Halloween Pub Parties
Adonis: Disco Inferno Halloween party 9 p.m. Nov. 1. $15 for ages 18-20, $10 for 21 and up. 4601 Kellogg Ave., East End, 513-871-1542.
Annie’s: Halloween Hell IV 8 p.m. Oct 17. $15, $10 in advance. 4343 Kellogg Ave., East End, 513-321-2572.
Bang!: Annual Halloween Bash with all-you-can-drink beer, costume contest and valet service 9 p.m. Oct. 25. $20. 314 W. Fourth St., Downtown, 513-651-2264.
Beluga: End of the World Party features blood-orange cocktails and absinthe infusions and music by nu american 9 p.m. Oct. 31. Costumes are encouraged. RSVP to rsvp@firstname.lastname@example.org. Get in on the action early at Beluga’s pre-Halloween party with a zombie theme 10:30 p.m. Oct. 24. $10. Some proceeds benefit the 216 Foundation, which raises funds for diabetes research. 3520 Edwards Road, Hyde Park, 513-533-4444.
BlackFinn and Suites: Heaven & Hell costume party 8 p.m. Oct. 31. $10. 19 E. Seventh St., Downtown, 513-721-3466.
Cadillac Ranch: Halloween party and costume contest with prizes and drink specials 10 p.m. Oct. 31. Sixth and Walnut Sts., Downtown, 513-621-6200.
Chez Nora: Ricky Nye’s Halloween Party 8 p.m. Oct. 26. Free. 530 Main St., Covington, 859-491-8027.
Cue: A Scary Night Halloween Fashion Show 9 p.m. Oct. 24. 1142 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-381-4505.
Havana Martini Club: Leroy Ellington & E-Funk band put the Funk back in Halloween 9:30 p.m. Oct. 31. $10 or free with costume. 441 Vine St., Downtown, 513-651-2800.
Jaspers: Big Lebowski Halloween Bash 8 p.m. Oct. 31 features Rumpke Mountain Boys, Headband and the Rusty Van Band. $10. 3187 Linwood Ave., Mount Lookout, 513-871-6789.
Jefferson Hall: The Naked Karate Girls perform at a Halloween bash 9 p.m. Oct. 25. Also Fright Night 08 with Q102 10 p.m. Oct. 31. Live ’80s covers by The Whammies and prizes for best and sexiest costumes. Newport on the Levee, Newport, 859-491-6200.
Latitudes: Halloween Party with Dan Varner Band 9:30 p.m. Oct. 31. $5. 7426 Beechmont Ave., Anderson Twp., 513-233-9888.
Lodge Bar: Mission 19 plays the Freaky Friday Halloween Party 8 p.m. Oct. 29. $5 after 9:30 p.m. 35 E. Seventh St., Downtown, 513-721-9400.
Longworth’s: Heaven & Hell costume party 8 p.m. Oct. 31. 1108 St. Gregory St., Mount Adams, 513-651-2253.
The Mad Hatter: Black Tie Affair Halloween Party 7 p.m. Oct. 31. Features live music by Dead Serious!, A Decade To Die For, The Upset Victory and Famous Mr. Nobodies with Stash. $5. 620 Scott St., Covington, 859-291-2233.
Million’s and Mount Lookout Tavern: Halloween Scare on the Square block party 8 p.m. Oct. 31. Music by Noisewater, DJ Sonora and Kissing Pat. Cash prizes. Also the Saints and Sinners Halloween Party and costume contest 7 p.m. Nov. 1, featuring music by DJ Q and Deeper Water. $10 (one cover for both bars). 3209 and 3212 Linwood Ave., Mount Lookout, 513-533-9386 or 513-871-5800.
Mt. Adams Pavilion: Seventh annual Halloween Masquerade Ball 7 p.m. Oct. 31. $5 after 10 p.m. 949 Pavilion St., Mount Adams, 513-744-9200.
Play By Play: Costume party with live music by Rum Runners 9 p.m. Oct. 31. 6923 Plainfield Road, Silverton, 513-793-3360.
Sidewinder Coffee & Tea: Spirits Come Alive Party with Halloween themed drinks and snacks and live music from Mike Fair, Michael Macintire and Billy Catfish 8 p.m.
Oct. 25. Free. 4181 Hamilton Ave., Northside, 513-542-8321.
Sports Page Cafe: Halloween Party 10 p.m. Oct. 31. $10 for ages 18-20, $3 21 and up. 453 Old State Route 74, Mount Carmel, 513-688-1009.
Stanley’s Pub: Halloween party with Jerry’s Little Band 8 p.m. Oct. 31. 323 Stanley Ave., East End, 513-871-6249.
Sully’s: Night of Mischief with prizes for best group costume and funniest costume 9 p.m. Oct. 30; Leather and Lace with prizes for the scariest and sexiest costumes 9 p.m. Oct. 31; Halloween Hangover with drink specials and brunch buffet 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 1. 700 Race St., Downtown, 513-381-4302.
Win, Place or Show: Games, prizes, live music by Snow Shoe Crabs and dancing at the Halloween Bash 9:30 p.m. Oct. 31. $3. 9933 Cincinnati Columbus Road, West Chester, 513-777-2920.
Masquerade Balls and Special Events
Bite Me Ball: The Contemporary Arts Center hosts this afterparty following Cincinnati Ballet’s Nov. 1 performance of Dracula at the Aronoff Center across the street (see “Halloween Events for the Whole Family). Music by DJ Pillo and fantasy installations by Mexico artist Carlos Amorales. Prizes given for best costumes. Dancing, drinks and finger foods throughout the evening. $20 for CAC members and Dracula ticket holders; $25 others. 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown, 513-345-8400.
