The Buckeye State is a spooky place! From Cincinnati to Columbus to Northeast Ohio and beyond, ghosts, ghouls, specters, and spirits have been sighted near some of our most popular landmarks. The Halloween season is the perfect time to scour Ohio and search for the souls that haunt our state. Don't forget to bring a flashlight when you explore these haunted sites around Ohio!
Distance from: Columbus: 69 Miles | Cincinnati: 177 Miles | Cleveland: 78 Miles
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The Ohio State Reformatory is one of the most famous haunted prisons in the country. As the site of many paranormal sightings and events, the prison offers a variety of ghost tours for people of all ages. Ghost Hunting Classes and Ghost Walks are available for those 13 and older. For adults aged 18 and above, you can sign up for a Private Paranormal Investigation or a Public Ghost Hunt. Best of all, after the tour, you can pick up your own ghost hunting equipment from the gift shop so you can search for spirits wherever you go in Ohio.
Distance from: Columbus: 69 Miles| Cincinnati: 176 Miles | Cleveland: 85 Miles
Malabar Farm State Park is considered one of the 10 Best Most Haunted Destinations in America, which makes it a must-see for any family who loves ghostbusting. Despite a tragic group of murders, the farm is still in operation…but paranormal activity has continued since the deaths. Visitors have felt "electric waves" crawl up their skin while others have witnessed other mysterious events. If there's one ghost adventure you take this October, a Night Haunt walking tour at Malabar Fark State Park should be it!
Distance from: Columbus: 135 Miles | Cincinnati: 195 Miles | Cleveland: 112 Miles
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Fort Meigs was the site of an important battle during the War of 1812. As is the case with many historic war sites, this battlefield often shows signs of a haunting. Ghosts of dead soldiers are seen walking around at night, as are mysterious blue orbs that float around the battleground. If you listen closely, you might even hear the sounds of marching footsteps or canons being fired in the distance. A great place to learn about the history of our state, a haunted tour of Fort Meigs is perfect for history buffs.
Distance from: Columbus: 116 Miles | Cincinnati: 231 Miles | Cleveland: 61 Miles
If you thought the Merry Go Round Museum was all fun and games, think again! Paranormal activity has long haunted this colorful museum. The only haunted carousel horse in the world is located in this museum. The carousel's creator had a wife who fell in love with one special horse. They say that her ghost comes back to ride the Haunted Steed quite often. While you're listening closely for her footsteps, don't be surprised if you feel a tug on your shirt — a young girl also haunts this museum and sometimes interacts with visitors.
Distance from: Columbus: 6 Miles | Cincinnati: 110 Miles | Cleveland: 139 Miles
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Columbus Ghost Tours is known for taking visitors to the spookiest places in the city. While their city walking tour and cemetery tours are excitingly spooky, one of our favorites takes you to Ohio State University. Tour the school searching for ghouls as you learn about the dark history surrounding one of America's most popular campuses. Trust us, this is one history lesson you'll never forget!
Distance from: Columbus: 107 Miles | Cincinnati: 1 Mile | Cleveland: 248 Miles
Cincinnati is a wonderful city to explore, full of museums, amazing sports venues, and plenty of restaurants where you can get your chili fix. Look a little closer, however, and you'll discover a sinister side to Cincy. The Queen City is Haunted walking tour is one of the best ways to learn about the ghastly and ghoulish events that have happened throughout the city. This two-hour tour will guide you through many areas of the town includes havens for paranormal activity and even hallowed grounds where remains have been recently discovered! The Queen City is Haunted is an interesting way to learn about Cincinnati's grizzly past while enjoying a night out in this beautiful urban space.
Distance from: Columbus: 89 Miles | Cincinnati: 22 Miles | Cleveland: 231 Miles
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This historic castle is now a museum on the banks of the Little Miami River. Built in the 1920s by medievalist Harry D. Andrews, the chateau's beautiful landscape was the site of a fiery tragedy. A moonshiner and his wife lived in a small cabin near the end of the castle's property. One day, Harry Andrews heard an explosion at the cabin and rushed over to help. The moonshiner's wife was found dead and Andrews sustained severe burns that resulted in his untimely death. Visitors claim that the castle is haunted by three ghosts — a male entity who is likely Harry Andrews, a female entity who is assumed to be the moonshiner's wife, and a Viking entity that is said to haunt the castle's exterior. Find our for yourself on a walking tour of the grounds.
