Halloween in Columbus

  • UPDATED Sep 21, 2018
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Columbus located in Ohio is a city with a diverse economy based on education, government, insurance, banking. The city boasts of one of the largest universities in the US – the Ohio State University (OSU). Columbus is also an incubator of some of the most popular fast food chains in the world! Halloween in Columbus offers people a lot of variety from zoo shows to masquerades to mystery and dinner mayhem, to a concert by OSU music students. One can even enjoy nighttime spooky adventure trips like a canoe down the haunted Hocking river or a lantern walk ghost tour!

Halloween Events for Children

1. Boo at the Zoo

A fun way for young children to celebrate Halloween to be at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Kids can go for their favorite Halloween attire and visit different stations to collect candy. They can watch animals do their pumpkin smashing as part of stimulating exercises. Children can explore a mini maze of hay featuring some of the favorite Disney villains. You can watch a live-action superhero show at the Animals on Safari Stage featuring Spider-Man, Captain America, Black Widow and Ant-Man as they defend the world from the Green Goblin! 

This Super Hero Lunch must be reserved in advance and tickets are available for purchase at ColumbusZoo.org. 

2. All Hallow's Eve

The Ohio History Center offers an old-fashioned Halloween in 1890s-style at the Ohio Village on two Saturdays in October. Children come dressed in their scariest Halloween outfits and get to enjoy the retelling of Washington Irvine’s classic tale The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by the bonfire! The children also get to enjoy fun activities like pumpkin carving, old-time games, crafts and Halloween characters. 

Admission: For more information, please call 614-297-2300

3. Haunted Village

Olde Pickerington Village turns into a haunted village during Halloween. The village will be abuzz with loads of fun and activities for young children. Activities ranging from trick-or-treat, food, hayrides, storytelling, games, craft activities, haunted house, haunted museum, entertainment, and lots more. Kids can visit the village in their favorite Halloween costumes and enjoy a fun-filled and enjoyable day at the village.

Halloween Events for Children and Adults

1. North Market Halloween Family Funday

Family Funday is an excellent way for the entire family to enjoy Halloween on a Sunday afternoon. It is held in North Market and is a free event. North Market is Central Ohio's last remaining public Market and has been serving Central Ohio since 1876.Both children and adults can go dressed in their Halloween costumes and have a blast. There will be music, crafts, trick-or-treating. Columbus Zoo will also be on site with live and cute animals. Sunshine Farms will hold a petting zoo from 11 am to 2 pm. Sparrowznest face painting happens between 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm. Flea Market will be an added attraction for adults to pick up something exciting from a variety of vendors. 

2. HalleBOOia! Halloween Concert

An excellent stage musical presented by the Ohio State University musicians and singers. The student vocalists and instrumentalists will be performing in their Halloween attire. A unique way to kick off the Halloween weekend. This show is top-rated, and the event will be free and open to the public. The OSU team will play the theme music from movies, Broadway, and video games; world music, spoofs on classical motifs, jazz and contemporary pop tunes, choral and lots more. Catch this talented team and their fun-filled performance in the Weigel Auditorium. This is a must-see Halloween show!

3. Masquerade and Halloween Parade

Check out Downtown Mansfield, which gets converted into Monsterfield during Halloween.  Come in your unique Halloween costumes and join this free, family-friendly, fun-filled trick-or-treat and Halloween Parade. The trick-or-treating usually takes place in the mornings or in the afternoons. After which the glittering Halloween parade starts in the evening, at the intersection of Main St. and Fifth St. Downtown Mansfield and goes all the way through the night. There will be more than 60 shops participating in trick-or-treat, so kids get to eat loads of treats. 

Halloween Events for Adults Only

1. Halloween on the Hocking

Are you and your partner looking to do something different this Halloween? Then check out the Halloween in Hocking. An event offered by Hocking Hills canoeing, the highlight of the event is a scary ½ mile canoe down the haunted Hocking River, at night time. It can be scary as one does not know what to expect around the river bend or romantic, as you see it. The event is open to both campers of Hocking Hills and guests. There will also be pumpkin carving, S’mores and Cider, Ghost Stories by a Native American around a bonfire, exciting tractor rides, Campsite and Cabin decorating contest, and a costume contest. 

2. Mayhem & Mystery Dinner Theatre

Another something different way of enjoying the Halloween with partner and friends. The Spaghetti House hosts the Mayhem & Mystery dinner event. Starting with mystery, intrigue, merriment, join the cast in an evening of detective work as the guests try to solve the mystery and win prizes. Followed by a delectable dinner, the cast walks around the table. Pricing includes the interactive mystery production and dinner. By the Third Act, the solution will be revealed. 

3. Columbus Landmarks Halloween Lantern Walking Tour

One of the most popular ghost tours of Columbus. The tour guide will take the guests down some of the haunted places and eerie house in Columbus. Guests will be armed with lanterns and walk down about 1.5 miles down the streets at night time. The tour touches at The Heritage Museum with dramatic Victorian furnishings of the 1880s, Kelton House which had haunted dolls and tragic accidents, Columbus Performing Arts Center which held some mysterious Halloween rituals, walk past old graveyards.