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Spooktober: 12 ways to get your scare on in Columbus this month

Mitch Hooper



We know you’re just as excited as us for October to kick off—we’ve seen your Facebook and Instagram posts. Alas, the spooky month is finally upon us and we’ll be damned if we miss a minute of it. Here is an extensive look at the events, screenings, and haunted houses going down this Halloween.

10.11-10.12 | HIGHBALL HALLOWEEN | High St. and the Greater Columbus Convention Center | $10-$150

Photo: Alison Colvin & The Short North Alliance

Extravagant, elevated, and eye-grabbing; HighBall Halloween is back in the Short North. This year will also take place at the Greater Columbus Convention Center where runway fashion will be on full display. Come one, come all—and remember at HighBall, you are what you wear.

10.13-10.20 NINA WEST’S HEELS OF HORROR XII | Axis Nightclub | $15-$50

Axis Nightclub is ready for action in the Halloween season as Heels Of Horror will star Nina and Virgina West in addition to performances by Barbie Roberts, Roxy Nikole, Shawty West, Emily Karn, and more.

10.17-10.20, 10.24-27 PUMPKIN NIGHTS | Franklin Park Conservatory | $11
Explore the Franklin Park Conservatory under the stars as glowing pumpkins light your way.

0.25 HAUNTED FEST | Ohio Expo Center | $50-$85

Photo: Tyler Church

This year’s headliners include Rezz and RL GRIMES as well as perform- ances from Dombresky, YOUNG BOMBS, Beach Boys, Mitch James, and Reckless.


James A. Willis has had an affinity with the spooky and scary, and he’s coming to the Thurber House to share his stories. From UFOs in Ohio to an explanation to what truly happened between James Thurber and an alleged ghost sighting at the Thurber House, this event is sure to send a few chills down your spine.

10.30 (-11.2) TRAUMA FETISH FEST | The Bluestone | $20-$25

Photo: David Heasley

The annual fetish and freak show festival is back, and it’s not for the light of heart. From realistic body paintings, bondage, and aerial acts suspended by hooks in their skin, TRAUMA celebrates all things irregular. Just remember consent is key at this event, so don’t do anything you aren’t comfortable with, and don’t make anyone uncomfortable.


THE 13TH FLOOR HAUNTED HOUSE |2605 Northland Plaza Dr. | $19.99

Scary clowns? Check. Strobe lights and fog machines? Check, and check. Freakish zombies? Yup, they’ve got it all. Stop out at the 13th Floor Haunted House to have all your worst nightmares come to life. ‘Tis the season, right?

CARNAGE HAUNTED HOUSE |1160 Alum Creek Dr., Suite B | $20

Photo: Ethan Clewell

If you’re looking for a haunted house, Carnage Haunted House is here to help and they have plenty of options. This spot makes sure to hit on everyone’s fears as it offers 30 haunted rooms earning it the No. 1 scariest spot in Ohio by The Scare Factor Review. Anyone under 16 will need a supervising adult, and if we’re being honest, everyone should bring a friend or some sort of supervision to be safe.

BRIMSTONE HAUNT | 472 Brimstone Rd. | $8-$27

At Brimstone Haunt, there are three ways to get your scare on. First is the Brimstone Haunted Hayride where you’ll take a tour through a once friendly-farm that is now inhabited by eerie stories and creepy curses. Next is the Forgotten Forest, a chance to hike through a mysterious woods in hopes of finding answers to some of the odd events that have occurred. And the final option is Psychosis, a dark and secluded maze where every turn can make you regret your decision. Either fight your way through, or succumb to the pressure.

ESCAPE FROM BLOOD PRISON | 100 Reformatory Rd. | $25-$45

It’s no secret that the Mansfield Reformatory is a creepy-ass place on its own, but at the end of October, it’s going to get creepier. Here, you’ll have to make your way through the prison after authorities deemed it a lost cause due to the deranged and brutal criminals who took it over. What’s the worst that can happen? Unfortunately, there’s only one way to find out.