Distance from: Columbus: 144 Miles| Cincinnati: 204 Miles | Cleveland: 116 Miles
Once a retirement home for local nuns, just one look at the Collingwood Arts Center's Gothic façade is enough to make you believe it's haunted. The retirement home closed for a few years before being reimagined as an arts center…but a few spirits from the past stuck around. From residents dying of Typhoid and other diseases to the occult practices that used to take place in the basement when the building was vacated, guests have reported and photographed mysterious sights in the art center. Floating orbs can be seen in around the home, assumedly spirits of the nuns who perished there. In the basement, spirits have been known to scare visitors. Take a tour inside and see for yourself!
Where are your favorite haunted places in Ohio perfect for a spooky ghost tour? Tell us your ghost sightings in the comments below!
Halloween is nearly upon us, which means that Akron and Canton's most prepared ghouls, goblins, princes and princesses are already forming their routes and strategies for a successful night of trick-or-treating.
While we love a night full of traditional trick-or-treating complete with knocking on doors and begging our neighbors for sweets—there may be a more fail-safe way to get a good candy haul this year: special trick-or-treating events! All throughout the month of October, locals will be hosting family-friendly trick-or-treating events where your children can get candy in a safe, friendly environment.
We rounded up 11 trick-or-treating events happening in the area this year. From trunk-or-treats to Halloween spooktaculars, you'll find a sweet spot on this list. Happy Halloween!
Where: The Canton Museum of Art
When: October 4 | 5:30-7:30
Calling all witches and wizards, ghouls and ghosts! You're invited to a very special Halloween event at the Canton Museum of Art. Kick off the season by trick-or-treating in your favorite costume throughout the museum. Kids will also have the chance to tackle make-and-take art projects, a scavenger hunt, art demonstrations and more!
Where: The Akron Zoo
When: October 12-27 | Saturdays & Sundays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Photo courtesy of the Akron Zoo
Dress up your little superheroes and princesses for this scare-free event at the Akron Zoo. Grab your candy passport and use it to hunt for treats around the zoo after hours. Between bites, make sure to give a Halloween greeting to your favorite animals!
When: October 18 | 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Color Our Rainbow Academy offers a fun alternative to trick-or-treating with Trunk-or-Treat, where community members decorate their vehicles and pass out candy to children. This event is completely free to attend!
Where: Central Park, Green
When: October 19 | 2:15 p.m.
Join the City of Green for their 23rd Annual Trick or Treat Trail & Costume Contest! Children ages 0-12 years old are encouraged to come in their best Halloween costume and compete for first place against other Green locals. There will also be plenty of candy up for grabs during trick-or-treating. Admission is one non-perishable food item or personal care item.
Where: Akron Art Museum
When: October 24 | 6-8:30 p.m.
Break out your costume and get ready for this special event at the Akron Art Museum! Meet enchanting new friends and creatures while you creep through the galleries; collect art trinkets; mix up unique concoctions in their idea laboratory; and show off your monster moves on the dance floor. The cost per nonmember child is $12 and free for members of the museum.
Where: Arbors at Minerva, Minerva
When: October 24 | 6:30-8 p.m.
Candy, costumes and dancing—this Halloween bash has it all, and you're invited! Head out to Minerva and enjoy trick-or-treating, a dance, and a costume contest hosted by Doug Dominick. For more information and updates on the event, click here.
When: October 25 | 6-8:30 p.m.
The McKinley Museum invites you and your family to go trick-or-treating in the Street of Shops and Discover World! You'll also get to enjoy hayrides, a scavenger hunt, science shows, Planetarium shorts, games, stories and more. Admission is $5 and attendees are encouraged to call (330) 455-7043 to reserve a spot.
Where: Old Colony Farm, Medina
When: October 26 | 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
This family-friendly Halloween event is open to everyone—and they mean everyone! Not only will you and your kids have a blast exploring the Old Colony Farm and trick-or-treating throughout the property, but your dog is welcome too. If you don't have a furry friend to bring along, don't worry! They'll be providing balloon animals and a special wild animal show so you can still join in on the animal kingdom fun. Tickets will be available both online and on-site.
Where: Cuyahoga Falls City Hall
When: October 31 | 3-4:30 p.m.
For the first time ever, Cuyahoga Falls will be hosting a special trick-or-treating event! Head to Cuyahoga Falls City Hall and take your children trick-or-treating throughout the building. Because the entire event takes place indoors, there's no need to worry about the weather. So don your favorite costume and enjoy a free Halloween event the whole family will enjoy!
