It’s the weekend before Halloween, and there are tons of chilling events and fall-themed fests to check out before spooky season draws to a close.
See a dramatic candlelit concert at the Transept that brings the Halloween mainstays to life, including renditions of “Thriller,” “Ghostbusters,” “Stranger Things,” and classic creepy film scores by John Carpenter, Danny Elfman, and others.
Oct 27, 7:30 and 9 pm, The Transept, 1205 Elm St., downtown
Experience peak fall fun at this charming farm market in Loveland offering hayrides, corn mazes, a petting farm, games, bakery treats, a beer garden, and more.
Oct 27–31, 9 am – 7 pm (9-3 on Halloween), 9669 S. St. Rt. 48, Loveland
Your ticket to this traveling Halloween bash includes two drink tickets, entry into a costume contest with a $1,000 prize, food and beverage specials, a souvenir stadium cup, badge, access to a spooky afterparty, and stops at Bloom, Liberty’s Bar & Bottle Shop, MOTR, Pins & 16-Bit, Queen City Exchange, The Hub, and others.
Oct 29, 4 pm – midnight, starts at Bloom OTR, 1120 Walnut St., Over-the-Rhine
Trick or treat at stations across the Zoo, see special animal enrichment, see illusionist Phil Dalton, take a ride on the Hogwarts Express and the Scare-ousel on this final HallZOOween weekend.
Oct 29 & 30, noon – 5 pm, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale
It’s your last chance to catch your favorite show, feast on turkey legs and ale, and enjoy the Medieval atmosphere at the Ren Fest this weekend. Bring your candy bucket to trick or treat throughout the village, and kids under 12 get in free.
Oct 29 & 30, 10:30 am – 7 pm, 10542 E. St. Rt. 73, Waynesville
Spend Sunday at Findlay Market getting goodies from market vendors, pick up a free costume from 10 to 2, enjoy family-friendly games and a haunted house at ETC Produce, and share a story and crafts with the Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library. There’s also a Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Contest Saturday, so make sure you and your pooch dress your best.
Oct 30, 2–4 pm, 1801 Race St., Over-the-Rhine
Looking for more Halloween fun? Check out our suggestions from Cincinnati Magazine‘s Spooky ‘Nati issue:
The 12 Scariest Haunted Houses in Cincinnati
- A local master of horror shares his list of the most frightening haunted attractions in the tri-state.
Ten Less Scary Things to Do for Halloween
- There are always other ways to enjoy the season without getting too spooked.
Seven Halloween Home Decorators That Are on Another Level
- Some of our neighbors are really into Halloween. If you’re lucky, they’ll let you join in on the fun.
Six Costume Shops to Secure Your Spooky Look
- Skip the big box store costumes and try these local suppliers of spook to elevate your Halloween—or everyday—look.
Five Spooky Cincinnati Ghost Tours
- From slightly spooky to totally terrifying, these tours will scare up a good time.
There’s still time to get tickets for a bonus weekend event:
The toe-tappingest brunch in town returns Sunday at a new location, Gatherings of Blue Ash. Dance along to the bluegrass stylings of My Brother’s Keeper and enjoy a delicious brunch buffet at our celebration of live local music.
Oct 30, 11 am – 1 pm, Gatherings of Blue Ash, 10627 Technical Dr., Blue Ash