Trick or treat?! Halloween events that are not canceled this year

The Great Pumpkin Fest at Kings Island features family-friendly Halloween activities for guests of all ages, including a kids costume contest, character meet-and-greets with the Peanuts Gang and much more. CONTRIBUTED

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Despite the uncertain state of the world, there is still at least one thing that remains certain in the month of October — spooktacular fun! All over the Miami Valley, Halloween celebrations old and new are set to take place throughout October.

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Though the scares might look a bit different this year due to the COVID pandemic, these events are still guaranteed to send a chill down your spine. From nighttime pumpkin hikes to Harry Potter-themed candy crawls, these are the best Halloween events taking place around the Miami Valley.

👻🎃🦇Light the Night Pumpkin Hike

When: Wednesday, Oct. 28 through Saturday, Oct. 31 from 7-10 p.m.

Where: Caesar Ford Park, 520 S. Stringtown Rd., Xenia

More info: Website | Facebook | 937-562-6440

In order to follow all coronavirus-related guidelines, the Greene County Parks & Trails had to alter their annual Pumpkin Glow event to make it a more socially-distanced affair — thus, the Light the Night Pumpkin Hike was born. This blacklight pumpkin hike will be taking place over the span of four days in late October at Caesar Ford Park in Xenia.

The trails at Caesar Ford Park will be glowing with 1,000 black light-reflective pumpkins and each registered group will be given a blacklight flashlight to find their way along the trails to discover the decorated pumpkins that are located throughout the trail system.

The groups along the trail system will be staggered to maintain proper social distancing, and flashlights will be sanitized after each use.

Though registration is required for the event, walk-ins are welcome as well. The event is free and guests can register for the Light the Night Pumpkin Hike by visiting the Greene County Parks & Trails' website.

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👻🎃🦇HallZOOween

HallZOOween at the Cincinnati Zoo will still be serving up fun for the entire family over the weekends of Oct. 17 and 24. CONTRIBUTED

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When: From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24 and Sunday, Oct. 25

Where: The Cincinnati Zoo, 3400 Vine St., Cincinnati

More info: Website | Facebook

Though the Halloween celebration at Cincinnati Zoo will look a bit different this year, the HallZOOween will still be serving up fun for the entire family over the weekends of Oct. 17 and 24.

Upon entering the zoo, each child under the age of 12 will receive a voucher that can be redeemed at the Boo-in-a-Bag pick-up station, located near the Scare-ousel. Each Boo-in-a-Bag is filled with treats. Infants under the age of two will not receive a voucher.

While at the HallZOOween event, everyone is encouraged to search for the three Fiona statues hidden throughout the zoo. Each week, Fiona’s costume changes. The entire family can also hop aboard the Hogwarts Express.

For those who work up an appetite at the zoo, many festive fall treats, like fall-flavored funnel fries from Hops, caramel apples at Cup and Cone and caramel corn from multiple vendors throughout the park.

Normal admission to the zoo also includes admission to HallZOOween. Reservations for zoo admission must be made in advance on the Cincinnati Zoo’s website.

👻🎃🦇Kings Island Tricks and Treats Fall Fest

The Great Pumpkin Fest at Kings Island features family-friendly Halloween activities for guests of all ages, including a kids costume contest, character meet-and-greets with the Peanuts Gang and much more. CONTRIBUTED

When: Every Saturday and Sunday through Nov. 1

Where: Kings Island Amusement Park, 6300 Kings Island Dr., Mason

More info: Website | Facebook

Just like the Cincinnati Zoo, Halloween celebrations at Kings Island are sure to look a bit different this year due to social distancing and other safety guidelines that have been put in place as a result of the COVID pandemic. Guests to the Kings Island Tricks and Treats Fall Fest, taking place through the end of October, can look forward to fall-themed games, adults-only game shows, dance parties, corn and hay mazes, a QR quest, a challenge course, pint-sized tractor rides, crafts, the Trick or Treat Bean Challenge (will you get the great or gross jelly beans?) and much more. Additionally, all of the rides at Kings Island will be open.

To make the event even sweeter, trick-or-treating spots will be set up throughout the park to hand out individually-packaged treats to kids of all ages. For the older crowd, however, a Tasting Card is available for purchase, and for $30, it includes six tastings from Kings Island’s Tricks and Treats menu. Admission, parking and a tasting card is $55 per person and can be purchased on Kings Island’s website.

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👻🎃🦇KidX Candy Crawl

When: Friday, Oct. 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Center Court at The Mall at Fairfield Commons, 2727 Fairfield Commons Blvd., Beavercreek

More info: Website | Facebook

The Mall at Fairfield Commons will be hosting a free socially-distanced Candy Crawl on Friday, Oct. 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. All guests, dressed in their best Halloween costumes, will meet at Center Court in the mall to pick up their trick-or-treat bag full of goodies, have their photo taken as a part of the mall’s costume contest and then head to participating stores in the mall for even more trick-or-treating opportunities.

Registration is required for this event and opens on Eventbrite on Friday, Oct. 23 at 10 a.m.

