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The ultimate Halloween party guide for 2018: Monster mash with these events

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Posted at 6:00 AM, Oct 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-18 06:00:24-04

CINCINNATI -- It's time to wake the dead this Halloween.

Enjoy bone-rattling fun with Halloween Haunt at Kings Island. And don't forget about all of the bar crawls and plenty of costume parties throughout Greater Cincinnati.

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Possibly win some cash, dance the night away and enjoy cocktails, food, music and treats at these events:

Yuletide Nightmare: 5 p.m.-midnight Tuesday-Thursday; 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday. Video Archive, 965 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills. Speakeasy bar Video Archive has transformed into "A Nightmare Before Christmas"-themed popup bar through the end of October. For more information, visit the event Facebook page.

Pet Sematary Halloween Pawty: Noon-4 p.m. Oct. 21. The Righteous Room, 641 Walnut St., Downtown. 21 and up. Bring your pup to The Righteous Room for a dog-friendly Pet Sematary Halloween Pawty. The bar has teamed up with Urbana Cafe to create three specialty coffee cocktails. A dollar from each cocktail sold will be donated to the SPCA Cincinnati. There will also be a photo booth and pup costume contest. For more information, visit the event Facebook page.

Halloween Party with Urban Artifact: 5-10 p.m. Oct. 26. Cappy's Wine and Spirits, 309 Loveland Ave., Loveland. Cappy's is teaming up with Northside's Urban Artifact for a Halloween bash that includes games, a costume contest and drinks. For more information, visit the event Facebook page.

Rhinegeist Halloween Party 2018: 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Oct. 26. Rhinegeist Brewery, 1910 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. Free. There will be beers, food, music from DJs Matt Joy and Will Ross and a rowdy costume contest. All eligible costumes must be submitted online by Oct. 19. For more information, visit the event Facebook page.

The Snozzberries Halloween Spooktacular: 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Oct. 26 and 27. Octave, 611 Madison Ave., Covington. $10 per night. 21 and older. Prepare your party pants for The Snozzberries Halloween Spooktacular, a two-night extravaganza at Octave. During the first night, the band will masquerade as Floyd Is Dead, a jam-fusion re-imagining of the Grateful Dead and Pink Floyd. The Snozz will take on its true form, featuring funky originals and tripped out improvisation for the second night along with special guests Electric Orange Peel. For more information, visit the event Facebook page.  

Lando's Pure Black Masquerade Party: 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Oct. 27. Jack Casino, 1000 Broadway St., Downtown. $15. 30 and older. All black mature dress is a must for this Halloween party. Masks are not mandatory and cannot be worn in the casino's gambling area.  Lil "G" from the R&B group Silk will perform live. www.rilentertainment.net 

Freshlist Halloween: 8 p.m. Oct. 27. Top Cats, 2820 Vine St., Corryville. $7. 18 and older. Come dressed in costume for a chance to win $100 at Top Cats inaugural Halloween party. Ghost Garden will play electronic dance music along with DJ BlazeWright, Bit Flip and Meiosis. www.ticketweb.com 

Boos & Brews 5K: 4:30-8 p.m. Oct. 27. Land of Illusion, 8762 Thomas Road, Middletown. $60. This is no leisurely 5K. Runners will encounter brain-hungry, virus-spreading, bloody zombies and anything else that lurks in the dark at Land of Illusion. After the 3.1-mile race, the evening continues with a costume contest and unlimited admission to Land of Illusion's haunted theme park. The 5K afterparty for runners is also sponsored by Warped Wing Brewery. And be sure to dress up for a chance to win more than $1,000 in prizes. landofillusion.itsyourrace.com

Spirits of Hollywood Halloween Extravaganza: 8 p.m.-midnight Oct. 27. Spirits of Hollywood, 1818 Race St., Over-the-Rhine. $100 Red Carpet; $125 VIP. Come dressed like a movie star to this Halloween party benefiting Cincinnati Children's StarShine Hospice. Red carpet admission includes access to a cuisine court, spirits stations, live music, dancing, silent/live auction, costume contest and other Halloween fun. A VIP ticket also includes access to the VIP comfort room, VIP service, special Halloween cocktails and appetizers. The evening is sponsored by Model Group. giving.cincinnatichildrens.org

All-Ages Halloween Comic Fest 2018: 4-7 p.m. Oct. 27. Arcadian Comics & Games, 627 Monmouth St., Newport. $5. It's comic book Halloween fun for everyone at Arcadian Comics & Games. Learn about the scariest comics, the most ghoulish comic book cover art and share the fun that comes with telling stories about ghouls, werewolves and ghosts. There will also be free comic books, free candy, and pizza from Newport Pizza Co. at the event. The shop encourages people to wear costumes, but they are not required. For more information, visit the event Facebook page.  

