Nighttime Trail Fest (For Kids!)

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Friday October 29

7:00 PM  –  9:00 PM

This program is SOLD OUT. Please contact to be added to the waiting list. We will contact you only if an opening occurs.

Preregistration required. This program is suitable for children 12 and below, accompanied by an adult caregiver. 

Spiders, bats, and bones, oh my! Don your costumes for this non-spooky woodland Halloween adventure. Highlights of this program include: 

  • Create a make-and-take nature-inspired Halloween craft. 
  • Discover the nighttime animals of the forest through games and activities.
  • Roast a marshmallow and share in a song or two.  
  • Craft an edible sweet treat that is reminiscent of nature’s creepy crawly friends. 
  • Gaze at the stars and the moon, if the Halloween skies permit! 
  • Stroll through the magical, moonlit Nature PlayScape.

Please meet at our Rowe Woods location for this program. Maps will be available upon arrival. The check-in location is outside of the Rowe Visitor Center.

Members $8; nonmembers $8 (includes daily admission).

Frequently Asked Questions: 

Will it be dark during this program? 

Yes! The sun sets around 6:30 pm at this time of year. We will do our best to illuminate the trails to create a “not scary” vibe, but participants are encouraged to bring flashlights or headlamps to light the way. Just keep them out of your friend’s eyes, please! 

What ages is the event appropriate for? 

This event is geared towards children 12 and below and their adult caregivers. 

Is the trail difficult? 

No. This event will traverse about one mile of trails. The path will be relatively flat, even terrain. It is stroller and wheelchair accessible.  

Can I bring my dog? 

No. Service animals only, please.  

Do I have to purchase a ticket? 

Yes. Registration is required. 

Will there be parking at this event? 

Yes. There is plenty of parking available.  

Can I explore other areas of the Nature Center outside of where the program will take place? 

No. Except for the area where the event is taking place, Cincinnati Nature Center’s grounds will be closed during this event. We would love to see you back during our regular business hours for more exploration of our property. 

Will there be bathrooms on site? 

Yes. Our Visitor Center and PlayScape restrooms will both be open. 

Will there be candy available for the children? 

There will be some candy and sweet treats at this event, but it is not a trick-or-treat experience. You are welcome to bring your own snacks and drinks for your children. Please help us keep our trails clean by being mindful of trash and crumbs! 


Mask Policy: Masks are required for all vaccinated and unvaccinated people while inside all facilities (for example, Rowe Visitor Center, restroom, etc.). Masks are not required outdoors. 

*Please note that cancellations must be made at least two weeks in advance of the event. No refunds or transfers of fees will occur if the request is made less than two weeks prior to the event. Programs continue, rain or shine.

Important Information For All Program Registrants:  Please retain an electronic copy of your order number or save/print off a copy of the email acknowledgement as a receipt.  You may be asked for your order number from your transaction to gain entry at the gate/to attend your program. 

Cincinnati Nature Center will run advertised programs and events ​in accordance with current guidelines outlined by the CDC and local health agencies. The status or format of programs may change based on COVID-19 best practices and conditions at the time of the program. In the event that Cincinnati Nature Center cancels a program, full refunds will be issued.