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Tricks and Treats in the Queen City

It's officially October and that means it's time for all of the fun Halloween events happening in Cincy this this year. As we can expect, things will be a bit different this year due to social distancing, mask requirements and more. But, there are still a lot of safe, great events going on this month in Cincy.

Family Fun

So Much Fun, It’s Scary

HallZOOween is FREE with Zoo Admission! Guests will be treated to a day of fun at the Cincinnati Zoo! We’ve made a few changes to bring you a safe and fun HallZOOween.

You and your family can enjoy:

Boo-in-a-Bag! We’ve taken all of the treat stations and combined them into one bag! Each bag is filled with lots of treats from our generous sponsors.

Hide and Seek Fiona! Seek out the three Fiona statues that will be hidden throughout the Zoo to see what Fiona dressed up as for Halloween. Look out, she may change from week to week!

Animal Pumpkin Pandemonium – Animals will be receiving pumpkins each weekend for enrichment! Stop by your favorite animal to see the pandemonium!

Spooktacular Train Rides on the Hogwarts Express!

Fun, fall-themed foods to try

Take your family autumn photos at the Zoo and treat yourself to some fall favorites like caramel apples, pumpkin latte and caramel corn!

Festive Fall Treats-

Fall Flavored Funnel Fries at Hops

Pumpkin Latte at Cup and Cone

Caramel Apples at Cup and Cone

Caramel Corn at Multiple locations throughout the Zoo

Beignet at Hops and Cup and Cone

Saturdays and Sundays through November 1, 2020 Make no bones about it, Kings Island's all-new Tricks And Treats Fall Fest is set to be the area’s favorite event for family-friendly Halloween activities and fall fun. Join us at this one-of-a-kind fall festival to make special memories and enjoy the season—safely. Everyone in the family will have a spook-tacular time with AMAZING food, activities, entertainment, seasonal merchandise and so much more.  

Trick-or-treating is definitely on the agenda at Tricks And Treats Fall Fest, so wear your Halloween costumes and go candy hunting with us! With specially designed sanitation processes and social distancing measures in place, you can count on Kings Island to bring this Halloween tradition to life in a fun new way while being as safe as possible.

The Halloween fun features an indoor, no-scare walk-through trick-or-treat maze with kid-friendly ghosts, skeletons, cobwebs and multiple treat stations. The weather is always perfect inside the climate-controlled EnterTRAINment Junction, where visitors are immediately greeted by an autumn glow, with Main Street decked out with Halloween decorations. Jack-o-Lantern Junction is the only place around town where you will get to wander through an indoor pumpkin patch! Kids will get to take home a free mini-pumpkin, along with enjoying crafts, a talking pumpkin, and more! Outside you will find a kid-sized straw maze and Halloween themed hand-cranked train cars and electric to go for a ride!

2020 Hours: Monday - Saturday 10:00am - 6:00pm (closed Wednesdays) Sunday noon - 6:00pm

Oct. 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 and 24  6-10 p.m. Timed entry tickets must be purchased in advance.

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!

Our Ghost Host will guide you through the village meeting ghosts, witches, a fortune teller, a mortician, pirates, and a cursed archaeologist along the way. Watch an original short film,”Village of the Plagued.” Walk through the spooky cemetery and haunted trail. After your tour of the village, cozy up with your family at the barn and watch a classic movie! Enjoy balloon art, treat bags, and more!

Admission $8. Museum members and children under two are free. Rain or shine. No refunds.

Halloween costumes are encouraged for kids and adults and add to the family-friendly fun. The concession stand will be open and will serve pre-packaged snacks and beverages. A Great Parks of Hamilton County parking permit may be required. Enter via the access road to the right of  Sharon Centre.

For more information call 513-563-9484 or email

COVID-19 Precautions -We will have timed entry ticketing with time slots every ten minutes during the event. If more than one family/friend group is signed up in the same time slot, members of different groups will be socially distanced at 6 feet or more apart at all times. A Ghost Host will lead your group through the village. -Face masks will be required at all times (inside and outside) during the event for everyone ages 6 and older. -We request that you allow six feet or more social distancing from people who are not in your group as much as possible. -Attractions inside buildings will only allow one group of people at a time. Some attractions that would normally be held inside buildings will be moved outside. -Children will receive a bag of candy (or non-food treats for those with allergies) at one location as they exit instead of it being handed out by volunteers throughout the village. -We are unable to do the horse-drawn wagon rides or headless horseman this year and have reduced the admission price to reflect this and other changes.


Haunted Attractions

The 2020 haunted house season is here and The Dent Schoolhouse is now open! Cincinnati's Halloween Tradition!