Where: The City of Tallmadge
When: October 31 | 5:30-7 p.m.
The city of Tallmadge does things a little differently on Halloween. Instead of a traditional trick-or-treating night, they host a Beggar's Night, where kids can go up to homes throughout the city and, quite literally, beg for candy! The celebration will be followed by the annual Halloween Street Dance in the Recreation Center's parking lot.
Where: Weis Park, Canton
When: October 31 | 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Head out to Weis Park on Halloween for this not-so-scary Halloween event! Kids of all ages are encouraged to wear costumes and go "trunk-or-treating" for candy. This family-oriented event is completely free to attend so grab your bucket or pillowcase and get to it!
Have a safe and sweet holiday!
Fall is officially underway! The leaves are changing colors, pumpkins are back on the menu and you've probably already started thinking about this year's Halloween costume.
But the season will be over before you know it, so take advantage of autumn before it ends by attending one of these events happening in the Cincinnati area this fall!
To help you get started on your seasonal calendar, we rounded up some of our most anticipated fall happenings in the area. Here, you'll find everything from fun harvest festivals to must-attend 5K races and artisanal markets. Enjoy!
Where: Donauschwaben Park
When: October 4-6 | Friday 6 p.m-12:30 a.m.; Saturday 1 p.m.-12:30 a.m.; Sunday 12-8 p.m.
The Donauschwaben Oktoberfest is hosted by the Cincinnati Donauschwaben Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of German language and culture. The society's authentic Oktoberfest is held at Donauschwaben Park in Colerain Township, where you'll find over 25 beers on tap, live entertainment and delicious, homemade food.
Where: 16-Bit Bar+Arcade
When: October 5 | 3-10 p.m.
All wizards, witches and non-magical folk in Cincinnati are invited to the 3rd Annual Wizard Pub Crawl! Join hundreds of other Cincinnatians and celebrate wizardry, drink potions and party the night away. This year, a general admission ticket includes a signature wand, a completion certificate at the end of the crawl, a wizard wand box, a house colored wristband, exclusive themed drinks and so much more. There will also be a best-dressed competition, so be sure to wear your best robe and witches' hat for the occasion!
Where: Gorman Heritage Farm
When: October 5-6 | 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Make a trip to Gorman Heritage Farm in Evendale for the Sunflower Festival, a two-day celebration of all things related to the beautiful sunflower. Enjoy fall fun for all ages, including farm animals, food trucks, hayrides, arts and crafts, pumpkins, live music, pick-your-own sunflowers, a sunflower maze and much more. The festival is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday and admission is $8 for adults, $5 for kids and seniors, free for members and kids under 3.
When: October 5-6, 12-13, 19-20 & 26-27 | 12-5 p.m.
Each weekend throughout the month of October, take a walk on the wild side with the Cincinnati Zoo's special HallZOOween event. Activities include trick-or-treating, special animal encounters, a Hogwarts Express train ride, a Scare-ousel, and much more! There is no additional charge beyond zoo admission to attend this event. You can help the zoo go green by bringing your own treat bag.
Where: Downtown Hamilton
When: October 11-13 | Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Make a trip to downtown Hamilton for this exciting annual tradition! Operation Pumpkin is a three-day festival featuring live music, a zip line, crafts and lots of food and drinks. Popular events include the Lil' Miss Punkin beauty pageant on Saturday and the Pet Parade on Sunday with a costume contest for various dog size categories.
Where: Town Hall Park
When: October 12 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The College Hill community hosts an exciting pumpkin patch and fall festival each year, featuring lots of fall activities and games, live music, storytelling, food trucks and vendors, pony rides and much more. Plus, the massive pile of pumpkins in the middle of Town Hall Park will make a perfect photo opportunity for you and your family!
Where: Beech Acres Park
When: October 12 | 2-4 p.m.
Photo courtesy of the Anderson Parks District
The Anderson Parks District invites you to one of the community's favorite annual events: the Truck 'R Treat Fall Festival at Beech Acres. Enjoy a car show, music, games, prizes and lots of candy distributed from the trunks of classic cars decorated for Halloween. Costumes are encouraged for children participating in "trunk 'r treat" and $5 tickets can be purchased at the event.
Where: Keehner Park, West Chester
When: October 12 | 2-6 p.m.
This free family-friendly festival at Keehner Park in West Chester features endless fun and entertainment, including a puppet show and the Primrose School costume contest for ages 0–12. Plus, guests can enjoy a not-so-scary haunted trail, a petting zoo, a pony carousel, horse-drawn wagon rides and face painting—all absolutely free!
