Photo Courtesy of Cultured Coffee & WafflesAny good day begins with a cup of coffee or tea. Some of the best coffee shops in the heart of downtown Canton include Carpe Diem Coffee Shop, Cultured Coffee & Waffles, and Muggswigz Coffee & Tea Co. They are located within walking distance of one another near much of the activity in downtown. If you're looking for a hearty meal to accompany your caffeinated drink of choice, consider Cultured Coffee & Waffles, which serves a wide variety of both savory and sweet waffles, from chicken and waffles to the ultra-sweet Scout Waffle (AKA the S'more Waffle) covered in graham cracker bits, marshmallow syrup, chocolate icing, marshmallows and chocolate sprinkles.
Photo Courtesy of the McKinley Presidential Library & MuseumNext, step into the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum. Former president William McKinley spent much of his life in Canton, where he practiced law and married his wife, Ida Saxton. The hands-on interactive science center, presidential museum, planetarium and historical library takes visitors on a scientific journey through the past, present and future. The McKinley Presidential Library & Museum honors the life of McKinley and tells the story of Stark County, serving as an educational center of history and science for both the local community and a global audience. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Photo Courtesy of Joe Albert via Street SideHead back to the heart of downtown, where you'll be spending the remainder of the day. Downtown Canton has a number of excellent eateries to choose from, whether you're craving seafood, tacos or something in between. Basil Asian Bistro offers delicious dishes inspired by southeastern Asian cuisine in a cozy brick-walled setting. Street Side is an industrial eatery with a delicious assortment of Mexican street food, including tacos, burritos and bowls, plus delicious margaritas. Bender's Tavern is Canton's oldest and most historic restaurant, serving a wide selection of seafood and steak dishes in a vintage, wood-paneled interior.
Photo Courtesy of the Canton Brewing CompanyThere's something special about visiting a local brewery, where the beer you're drinking is brewed just steps from your table. Dating back to 1883, the Canton Brewing Company has a rich history, so be sure to read up on the full story before your visit! The brewery is still committed to the historic beers that made them famous over a century ago, while embracing the new craft traditions of the modern industry. You'll find some core beers, including the Tuscora Pilsner, the Cascade Pale Ale and the Carpe Noctem, in addition to a variety of seasonal and rotational beers, plus barrel-aged and limited release brews.
Photo Courtesy of the Canton Arts DistrictThere is plenty to do, see and experience in the Canton Arts District, home to 30 art galleries, studios, music venues and specialty shops. If you happen to be downtown on the first Friday of the month, you're in luck! The district transforms into a lively creative party, featuring live music, performance and visual arts events, and lots of surprises for all ages. First Friday is from 6–10 p.m. on the first Friday of every month, rain or shine.
Photo Courtesy of Fronimo's DowntownAfter all this activity, it's time to settle down for a nice meal and perhaps a glass of wine. Some of our favorite dinner destinations in downtown Canton include: H2 Huth & Harris Wine Merchants serves contemporary American cuisine accompanied by an exceptional wine program. Lucca Downtown is an upscale restaurant with a Tuscan-inspired menu filled with locally sourced ingredients. Fronimo's Downtown is a relatively new industrial restaurant serving small plates, sandwiches, steaks, and salads, plus craft beer, cocktails and wine.
Photo Courtesy of Escape Room DowntownSolving the mystery in an escape room is a fun and interactive way to spend the evening, especially on a colder or rainy night. Escape Room Downtown offers three themed escape rooms, including The Missing Detective's Office, The Moonlight Gallery, and The Bootlegger's Lair. Work together to solve the clues and escape the room before time runs out! Make your reservation at Escape Room Downtown to book your spot — if you dare...
