Walking dead: 10 haunted tours in Columbus

You think you’re tough for sitting though a ghostly flick without getting spooked?

We’ll do you one better: We dare you to walk through a ghostly experience without getting spooked.

Test your bravery at any or all of these 10 haunted tours around the city ranging from family-friendly, to boozy, to downright deadly.

A $35 membership will get you access to the Columbus Landmark’s many haunted tours for cheap or free.

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Columbus Landmarks: 20 Years Past the Ohio Pen Demolition

Tue, October 23 from 7:00- 8:30 PM 

@Angela Meleca Gallery, 144 East State Street, Columbus

It was said that ghostly shadows of those who died by the hangman’s noose could be observed on the walls, that lights in Columbus dimmed when the electric chair claimed the life of Dr. Snook, and that the old hollow tree outside the prison wall, the site of an early Indian massacre, howled on occasion in agony and remembrance.

But old horrors cannot be compared to what really happened when reform movements failed, and the painful decades that followed…

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Columbus Landmarks: Haunted Lantern Walking Tour

Mon, October 29 from 6:30- 9:30 PM

@Thurber House, 77 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus

Our seasonal lantern walking tour features the most beautiful 19th centuryneighborhood downtown, but don’t be fooled!

This is also the most haunted and where it all began for Columbus Landmarks Foundation 30+ years ago—with a collection stories of ghostly little boys, ladies in pink, garlic in attics, and more unexplained, century-old but consistently corroborated tales of hauntings.

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Columbus Landmarks: The Tavern Keeper and His Daughter

Tue, October 30 from 7:00- 9:00 PM

@The Jury Room, 22 E. Mound St., Columbus

Join Columbus Landmark for an evening of stories about historic ghosts of Columbus in the most rehabbed, reused, repurposed, and now reborn building since Revolutionary War veteran, Thomas Asbury, first opened it in 1831 … The Jury Room.

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Columbus Landmarks: Haunted Tavern Tour

Wed, October 31 @6:30pm

@Columbus Landmarks, 57 Jefferson Ave., Columbus

Pianos and jukeboxes play by themselves, unsolved murder victims seek restitution, chairs and tables dance with each other, security monitors reveal doors opening and closing, and basements underneath forgotten grave yards give off unsettling vibes.

This year’s tour is a mystery but will feature at least three historic taverns … board the bus at Columbus Landmarks and let the evening unfold.

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Columbus Ghost Tours: Booze & Boos Bus Tour

Various dates

On these intimate bus tours, guests (13 maximum) are conveyed to historic haunts and taverns wherein they may partake of their favorite spirits while hearing tales of those who have not gone quietly into death.

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Columbus Ghost Tours: Spirit Strolls

Various dates

Take a walk through downtown and learn what lurks within some of Columbus’ most iconic buildings.

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Columbus Ghost Tours: Creepy Columbus

These family friendly tours offer a gentler side of the City’s haunted history.  Learn about ghouls, ghosts, graveyards and Columbus’ connection to a classic work of horror literature while in the safety of daylight.

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Olde Town Ghost Tours: Dublin Ghost Walk

Open tours on Friday & Saturday nights at 7:30pm

@Dublin Chamber of Commerce,129 South High Street, Dublin

On this tour, you’ll visit various haunted locations, talk about the history of this community and people’s personal experiences with ghostly activity. You’ll also visit a haunted cemetery. Pete, a local wandering spirit, often joins in.

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Worthington History:Ghost Tour at Walnut Grove Cemetery

October 26 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm

@Walnut Grove Cemetery, Milton Drive, Worthington

Join the Worthington Historical Society under the moon for a tour at Walnut Grove Cemetery. Worthington residents spanning the centuries who have made Walnut Grove their final resting place will be out and about after dark to share stories.

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Haunted Ohio Statehouse tours

Fridays and Saturdays during the last two weekends of October, every 30 minutes between 7pm and 9pm on

@Ohio Statehouse, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus

Guests can expect costumed volunteers, an updated tour route through the dimly lit limestone corridors, new stories and what the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board calls “recently found evidence of paranormal activity” in the building.

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