With all that in mind, see below for all the vital statistics regarding Butler County trick-or-treating events.
Hocus Pocus Halloween Festival
This downtown, “Hocus Pocus”-themed family festival includes magic shows, dance troupes, live music, a pet costume contest, kids’ activities, arts and crafts, a cruise-in car show, a trunk-or-treat, and spooky tours of the Sorg and a nighttime screening of the classic horror comedy film, “Beetlejuice.” (Oct. 17, 2-7 p.m., downtown Middletown between Central and First Avenue. Free admission. For more information, visit www.downtownmiddletown.org.)
Put on your costume, grab your trick-or-treat bag, and stroll down Fairfield Commons Drive. Several business and organizations will await the youngsters to hand out treats. There will also be live performances at the Village Green Amphitheatre. This event is geared to kids 10 and younger. (Oct. 23, 2-5 p.m. 301 Wessel Drive, Fairfield, free admission. Call 513-867-5348 or visit www.fairfield-city.org for more info.)
This pet-themed event includes a trick-or-treat trail designed for kids and dogs, an obstacle course, vendors and a costume contest. Contest categories are Cutest, Scariest, Most Original, Judge’s Choice and Best Duo/Group. Are you a dog lover but between dogs at the moment? Rescue shelters are on hand to loan you a dog just for the event. (Oct. 23, noon-3 p.m. Voice of America MetroPark, 7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester. Admission is $5. For more info, call 513-867-5835 or search for The Howl on www.eventbrite.com.)
Shop Eat and Treat
This dual event is designed for kids and their parents. Kids can trick-or-treat throughout the entire center while their parents shop or enjoy a much-deserved coffee or cocktail. There will also be complimentary balloon animals and more family-friendly activities at the MidPointe Liberty Library. (Oct. 30, 1-3 p.m., Liberty Center, 7100 Foundry Row, Liberty Township. Free admission. For more information, call 513-644-0900 visit www.liberty-center.com.)
Thousands of people will descend onto Bridgewater Falls for an afternoon of trick-or-treating. Most business owners will be sanding outside their doors for safety and to keep traffic moving. Additional fun includes inflatables, candy given out by first responders, music by the Cincy Tunes Band, free doughnuts from Tweedles Donuts and, finally, a fill-a-truck event where people can donate apartment starter supplies (pillows, sheets, towels, feminine hygiene products, cleaning products) to help local women in need. All proceeds will go to the YWCA Hamilton. This event is geared toward kids 12 and younger (Oct. 30, 2-4 p.m., Bridgewater Falls, 3385 Princeton Road, Fairfield. Free admission. For more information, call 513-770-0723 or visit www.shopbridgewaterfalls.com.)