Fort Thomas Pub's Halloween Party: 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Oct. 27. The Olde Fort Pub, 1041 S. Fort Thomas Ave., Fort Thomas. Join folks at the Fort Thomas Pub for some hauntingly good spirits and killer tunes this Halloween season. There will be contests and prizes for those who dress up, and live music from Kait and the California Kings as well as a special guest opener. For more information, visit the event Facebook page.

Halloween Havoc: 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Oct. 27. Cove51, 11473 Chester Road, Sharonville. Join members of the Cincinnati Ques, a nonprofit fraternal organization that serves the community, for a Halloween costume party like none other at Cove51. And come dressed to impress. The best costume wins $100. For more information, visit the event Facebook page.

Nightmare in Pleasant Ridge: Oct. 27. Pleasant Ridge. 21 and older. $5. Have a ghoulishly good time during the inaugural Nightmare in Pleasant Ridge Halloween pub crawl. Revolution Rotisserie, Overlook Lodge, Nine Giant, Share Cheesebar, Gas Light Cafe and The Red Balloon will each offer food and drink discounts to customers sporting a special $5 wristband. The wristbands are currently on sale at each participating location. The money raised from the sale of the wristbands will be given to the Pleasant Ridge Business Association and used to support future events. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

Heaven & Hell Halloween Party: 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Oct. 27. The Righteous Room, 641 Walnut St., Downtown. 21 and up. Enjoy the best of both worlds when The Righteous Room transforms into Heaven and Hell for this year's Halloween party. Guests will be asked to take sides by choosing to wear either a halo or horns when they walk through the door. A themed cocktail for each side will be offered all night. The best-dressed devil and angel will win prizes. For more information, visit the event Facebook page.

Creatures of the Night: 9 p.m-1 a.m. Oct. 27. 21c Cincinnati, 609 Walnut St., Downtown. $10 suggested donation. 21c Cincinnati will transform into a deep dark forest fit for creatures of the night this Halloween season. The Polyester Spy Club will transform the galleries, C Jacqueline Wood will bring the visuals and live music will fill the art museum's main gallery. There will also be a costume contest with prizes that include a one-night stay at 21c or dinner for two at Metropole. The grand prize for the best-dressed duo includes a couple's massage. Makeup professionals will also be on hand to help you look your Halloween best. For more information, visit the event Facebook page.

Hocus Pocus Themed Halloween Party: 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Oct. 27. Gangsters Dueling Piano Bar, 18 E. Fifth St., Newport. Free. There will be themed drinks, trivia and of course a screening of "Hocus Pocus." Costumes are not required but are highly encouraged. For more information, visit the event Facebook page.

Halloween Party and Beer Release: 7 p.m.-midnight Oct. 27. Darkness Brewing Co., 224 Fairfield Ave, Bellevue. The folks at Darkness Brewing invite all goblins, ghosts and ghastly craft beer-loving ghouls to their annual Halloween party. The evening will include karaoke, a costume contest with prizes and the release of Witch Head Nebula Red IPA, the brewery's latest monster mash. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

Annual Halloween Party: 7-11:30 p.m. Oct. 27. Marty's Hops & Vines, 6110 Hamilton Ave., College Hill. Come in costume and get $4 drafts, half-price wine pours, $3 off premium wines and $2 off cocktails. There will be a costume contest at 10 p.m. Live music with Working Title Steam Band begins at 9 p.m. For more information, visit the event Facebook page.

Nightmare on Madison Street Halloween Bash: 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Oct. 27. Hotel Covington, 638 Madison Ave., Covington. $15 advance tickets; $25 at the door. 18 and older. Enjoy the Halloween dance party with DJ Druski and compete in the costume contest for prizes. For more information, visit the event Facebook page.

Energy Nightclub's Official Halloween Costume Party 2018: 10 p.m. Oct. 27. Energy Night Club, 700 W. Pete Rose Way, Downtown. Dance, drink and come dressed for the chance to win more than $1,000 in cash and prizes for the top costumes. For more information, visit the event Facebook page.