Where: Ault Park Pavillion
When: October 18 | 6:30-10:30 p.m.
Craft beer and costumes? Count us in! This Halloween bash will feature beer tastings from some of Cincinnati's best microbreweries along with delicious food from Family Treats & Grill on Wheels. Live music, including some hit 1970s Halloween songs, will be provided by Gee Your Band Smells Terrific. Tickets are $20 until October 16 when they will go up to $25. You can purchase tickets through the Ault Park website—and don't forget your costume!
Where: Pyramid Hill Grand Pavillion
When: October 19 | 7-11 p.m.
Head to the Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum in Hamilton for the Zombie Ball! Dress as your favorite undead character, such as a zombie, vampire or mummy and enjoy an evening filled with DJ music, a haunted hayride, a zombie photo booth and much more. Tickets to the Zombie Ball start at $30 per person or $50 for a couple and includes access to the horror-themed buffet and an open bar of beer and wine from 7–9 p.m. and a cash bar from 9–11 p.m.
Where: Weber's Farm Market
When: October 19-20 | Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. & Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Since its inception as the Minges Pumpkin Festival in 1984, this annual event now held at Weber's Farm Market in Harrison has evolved into a massive celebration of autumn and all its glory. The Weber Family Pumpkin Festival features live music, more than 150 arts and crafts exhibitors, delicious food, live demonstrations and many activities for kids. The event showcases many elements of the farm and encourages visitors to develop a deep connection with both agriculture and their community. Admission is $5 and free for kids 12 and under.
Where: Findlay Market
When: October 20 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Savor the rich flavors of fall at the Fall Food Fest at Findlay Market in the heart of Over-the-Rhine. This annual event features pumpkin painting, cooking demos, a children's scavenger hunt, live music, craft cocktails and seasonal beers, merchant specials and more. Admission to the Fall Food Fest is free.
When: October 20 | 1-3 p.m.
Join the Spring Grove horticulture staff as they highlight the very best of Cincinnati's autumn colors in the arboretum on this unique, seasonal walking tour! Reservations are required and space is limited, so make sure to get your tickets as soon as possible.
Where: Washington Park
When: October 26-27 | 12-6 p.m.
Head to Washington Park for a weekend filled with fall family fun just before Halloween! Fall Fest Weekend offers a jam-packed entertainment lineup for all ages—including a pumpkin patch, kid's activities and a variety of local vendors selling crafts and homemade items, baked goods and so much more.
When: November 8 | 6-8 p.m.
All throughout the season, the Nancy Gamon Studio will hold workshops—including hand embroidery, wearable art, a clothing swap and more. The fruits of these unique workshops will be on display at the Lindner Annex for one November evening. Come out and enjoy light bites, mingle with workshop participants and view the "creative harvest" that they worked on all season!
Where: Rhinegeist Brewery
When: November 10 | 12-7 p.m
Photo courtesy of Art on Vine
Art on Vine evolved from a college project created by James Jenkins and started as an eight-vendor market settled on Vine Street. Today, the event features more than 75 vendors and fills Rhinegeist Brewery every year with hundreds of arts and crafts lovers. For a unique, fun, one-on-one shopping experience, you won't want to miss this one!
Where: Otto Armleder Park
When: November 30 | 7:15 a.m.
Before you dig into your Thanksgiving feast, consider starting your holiday off with a festive 5K! The Cincinnati Hungry Turkey begins at Otto Armleder Park and winds through picturesque terrain. Participants will be rewarded with locally made and absolutely delicious Holtman's Donuts at the finish line. Plus, brownie points will be awarded if you show up in a turkey costume!
Where: The Carnegie Center
When: November 30 | 12 p.m.
Kick off your holiday shopping this year at the Holiday Artisan Market! This one-of-a-kind artisan market features handcrafted gifts and unique finds made by local artists you can feel good about giving to your loved ones. Tickets cost $5 per person and $15 for a family of four.
Let us know what fun things you're planning to do this season in the comments!
The leaves are changing, that familiar fall chill is starting to return to the air and pumpkin is appearing on menus everywhere. Fall is here, which is an occasion worth celebrating here in Columbus! Fortunately, there are plenty of local events and festivals to look forward to over the next few months.
Whether you're looking to experience the bountiful autumn harvest, get scared at a horror film festival or peruse a craft fair—you'll find something on this list worth marking on your calendar. Have fun this season!
