October 2023 guide to Family-Friendly Events

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Fall has arrived, and so has your guide to family-friendly events for October 2023 in Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky! It’s time to spend time celebrating all the activities that come along with the season.

Make sure to check out all our Fall guides this year! We have SunflowersPumpkin PatchesU-Pick ApplesHalloween Costume Ideas, and more!)


october 2023 spongebob musical the children's theatre of cincinnati

Taft Theatre
5th and Sycamore Streets in Downtown Cincinnati
October 14-23, 2023
TCT Box Office 513.569.8080 x10

Tickets start at $10 – Great seats still available!

THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL: YOUTH EDITION is a 60-minute musical adaptation based on the beloved animated series created by Stephen Hillenburg. Plunge into this stunning all-singing, all-dancing, dynamic stage show! 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. With lives hanging in the balance and all hope lost, a most unexpected hero rises up. The power of optimism really can save the world!

Ideal for ages 4+. This production runs 60 minutes without an intermission.

  • Saturday, October 14 at 2PM (ASL interpretation will be offered at this performance.)
  • Saturday, October 14 at 5PM
  • Sunday, October 15 at 2PM
  • Friday, October 20 at 7PM
  • Saturday, October 21 at 11AM
  • Saturday, October 21 at 2PM
  • Sunday, October 22 at 2PM


the haunt of 1216 october 2023 mt washington cincinnati

1216 Deliquia Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45230
{Mt. Washington}

This haunted garage with professional scare actors is a frightful experience that the whole family will enjoy! They are open most Fridays and Saturdays in October, as well as on Halloween night! Mt. Washington is a great place to trick-or-treat anyway, but The Haunt of 1216 makes it a must-visit all month long this year! The Haunt of 1216 is open 7-8:30pm on select days this month.

  • Open weekend is tentatively scheduled for October 13-14
  • Scare actors will be at The Haunt October 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, and 28
  • Halloween night will not have scare actors, so that’s a great time to take the littles through!

They do need a few more tween/teen scare actors – modest pay and community services hours available for them! Use this FORM to help your kids 9+ apply.

Ohio Renaissance Festival

Weekends through October 29
10:30am – 7pm

10542 East State Route 73
Waynesville, OH 45068

Immerse yourself in a world of lively shows, tantalizing food & drink, and unique shops that transport you back in time to the days of knights and queens.

Clermont County Farm Tour

September 30 – October 1

The weekend includes visiting 7 farms. Sunday’s tour options include Big Fish Farms (American paddlefish caviar), Vista Grand Ranch (viewing of Buffalo), Flourish and Roam (pasture raised poultry, beef, pork and eggs), The Alpaca Shop in New Richmond, and Happbee Acres Bee Supply.

Fall on the Farm

September 16 – October 31
Daily 9am-7pm

Blooms & Berries Farm Market

Fall on the Farm is one of our team’s absolute favorite things to do with our kids during the Autumn season! We share a Mom’s Guide to Fall on the Farm each year with all the details on admission, food, activities, entertainment, and so much more.

Kentucky Wool Festival

October 6-8

Falmouth, KY

Live animals/petting areas for the kids, over a hundred arts/crafts vendors, live bluegrass music, sheep shearing demonstrations, local farm products, historical/pioneer village reenactments and demonstrations, and loads of food vendors – from barbeque to chili to corn on the cob to homemade fudge – you’ll go home happy! Admission charged.

Gorman Heritage Farm Sunflower Festival

October 7-8

Live music, hayrides and mule carriage rides, craft vendors, food trucks, meet the farm animals, visit education stations, High Grain Beer Garden and Cut Your Own sunflowers ($1 per stem). Admission charged. Save when you buy tickets online / in advance.

CAM Kids Day at the Cincinnati Art Museum

October 7

The 11am-1pm session is geared towards families with preschool aged children (ages 3–5) and the afternoon session, 1–3pm, is geared towards families with children ages 5–12.

Fall Festival at Valley View Nature Preserve

October 7

City of Milford

Enjoy an afternoon of fall family fun including a hayride, a petting zoo, live music, face painting, a magician, and more. Raptor Inc. will be there, too!

Cincinnati Taco Week

October 9-15

Enjoy $2 tacos from some of Cincinnati’s most popular taco joints. Each participating Cincinnati Taco Week restaurant will be offering their own unique tacos.

Operation Pumpkin

October 13-15
Friday & Saturday 11am-10pm
Sunday 11am-5pm

Hamilton, Ohio
Butler County

This family-friendly event features over 100 artisan and food vendors, giant pumpkins, live entertainment, costumes, and more.

Spooky Cinema

October 13

Summit Park

The featured show is Hocus Pocus.

The Great Pumpkin Fest

October 14

Keehner Park
West Chester, OH

An afternoon of fun and entertainment. Activities typically include a puppet show, a petting zoo, a costume contest, a hay bale maze, the “Not-So-Scary” haunted trail, games, crafts, and more. Children are encouraged to wear a costume and bring a bag or basket to collect candy.

Halloween Walk in the Woods

October 21

Blue Ash Nature Park

Enjoy trick-or-treating, crafts, concessions, and shows. Free & open to the public. Geared towards ages 10 & under.

Howl-o-ween Hootenanny

October 28

ArtsConnect Springfield Township
{Powel Crosley YMCA}

A fun-filled, outdoor family Halloween celebration! Kids should dress in costume for trick-or-treating with local businesses. Enjoy the not-so-scary hay maze. Kids can pick a mini pumpkin and paint it however they like. Participate in a scavenger hunt, take photos in the Mystery Machine, visit other costumed characters, enjoy a warm cup of hot chocolate, and play games led by Halloween DJ throughout the day! Bring your pet, all dressed up, for the Halloween Pet Costume contest at 2:00 p.m.

Picasso Landscapes: Out of Bounds

Through October 15

Cincinnati Art Museum

First Flowers featuring Dinosaurs

Through October 22

Krohn Conservatory

What else are you doing this month? Share in the comments. And, tag us on Instagram and use #MomsAroundCincy for us to share in all your family fun in October 2023!


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