Top 5 Local Halloween Celebrations

Whether you’re celebrating Halloween with friends or family, these are our recommended ways to make this year’s holiday the spookiest yet.
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One of the biggest perks of living in Queen City is the seemingly endless amount of things to do. This Halloween is no exception. Between a haunted ship tour and a masquerade in a historic venue, we have five ways to spend Halloween 2019.

  1. USS Nightmare

Floating on the river just off of Newport on the Levee is a haunting boat experience that is not for the faint of heart. Rain or shine, the USS Nightmare promises two decks and 30-plus minutes of terror. You can get a general admission ticket for $20 ($25 on Saturdays in October) or an immersive “hands-on” RIP general admission ticket for $30 ($35 on Saturdays in October). Choose wisely and bring your kids if you think they can handle the nightmare.

Now through Nov. 3, 101B Riverboat Row, Newport, (859) 740-2293

  1. Franks & Steins

Located in the heart of Northside and less than a mile from Spring Grove Cemetery, Humble Monk Brewing Co. is a local favorite. This Halloween, you can join in on a spooky celebration in its taproom called Franks & Steins. There will be hotdogs, live music from Camper Clark, a costume contest, and delicious brews. It will all come together for a Halloween celebration you won’t want to miss. Just be sure to call the sitter!

Nov. 1, 8 p.m.–12 a.m., 1641 Blue Rock St., Northside, (513) 510-4615

  1. Hoodie Halloween

If you’re looking for a nontraditional way to celebrate Halloween, this sale event is for you. The Confetti Room in Over-the-Rhine is holding Hoodie Halloween on Nov. 4 from 6 to 10 p.m. For the $10 ticket, there will be Blue Light Coneys, live music, and “access to the dopest supply of hoodies this town has ever seen.” The best part of this sale? Every item is just $10.

Nov. 4, 6–10 p.m., 1531 Race St., Over-the-Rhine, (513) 446-1650

  1. The Dent Schoolhouse

The Dent Schoolhouse has been serving up haunts on the city’s West Side since the supposed real-life disappearance of nearly 20 students there. To this day, the spirits of the children and the janitor are said to walk the halls, whispering in ears and scaring visitors and passerby alike. Tickets are available for the Lights On Tour through Oct. 31. The Lights Out Tour takes over in November, where you can explore the house with nothing but a glow stick.

Now through Nov. 2, 5963 Harrison Ave., Dent, (513) 445-9767

  1. Oakley Masquerade 2019

Returning for the sixth consecutive year, the Oakley Masquerade at 20th Century Theater will feature dancing and music from DJ Psycho Ward with ticket sales benefitting Save The Animals Foundation. General admission is $50, but you can get a VIP table for four with table service next to the dance floor for $400. Halloween costumes or masquerade attire is requested, and you must be 21-plus to attend (so be sure to leave the kids at home).

Nov. 1, 8 p.m., 3021 Madison Rd., Oakley, (513) 731-8000

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