Family friendly Halloween fun in Columbus

Haunted Statehouse Tours

Haunted Statehouse Tour

This month there is no shortage of activities for the entire family to enjoy together in Columbus. Whether you’re looking for trick-or-treat trails, pumpkin-flavored treats or to experience a local attraction with a Halloween twist, it’s all here. Pick your favorites and take your family, friends or neighbors along for the ride.

Harvest the Arts Festival
Enjoy live entertainment, a Crafter’s Marketplace, face painting, candle dipping and more.

Where: Doran’s Farm Market, New Albany
When: Oct. 9, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
How much: FREE

More information is available here

Creepside Festival
Put on your Halloween costume and collect candy along the Trick-or-Treat Trail. Children’s games, crafts and activities are also available.

Where: Creekside Plaza, Gahanna
When: Oct. 13, 6-8:30 p.m.
How much: FREE; hayrides and paddleboats are an additional cost

More information is available here

Haunted Statehouse Tours
Meet historical figures as you follow lantern-carrying conductors through the darkened hallways and chambers of the Ohio Statehouse.

Where: Ohio Statehouse, Map Room
When: Oct. 15, 16, 22 and 23; Tour times: 7, 7:30, 8, 8:30 and 9 p.m.
How much: Adults $8, children (under 16) $4

Space is limited, so buy your tickets now . This event has sold out the past five years.

All Hallow’s Eve
Experience a family-style, 19th-century Halloween celebration. Activities include fortune telling, Museum of Oddities, games, crafts and fireside readings of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow .

Where: Ohio Village
When: Oct. 16 and 23, 5:30-9:30 p.m.
How much: Adults $12, children (6-12) $9, children (5 and under) FREE.

More information is available here

Circleville Pumpkin Show
Ohio’s oldest and largest festival with 400,000+ visitors from all 50 states and many foreign countries. Come for the giant pumpkins, parades, entertainment and to sample pumpkin-flavored delicacies.

Where: 159 E. Franklin St., Circleville
When: Oct. 20-24; Times: Tues., 5-10 p.m.; Wed., 9 a.m.-11 p.m.; Thur.-Sat., 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
How much: FREE

More information is available here

Boo at the Zoo
Dress in costume and visit trick-or-treat candy stations, magicians, a haunted train ride and special programming throughout the zoo.

Where: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Powell
When: Weekends, Oct. 22-31; Times: Fri., 5-9 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
How much: Adults $12.99, seniors/children (2-9) $7.99, children (under 2) FREE

More information is available here

Phoenix Theatre for Children: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Did Ichabod Crane really meet the Headless Horseman, or was it a prank? Find out in this "play with music."

Where: Studio Two Theatre, Vern Riffe Center
When: Oct. 22-31, show times vary
How much: Adults $20, children $10

Check show dates and times , then order your tickets here

Trick-or-Treat Trail
Spend the day gathering treats along the Acorn Trail, decorating pumpkins and taking hayrides.

Where: Gallant Woods Preserve
When: Oct. 24, 1-4 p.m.
How much: FREE

More information is available here

The Haunted Ship
Visit the Santa Maria, a museum-quality replica of Christopher Columbus’ flagship, as it transforms into a pirate ship this Halloween.

Where: Santa Maria, Battelle Riverfront Park
When: Oct. 28-30, 7-10 p.m.
How much: Adults $5, children (4-12) $2.50, seniors $4.50

Buy your tickets now

Check back later this week when I dish up some fun fall suggestions that are great for adults.

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  • Brenda Freiheit

    Can you please check (and correct, if possible) the “dates and times” link for the “Phoenix Theatre for Children: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” at Studio Two Theatre, Vern Riffe Center? When I clicked on it, the following error message appeared:

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    –Brenda F.

  • Jennifer

    I’ve seen 2 different dates for the Creepside festival. October 13 and October 22….which one is the correct date??

  • Tina

    IF YOU GO The Phoenix Theatre for Children will present The Legend of Sleepy Hollow at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 1 and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Riffe Center’s Studio Two Theatre, 77 S. High St. Tickets cost $10 to $20 at the Ohio Theatre box office (614- 469-0939) and

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