From a haunted prison to a spooky mansion, 5 Halloween adventures in Ohio
Nothing screams Halloween like spooky stories, and grim tales about actual events are even more frightening.
But you don't have to travel to infamously haunted cities – such as Savannah, Georgia, or Salem, Massachusetts – to hear a good ghost story. Ohio has a rich history of paranormal experiences and haunted sites for people to go to and get their scare on.
Some places even offer tours, from the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield to Anchorage Mansion in Marietta. Here's a list of haunted tours around the Buckeye State for all you macabre-loving weirdos (like myself).
Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield
The Ohio State Reformatory, which closed in 1990, sees an upward of 120,000 visitors annually , partially due to its paranormal connections. The old prison where "The Shawshank Redemption" was filmed offers several tour options, including self-guided and private-guided tours, in which visitors can learn about the spooky history of the facility.
During October, the prison offers a Shawshank Bus Tour, a 90-minute walking tour which stops at local filming sites. It also hosts the Escape from Blood Prison Tour, a theatrical Halloween experience that explores the horrors of the historic reformatory.
- Self-guided tours : 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Ticket prices range from $19-$25.
- Private-guided tours : Private-guided tours can be scheduled anytime between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, but require a two-week advance notice. Ticket prices start at $500 for a 10-person group.
- Shawshank Bus Tour: Noon on Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are $99 per person.
- Escape from Blood Prison: Tours are held from 7 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 29. Ticket prices range from $35-$75. There is a $5 processing fee per order.
As the oldest town in Ohio, Marietta is an excellent destination for haunted tours this Halloween. Hidden Marietta, a tour and event company, offers several historic and spooky tours year-round and during October.
Learn about the natural and medical disasters, as well as other mysterious occurrences, that have plagued the town by taking the Front Street Ghost Trek. You can also explore the history of the Anchorage Mansion and the story of the Putnam family, including the untimely death of Eliza Putnam, on one of the many guided and self-guided Anchorage Mansion tours. Eliza, who designed the Italianate mansion, died in the home three years after it was built.
- Ghost Trek: 7 and 8 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $15 for kids ages 5-12 and $20 for adults ages 13 and older. Free for children under 4.
- Anchorage Flashlight Tour: 8-11 p.m. Fridays. Tickets are $15 for kids ages 5-12 and $20 for adults ages 13 and older. Free for children under 4.
- Anchorage Haunted History Tour: 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets are $15 for kids ages 5-12 and $20 for adults ages 13 and older. Free for children under 4.
- Anchorage Self-Guided Tour: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Tickets are $5 for kids ages 5-12 and $10 for adults ages 13 and older.
American Legacy Tours in Cincinnati
Founded in 2009, American Legacy Tours offers over 17 guided tours and events, including seasonal haunted experiences throughout Cincinnati. It has been featured in several national publications, such as National Geographic, Forbes Travel, BBC America and more.
Haunted tour options include the Ultimate Queen City is Haunted Tour, which takes visitors on a journey through the "terrifying true stories" of Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, and the Nightmare on Elm Street Tour that begins and ends at Northern Row Brewery & Distillery and descends 30 feet underground into the 19th-century lagering tunnels. The tour group also offers haunted tours in Mount Healthy and Northern Kentucky.
- Ultimate Queen City is Haunted Tour: 8:30 p.m. Mondays, 7 and 9 p.m. Thursdays and 6-9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays throughout October. Tickets are $29 per person.
- Nightmare on Elm Street Tour: 7-9 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays throughout October. Tickets are $39 per person.
- Mount Healthy is Haunted Tour: 7-9:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays throughout October. Tickets are $29 per person.
- Newport is Haunted: 7-9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays throughout October. Tickets are $29 per person.
- The Covington Haunted and Historic Tour: 7-9 p.m. Saturdays throughout October. Tickets are $29 per person.
Cleveland Ghosts of the Coasts Haunted Tour
Touting itself as "Cleveland's #1 rated ghost tour," this spooky experience dives into the city's spine-tingling past, per the tour website . During the one-hour walking tour, visitors explore unsolved murders, go to desecrated hallowed grounds and learn more about the darkness that lurks beyond the city's surface.
Featured tour stops include Public Square, Cleveland Grays Armory Museum, Terminal Tower Observation Deck, Erie Street Cemetery, Kingsbury Run, Hanna Theater, Cleveland Police Museum and more.
- Cleveland Ghosts of the Coasts Haunted Tour: 8 p.m. daily. Tickets are $16 for children under 13 and $25 for adults.
Haunted Ohio Statehouse Tours in Columbus
Tour the darkened chambers and haunted halls of the Ohio Statehouse by lantern light this October. This spooky tour is for ages 12 and older and takes visitors through several historical exhibits in one of the country's oldest capitol buildings.
- Ohio Statehouse Haunted Tour: 7-9 p.m. Oct. 13-21. Tickets are $15 for adults ages 18 and older and $7 for students ages 12-17. There is a $3 processing fee per order.