An extensive Covid Safety plan will be in place for all guests. Social distancing. Masks are required due to Ohio's mandate. For more:



2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, 31

Lights On Tour- 25th (4pm -7pm)


Thursdays, Sundays- 7:30pm – 10pm

Fridays, Saturdays- 7:30pm – 12am


The Land of Illusion started with a small haunted trail in the backyard of this wooded property in Middletown. What started out as one small, scary trail run on extension cords has evolved into a 140-acre haunted scream park. It is now the largest haunted theme park of its kind in our area with individually-themed haunted attractions.

In the summer, Land of Illusion operates a waterpark, Aqua Adventures, and during the holidays, a drive-through lights display.

The Attractions-

Killer Klowns Haunted Maze: These aren’t the clowns you’ll find at a Ringling Brothers circus, that’s for sure. Get ready to weave yourself through this seemingly never-ending psychedelic maze with black lights and bright, funky neon colors. You’ll come face to face with creepy cackling clowns around every dark corner in this “fun house.” Several blend into the scenery until it is time to get you. At least one is dying to pull your hair out strand by strand. Warning: If you have a fear of clowns or get a little claustrophobic, stay away unless you want eternal nightmares!

Temple of Terror Haunted House: Think “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” in real life, only scarier. In this attraction, you’ll work your way through pitch-black tunnels and come face to face with mummies, skeletons and ghouls no matter where you turn. Your head will spin, the floor will literally come crashing down on you and you will want to escape this temple as quickly as humanly possibly!! There is nowhere to run.

Phobia: This haunt plays on popular fears, whether they be spiders, bugs, or enclosed spaces.

Middletown Haunted Trail: Take a roughly 40-minute walk through the woods and come face to face with chainsaws, blades and more. Beware. Someone — or something — will be waiting for the perfect moment to scare the holy heck out of you. These two chickens opted out. Note, this attraction is open Fridays and Saturdays only.

Dr. Psycho's Haunted Estate: If you like the thought of weaving through a labyrinth full of the mutilated "bodies" of mental patients, laughing "corpses", rats and buckets of blood, this maze is for you. But it was not for us.

NEW: The Historical Mystery Mansion: This mysterious dark ride has decades of history, cobwebs and dust packed into each twist and turn.

NEW: Big Mama’s Revenge: Legend has it that Big Mama has tormented souls for decades. She escaped from Dr. Psycho’s Haunted Estate and will do her best to trap you in an ever-lasting, dreadful labyrinth.


Pumpkin Patches

Burwinkel Farms is a small, family-owned farm located in Southwest Ohio and has been in operation since 1918. Our third-generation farm strives to provide the best produce on the market at a price that doesn’t break the customer’s bank. From the main farm in Ross, OH, our produce is picked fresh and travels daily to different neighborhood, roadside stands within the tri-state area. We have locations in Harrison, Colerain, White Oak, Delhi, Western Hills, Fairfield, Sharonville, West Chester, and Cheviot to name a few. Each one of these area markets are run by family or long-time family friends, all with the Burwinkel Farms motto in mind; “Expect the Best from Burwinkel Farms.” The freshness and taste of the produce we provide are the qualities that matter most to us, and with almost 100 years of experience, that’s why Burwinkel’s has become famous for the best corn in town!

During the whole month of October, our farm also offers a variety of activities for all ages including a corn maze, skid maze, Halloween scavenger hunt, crawl-thru straw tunnel, corn pool, and weekend hayrides to our pumpkin patch and sunflower field (when in bloom). We welcome scheduled group/school field trips for weekday visits, which includes an educational session. What a great way to spend a beautiful fall day! Hours vary, please call 738-1145 for more details.

As a small, family farm, we thank you for your support! Eat Fresh. Eat Local. Eat Smart. Please continue to support small farmers, like Burwinkel Farms, so you can continue to know where your food comes from. If you have any comments, questions, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Fall on the Farm - Blooms and Berries Farm Market

Enjoy some farm fun right here in Loveland. Whether you’re looking for fresh patio flowers, homegrown produce, or a day out with the kids, Blooms & Berries Farm Market has it all. You’ll find a variety of blooming and budding plants to create the garden of your dreams. Families from all over Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky also love picking their own strawberries and blueberries when they’re in season. Not to mention, fall here is magical -- an a-maze-ing 7-acre corn maze, hayride, and pumpkin patch among other farm favorites. At Blooms & Berries Farm Market, there’s always something for everyone!


Although Halloween might look different this year, there are still so many ways to have fun and enjoy the holiday!

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