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Walking dead: 10 haunted tours in Columbus

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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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(614) Movie Club: New Jon Stewart feature, Episode V Beer Tasting, and timely documentaries

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(614) Movie Club. It’s OK to talk about it. 

Every Monday at (614) we’ll be here to update you on virtual and physical screenings that are being offered by the businesses and organizations that make Columbus such a special cinema city. Read below for this week’s streams and showtimes.

NOW SHOWING AT GRANDVIEW THEATER

Jaws

The original Jaws will continue to show at Grandview theater after a July 4 weekend beer tasting. Fitting, right? Watching this might be what it takes to keep you away from the beach for the rest of the summer.

  • Showing: July 6-9 (4 p.m.)
  • Cost: $9
  • Release: 1975
  • Runtime: 124 min.

Jurassic Park

More Steven Spielberg horror on the big screen. Again, if you missed the beer tasting, you’ll have a few more shots this week at catching some dino-roaring action on the big screen.

  • Showing: July 6-9 (7 p.m.)
  • Cost: $9
  • Release: 1993
  • Runtime: 127 min.

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back Beer Tasting

One of the most popular picks for best Star Wars film of all time, the beer tasting comes during a year when the fifth episode is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Enjoy a 10-round beer tasting, free pint glass, raffle prizes, and a very entertaining presentation.

  • Showing: July 11 (3 and 9 p.m.) and 12 (5 p.m.)
  • Cost: $40
  • Release: 1993
  • Runtime: 127 min.

NOW SHOWING AT STUDIO 35

Irresistible 

A local town battling big-party politics, written and directed by Jon Stewart and starring Steve Carrell? Looks great on paper, plays out even better on screen. Rose Byrne is outright ridiculous in this one. Enjoy a 2020 release in an actual movie theater with grade-A recliners.

  • Showing: July 6-9 (4:30, 7, and 9:30 p.m.)
  • Cost: $9
  • Release: 2020
  • Runtime: 104 min.

Jurassic Park

See above.

  • Showing: July 6-9 (4 and 7 p.m.)
  • Cost: $9
  • Release: 1993
  • Runtime: 127 min.

Jaws

See above.

  • Showing: July 6-9 (9:45 p.m.)
  • Cost: $9
  • Release: 1975
  • Runtime: 124 min.

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back Beer Tasting

See above.

  • Showing: July 11 (noon and 5:30 p.m.) and 12 (2 p.m.)
  • Cost: $40
  • Release: 1993
  • Runtime: 127 min.

NOW STREAMING VIRTUALLY AT THE WEX

Cincinnati Goddam

A timely documentary that followed the Black Lives Matter movement around 2013, this film focuses on the corruption within the Cincinnati Police Department, whose force was responsible for killing a total of 15 black men between 1995 and 2001. 

  • Closes: July 9
  • Cost: Free
  • Release: 2015
  • Runtime: 103 min.

Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things

Ella Fitzgerald is one of the most prolific singers of all time. Although a lot of her life has been studied, this documentary goes deeper with some never-before-seen footage and interviews from greats such as Tony Bennett and Smokey Robinson.

  • Closes: July 23
  • Cost: $12
  • Release: 2019
  • Runtime: 90 min.

The Last Tree

A coming-of-age journey that follows a Black teenager trying to find his identity in the UK and beyond. The movie was the winner of the World Dramatic Competition at Sundance and Best Supporting Actress and Most Promising Newcomer awards at the British Independent Film Awards.

  • Closes: July 23
  • Cost: $10
  • Release: 2019
  • Runtime: 98 min.

Denise Ho - Becoming the Song

Another unfortunately timely documentary, Denise Ho follows the personal journey of the openly gay singer from pop icon to human rights activist. What emerged out of the Umbrella Movement of 2014 saw Ho take to the streets in the midst of the Hong Kong revolution in 2019.

  • Closes: July 30
  • Cost: $12
  • Release: 2020
  • Runtime: 83 min.

NOW STREAMING VIRTUALLY AT GFC

Ai Weiwei: Yours Truly

Ai Weiwei, China's most famous artist, transforms Alcatraz Island prison into an astonishing expression of socially-engaged art focused on the unjustly incarcerated. Known-whistleblower Chelsea Manning makes an appearance. 

  • Opens: July 8
  • Cost: $10
  • Release: 2019
  • Runtime: 78 min.

