Fall and Halloween Happenings in Cincinnati for 2018

The leaves are changing. Temps are cooling down.  And it’s time for a corn maze, a pumpkin patch, costumes, and Trick-or-Treating!

Enjoy some of the fun September and October “Things to do” in Cincinnati!

Click the link for full details, all dates are for 2018.

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Corn Mazes, Pumpkin Patches, and Fun on the Farm:

Fall on the Farm at Blooms and Berries Farm Market, Sept. 22 – Oct. 31; Enjoy a working farm experience with pumpkins, wagon rides, corn mazes (adult and child-sized), farm animals, giant playground, Barn Market, and more. See our post about Fall on the Farm.

Fall Farm Days at Bonnybrook Farms, weekends Sept. 29 – Oct. 28, 2018;  The pumpkin farm is a festival of color and activities.  Pick and cut the perfect pumpkin from the Pumpkin Patch; take an Adventure Wagon Ride with professional actors; find your way through the CrAzEd CoRn MAzE; pet and brush friendly Farm Animals and Ride a Pony; play a round of Clodhopper Golf or try your skills at Giant Slingshots and Archery.  It’s all family fun!

Fall Pumpkin Festival at Burger Farms, weekends in October (through Oct. 28). Enjoy pumpkins, corn stalks, mums, gourds, apple cider, animated pumpkin land characters, rides, games, food, music, farm animals, crafters and more.

Burwinkel Farms – Opened Sept. 29 (per their Facebook page); During the month of September, this farm in Ross transitions from a produce market into an October Fall Extravaganza. With over 20+ varieties of locally grown apples, as well as all your fall decorating needs, Burwinkel Farms is the perfect place to take your family for corn stalks, gourds and pumpkins of all sorts, Indian corn, apple cider, and mums. The farm offers a variety of activities for all ages including a corn maze, scavenger hunt, straw tunnel, corn pool, and weekend hayrides to a pick a pumpkin from the patch.

Country Pumpkins: Alpine Hills Dairy Farm, Sept. 8 – Oct. 31, 2018. Enjoy kiddie corn maze, petting zoo, corn box, straw bale maze, play area, Sand Tunnels, Hay Pyramid and picnic shelter are all FREE, and our U-Pick Pumpkin Patch, 4 Acre Corn Maze, hayrides, barrel train rides, Cotton Wagon Ride, Turbo Slide, Extreme Launcher and food are available for purchase.

Irons Fruit Farm –  Open weekends in October; corn maze, hay ride to pumpkin patch, pumpkins, etc.; weekends only (weekends in Oct.)

Neltner’s Farm and Greenhouses Fall Fest: Opening Sept. 29; Enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, an expansive corn maze, pick-your-own pumpkin patch, the petting zoo, pony rides, homemade food and ice cream, farm shop, crafters, pottery, face-painting, seasonal apples, folk art, live music, a wonderful variety of demonstrations and a barrel train! Weekend admission is $5 (ages 3 and up) with weekend hours of 10 AM-6 PM, Weekend admission includes horse drawn wagon rides, 2+ acre corn maze, live music (1:30pm – 4:30pm). You will also gain access to their model train display, petting zoo, crafters, face painting, wine tasting, home-cooked food, farm stand with all of your fall item needs, plus acres to roam. Weekday admission is free and they’re open 9 AM-6 PM with farm shop, maze, barrel train rides, petting zoo, and pumpkin patch open.

Niederman Family Farm’s Fall Festival –  Sept. 21 to Oct. 28, 2018. Including a 4 acre corn maze, hay rides, human foosball, ball zones, kids play area, bonfires, and more.

Shaw’s Fall Festival Weekend: Shaw Farms, dates are listed as 3rd weekend in Sept. – October; weekends only, 9am – 7pm. This farm event’s are weather permitting.

Jackson Family Farm Fall Festival, Saturdays only from Sept. 22 – October 20.

