If you’re anything like us, your planner fills up faster than a kid eating Halloween candy which is why we’re here now to bring you all our favorite seasonal events.
So, witches and wizards, here are 10 of the best Halloween events happening this fall in Colum-boo-s.
Nina West Rocky Horror Sing-Along
October 6 @Gateway Film Center
Join Nina West, national sensation and Columbus’ premier entertainer, as she pairs her favorite musicals with her bawdy, hilarious and beloved comedy. It’s the sassiest sing-along program in the country, right here at Gateway Film Center.
So, bring your singing voice – and come in costume if you’re so inclined – and settle in for a new tradition. Each Nina West Presents! screening begins with a mixer with Nina in the GFC lounge 90 minutes before showtime.Learn more
Monster Bash 2018
October 13 @German Village
You’ll still be going door-to-door on this night, but it’s probably best you leave the kiddos at home.
The Monster Bash 2018 is a Halloween party for adults so instead of sugary snacks that’ll rot your teeth out, you’ll be making your way through 12 stops in the German Village where you can snag some treats more suited for your matured adult taste buds.
Once the trick-or-treating draws to a close, the party will be moved to the Meeting Haus for ghoulish drinking and monster mashing as well as a photo booth.
And it is a Halloween party so break out your best costume and you might just win the costume contest!Learn more
The Circleville Pumpkin Show
October 17- 20 @Circleville
Is it really Autumn if you don’t go to at least one pumpkin show? We don’t think so.
And if you are restricting yourself to just one pumpkin show for the season, the Circleville Pumpkin Show three-day event should be at the top of your list.
From massive pumpkins that seemingly defy the laws of agriculture (think anyone can top the 1,964 pound pumpkin from 2014?) to pumpkin parades to Miss Pumpkin pageant shows, if there’s a way to make it pumpkin-themed, they found a way.
Of course this event also doubles as a great way to spend the day with the kids with pumpkin carving stations, spots to paint gourds, and even Little Miss Pumpkin Pageant shows.Learn more
Boo at the Zoo
Weekends of October 19-21 and 26- 28
Join the Columbus Zoo for Boo at the Zoo! This “merry-not-scary” Halloween tradition will bring fun of heroic proportions.
Meet Spider-Man, Captain America, Black Widow and Black Panther, plus visit Frogwortz, Pumpkin Junction, candy stops and more!Learn more
Candle-lit Halloween Nights
October 24- 25 @The Worthington Inn
Enjoy bone-chilling dinner specials by candlelight as guest speakers from The Worthington Historical Society present ghost stories of Old Worthington.
Worthington Inn’s regular dinner menu will be served in addition to some bloody good Halloween specials!Learn more
October 25- 28 @The Bluestone
Columbus’ greatest Halloween fetish party is back with three nights and three themes: Oct. 25th – Game Night; Oct. 26th – Gods and Monsters; Oct. 27th – Time Warp.Learn more
October 26- 27 @Short North
Highball Halloween is Columbus’ biggest party celebrating creativity and costumes over the course of two extraordinary nights.
Friday, October 26, will be On the Rock Totally 90s inspired by music icons, eras, and genres. On Friday, local bands full of girl power will hit the HighBall Halloween Schweppe’s Main Stage to deliver the ultimate ’90s dance party.
Saturday, October 27, will be the famous Battelle Costume Couture Fashion Show and the general public costume contest where designers and Halloween fanatics alike will strut their stuff on stage to win cash prizes and your affection!Learn more
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Party in the Fiergarten
October 27 @Land-Grant Brewing Co.
Happy Howl-aween! We’re throwing a super spooky party in the FiErGaRtEn for both man and beast. This free, dog-friendly event will include a costume party, DJ sets, BBQ and more!Learn more
Skully’s Annual Halloween Bash
October 27 @ Skully’s Music Diner
Skully’s Music Diner invites you out for a night of ghoulish fun, costume creativity and cash prizes!
Stick around for the dance party and DJ sets!Learn more
The Official Halloween Bar Crawl
October 27 @Arena District
Get ready to put on your coolest, scariest or sexiest costume & join us for the event everyone will be talking about.
This year’s Halloween Bar Crawl will feature live entertainment, food and drink specials, costume contests, take-home swag and so much more.Learn more