Falloween Fest, a family-friendly Halloween event, will be held on Oct. 21, from noon to 6 p.m. at the Butler County Fairgrounds at 1715 Fairgrove Ave. in Hamilton. Festivities will include trick-or-treating with a chance to meet all the crafters and vendors, who will hand out treats. Additional activities include a balloon artist, face painting, food, music by Class X radio and a raffle drawing. Plus, one of the Minion’s will be on site for pictures, along with other photo opportunities, so don’t forget your costume. The raffle will raise funds for Feeding America. Free admission and parking. Those that bring a non-perishable food item will receive one raffle ticket. For more information, call (513) 892-1423 or (513) 376-5871.
Running every Friday and Saturday night through Oct. 28, the 11th annual Halloween Haunt will feature 10 haunted mazes, three outdoor scare zones, three live stage shows and hundreds of clowns, ghouls, vampires, werewolves and zombies lurking in the shadows throughout the park. In addition, 20 rides are open including Banshee, Diamondback, The Beast and Mystic Timbers, recently voted “Best New Ride in 2017” by Amusement Today. Two new scare zones debuted this year: Dance of the Macabre and Wasteland. Tickets for Halloween Haunt are as low as $31.99 when purchased in advance at www.visitkingsisland.com or through the Kings Island’s mobile app, which Android and iPhone users can download for free. Admission to the event is free for 2017 Gold and Platinum passholders.
For children and families, the Great Pumpkin Fest, presented by the Hershey Company, is a kid-friendly daytime Halloween event at Kings Island that will take place from noon-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 29. The event features crafts, games, mini tractor races, a hay bale maze, foam bit, trick-or-treat stops, petting farm, kids’ costume contest and meet-and-greet opportunities with the Peanuts gang. For more information, visit www.visitkingsisland.com.
Jack-O-Lantern Junction at EnterTRAINment Junction features kid-friendly Halloween fun with an indoor, no-scare walk-through trick-or-treat maze with ghosts, skeletons, cobwebs and multiple treat stations; also, the area’s only indoor Pumpkin Patch (where kids get a free mini-pumpkin), plus Halloween crafts, a talking pumpkin, and a Halloweenville miniature animated display. Outside there is a kid-size straw maze, and Halloween themed hand-cranked train cars and electric train ride (weather permitting). All other EnterTRAINment Attractions are also open. EnterTRAINment Junction is located at 7379 Squire Court, West Chester. The attraction is open through Tuesday, Oct. 31. Various packages start at $9.95. Go to www.entertrainmentjunction.com, or call (513) 898-8000.
DAYTON LANE GHOST WALK TOURS
For those who like Halloween activities that are a bit scary, the 14th Annual Dayton Lane Ghost Walk may be an option to check out. The tour will be held on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. in the Dayton Lane Historic District. Walking tours will leave from the Wolfe Gazebo in the 900 block of Campbell Avenue. Guests will take a lantern-led, evening stroll through one of Hamilton’s historic neighborhoods. The one-hour, guided walk will expose ghosts, ghouls and legends, and will be held rain or shine. A reception will follow. Tickets are $20 at the door. Funds raised from the event will support the Dayton Lane Historic District, a non-profit, which helps maintain the local neighborhood park, various public landscapes, and other projects that benefit the nationally registered historic district. Visit www.facebook.com/events/129521371025224.
You and your furry friends can celebrate Halloween at The Howl, which will take place on Sunday, Oct. 22 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Voice of America MetroPark at 7850 VOA Park Drive. Dress up your pet and join the “Pupper Costume Parade,” along with a trick-or-treat trail for both children and dogs. After exploring the vendors or participating in the doggy obstacle course, consider sticking around for the 2.4-mile “Doggy Dash” around the lake. If you don’t have a pet, no worries — area rescue centers will have adoptable dogs available for you to walk. For more information, go to www.yourmetroparks.net, or call (513) 867-5835.
LAND OF ILLUSION
Land of Illusion is open for its 20th season. A general admission ticket for $36.99 includes unlimited access to five, award-winning haunted attractions. Concert events are included with admission to the park. Other not-to-miss Land of Illusion attractions include Sniper Zombie Patrol and the freefall Demon Drop, which cost additional/require a separate ticket. Land of Illusion is located at 8762 Thomas Road, in Madison Twp. outside of Middletown. For hours, entertainment options and pricing, visit www.LandOfIllusion.com, or call (513) 423-9960.