettle corn and apple cider. Children 2 and under are free. 


The Great Pumpkin Fest
Kings Island
Through October 28 (Saturdays & Sundays)
12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
$31 – $48
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.


Evanston Neighborhood Trunk or Treat
Evanston Recreation Center

October 30
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Free Entry
A safe, family-friendly Evanston Halloween Party complete with games, candy, and great times.


Spooky Tunes
Cincinnati Music Hall Ballroom
October 30
10:30 a.m. & 7 p.m.
All Ages
Tickets are $27
Organist Trent Sims thrills with creepy and lively tunes at this haunted time of year. Groupon and Goldstar have discounted tickets. 


Carol Ann’s Carousel Trick-or-Trick
Smale Riverfront Park
October 31

11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Free Entry
Explore family-friendly crafts, coloring, games and contests! Dress in your costume to receive one free ride on the Carousel! Enter the “Best Dressed Like a Carousel Character” contest for a chance to win prizes.


Jack O’Lantern Junction
EnterTRAINment Junction
Through October 31
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
$9.95 – $13.95
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! Don’t worry about the weather because it’s all indoors.
Children under 2 are free. Purchase a discount day pass from CincySavers.


Northgate Mall
October 31

4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Free Entry
Enjoy a night of free family fun and annual costume contest. The best costume will win a Northgate Mall Shopping Spree.

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Family-Friendly Cincinnati Halloween ActivitiesBe sure to check your local churches, libraries and recreation centers for neighborhood activities and parties. If you want to stay in, check your local listings for Halloween movies on TV.

 Did we miss a family-friendly Cincinnati Halloween event? Let us know at The Voice of Black Cincinnati.




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