Find this home at 2971 Fox Burrow Dr, Stow, OhioAt nearly 5,500 square feet, this custom-built Colonial is a year-round haven amongst its wooded surroundings. More than half an acre of lawn, landscaping and mature trees turn into a winter wonderland when the snowy season comes, and the coziness continues inside. We love the double-sided fireplace that warms both the kitchen and the family room! 3 Beds | 2.5 Baths | 3,904 Sq. Ft. | Listed by Julie Cantley
Find this home at 696 Hampton Ridge Dr, Akron, OhioThere may not be another home in the heart of Akron that is as holiday card ready as this one. Completely remodeled, the turn-key condo comes fully furnished so all the gorgeous decor and design you see in these photos can be yours. Whether the family is gathered around the dining table or nestled in front of the living room fireplace, memories (and photos) that are made here will last a lifetime. 3 Beds | 2 Full Baths | 2 Partial Baths | 3,607 Sq. Ft. | Listed by Greg Dohner
Find this home at 3684 Country Club Dr, Silver Lake, OhioWhether your holiday card needs a home blanketed in snow, a family photo in the woods, or a shot in front of a cozy fireplace, this home has the perfect setting. Nestled on more than half an acre, the home overlooks the prestigious Silver Lake Country Club and is surrounded by charming, wooded walkways that wind throughout the property. 4 Beds | 2.5 Baths | 2,436 Sq. Ft. | Listed by Carol Foote
Find this home at 3240 Carriage Way, Stow, OhioThis jaw-dropping Colonial sits on nearly half an acre with a private backyard and a charming cul-de-sac location. Surrounded by mature trees and a sweeping front lawn that can be viewed from the full-length front porch, we want to take photos of this home in every season. 4 Beds | 3.5 Baths | 2,894 Sq. Ft. | Listed by Scott Fano
Find this home at 2406 Laurel Valley Dr, Akron, OhioTucked away in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, this updated home is situated on a cul-de-sac, and its proximity to the Towpath Village Clubhouse offers a year-round community clubhouse, a pool, tennis courts and basketball courts. Thanks to landscape and decor details like manicured bushes, a front porch lattice and an old world lantern, the curb appeal is high. 7 Beds | 6 Full Baths | 2 Partial Baths | 9,660 Sq. Ft. | Listed by The Worthington Team
Find this home at 544 Scenic Valley Way, Cuyahoga Falls, OhioLocated in beautiful Cuyahoga Falls on nearly two private acres, this immaculate home is suited for holiday cards, holiday parties, family gatherings and so much more. From the front, the architecture provides a stunning dimension, and inside, you'll find multiple areas perfectly suited for family photos (like five different fireplaces!). 5 Beds | 4.5 Baths | 6,533 Sq. Ft. | Listed by Carol Foote
Find this home at 621 Rustic Knoll Dr, Kent, OhioImmaculate from the front and from every single vantage point, this Kent home boasts 321 feet of Cuyahoga River frontage on a quaint, quiet cul-de-sac. The property was even designed to capitalize on views; it offers four levels of tiered decking, a custom waterfall outdoors, a two-story family room with a wall of windows and a walkout lower level with full sized windows, patio doors and a bar. 4 Beds | 2.5 Baths | Listed by Kellie Kapusta
Find this home at 4194 Briarwood Dr, Mantua, OhioAre you getting fairytale castle vibes from this home, too? From the curb, we love the way the lush landscaping accents the shape of the house as well as the multi-colored brick and stone. And even with mature trees dotting the front yard, there are still gorgeous views available from the home's huge front windows. 4 Beds | 2.5 Baths | 2,880 Sq. Ft. | Listed by Krista Combs
Find this home at 832 Bentley Pl, Tallmadge, OhioPerched on more than half an acre, this stunning Georgian Colonial is located on a private, wooded lot and seems to have come directly out of our home design dreams. The mature and perfectly manicured landscaping winds around the home and its walkways for a welcoming and warm feel while the beautiful two-story, white columns complete the look of elegance and prestige. 4 Beds | 2 Full Baths | 2 Partial Baths | 2,777 Sq. Ft. | Listed by Sally Goodnow
Find this home at 1065 Merriman Rd, Akron, OhioThere's nothing more perfect for a holiday card than a bright red front door—and this home's double door entry has two! The charm is further perfected with white lattice windows and a spacious, winding driveway so the whole family can come over to celebrate the holidays!
Photos Courtesy of HummusapienExperience fall in a bowl with this delicious pumpkin pie smoothie bowl from Alexis of Hummusapien. This healthy, thick and creamy smoothie bowl is made with bananas, pumpkin puree, almond milk, almond butter and more — and topped with dried cranberries, coconut, pecans, banana, and whatever else you're craving!
Photos Courtesy of On Sutton PlaceThis delicious recipe puts a fall twist on the traditional snickerdoodle! These sweet pumpkin snickerdoodle cookies from Ann of On Sutton Place are super easy to make — especially since you can make them ahead of time and freeze them until you're ready to stick them in the oven.
Photos Courtesy of Lemons for LuluDon't be fooled into thinking pumpkin is just for sweet treats! This pumpkin risotto is a savory example of the many ways pumpkin can be incorporated into your meals this fall. It is made with chicken broth, onions, arborio rice, canned pumpkin, parmesan cheese, sage, Italian sausage and more. Incorporate pumpkin into your very first meal of the day with this incredible pumpkin pie oatmeal recipe from Lauren of Whole Living Lauren. It has all the quintessential fall ingredients, including pumpkin, vanilla extract, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and maple syrup!
