From local farms and traditional fall outings to fall crafts and more, we've got the area's biggest and best Fall Fun Guide to keep you and your littles entertained this season.
There’s no better way to spend fall than by crunching your way around one of the great farms that Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky have to offer. Whether you want to visit the animals at a local farm, make a fall-themed craft, check out one of our area’s traditional fall experiences, or even cheer on a local sports team, we’ve got you covered! And don’t forget to check out our “Things To Do.”
DOWN ON THE FARM
Barn N Bunk Farm Market
3677 Wayne Madison Road, Trenton
Enjoy weekends on the farm with hayrides, a corn and straw maze, batting cages, pedal tractors, a mini-train ride, games, pumpkins, face painting and more fun, along with special events like helicopter rides (Oct. 8 – 9), Civil War Weekend (Oct. 15 – 16), and Cowboy Reenactments (Oct. 22 – 23). Hours are 12 – 6 p.m. Sat, and 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sun. Activity package is $8 per person.
Benton Family Farm
11896 Old Lexington Pike, Walton
Pumpkin Days on the Farm take place Oct. 14 – 16 and 21 – 23 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Activities include a hayride to the pumpkin patch, visits with farm animals (including the new alpacas), a kids indoor hay maze and tasty treats. Admission is $7 per person (free ages 3 and younger); pumpkins are sold by size and cost $2 – $10; horse rides are $3.
Blooms & Berries Farm Market and Garden Center
9669 S. State Route 48, Loveland
All month long, families can enjoy the seven-acre corn maze, pumpkin patch hayrides through the “I Spy” Woods, cow train rides, a straw maze, farm animals, caramel apples and fresh apple cider, a play area and more. Open 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Mon – Sat, and 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sun through Oct. 31. Purchase tickets online.
3779 State Route 132, Clarksville
Every Saturday and Sunday in October from 12 – 6 p.m., families can enjoy wagon rides, a pumpkin patch, a corn maze, pony rides, giant slingshots, geocaching, farm animals and tasty treats from the Farm Kitchen Café. Admission is free, some activities have a small fee.
Brown’s Family Farm Market
11620 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton
Visit the farm and check out the Tiny Town play village, fall displays and photo op areas, a straw house maze, straw bale maze, corn maze, farm animals, picnic areas and a kiddie pumpkin patch. Hayrides to the pumpkin patch run 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. ($4 per person; pumpkins sold separately).
Burger Farm & Garden Center
7849 Main St., Newtown
Pumpkins, gourds, ghosts and goblins! Bring the family for a hayride to the pumpkin patch, apple cider and funnel cakes, a visit to Pumpkin Land, live music, games, pony rides, pedal cars, craft vendors, farm animals and plenty of great photo ops. Admission is $3 per person. Hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sat and Sun in October (the last hayride departs at 5:30 p.m.).
4359 Hamilton Cleves Road, Ross
Weekends in October include hayrides, a pumpkin patch, corn maze and a punch-card maze, straw tunnel, a Halloween scavenger hunt, sensory stations and more. Hayrides are $3 per person (includes a pumpkin); $3 for both mazes; $5 for hayride and mazes.
1835 Sherman Mt. Zion Road, Dry Ridge
This 250-acre working dairy farm includes admission, parking, a Kiddie Corn Maze, corn boxes, hay maze, petting zoo, picnic area and play area for FREE. Purchase a hayride ticket and pick your own pumpkin, then pay a nominal fee for extra activities like barrel train rides, a turbo slide, the four-acre corn maze, cotton wagon rides and the Extreme Launcher. Hours are 3 – 7 p.m. Mon – Fri, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sat, and 12 – 5 p.m. Sun through Oct. 31.
Hidden Valley Fruit Farm
5474 OH-48, Lebanon
Fall Fun Days features hayrides, train rides, a barnyard of friendly farm animals, a kid’s bounce house and playground, and plenty of u-pick opportunities. Activities take place weekends in October. Visit website for hayride pricing.
Irons Fruit Farm
1640 Stubbs Mill Road, Lebanon
Enjoy hayrides for pumpkin runs (wagon ride is free, pumpkins are sold by weight), master the corn maze, visit the bakery for a tasty treat and bring home some apples you’ve picked yourself. Special events take place on weekends, be sure to visit the website before visiting to find out what’s going on.
4175 Burlington Pike, Burlington
For $9 per person, families can enjoy a hayride, barn animals, games and a bonfire at the picnic shelter, and the five-acre corn maze. Visit the website for details on renting a party shelter.
McMonigle Farms Pumpkin Fest
7441 Franklin Madison Road, Middletown
Enjoy u-pick pumpkins, hayrides, a four-acre corn maze, cow train rides, farm animals, a free straw maze, a large play area and homemade seasonal treats. Hours are 12 – 6 p.m. Sat and Sun through Oct. 31.
Neltner’s Farm & Event Venue
6922 4 Mile Road, Melbourne
Families can enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, a model train display, a corn maze, u-pick pumpkin patch, a petting zoo, pony rides, tasty treats, crafts, pottery, live music and more. Weekend admission (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.) is $5 ages 3 and older. Weekday admission (9 a.m. – 6 p.m.) is free, but not all activities are available (maze is $3 per person).
