We just can't get enough of Halloween "” a holiday once thought to be the realm of children. Stores dedicated solely to grisly and glamorous costumes open in the heat of the summer and ghouls and goblins have been busy preparing to scare us out of our wits at haunted houses, haunted ships, and even haunted school houses.

USS Nightmare
Through Nov. 3
The retired steamship returns to scare the bejesus out of folks who dare to come aboard. 101 Riverboat Row, Newport. 7-11 p.m. Sundays, Wednesdays, Thursdays; 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Fridays-Saturdays. Admission. (859) 740-2293 or www.ussnightmare.com.

Dent Schoolhouse
Through Nov. 3
The westside house of horrors has been voted No. 2 in the U.S. by Top Haunts magazine. Special events include Zombie Night on Oct. 14 and WEBN-FM (102.7) sets up shop on the grounds every Saturday from 8-10 p.m. 5963 Harrison Ave. 7:30 p.m.-midnight Fridays-Saturdays; 7:30-10 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays. Admission. (513) 598-4600 or www.frightsite.com.

Mount Healthy Haunted Hall
Through Oct. 27
Just one house can't contain the terror, so it's expanded to a tent and the back yard. 7700 Seward St. 8-11 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays; 7-9 p.m. Sundays. Admission. (513) 729-1974 or www.hauntedhallinfo.com.

Haunted Hayride & Farmers Revenge
Through Nov. 3
A terrifying hayride through the frightening fields or a close encounter with a farmer seeking revenge? Your choice. Both attractions are at Sandyland Acres. 4172 Bellview Road, Petersburg, Ky. 8 p.m.-midnight Fridays-Saturdays. Admission. (859) 250-9790 or www.sandylandacres.com.

St. Rita's Haunted House
Oct. 4-31
The former boys' dormitory is the site of a scary, torturous tour. There is a less-scary matinee for kids under 12 on Oct. 27-28. 1720 Glendale-Milford Road, Cincinnati. 7 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays. Admission. (513) 771-1060 or www.srsdeaf.org/events.

Parky's Farm
Oct. 4-28
Spooky lights, a wagon ride to Ghost Town, a creepy campfire and a "hardly haunted house" are part of the family-friendly celebration at Hamilton County Park's Winton Woods. 10073 Daly Road, Cincinnati. 6-10 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays. Admission. www.greatparks.org.

Coney Island's Fall-O-Ween
Oct. 6-7, 13-14
Take the kids on the Trick or Treat Trail and Coney's classic rides, visit farmyard friends and enjoy the new FallScapes designs. 6201 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Township. Noon-6 p.m. Admission. (513) 232-8230 or www.coneyislandpark.com.

Oct. 6-28
The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden hosts four weekends of holiday fun for youngsters "” especially those in costumes "” with trick-or-treat stations, animal encounters and a pumpkin patch. 3400 Vine St., Cincinnati. Noon-5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays. Free with Zoo admission. (513) 353-2045 or www.cincinnatizoo.org.

13th Annual Witches Ball
Oct. 13
The party to end all parties, the 13th annual gathering of monsters and ghouls is hosted by Robin Hood Not for Profit. Pirate party at 11 p.m., costume contest at midnight. Thompson House, 23 E. Third St., Newport. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Party until 2:30 a.m. (859) 743-6454 or on Facebook at Witches Ball Cincinnati.