The air is crisp, the leaves are crunchy and the coffee is pumpkin-spiced. Telltale signs of fall are everywhere, and they may have you itching for a caramel apple or a good scare. Get your fall fix with these events happening around Cincinnati.
Fall Spooks and Sights
Pick a pumpkin
If you’re looking for the perfect gourd, stop by Bonnybrook Farms on October weekends. Featuring a corn maze, giant slingshots and archery, you’ll have plenty of activities to choose from. Niederman Family Farm, Shaw Farms and Neltner’s Farm host fall festivals to keep you in the spirit before and after you wander through the patch.
Looking for a spot where you can pick a pumpkin and satisfy your apple craving, too? Hidden Valley Fruit Farm offers traditional apple cider, but you can also bite into their specialty fall treat called the “Thriller”—a caramel apple dipped in chocolate, rolled in peanuts and drizzled with even more chocolate. Over at Iron’s Fruit Farm, you can pick your own apples and pumpkins before indulging in cinnamon cider donuts and sugar-dusted apple fritters.
Enjoy the autumn air
If you haven’t yet made it out to the Ohio Renaissance Festival, Tricks or Treats weekend from October 22 to 23 is your last chance until next year. Wander through the village in your best costume, wash down some delicious food with a mug of ale and enjoy the shows one last time for the 2016 season.
Does your dog like to dress up for Halloween, too? Have them join the Howling Pooch Parade in Wyoming on October 23, and you may just head home with an award from the costume contest.
Skating around an ice rink in your Halloween costume may sound odd, but what’s Halloween if not a bit strange? Lace up for the Halloween Skate Party at Fountain Square on October 29. After you’ve worked up an appetite, head over to Washington Park’s Fall Fest Weekend for homemade baked goods, local craft vendors and live music stretching into the night.
Go for fright
Consistently voted as some of the best haunted houses in the country, The Dent School House and USS Nightmare guarantee heart-pounding scares. Whether you’re wandering through the old school house or the authentic steamboat, these haunts offer a unique experience you won’t find outside of the Cincinnati area.
In the daylight, King’s Island is a kid-friendly Halloween destination, but danger lurks after sundown. Wander through the mazes and scare zones, or see what it’s like to ride your favorite roller coasters by the light of the moon.
For history buffs, the Queen City is Haunted and Newport is Haunted tours will regale you with tales of grisly murders and ghastly deaths. You’ll get spooked and unearth some unsettling facts you never knew about your city.
Written by Dakota Wright, Graduate Assistant to the Graduate School Office