Photo Courtesy of Mom Needs ChocolateSpeaking of pumpkin in your breakfast, these pumpkin spice waffles from Carissa of Mom Needs Chocolate are hearty and tasty. Plus, they are even vegan and gluten-free! And if you're not vegan, you can smother them in butter, local raw honey or pure maple syrup to increase the sweetness.
Photo Courtesy of Are You Kitchen Me?!Natalie of Are You Kitchen Me?! created this unique (and downright beautiful!) appetizer perfect for your fall party. This chipotle pumpkin hummus is savory, creamy and quite the crowd pleaser. It's made with chickpeas, pumpkin puree, chipotle pepper in Adobo sauce, smoked paprika, cinnamon, and more delicious ingredients.
Photos Courtesy of HummusapienAlexis of Hummusapien is undeniably obsessed with cashew cream and we can see why! She makes a special pumpkin spiced cashew cream to smear on top of toast — a simple yet delicious breakfast to accompany your coffee (or your pumpkin spice latte!). The toast is even topped with pecans to increase the fall vibes.
Photos Courtesy of Lemons for LuluCozy up with this tantalizing black bean chili — a simple, savory chili filled with black beans, Italian sausage, spices, and of course, pumpkin. This filling chili is the perfect hearty addition to your fall soup lineup.
Photos Courtesy of Designed DecorIf you're assigned to bring the dessert to your next fall party or Thanksgiving meal, this simple cream cheese pumpkin dip is a great option! Pair the creamy and sweet dip with graham crackers, gingersnap cookies, or pretzels for an easy (but addicting!) dessert. This soup hits all the important check points when looking for a fall meal — creamy, healthy, easy and filled with pumpkin! Made with canned pumpkin and filled with a hint of both sweet and spicy flavors, this soup is both simple and simply delicious. Top with pepitas for a little crunch — and an Instagram-ready look!
Photo Courtesy of Saving 4 SixMade in mini muffin pans, these baked pumpkin spice donut holes from Carrie of Saving 4 Six are tiny and delectable morsels of goodness. She prepared them in two styles — rolled in cinnamon and sugar and drizzled with a delicious glaze.
Photos Courtesy of Are You Kitchen Me?!This pumpkin bread pudding from Natalie of Are You Kitchen Me?! is about as "fall" as it gets! Although she typically cooks with pumpkin puree, she opted for a fresh pumpkin for this pudding — and the result is an ooey, gooey, comforting bread pudding packed with fall spices and studded with fresh cubes of pumpkin throughout.
Photo Courtesy of PaleoliciousPaleolicious is one of the only restaurants in the city that is 100 percent gluten-free! This casual cafe in the Scripps Center is the perfect place to grab a healthy meal on-the-go — including pressed juices and smoothies, scones, muffins, soups, salads, lettuce wraps, snacks, desserts, coffee and much more! All sauces, dressings and soups are made from scratch and the meats are nitrate-free, natural and sliced fresh daily. 210 East 8th Street, Cincinnati With a rich history dating back to 1861, Arnold's Bar and Grill is Cincinnati's oldest tavern! But this historic tavern is not stuck in the past; they are always keeping up with what's current — which includes a gluten-free menu. Enjoy live music, well-priced drinks and the fun atmosphere at this long-standing tavern in the heart of downtown. 4335 Glendale-Milford Road, Cincinnati Brown Dog Cafe offers an ever-changing, eclectic menu featuring sustainable Hawaiian fish, steaks, wild game, unique appetizers, vegetarian dishes, homemade pastas and desserts. Plus, much of the menu is gluten-free! Just take a look at the number of dishes with a gluten-free symbol. Plus, many other dishes can be made gluten-free with a small fee. 1203 Main Street #100, Cincinnati Aladdin's serves healthy and flavorful Lebanese-American foods that align with a variety of dietary preferences and requirements. That's why their menu includes over 40 vegetarian dishes, 30 vegan dishes, 40 gluten-free dishes, and 40 (antibiotic-free!) meat and chicken dishes. Each gluten-free item is designated with "gf" on the menu. 4172 Hamilton Avenue, Cincinnati Django Western Taco serves thoughtfully inspired cuisine, including tacos, salads, sandwiches and more, in a laid-back atmosphere in the heart of Northside. The menu features an array of gluten-free options, including gluten-free chips. In fact, all of the "snacks" are labeled gluten-free, including chips and salsa, guacamole and chips, chorizo dip, queso, and totchos — tater tots smothered in carnitas, queso, house BBQ, green onions, and crema. 2601 8th Street West, Cincinnati Incline Public House offers panoramic views of the Ohio River and downtown Cincinnati, best seen from their 1,400 square foot outdoor deck. You don't have to miss out on the views if you're gluten-free, as Incline Public House offers a number of gluten-free options, including gluten-free crust for all of their pizzas, a gluten-free bun for their burgers, and a number of other gluten-free options. 4100 Hamilton Avenue, Cincinnati