Any guests over the age of 10 will be required to wear a facial covering.

👻🎃🦇Harry Potter Trick or Treat with Downtown Tipp City Merchants

When: Saturday, Oct. 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Downtown Tipp City

More info: Facebook

The Downtown Tipp City Partnership is encouraging everyone to dress up as their favorite Harry Potter character while attending the Harry Potter Trick or Treat event on Saturday, Oct. 31 in downtown Tipp City.

Be sure to grab a map and a bag to stash your loot as you make your way throughout the downtown area, grabbing special Halloween-themed treats along the way.

The following businesses will be participating in the Harry Potter Trick or Treat event:

- Browse Awhile Books

- Sam and Ethel’s

- Mantia’s Italia

- Project Believe

- Fox & Feather

- VFW

- Grounds for Pleasure Coffee Shop

- The Hotel Gallery

- Patriot Antiques

- Topsy Turvy Toys

- Bodega Wine and Specialty Market

- Tipp City Public Library

- Tipp Monroe Community Services

- Zack Jacobs State Farm

- Tipp Cycle

- Sudden Furniture

- Midwest Memories

- Downtown Tipp City Partnership

- Monroe Federal Savings and Loan

- Broadway Hair Studio

- Harrison’s Resturant

- Always in Bloom Flowers

- RPets

- Masonic Temple

- Living Simply Soap

👻🎃🦇Spooky Architecture Photo Walk

When: Saturday, Oct. 24 at 5:30 p.m.

Where: McPherson Town Historic District in Dayton

More info: Facebook

Dayton Architecture and Kunal Patel Group will be teaming up for the Spooky Architecture Photo Walk, taking place on Saturday, Oct. 24 at 5:30 p.m. in the McPherson Town Historic District in Dayton.

Guests can dress up in their Halloween costumes and take a photo tour of the historic, architecturally interesting homes in the district decked out with spooky decorations.

The free event takes place outdoors to allow for proper social distancing practices.

👻🎃🦇Spooktacular at beck + call

When: Saturday, Oct. 31 from noon to 5 p.m.

Where: beck + call, 504 E. 5th St., Dayton

More info: Facebook

Beck + call in the Oregon District will be hosting its own Halloween celebration on Saturday, Oct. 31. Guests can look forward to face painting from Yenni, baked goods from the Gem City Bakehouse, art, a pumpkin painting station and more to be announced at a later date.

The event will be held both indoors and outdoors and masks are required while in the shop. To comply with social distancing guidelines, only six people are permitted inside of the shop at a time.

👻🎃🦇The Night Of Halloween at The Entrepreneurs Marketplace

When: Saturday, Oct. 31 from 4-10 p.m.

Where: The Entrepreneurs Marketplace, 13 N. Williams St., Dayton

More info: Facebook

The Entrepreneurship Marketplace is inviting trick-or-treaters out to an event that features a night full of fun with food trucks like Mommaz Boyz, Taco Street Co., and Cupzilla Korean Barbecue, entertainment, free candy and shopping in Wright Dunbar.

👻🎃🦇Bike or Treat at Buckeye Harley-Davidson

When: Saturday, Oct. 31 from 4-6 p.m.

Where: Buckeye Harley-Davidson, 7220 N Dixie Dr., Dayton

More info: Facebook

Buckeye Harley-Davidson will be hosting its annual Bike or Treat event on Saturday, Oct. 31 with Halloween festivities like a children’s costume contest and plenty of candy. The winner of the children’s costume contest will get a one-day family pass to either SkyZone or Kings Island.

Social distancing, masks and hand sanitizing stations will be implemented to ensure the safety of everyone at the event.

For those who want to volunteer to bring their motorcycles or cars to come out and help pass out candy, send an email to marketing@buckeyehd.com or call 937-898-8084 and ask for Amanda.

👻🎃🦇Light Up the Mound Pumpkin Glow

When: Saturday, Oct. 31 from 6-9 p.m.

Where: Little Mound Park, 9490 Still Meadow Ln., Dayton

More info: Facebook

The fourth annual Light Up the Mound Pumpkin Glow will be taking place at the Little Mound Park in Dayton on Saturday, Oct. 31.

To participate in the pumpkin glow, carve a pumpkin with any artistic direction you desire and drop it off at the tree by the mound any time between the evening of Oct. 30 and 4 p.m. on Oct. 31. From there, organizers will make the pumpkins glow. The mound will be lit from 6-9 p.m. on Oct. 31.

👻🎃🦇Brew in the Burg at Lucky Star Brewery

When: Thursday, Oct. 22 from 3:30-11 p.m.

Where: Lucky Star Brewery, 219 S. 2nd St., Miamisburg

More info: Facebook

Lucky Star Brewery in Miamisburg will be hosting an adult Halloween celebration on Thursday, Oct. 22. The spooky celebration will include live music, a costume contest with prizes and food and drink specials. There will be awards for the best couples costume, best group costumes and best individual costume.

Are we missing a Halloween event on our list? Send us an email at contact@dayton.com or ashley.moor@coxinc.com to share more about the event.

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