There are so many spooktacular things to do in Columbus for Halloween, it's tough to fit them all in!
Halloween means different things to different people and everyone marks the holiday in a variety of ways. Some like the aesthetics, some like the spooky parts, and some like the history; truly there are so many aspects to Halloween, but whatever you're looking for, we've got an event for you. Check out our incredible list of ways to get in the Halloween spirit in Columbus for all types of personalities!
Go ahead; pick your poison:
Haunting Movies & Performances
If you like the pomp and circumstance that comes with Halloween, then step away from Freeform’s 31 Nights of Halloween and check out one of these movies, plays, musical performances and fashion shows taking place right here in Columbus this month.
Hitchcocktober at Gateway Film Center: In its 14th annual tribute to the Master of Suspense, Gateway Film Center screens Hitchcock films in 35 mm daily for the entire month at 7 p.m., with additional matinees at 2 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Check out the lineup and reserve your seats here.
Trivia and A Movie (Tuesdays at Land-Grant): For the whole month of October, Land-Grant will be showing free spooky flicks like IT, Nightmare on Elm Street and more following Trivia Tuesdays in the Beer Garden. See the full lineup of films here.
The Rocky Horror Show at Short North Stage: For many, a staple of Halloween is the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show and now you can see the film come to life with Short North Stage’s interpretation in The Rocky Horror Show, live Fridays and Saturdays beginning Oct. 5-29. Find showtimes and tickets here.
Hallowfest IV: A Nightmare on Elm Street at District West: The fabulous Queens of the West Family their band of merry misfits - are back to "slay" you in the Horror-ific HALLOWEST IV. Showtimes begin Oct. 13 and run weekends through the end of the month. Grab your tickets here.
Music & More!
Halloween Spooktacular with the Columbus Symphony: The Columbus Symphony offers a fun way for the entire family to get out and enjoy spooky season. Join them for the Halloween Spooktacular and dress up in your favorite costumes for "boo-tiful" music for kids ages 2-10 at the Ohio Theatre on October 29. Purchase tickets here.
Haunted Fest at Kemba Live!: Prime Social Group is bringing back their popular Halloween-themed EDM music festival on Friday, Oct. 27. The frighteningly good lineup includes deadmau5, Loud Luxury and more. Secure your spot here.
Highball Halloween in the Short North Arts District: The world's most fashionable costume part is back in person this year for one night only, Saturday, Oct. 28, in the Short North Arts District! Purchase tickets.
If it's being viscerally terrified that gets you excited for Halloween - and power to you if so - we've got you covered with plenty of haunted houses and ghostly experiences at other haunted places in Columbus. We've made note of age recommendations or requirements where necessary.
ZOMBIEzi Bay: The pools of Zoombezi Bay are now filled with waves of terror, in a new haunted experience where the undead rule the night. Get the crew together to explore the wicked new world with four haunted houses, three scare zones and plenty of other sinister surprises. This experience runs through Oct. 39 for ages 13+. Get your tickets.
COSI After Dark Boo Bash: Enjoy COSI without kids at this 21+ event from 7-10 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13. Be prepared for a side of creepy when visiting this time-traveling haunted house and compete for costume prizes. Get your tickets.
Fernando's Funeral: A Haunted Tour at The Kelton House: Join the Junior League of Columbus to learn about Victorian mourning rituals and the ghosts that linger in the Kelton House on Town Street. This after-dark tour will include ghost stories and tales of spooky experiences on the property. This event is recommended for ages 12+ and takes place on Oct. 26 and 27. Get your tickets.
Uptown Westerville Ghost Story Tours: Hear the haunted history of Uptown Westerville in this slightly theatrical and highly entertaining Ghost Story Tour. Offered weekends through Halloween at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., each 1.5-hour tour is $25. Check out the route and get tickets.
Columbus Ghost Tours: Check out the spookiest places in Columbus, including Greenlawn Cemetery by day or night in these spirited tours. Explore a variety of tour options and times here.
Family-Friendly Festivals and Things to Do
There are plenty of merry-not-scary Halloween events across the city great for kids of all ages.
Boo at the Zoo: The Columbus Zoo & Aquarium's signature seasonal event, Boo at the Zoo, includes a trick-or-treat trail, a Halloween train ride, costumed characters and more. Don your costume during October weekends and head to the zoo for a day of spooky-kooky fun - there's no cost beyond regular admission. No tricks here; only treats!
All Hallows' Eve: Beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Saturdays in October, Ohio History Center's Ohio Village opens its doors to the community for an evening of Victorian-era Halloween fun. Bring the whole family for pumpkin carving, fortune telling, a straw maze, crafts and more. Admission is $8 - buy tickets.
Books and Boos at Thurber House: Take a tour of the haunted Thurber House, former home to cartoonist James Thurber, during this event on Oct. 28. Drop in any time between 1-3 p.m. for free, kid-friendly tales, treats and crafts. Learn more.
Boo & Brew at Polaris Fashion Place: Head to Polaris on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 12-4 p.m. for the Boo & Brew festival extravaganza. Taking place at the main entrance by the flag poles, the event will include live music, a costume contest, food trucks, professional pumpkin carving, pumpkin painting, costumed characters and of course a beer garden! Proceeds from all beer sales support the Epilepsy Alliance of Ohio. Learn more.
HOWLoween Pet Contest & Fall Festival: Head to Easton on Oct. 22 from 12-3 p.m. for an exciting and ultra-cute pet costume contest! Additional fall festival activities will include an inflatable corn maze, pop-up pumpkin patch and caricature artist. Check out costume categories and more details here.
El Día de Los Muertos at El Segundo: Don't miss this unique event happening Wednesday, Nov. 1 from 4 pm to close with activities like kids face painting and deals to enjoy such as half off all tequila flights, $4 tacos and more. Learn more.
Dublin Halloween Spooktacular: Goblins, ghosts and ghouls are invading Dublin's Coffman Park on Oct. 19 and 20 for the city's Halloween celebration featuring trunk-or-treat, live performances and plenty of activities for the whole family. Learn more here.
Worthington's Spooky Pet Parade: Celebrate the season in downtown Worthington from 12-5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 22. Get the latest updates here.
The Great Westerville Pumpkin Glow: Westerville's annual Pumpkin Glow event is back! On Oct. 19-22, wind your way through an enchanting trail of 1,500 carved glowing pumpkins and enjoy plenty of fun activities are included with the price of admission. Get tickets.
Boo & Brew at Bridge Park: Businesses at Downtown Dublin's Bridge Park will pass out candy and fun promotional materials for a family-friendly trick-or-treat event on Oct. 25 from 5-8 p.m. The event will also include fall-themed activities, live music, and specials at area restaurants and bars. Get more details here.