Bone Bash: 6-11 p.m. Oct. 27. Newport Syndicate, 18 E. Fifth St., Newport. $150. Join the Arthritis Foundation for its signature Halloween costumed affair. The Bone Bash features spooky decorations, dinner, a costume contest, silent auction and spirits. arthglr.ejoinme.org

Ghosts & Ghouls Costume Ball: 8 p.m.-midnight Oct. 27. The Windamere, 2 S. Main St., Middletown. 21 and older. $30 general admission; $40 VIP. The ball will feature rock band Dangerous Jim and the Slims, interactive games, costume contests, snacks and a cash bar. Each general admission ticket includes a complimentary signature cocktail. VIP tickets also grant guests access to the VIP-only balcony, an exclusive VIP cocktail and special snacks. For more information, visit the event Facebook page

Cincinnati Halloween Drag Cruise: 10:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Oct. 27. Halloween Drag Cruise, 101 Riverboat Road, Newport. $50. The Artistry of Drag is hosting a Halloween-themed cruise on the B&B Riverboats. The cruise will include a cash bar. It will not accept credit cards and a valid ID is required for proof of age in order to drink. For more information, visit the event Facebook page.

Molly Malone's Halloween Costume Party: 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Oct. 27. Molly Malone's, 112 E. Fourth St., Covington. Don your most creative costume and win gift cards at Molly Malone's' legendary Halloween party. First-place costume contest winner will receive a $150 gift card; second place a $100 gift card; and third place a $50 gift card. The bar will be serving $3 Trick or Treat shots and cover band Floyd and the Walkmen will be playing everything from Johnny Cash to Sugar Ray. For more information, visit the event Facebook page.

All Hallows Ball: 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Oct. 27. Commonwealth Bistro, 621 Main St., Covington. Commonwealth Bistro's All Hallows Ball will feature a night of bourbon barons, belligerent belles and overall bedevilment. There will be drink specials, a limited food menu, costume contest at 11 p.m. and music by DJ Bryan Harris and Chris Burgan. For more information, visit the event Facebook page.

2018 Halloween Gala: 6-11:30 p.m. Oct. 28. Cincinnati Masonic Center, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown. $50. 21 and over. Featuring complimentary signature drink, live music by Cincinnati Civic Orchestra and the Bluewater Kings Band, and complimentary food. Proceeds will benefit Children's Dyslexia Centers of Cincinnati. www.halloweengala.org

Pumpkin Carving Contest: 4-8 p.m. Oct. 28. Local Post, 3923 Eastern Ave., Columbia Tusculum. Carve complimentary pumpkins while drinking three New Belgium beers on tap and $12 buckets of Dayblazers beer. The owners of winning carved pumpkins will receive cool New Belgium swag. For more information, visit the Facebook event page

Halloween at Urban Artifact feat Wick-it the Instigator: 9 p.m.-midnight Oct. 31. Urban Artifact, 1660 Blue Rock St., Northside. $10 advance tickets; $15 day of show. 21 and older. Halloween 2018 at Urban Artifact will be held in the upstairs sanctuary, featuring nationally touring DJ Wick-it the Instigator with supporting acts Get Dangerous and Jay Kay, an open format DJ and Radio Artifact contributor. For more information, visit the event Facebook page.

Oakley Masquerade 2018: 8 p.m.-midnight Nov. 2. 20th Century Theater, 3021 Madison Road, Oakley. $40 general admission; $60 VIP; $300 table. Ages 21 and up. General admission includes access to a haunted nightclub, bar service, a silent auction, costume contest and photo booth. VIP and table packages include special bar, lounge and access to balcony view. Proceeds will help combat homelessness in Cincinnati. www.oakleymasquerade.com

Haunted House Boos Cruise: 6:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Nov. 2. BB Riverboats, 101 Riverboat Row, Newport. $22-$85. Two of Cincinnati's longest-running and scariest haunted houses have teamed up to offer a fright-filled experience found nowhere else. Tour BB Riverboats' seasonal haunted attraction, The USS Nightmare, and Cincinnati's Dent Schoolhouse back-to-back in the same night and follow it up with a late night Boos cruise aboard BB Riverboats. Guests will board buses in Newport and then head to both haunts before boarding for the cruise. bbriverboats.com

Halloween Nightmare Experience: 7-11 p.m. Nov. 3. BB Riverboats, 101 Riverboat Row, Newport. $50. Join BB Riverboats for a night filled with screams and terror. The evening starts off with a private screening at AMC Newport on the Levee of the much-anticipated "Halloween," a direct sequel to the original horror film based four decades into the future for a final confrontation with Michael Myers. Following the movie screening, guests will be escorted to The USS Nightmare to experience one of the areas' longest-running haunted tours. For more information, visit the event Facebook page.