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.