Niederman Family Farm
5110 Lesourdsville West Chester Road, Liberty Township
A 14-acre corn maze and pumpkin patch await your kiddos, along with fall treats, bonfires (RSVP and additional fees required) and more old-fashioned fun. Hours through Oct. 30 are 6 – 9 p.m. Wed and Thu, 6 – 10 p.m. Fri, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sat, and 1 – 6 p.m. Sun. Mon and Tue reserved for large group private events. Admission is $11 per person; buy discounted tickets online.
1737 Ohio 131, Milford
Shaw Farms’ annual Fall Festival includes tractor and horse-drawn wagon rides, a corn maze, a playground for kids, and plenty of fun activities each weekend, like pedal kart races, face painting, photo ops and plenty of farm-fresh produce (admission to the farm is free, nominal fees apply to select activities). The Fall Festival takes place weekends in October from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Station Road Farm
6749 Station Road, West Chester
Enjoy a farmers’ market featuring seasonal produce and pumpkins, winter squash and gourds, plus pick up all your fall decorations. They will also have a pumpkin patch, hayrides, meet the chickens and bunnies, and more. Open 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Mon – Fri, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sat, 12 – 5 p.m. Sun.
103 Gibson Lane, Wilder
RSVP for a two-hour, hands-on guided tour ($12 per person, free ages 1 and younger) that includes a hayride to the pumpkin field to choose your own pumpkin; meetings with farm animals where kids can learn to milk a goat, gather eggs and hold a chick or bunny, and enjoy apple cider and cookies. A one-hour tour ($10 per person, free ages 1 and younger) is also available for families with very young children.
TRADITIONAL FALL FUN
Fall-O-Ween Festival at Coney Island
6201 Kellogg Ave.
Trick or Treat at the Creep County Fair, check out the Fright Lights’ Musical Light Show, enjoy Coney’s Classic Rides, farmyard friends, pony rides, magic shows, pumpkin launch, pumpkin painting, mini-golf, a hay maze and more. Open 1 – 7 p.m. Oct. 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23. General admission is $11, parking is $5 (some activities require an additional fee).
Halloween Fall Fest at Jane’s Saddlebag
13989 Ryle Road, Union
Get ready for Halloween with a FREE warm-up Oct. 15 – 16 that features plenty of candy in the Haunted Kids Village, a haunted hayride and more.
Halloween Nights at Parky’s Farm
10073 Daly Road
Join the hardly-haunted fun with a hay wagon ride, glow-in-the-dark mini golf, a fun house and slide, festive Halloween displays, and family activities and entertainment for all ages. Hours are 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. Thu – Sun from Oct. 13 – 30. Tickets are $7 online, $8 at the gate, free for ages 2 and younger.
Haunted Village at Heritage Village Museum
Inside Sharon Woods Park
11450 Lebanon Road
Six nights of spooktacular fun include a family-friendly wagon ride through the Village (or take a stroll through the cemetery) while you keep an eye out for ghouls, witches and even a mad scientist. Wear your Halloween costume and trick-or-treat throughout the Village, while enjoying face painting, balloon artistry and games for all ages. Open 6 – 10 p.m. Fri and Sat from Oct. 14 – 29. Admission is $8 ages 2 and older.
The Howl at Voice of America Park
7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester
“Bark” your calendars for Sunday, Oct. 23 for a parade and trick-or-treat for both dogs and kids! Bring the pooch in costume for a 1 p.m. parade followed by fun on the trail from 1:30 – 4 p.m. Admission is $5 per dog and supports the Wiggley Field Dog Park Fund.
Jack O’Lantern Junction at EnterTRAINment Junction
7379 Squire Ct., West Chester
Walk the trick-or-treat maze for kid-friendly ghosts, check out the miniature Halloweenville display, take a train ride and pick up a free mini-pumpkin from the indoor Pumpkin Patch. The Junction is open during regular hours through Oct. 31, and is included with your Do-It-All Admission ticket (starting at $9.95 kids, $13.95 adults).
Kings Island’s The Great Pumpkin Fest
6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason
Running Sat and Sun in October from 12 – 6 p.m., this festival for littles includes live shows, a pumpkin patch, a hay bale maze, trick-or-treating, a petting farm and plenty of open rides in the Planet Snoopy kids’ area. Big kids and grown-ups can head to the park for the super-scary Halloween Haunt that runs 6 p.m. – 1 a.m. Fri and Sat in October.
Magic Forest Halloween Hikes at Caldwell Nature Center
430 West North Bend Road
513-321-6208 • 513-761-4313
RSVP for an evening walk through a pumpkin-lit trail and meet costumed characters from nature and history in a non-scary holiday walk ideal for ages 3 – 10. Hikes begin at 7 p.m. on Oct. 21 and 22, with the last group leaving at 8:30 p.m. Cost is $6 per person (plus a $3 administrative fee per order), free ages 2 and younger.
