Columbus Halloween fun is just around the corner. What are some of the fun things you can see and do? You’ll find plenty of fun things for the kids and adults listed below.
For your convenience these events are listed by date first and then name.
All Hallow’s Eve
Enjoy an evening of 1890s-style family fun, with a retelling of Washington Irving’s classic tale The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by the bonfire plus pumpkin carving and old-fashioned entertainment including fortune telling, crafts, games and more!
Date: October 15th and 22nd, 2016 from 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Location: Ohio Village, 800 E 17th Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43211- Phone: (614) 297-2300
Youth (6–12): $9
Adult Member: $7
Youth Member (6–12): $4
Child (5 & under): Free
Boo on Broadway
Grove City’s Town Center is transformed into destination for spooky fun from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, Oct. 31. This annual, family-friendly alternative to the traditional door-to-door Beggars’ Night allows children to dress in costume and safely collect candy and other goodies from area businesses and civic organizations. This event is held rain or shine.
Affected streets are closed to traffic from 5 to 9 p.m. with parking restrictions in place starting at 3 p.m. These streets are: Broadway from Grant Street to Grove City Road, and Park Street from Arbutus Avenue to the first driveway west of City Hall.
Date: October 31, 2016 from 6PM to 8PM
Location: Grove City Town Center, Grove City, Ohio
More Columbus Halloween Fun…Put on your costumes for this spooktacular event that’s fun for the whole family! Event activities include a trick or treat trail with Gahanna businesses, Parks & Recreation games & crafts, music, hayrides, a haunted walk, paddle boat rides, and much more!
Date: Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 1PM – 5PM
Location: Creekside Park & Plaza, 117 Mill St., Gahanna, Ohio
Fright Nite 3 Miler
BOO! Join hundreds of ghosts and gobblins at the 7th annual Fright Nite Fun Run (3 miles) on Saturday, October 29th at 8:00pm. You’re sure to enjoy this unusual night of goulish exercise as you run (or walk) along the haunted running trail where ghosts and goblins tend to roam! This year’s event will feature great looking long sleeve shirts, custom finish awards, chip timing, glow nechlaces and a fun post race gathering inside Local Cantina at Creekside.
No whimps or scardey cats!
Date: Friday, October 29, 2016 at 8PM
Location: Creekside Park and Plaza on Mill Street in Old Gahanna. Take the 62 exit off 270.
Halloween Pet Parade
The Halloween Pet Parade and Fall Festival is a fun, fall event that encourages participants to dress up their pets in festive Halloween costumes. The event, which is in its seventeenth year at Easton Town Center, will be held in Fenlon Square. Bring the entire family and get creative with your costumes! Our pet parade will kick off at 1:30 PM in front of Moochie & Co. Awards given include Best Duo, Best Group, Most Creative, Scariest, Cutest, and Funniest Costumes. No registration required. Click here for more information
Date: October 23, 2016 from 12:00-3:00 PM
Location: Fenlon Street, Easton Town Center, Columbus, OH
Haunted Statehouse Tours
Meet figures from the past as you follow conductors with lanterns through the darkened hallways and chambers of the Statehouse. This historical tour is spooky but appropriate for all members of the family.
Dates: Friday, October 14, Saturday, October 15, Friday, October 21 and Saturday, Oct.October 22, 2016
Tours will depart every half hour between 7 and 9PM Tour times are: 7PM, 7:30PM, 8PM, 8:30PM and 9PM
Location: Ohio Statehouse Map Room, Broad & High Streets; downtown Columbus
Tickets for the Haunted Statehouse Tours are $12 for adults and $6 for children under the age of 12. This is a ticketed event. Tickets must be pre-ordered.
HighBall Halloween: Masquerade On High
Join 30,000 of your closest friends in the Short North Arts District for a weekend celebrating creativity. Check out the HighBall hijinx taking over High Street!
On The Rocks is our annual Friday night tribute to fabulous fashion inspired by music icons, eras, and genres. On Friday, HighBall Halloween 2016 will pay tribute to rock legend David Bowie. Headliner Robert DeLong with a local band lineup will hit the HighBall Halloween stage for electrifying performances including mixed sets of original songs and David Bowie covers. Watch pop-up performers on High Street. Stay tuned for more Friday night surprises.
Come to On The Rocks dressed as your favorite Bowie era, whether the iconic Ziggy Stardust, mystically inspired Jareth the Goblin King, or the cabaret classic Thin White Duke. Get your chance to be on the HighBall Halloween stage as we close out the night with the Bowie Public Costume Contest.
