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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Things To Do: Halloween Weekend, Trick-or-treat Times & Fall Event Guide

Trick or Treat Times in Campbell County

The following cities will hold Trick or Treat on Saturday, October 31. Times may vary by city so check out our list below.

Please note that the state of Kentucky has released special safety guidelines this year in regards to Covid-19 safety. View those guidelines here.

Trick or Treat times from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. 

- Fort Thomas
- Cold Spring
- Alexandria
- Bellevue
- Dayton
- Newport
- Wilder
- Silver Grove

Other Trick or Treat Times 

- Highland Heights: 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
- Southgate: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

One of the festive and spooky homes in Fort Thomas! 
(Img: Facebook, Sharon Williams MacKnight)

Spooky Events & Activities

Tuesday, October 27 — House Decorating Contest in Fort Thomas

Back for a second year, the 2020 contest features three categories: "Trick or Treat Street" for the best decorated street; "Spooktacular" for the most over-the-top dressed from “rooftop to graveyard in Halloween fun and "The Pumpkin King" for homes with yards with the most and best use of pumpkins, Jack-o-lanterns and gourds. 

To participate, email Sam Shelton or call 859-572-1209 and leave your name, email address, home address and contest category.

VIEW a full map of all the participating houses here.

Cost: FREE  |  Oct. 27

Tuesday and Wednesday, October 27 and 28 — Jack-o-lantern carving and contest

This event runs over two days. From 3 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday or Wednesday, the first 200 families can pick up a free pumpkin from the Mess Hall in Tower Park or they can provide their own. Carve your pumpkins and bring them back for the contest to be held Wednesday night.

You can drop off pumpkins between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Wednesday. Categories for judging include "Everything," "Characters and Faces," "Traditional," "Scary," "Unique" and "Preschool/Uncarved." Winners in each category will receive a prize, and all entries will be displayed in the Pumpkin & Goblin Tour.

Cost: FREE  |  Oct. 27 - 28

Past pumpkin walk display at Tower Park. This year will be a little different with a drive-through option. 
(Img: FTM File)

Thursday, October 29 — Pumpkin & Goblins Drive Through Tour at Tower Park

Join in the fun at a drive-through (only) tour in Tower Park from 7 to 10 p.m. Enter Tower Park off Army Reserve Road (off River Road) and drive through to check out the Jack-o-lanterns, inflatable displays, light projections, spooky fog and music. Jack-o-lanterns from the contest will be displayed.

Cost: FREE  |  Oct. 29, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Friday and Saturday, October 30 and 31 — Two performances of "Into the Woods" at Tower Park

Performed by UC Music Theatre, "Into the Woods" is a Stephen Sondheim musical featuring a different take on traditional fairy tales and fairy tale characters. The performances will run from 6 to 9 p.m. both days in the Tower Park Amphitheater. Be sure to bring a blanket or lawn chair to enjoy the show.

Cost: FREE  |  Oct. 30-31, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Boos & Brews, Newport on the Levee

All ghosts and goblins are invited to our inaugural “Boos and Brews” event, a scary fun, open-air Halloween soiree at the Bridgeview Box Park from 4 to 11 p.m. 

All guests are encouraged to don their best costumes for a chance to win the Halloween Costume Contest hosted by Kon Tiki. The first-place winner will receive $300, second place $150, and third place a gift card to Shires Garden.

Live Music: 
4-6 PM – Floyd & The Walkmen
6-7 PM – The Millenium Robot
7-11 PM – DJ Patrick B & DJ Jules

Cost: FREE Admission | INFO, 4 p.m. - 11 p.m.