The Enchanted Ball: Features dancers, theatrical performances, haunted tours, live music and dancing in an elegant, historic ballroom 8:30 p.m. Oct. 31. Food, drinks, psychics and vendors on site. $30 in advance, $35 door, $50 couples. Music Hall, 1243 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-744-3344.
Halloween Bridal Bash: Come as Bridezilla or one of her entourage 6-9 p.m. Oct. 23. Costume block party and contest with a $12,000 wedding prize package. Free. Benson Street Bridal District, Reading, www.readingbridaldistrict.com.
International Pre-Halloween Jam: Reggae, Arabic, House, Hip-hop, Persian and African music and dance 10:30 p.m. Oct. 25. $10, $5 with costume. Ladies free until 11 p.m. Dos Amigos, 11317 Chester Road, West Chester, 513-258-0404.
Night of Fright: Celebrate Halloween with live music by Shortleash 8 p.m. Oct. 31. Dancing, a buffet dinner, silent auction and creepy entertainment. Net proceeds benefit the Jewish Hospital Blood and Marrow Transplant Program. $30, $25 in advance. Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., Newport, 859-431-2201, www.nightoffright.com.
Run Like Hell 2008: A nocturnal 5K run in costume through a cemetery 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24. Afterwards, be there for a Halloween bash complete with food, drink, a live band and costume contest emceed by WEBN’s Dawn Patrol. Benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. $18-$30. Start/finish line and the party are at Dana and Woodburn avenues, Evanston, 513-533-9300.
Halloween Events for the Whole Family
Augusta Ghost Tour: The city of Augusta, Ky., hosts the fourth annual Augusta Ghost Tour 7-11 p.m. Oct. 25. Tours depart from the old 1811 jail and travel the streets of Augusta, stopping at houses where the owners tell stories about the spirits living inside. Then the tour proceeds out to “Long Stretch Road,” where some strange things have been happening. Reservations are required. www.augustaky.com. $6, $3 children under 12. Main Street, Augusta, Ky., 606-756-2183.
Behringer-Crawford Museum: Meet with real ghosts courtesy of the Tristate Paranormal Ghost Hunter Society. Guests will learn about paranormal investigations and tour the reportedly haunted museum 8-10 p.m. Oct. 24. $5. 1600 Montague Road, Devou Park, Covington, 859-491-4003.
Boo Manatee Party: Calling all children to come to this Halloween celebration dressed as a literary hero or spook, fairy or kook 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 25. Space is limited; call to register. $15 per child. Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, 3054 Madison Road, Oakley, 513-731-2665.
Dracula: Cincinnati Ballet presents its choreographed performance of the Bram Stoker classic 8 p.m. Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. $21-$73. Aronoff Center’s Procter & Gamble Hall, 650 Walnut St., Downtown, 513-721-3344.
Fall Family Fun Day: Hay rides, apple bobbing, pumpkin carving, petting zoo and more 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 25. Free. 2055 U.S. Route 42 South, Lebanon, www.marvinsorganicgardens.com.
Fountain Square Costume Party: Prizes and fun starting at noon Oct. 31. Free. Fifth and Vine Streets, Downtown, 513-621-4400.
Ghosts of Pirate Cove: Trick-or-treat throughout the Newport Aquarium 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily Oct. 18-31 and see pirate ghosts sword fighting underwater and underwater pumpkin carving at shows. Swagger on down and join in on the fun. $18, $5 for children in costume. Newport on the Levee, Newport, 859-261-7444.
Halloween Nights at Parky’s Farm: Farm transforms from farmland to a Halloween play land but without any scary monsters. 6-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 6-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday Oct. 17-30. This kid-friendly, non-scary event features hayrides, animated light displays and a Hardly Haunted Barn. $5, free for kids 2 and under. 10037 Daly Road, Winton Woods, 513-521-7275.
HallZOOween: Discover the creepy and the crawly at Cincinnati Zoo 12-5 p.m. Oct. 19, 20, 25 and 26. Little ghouls and goblins ages 12 and under can trick-or-treat their way around the Zoo at a variety of Treat Stations. Free with Zoo admission. 3400 Vine St., Avondale, 513-559-7759.
Howl-O-Fest: Kings Island presents this kids’ Halloween bash noon - 5 p.m. Oct. 18, 19, 25, 26 and Nov. 1-2. $19.99-$47.99. 6300 Kings Island Dr., Mason, 513-754-5700.
Jack-O-Lantern Junction at EnterTrainment Junction: A kid-friendly haunted maze with lots of spooky delights including a wind tunnel and hall of mirrors 11a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Nov. 2. $8. 7379 Squire Ct., West Chester, 513-898-8000.
Laser Spooktacular: Drake Planetarium presents this Halloween-inspired laser show. Various show times Thursdays through Sundays through Oct. 30. $6 advance, $7 at the door. 2020 Sherman Ave., Norwood, 513-396-5578.
MainStrasse Village Dog Costume Party: Paw-rade begins at Goebel Park at 1 p.m. Oct. 26. Prizes will be given to the best costume, most original costume and owner/dog look alike. $5. Goebel Park, MainStrasse Village, Covington, 859-491-0458.
Newport in the Levee: More than a dozen shops will host a trick-or-treating event for costumed children ages 12 and under 1-4 p.m. Oct. 26. Free, but parking fee applies. Newport on the Levee, Newport, www.newportonthelevee.com.
The Origins of Halloween: The William Howard Taft National Historic Site hosts readings of Victorian-era ghost stories and a candlelight tour of the Taft House. Free. Stories begin at 6 p.m. and tours start at 7 p.m. Oct. 25. Free. 2038 Auburn Ave., Mount Auburn, 513-684-3262.