13 Must-See Ohio Haunted Houses in 2023
If you love Halloween haunted house attractions , you’ve come to the right place! We currently have 128 spooky haunts listed in OHIO , including twisted trails , haunted hayrides , home haunts , corn mazes , and more!
Here’s a list of some of the most popular haunted houses on our website that you don’t want to miss this season!
13. Hammer Brothers Haunted Circus – Waynesfield, OH
Hammer Brother’s Haunted Circus offers an indoor haunted house, an outdoor haunted cornfield, and a zombie paintball wagon ride. They also offer a touch pass to make things more extreme.
12. Haunted Hoorah – Marion, OH
Haunted Hoorah is a uniquely interactive, military/sci-fi-themed haunted attraction where YOU become part of the story! Comply or DIE starting September 15th!
To read more about the experience, check out Team Teachers of Terror ‘s 2022 review HERE .
11. Brimstone Haunt – Wilmington, OH
Brimstone Haunt contains multiple haunted attractions on the same property as the Ohio Renaissance Festival. Haunt seekers can visit the Haunted Hayride, the Forgotten Forest, Psychosis, the Zombie Midway, and more!
To read more about this haunted attraction, check out Team Enchanted Seance ‘s 2022 review HERE .
10. Wells Township Haunted House – Brilliant, OH
Wells Township Haunted House is a high-energy, intense, live-action haunted house where they can touch you! This old-school-style show spans over 10,000 square feet through multiple levels of an old, haunted building. The doors open September 22nd.
To read more about the experience, check out Team Houdini ‘s 2022 review HERE .
9. Ghoul Brothers – Akron, OH
Ghoul Brother’s House of Horrors is a mind-blowing, horror-dripping haunted house attraction.
To read more about this haunted experience, check out Team Cleaverland ‘s 2022 review HERE .
8. Land of Illusion – Middletown, OH
Land of Illusion Haunted Scream Park is an entire night of fright! With 6 haunted attractions, live performances, bonfires, food, bars, and more, this truly is a haunted themed park!
For more information, check out our 2022 review HERE .
7. Akron Haunted Schoolhouse & Laboratory – Akron, OH
The Legendary Akron Haunted Schoolhouse & Haunted Laboratory opens September 23rd to celebrate their 50th consecutive season of screams at the same location! The Schoolhouse and Lab take place in separate buildings on the same property.
For more information about the experience, check out Team Jefferson Starship ‘s 2022 review HERE .
6. Face Your Fears Hotel of Terror – Springfield, OH
Face Your Fears Hotel of Terror will start booking guests on September 15th. This attraction was rated #1 in Ohio by The Scare Factor in 2022. The hotel is also one of the scariest haunts in Ohio. They offer an optional touch pass for a hands-on experience. Are you ready to face your fears?
Read about Team Enchanted Seance ‘s extreme experience in their 2022 review HERE .
5. Factory of Terror – Canton, OH
The Factory of Terror is one of the largest indoor haunted houses in the world! They offer five haunted attractions, multiple bars, a large gift shop, and more! Prepare for a night full of frights beginning September 23rd.
To read more about this terrifying experience, check out Team Jefferson Starship ‘s 2023 review HERE .
4. Blood Prison – Mansfield, OH
Blood Prison is a downright scary haunted house attraction inside the real and haunted Ohio State Reformatory. Their 2023 season begins September 29th.
To read more about this haunted house experience, check out Team Cleaverland ‘s 2022 review HERE .
3. Haunted Hoochie at Dead Acres – Pataskala, OH
The Haunted Hoochie is billed as the world’s most extreme haunted attraction. It is not suited for anyone, and you may need therapy after visiting as it is an all-out assault on your mind and senses. The Hoochie is always a highly-rated haunt, and for good reason. You will see many things here you won’t see at another haunt. The beatings begin September 15th.
To read more about this crazy experience, check out Team Teachers of Terror ‘s 2022 review HERE .
2. The Dent Schoolhouse – Cincinnati, OH
The Dent Schoolhouse is Cincinnati’s go-to spot for getting scared! The schoolhouse is continuously ranked one of the best haunts in the country. Rumor has it the school’s janitor murdered some students. Are you brave enough to see if those rumors are true?
To read more about the haunting experience, check out Team Zombillies ‘ 2022 review HERE .
1. Fear Columbus – Columbus, OH
Fear Columbus is Ohio’s Ultimate haunted house! This is a must-see haunt with multiple immersive attractions under one roof, a soundtrack to die for, endless scares, a large gift shop, and more! Opening night is September 15th.
To read more about the scary experience, check out Team Teachers of Terror ‘s 2022 review HERE .
For a full list of all scary attractions in OHIO, please visit our OHIO Haunted House Directory
Now get out there and STAY SCARY!