Photo Courtesy of Melt RevivalFor over 10 years, Melt Revival has been a Northside neighborhood favorite, serving up healthy greens and delicious sandwiches in their bright and colorful space. Plus, all of the salads are gluten-free and the flatbreads and sandwiches can be made with gluten-free bread for $1! Pair your sandwich or salad with a refreshing seasonal lemonade or lavender kombucha. 600 Walnut Street, Cincinnati This modern Mexican eatery is situated in the heart of the Central Business District. Enjoy a myriad of delicious Mexican dishes, like enchiladas, quesadillas, tacos, salads, various small plates, and more. The staff is extremely knowledgeable about gluten sensitivities and the options on their menu that are safe to eat. Plus, they will make gluten-free chips upon request! 56 West Freedom Way, Cincinnati, 5901 East Galbraith Road, Cincinnati + 7621 Gibson Street, Liberty Township This small chain has three locations in the city — all of which serve up creative and tasty pizzas and a great selection of craft beers. Any of the specialty pies at Pies & Pints may be made with a small size gluten-free crust for $2. Plus, the chips and salsa, pork and pepper nachos, and a few salads are all gluten-free! 3098 Madison Road, Cincinnati, 3702, 8 East 4th Street, Cincinnati + 9514 Kenwood Road, Blue Ash Sleepy Bee Cafe is a gathering place offering locally sourced sustenance — food that tastes good and makes you feel good. At each of the three Sleepy Bee locations, you'll find a myriad of gluten-free options on the menu, including the Bumblee's Breakfast, Vegan Tofu Scramble, CBeeD Bowl, all of the omelets, the Bee Cakes, and more. Eating gluten-free is easy at this beloved neighborhood cafe! 520 Vine Street, Cincinnati You may not expect an Italian restaurant to have very many gluten-free options. But alas, Vita Vite has an entire gluten-free dinner menu, filled with a myriad of tasty Italian dishes from beef carpaccio to octopus fagioli and grilled asparagus to pan-roasted branzino. 364 Ludlow Avenue, Cincinnati The tagline of The Whole Bowl is "It's like eating a hug" — and we completely agree! The tasty and healthy options at this walk-up window eatery are sure to please everyone. That's because all bowls are free of nuts, gluten, wheat and hydrogenated oil. Every bowl comes with brown rice, black and red beans, avocado, cilantro, black olives, Tillamook cheddar, sour cream, salsa and Tali Sauce. 1324 Vine Street, Cincinnati
Photo Courtesy of Leah Zipperstein via The MercerThe Mercer is a stylish eatery in the heart of Over the Rhine serving European-influenced dishes. In addition to their impressive array of offerings, The Mercer has a gluten-free menu featuring salads and starters, gluten-free pasta and risotto, and entrees, such as salmon, beef tenderloin, roasted cauliflower, and more. Vegetarian guests get their very own menu as well! 519 Main Street, Covington Just across the river in Covington, you'll find this elegant farm-to-table bistro serving an array of American dishes. If your mouth is watering at the sight of the fig and plum tartine, the Joyce Farm chicken, the Black Hawk Farm wagyu burger, or the refreshing heirloom tomato salad, don't worry — just about every menu item at Bouquet can be modified depending on dietary restrictions. All items are made from scratch and to order, which means you can easily request gluten-free substitutes. 23 East 6th Street, Cincinnati Zablong is a great choice for those with serious gluten intolerance issues or celiac disease. This modern create-your-own pizza place handles gluten-free requests very seriously, which includes changing gloves and utensils, using special gluten-free crust and sauces, and utilizing a specific gluten-free location in the oven. 5207 Madison Road, Cincinnati
Photo Courtesy of MazunteThis popular taqueria is a haven for gluten-free guests, as mostly everything on the menu is gluten-free. Simply ask the staff which items are safe to eat on the menu, which includes a variety of delicious tacos, various specialty dishes such as enchiladas, tamales and quesadillas, and a number of sides. The staff at Mazunte is knowledgeable and accommodating with all gluten-free requests!