We Are Little Zombies

If eccentric Japanese cinema is your forte, you’ll want to check out We Are Little Zombies. A messy triumph of tragedy, comedy, music, social criticism, and teenage angst, watch what four teenagers do when they find out their parents are being turned into dust.

  • Opens: July 8
  • Cost: N/A
  • Release: 2019
  • Runtime: 120 min.
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Where to get your Red, White & BOOM on this July 4th

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It was a bummer to hear that Red, White & BOOM would be canceled and changed to a virtual format for 2020. However, that shouldn’t stop you from celebrating in a somewhat traditional sense. Even with one of the biggest fireworks celebrations put on hold, there’s still plenty to do around Columbus, fireworks or no fireworks.

We here at (614) know that given the modern-day circumstances, people have the choice to celebrate in whatever way they feel most comfortable. Below you can find three ways to celebrate–Local 4th of July events; Red, White & BOOM alternatives; and places where you can legally celebrate yourself.

THINGS TO DO ON JULY 4TH

Fourth of July Fireworks

West Jefferson July 4th Streetfest

When: July 4 at 10 p.m.

Where: Watch from home

Obetz Fireworks

When: July 4

Where: Watch from home

Fourth of July Activities

Neighborhood Bike Brigade

When: Various start times

Where: Dublin neighborhoods

Sherm Sheldon Fishing Derby

When: June 26 through July 4

Where: Any Dublin pond

Fourth of July Parades

Front Yard Parade in the Round

When: July 4 at 6 until 9 p.m.

Where: Your front yard

2020 Cruisin’ On The 4th of July

When: July 4 at noon

Where: Northbridge Ln., Columbus, OH 43235

New Albany 4th of July Parade & Festival

When: July 4 at 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

Where: Church of the Resurrection, 6300 E Dublin Granville Rd., New Albany, OH 43054

Other Fourth of July Events

Zoombezi Bay Family Movie Night featuring The Goonies

When: July 3 from 6 until 11 p.m.

Where: Zoombezi Bay, 10101 Riverside Dr., Powell, OH 43065

HOW TO CELEBRATE WITH RED, WHITE & BOOM

Red, White & BOOM was gearing up for its 40th anniversary before COVID-19 shut the mass gathering down. However, the beloved Columbus fireworks show will be hosting a virtual event over the first four days of July. The virtual campaign will air on NBC4.

Here are some of the events that will take place:

  • Highlighting the best Red, White & BOOM stories
  • Stories from local veterans inducted into the Ford Oval of Honor
  • Broadcasting the best Red, White & BOOM fireworks over the show’s 39-year history
  • Looking back on the tradition of parades honoring veterans

HOW TO TAKE CELEBRATING INTO YOUR OWN HANDS

We here at (614) also know that setting off fireworks yourself is illegal. We also know that buying them within the state is legal (OK?).

So here is a list of places around Columbus you can buy fireworks from. What you do from there is up to you, but we advise you to stay within the law:

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Zoo Babies! We’ve got the photo cuteness

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Start the ooo-ing and ahhh-ing, Columbus, because we’ve got Zoo baby pics!

A Masai giraffe calf, a sea lion pup, two red panda cubs, and a siamang (gibbon) baby—all recent births at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium for these endangered species. It’s a show of commitment from the organization how they were able to nurture these species populations at-risk for extinction and bring new generations of them into the world. 

“We are extremely proud to welcome these babies as they all represent hope for the future of species that are increasingly facing challenges in their native ranges,” said Columbus Zoo and Aquarium President/CEO, Tom Stalf. In the press release, Stalf detailed how special these births are as the threatened species received around-the-clock, top-quality care by the Animal Care staff over the three-month-closure of the Zoo, due to COVID-19. 

OK, no more waiting—get your fill of cuteness below with these Zoo baby pics!

Masai Giraffe Calf

“A Masai giraffe calf was born on June 28, 2020, at 2:29 p.m. to mother, Zuri, in a behind-the-scenes barn of the Zoo’s Heart of Africa region.”

Sea lion Pup

“During the early morning hours of June 25, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium welcomed the first sea lion pup ever to be born at the facility!”

Two Red Panda Cubs

“Two healthy red panda cubs were born at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, a welcomed addition to this endangered species.”

Siamang (Gibbon) baby

“On the morning of May 29, 2020, the Australia and Islands region welcomed a baby siamang. Mom, Olga, is being very attentive to her little one, whose sex and name have not yet been determined.”

Get information about conservation at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium here.

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