October Things to do in Cincinnati (all dates are for 2018):

October 5: Dollar Movie Night at Coney featuring Hocus Pocus

October 5: Freaky Friday with a Twist – Halloween Carnival at TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion. Come dressed in your Halloween costumes and join us for a frightening good time at our annual Halloween Carnival.
Members and nonmembers: $7 per child (ages 2 and up); children under age 2 and adults FREE.

October 5-7: Kentucky Wool Festival

October 6 and 7: Sunflower Festival at Gorman Heritage Farm

October 6: Apple Cider and Pumpkin Celebration Weekend at Hidden Valley Orchards (Lebabon)

October 6: Luminary Night Hike at Glenwood Gardens

October 12: Blue Stone Ivory Halloween Dance Party at Moonlite Gardens

October 12-14: Operation Pumpkin in Hamilton; live music, food, activities, crafts, and more

October 13: The Great Pumpkin Fest at Keener Park, West Chester

October 13 and 14: Ohio Sauerkraut Festival in Waynesville

October 17: An Early All Hallows Eve at Krohn Conservatory (adults only)

October 20: Trunk ‘R Treat Fall Festival at Beech Acres, 2;30-5pm; A classic car show, kids in costumes, music, games, prizes and candy combine for this annual event. Families and car enthusiasts stroll around the oval at Beech Acres Park while kids “trunk ‘r treat.” Pets are not permitted. Festival Activities – tickets sold at the event 2:30-4:30 p.m.: $5 per child (age 10 and under)

October 19 and 20: Magic Forest Halloween Hikes: Caldwell Nature Preserve, reservations required

October 20: Zombie Ball, The 4th Annual Dance of the UnDead on Pyramid Hill

October 20: Harvest Hootenanny at Story Woods Park, Noon – 9pm. Join in for a day filled with family-friendly fun! Interact with 20 animals at Honey Hill Farm’s petting zoo, enter a Jack o’ Lantern contest, shop at booths from local crafters and artists, play games, pick a pumpkin from their patch, listen to live music, and eat great food! End your day by roasting marshmallows and enjoying a special outdoor screening of “Hocus Pocus”! Admission is FREE, so bring the whole family.

October 20 and 21: Weber Family Pumpkin Festival

October 21: Howl-O-Ween in the Woods: Dress up in awesome costumes and sniff up some fun with your canine companion! Take a walk on our trail filled with over 100 carved pumpkins and along the way meet local pet specialists that will fill your goody bag plus provide guidance on any questions you might have. Cost is $10 per dog.

October 21:  “Lights Up Night” at Mt. Healthy Haunted Hall, 6-6:45pm

October 24: Taft Museum of Art Halloween Bash

October 26: Halloween Party at Rhinegeist, 8pm – 2am. Adults only.

October 27: Halloween Walk in the Woods, 12-3pm at the Blue Ash Nature Park

October 27: Nature at Night Pumpkin Hike at Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve/Ellenwood Nature Barn, 6:30-7:30pm

October 27 and 28: Tricks or Treats Weekend at the Ohio Renanissance Festival

October 27 and 28: Enjoy Fall Fest Weekend at Washington Park

October 28: USS Nightmare “Lights On” Matinee (for younger audiences per their site), 4-6pm

October 29: Creatures of the Night Halloween Party at 21C Museum Hotel

October 31: Carol Ann’s Carousel Trick or Treat Event, 11am – 3:30pm

Fall and Halloween Related “Things to Do”:

Halloween Nights at Parky’s Farm: Thursday – Sunday, Oct. 11-28, 5:30-9:30pm. Dress your best and bring out your little ghouls and goblins, princesses and superheroes to a one-of-a-kind, family-friendly Halloween party.

HallZOOween at the Cincinnati Zoo: “always hairy, never scary”; weekends in October

Haunted Village (family friendly, slight fright): October 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27. Heritage Village Museum will transform into a Haunted Village for a family-friendly, slight-fright event. Our 19th century village inside Sharon Woods is the perfect setting for a spooky October evening! Trick-or-treat through the Village meeting a headless horseman, a witch, a fortune teller, and a mad scientist. Take a horse-drawn wagon ride. Walk through the haunted cemetery. Enjoy face painting, balloon art, games, and storytelling.