Photo Courtesy of Cherbourg CyprusAt last! Cincinnati has a completely nut- and gluten-free bakery in its midst. This relatively new addition to the historic Over the Rhine neighborhood offers an array of sweet and savory treats, including quiches, shakshuka, scones, muffins, donuts, bars, brownies, cookies, cake and more. Accompany your morsel of sweetness with a Deeper Roots pour over coffee, a cup of tea or orange juice! 1206 Main Street, Cincinnati + 3431 Edwards Road, Cincinnati This traditional French macaron shop in Over the Rhine and Hyde Park serves an array of macarons, all of which are made with almond flour — which means everything is gluten-free! You'll find a myriad of flavors depending on the season, including birthday cake, black raspberry chocolate, toasted coconut, coffee, earl grey tea, salted caramel, lemon lavender and more.
Photo Courtesy of Mandy Z. Photography via Rolling Mill BreweryIt can be hard to find a good gluten-free beer. Rolling Mill Brewery in Middletown is hoping to change that! Co-founders Josh and Megan Laubach began brewing gluten-free beer in 2012 out of necessity, as Josh had been diagnosed with celiac disease the previous year. This new vision allowed them to maintain a passion for brewing — and provide exceptional gluten-free beer for all to enjoy. This new addition to Middletown is well worth the drive!
Photo Courtesy of the Ohio StatehouseSee the iconic Ohio Statehouse from a different perspective this Halloween season as you embark on a haunted tour of the building — if you dare! Combine history and legend in this special family-friendly haunted tour, which travels through dimly lit limestone corridors by lantern. This spooky tour features recently found evidence of paranormal activity and is most appropriate for children ages 9 and up. Purchase your tickets for this unique historic tour with a Halloween twist! Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Columbus This "merry-not-scary" Halloween event is a must for little ones of all ages! Go on a trick-or-treating adventure at the Columbus Zoo on the weekends leading up to Halloween, stopping by various treat stations scattered throughout the zoo. Make sure you catch the animals smashing pumpkins, which is a favorite amongst guests each year! Admission to Boo at the Zoo is included with your membership or paid admission to the zoo. Easton Town Center, Columbus
Photo Courtesy of Brady Designs Ltd. via Easton Town CenterMake sure your fur baby isn't left out of the Halloween fun! Dress your dog in their best costume and head to Easton Town Center for a special Halloween Pet Parade and Fall Festival. Costumes will be judged and awards are given based on a number of categories, including Best Group, Best Duo, Cutest, Funniest, Most Creative and Scariest. Free registration begins at noon and the parade kicks off at 2 p.m.! Wyandotte Winery, Columbus Embark on a trip of terror through the haunted wine cellar at Wyandotte Winery. Come dressed in costume (prizes will be awarded for the best costumes!) and enjoy endless entertainment, including a terrorizing tour through six haunted food and wine pairing stations. Tickets are $35 and admission includes all six pairings, access to the bonfire and snacks on the patio. Advance registration is required! Tours are staggered every 15 minutes between 7:30 and 9:15 p.m. OSU's Weigel Hall, Columbus
Photo Courtesy of the OSU School of MusicThe OSU School of Music presents their 25th annual Halloween concert, featuring student vocalists and instrumentalists decked out in Halloween attire. This popular community tradition includes a mix of movie and TV themes, contemporary pop, folk music, spoofs on classical motifs, choral and chamber arrangements, and much more. HalleBOOia! is free and open to the public; no ticket is required for admission. Ohio Wildlife Center, Powell Take a walk on the wild side at the Ohio Wildlife Center in Powell as you walk through the White Tail Trail and visit with "spooky" animal ambassadors like owls Bella, Alex and Woodsy, snakes Checkers, Percy and Lenore, and American Crows. Admission to Howl-O-Ween is $5 per person (and free for children under 5) or free with a donation from the Ohio Wildlife Center's wish list! Short North, Columbus
Photo Courtesy of John Crider via HighBall HalloweenHead to the vibrant Short North Arts District for a Halloween party unlike any other! HighBall Halloween is considered one of the nation's most elaborate costume parties, bridging runway style with the culture of this lively area. This festive weekend attracts over 40,000 costumed participants in a celebration of costumes and creativity. Tickets for HighBall Halloween start at just $7! The party is taking place along High Street between Goodale Street and Nationwide Boulevard. Creekside Park & Plaza, Gahanna Don't miss the annual Creepside Festival the Saturday before Halloween! This event is free and appropriate for all ages with a number of kid-friendly activities, including live music, games, a haunted trail, escape rooms, character interactions, pumpkin painting, trick-or-treating with local organizations, and more. Head to Creekside Park & Plaza in Gahanna for this exciting community event! Hoover Gardens, Westerville