Note from the editors: This list is not a top haunts list. We are not saying these are the best or scariest haunts in the state or the only ones you should visit. It would be best if you considered these when making your Halloween season plans, as they are some of the most popular amongst our reviewers and our site visitors.
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Halloween events in Cincinnati for the height of 2023 spooky season 🎃
Posted: October 16, 2023 | Last updated: October 16, 2023
The scariest time of the year is rapidly approaching, and no, we aren't talking about tax time. Halloween events are bubbling up like a witch's cauldron, and we hope you're able to carve out some time to have lots of skele-fun.
This list of spooktacularly fun things to do will help you creep it real and get the party startled. Just remember to always look on the fright side of life.
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Family-friendly Halloween fun
Through Oct. 31: Jack O' Lantern Junction, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday, EnterTrainment Junction, 7379 Squire Court, West Chester. Kids can trick or treat through the indoor, kid-friendly maze and see friendly ghosts, skeletons and more. Enjoy new Halloween mini-scenes and a Halloween-themed train display. entertrainmentjunction.com .
Through Oct. 29: Tricks and Treats Fall Fest, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Kings Island, 6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason. Family-friendly fall activities including fall-themed games and game shows, hay bale maze, kiddie tractor rides, specialty food and craft beer, entertainment, trick or treating, rides and more. Runs Saturday-Sunday Sept. 24-Oct. 29. Visitkingsisland.com .
Through Oct. 31: Howl-O-Ween, Great Wolf Lodge, 2501 Great Wolf Drive, Mason. Enjoy Halloween decor, costume parade, story time, crafts, pajama dance party, and more. greatwolf.com .
Through Oct. 29: Haunted Mini Golf, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Big Bone Lick State Historic Site, 3380 Beaver Road, Union. Young witches and warlocks can enjoy daytime putting, or visit after dark for a scary good time. Appropriate for all ages. $5 per player, free ages 5-under. parks.ky.gov .
Oct. 1, 8, 22, 29: Wild West Fall Fest, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Terror Town, 1449 Greenbush Cobb Road, Williamsburg. Family fun on select Sundays. Pumpkin patch, costume contests, trunk or treat, vendors, food and more. $5. Allhallowsevellc.com .
Oct. 7-29: Pumpkin Patch Express, 10 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Lebanon Mason & Monroe Railroad, 16 E. South St., Lebanon. Celebrate autumn with a train ride to pumpkin patch and enjoy variety of fall activities. $27-$32. lebanonrr.com .
Oct. 7-29: Weekends at the BOO!seum, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Queensgate. Every weekend during October, enjoy costume parades, dance parties and Halloween activities, plus $3 discount on admission for guests in costume. cincymuseum.org/booseum .
Oct. 12: Halloween at Hogwarts, 6-7:30 p.m., Lebanon Public Library, 101 S. Broadway St., Lebanon. Visit magic stations, make a craft, complete a scavenger hunt and test your knowledge with Harry Potter trivia. Free, register: lebanonlibrary.org .
Oct. 13: Spooky Summit Cinema, 8 p.m., Summit Park, 4335 Glendale Milford Road, Blue Ash. Halloween movie in the park. blueash.com .
Oct. 13: Outdoor Fall Movie Night, 6:30 p.m., Bond Hill Recreation center, 1501 Elizabeth Place, Bond Hill. Free. cincyrec.org .
Oct. 13-14, 20-21, 27-28: Haunted Village, 6-10 p.m., Sharon Woods, 11500 Lebanon Road, Sharonville. The 19th-century village transforms into a family-friendly, slight-fright haunt with ghosts, witches, creepy critter zoo, haunted woods and more. Costumes encouraged. $15, $12 advance. heritagevillagecincinnati.org .
Oct. 13-15: Operation Pumpkin, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, High Street, Hamilton. See giant pumpkins, enjoy pumpkin weight-off, more than 100 artisan and food vendors, live music and more. Free admission. Operation-pumpkin.org .
Oct. 14-15, 21-22, 28-29: HallZOOeen, noon-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale. Bring treat bag and visit trick or treat stations throughout zoo. Enjoy Phil Dalton's Theater of Illusion shows at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Hogwart's Express Train Ride and Scare-ousel cost extra. Kids can wear costumes. cincinnatizoo.org .
Oct. 15: Hocus Pocus Halloween, 2-7 p.m., Middletown. Family-friendly festival features creepy car show, trunk or treat from 2-4 p.m. and more. Festival takes place on Main Street from Central Avenue to First Street. Free admission.
Oct. 19: Fall Harvest Fest, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Price Hill Recreation Center, 959 Hawthorne Ave., East Price Hill. Free.
Oct. 19: Trunk or Treat, 6-7:30 p.m., Evanston Recreation Center, 3204 Woodburn Ave., Evanston. Free. cincyrec.org .
Oct. 20: Fall Festival, 6-8:30 p.m., North Avondale Recreation Center, 617 Clinton Springs Ave., North Avondale. Free. cincyrec.org .