Extraordinary style is the name of the game at HB: High Fashion on Saturday night. Local bands will open HB: High Fashion and get you pumped for the main event. Watch eight teams of designers compete for the top slot and a cash prize in HighBall Halloween’s signature event, the Battelle Costume Couture Fashion Show. See models stomp the runway in inspired costume collections in a spectacular fashion show unlike any other.
On Saturday, become your most honest self or take shape as someone new. As the night ends, get a chance to be a part of the main stage spectacle for the High Fashion Public Costume Contest.
Date: Two days of costumes, couture and creativity. Friday and Saturday October 21 and 22, 2016
Location: On High Street between Nationwide Blvd and Goodale St in the Short North
Visit their Website for tickets and more information.
MAiZE at Little Darby Creek
More Columbus Halloween Fun…Get lost in the Haunted Maize at Little Darby Creek. They have an awesome amount of kid’s activities and you’ll meet the nicest people around!
Dates: Opening Date: September 17, 2016
Closing Date: October 30, 2016
Hours of Operation
Friday 5 PM-10 PM
Saturday 12 PM-10 PM
Sunday 12 PM-6 PM
Farmers Feed the World Food Drive
Sunday, September 18, 2016 – Purchase one admission at the regular price and get the 2nd admission for FREE with 2 canned food items (not valid with group rates or discounts). Food will be donated to the Mid-Ohio Food bank.
Come celebrate the 50th Anniversary of It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown with a weekend full of activities!!
Saturday, October 1, 2016
Noon – dusk – Gottfried Ponyrides ($3 / ride)
6 – 8pm – Balloon sculptures by Erica Carlson for FREE
8pm – Bring your lawn chairs to watch It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown – FREE
Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016
Noon – dusk – Gottfried Ponyrides ($3 / ride)
1 – 5pm – Face painting by the Marysville Art League FREE
Gus the Squashcarver
Sunday, October 16, 2016 – Gus carved Archie Griffin in 2014, and Ohio State’s National Championship trophy last year. This year’s creation will definitely be “The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”!
Trick or Treat & Costume Contest
Sunday, October 23, 2016 – From 2pm – 3pm, kids wear your costumes and trick or treat for candy. The costume contest will follow at 3pm.
The Great Pumpkin Smash
October 30, 2016
This is Pumpkin Destruction on the final day of our season! Let’s smash pumpkins and win prizes. One contestant will be chosen on Facebook the week of Oct. 24th with 9 others to be chosen at the farm at 3pm on Oct. 30th. You pick the pumpkin, we smash it, you claim your prize! Then see what we smash with the giant pumpkin this year!!
Location: 8657 Axe Handle Road, Milford Center, Ohio
Visit their website for more things happening in October and to buy tickets in advance: Website
McDonald’s Greenhouse Corn Maze
Can you defeat the five acre corn maze? Ah haa…. Come join the fun and try it! You’ll also find a huge sand box, hay wagon rides, lasso a longhorn, cute baby farm animals, and choose a cool pumpkin!
You even get to go home with a pumpkin roll or caramel apple and fresh apple cider!
Location: 3100 Adamsville Road, Zanesville, Ohio
(Located on State Route 93, just 2.5 miles north of the Adamsville Exit #157)
Information: E-mail: email@example.com – Phone: (740) 452-4858
Visit their Website.
North Market Halloween Family Funday!
Join us for a full day of FREE FAMILY Halloween fun! Enjoy craft activities, trick or treating, music and more!
Date: Sunday, October 30, 2016 from 10AM – 3PM
Location: North Market, 59 Spruce Street, Columubus, OH
The ScareAtorium in Columbus, Ohio features two indoor haunted attractions for $20 with FREE parking! The 2016 season begins Friday, September 23, 2016 and runs through October 30 2016 at 7:30pm. The ScareAtorium will be open on select dates and times throughout October.
Location: The ScareAtorium is physically located at east Dublin-Granville Road (Route 161) and Cleveland Avenue at the Northland Plaza Shopping Center. Our address is 2605 Northland Plaza Drive, Columbus, OH 43231. There’s convenient access to our location from I-71 and I-270. Geographically, we are south of the Route 161 Columbus Bowling Palace and east of the Cleveland Avenue Steak & Shake.
Tickets are on sale now, visit their Website
Additional contact information: 614-761-3327
Pumpkin Patches around Columbus, Ohio
If you’re looking for pumpkin patches, here are a few for you.
Circle S Farms
9015 London-Groveport Road
Grove City, Ohio
Phone: (614) 878-7980
4600 Lockbourne Road
Phone: (614) 491-0812
Hoffman’s Farm Market
800 Hilliard-Rome Road
Phone: (614) 878-5161
5950 Shannon Road
Canal Winchester, Ohio
If you have a community Halloween party and would like it listed, please use the form on my contact page. You can use the second form, select Holiday in the drop down box, and send the information!