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December 7, 2021

13 Spooky-Fun Family Events

The weather has finally turned crisp and it is actually feeling like autumn now! Get into the Halloween spirit with one of these kid-friendly spooky events happening THIS week.

1. Thursday, October 20th, 7 – 9 p.m.

MOVIE NIGHT ON THE LEVEE 

Kick back and relax with a classic film on a jumbo LED screen.  Featuring: The Addams Family (2019).The Gallery at Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Newport; 8592910550 or http://newportonthelevee.com/movie-night-on-the-levee.

2. Thursday, October 20th,
SHOW AND TELL ON THE FARM: CORNUCOPIA 

Cornucopia is the horn of plenty on a farm. Explore what was grown at Chrisholm through activities, crafts, games and see if the farm animals like cornucopias, too. Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; walk-ins welcome; valid vehicle permit required for entry; 15138675835 or http://Yourmetroparks.net.

3. Friday, October 22, 6 – 7 p.m.,

FIRE BUILDING AND S’MORES EVENT (register) 

Fall is a great time to cozy up around a fire, so brush up on fire skills and safety while building roaring fire and making s’mores in this family-friendly program!  Gorman Heritage Farm , 10052 Reading Road, Cincinnati; $7 – 9 ; 513-563-6663 or https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fire-building-and-smores-tickets-167788527001.

4. Friday, October 22, 6 – 8 p.m.,

R.C. DURR YMCA TRUNK-OR-TREAT 

Kiddos can wear a costume to trunk-or-treat from festively decorated tailgates and also enjoy a toasty campfire.   R.C. Durr YMCA , 5874 Veterans Way, Burlington;  859-634-5700 or https://myy.org/location/rc-durr-ymca/.

5. Saturday, October 23, 10 – 11:30 a.m.,

ANIMAL BONE MYSTERIES IN THE NATURE PLAYSCAPE 

Make no bones about it, kids will love this hands-on activity where they will learn about animal bones and skulls. Kids can check out mysterious specimens and try their hand at excavating bones in the digging area.  Cincinnati Nature Center- Nature Playscape, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; $9 nonmember adult, $4 nonmember child, includes daily admission; free for members; 513-831-1711 or http://cincynature.org.

6. Saturday, October 23, 12 – 3 p.m.,

HALLOWEEN WALK IN THE WOODS 

Kiddos can test out their Halloween costumes with some friendly trick-or-treating in the woods of the Blue Ash Nature Park! There will also be a juggling show and crafts, too! Blue Ash Nature Park, 4337 Cooper Road, Blue Ash;  http://Blueash.com.

7. Saturday, October 23, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.,

NATURE AT NIGHT PUMPKIN HIKE 

Stop by anytime between 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. for a self-guided hike, enjoy a campfire and take part in a drawing to take a Jack-o’-lantern home. Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve/ Ellenwood Nature Barn, 3455 Poole Road, Cincinnati;$5 per person + $3 to take home a pumpkin of your choice; valid vehicle permit required for park entry; (513) 521- 7275 or http://greatparks.org/calendar.

8. Saturday, October 23, 12 – 3 p.m.,

THE HOWL

Look forward to a costume parade, trick-or-treat trail designed for pups and their human friends, an obstacle course, vendors and more! Don’t have a dog of your own? No problem! Adoptable dogs from Animal Friends Rescue Society will be available for loan for the duration of the event. Voice of America MetroPark, 7850 Voice Of America Park Drive, West Chester; $5 per dog +registration requested, walks ins welcome – vehicle permit required to enter park; (513) 867-5835 or http://YourMetroParks.net

9. Saturday, October 23, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.,

TRAIL OF TREATS (register)

Come dressed in costume for an adventure! This event, In partnership with Orienteering of Cincinnati, will include a full range of courses for all ages and skill levels. The Trail of Treats will be a short, easy course for kids with a treat at the finish. Starts are open from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Governor Bebb MetroPark , 1979 Bebb Park Lane, Okeana; $4 per child; regular OCIN fees ($10 members, $15 non-members) for the other courses + valid vehicle permit required for park entry; 15138675835 or http://Yourmetroparks.net.

10. Saturday, October 23, 6 p.m.

HALLOWEEN MOVIE IN THE PARK 

Pooches can participate in a pet costume at 6:30 p.m. and the kiddo costume contest starts at 7!  Food and beverages will be available for purchase before families settle in to watch “Hocus Pocus”. Miami Whitewater Forest , 9001 Mount Hope Road, Harrison; valid vehicle permit required for park entry; 513-521-7275 or https://www.greatparks.org/calendar/special-events/halloween-movie-in-the-park.

11. Sunday, October 24, 2 – 3 p.m.,

SHOW AND TELL ON THE FARM: BROOM SWOOSHA BROOM 

What is broom corn and what can you make with it? Come to Show and Tell and find out! Make one and take it home, then visit with the farm animals, too. Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; walk-ins welcome; valid vehicle permit required for entry; 15138675835 or http://Yourmetroparks.net.

12. Sunday, October 24, 4 – 6 p.m.

THE DENT SCHOOLHOUSE LIGHTS ON TOUR 

Experience the schoolhouse with the lights on! This is a great way to introduce adventurous, thrill seeking kids to haunted houses or just get an up close look at all of the deathly décor without actors inside.  The Dent Schoolhouse , 5963 Harrison Avenue, Cincinnati; $20; (513) 445-9767 or http://frightsite.com.

13. Sunday, October 24, 5:30 – 7 p.m.

THINGS THAT FLUTTER: BATS (register) 

Take a night hike to search for nocturnal animals as they wake up for the night.  Governor Bebb MetroPark , 1979 Bebb Park Lane, Okeana; 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.; a valid vehicle permit is required to enter parks; 5138675835 or http://Yourmetroparks.net.

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).