Oct. 20: Spooky Tales on the Trails: Cosmic Curiosities, 7, 7:30 and 8 p.m., Mitchell Memorial Forest, Wood Duck Trail, 5401 Zion Road, Cleves. Family-friendly hike will leave you in awe of the night sky. $5 per person. Register by Oct. 19. greatparks.org .
Oct. 20: Howl at the Hall, 6-9 p.m., Westwood Town Hall, 3017 Harrison Ave., Westwood. Free. cincyrec.org .
Oct. 21 and 28: Spook-O-Ree, 5-10 p.m., Cub World, 6035 Price Road, Loveland. Family-friendly activities include trick or treating, haunted castle, midway games, haunted trail and more. $15. danbeard.org .
Oct. 21: Queen City Vaudevillians Halloween Show, 7-8:30 p.m., Falcon Theater, 636 Monmouth St., Newport. Spooky, family-friendly fun with songs, dances, comedy routines, magic, prizes and surprises. $20-$25. eventbrite.com .
Oct. 21: Halloween Craft Show, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Clermont County Fairgrounds, 1000 Locust St., Owensville. Features 36 vendors in commercial building behind grandstands. eastsidevendors.com .
Oct. 21: Halloween Walk in the Woods, noon-3 p.m., Blue Ash Nature Park, 4433 Cooper Road, Blue Ash. Nature-filled adventure along woodland path, with stops at Halloween-themed booths to collect treats from friendly costumed characters. Crafts, story time, performances. Geared toward ages 10-under. Free. blueash.com .
Oct. 21: Halloween Carnival, 5-6:30 p.m., Clifton Recreation Center, 320 McAlpin Ave., Clifton. Free. cincyrec.org .
Oct. 22: Spooktacular Halloween, noon-2 p.m., AJ Jolly Park, 1501 Race Track Road, Alexandria. campbellcountyky.gov .
Oct. 22: Lights Up Night at Mount Healthy Haunted Hall, 6-6:45 p.m., 7700 Seward Ave., Mount Healthy. Kids can go trick or treating through the much less scary hall plus take a trip through the giant vortex tunnel. $5 per child, free adults. hauntedhallinfo.com .
Oct. 22: USS Nightmare Lights On Matinee, 4-6 p.m., 100 Riverboat Row, Newport. Tour the haunted dredge boat without the dread and fear. $13, $10 ages 12-under. ussnightmare.com .
Oct. 22: Dent Schoolhouse Lights On, 4-6 p.m., 5963 Harrison Ave., Dent. Walk through the Dent Schoolhouse in full operation without the monsters and with the lights on. Trick or treat stations, meet and greet opportunities. Includes Monster Midway, the Cincinnati Haunted House Museum and the Jack O' Lantern Showcase. Bring extra cash for Dent Mini Escapes and axe throwing. $15, $10 ages 10-under. dentschoolhouse.com .
Oct. 24: Trunk or Treat, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Mount Washington Recreation Center, 1715 Beacon St., Mount Washington. Free. cincyrec.org .
Oct. 20: Spooky Tales on the Trails: Cosmic Curiosities, 7, 7:30 and 8 p.m., Fernbank Park, Sycamore Trail, 50 Thornton Ave., Sayler Park. Family-friendly hike will leave you in awe of the night sky. $5 per person. Register by Oct. 26. greatparks.org .
Oct. 27-29: Monster Mash Bash, Friday-Sunday, Big Bone Lick State Historic Site, 3380 Beaver Road, Union. Halloween campout for the whole family. parks.ky.gov .
Oct. 27-28: Cheviot Spooktacular, 7-10 p.m., Harvest Home Park, 3961 North Bend Road, Cheviot. Hayrides, barrel train rides, spooky haunted barn, kids games, face painting, costume contest for ages 12-under, howl at the moon contest for all ages, concessions featuring NYPD Pizza. Hosted by Cheviot Police Association. facebook.com .
Oct. 27-29: MonsterMania, 7 p.m. Friday, 4 and 7 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday, Falcon Theater, 636 Monmouth St., Newport. This children’s theatre musical comedy includes three witches who hate to clean, two vampires who like to bake, a teenage werewolf pizza delivery guy and more. Wear your costume. Runs Oct. 27-29. $20, $10 students and children. Falcontheater.net .
Oct. 27: Ghoul Fest, 6-8 p.m., Pleasant Ridge Recreation Center, 5915 Ridge Ave., Pleasant Ridge. Free. cincyrec.org .
Oct. 27: Trunk or Treat, 6-98 p.m., Madisonville Recreation Center, 5320 Stewart Ave., Madisonville. Free. cincyrec.org .
Oct. 27: Halloween Costume Party, 6-8 p.m., Sayler Park Recreation Center, 6720 Home City Ave., Sayler Park. Free. cincyrec.org .
