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November 29, 2021

Best Bet Events | October 25 – 31

It's the final week of Spooky Season- make the most of it with these awesome Autumnal events!

mon 25

FREE SCARECROW ROW FOR MADI’S HOUSE 

Take a Fall stroll through the park to see the changing leaves… AND see a unique art installation lining the pathways. Super cool scarecrows will be throughout the park as a part of Scarecrow Row for Madi’s House.  Otto Armleder Park , 5057 Wooster Pike, Cincinnati; 9 a.m.; donations accepted, visit madishousecincyorg for more information; https://scarecrowrow.org.

tue 25

CINCINNATI FIRE MUSEUM SCAVENGER HUNT 

Search for ten pumpkins hidden within the Fire Museum’s exhibits and fill in the blanks from a sheet of fire history facts to receive a Halloween treat from the gift shop. Cincinnati Fire Museum , 315 West Court Street, Cincinnati; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; $8 adults, $6 children 7 – 17 years old, free for children 6 and under with admission of an adult.; 513-621-5553 or https://www.cincyfiremuseum.com.

BLOOMS & BERRIES FALL ON THE FARM 2021 

There is so much fall fun down on the farm at Blooms & Berries. Families can make their way through corn and straw mazes, hop on the pumpkin bounce pad, take a hayride, pick a pumpkin, meet petting zoo friends, browse tasty seasonal baked goods and so much more!  Toddler Tuesday is back! Children ages 2 -4 receive half-off admission with a paying adult. Blooms & Berries , 9669 Ohio 48, Loveland; 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.; see website for pricing details; (513) 697-9173 or http://bloomsandberries.com/check-out-our-fall-fun-festival.

wed 27

JACK O’ LANTERN JUNCTION 

Spend the day navigating through a maze filled with friendly ghosts and watch pumpkin filled cargo trains make their way all around scale train neighborhoods and cities. EnterTRAINment Junction, 7379 Squire Court, West Chester; daily through Oct 31- Mon – Sat 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sun 12 – 6 p.m.; $17.95 Do-It-All passes; buy online to save!; 513-898-8000 or http://entertrainmentjunction.com.

thu 28

FREE CLIPPARD FAMILY YMCA TRUNK-OR-TREAT 

Go trunk-or-treating and participate in a costume contest during this fun fall time event!  Clippard Family YMCA , 8920 Cheviot Road, Cincinnati; 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.; 513-923-4466 or https://myy.org/location/clippard-family-ymca/.

FREE MOVIE NIGHT ON THE LEVEE 

Kick back and relax with a classic film on a jumbo LED screen.  – Hocus PocusThe Gallery at Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Newport; 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.; 8592910550 or http://newportonthelevee.com/movie-night-on-the-levee.

FREE OCTOBER THURSDAY ART PLAY 

Join the CAC every Thursday morning for creative playtime at Washington Park’s Porch. This family program uses hands-on activities and yoga to excite and educate the youngest art enthusiasts. October 28 – Halloween Party: Costumes welcome! Create eerie art, then take part in a mini-costume parade around the park for all of the little ones. Washington Park’s Front Porch, 1230 Elm Street, Cincinnati; 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.; 513-345-8400 or https://www.contemporaryartscenter.org/programs/family-programs/thursday-art-play.

FREE SHOW AND TELL ON THE FARM: PUMPKIN HUNT 

Learn about pumpkins at this Show and Tell through fun activities! Go on a hunt for your very own pumpkin, decorate it and take it home. Share other pumpkins with the farm animals, too. Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.; walk-ins welcome; valid vehicle permit required for entry; 15138675835 or http://Yourmetroparks.net.

fri 29

BRICKS, TRICKS & TREATS! 

See displays of custom Lego builds, browse vendor booths and explore interactive exhibits. 

On October 31, kids 13 and under dressed up in Halloween costumes get in FREE! 

Northern Kentucky Convention Center , 1 West Rivercenter Boulevard, Covington; 3 p.m. – 9 p.m.; $10 general admission (ages 9+), $25 VIP ticket (no gift bag), $5 ages 4 – 9, free ages 3 and under; 513-432-6547 or https://www.cincybrickshow.com.

