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 2020.
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 2020!
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!
Will Trick or Treat happen for your neighborhood this year? And, if so, what time? Get all the details on our list of 2020 Trick or Treat Times for the Cincinnati Area.
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.
How to have some socially distanced fun for Halloween:
10 Alternative Halloween Ideas for 2020 – How to Have a Happy Corona-ween!
Fall Fun for Families:
Head to the Cincinnati Zoo for HallZOOween. This annual event includes animal encounters, Trick or Treat stations, and more. Happening October 17-18, 24-25; included with your zoo admission. Advance registration is required for 2020.
Kings Island is having Tricks and Treats Fall Fest this year, happening on Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 26 – Nov. 1, 2020. Wear costumes and go trick-or-treating with specially designed sanitation processes and social distancing measures in place. When you purchase a Tricks and Treats Fall Fest Tasting Card, you can visit numerous tasting stations and get snack-sized portions of scrumptious sweets and savories—from wild to mild. You’ll nosh on Tricks (foods that might look a bit crazy but are crazy delicious) and classic Treats (seasonal tastes we know and love). Also 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, game 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. Kings Island is postponing their Great Pumpkin Fest at Kings Island (family-friendly) until 2021.
Always a good time, Jack O’Lantern Junction returns to EnterTRAINment Junction: Walk through the kid-friendly trick-or-treat maze, visit the mini animated display and visit the area’s only indoor Pumpkin Patch – kids get a free mini pumpkin! Plus, don’t worry about the weather – it’s all indoors! Sept. 19 – Oct. 31, 2020.
Fall Events (Date Specific):
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One of my favorites for fall – enjoy a multitude of free outdoor activities at Great Outdoor Weekend, Sept. 19-27. This event will look much different in 2020. Spanning 9 days this year, they will be sharing a variety of activities that you can do on your own, in addition to a limited number of in-person masked and socially distanced events.
Head to Hamilton for Operation Pumpkin, Oct. 9-11, 2020. Enjoy all things pumpkin, live entertainment, a pet parade, food, vendors, Little Miss Punkin, and much more.
The Great Pumpkin Fest will take over Keehner Park on October 10, 2020. Enjoy a puppet show, costume contest, games and activities, horse-and-wagon rides, a petting zoo and pony carousel, a “Not-So-Scary” haunted trail, and more.
Washington Park hosts their Fall Fest Weekend on Oct. 24 and 25, 2020. Enjoy bands, kids’ activities, and more.
Gorman Heritage Farm is hosting Sunflowers at Gorman Farm, October 3/4 and 10/11. They are offering this event as a safe and fun way for families to get outside, explore the Farm, cut sunflowers, buy pumpkins, and see the farm animals. Note: this is an alternative to their annual “Sunflower Festival” which they will not have this year. Advance ticket purchase required , no tickets at the gate.
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!
Take the kids on a Magic Forest Halloween Hike at Caldwell Nature Park. These hikes do sell out every year so be sure to get your spot secured. 2020 dates TBD.
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. (2020: 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.
note: we left the events below on here and marked them out so that you know they’re not happening for 2020….
Tricks or Treats at the Ohio Renaissance Festival happens Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 2020. Bring your wee ones 12 and under for FREE and enjoy trick or treating around the village. Costume contests for adults and kids and pumpkin decorating for the kids. Enjoy your favorite show, mug of ale, and delicious foods. Canceled for 2020 Weber’s Farm Market Pumpkin Festival is happening in Harrison, Oct. 17-18, 2020. 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. Canceled for 2020 The Sauerkraut Festival has been canceled for 2020. Gorman Heritage Farm hosts their Sunflower Festival, October 3 and 4, 2020. Live music, hayrides, pumpkins, craft vendors, food trucks, corn maze, sunflower maze, meet the farm animals, Farm Fun Education Station, MadTree Beer Garden, and cut your own sunflowers. Canceled for 2020 Head south for the Kentucky Woolfest (Oct. 2-4, 2020): This annual event includes demonstartions, Border Collie sheep hearding, sheep shearing, live music, food, and more. Canceled for 2020.