Fall-O-Ween: Coney Island, starts October 6, 2018. The first three weekends in October will be packed with Halloween events and new activities sure to delight kids, parents, grandparents alike.

The Great Pumpkin Fest at Kings Island (family-friendly), Saturdays & Sundays from Sept. 29 – October 28. Family-friendly fun including live entertainment, mazes, trick-or-treating and more.

Jack O’Lantern Junction at EnterTRAINment Junction (family friendly): 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. 29 – Oct. 31, 2018.


Haunted Houses and Other Adult Events:

Haunted Brewery Tours: Can You Solve the Mystery? Haunted Brewery Tours run every Friday and Saturday night in October, from 7 to 11pm, at the Christian Moerlein Brewery (1621 Moore St. Cincinnati OH 45202) in Over-the-Rhine.

Haunted Tours from American Legacy Tours (Cincinnati, Covington, Newport): now through November

Haunted Cincinnati Tours: now through December

Halloween Haunt at Kings Island, Fridays & Saturdays Sep. 21 – Oct. 28

U.S.S. Nightmare: Built on a retired working steamboat; Wednesday – Sunday starting Sept. 26 and ending Nov. 3.

Mt. Healthy Haunted Hall: opens September 28 and runs every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through October 27th (Closed Sunday Oct. 28th)

The Land of Illusion Haunted Nights: August 31 – Nov. 3 (weekends, see site for details)

The Dent Schoolhouse Haunted House: Sept. 14 through end of Nov. 3; see site for dates

The Wilmington Haunted Hollow Ride: Sept. 22 thru Oct. 27 (Fridays and Saturdays)

Haunted Village at Heritage Village Museum (family friendly, slight-fright; at Sharon Woods), October 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27.

Trunk or Treat (we are adding to this list continually so check back often):

October 20: Trunk or Treat Fall Festival at Beech Acres Park, 2:30-5pm

October 20: Halloween Trunk or Treat at Dillonvale Shopping Center, 12-3pm

October 20: Trunk or Treat at Good Shephard Lutheran Church, 4-6pm

October 21:  “Lights Up Night” at Mt. Healthy Haunted Hall, 6-6:45pm; the children get to go trick or treating through the (much less scary) Haunted Hall as well as getting a trip through the giant vortex tunnel. Cost is $5 per child, adults free.

October 23: Community Trick or Treat at Mt. St. Joseph University

October 25: Trick or Treat at Scene 75 in Milford, 6-9pm; free indoor Trick of Treat

October 26: Trunk or Treat at the Vineyard Westside, 7-8:30pm

October 26: Halloween Treat Street at Deerfield Towne Center, 6-8pm

October 27: Trunk or Treat at Florence United Methodist Church, 5-630pm

October 27: Trunk or Treat at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church (3rd grade and younger), 12-2p

October 28: Boo Fest at Liberty Center

October 30: Trick or Treat at IKEA in West Chester, 6-8pm

October 31: Mall-O-Ween at Northgate Mall, 4-7pm

October 31: Trick or Treat at Carol Ann’s Carousel (at The Banks), 11am-3:30pm.

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98 Comments

    • Stay away from this event if it’s anything like last year OTR fundraiser it was demented and sick. Would not recommend to anyone..

  1. oooh Bridget! The Cincinnati Chocolate Festival is not listed here. What better way to prepare for Halloween than to romp through the Festival and taste chocolates? It is this Sunday from noon – 5PM at the Cintas Center at Xavier. Tickets can be pre-purchased at Kroger. http://www.cincinnatichocolatefestival.com

    The Festival offers a “Bigger Box of Chocolates” in 2013! Hope to see you there.

    • From what I can tell, Marissa, the apple picking is over here in Cincinnati. I couldn’t find any orchards that said they were still allowing apple picking at this late date.

    • From what I can tell, Mary Sue, the apple picking is over here in Cincinnati. I couldn’t find any orchards that said they were still allowing apple picking at this late date.

