Spooky season is upon us in the Cincy Region. With fall festivals, Halloween events, ghost tours, football games and more–October’s calendar is full of fun things to do.  

Halloween events and things to do

Have a frighteningly good time at Halloween events this October.   

Halloween Haunt at Kings Island (photo: @cook.christian)Halloween Haunt at Kings Island (photo: @cook.christian)

USS Nightmare (Through 10/31):  History and horror meet for a spine-tingling adventure in a decommissioned steamboat on the Ohio River. Navigate eerie corridors, encounter ghoulish characters, and explore twisted maritime horrors. 

Tricks & Treats Fall Fest (Through 10/29): There’s something for everyone at this family-friendly fall fest. From trick-or-treating to food, drinks, entertainment, and more–don’t miss this Halloween event at Kings Island. 

Kings Island Halloween Haunt (every weekend through 10/28): Voted the “Best Theme Park Halloween Event” in 2022 by USA TODAY readers, Halloween Haunt opens this month and promises to be the most immersive and haunting Halloween event in Cincy. The park features scare mazes and scare zones, sinister live entertainment, and hundreds of horrifying creatures roaming the park. Night-time rides on The Beast, Orion, Diamondback, and many others truly make this one of the most unique Halloween experiences. For family-friendly Halloween events, check out this list of fun eventsNote: Halloween Haunt is not recommended for children under 13.

All Hallows Eve Wild West Fall Festival (Through 10/29): Carve the perfect pumpkin, enter to win a costume contest and trunk or treating featuring a surprise guest. 

Ghost Tours at Music Hall (10/17 & 10/25): Built upon the grounds of an old potter's field and named one of the most terrifying places in America, take a spooky tour of Cincinnati’s Music Hall with the Cincinnati Research & Paranormal Studies team.

Looking for more terrifying things to do this October? We have a guide for that. Need kid-friendly Halloween events? We can help with that too!

October sporting events and outdoor activities in Cincy

Cheer on your favorite sports stars at these Cincinnati sporting events!

Bengals Fans 4Fans at Bengals game (Photo: Cincinnati Bengals)

FC Cincinnati (throughout October): First up in October is FC Cincinnati vs. New York Red Bulls (10/4). Your second chance is FC Cincinnati vs. Atlanta United FC later this month (10/21). Here’s all you need to know about attending an FC Cincinnati match, 

ARI Oxbow Adventure Trek (10/7): This off-road flat and fun 5k Run/Walk is a great way to spend time in nature. The top finishers from each age category will win a special prize!

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Seattle Seahawks (10/15): See reigning AFC champs Cincinnati Bengals go up against the Seattle Seahawks at Paycor Stadium. Before or after the game raise a glass at one of Cincinnati’s classic sports bars. Who Dey!

Cincinnati Cyclones vs. Wheeling Nailers (10/21): Hockey is more than a game in Cincy–it's where non-stop action meets affordable family fun. Located in The Banks at Heritage Bank Center, grab your bring the whole family for an exciting night out! 

October food and drink events in Cincy

Savor Cincy’s delicious food and drink scene at these food tours and events this October. 

Findlay Market

Bourbon in the Bluegrass (10/7): Bourbon in the Bluegrass is a free event featuring Kentucky bourbon distillers, breweries, wineries, food trucks, live bluegrass bands, and hayrides.

Findlay Market Fall Festival (10/15): Taste the best fall dishes from merchants, vendors, and farmers at Findlay Market. Enjoy a fall-themed photo booth and live music from Wild Carrot and Tracy Walker. Bring the whole family and celebrate all things fall at Findlay Market. 

HallowEve Brew Bash and Beer (10/20): Sample craft beers and dance to live music featuring 1970s hits and Halloween favorites. Wine, soft drinks, and water will be available for purchase plus quick bites from an onsite food truck.

Cincinnati Coffee Festival (10/21-22): Taste test the best coffees, teas, pastries, chocolates, and savory goodies with thousands of coffee and tea lovers from all over the region. The weekend will include live music, a latte art competition, the chance to see the latest equipment and accessories, and demonstrations by industry experts.

Family-friendly events in Cincy this October

From Spongebob to fall festivals, check out these events for the whole family. 

Mermaids at Newport Aquarium

Spongebob the Musical (10/14-22): When the citizens of Bikini Bottom discover that a volcano will soon erupt and destroy their humble home, SpongeBob and his friends must come together to save the fate of their undersea world. 

Mermaids at Newport Aquarium (Through 10/22): Fairytales do come true at the Newport Aquarium. Explore Mermaid Cove and meet the enchanting mermaids as they swim, splash, and blow bubble kisses.  

Wyoming Avenue Fall Festival: More than 80 artists, crafters, vendors, organizations, and more will participate in this classic fall festival! Throughout the event, enjoy great local music, delicious food, and entertainment at Crescent Park. 

Ohio Renaissance Festival (Through 10/29): Venture to the Middle Ages and immerse yourself in a 16th-century English Renaissance celebration. Play games, see sword fighting and jousting shows, shop, and eat like royalty. 

Don’t miss a single second of fall fun this October. Check out our full Cincinnati events calendar for everything happening in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky this month. Start planning your Cincy adventure now!