Oct. 27: Fall Fun Festival, 6:30-9 p.m., Evanston Recreation Center, 3204 Woodburn Ave., Evanston. Free. cincyrec.org .
Oct. 27: Spooky Tales on the Trails: Creepy Crawlies, 7, 7:30 and 8 p.m., Fernbank Park, 50 Thornton Ave., Sayler Park. Set off from Sycamore Trail and hear spooky tale about creatures that creep and crawl. Family-friendly hike. $5 per person. Register: greatparks.org .
Oct. 28: Cincinnati Pops Orchestra: Halloween Spooktacular, 10:30 a.m., Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. Lollipops family concert perfect for ages 2-9. Cincinnatisymphony.org .
Oct. 28: Pioneer Village Trick or Treat, 3-6 p.m., Caesar’s Creek Pioneer Village, Harveysburg. Kids can wear costumes and trick or treat throughout village. Free. Facebook.com .
Oct. 28: Jack-O-Lantern Contest & Walk, 7:30-9 p.m., Boone County Fairgrounds, 5819 Idlewild Road, Burlington. Walk illuminated trail lined with jack-o-lanterns. Hayrides, refreshments. Free.
Oct. 28: Howl-O-Ween Hootenanny, noon-3 p.m., ArtsConnect, 9158 Winton Road, Springfield Township. Outdoor, family-friendly Halloween celebration features not-so-scary hay maze, visits with costumed characters, games, scavenger hunt, pumpkin painting and more. Kids can wear Halloween costumes and trick or treat with local businesses. Pet costume contest at 2 p.m. Free. theartsconnect.us .
Oct. 28: Halloween Story Time, 2-3:30 p.m., Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road, Norwood. Free.
Oct. 28: Trunk or Treat, noon-3 p.m., Bush Community Center, 2640 Kemper Lane, Walnut Hills. Free. cincyrec.org .
Oct. 28: Trunk or Treat, 6-8 p.m., Oakley Recreation Center, 3882 Paxton Ave., Oakley. Free. cincyrec.org .
Oct. 28: Nature at Night Pumpkin Hike, 6:30-8 p.m., Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, Ellenwood Nature Barn, 3455 Poole Road, Colerain Township. Jack-o-Lanterns light a path along Pin Oak Trail. Bring flashlight and enjoy self-guided hike, campfire, and drawing to take home jack-o-lanterns. $5, additional $3 to take home pumpkin of choice.
Oct. 28-29: Tricks or Treats at the Ohio Renaissance Festival, 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 10542 State Route 73, Harveysburg. Ages 12-under can enjoy a spooky day of fun trick or treating around the village. Costumes encouraged. Bring candy bucket. Free ages 12-under. renfestival.com .
Oct. 29: Trick or Treat at Treasure Aisles, 11 a.m., Treasure Aisles Flea Market, 320 N. Garver Road, Monroe. Wear costume and trick or treat.
Oct. 31: Trick or Treat at The Market, 4-6 p.m., Findlay Market, 1801 Race St., Over-the-Rhine. Kids can wear their costumes and trick or treat around the market. Includes story time, crafts, games, a spooky haunted house and more. Free. findlaymarket.org .
Oct. 31: Halloween on the Hill, 5 p.m., Bow Tie Cafe, 1101 St. Gregory St., Mount Adams. Prizes for costumes in multiple categories, awarded at the Monk Fountain at 5:55 p.m., followed by trick or treating from 6-8 p.m. Free. mtadamscincy.org .
Oct. 31: Trunk or Treat, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Winton Hills Recreation Center, 5170 Winneste, Winton Hills. cincyrec.org .
Eat, drink and be scary! (Adults-only Halloween parties)
Oct. 13: Haunted Wine Walk, 6-9 p.m., 105 B Walnut St., Lawrenceburg. Enjoy wine tastings and specials, scary stories about city's historic buildings, costumed characters and more. Benefits Dearborn County Historical Society. $10. downtownlawrenceburg.com .
Oct. 20: HallowEve Brew Bash, 6-10 p.m., Ault Park, 5090 Observatory Circle, Mount Lookout. Costume party includes 10 5-ounce tastings from some of Cincinnati’s top microbreweries. Live music with Gee Your Band Smells Terrific. Wine, soft drinks and water for purchase. $40, $30 advance. Aultparkac.org .
Oct. 21: Happy Hour Halloweekend Pub Crawl, 4-11 p.m., Pins Mechanical Co., 1124 Main St., Over-the-Rhine. $20. eventbrite.com .
Oct. 21: Wicked Night Out Charity Ball, 7-11 p.m., The Blue Note, 9660 Dry Fork Road, Harrison. Ladies-only event. Costume contest, buffet dinner, soft drinks, raffles, auction, split the pot and fun. Cash bar. Benefits Pink Ribbon Good. Ages 21-up. $35. pinkribbongood.org .
Oct. 26: Halloween Emo Night Cincy, 7-11 p.m., Tiki Tiki Bang Bang, 965 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills. Spooky vibes and raffles prizes. Benefits My Sound Project. mysoundproject.com .
