Halloween Happenings in NKY: Things to do before Halloween

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Candy, costumes, and trick-or-treating, oh my!

Halloween is one of the popular holidays with children, and it is creeping up fast. Trick-or-treating is not the only Halloween activity in our region. NKY is offering some great options to celebrate the holiday.

Big Bone Lick State Historic Site’s Monster Mash Bash
3380 Beaver Road, Union

Big Bone Lick State Historic Site is hosting Monster Mash Bash from Friday, October 21 through Sunday, October 23, and Friday, October 28 through Sunday, October 30. The state park will offer several activities at the campsite. Trick-or-treating is for campground guests only. All other activities are open to the public. The state park will offer Haunted (Glow-in-the-Dark) Mini-Golf for $5 per game. Mini-golf hours will be from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. They will offer Musical Tombstones, a Halloween version of musical chairs, on Friday at 5 p.m. and award a prize to the winner. On Saturday, there will be several events. The park will sell Halloween tie-dye shirts for $10 each from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. or while supplies last. They will host Mummy Races at 1 p.m. The race will be a team race against time to create the best mummy. The team that wraps up the best mummy will win a prize. Big Bone Lick will offer Pumpkin Painting at 3 p.m. Guests will pick a free pumpkin from a bin and paint them in the recreation shelter. They will host a Pumpkin Carving Contest at 5 p.m. in the recreation center. Competitors will bring their carved pumpkins to the recreation center, and campers will vote for the winner. The park will offer a Costume Contest at 6 p.m. at the recreation center. A panel of judges will award prizes for costume categories, such as the cutest and the scariest costumes. They will also announce the winner of the Pumpkin Carving Contest. The campground will host Trick-or-Treating from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Participating campsites and the campground will give candy to trick-or-treaters. At 7 p.m., there will also be a Campsite Decorating Contest. During trick-or-treating, judges will circulate and award prizes.

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The state park will look like a scare park for Halloween. Photo provided | Big Bone Lick State Historic Site

Falcon Theater: Monstermania

636 Monmouth Street, Newport
Box Office Phone Number: 513-479-6783

The Falcon Theater is introducing its first Halloween show for kids, “Monstermania.” This production is a theatrical, musical comedy with unlikely characters. The cast includes three witches who are like “The Golden Girl,” two vampires who are like the parents from “Leave It to Beaver,” Little Red Riding Hood all grown up, her Granny, a teenage werewolf pizza delivery guy, and a Frankenstein-like monster who wants to be a rap star. Barrett Lindsay-Steiner wrote the original “Monstermania.” Sherry McCamley and Chuck Kleesattel wrote some of the songs for this version of it. Gina Kleesattel is the show’s director, and Sherry McCamley is the music director. Lesley Taylor plays Glinda, the good witch. Diana Fye Rogers portrays Maggie, who is like the Wicked Witch of the West. Torie Pate plays Lawanda, who is like the witch from Hansel and Gretel. Wayne Wright portrays Ward Dracula and Deb Schubert plays June Dracula. Nora Kovasckitz portrays Little Red Riding Hood and Leanne Greenberg plays her Granny. Dylan VanCamp portrays Jack. Zak Kelley plays Frankie. The band members are Sherry McCamley on keyboards, Chuck Kleesattel on bass, and Chuck Riehle on drums. There will be interactions between the cast and the kids in the audience. “Monstermania” will run on October 28 at 7 p.m., October 29 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., and October 30 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. The Sunday, October 30 at 2 p.m. performance will be ASL Interpreted for the deaf and hard of hearing. Tickets cost $20 for adults and $10 for children.

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The Falcon Theater is presenting its first-ever children’s show. Photo provided | Falcon Theater

Florence Mall: Munchkin Masquerade
2028 Florence Mall, Florence

The Florence Mall will be hosting a “Munchkin Masquerade” in Center Court. They will provide treat bags for the children, entertainment, and pumpkins. The event will be held on Friday, October 28 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

The Florence Mall provides families with shopping and Halloween entertainment opportunities. Photo provided | Florence Mall

Halloween Night Out 2022
Thomas More Stadium
7950 Freedom Way, Florence

The City of Florence is hosting “Halloween Night Out 2022 – Nightmare at the Ballpark” at Florence Y’Alls Stadium. They will provide trick-or-treating, a photo booth, a pumpkin patch, characters, and more. The outer loop of the ballpark will serve as a walking trail. They will have over 50 booths compromised of local businesses, churches, and schools that will pass out candy to the kids. A petting zoo will feature ducks, chickens, rabbits, a pot-belly pig, and a miniature horse. BIGGBY Coffee Turfway and Kroger Mall Road will serve snacks and beverages. The event will take place on Tuesday, October 25 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

The City of Florence hosts a Halloween event every year. Photo provided | City of Florence

Neltner’s Farm
6922 Four Mile Road, Melbourne

Neltner’s Farm is hosting Fall Fest from now until October 31. The event offers horse-drawn wagon rides, a model train display, an expansive corn maze, a pick-your-own pumpkin patch, a petting zoo, pony rides, homemade food and ice cream, a farm shop, seasonal apples, and a barrel train. They are open from Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and charge no admission. The farm is also open on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and charges $7 admission for ages three and up.

Nelter’s Farm will be open on Halloween. Photo provided | Nelter’s Farm

Sandyland Acres Haunted Hayride
4172 Belleview Road, Petersburg

Sandyland Acres offers two attractions for parents and older children, the Hayride, which costs $15, and the Haunted Barn, which costs $12. Combo tickets cost $25. The hayride lasts around 20 minutes and brings riders into contact with Jason, Freddy, and Michael. The Haunted Barn has several themed dark rooms that guests walk through.

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Sandyland guests can get scared in a hayride, a haunted barn, or both. | Sandyland Acres

USS Nightmare
101 Riverboat Row, Newport

The USS Nightmare is a venue that parents and older children can enjoy. It will likely scare the ship out of them. The USS Nightmare is a 30-minute haunted experience. The boat’s two decks feature 40 scary scenes with more than 33 scary, costumed characters. General admission tickets start at $23.

The USS Nightmare is the only haunted boat in our region. | USS Nightmare

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