Photo Courtesy of Hoover Gardens & Gift CenterHoover Gardens is hosting a fun Halloween celebration for all ages. Walk through a haunted maze, play games and win prizes, enter the costume contest, get your face painted, paint a pumpkin, eat popcorn and sip on hot apple cider. This event is completely free but pumpkin painting costs $2 per pumpkin. Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, Columbus Celebrate Halloween in a gorgeous setting at the Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. Bring your own reusable bag, dress up in costume, and make stops at the various trick-or-treat stations positioned throughout the conservatory biomes and The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Children's Garden. Dress for the weather as there is a mix of indoor and outdoor stations. New this year — you now have two days to make your stop at the gardens for trick-or-treating! North Market, Columbus
Photo Courtesy of the North MarketLittle ghosts and goblins are invited to North Market for a full day of Halloween fun, including craft activities, Columbus Children's Theatre activities, trick-or-treating with merchants, and much more. This annual event is completely free to attend! Town Center Promenade, Grove City Each Halloween night, Grove City's Town Center Promenade is transformed into a destination for spooky fun. This family-friendly event provides an alternative to the traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating (which is also offered in the community), allowing children to collect candy and other goodies from area businesses and civic organizations.
This post was updated on September 4, 2019 to reflect current information.If you're looking for historic, educational and kid-friendly farm experiences around Cincinnati, you're in the right place. Right here in our southwest corner of Ohio and into Kentucky, we have countless farms and orchards that have been family-owned-and-operated for decades. During the fall, these places turn festive, selling their homegrown pumpkins and hand-picked apples alongside seasonal fun like corn mazes, hayrides and petting zoos. This year, make the most of the season and see how many of these pumpkin patches you can visit. There might even be one on the list that turns into your new favorite family tradition. Enjoy! 9669 S. St. Rt. 48, Loveland, Ohio | Facebook Open daily throughout the fall, Blooms & Berries is the home of a huge, seven-acre corn maze, a mini kids' maze, duck races, cow train rides, and hayrides to the pumpkin patch. After you've picked your pumpkin, the whole family can enjoy fresh-pressed apple cider and caramel apples, too! 11620 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton, Ohio | Facebook
Brown's Family Farm Market is open from spring through Halloween each year and offers an amazing selection of flowers and produce in each season. During the fall, you can peruse the pick-your-own pumpkin patch and enjoy hayrides, a corn maze, a straw maze, farm animals, a picnic area, play areas and more. 7849 Main St, Cincinnati, Ohio | Facebook Rated the top pumpkin patch/farm by Cincinnati Magazine in 2017, Burger Farm & Garden Center is a must-visit this fall. Their Pumpkin Festival is one of the largest in Cincinnati, occurs every weekend in October, and is complete with pumpkins, corn stalks, mums, gourds, apple cider, pumpkin land characters, rides, games, food, music, farm animals, crafts and more. 4359 Hamilton Cleves Rd, Ross, Ohio | Facebook This small, family-owned farm has been in operation since 1918, accumulating one hundred years of experience in growing, harvesting and celebrating. During the fall, that culminates into an October fall extravaganza complete with more than 20 varieties of locally grown apples, corn stalks, gourds and pumpkins of all kinds, Indian corn, apple cider and mums. While visiting the farm in Ross, families can also enjoy the corn maze, the skid maze, the Halloween scavenger hunt, the crawl-through straw tunnel, the corn pool and weekend hayrides! 10259 Tadpole Ln, Union, Kentucky | Facebook Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through October, Farm Haven is the place to go for seasonal fun. Your admission price of $10 includes a trip through the maze, a hayride to feed the cows, time in the petting zoo, access to the labyrinth and a tour of the farm's log cabin which was built in the early 1800s. While you're picking your pumpkin, be sure to buy some Kentucky Proud Fudge, too! 1640 Stubbs Mills Rd, Lebanon, Ohio | Facebook
