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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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Want to get away? Southwest making it cheap

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Southwest Airlines is hoping that enough of you are close to feeling safe to leave the house for more than a trip to the grocery store. In a bid to jumpstart their flagging business, Southwest has announced some pretty steep ticket discounts - as low as $49 each way to a host of cities departing from Columbus.

Flights must be booked at least 14 days in advance and travel must happen between May 26 and August 31. Most expect Ohio's 14-day travel quarantine rule to expire by August but be sure to take that into account if you decide to hop on a plane.

Some of the cities and deals we have imagined for you include:

A long weekend in Atlanta: $118 per person roundtrip from Friday, Aug 14 - Sunday the 16th. Keep in mind, it's about 100 degrees in ATL this time of year so be sure to have access to a body of water if you go.

A patriotic, weekend protest in Washington DC: $98 per person roundtrip, 4th of July weekend. See the sights (if they're open to the public) and stand somewhere with a sign with whatever outrage you have in mind.

A long 4th of July beach weekend in Ft. Lauderdale: $198 per person roundtrip from July 3-6 and you can stay at this cute Airbnb apartment that's just one block from the beach for $88/night.

Vegas baby! You're going to have to forget the weekends if you want the great flight deal. But we found August 5-7 available for $198 a person. Plus you can get into the Bellagio for $139 /night right now as an added bonus. Two nights of debauchery, a little gambling and some of the best restaurants in America. What could go wrong?

Of course, traveling may be risky business for some people and this all assumes the respective cities and attractions re-open and are relatively safe. But if you just need to get away, it's probably never been cheaper.

See other flight options here.

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¡Ándale, check out these 12 Cinco de Mayo fiestas!

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It's hard to imagine a Cinco de Mayo without the traditional tequila-induced hangover. Even though you may not be able to sip those margaritas on a sunny patio or at the bar, local restaurants have figured out a way to help you celebrate at home - margaritas included. Here's the not-so-skinny on living out your tequila and enchilada-fueled dreams.

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In order to bring a bit of normalcy back, we've teamed up with @hornitostequila and @daiquiri_daze_popup to open our doors back up for the day and serve a limited offering of some of the faves for Cinco de Mayo. Offerings include but are not limited to our basic-cable famous salsas and Columbus' most missed margs. A party pack for four will include a Spotify playlist and that good Cosecha pebble ice that MIGHT JUST help to make you feel like you're celebrating on our patio. Online pre-orders will start sometime tomorrow at www.toasttab.com/cosecha-cocina/v3 and go to the day of. Walk-in’s are also welcome! Stay safe Columbus. We miss you dearly. Thank you so, so much for your continued support and we'll see you on the other side. Offerings: • Margaritas - Single (Comes with Salt, Lime, and Pebble Ice) - Traditional - Hornitos Reposado, Dry Curacao, Fresh Lime, Agave $8 - Next Episode - Hornitos SIlver, Dry Curacao, Hibiscus, Habanero, Lime $8 • Chips and Salsas $4 Koki's Chips, Roasted Tomato and Mint and Tomatillo-Avocado salsas Single/Extra Salsa $2 • Sage Margarita Jell-O Shot $2 • Cinco De Mayo Pack for 4 $40 (4) Margaritas of your choice, (2) Orders Chips and Salsas, (4) Jello-O Shots, Spotify Playlist, Ice, Limes, Salt, Super Cool Cactus Decanter • Chicken Tinga Taco Kit for 2 $20 (Pre-Order Only) Chicken Braised in Mild Red Chillies, Corn Tortillas, Avocado Salsa, Pickled Red Onion

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Are you ready to celebrate Cinco de Mayo? This year our Fiesta is at your house with our 5 de Mayo Fiesta Combo 🇲🇽 You can get a combo for 2 or 4 Amigos! Each Amigo gets: • One Queso or Guacamole with fresh chips and Salsa 🧀 🥑 • Three Tacos of your choice (Shredded chicken, ground beef, or Al Pastor)🌮 • Two Lime or Flavored Margaritas We will be also dropping some 5 de Mayo T-Shirts inside some orders as a gift! But you can support our team by purchasing one for $10! *Promo available on 5/5/20 all day. Pick up only • • #eat614 #columbusfoodie #columbusfoodscene #topcolumbusrestaurants #614magazine #614eats #buckeyes #happyhour #mexicanfood #margarita #girlsnightout #tacos #guac #collegegirls #collegelife #restaurant #margarita #asseenincolumbus #college #campus #columbusfoodscene #columbusohio #osugrad #ohiostate #socialdistancing #quarantine #quarantinelife #cincodemayo #togetherasbuckeyes #osugrad

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Flanagan’s has your Saturday night covered with unique drive-in concert

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With the usual slate of summer festivals and events cancelled due to the pandemic, we're going to have to get creative if we want to have any fun at all in the weeks to come. In that spirit, the team at Flanagan's Pub in Blacklick is hosting a special drive-in concert this Saturday, May 2, that offers a good time from the relative safety of your own vehicle.

Described as "Sonic, meets drive in movie, meets live concert" on the Flanagan's Facebook page, this special event running from 6PM-9PM on Flanagan's north lawn will feature live music from artist Brad Moore, with full service carry-out food from the pub also available.

Upon arrival, drivers will directed to the field north of Flanagan's parking lot. Attendants will be on hand aid with parking, and to ensure that a proper space is left between vehicles to promote social distancing. From there, servers wearing gloves and masks will deliver a single use menus to each vehicle and handle all carryout orders. Then, it's just a matter of kicking back to enjoy the show (but please take note: Flanagan's requests that all guests at this event remain in their vehicle at all times).

To aid in parking when you arrive, Flanagan's has produced this handy map:

Flanagan's is located at 3001 Reynoldsburg-New Albany Rd in Blacklick. For more information, visit Flanagan's on Facebook, or reach them by phone at (614) 855-7472.

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