Hello, Pumpkin: Fall Fun is on its Way to Warren County!

Blog by Stacha Yundt

Pumpkin-spiced beverages are back on the shelves and Labor Day weekend is almost here, which means that fall has (unofficially) arrived in Ohio’s Largest Playground! While not much can top the water parks, river adventures and roller coasters of summer, we’re rapidly approaching the season for pumpkin patches, festivals and spook-tacular fun!

First, dust off your favorite medieval garb and gear up for the Ohio Renaissance Festival’s 31st season. Beginning Labor Day weekend and returning every weekend through Halloween, travel through time and visit the festival for one-of-a-kind shopping, entertainment, and everyone’s favorite turkey legs. New this year is the Wheel of Death, a spectacular act that first dazzled during last year’s Magical Days, Madrigal Knights. Visit their website to learn more about what’s new (and updated) for the 2021 season and to get your tickets.

But Waynesville doesn’t just see an influx of lords and ladies in the fall — it’s also home to another iconic autumn event in the Ohio Sauerkraut Festival. If you thought pineapple and pizza was a marvel, wait until you meet sauerkraut and pizza. Sample this winning combination and other mouth-watering sauerkraut concoctions on October 9th and 10th. 

One of the newest additions to Waynesville's lineup of fall festivities, Waynesville Fall Fest is another awesome choice for autumn adventurers.

Fall comes to the city of Lebanon every year in two unbe-leaf-ably fun events: Feast & Fall-y and Country Applefest. Country Applefest, a two-day arts and crafts festival September 25th and 26th, will feature more than 300 vendors and live entertainment and on September 26th, Feast & Fall-y will take over historic Downtown Lebanon and invite visitors to enjoy the fall weather for a day of small-town shopping and unforgettable food.

But what’s fall without pumpkins? Be sure to carve out time to visit any (or all) of the fabulous farms that call Warren County home. Blooms and Berries is quickly becoming a family-favorite fall destination, featuring a pumpkin bounce pad, a beer garden and a 5-acre corn maze. The apple cider donuts, apple fritters and more from the market make Irons Fruit Farm a must-stop for any fan of fall treats. When you swing by Hidden Valley Orchards, be sure to tour through their own market for treats and gifts and stop for a pint at their on site taproom, The Crate Room at HVO. And don’t worry: each of these farms has a patch where you can pick a pumpkin of your very own.

Conjure up screams on coasters and in haunted houses when Halloween Haunt returns to Kings Island Friday and Saturday nights September 24th through October 30th. Each night the park will be transformed into a bone-chilling experience, complete with live entertainment and haunting frights lurking in the fog. Experience some of the park’s most exhilarating rides after dark including Banshee, Orion and the original monster itself — The Beast.

Brimstone Haunt at Renaissance Park will also return this year, featuring four haunted experience Fridays and Saturdays from September 24th through October 30th.

But spooky season isn’t just about the thrills. Before the sun sets at Kings Island on Saturdays and Sundays beginning September 25th through October 31st, bring the family to Tricks and Treats Fall Fest for Halloween activities including costume contests and trick-or-treat stops. Most rides and attractions will be open during the festival, making this a must-add to this season’s bucket list. 

For more family fun, be sure to snag tickets for the LM&M Railroad’s Pumpkin Patch Express in Lebanon. The seasonally inspired train ride through the Warren County countryside will include pies, hay mazes and on-board entertainment.

With sweater season rapidly approaching, you’ll be falling over your feet to take in all of the autumn fun to be had in Ohio’s Largest Playground this year. Grab your favorite pumpkin beverage and let’s play, Ohio!