Nestled halfway between Cincinnati and Dayton, Irons Fruit Farm is a fourth-generation family farm offering fruits and vegetables alongside apple cider, jams and jellies, apple butter and baked goods. After the Country Applefest kickoff, Irons transforms into a fall paradise offering freshly picked apples, a corn maze, a bakery filled with fritters, pies, cinnamon-cider donuts and cookies, and tractor-driven wagon rides to the pick-your-own pumpkin patch! 4175 Burlington Pike, Burlington, Kentucky | Facebook Fall Fest at Kinman Farms is unlike any other event of the season. Celebrating their 12th year in 2018, the festival will include bonfires, games, rides on The Great Pumpkin Express, a five-acre corn maze, the Kinman Carnival Tent, live bands, pony rides and even laser tag! While you're there, pick your perfect pumpkin and be sure to get a caramel apple fresh from the bakery. 5832 River Rd, Hebron, Kentucky | Facebook
Located along the scenic, rural Route 8 in Hebron, Kentucky, this roadside farm has been family-owned and -operated for six generations. When you stop by between July and November, you'll find their fresh fruits and vegetables for sale at the stand and even a handful of pick-your-own options. During the fall, that means pumpkins! 6922 4 Mile Rd, Melbourne, Kentucky | Facebook For six generations, Neltner's Farm has been a picturesque setting for farm fun and special events. Their Fall Fest is in full swing throughout October and includes horse-drawn wagon rides, a model train display, a corn maze, a pick-your-own pumpkin patch, a petting zoo, pony rides, homemade food and ice cream, a farm shop, crafts, face-painting, seasonal apples, folk art, a barrel train and even live music! Check out the lineup of local musicians and bands. 5110 Lesourdsville West Chester Rd, Liberty Township, Ohio | Facebook Happening through October 28th this year, Niederman's Fall Festival is celebrating 70 years of farm fun. Their pick-your-own pumpkin patch is home to hundreds of gourds and the festival boasts bonfires available to rent, a spectacular corn maze, and seasonal treats like sugar and cinnamon donuts, Niederman Family Farm kettle corn, apple butters, pumpkin butters, hot roasted nuts and more. 10073 Daly Rd, Cincinnati, Ohio | Facebook Right here in Cincinnati, Parky's Farm is run by Great Parks of Hamilton County and is nestled on more than 100 acres in Winton Woods. Those acres are home to beehives, goats, gardens, chicken coops, farmland and a barnyard. A visit during the fall means you can find out what it's like to grow up on a farm and take home your own pumpkin. 1737 OH-131, Milford, Ohio | Facebook Shaw Farms is a farm fun, family-friendly destination year-round. Throughout the month of October, that fun turns festive with a huge corn maze and a kid-friendly treasure hunt, two interactive playgrounds as well as horse and tractor-drawn hayrides through the scenic countryside. In addition to all that fun, you can take home your own pumpkins and apples, too!
Photo Courtesy of Cleveland Metroparks/Kyle LanzerBoo at the Zoo is considered Cleveland's sweetest Halloween tradition. And you have three weekends to enjoy the festivities at the zoo, including treat stations, unlimited 4-D Theater movies, carousel and train rides, a hay maze, a Monster Mash dance party, and much more. Tickets are $10 for members and $11 for non-members in advance, or $14 for both members and non-members at the door. Carlisle Reservation, LaGrange Head to the Carlisle Reservation in LaGrange on Friday and Saturday evenings throughout October for a non-spooky and/or spooky Halloween experience (depending on your preference). The Halloween Fair includes a non-spooky family-friendly trail from 4:30–6:30 p.m. and a haunted trail from 7–10 p.m. Plus, enjoy the Little Green Choo and tractor-drawn wagon rides, midway games, music, and endless entertainment. Admission is $2 per person and free for children 3 and under. Downtown Pavilion, Cuyahoga Falls
Photo Courtesy of City of Cuyahoga FallsPut on your finest costume and head to the Downtown Pavilion in Cuyahoga Falls for the Monster Mash, a family-friendly event with a light dinner, a DJ and dancing, photo opportunities, and a Halloween treat bag for kids. Tickets for the Monster Mash are $12 for residents and $14 for non-residents. Akron Zoo, Akron Take a walk on the wild side at the Akron Zoo. Dress your little goblins and ghosts, grab your own treat bag or bucket, and go trick-or-treating at 12 themed treat stations spread out throughout the zoo. Boo at the Zoo is happening on Saturdays and Sundays from October 13–28! Get more information about ticket pricing. Greater Cleveland Aquarium, Cleveland