Where: Ohio Village
When: September 13-15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.Country Living Fair from Stella Shows on Vimeo.
This massive fair showcases hundreds of vendors from more than 25 states selling antiques, vintage items, handcrafted goods, arts, furniture, home decor, clothing, jewelry, specialty foods and so much more. Meet the editors of Country Living Magazine and HGTV superstars, attend seminars and how-tos, see artisan demonstrations, and shop the Harvest & Gourmet Market. There's no better place or time in Columbus to get inspiration for your home decor!
Where: Lake Snowden, Albany
When: September 13-15, Friday 4 p.m.-Midnight, Saturday 10 a.m.-Midnight & Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Ohio Pawpaw Festival is a fun-filled and educational community event that celebrates one of America's largest native tree fruits: the pawpaw. The annual three-day event highlights the rich history and future possibilities of the pawpaw through delectable foods, fantastic entertainment, unique arts, crafts and local vendors. This year, you can expect a full lineup of presentations and activities that will provide fun for your whole family, including a Best Pawpaw Competition, a Pawpaw Cook-off, a Pawpaw Eating Contest and much more.
Where: Downtown Hilliard
When: September 14, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
This street fair takes place in Downtown Hilliard on Main Street each fall, usually the second Saturday in September. Throughout the day, you can peruse vendors from all over the area, including local businesses, organizations and artists. After you've shopped your heart out, you can enjoy some live music, great food, games, a sunflower show, a car show, kids' fair and much more.
When: September 20-22, Times TBA
Welcome autumn in style at this annual festival in Downtown Washington Court House! The family-friendly weekend will be full of live music, delicious food, rides, games, craft vendors, a 5K walk and run, classic cars and so much more. Make sure to follow them on Facebook to see what the full lineup of activities will be!
When: September 28, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
The Harvest Fair is the Stratford Ecological Center's biggest event of the year, featuring plenty of tractors, farm animals, a horse-drawn wagon and so much more! Don't forget to bring the best of your bounty, which you can display to the rest of the fair, and some good walking shoes so you can traverse the nearby hiking trails while you're there. Tickets are $5 per person and children under the age of 3 are free.
Where: Emswiler Farm, Pataskala
When: September 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Presented by TWIG of Nationwide Children's Hospital, Pataskala's annual Pumpkinpalooza is a can't-miss event this season. This year, enjoy exploring a huge barn full of food and activities; pick out a perfect pumpkin from the pumpkin patch; take a hayride around the farm; and bounce around in a bounce house—the possibilities are endless! You can purchase advance tickets on their website. All proceeds will benefit the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit at Nationwide Children's Hospital.
Where: Lawrence Orchards, Marion
When: September 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Photo courtesy of Lawrence Orchards
This old-fashioned autumn event gives you and your whole family the chance to explore Lawrence Orchards, a local institution since 1921. Explore the orchard on a horse-drawn carriage, let the kiddos ride a pony, traverse the hay maze, take a train ride and, of course, eat a lot of apples! The event will feature plenty of fresh apples, caramel apple bars, apple pie and homemade apple cider that you'll want to take home gallons of.
When: October 5-6, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Celebrate the fall season at Young's Jersey Dairy this year with the Fall Farm Pumpkin Festival! There you'll be able to take your picture with Humongous Gus; taste freshly made pumpkin donut holes; take a tour of their cheese making facility; and go pumpkin bowling. This event is entirely free, so bring the whole family out to have some autumn fun!
Where: German Village Meeting Haus
When: October 12, 7-11:30 p.m.
This annual event at the Historic German Village offers endless Halloween fun for kids-at-heart. The festivities start with an adult trick-or-treating route at 7 p.m., followed by dancing and drinks at the Meeting Haus at 9:30 p.m. There will be a photo booth, dancing and a costume contest, so come dressed in your Halloween finest! You can even grab a s'more and try a delicious concoction from Middle West Spirits.
Where: Oakland Nursery, Dublin
When: October 12-13, 12-4 p.m.
Come celebrate all things autumn at this family-friendly festival! There will be tractor-pulled hayrides, make n' take crafts, a pumpkin bounce house, apple cider pressing, a giant pumpkin carving demo and much more—all of the ingredients needed for a perfect fall fest.
Where: The Drexel Theater
When: October 12-13, Noon-Noon
Sharpen your wooden stakes and stock up on silver bullets because Columbus's terror tradition is back to haunt your nightmares! This 24-hour horror marathon is held at the Drexel Theater and will feature a lineup of several terrifying films. In addition to watching a few movies, you'll also have the chance to meet Michael Gornick, the legendary director of photography for Creepshow, Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, Knightriders and Martin!