Mermaids at Newport Aquarium
1 Aquarium Way, Newport
Discover a magical world under water as the Mermaids swim with their favorite Aquarium animals from Oct. 1 – 16. Free with admission (general admission is $23.99 adults, $15.99 ages 2 – 12). Be sure to visit the website for a schedule of meet-and-greet times, or RSVP for a Mermaid and Pirate Breakfast ($42.99; $32.99 passholders) on Oct. 2, 9 or 16. Guests will enjoy a tasty breakfast and a visit through the Aquarium before it opens to the general public, complete with a personal Mermaid and pirate meeting.
Sunflower Festival at Gorman Farm
10052 Reading Road
Stroll through fields of blooming sunflowers, pick your own bouquet (or a pumpkin), enjoy treats from local food trucks, check out crafts from local artisans, and listen to live music, all while exploring the farm. The 13th annual Sunflower Festival is held Oct. 1 – 2 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission is $8 adults, $5 ages 3 – 17 and seniors, free for ages 2 and younger.
FALLING FOR CRAFTS
Art on Fire
9336 Colerain Ave.
Sign up for Ladies’ Craft Night from 6:30 – 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 12, featuring fall and Halloween wine bottle and wine glass crafts. Or RSVP for Ladies’ Pottery Night on Friday, Oct. 21. Also, kids can get 25 percent off a piece of pottery Oct. 29 – 30 when they come to store wearing their costumes!
The Learning Express of Crestview Hills
2812 Town Center Blvd.
Crestview Hills • 859-331-2094
RSVP for a canvas painting night that’s all about decorating a pumpkin on Friday, Oct. 14 at 6 p.m., plus visit the website for more crafting experiences. Visitors can also stop by to vote on the staff’s pumpkin decorating contest (one customer will be drawn at random to win a gift card) or play the store’s candy corn guessing game.
Mary Helen Clothing
1981 Madison Road
Sign up to design and sew your own Halloween costume with help from experts, a design day, and a shopping trip for fabric. All materials included. Meet from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Oct. 1, 8, 15 and 22; total cost is $210.
11925 Kemper Springs Drive
Ages 5 and older are invited to join the Pumpkin Blow and make your own pumpkin from hot glass (with help from professional glassblowers!). RSVP for a 30-minute time slot between 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Oct. 1, 2, 8, 9, 14, 15, 23 and 29. Cost is $40 per person.
Queen City Clay
3130 Wasson Road
RSVP for a Halloween Pottery Painting Workshop on Oct. 8 and 15 from 1 – 5 p.m. For $95, you can paint a ceramic mobile and candy platter using various techniques. Mom & Me collaborations welcome!
The Silver Diva
9797 Montgomery Road, Ste. F
Moms and their daughters ages 6 and older are invited to a special night of bonding over jewelry on Friday, Oct. 14 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. Make your own Halloween-themed necklace, ring, bracelet or keychain while enjoying snacks. A $20 deposit will be applied toward whatever the two of you can create!
Need some more ideas for places to get creative? Try these:
Color Me Mine
2874 Town Center Blvd., Crestview Hills
Hobby Pop Shop
7723 Five Mile Road
Mad Potter Madeira
7754 Camargo Road
Mad Potter Mason
6680 Tri Way Drive, Mason
Paint and Bake Ceramics
3972 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring
CALLING ALL SPORTS FANS
Cincinnati Bengals’ Kids Club
For $25, Bengals fans ages 5 – 13 can sign up for the kids club and get the scoop on player birthdays (as well as their top 40-yard dash records), what Who Dey is up to, play online games, get info on Punt, Pass & Kick, NFL Flag Football and invitations to special events!
Cincinnati Cyclones’ Meijer Kids Club
The season kicks off on Saturday, Oct. 15, and families won’t want to miss a load of fun promotional nights that are guaranteed to keep everyone entertained, including Princess Night (Oct. 22), Superhero Night (Nov. 12), Star Wars Night (Dec. 10), and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Night (Feb. 25)! This season will also see the return of the Kids Matinee Game that lets Kids Club Members paint the ice following the Sunday matinee. Head to the website to sign up!
Northern Kentucky University’s Norse Kids’ Club
For $30, kids ages 12 and younger get free general admission to all home regular season NKU athletic events, including men’s and women’s basketball, as well as an official Kids Club T-shirt, membership credentials, fall and winter activity books, the chance to meet Norse student-athletes and coaches, special events and Ball Kid opportunities.
University of Cincinnati’s Bearcats Family Fun Zone
Head to the Fan Zone at home football games for inflatable games, live entertainment, cornhole, the Kids Club Coloring Contest, and visits from the Bearcat. The Fan Zone opens four hours before the game and ends 30 minutes prior to kickoff, so you have plenty of time to make it to your seats!
Xavier Junior Musketeers
Xavier fans in grade 8 and younger can cheer on the Musketeers with their own Junior Musketeers T-shirt, free admission to select home events, invitations to special events like Blue Blob’s Birthday Party, posters and the opportunity to be a ball kid at select games! Sign up online, cost is $25.