Perfect Pairings for Autumn

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    The crisp autumn air brings a sense of wanting to be close to the people in our lives. Here are four great ideas of activities to do with a significant other, best friend or child.


    Minges Pumpkin Festival
    The Minges family has been farming for five generations, and for the last 27 years, they have hosted the Minges Pumpkin Festival every October. Each year the festival has blossomed with more and more vendors, events and visitors. For one weekend in October, the Minges Pumpkin Festival is a great place to be in Harrison.


    Patrons can take much needed breaks from the digital world to experience some old-fashioned fun with kids, loved ones or girlfriends. The festival features hay rides to the pumpkin patch, pie -eating contests and live entertainment provided by local bands. Watch as people take part in games such as seed-spitting, log-sawing and greased-pole-climbing. Peruse through the numerous vendors showing off their latest crafts and creations from knick-knacks to furniture. The farm is located at 10109 New Haven Road, Harrison, OH 45030. Parking is free, admission is $5 and children under 12 get in for free.


    Shaw Farms Fall Festival
    Shaw Farms
    , located in Milford, offers a fun fall festival that runs from the last week of September to the last day of October. Although the farm can still be visited during the week, it’s the weekends when the real fun happens. Enjoy scenic tractor or horse-drawn hayrides, kicking up your heels to the sounds of bluegrass performed by Appalachian Highway in the old barn, learning about farm animals or noshing on family recipe pork sandwich.


    The main attraction is grabbing a partner and navigating your way through the Shaw family’s 20-acre corn maze. Patrons can bring a group and break off into teams and race to see which team makes it through the incredible maze first. Shaw Farms can be found at 1737 State Route 131 in Milford and offers free parking and admission for a great time on a budget.


    The Dent Schoolhouse
    If you’re itching for the scare of the season, The Dent Schoolhouse is where you’ll find it. Touted as one of Cincinnati’s best Halloween attractions, this haunted schoolhouse has earned spots on the Top 13 list for Best Haunts in America and Top 13 list for the scariest places to have a haunted attraction as voted on


    Legend has it that Dent was a real public school that opened in Cincinnati in 1894. Starting in 1942 and every couple years following, local children began vanishing, and in 1952 a strange odor began seeping through the floorboards from the basement. Charlie, the janitor, brushed off foul odor as the smell of the pipes clogging, then in 1955 seven children went missing as a strong stench filtered throughout the schoolhouse, causing a mob to break into the basement with the gruesome discovery of the murdered children. Charlie was the main suspect, but was nowhere to be found. It is said that he and the children still lurk the halls of the schoolhouse today.


    Dent Schoolhouse is one of the most detailed and longest haunted attractions in the area, clocking in with tours between 25 and 35 minutes long. Each year the attraction undergoes changes, adding new sets, technology and animatronics. This year owners have added the Detention Hall, which is located behind the schoolhouse and entrance is included in the price of admission. "Prepare for a heart throbbing, adrenaline-pumping chase! Darkness and confusion are just two of the many things you will find at Detention Hall!" says The Dent Schoolhouse website. Thrill-seekers can get their fair share of fright at 5963 Harrison Avenue in Cincinnati. Tickets can be purchased online or the night of, and it’s $20 for regular admission and $30 for fast pass admission.


    Stonebridge Inn & Spa
    Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway or a weekend spent with the girls, the Stonebridge Inn & Spa is the place to be. Stonebridge sits on three acres of sculpted gardens, a pool and spa facilities where privacy is of the highest priority. Each of the five luxury guest suites feature "fireplaces, relaxing sitting areas, and one [has] a private outside terrace. Each room has a private bath, some with a large whirlpool tub and steam shower and all with luxurious guest robes and slippers for your comfort," the website says.


    Patrons can take time to unwind and allow stress to melt away with one of its numerous spa packages. Enjoy a fresh fruit tray with cucumber water or a fine tea as you take part in massages, body treatments, pedicures and more as they offer a full menu of spa services. All day spa and Stonebridge overnight guests have the complimentary luxury use of the steam shower, Jacuzzi, outdoor pool, the Viking Sauna and the tranquil sanctuary.