I haven’t yet settled on what to do for Halloween this year; there are plenty of options for families and night-lifers alike in the days leading up to October 31st. Read on for a few suggestions on how to celebrate the year's spookiest holiday in Columbus.

HighBall Halloween

HighBall Halloween Photo: Short North Arts District

HighBall Halloween High Street, Short North Arts District Saturday, Oct. 31 4 p.m. - midnight $2

Last year I attended Highball Halloween; being the first year the event had ever been held I was amazed by how well attended and orchestrated it was. This is a party on a grand scale - think of it as a massive masquerade ball, complete with costume contests, a Costume Couture Fashion Showdown and the Dogtober Howloween Procession for costumed pets. And how often do you get to enjoy beverages and dance to awesome house music with thousands of friends in the middle of High Street? The area will be very busy that night; if you're not walking, consider calling a taxi or riding a COTA bus to the Short North to avoid the parking congestion.

The Haunted Hotel Hyatt Regency Downtown Columbus Saturday, Oct. 31 10:00 p.m. – 2:30 a.m. $29.99

For a 21 and over crowd, the Hyatt Regency Columbus will transform itself into an oasis of decoration, entertainment and music including a large ballroom, swanky lounge and breathtaking reception balcony.  Check out three rooms of sound with live bands and DJ’s playing the best hip-hop, mash up, techno and house music.

Scarey-oke Sequoia Pro Bowl Saturday, Oct. 31 9:00 p.m. – 2:30 a.m.

For a 21 and over crowd, the party will feature karaoke, food and drink specials, costume contests and other events in bowling shoes..

The Haunted Ship Santa Maria Thursday, Oct. 29 – Saturday, Oct. 31 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. $5

A family event promising a little "boo" for children of all ages. Take a 15-20 minute walk through the Haunted ship and hear a tale from the high seas about a Captain Boney and his pirate ship. Meet a talking head, a large spider, one of the captain's original crew and a sea monster.

Spooky Science Weekend COSI Friday, Oct. 30 – Saturday, Oct. 31 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. $5.50 - $7.50

Bring the whole family in costume and explore the spooky science of Halloween with COSI's Pumpkin Patch Science Show, Pumpkin Patch You Try It Family Workshops, trick-or-treat stations, and cart activities like exploding pumpkins and more.

Gables, Gargoyles and Ghosts – oh my! Columbus Landmarks Foundation Monday, Oct. 19 – Friday, Oct. 29 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. $25

A great event for the whole family, this bus tour explores the most haunted locations in the downtown Columbus. Hear ghost stories about museums, antique malls, restaurants, and other spooky attractions on the tour.

Looking for more ideas? Browse a comprehensive list of Halloween events here . You can also download this PDF for trick-or-treat times in each Columbus community.