The leaves are changing. Temps are cooling down. Autumn is coming. It’s time for a corn maze, a pumpkin patch, costumes, and Trick-or-Treating!
Enjoy some fun with these September and October “things to do” in Cincinnati!
Click the links for full details; all dates are for 2021.
Fall and Halloween Fun:
Pumpkin Patches: Visit one of the 15+ area farms to pick your own pumpkin or explore a corn maze. These farmers have worked hard to give you lots of fall fun with corn mazes, hayrides, play areas, and more.
Corn Mazes: For those of you who are just ready for an escape from 2021!
Fall Festivals: Here’s our HUGE list of fun fall festivals to explore in the Cincinnati area. We broke them up by date so scroll to the week you’re in and go have some fun!
Haunted Houses: Get your scare on with a visit to one of the area’s Haunted Houses. Our guide includes haunted houses, haunted attractions, and even a few family-friendly “lights on” events.
When will Trick or Treat happen for your neighborhood this year? Get all the details on our list of 2021 Trick or Treat Times for the Cincinnati Area.
How to have some socially distanced fun for Halloween:
10 Alternative Halloween Ideas for 2021 – How to Have a Happy Corona-ween!
Fall Fun for Families:
Head to the Cincinnati Zoo for HallZOOween. This annual event includes special animal enrichment, Trick or Treat stations, Theater of Illusion Shows, and more. Happening October 16-17, 23-24, and 30-31; included with your zoo admission. Kids are encouraged to wear a costume during HallZOOween, but it is not required.
Kings Island is having Tricks and Treats Fall Fest this year, happening on Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 25 – October 31, 2021. Wear costumes and go trick-or-treating through 13 designated Trick or Treat spots throughout the park. Available throughout the park will be gotta-have-it favorites and lots of goodies with a Halloween twist. A fang-tastic time is in store for all with fall-themed games, shows, mazes and crafts for everyone in the family. Plus, rides will be open to deliver the thrills and chills found only at Kings Island.
Always a good time, Jack O’Lantern Junction returns to EnterTRAINment Junction: Walk thru our indoor, kid friendly maze and see friendly ghosts, skeletons and more. Each child will receive a bag of trick-or-treat candy! Plus, see our new Halloween mini scenes and a Halloween themed train display! Don’t worry about the weather it’s all indoors! Sept. 18 – Oct. 31, 2021.
Fall Events (Date Specific):
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A Halloween favorite is coming to Big Bone Lick this season! Haunted Mini Golf will be offered every weekend in October starting on October 1, 2021. Bring your young witches and warlocks for daytime putting or join us after dark for a spooky good time! Lights, sounds, music, and more will bring the mini golf to life…or death! Appropriate for all ages. $5 per player. Open to the public.
Head to Hamilton for Operation Pumpkin, Oct. 8-10, 2021. Enjoy all things pumpkin, live entertainment, a pet parade, food, vendors, Little Miss Punkin, and much more.
Gorman Heritage Farm is hosting their annual Sunflower Festival, October 2 and 3, 2021. Enjoy the 122 acre working farm, hayrides, pumpkins, craft vendors, food trucks, corn maze, sunflower maze, meet the farm animals, Farm Fun Education Station, mule drawn carriage rides, High Grain Beer Garden and Cut Your Own sunflowers ($1 per stem).
You must purchase tickets online. No tickets will be sold at the door.
Head south for the Kentucky Woolfest (Oct. 1-3, 2021): This annual event includes demonstartions, Border Collie sheep hearding, sheep shearing, live music, food, and more.
Oktoberfest Celebrations: Cincinnati’s Oktoberfest season begins in late August and goes all the way into early October! Check out our list of all the local events!
One of my favorites for fall – enjoy a multitude of free outdoor activities at Great Outdoor Weekend, Sept. 25 and 26, 2021. It’s a weekemd full of opportunities for children and adults to sample the best outdoor recreation and nature awareness programs available in the Greater Cincinnati region – with nearly 100 events, all free and open to the public.
Tricks or Treats at the Ohio Renaissance Festival happens Oct. 30-31, 2021. Bring your wee ones 12 and under for FREE and enjoy trick or treating around the village. Enjoy your favorite show, mug of ale, and delicious foods.
Weber’s Farm Market Pumpkin Festival is happening in Harrison, Oct. 16-17, 2021. This event began as the Minges Pumpkin Festival. This festival has thrived and grown with the assistance of the Minges family over the last few years.
The Sauerkraut Festival is happening in Waynesville, October 9-10, 2021. The Ohio Sauerkraut Festival serves 7 tons of sauerkraut and attracts approximately 350,000 visitors each year to browse among the over 450 craft booths and sample the offerings from more than 30 different food booths.
Fall Fun, All Season Long!
Make your own Halloween costume at the downtown library’s Makerspace. Use their die cut machines, sew, make buttons, use the green screen and camera, record in the studio, and so much more! Be aware that a library card may be required and reservations are needed for their more popular machines.
Take in all that is fall on one of the area bike trails. What a wonderful way to spend a sunny fall day!
Fall is one of my favorite times to camp. There’s nothing better than a campfire and s’mores! Find a great spot with our list of the 16 Best Campgrounds Within 100 Miles of Cincinnati.
Enjoy a locally crafted seasonal brew! Find your new favorite pumpkin or Oktoberfest beer when you check out all our breweries on the Ultimate Cincinnati Breweries List.
Get out and explore all that is Summit Park. If you haven’t been there in 2020, the park is well worth a return visit. Don’t miss the new Nature Playscape that includes a zip line, forts, shallow water play, and more.
We are lucky to have SO MANY wonderful museums in the Cincinnati area. Check out our list of Must See Museums in Cincinnati and enjoy a nice day out. Added bonus, some of them are free! (2020: be sure to check their hours… and if they’re open)
Put those phones to use for some outdoor fall fun when you go Geocaching. Use an app to discover a treasure hidden near you and then use the coordinates and geo-location to hunt. Lots of fun!
Cooler fall days often mean indoor play places come in handy. Explore our list of things to do indoors – a great list for kids AND adults. (2021: be sure to check their hours… and if they’re open)
Enjoy a class or event at one of our local libraries. The Public Library of Cincinnati has an extensive list of classes and events that span the city. Clermont County Library has a long list as well.