Oct. 27: Halloweekend Bar Crawl, 4-11 p.m., Pins Mechanical Co., 1124 Main St., Over-the-Rhine. Wear a costume and join the fun. $20. eventbrite.com .
Oct. 27: Halloween Boat Party, 11 p.m., BB Riverboats, 101 Riverboat Row, Newport. Haunted boat ride party with DJ Slick Rick. Costume contest with $1k prize. Ages 21-up. $40. cincyticket.com .
Oct. 27: Haunted Mansion Halloween Party, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., Rosedale, 208 E. Twelfth St., Over-the-Rhine. Costumes encouraged, themed cocktails, spooky selfie portrait chamber and more.
Oct. 27: Ha Ha Halloween Improv, 8-9:30 p.m., Dead Low Brewing, 5959 Kellogg Ave., California. Fast-paced Chicago-style comedy. $15. eventbrite.com .
Oct. 27-28: Halloween Bar Crawl, 4 p.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday, Bloom OTR, 1120 Walnut St., Over-the-Rhine. Pick up lanyard and event badge and crawl seven venues in OTR. Afterparty at Queen City Exchange. $15. crawlwith.us .
Oct. 27-28: Night Circus: Blood Moon, Woodward Theater, 1404 Main St., Over-the-Rhine. Two nights of one-of-a-kind Halloween shows featuring pole dance, aerial arts, burlesque and more at this adult variety show. $20-up. passionproductionscincy.com .
Oct. 28: Hallowiener Party, 7 p.m., Southgate House Revival, Sanctuary, 111 E. Sixth St., Newport. Featuring live music, tattoo artists, costume contest, giveaways, free hot dogs. Ages 18-up. $25, $20 advance. southgatehouse.com .
Oct. 28: Riot Rose Burlesque Halloween Show, 8 p.m., Southgate House Revival, Revival Room, 111 E. Sixth St., Newport. Performances by Roxy Jean, Blaze Belle, Raven, Mx. Mori, Daedalus Wrex, Crop Failure, music by DOS. Ages 18-up. $15. southgatehouse.com .
Oct. 28: Halloween Bar Crawl, 1 p.m., Tin Roof, 160 E. Freedom Way, Downtown. Bar hop around The Banks. Costume contest. $9-$40. eventbrite.com .
Oct. 28: Halloween Silent Disco, 7:30-11:30 p.m., Hi-Wire Brewing, 4600 Beech St., Norwood. Wear your costume and dance the night away. $10-$15. eventbrite.com .
Oct. 28: PRBA Halloween Pub Crawl & Costume Contest, 7-11 p.m., Pleasant Ridge. Hosted by Pleasant Ridge Business Association. Cash prizes for best costume.
Oct. 28: Amanda Watkins Dunn Memorial Fund Halloween Party, 7-11 p.m., Willow Event Center, 7881 Colerain Ave., Colerain Township. Dance, DJ, photo booth, costume contest and more. Ticket includes appetizers, beer, wine, well liquor. Adults only. $50. Reservations: 513-225-0660.
Oct. 28: Halloween Party, 8:30 p.m., The Green Lantern Cafe, 3938 Decoursey Ave., Latonia. Costume contest, drink specials.
Oct. 28: Halloween Party, Strasse Haus, 630 Main St., Covington. Enjoy live music and costume party.
Oct. 28: Costumes & Cocktails, 7 p.m.-midnight, Oakley Kitchen, 3715 Madison Road, Oakley. Costume contest, live music, themed appetizer buffet and more. $45.
Oct. 28: Oakley Masquerade, 8 p.m.-midnight, 20th Century Theater, 3021 Madison Road, Oakley. Benefits ProKids. oakleymasquerade.com .
Oct. 28: Men in Black Halloween Party, noon-2 a.m., Low Spark, 15 W. Fourteenth St., Over-the-Rhine. Drink specials, costumes encouraged.
Oct. 28: Halloween Party w/ the Cincinnati Brass, 7-11:30 p.m., Bircus Brewing Co., 322 Elm St., Ludlow. Costume party, live music and more. $15. eventbrite.com .
Oct. 28: Alphas in Hell: A Comedy Variety Show, 8-9:15 p.m., Know Theatre, 1120 Jackson St., Over-the-Rhine. Thematic sketch comedy, improv, music, stand-up and dancing. Halloween karaoke contest follows. $15. alphascomedy.ticketleap.com .
Oct. 28: Beyond the Grave Rave, 10 p.m., Rosedale, 208 E. Twelfth St., Over-the-Rhine. DJ, themed drinks, costumes encouraged.
Oct. 29: Big Bad Bone Daddy Variety Show, 7-9 p.m., Woodburn Brewing, 2800 Woodburn Ave., Walnut Hills. Comedy, burlesque and more. Costume contest with prizes. Free.
