Top 5 Fall Festivals For Families

Fall is a great time for spending time with the family. Check out these five festivals.
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It’s the time of year when guzzling cider while wearing a costume and attempting to artfully arrange your children in a pumpkin patch seems like a good idea. Hint: It isn’t. Why not try something new this fall?

1. Sunflower Festival at Gorman Heritage Farm
Towering flowers, fuzzy critters, food trucks, and more at Gorman Heritage Farm, a true working farm. The photo opportunities in the sunflower field alone are worth the trip. October 3–4, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Adults, $5. Children 3–17, $3. Children 2 and under free. Gorman Heritage Farm, 10052 Reading Rd., Glendale gormanfarm.org

2. HallZOOween
With the tagline “always hairy, never scary,” HallZOOween at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens is an annual pleaser for your costumed crew. Trick-or-treat stations are located throughout the zoo and your little ghouls and goblins will howl to go ’round on the scare-ousel. October 3–4, 10–11, 17–18, and 24–25, 12–5 p.m. Free with zoo admission. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens, 3400 Vine St., cincinnatizoo.org

3. Corn Maze at Iron’s Fruit Farm
Stock up on freshly baked apple fritters and cider doughnuts before venturing into the 12-acre corn maze at Iron’s Fruit Farm in Lebanon. Each year’s maze boasts a new theme, best appreciated when you’re lost in the middle, turning the map over and over again and feeling grateful you didn’t have to pay admission for the 3-year-old who is now whining about being tired and thirsty. Weekends in September and October. Adults, $7. Children 5–12, $5. Children 4 and under  free. Iron’s Fruit Farm, 1640 Stubbs Mill Rd., Lebanon, ironsfruitfarm.com

4. Halloween Nights at Parky’s Farm
Live music for your little munsters, wagon and pony rides, creepy critters and toddlers chatting up a talking mirror? The. Cutest. This one is best after dark, and bundle up—festivities are mostly outside. Thurs through Sun, October 8–28, 6–10 p.m. $7 per person, children 2 and under free. Parky’s Farm in Winton Woods, 10073 Daly Rd. greatparks.org

5. Harvest Celebration at Granny’s Garden School
In addition to games and activities for children, come for the music from the Loveland String Quartet, food samples from VegHead and Take Home Tano’s, a nature trail, and even a free bouquet of flowers from the gardens. Pick your own vegetables, such as green beans, potatoes, cucumbers, squash, cherry tomatoes, and more. October 4, 1–5 p.m. Admission free. Granny’s Garden School, 550 Loveland Madeira Road, Loveland. grannysgardenschool.com

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