Today is the first day of fall, but thanks to COVID-19 many family-favorite fall activities are canceled this year. However, we’ve found five things to do this season that are fun and safe for everyone.

1. Head to Amish Country

Drive out to Adams County to view the changing leaves and make a couple stops at the county’s Amish stores, including Keim Family Market & Deli and Miller’s Bakery, Bulk Food and Furniture. You can pick up plenty of freshly baked fall treats, such as pumpkin rolls, zucchini breads, apple turnovers and more.

2. Trick or Treat at Kings Island


Kings Island’s The Haunt is canceled this year, but there’s still plenty of family fun at the park on weekends through Nov. 1. Adults and children are invited to dress in costume, decorate pumpkins, watch live entertainment, navigate a corn maze, ride rides and trick or treat at stops throughout the park.

3. Dine at a Winery

While Vinoklet Winery was forced to cancel its annual Art & Wine Festival this year, a good time can still be had at the winery this fall. Wine tastings are available Tuesday through Saturday noon to 4 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m. Dinner reservations can be made for Wednesday through Saturday 5-8 p.m. For an extra-special night, try the Grilled to Perfection dinners on Friday and Saturday—the meal includes six wine tastings.

4. Visit a Farm


Hidden Valley Orchards in Lebanon is staying busy with a slew of fall events that allow guests to explore the farm while enjoying some fall flavors. Sept. 26 is the Bavarian Celebration, Oct. 2-4 is the Apple Cider & Cider Donut Weekend and Oct. 10-11 is Pumpkin Palooza Weekend. Check the orchards’ schedule for more fall events.

5. Take a Haunted Tour

The state of Ohio is recommending people stay away from haunted houses, but those looking for some spooky fun can still take a tour of haunted locations in Greater Cincinnati. American Legacy Tours’ Queen City is Haunted is offering tours every Friday, Saturday and Sunday that explore the history of sites like Washington Park and Music Hall.