Oct. 31: Halloween at Harmonize Club/The Place, 8 p.m., 6005 Vine St., Elmwood Place. Hosted by Dat Dude Dev. Enjoy food, games, performances and vendors. $20, $15 advance. eventbrite.com .
Other wicked fun
Sept. 15-Oct. 31: Dent Schoolhouse Behind the Scenes Tour, 4:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 5963 Harrison Ave., Dent. Private 60-minute guided tour of the inner workings of this haunted attraction. See makeup room, costuming and backstage areas. No video. Runs Sept. 15-Oct. 31. dentschoolhouse.com .
Halloween events in Cincy for height of spooky season
Oct. 4-25: Dent Schoolhouse Ghost Tours, 8, 9 and 10 p.m. Wednesdays, 5963 Harrison Ave., Dent. Wednesdays throughout October, experience the schoolhouse without the actors and learn about the real hauntings with a personal guided tour. Each group limited to 12 tickets. dentschoolhouse.com .
Oct. 12 and 15: Bobby Mackey's Wraith Hunt, 8 p.m.-12:20 a.m., Bobby Mackey's Music World, 44 Licking Pike, Wilder. Ghost hunt along with Chad Morin and Wraith Chasers Mike and Chris. $125. ghosthuntweekends.com .
Oct. 13: Nightmare on 5th Street, 7-9 p.m., Hillforest Victorian House Museum, 213 Fifth St., Aurora. A ghostly presentation by paranormal investigators, appetizers, drinks and more. $40. Reservations: 812-926-0087; hillforest.org .
Oct. 15: Haunted Wine Run 5K, 10 a.m., Valley Vineyards, 2276 State Route 22 & 3, Morrow. Run/walk includes T-shirt, wine glass, finisher medal and a pour of wine at the finish. Benefits Pink Ribbon Good. $35, $25 ages under 21. bikesignup.com .
Oct. 20: Woodland Mystery, 6:30 p.m., Woodland Mound, Seasongood Nature Center, 203 Woodland Mound Drive, Anderson Township. Ages 16-up can enjoy solving an eerie natural history mystery. Free. Register by Oct. 18. greatparks.org .
Oct. 20-21: The Original Vevay Ghost Tour, 7 p.m., Vevay Vintage Prop & Shop, 321 Ferry St., Vevay. Walking tour features stories of those who have had "experiences" at several area locations. $30. madtixevents.com .
Oct. 24-25: Candlelight: A Haunted Evening of Halloween Classics, 6:30 and 8:45 p.m., Rhinegeist Brewery, 1901 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. $28-up. feverup.com .
Oct. 25: Boo-zy Pumpkin Carving Party, 6-8 p.m., Low Spark, 15 W. Fourteenth St., Over-the-Rhine. Pumpkin and carving kit is $7. Winner receives prize. Register: bit.ly/low-spark-pumpkin-2023 .
Oct. 26: A Date with Jane: Fright Night, 6-8 p.m., Findlay Market, 1801 Race St., Over-the-Rhine. Welcome cocktails, light bites and class on mixing Halloween-themed drinks. $40. findlaymarket.org .
Oct. 26: Candlelight: A Haunted Evening of Halloween Classics, 6:30 and 8:45 p.m., Woodward Theater, 1404 Main St., Over-the-Rhine. Performed by StringSource String Quartet. $35-$55. Feverup.com .
Oct. 26: Hocus Pocus Fall Social, 6-8:30 p.m., The Factory Events, 1546 Knowlton St., Northside. Tarot card readings, energy healing sessions, oracle readings, astrological readings, sound bowl sessions, metaphysical shopping and more. $22. Eventbrite.com.
Oct. 26-27: Aurora Ghost Walk, 7-9 p.m., Main Street, Aurora. Tour streets after dark with local historian Jim Waldon to learn of the unseen inhabitants of town. Includes low-light tour of haunted Hillforest Victorian House Museum. Reservations: 812-926-1100; hillforest.org .
Oct. 27: Night at the Haunted Museum, 5-9 p.m., Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams. Wear your Halloween costume and spend Halloween weekend in one of the country's most haunted museums. This month's Art After Dark includes self-guided ghost tours, tarot card readings, performances from Cin City Burlesque, and music from DJ Krispy. Food and drinks for purchase. Free. cincinnatiartmuseum.org .
Oct. 27: Hallow Green Fling, 7-11 p.m., The Pub at Rookwood, 2692 Edmondson Road, Norwood. Eco-friendly Halloween-themed party with raffles, door prizes, live and silent auctions, eco art displays, cocktails, light bites and more. Benefits Cincinnati Recycling & Reuse Hub. $75 VIP, $50 general. eventbrite.com .
Oct. 27: Halloween Bash, 6:30 p.m., MegaCorp. Pavilion, 101 W. Fourth St., Newport. Catered food, live auction, music by Floyd and the Walkmen. Costumes encouraged. Benefits Tender Mercies. $150. tendermerciesinc.org .