Where: Ohio Village
When: October 12 & 19, 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Enjoy an evening of 1890s-style fun at the historic Ohio Village. All Hallows' Eve will feature a retelling of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by the bonfire, pumpkin carving and strange characters roaming the village. Revel in old-fashioned entertainment for all ages, including fortune telling, crafts, games and more!
When: October 14-19, Times Vary
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Any Ohioan will tell you, fall means the Circleville Pumpkin Show! The 113th Circleville Pumpkin Show is just south of Columbus and attracts more than 400,000 visitors each year. Check out the parades, rides, entertainment and every kind of pumpkin-flavored treat that you can think of. Be sure to stop by and see the largest pumpkin pie, measuring at 14 feet in diameter, along with all of the massive pumpkins on display around East Franklin Street!
Where: The Ohio Statehouse
When: October 18-19 & 25-26, 7-9 p.m.
See 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!
Where: The Columbus Zoo
When: Weekends October 11-27, Fridays 5-9 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m.-9 p.m. & Sundays 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
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.
Where: Easton Town Center
When: October 20, 12-3 p.m.
Make sure your fur baby isn't left out of the fall 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.!
Where: Short North, Columbus
When: October 11-12, Times TBD
Head 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. The party is taking place along High Street between Goodale Street and Nationwide Boulevard.
When: October 19, 11 a.m-3 p.m.
Don't miss the annual Creepside Festival two Saturdays 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!
Where: Hollywood Casino Columbus
When: November 15-16, Friday 6-10 p.m. & Saturday 12-7 p.m.
Kick-off your holiday shopping spree at one of the most popular craft fairs of the year! At the annual Ohio Made Holiday Market, over 80 vendors will be selling handcrafted, artisan goods as well as an assortment of wonderful gifts. VIP ticket holders will gain early access the market along with exclusive deals, drink specials and a raffle! You can purchase a ticket, and learn more about the participating vendors, here. 333 West Broad Street When: November 30, 8:30 a.m. Give back to a cause you care about and get a free doughnut while you're at it! Don't miss the Columbus Hungry Turkey 5K a 10K, a running and walking event that takes place in the streets of downtown Columbus. All proceeds go towards supporting the Humane Society of Delaware County. And if that wasn't enough to get you to join in—a few famous Buckeye Donuts will be waiting for you at the finish line!
Let us know how you plan to celebrate the season in the comments!
Fall is finally upon us! Crisp morning walks through crunchy leaves, homemade apple pie, pumpkin spice lattes and cozy sweaters—there are so many things we love about this season in Ohio. Don't miss out on these important rituals by attending one of the fall festivals and events happening in and around Cleveland this year!
And because we can't wait until the official first day of fall, we are starting the harvest party a bit earlier in September! From art shows to pumpkin festivals, here are the essential Cleveland events you can't miss this fall.
When: September 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Photo courtesy of the Rocky River Fall Arts Festival
Rocky River Falls Arts Festival was first established in 2009 to celebrate the talents of Rocky River residents and highlight the merchants in the Old Detroit Shopping Area. After 11 years, the only thing that has changed is the sheer size of the event. This year, 57 vendors are planning to participate! You'll also get to enjoy plenty of local food trucks and live music all throughout the day.
When: September 14-15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Village Peddler Festival at Lake Metroparks Farmpark in Kirtland is back for its 38th year! The 2019 event will feature live music, more than 175 arts and crafts exhibitors, delicious food, a corn maze and many activities for children! The event will also showcase a massive farmers' market filled with gourmet and harvest-time specialties that you can spend the entire afternoon exploring.
Where: Cleveland Botanical Garden
When: September 20, 6 p.m.
This fall, experience the Cleveland Botanical Garden under the stars at their annual Harvest Moon dinner! Enjoy a five-course dinner prepared by Cleveland's top chefs while surrounded by elegant, natural beauty at the gardens. The dinner will take place outside, under the harvest moon, around the Conway Family Reflecting Pool on the Geis Terrace. In addition to delicious food and beautiful sights, guests will also be treated to live music and locally brewed beers from the Boss Dog Brewing Company, the Butcher and the Brewer, the Great Lakes Brewing Company and Platform Beer Company.