The Carnegie presents a socially-distant walking tour; "Silent Scream"

October 29 through November 1 "Silent Scream" 

"Silent Scream" is a socially distant Walking Mystery Tour presented by The Carnegie Creative Disruption Committee. The tour takes you through a series of rooms to hear the spooky tales of different ghosts throughout The Carnegie. Get to know the ghostly tale of Billy Bailey, a promising young actor of the silent screen era. When his fiancĂ© was mysteriously found dead, he became the prime suspect. Before the truth could be revealed, a fire destroyed the theatre and all the evidence within it. Now ghosts roam the theatre where the murder took place, forever searching for the truth. Guests are invited to solve the mystery or maybe, become part of it. Written and directed by Sean P. Mette.

Tours run from 6:50 p.m. – 9:50 p.m. For more info and tickets, call The Carnegie at (859) 957-1940 or visit the link below.


"Daisy", An on-demand theatre experience, October 30 to November 7

"Daisy", presented by Falcon Theatre, highlights a political ad from 1964 that forever changed the course of political advertising. Today, the ad is usually referred to simply as “Daisy.” The black-and-white ad featured a three-year-old girl in a simple dress standing in a sunny field. The girl counted aloud as she plucked the petals from a daisy. When the last petal had been plucked, the girl’s voice was supplanted by an adult voice ominously counting backward from ten as the camera zoomed to an extreme close-up of the girl’s eye. As the countdown reached “zero,” the image was replaced with horrifying footage of a nuclear explosion. 

Falcon Theatre, in a partnership with the College of Informatics at Northern Kentucky University, is producing Daisy as what director Tara Williams describes as “theater for film” and will be available for on-demand streaming.


Check out these other Fall activities!

Fall Activities

Live Music at Newport on the Levee, Thursdays through Saturdays

Enjoy live music, grab a bite to eat and a drink while staying toasty with outdoor heaters at Newport on the Levee's Bridgeview Box Park. 

Thursdays from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. / Fridays & Saturdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 
Cost: FREE  |  INFO

Neltner's Farm Pumpkin Patch, Now through October 31

Check out Neltner's Farm in Melbourne! Complete with a corn maze, pumpkin patch, petting zoo and more. There's even a tiny toddler corn maze for the little ones!

Admission price includes horse drawn wagon rides, 3+ acre corn maze. You will also have access to a model train display, petting zoo, home-cooked food, farm stand with all of your fall item needs, plus acres to roam. Pony rides and Barrel train rides are $3 each. Petting Zoo Feed: .50 a cup. Pumpkins sold per lb. Come see our Toddler Corn Maze for those tiny ones that might be overwhelmed by the 3 acre corn maze.

Not all weekend activities are available. Farm shop, pumpkin patch (Pumpkins sold per lb, maze & barrel train rides ($3 per person), & petting zoo (Petting Zoo Feed: .50 a cup.) are all open.

Saturdays & Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. / Weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

COST: Ages 3 and up are $5, Free Admission on Weekdays  |  INFO

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"Tails and Trails 5K for the Campbell County Animal Shelter, November 8

The Campbell County Animal Shelter is hosting its third annual Tails and Trails 5k to raise money for the shelter. The race will take place at A.J. Jolly Park. The race is dog-friendly. To view the race map, register and learn more, visit the link below. The race is on November 8 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

COST: $35, register by Nov. 7  |  INFO 

Newport Library Drive-In: Friday the 13th Double Feature, November 13

Steer clear of bad luck this Friday the 13th and kick-back at the Campbell County Public Library
− Newport Branch’s double feature drive-in, starting with twisty whodunit Knives Out followed
by Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, a film adaptation of the classic childhood anthology that
has spooked generations of kids well into their adulthood. Limited spots available.

COST: Free  |  7:30 pm on Friday, Nov. 13  |  INFO

Newport Library Friends Book Sale, November 14, 21, 28 / December 5 & 12

Just in time for sweater weather, the Friends of the Library book sales are back – but with a
twist! Beginning Nov. 9, the sales will be offered every Saturday and held in the Friends Room
on the lower level of the Newport Branch. All sales will be bag sales. Buy a $4 bag and fill it to
the brim with enough books to keep you warm all winter long (or, at least, until our next sale).

Cost: Access to the sale is Free  |  9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  |  INFO

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