Oct. 27: Hamilton Witches' Night Out, 7-11 p.m., Basil 1791, 241 High St., Hamilton. Ticket includes dancing, food and drinks. Costume contest, photo booth. Bring extra cash for wine pull, split the pot, raffles. Cash bar. Benefits the Caring Closet. $75. eventbrite.com .
Oct. 27: OTR Fright Fest, 6:30 p.m., Washington Park, 1230 Elm St. Over-the-Rhine. See "Dracula" followed by "Frankenstein." Free. zieglerpark.org .
Oct. 28: Dia de los Muertos Celebration, 6 p.m., Historic Linden Grove Cemetery & Arboretum, 401 W. Thirteenth St., Covington. Celebrate the Day of the Dead with food, drinks, music, dancing, wagon rides and more. Facebook.com .
Oct. 28: Public Paranormal Investigation: Halloween Edition, 8 p.m.-2 a.m., Pioneer Village, Caesar’s Creek, Harveysburg. Reserve your spot early, as this one fills up fast. $40. Eventbrite.com.
Oct. 28: Halloween on the Avenue, 7-11 p.m., Downtown Harrison. Spooky cocktails and menu items, costumes and prizes, street performers, games, vendors and live music.
Oct. 28: Halloween with the Cincinnati Roller Girls, 7-10 p.m., Riverfront Park, 925 Riverside Drive, East End. Halloween skate with DJ Sneaks and DJ Jigg. skatedowntowncincinnati.com .
Oct. 28: Halloween WakeNSkate, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Riverfront Park, 925 Riverside Drive, East End. Halloween skate with DJ Jelly. skatedowntowncincinnati.com .
Oct. 28: Zombie Zumba, 9:30 a.m., Summit Park, 4335 Glendale Milford Road, Blue Ash. Special Halloween class. Wear costumes and enjoy dance moves and giveaways. Free. blueash.com .
Oct. 28: Halloween Murder Mystery Dinner, 6-9 p.m., Kentucky Local, 2030 Northside Drive, Hebron. Includes dinner, mystery game and dessert. $50. eventbrite.com .
Oct. 28: OTR Fright Fest Movie Series, 6:30-11 p.m., Imagination Alley, 1317 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine. See "Halloweentown" followed by "Frankenweenie. Free. zieglerpark.org .
Oct. 29: OTR Fright Night Movie Series, 6:30-11 p.m., Ziegler Park, 1322 Sycamore St., Over-the-Rhine. See "Hocus Pocus" followed by "Haunted Mansion." Free. zieglerpark.org .
Oct. 31: The Original Vevay Ghost Tour, 7 p.m., Vevay Vintage Prop & Shop, 321 Ferry St., Vevay. Walking tour features stories of those who have had 'experiences' at several area locations. Ages 21-up only. $40. madtixevents.com .
Oct. 31: Spooky Soiree Seniors Luncheon, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Dunham Recreation Center, 4356 Dunham Lane, West Price Hill. cincyrec.org .
Ongoing: Ghost Tours, American Legacy Tours, 1332 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine. Choose from Ultimate Queen City is Haunted, Newport is Haunted, Nightmare on Elm Street, Mount Healthy is Haunted, Covington Haunted and Historic tours. americanlegacytours.com .
Bone to be wild (pet costume parties and fun)
Oct. 19: Yoga With Cats Halloween Edition, 7 p.m., Ohio Alleycat Resource & Spay/Neuter Clinic, 5619 Orlando Place, Madisonville. Enjoy yoga with kitties and experienced instructor from The Yoga Bar. Swag bag, and you get to name a cat. $100. eventbrite.com .
Oct. 21: Doggy Halloween Fun Show, 1-6 p.m., Eden Park, 950 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams. Costume contests, trick-a-treat booths, bounce houses, cornhole contest, food trucks and more. Free.
Oct. 28: Halloween Goat Yoga, 9-10:30 a.m. and 10:30-noon, Fifty West Brewing, 7605 Wooster Pike, Columbia Township. Two sessions to choose from. Goats will be wearing their Halloween costumes. $35. fiftywestbrew.com .
Oct. 28: Bark or Treat, 1-4 p.m., MadTree Brewing, 3301 Madison Road, Oakley. Bring your dog trick or treating with more than a dozen local dog businesses. Pet costume contest at 2:30 p.m. Free.
Oct. 29: Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Contest, 2-4 p.m., Findlay Market, 1801 Race St., Over-the-Rhine. findlaymarket.org .
Nov. 4: Meow-lloween, 4:30-8:30 p.m., Leapin' Lizard Gallery, 726 Main St., Covington. Purr-fectly spooky night with fellow cat fans. Enjoy silent auction, raffles, split the pot, food, music, costumes, pumpkin carving contest and more. Benefits Community Cat Network of Cincinnati. $25. eventbrite.com .
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