Ten Less Scary Things to Do for Halloween

There are always other ways to enjoy the season without getting too spooked.

Haunted houses aren’t the only way to have fun this Halloween.


Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s The Living Dead

Penned by local playwright Isaiah Reaves, this reimagining of the classic zombie film explores contemporary themes through a horror lens for a live audience. Oct. 14–29, cincyshakes.com

HallZOOween at Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Guests can enjoy trick or treat stations, magic shows, and animal learning activities. Costumes are encouraged. Oct. 15 & 16, 22 & 23, and 29 & 30, cincinnatizoo.org

Illustration by Carlie Burton

The Pet Wants Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Contest

Local pooches show off their spooky sides at Findlay Market for a chance to win a year’s worth of free dog food. Oct. 29, petwantscincy.com

Fall Fun at Niederman Family Farms

With a four-acre corn maze, hayrides, animal exhibits, tug of war, and more, you’ll find something fun for everyone. Sept. 23–Oct. 30, niedermanfamilyfarm.com

Gourdy’s Pumpkin Run 5K

This fall-themed 5K walk/run at Bonnybrook Farms in Clarksville helps raise funds for the national charity Girls on the Run! All skill levels welcome. Sept. 24, gourdyspumpkinrun.com

Jack O’Lantern Junction at EnterTRAINment Junction

Kids will love Jack O’Lantern Junction, where they can walk through Halloween-themed model train sets as well as a slightly spooky indoor maze. Sept. 24–Oct. 31, entertrainmentjunction.com

Pumpkin Chuck at Stanbery Park

Enjoy live music and craft beer before launching a pumpkin from one of three locally constructed trebuchets into Stanbery Park’s ravine. Nov. 5, stanberypark.com

Tricks or Treats at the Ohio Renaissance Festival

In its last hurrah before the close of ren faire season, guests can dress up and visit participating booths for some trick or treating fun. Oct. 29 & 30, renfestival.com

Tricks and Treats Fall Fest at Kings Island

Guests of all ages can enjoy special food tastings, trick or treating for the little ones, themed games, and shows at this event. Select dates between Sept. 25 and Oct. 30, visitkingsisland.com

Saturdays at the BOOseum

Cincinnati Museum Center features Halloween-themed family activities every Saturday in October, including costume parades and scavenger hunts. Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, cincymuseum.org

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