Weekly Top 5: Halloween Part I: Family Edition

Around here, Halloween is more than a day to trick or treat. It’s a month-long celebration of spooky, scary, silly, sweet fun. So we present a Top 5 in three parts. This week: Halloween, Family Style.

1. Separate myth from fact and learn about the Secret Life of Bats at the Seasongood Nature Center at Woodland Mound. Includes an up-close encounter with October’s favorite flying mammal. Presented by EchoBats, Inc.! October 22, 1–2 p.m. Free. greatparks.org/calendar

2. Halloween Nights at Parky’s Farm: $8.00 admission (kids under 2 are free) includes hay wagon rides, ghostly mini golf, inflatable obstacle course, speed slide, bounce house, Madame Clairvoyant’s hardly haunted castle and more. October 20–23. greatparks.org/calendar

3. HallZOOween is a “hairy, never scary” romp through the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens. Visit trick-or-treat stations, have an animal encounter, or (for an extra charge) ride the Hogwarts Express train or Scare-ousel. October 22–23. cincinnatizoo.org/events/hallzooween

4. This is the last weekend for Fall-O-Ween Festival at Coney Island: Lake Como pumpkin launch, Halloween magic show, Fright Lights musical light show, and a trick-or-treat trail, plus Coney’s classic rides. October 22–23. coneyislandpark.com/fall-o-ween-festival

5. A third-generation working farm in Walton, Kentucky, Benton Farms opens its gates to the public two weekends in October for Pumpkin Days, which features hayrides, pumpkin patch, cow milking, newborn calf brushing, sheep shearing, horse rides, and an indoor hay maze. October 21–23. bentonfarm.com/pumpkin-days-on-the-farm

Next week: Scary Stuff

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