Where: Ely Square, Elyria
When: September 20-22, Times TBA
The Elyria Apple Festival began in 1980 after locals Bill Fitch and Al Murphy witnessed the success of the Circleville Pumpkin Festival and decided to hold a fall festival to Elyria—with one major change. Instead of pumpkins, they wanted to prominently feature the numerous apple growers in the area, and thus, the Elyria Apple Festival was born! This year, you can expect a variety of apple-themed fun, including an apple pie baking contest, an Apple Festival Princess Pageant, an apple art show and so much more.
When: September 21-22, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
This weekend at the Lake Metroparks Farmpark is all about apples! Bring the whole family to taste some delicious, locally made apple cider—and even make your own. Visitors will also be able to peruse the Showman's Circle area, which will feature a farm-themed playground and covered shelter for live animal demonstrations. Plus, you won't want to miss the hay maze, corn maze, harvest-themed crafts and much more!
Where: Lincoln Park
When: September 28 & 29, Saturday 12-7 p.m. & Sunday 12-5 p.m.
The Tremont Arts & Cultural Festival is one of Cleveland's longest-running music and arts festivals—setting up shop every fall for over 21 years. This year, the festival will feature over 130 juried artists and crafters. And don't forget the music and dance performances; the beer and wine garden; the children's village and much more!
When: Every Weekend, September 28-October 27, 12-5 p.m.
Rockin R' Ranch Old West Pumpkin Fest is one of Ohio's largest fall festivals, packed full of fun events for the whole family. Head to Columbia Station any weekend, September 28-October 27, and enjoy pony rides, a pumpkin slide, hayrides, a pumpkin patch, an animal petting farm, face painting and a Zombie Hunt 3D paintball experience! You can purchase tickets, which cost $11, online and at the ticket window on site.
Where: West Side Market
When: September 29, 12-8 p.m.
Head to West Side Market on the last weekend of September for a day-long fall celebration! West 25th Street will be full of the best food, drink, retail and arts entertainment Ohio City has to offer. Music and arts programming will take place throughout the day and the Kid Zone will offer fun for the whole family—including face painting, a balloon animal artist, inflatables and more.
When: October 4, 6-10 p.m.
Pumpkin beer lovers rejoice! The Pumpkin Ale Fall Festival is back and bigger than ever, featuring a fantastic selection of local beer, wine and food makers along with some spectacular entertainment. Visit their website to check out the full, impressive lineup!
When: October 5-6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Get the Halloween festivities started early at the Holden Arboretum! This annual family-friendly, not-too-scary celebration offers endless daytime trick-or-treating for costumed little ones (and costumed dogs!) in a festive garden setting.
When: October 5-6 & 12-13, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Celebrate the harvest season at Lake Metroparks Farmpark this year with the Corn & Pumpkin Festival! There, you'll be able to help husk, shell and grind the corn; make corn husk dolls; explore a 3-acre corn maze; and paint a masterpiece on a pumpkin.
Where: The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
When: October 10, 6-10 p.m.
Adults 21 and over are invited to enjoy a variety of Cleveland's best craft beers, live music, animal encounters and more during this after-hours Halloween event at the Cleveland Zoo! General admission tickets include unlimited samplings and small bites of pub fare.
Where: The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
When: October 11-13, 18-20 & 25-27, 5-9 p.m.
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Boo 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!
When: October 12-13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Since its inception in 1949, the Apple Butter Festival has been drawing in thousands of people from all around the country to Century Village in Burton—and the moment you get within a mile of the festival you'll smell why! This old-fashioned autumn event features freshly made apple butter slathered on everything. Take a moment to watch the famous butter being made in copper kettles before going to get some for yourself. You'll also get to taste delicious apple fritters, tour historic buildings, visit with artisans and more!
When: October 18-19 & 25-27, 6-9 p.m.
Hunt 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-pass holders (both adults and children) or $10 for pass holders (both adults and children). Children under 2 years old are free.
Where: Kauffman Park, Lakewood
When: October 19, 12:30-3:30 p.m.
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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 several categories, including Best Dog and Child, Best Dog and Adult, Best Dog and Group, Spookiest Pooch, and Best in Show.
Where: I-X Center
When: October 19-20 & 26-27, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Don'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!
Where: Lago Custom Events
When: November 16, 5-9 p.m.
Do you love cheese? Then you're in for a treat this November! Back for its third year, the Cheese and Wine Fest will once again feature cheeses from around the world along with various wines that pair perfectly with them. This event will be held at Lago Custom Events on the east bank of the Flats. You can purchase a ticket to this cheesy event here.