Photo Courtesy of the Greater Cleveland AquariumHunt for treasure at this unique pirate-themed Halloween party at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium! Activities include a magic show, face painting, animal encounters, games, a DJ-ed dance party, a trick-or-treat trail, crafts, pumpkin animal enrichment, costumed scuba divers, and various special appearances. Tickets are $12 for non-passholders (both adults and children) or $10 for passholders (both adults and children). Children under 2 years are free. Kauffman Park, Lakewood We can't leave our four-legged family members out of the Halloween fun! LakewoodAlive invites all dogs (and their owners) to the 11th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade at Kauffman Park in downtown Lakewood. The festival starts at 12:30 p.m. and the parade kicks off at 2 p.m., followed by an awards ceremony announcing winners for a number of categories, including Best Dog and Child, Best Dog and Adult, Best Dog and Group, Spookiest Pooch, and Best in Show. Register your dog to participate in the parade for $10 in advance or $15 the day of the event! Cleveland Botanical Gardens, Cleveland
Photo Courtesy of the Holden Forests & GardensBoo-tanical Bash offers a weekend of endless family-friendly fun amidst a beautiful setting at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens. The bash runs from 10 a.m.–8 p.m. on Saturday and 12–5 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for non-members; advance registration is required! Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Rockside Station, Independence All aboard for The Pumpkin Party! Head to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Rockside Station for an afternoon of pumpkin decorating as the train travels throughout Cuyahoga Valley National Park. You'll be equipped with a pumpkin, craft supplies and crafty assistants ready to help, plus beverages and other snacks available for purchase. All you need to do is come dressed in your finest costume and purchase tickets in advance! International Exposition (I-X) Center, Cleveland
Photo Courtesy of Jeffrey L. Klaum via the International Exposition CenterDon't miss this exciting Halloween tradition at the International Exposition (I-X) Center! Trick-or-Treat Street features creatively themed and not-so-spooky Halloween houses dishing out candy, plus pony rides, kiddie rides and live entertainment. Get your tickets for $13 in advance or $14 the day of! McKinley Museum, Canton The 21st Annual Boo'seum at the McKinley Museum provides an evening of endless fun for all ages! Enjoy trick-or-treating throughout the museum, $1 hayrides (weather permitting), science shows, planetarium shorts, a scavenger hunt, hot dogs and other snacks available for purchase, and much more. Tickets are $5 per person (membership benefits do not apply). Cleveland Museum of History, Cleveland Get up close and personal with wildlife at the Cleveland Museum of History. Learn about the serious business of animal enrichment and see animal ambassadors at work and play. Plus, enjoy games, crafts, pumpkin decorating and special animal demonstrations — all in a not-so-spooky setting. Animal demonstrations will take place every hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Ralph Perkins II Wildlife Center & Woods Garden. Admission is free for members and free with general admission for non-members. West Park Station, Cleveland Get moving at this exciting race throughout Kamm's Corners, featuring both a chip-timed 5K and a non-timed Little Monster Candy Dash. Before the 5K, kids 8 and under will line up and make a mad dash for Halloween candy along a short route. The 5K is followed by a post-race party, featuring brunch and drink specials, a Bloody Mary and mimosa bar, a costume contest, and much more. Registration is $30 in advance and $35 the day-of for the 5K, and $10 for the Little Monster Candy Dash. Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, Cleveland Participate in the 17th Annual Halloween Run for Justice, which benefits the Ohio Lawyers Giving Back community outreach programs, including the 3Rs, which helps students in the Cleveland and East Cleveland City Schools. Races include a non-timed 1-mile walk/fun run, a 5K walk or run, and a 5-mile run! Registration is $25 before October 15 and $30 after October 15. Crocker Park, Westlake Sylvan Learning presents this special Howl-O-Ween celebration for kids and pups alike. The day kicks off at 12 p.m. with a vendor village and food trucks, along with a pet costume contest. Kids can go trick-or-treating starting at 1 p.m. and live entertainment begins at 1:30 p.m. Admission to this event is completely free and entry to the pet costume contest is $5 (all proceeds go to the Cleveland Animal Protective League). Good Shepherd Church, Cleveland Good Shepherd United Methodist Church offers a fun alternative to trick-or-treating with Trunk-or-Treat, where community members decorate their vehicles and pass out candy to children 12 and under. This event is completely free to attend! Cuyahoga Falls Municipal Building, Cuyahoga Falls Don't miss the first annual Cuyahoga Falls City Hall Trick-or-Treat tucked inside the city's Municipal Building. Different departments will be participating in this free and festive community event!