October is full of family fun with these special Halloween-themed events. Every corner of Columbus comes alive with pumpkin patches, hay rides, kid-friendly haunted events, and more and there's definitely an event or two here that your family will love.
It is important to note that, for safety reasons, many of these events discourage adults from wearing costumes that cover their faces. Feel free to dress up, just leave the mask at home.
Fall Harvest Jamboree
An annual favorite for many Columbus families, kick off fall at the Fall Harvest Jamboree. Kids get a pumpkin to take home (while supplies last) and can play in the corn maze or enjoy other fun games and activities on the farm. Try out the rock climbing wall ($2) or take a horseback ride ($5) as well.
- Saturday, September 24, 2016, noon to 5 p.m.
- Free, parking $5
- Smith Farm, 3285 Watkins Road, Columbus, Ohio
Get the kids in their Halloween costumes and head over to the Creekside plaza for an afternoon of trick-or-treating and more. Live music, Pokemon Go, firemen, a mad science lab, and a "not so Scary Trail' are just some of the fun things you'll find at Creepside. Plan to get there early so you have plenty of time to take it all in.
- Saturday, October 22, 2016, 1 to 5 p.m.
- Creekside Park & Plaza
- 117 Mill Street, Gahanna, Ohio
- Creepside Festival info
All Hallow's Eve
An old-fashioned Halloween awaits at the historic Ohio Village on two Saturdays in October. Your kids will get a taste of 1890s-style fun and hear a retelling of Washington Irving's classic tale The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by the bonfire. You will also find pumpkin carving and old-time games, crafts, and more.
- October 15 and 22, 2016, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. each Saturday
- Adults $12. Youth (6-12) $9. Children 5 and under free. Members receive a discount.
- Ohio Village at the Ohio History Center, 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus
- All Hallow's Eve info
Boo at the Zoo
Go to the zoo and get candy, too! Fun adventures await your costumed kiddies as they explore the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium like never before. Candy stations are scattered around the zoo and the entire place is dressed up for a "merry-not-scary' good time.
Be sure to catch the animals do their own pumpkin smashing. That's always a sight to see!
- October 21-23 and 28-30, 2016
- Friday 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 W. Powell Rd., Powell
Halloween Pet Parade and Fall Festival
Our four-legged furry family members like treats too! Dress them up and join the annual pet parade at Easton Town Center. Prizes are awarded for the best costumes, including 'Best Group' and 'Best Duo' so make sure you and your puppy are both ready for the fun.
Homemade dog treats, caricature artists, and more fun activities await you, your pets, and your kids.
- Sunday, October 23, 2016, noon to 4 p.m.
- Easton Town Center, Fenlon Square
- Pet Parade info
North Market Halloween Family Funday
Spend a Sunday afternoon at North Market for some simple Halloween fun. The event is free and your kids will have a blast with music, crafts, and, of course, trick-or-treating.
Sunshine Farms will have a petting zoo open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sparrowznest face painting happens from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
- Sunday, October 30, 2016, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Free Admission
- North Market 59 Spruce St., Columbus
HalleBOOia! Halloween Concert
A stage full of costumed singers and musicians, that sounds like a fantastic way to kick off Halloween weekend! OSU music students put on quite the show in this annual concert and it is fun for the entire family. Dress up or don't, you'll have a great time either way.
- Friday, October 28, 2016, 8 to 9:30 p.m.
- Free Admission
- Weigel Hall Auditorium, The Ohio State University, 1866 N. College Rd., Columbus, 43210
- 614-292-2295 or 614-247-7036