Where: Downtown Cleveland
When: November 30, 10 a.m.-8p.m.
To end the fall season and officially welcome in the holidays, join Downtown Cleveland at the annual Winterfest! All day long, you and your family can experience the magic of the holidays, with lights, entertainment and activities for people of all ages. In the evening, don't miss the free horse-drawn carriage rides, the tree lighting ceremony, the fireworks show and more!
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Photo courtesy of the T. So-Asian FestivalThis free festival welcomes more than 100,000 visitors annually and continues to grow in popularity. Boasting sports, games, cultural exhibits, delicious food, shopping, martial arts and stunning performances — the festival showcases the best of Asian culture and promotes the importance of diversity. Don't miss it! The Memorial Tournament is a premier event on the PGA Tour held annually at the Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin. The tournament was founded with three goals in mind: to honor those who have distinguished themselves in the game of golf; to showcase the world's best golfers competing on one of the most challenging courses in the world; and to benefit many greater Columbus charities. Proceeds from this popular event go to the Nicklaus Children's Healthcare Foundation, Nationwide Children's Hospital and numerous other local organizations. The Columbus Arts Festival has been a must-see event for more than 50 years, and it's no wonder why. It has been rated as one of the top festivals in the nation by several national publications and includes interactive activities, performances, food & beverages, and incredible work from local, national, and international artists alike. Catch it every June on the Scioto Mile. With approximately 500,000 visitors each year, the Columbus PRIDE Festival is one of the largest pride events in the Midwest. The event usually includes a massive downtown parade along with 150+ vendors, two live music stages and a family area! Red, White & BOOM! began in 1981 when 30,000 locals gathered in Bicentennial Park to watch a small fireworks display. Since then, it has grown into the largest Fourth of July event in Columbus and one of the most widely recognized fireworks displays in the entire Midwest! Two words: jazz and ribs — need we say more? This highly anticipated summertime event offers a little something for both jazz and rib connoisseurs, providing the Columbus area with the best of both. Plus, this unique festival is held annually along the Scioto Mile, a revitalized downtown riverfront that provides the perfect location for hot ribs and cool jazz. Agricultural exhibitions, a massive midway full of rides, and an incredible lineup of musical performances are just some of the fun festivities in store for you at the Ohio State Fair. The cherry on top is the gigantic helping of mouthwatering fair food — which will have you looking forward to this event every year!
Photo courtesy of the Dublin Irish FestivalThe Dublin Irish Festival is the largest-three day Irish festival on the planet, offering a plethora of acts and performers each year. The event has been held on the first weekend in August for over 30 years and more than 100,000 guests attend each year! Every summer on the Columbus riverfront, you can sample delicious food from more than 70 Ohio food trucks all on one extraordinary day! In addition to the massive amounts of food, there's also always plenty of live music and arts & crafts for all ages. Celebrate everything you love about Greek culture at this colorful annual festival! Featuring Greek song and dance, cathedral tours, traditional costumes, and delicious food and drink, this event truly provides an opportunity to experience Greek culture without the expensive plane ticket. Every summer, explore the shops, dance to live music, and enjoy a unique Greek tasting experience that whisks you away to another time and place. This annual Labor Day arts festival draws more than 25,000 visitors each year and is considered Upper Arlington's signature event! It takes place in the idyllic Northam Park and showcases the works of local, regional and national artists working with a variety of media. Additionally, there is always live performances, a family-friendly activities area, and a variety of food and beverage booths.
Photo courtesy of Spirit Photography via the Columbus OktoberfestPut on your lederhosen and raise your beer stein for Columbus Oktoberfest! This fun, annual celebration puts Columbus' German heritage on display with plenty of beer, polka and delicious food. Even the kiddos are invited to hang out in the Kinderplatz while you enjoy beer-hall style dining with the adults. PROST! This massive fair showcases hundreds of vendors from more than 25 states selling antiques, vintage items, handcrafted goods, arts, furniture, home decor, clothing, jewelry, specialty foods and so much more. Meet the editors of Country Living Magazine and HGTV superstars, attend seminars and how-tos, see artisan demonstrations, and shop the Harvest & Gourmet Market. There's no better place or time in Columbus to get inspiration for your home decor! Unbeknownst to many, Columbus is a fashion capital of the world. Don't believe us? Attend the annual Fashion Week Columbus, which showcases couture from our best local designers, fashion icons and spots to shop for your next head-turning fashion look! This annual Halloween festival is one you don't want to miss! 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. Every year during Halloween time, head 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.
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!