  2. There’s a great apple orchard in Lebanon called Hidden Valley Fruit Farm. They also have a good vineyard if you’re a grape lover like myself.

  3. Tomorrow, 10/19/2013, from noon – 10pm at Washington Park is the inaugural Cincinnati Maker Faire. Great fun for kids of all ages, free admission and you can wear your costumes!

    • What I’ve been able to find is there in the list, Ann. Check out “Trunk or Treats”. I will update it if I find more this week.

  4. Boone County libraries will be hosting trick or treating from 6-8. They will have tables set up for people to bring their candy to pass out.

    • I just updated it for 2014, Stephanie. I will be adding additional dates and events as they’re announced too so keep checking back.

  5. Two more to add:

    The Arts Center at Dunham will be holding its Halloween Howl Dog Walk and Family FUNdraiser to benefit the renovation of the historic building. Fun games, food, and a 2 mile dog walk! Dress up in costumes with your family and pets and win prizes!

    Also- The Sunset Players is presenting The Addams Family – A New Musical to get everyone in the Halloween spirit. The show runs October 3rd through the 18th.

    Info for both events can be found on http://www.sunsetplayers.org or at their Facebook pages!

  6. Cincinnati is also home of the 3rd annual A Wicked Affair. This is an adult only Halloween gala to support The National Kidney Foundation of Cincinnati. This years A Wicked Affair is Oct 25,2014 at Receptions Eastgate. $80 a couple include dinner, spirits, dancing, photo booth, costume contest with prizes. $1 raffle and silent auction at the event. Hotel accommodations available at The Hampton Inn for extra cost. Free transport from Hampton Inn provided by Peterson Bus Company. Visit our FB page at http://www.facebook.com/awickedaffair for more info, past event photos, and ticket info.

  7. Are there any Haunted Houses around the area meant more for the younger crowd (8 – 12)? I keep hearing that those listed could be a little too much for those ages.

  8. Please add to your list:

    Pumpkin Patch Fall Festival, Saturday, October 11th, from 10am-4pm, at Belmont and Larch in College Hill. Pony rides, live music, food, crafts, scarecrow-making, pumpkins, apples, food stalls, and more! Great for kids and families!! Sponsored by the College Hill Gardeners.

  9. best festival EVER!! bob Evans fest down on the farm in Rio Grande- same weekedn as waynsville sauerkraut fest and MUCH b etter esp if u have kids- we spend 6-7 hrs there and still dont do everything- lots of free things for kids to do!!

    • Hi JB, Thanks for the mention for Bob Evans festival. I can’t really add it to the list as it’s too far to be considered Cincinnati. It looks like a great time though!

  10. Great Halloween event to raise money for the Children’s Dyslexia Centers of Cincinnati (CDCOC)!

    This year, their major event will be a Halloween Gala featuring The Naked Karate Girls rock band at the Cincinnati Masonic Center (October 25th). Spooky venue! Expected to host 500-600 costumed party goers looking for fun and a way to help a worthy cause. Will feature a costume contest with prizes, catered hors d’oeuvres (provided by Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State), and late night snacks at the close of the evening.

    The CDCOC is a non-profit that has been promoting childhood literacy by providing private tutoring for children with Dyslexia. The service is offered at two Campuses in Cincinnati without any financial obligation from the students or their families. In the past 20 years, hundreds of children, who were struggling with reading and writing, have graduated from the program and gone on to achieve academic success.

    All funds used to operate the centers have to be raised either by grants, requests or fund raising events.

  11. You Forgot one of the coolest haunts! Scream acres ct. At the old johnnys toys building in latonia. They do all kinds of awesome events, too.

    Also, maybe not halloween related, but october fourth is the food truck festival in washington park.

    Another cool event is the creepy campout in Winton woods. Its much too late to get a site, as they draw the people who get them months ahead of time, but some people sell extra sites on craigslist and if you know someone who’s going, try to tag along! My family has been going for the last decade and it is so so much fun.