10.12 SHOCK AROUND THE CLOCK: 24-HOUR HORROR MARATHON | The Drexel Theater | $45-$50

Keep your coffee close by as you make your way through 24-hours of scary movie screenings and horror-themed conversations. This year’s special guest is Michael Gornick who is responsible for horror classics such as Creepshow, Dawn Of The Dead, and Day Of The Dead. Do you have it in you to make it through 24 hours, or are you too scared?

10.24 NIGHTMARE FILM FESTIVAL | Gateway Film Center | $12-$149

Nightmare Film Festival is just as much a chance to watch classic horror movies as it is to meet others who love them as well. Revel in all of your scary favorite movies, chat it up with the experts, and celebrate all things spooky to end your Halloween adventures.

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Endless Summer: Update on Woodlands Backyard volleyball dome

614now Staff



About two years ago, year-around sand volleyball at Woodlands Backyard was but a conversation. Today, we're seeing a little less talk and a lot more action.

The rec bar has announced that they are in the midst of construction an all-seasons dome where volleyballers can bump, set, and spike in subzero temperatures. No matter if we're dealt another Polar Vortex this winter, the Woodlands Backyard dome will be kept at a balmy 72 degrees.

The dome will consist of six courts. Play is expected to begin in November, though the grand opening date has yet to be announced. The second session of indoor sand volleyball is scheduled for January 6.

League registration begins Friday, October 18.

We know this development has been a long time coming, so for those skeptics, Woodlands promises that if the dome falls though, "we will refund you and then go go crawl under a rock and never come out."

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Watch: 2019 FIT Week hype video is LIVE

Regina Fox



Columbus, we know it's becoming sweater weather, but that's no excuse to not give your body the exercised-induced endorphins it deserves.

Join (614) for a week of health, exercise, beauty, and discounts at dozens of gyms and business across the city during the 7th FIT Week.

From October 14- 19 spice up your workout regime with free classes to gyms and studios you've always wanted to try and discounted meals apparel from places you've always wanted to go—all for a mere $12!

Plus, your pass gets you access to the Kick-Off party on Monday, October 14th at Gravity from 5:30pm- 7pm. Sample and shop participating FIT Week partners while getting your sweat on through four, 15-minute workout classes.

Even better? Stick around after for Gravity’s Monday Movie Night featuring Wonder Woman.

C'mon, Columbus, let's get FIT!

Available to you with your FIT Week Pass, classes and discounts from:

  • 614Fitness (50% off)
  • Abundant You Chiro (80%+ off)
  • Arena District Athletic Club (free classes!)
  • Berry Blendz (BOGO smoothie)
  • Cycle Bar Easton
  • Divine Impact Fitness (free classes!)
  • Grandview Chiropractic Center (free exam & x-ray!)
  • Hai Poké (free chips & drink)
  • Heartfelt (free classes!)
  • Melt House of Fitness (free classes!)
  • Mesh Fitness (25% off)
  • Oak Studio (free classes!)
  • Orangetheory Fitness
  • PAI Yoga & Fitness (free classes!)
  • Pinnacle Performance (2 extra weeks free!)
  • Premier at Sawmill (1 week free – classes, pool..)
  • Restore Cryo (20% off)
  • Seven Studios (free classes!)
  • Shed (free classes!)
  • Shred 415 (free classes!)
  • The Fitness Loft (7-day trial!)
  • The Human Form (free class!)
  • Zen Yoga (first week free!)
  • Zyia Active ($10 off)

...and MORE!

**Already purchased a pass? Be on the lookout for class schedules and discount details to be emailed to you Friday, October 11th by 4p!**

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Sonic Temple 2020 books one of the biggest heavy metal acts of all time

Mike Thomas



Exit light, enter night: Sonic Temple Fest has announced all-time metal legends Metallica will grace the stage for the first time ever in 2020.

One of the "big four" of thrash metal, Metallica have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and have sold more than 125 million albums worldwide. The group is currently the only act announced for the second year of the hard rock festival formerly known as Rock on the Range.

Sonic Temple 2020 is scheduled for May 15, 16, and 17 at Mapfre Stadium. Passes go on sale on October 14 at noon, with layaway options available. For more information, visit

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