Fun Things to Do This Weekend include all of the fall happenings plus musicals and more!
Friday, October 20
For one night only, horror lurks within the woods. This quarter-mile trail is haunted by ghosts, goblins, witches and other frightful creatures. This spooky event is recommended for children 6 years old and above. Middleton-Mills Park, 3415 Mills Road, Covington, KY; 7 – 10 p.m.; $1 admission per person OR donate a non-perishable or personal care item for Be Concerned.
Heritage Village Museum transforms into a Haunted Village for a family-friendly, slight-fright event. Families can Trick-or-treat through the village meeting ghosts, witches and a fortune teller along the way. There will also be a maze, balloon art, games, a creepy critter zoo, face painting, storytelling and a trail through the haunted woods. Heritage Village Museum, 11500 Lebanon Road, Sharonville; 6 – 10 p.m.; $12 per person advance tickets; $15 per person at the door, free for museum members and children two and younger; 513-563-9484.
This one-hour edition of the hit Broadway musical is adapted from the Nickelodeon animated series. Taft Theatre, 317 E. 5th St., Cincinnati; 7 p.m.; tickets starting at $10; 513-569-8080 x10. Shows continue on Saturday (11 a.m. and 2 p.m.) and Sunday (2 p.m.).
The national tour of this Tony-award winning musical re-imagines the music of Bob Dylan. Aronoff Center, Procter & Gamble Hall, 650 Walnut St., Cincinnati; tickets start at $35. 513-621-2787. Continues Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday, October 21
Drive up and enjoy an outdoor movie with CCAC at the Clifton Recreation Center (320 McAlpin Avenue). Grab dinner from the Clifton Business District, pick up a snack from the on-site Esquire Theatre concession stand, then park and tune in on your vehicle’s radio to listen to the movie! This week’s movie is Steven Spielberg’s 1982 classic E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. Clifton Recreation Center, 320 McAlpin Ave., Cincinnati; 7:05 p.m.; 513-497-2860.
Celebrate the first home game face-off of the 2023-24 season as the Cincinnati Cyclones face off against the Wheeling Nailers. Heritage Bank Center, 100 Broadway, Cincinnati; 7:30 p.m.; advance tickets starting at $21; birthday and family packages available; 513-421-7825.
FREE FALL FESTIVAL AND COSTUME CONTEST
Enjoy party games, snow cones, cotton candy, music and fun. The costume contest will be held at 3 p.m. and all are welcome. 106 Maple St., Cincinnati; 2 – 4 p.m.; 513-821-0987.
Work together as a family to shape felt into your favorite fall gourd. In this art-making session, kids and adults will learn the basics of needle felting and take home an art piece of their own making. Registration covers the entire family: only one registration per family needed. CCAC @ Short Vine, 2728 Short Vine, Cincinnati; 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.; $40 per family ; 512-497-2860.
The Kid’s Fun Day & Character Trail is an opportunity for kids of all ages to meet a few friendly characters and get a sweet treat. Enjoy this family-friendly event filled with fun activities and crafts. Featuring local organizations and more. Middletown-Mills Park, 3415 Mills Road, Covington, KY; 1 – 3 p.m.; KCP&R collects donations of non-perishable food and care items for Be Concerned.
During Halloween Walk in the Woods, kiddos can test out their Halloween costumes with some fun trick-or-treating at the Blue Ash Nature Park! Families and their little ones can leisurely explore the woodland path, making pit stops at Halloween-themed booths to collect treats from friendly costumed characters. Take part in a creative craft with Abrakadoodle, listen to a Halloween story with the Blue Ash Branch Library, and delight in an entertaining performance by Mike Hemmelgarn on the Amphitheater stage. Blue Ash Nature Park, 4337 Cooper Road, Blue Ash; 12 – 3 p.m.
Seasonal programming at the Cincinnati Museum Center includes a Monster Mash Dance Party, a costume parade, and fun Halloween activities. Check out all of the goings on at the link! Saturday and Sunday, CMC, 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati. 513-287-7000.
Sunday, October 22
The pumpkin patch at this YMCA … is floating! Head to Boo Fest at the Y for family friendly activities, crafts and even more fun. M.E. Lyons YMCA, 8108 Clough Pike, Cincinnati; 3 – 5 p.m.; 513-474-1400.
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 much more. HallZOOween is presented by General Electric Credit Union and takes place October 21 – 22 and 28 – 29. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine Street, Cincinnati; 12 – 5 p.m.; included with zoo admission; free for members; 513-559-7781.
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 Kings Island’s Tricks and Treats Fall Fest. Kings Island, 6300 Kings Island Dr., Kings Island; 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; see website for ticket information; 513-754-5700.
The Mason Symphony Orchestra presents a family-friendly sensory concert with performances from The Royal Theatre Company. After the performance, stick around to try out violins, ukuleles and drums at Antonio Violins’ booth and have a snack, too. Mason United Methodist Church, 6315 Mason Montgomery Road, Cincinnati; 3 p.m.; $15 adults, $5 children.
Bring little ghosts and goblins for a fun trunk or treat in the parking lot at Kenwood Fellowship Church! Kenwood Fellowship Church, 7205 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati; 1 – 2 p.m.