MADCAP PUPPETS’ LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW 

Follow Ichabod Crane as he endures a series of pranks and ghost stories during this Madcap Puppet show!  Fairfield Community Arts Center , 411 Wessel Drive, Fairfield; 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.; $17 adult, $12 children 12 and under; 513-867-5348 or https://www.fairfield-city.org/Calendar.aspx?EID=1398&month=10&year=2021&day=10&calType=0.

NIGHTTIME TRAIL FEST 

Spiders, bats and bones, oh my! Don a costume for this non-spooky woodland Halloween adventure. Highlights from the event include: roasting marshmallows, photos with life-size woodland critters, games in the Boneyard, nature themed Halloween craft and more!  Cincinnati Nature Center , 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.; $8 per person, includes daily admission; 513-831-1711 or http://cincynature.org.

SPOOKY TALES ON THE TRAILS: TAILS OF ANIMALS PAST (register)

Dig deep and step into the past with us. Uncover stories of animals that once called the Ohio River Valley home. Discover what the land may have looked like and explore the lives of animals that are no more on this interactive, family-oriented night hike. Miami Whitewater Forest , 9001 Mount Hope Road, Harrison; 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.; $5 per person + valid vehicle permit required for entry; 15135217275 or http://greatparks.org/calendar.

FREE SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP ARTCONNECT AND YMCA FALL FESTIVAL Get in the spooky spirit with trick-or-treating, pumpkin painting, ghost busting in the hay maze, crafts, games and the movie Scoob! at dark.  ArtsConnect Lawn , 9158 Winton Road, Cincinnati; 6 p.m.; 513-522-2108 or http://theartsconnect.us.

 

 

sat 30

FREE CANDY EXPRESS BARREL TRAIN Little pumpkins (13 and younger) can travel through the farm on the Barrel Train while making several stops to collect free candy. It will be a sweet night getting treats-don’t forget to wear a costume!     Country Pumpkins Farm , 1835 Sherman Mount Zion, Dry Ridge; 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.; 859-905-9656 or http://countrypumpkinsky.com.

CHILI COOKOFF + HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION Celebrate the hearty tastes of fall and get into the Halloween spirit!  There will be live music, spooky pooch parade, scavenger hunt and MORE!  Wyoming Meat Market, 513 Wyoming Avenue, Cincinnati; 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.; 513-821-1304 or https://www.facebook.com/WyomingMeatMarket.

FREE HALLOWEEN HUNT ‘N HIKE (register) 

Celebrate the Halloween season with a sneak peak of the currently closed park area, the Angst Nature Preserve, while we search the trails for decorations of some of nature’s creepy critters. Participants receive candy “treats” as we discover these “trick”y creatures on the trail. Fun for families and participants of all ages! Costumes are encouraged. Angst Nature Preserve, 4050 Trenton Oxford Road, Hamilton; 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.; walk-ins welcome; valid vehicle permit required for entry; 15138675835 or http://Yourmetroparks.net.

HALLZOOWEEN 2021 

Ghouls and boos can visit trick-or-treat stations featuring local sponsors, watch animals enjoy enrichment, see Phil Dalton’s Theater of Illusion Show and SO much more. HallZOOween is presented by T-Mobile and takes place October 16 – 17, 23- 24 and 30 – 31. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine Street, Cincinnati; 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.; included with zoo admission; free for members; 513-559-7781 or https://cincinnatizoo.org/events/hallzooween/.

KINGS ISLAND TRICKS AND TREATS FALL FEST (register) 

Put on a costume and get in the harvest spirit; families can enjoy tasty treats, watch lively entertainment and go on lots of exciting rides at the Tricks and Treats Fall Fest.  Kings Island, 6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason; 12 p.m.; see website for ticket information; 513-754-5700 or http://visitkingsisland.com.

sun 31

OHIO RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL

Explore a 16th century English village filled with shopping, shows, over 150 costumed characters, good food and so much more!  Each weekend has a fun theme: Oct 30 – 31, Tricks or Treats; Ohio Renaissance Festival , Harveysburg; 10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.; $23 adult general admission, $9.50 child general admission (5 – 12) + $3 parking; buy online for savings ; 513-897-7000 or http://renfestival.com.

About the Author

Amanda Ciani

Amanda Ciani lives in Northern Kentucky with her husband and their three terrific sons. She enjoys writing haiku parenting poems for her Instagram account (@cinciciani), and Twitter account (@haikuciani).