Autumn (\ȯ-təm\ n)
1.) The season between summer and winter; fall
2.) A time when the weather is neither warm nor very cold, leaves turn   various shades of red and brown, college students cut figures into pumpkins and consume rich, sweet confections of sugar
3.) time for one to attempt these activities to mimic the predominant mood of the season.

Hidden Valley Fruit Farm


Guests have the opportunity to not only pick their own pumpkins but apples and concord grapes as well. Along with enjoying hayrides, guests can shop in the barn for fresh produce. There is also a bakery which sells fresh baked pies.

5474 North State Route 48 Lebanon, Ohio

Open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mon to Sat 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sun

Brown’s Family Farm Market


Fall activities include a pick-your-own pumpkin patch, hayrides, a corn maze, a straw maze, farm animals and a market that includes pumpkins, gords, mums and corn stalk bundles.

11620 Hamilton Cleves Rd. Hamilton, Ohio

Open 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. All week

Bake Some Pumpkin Cupcakes

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, sift before measuring
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/3 cups sugar
2 eggs, beaten until frothy
1 cup mashed cooked or canned pumpkin
3/4 cup milk

Mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves into a bowl. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy; beat in eggs. Blend in mashed pumpkin. Stir in the dry ingredients alternately with the milk, blending until batter is smooth after each addition. Spoon batter into well-greased and floured or paper-lined muffin pan cups. Fill about 2/3 full. Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until a wooden pick or cake tester inserted in center comes out clean. Makes about 24 cupcakes.

Maple Cream Cheese Frosting 2 8 oz. packages of cream cheese, softened 1 stick butter, softened 1 – 1 1/2 lbs powdered sugar 1 teaspoon of maple extract (or 1/4 cup pure maple syrup) pinch of salt (optional)

Cream butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add powdered sugar and mix slowly. Add maple extract and mix. Pipe or spread onto cupcakes.

Scary Good Fun
USS Nightmare
101 Riverboat Row Newport, Ky.
7 to 1 a.m. Fri

7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Wed, Thu and Sun

Dent School House5963 Harrison Ave.
Cincinnati, Ohio

7 p.m. to 12 a.m. Fri and Sat

7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thu and Sun

Land Of Illusion
8762 Thomas Rd.

Middleton, Ohio8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Fri and Sat

8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sun

8 p.m. to 12 a.m. Halloween night

Kings Island Halloween Haunt6300 Kings Island Dr.
Mason, Ohio6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Fri and Sat