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Looking for a way to be scared out of your mind and still be safe from COVID? Three Greater Cincinnati drive-ins have frightening Halloween line-ups this weekend.

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Ghouls, ghosts, and gobs of questions are haunting parents and guardians this Halloween. Some people are firmly in their two camps - "Yes, my kid is going trick-or-treating" or "Nope, it's not safe." Others still have questions as they try to make the best decisions for their families.

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It's a spooky tradition dating back generations but with coronavirus cases spiking nationwide, will you be celebrating Halloween this year? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is discouraging traditional trick or treating amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Kentucky officials said Halloween this year should be focused on the kids, with the state asking adults to make sure trick-or-treating, community events and other celebrations are held only in small groups and with other safety measures.

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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.

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