  12. Fraternal Order of Eagles, #449 is having a Charity Halloween Party on 10/25/14 from 8pm- midnight. Admission is a non-perishable food item per person, which will be given to needy families in our community. We also ask that you bring a snack/appetizer to share. There will be photo ops with the “Harvester of Souls” for $1, a DJ, costume contest, and much, much more!

    2863 Harris Pl.
    Cincinnati, OH 45212

  13. Do you the list of craft shows in the area?
    I KNOW I HAVE MISSED SOME, BUT WOULD LIKE CaTCH A COUPLE OF THEM
    ((sorry about the caps))
    Thanx. And love your site.

    • Hi Mary Ann, I hope to have some time to put that list together soon. I don’t have one up yet though 🙁

  14. Clough Pike Baptist Church in Union is having our Fall Festival Saturday November 1 from 3-6. This event will include fun games, giant cupcake walk, food, inflatables, and music! This event is geared for 3 years to 5th grade. Come join us!!

  15. Thanks for all of the listings but does anyone know of anything to do on Halloween (Oct 31),in Cincinnati, indoors and geared towards toddlers under 2yo?

  16. Gorman Heritage Farm
    Address: 10052 Reading Rd., Cincinnati, OH
    Hours: Monday – Friday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Sunday: Closed
    Admission: Adults – $5.00 Children (ages 3-17) – $3.00 Seniors 60+ – $3.00 Children under 3 – Free

    The Gorman Heritage Farm, located in the southwest Ohio Village of Evendale, is a 122-acre historic, working family farm that provides visitors with memorable experiences ranging from hands-on farming to strolls through woodland trails with outstanding scenic vistas. Gorman Heritage Farm looks much the same today as it did when the first settlers arrived to homestead in 1789 – just after the Revolutionary War. Because it is virtually unchanged topographically, we can easily imagine the attraction they must have felt for this beautiful valley location. There was abundant timber, a spring for fresh water, the proximity of Mill Creek for milling operations, flat, fertile land for crops, rock outcroppings for quarrying stone, and the presence of a well-established Indian trail (which in later years became known as Reading Road). How is it that this parcel of land did not succumb to urban development as a metropolitan area of two million people grew up around it? Perhaps it is because the land has stayed in the hands of only two families in the last 215 years. Products Sold: Lamb,Chicken and vegetables in season, honey and eggs year round.
    Visit our website at: http://www.gormanfarm.org/

  17. There is a wonderful adult Halloween costume party Oct 24 at Receptions Eastgate. A Wicled Affaor is the 4th Annual event and is a charity event for The National Kidney Foundation. $40 a person includes dinner, wine ,beer, costume contest, photo booth and free transport to amd from event when you book a room at The Hampton Inn Eastgate. Hope you all will come! http://www.facebook.com/awickedaffair

  18. I notice you don’t have Sunrock Farm listed. They have a terrific Pumpkin Patch, which includes tours with the animals on the farm, milking goats, hayride, and free cider and cookies. I take my kids there every year, and they don’t even miss a corn maze. Everything else is so much fun, they wouldn’t miss it.

    • Thank you, Denise. I just added the farm on and will watch for the dates as the season gets closer. And congrats on the Bengals game inclusion! You must have been so excited!

  19. Update from Burwinkel Farms–since our facebook page doesn’t have the info on it yet!
    Burwinkel Farms–Ross, OH
    October 2015

    Weekend hayrides to ‘pick-your-own-pumpkin patch,’ a corn maze and a punch-card maze, corn pool, straw tunnel, Halloween Scavenger hunt, ‘What do you Feel’ sensory station, Sunflower field with walking path (when in bloom), large selection of pumpkins at great prices, painted pumpkins available for purchase, FREE parking, Bring your camera, whether professional or amateur–tons of picture opportunities!

    Open all of October. Call ahead for groups of 10+, school groups, and/or weekday groups. We welcome school groups for field trips–call 513-738-1145 for more details.

