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Kings Island Halloween moves to the daylight with a focus on food

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Posted at 8:19 AM, Sep 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-25 10:41:55-04

CINCINNATI — Crews are putting the final touches on a much less spooky fall festival at Kings Island.

Halloween Haunt was canceled this year because of COVID-19. Instead, the park is hosting a "Tricks and Treats" festival.

The festival takes place in the daytime -- no zombies walking around Kings Island this year. Instead, they're hosting a daytime street festival. It's family friendly, socially distanced and only open during the day instead of Halloween Haunt, which was a nighttime event.

Guests are still encouraged to wear costumes while they participate in crafts, trick-or-treating, a giant corn maze at the base of the Eiffel Tower and rides.

New this year is what's called a "tasting card" that allows you to try some fall treats like a marshmallow LaRosa's pizza or “dragon’s breath wings.” Kings Island head chef James Major said the food is the focus this year.

“We’ve really been pushing the food element. Every item in every location of the park will have a trick and a treat,” Major said.

“Tricks and Treats” kicks off Saturday, Sept. 26, and runs through November 1. The festival will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturdays and 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sundays.