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Ohioans should consider drive-through trick-or-treating and stay out of haunted houses to avoid catching COVID-19 this Halloween, according to safety guidelines released Friday by the Ohio Department of Health.

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Actor Michael Blankenship helps celebrate Halloween with a reading of Edgar Allen Poe's "For Annie."

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Local poet Evelyn Fallone makes her first appearance on Around Cincinnati with her Halloween poem, Within.

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Summer isn't technically over, but Kings Island is already preparing for its annual scare-fest, Halloween Haunt.

Editor's note: This quiz was originally published in 2016 and has been updated.

Costumes have been inspired by infectious diseases for hundreds of years, way before trick-or-treating became an American Halloween tradition in the 1920s.

Take this quiz to see how much you know about global disease costumes of the past and present:

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A Poem For Halloween

Oct 26, 2018

For Halloween fun, the poem The Cremation of Sam McGee, read by Michael Blankenship.

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Want to make sure your house is the most (or least) popular on Halloween night? Then you'll want to make sure your bowl is filled with these kinds of candy. 

Halloween on The Blues!

Oct 29, 2017

This week on a Halloween edition of the Blues, Saturday night, October 28th, 2017, from 11pm to midnight, you'll hear spooky music from musicians  including Dr. John, Tom Waits, John Mayall, T-Bone Burnett, and Bobby Mackey.

It's Halloween....on The Blues!

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Cincinnati Zoo keepers didn't have any trouble coaxing the hippos to chomp down on pumpkins as part of a preview for "HallZOOween." Fiona and her parents quickly swam over and opened their giant mouths.

On This Halloween Day, The Science Of Fear

Oct 31, 2016
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Ever wonder why some people love haunted houses or are always first in line for the latest fright film? 

Hunting Ghosts And Haunted Places In Ohio

Oct 28, 2016

Just in time for Halloween, find out more about the many haunted places in Ohio. 

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Ray Cappel has seen a lot of changes in how people celebrate Halloween.  He's the co-owner of Cappel's Costumes and says when he started in the family business in the mid-70s, the children's holiday was growing to include adults.

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With a Facebook bio that quotes infamous partier and performer Andrew W.K., Tinderbox knows how to show guests a good time. The “flexible-use venue and curated community allows people to come together, dance and have fun in a space separate from bar culture. These parties used to take place at “DIY” venues across town, but now happen at legal and safe, albeit interesting, spots that change each time. Tinderbox always draws huge, excited crowds.

It's my favorite holiday of the year, and how lucky this year to be able to share some of my Halloween cd collection with you. (Saturday night, October 31st at 11pm) 

The theme music for this Halloween special is Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield.  Please note that there aren't any breaks during this one-hour special, but the playlist will be listed on this webpage.

Perfect for Halloween, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County’s main branch will host a spooky screening of the 1920 silent film horror classic, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.

In America’s Most haunted: The Secrets of Famous Paranormal Places, “Haunted Housewife” investigator Theresa Argie and journalist Eric Olsen team up to take you on a first-person tour of some of America’s most active paranormal hotspots.

You'll experience the crawl through the death tunnel where visitors have reported sightings of an inhuman creature that creeps along the walls and ceilings. Walk the decks of the Queen Mary with the hundreds of souls that met their ends in watery graves. And get to know the spirits that wait in jails, mansions, lunatic asylums, and even a stately old hotel.

Why do we enjoy being scared?

Oct 31, 2014

Being frightened, heart pounding, adrenaline pumping, cold-sweat fear, is not an enjoyable experience. Except when it is. Just look at the popularity of haunted houses, horror films and novels. People like a good scare, under the right circumstances. With us this Halloween to take a look at why so many of us seek out things that frighten us are Miami University psychology professor Dr. Elizabeth Kiel; Gary Vaughn, associate professor of English at University of Cincinnati’'s McMicken College of Arts and Science; and joining us from Pittsburgh public radio WESA, Dr. Margee Kerr, a sociologist at the University of Pittsburgh and Chatham University who studies the science of fear. Dr. Kerr is an advisor for ScareHouse in Pittsburgh, which has been ranked as one of “America’'s Scariest Halloween Attractions by the Travel Channel.

Katherine Howe: The Penguin Book of Witches

Oct 24, 2014

From a manual for witch hunters written by King James himself in 1597, to court documents from the Salem witch trials of 1692, to newspaper coverage of a woman stoned to death on the streets of Philadelphia while the Continental Congress met, The Penguin Book of Witches is a treasury of historical accounts of accused witches that sheds light on the reality behind the legends.

Katherine Howe bings to life stories like that of Eunice Cole, tried for attacking a teenage girl with a rock and buried with a stake through her heart; Jane Jacobs, a Bostonian so often accused of witchcraft that she took her tormentors to court on charges of slander; and Increase Mather, an exorcism-performing minister famed for his knowledge of witches, this volume provides a unique tour through the darkest history of English and North American witchcraft.

Just in time for your Halloween road trip is the new book, America’s Most Haunted: The Secrets of Famous Paranormal Places, which includes Bobby Mackey’s nightclub in Wilder, Kentucky. Co-author Eric Olsen was in town recently and spoke with Lee Hay about putting the book together and his travels to seek out the scariest places in the country.

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