    Hayride: $3 per person (includes a pumpkin from ‘pick your own pumpkin patch’), $3 for both mazes. $5 for both hayride and mazes. Everything else is free. Infants and children under 2 years are free.

  20. Hello! Do you know if any of these are on any of the Metro bus routes? I am in a wheelchair and have limited ride options, and Metro has been extremely helpful for me. I’m interested in taking a 12-year-old little girl with me to something. She is also hard to scare. Any information on places with bus routes and wheelchair access would be greatly appreciated, thank you!

  21. Wendel Farms is on the OH/IN state line and they have a corn maze pumpkin patch and other things. Here’s the description from Cincinnati.com:

    Features 6.5-acre corn maze and game, petting farm, straw maze, farmland, corn bin play area, cornhole, rat race, education center, campfire packages, crafts, home grown chrysanthemums, pumpkins, gourds, squash, and hayride to pick-your-own-pumpkin patch. Open Sept. 12-Nov.1. Open weekdays for mum and pumpkin sales: Sept. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Oct. 2-6 p.m.

  22. Mission Baptist Church of Cincinnati (Kenwood) is hosting it’s annual Trunk or Treat Event on Saturday, October 31st

    This is a great and safe place to bring your kids for Trick or Treating!
    6pm to 8 pm

    7595 Montgomery Rd.
    Cincinnati, Ohio 45236

  23. Don’t forget about New Life Chapel’s Rock The Pumpkin!! Hosted at Lakota West High School, there will be free food, live music by Seabird, hayrides, face painting, trunk or treat and bounce houses!! There will also be a chili cook off for the adults! It is from 5 pm – 730 pm on 10/25, THIS SUNDAY!!

    It is definitely the place to be this Sunday!!!

    We found out about it last year through this list and I was sad to see it not on there this year!

    I hope you can still add it!!

  24. I am coming to Cincinnati to take my grandsons out for a day to celebrate both of their birthdays. I am doing this on one of their days off from school. Any good ideas on how to spend a day spoiling them? We are doing this in place of buying gifts.

    • It depends on where you live, Marchelle. Each area of town decides what time and day to do Trick or Treating. Townships and cities usually post their dates and times on their websites. Alternatively, you could call your area’s municipal offices to get that information too.

  25. Bridgett, Thank you so much for the hard work that you put into this site. It has made our move here incredibly fun! I need your help though. Is there an email that I could contact you other than on here?

  26. Midwest Cheer Elite Trunk or Treat Saturday, October 29th 6-8 pm located in the Skatetown and Midwest Cheer Elite Parking Lot . FREE to the public.

  27. HallowREAD week starts Sunday, Oct. 23, and runs through Monday, Oct. 31 at the Main Library and all 40 Library locations. To celebrate Halloween and the spine-tingling delights of reading, the Library is giving children age 12 and under a spooky passport, or parents can print one at CincinnatiLibrary.org.

    For every visit to any Library location, a staff member will stamp the passport and the child will receive a piece of candy or a prize. On the third visit, they will receive a free book. (One book per child; all subsequent visits receive only candy or prize.)

    For more information, call 513-369-6900.

  28. Hello Bridgett,

    Do you mind adding this free event to your list please?

    Mission Baptist Cincinnati is hosting a FREE Trunk or Treat event on October 31st from 6-8 pm.

    25+ decorated cars participating with candy and treats at each vehicle!

    7595 Montgomery Rd. Cincinnati, Ohio 45236

    MBCcincy.org

    Thank you!

  29. Trunk or Treats

    “Open Door Baptist Church 5:00pm-7:00pm
    Eight Mile Road”

    First Baptist Church of Glen Este 5:00pm-7:00pm
    Old St. Rt. 74

  30. Bridgett,
    Thanks for putting this list together. Is it possible to add the part of town each farm is in? Most appear to be on the east side of town. I only saw one farm on the west side.
    Thanks!

    • Great idea! I’m actually thinking about breaking the pumpkin patches out and making it into a separate post. I will think about how to best break that up by location. Maybe a map would be good???

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