Fun Things To Do for Fall + Haunted Houses
Ahh fall. Cooler weather, crunchy leaves and crisp apples. Time to break out your cozy sweaters and fashionable boots. I know I have a new pair I can’t wait to wear! What are some of your favorite things to do for fall? Do you go the fun route or the scary route? Here’s a roundup of both for you, some kid-friendly, some not. Enjoy and Happy Halloween!
The 4th Annual Pumpkin Patch at Glass Axis is on October 7, 8 & 9
“A fun filled family weekend of glass making and exploration with the opportunity to purchase unique glass pumpkins created by artists from all over Central Ohio. The event features an opportunity to make your very own glass pumpkin! Our skilled artists/instructors offer workshops in both hot and mosaic glass. Workshops run Friday from 1 to 6pm and on the weekend from 11am to 3pm. Solid hot glass pumpkin workshops are $50 and suited for ages 12 and up; while mosaic pumpkin tiles are $10 and appropriate for ages 4 and up with adult supervision. First come, first served; no registration required.”
Harvest Festival at The North Market
The North Market Harvest Festival is one of the culminating events of Local Matters Local Foods Week on Saturday, October 8. In addition to our usual extravaganza of harvest produce, baking contests, live music and kids’ activities, as part of their Local Foods Week celebration, Local Matters will do cooking demonstrations in a tent on the farmers’ market plaza. This festival is a fun one for the kiddies with a plethora of activities and entertainment.
Enterprising customers have a couple of opportunities to take home a prize in our Harvest Festival baking contests. In the pumpkin and apple pie contests, entrants are invited to submit their favorite recipe for judging. Each pie competition winner will receive $100 in North Market gift certificates. Second place will receive $50 in North Market gift certificates. Participation is limited to 12 entries per contest and you must register.
Fall Harvest Jamboree at Smith’s Famous Farm
“Come bring the family to our annual fall celebration. We have all the classics waiting for you at Smith Farms. Take your family on a hay ride around the farm. Kids can pick their own pumpkin and adventure through the straw maze. We will also have contests, a bake sale and much more! See you there!Saturday, October 8, noon to 5pm. Free admission. Parking is $5. 3285 Watkins Road, Columbus, 43207.”
Clintonville Community Market’s Harvest Festival
“We’re so excited to be having a Harvest Festival! Please join us Saturday, October 8 from 12-8pm for a great day of music, all ages activities, food vendors both new and familiar, local artisans, and a chance to meet candidates in our upcoming Board election. The featured bands are: The Ginger Lee’s, Andy Gallagher, Seen Tru, Jack Parker, The Resisters, Mas Bagua, and more! And please bring your favorite homemade pie to us by 1 on Saturday so everyone can give it a try. The judging will take place from 2-4, and the pie judged the best by festival attendees will will a $25 gift card to the Co-op.”
Pumpkins in Art Explorations and Carving Workshop and Contest at OSU’s Urban Artspace
Melissa Francis will make her debut as this month’s Art Explorations Artist-in-Residence. She will lead participants in pumpkin painting to celebrate the fall season. Bring your own pumpkin, and come on down for some fall fun! Saturday, October 15, 2011 – 1:00pm – 2:30pm.
She will also host a Pumpkin Carving Workshop and Contest, Saturday, October 22, 2011 – 2:00pm – 4:00pm. Participants will learn fun tricks about turning a plain pumpkin into a festive jack-o-lantern, as well as enjoy some delicious pumpkin treats. Bring your finest pumpkin and carving tools to the Space and get carving! Carvers must be ages 13 and older to participate. A limited amount of carving tools will be provided. RSVP by email at [email protected]
All Hallow’s Eve at Ohio Village
Be part of an Ohio Village tradition-a family-focused, 19th-century Halloween celebration. Fortune telling, street theatre, the Museum of Oddities, games, crafts and special activities for children lead up to spectacular fireside readings of Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and an appearance of the fearsome headless horseman. Oct. 15 and 22, 2011 5:30-9:30 p.m. Admission: $12/adult, $9/youth (6-12), $10/Ohio Historical Society adult member, $7/Ohio Historical Society youth member (6-12) and FREE/child (5 and under).
The Circleville Pumpkin Show
Now in its 105th year, the Circleville Pumpkin Show always proves to be a great time. This year the show dates are October 19-22. Be careful, this festival ends on Saturday! Come and get everything pumpkin imaginable – pumpkin burgers, pumpkin pizza, pumpkin donuts, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin blossoms, and of course pumpkin pie. Marvel over the heavy weight winners, check out the kids’ art and get your photo by the pumpkin ‘tree.’ Enjoy!
PumpkinFest at Pigeon Roost Farm.
This year we celebrate our 31st year of Farm Family Fun in Hebron, Ohio! PumpkinFest is every day, from September 17 through October 31, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Lots of great fun for the whole family, with giant slides, challenging mazes, a new fort, and some of the most fantastic displays of pumpkins you’ll ever see. 4413 National Road, SW, Hebron 43025.
Magic of the Night at the Lincoln Theatre on October 21.
“Magic of the Night is magician Stephen Knight’s annual Halloween magic show featuring illusions, lights, music, special effects and pyrotechnics. More than a “Bunny-from-a-Hat” show, Magic of the Night is a full-stage theatrical experience that is perfect seasonal entertainment for all ages. Imagine Disney’s Haunted Mansion playing host to a Las Vegas magic show, and you’re getting the idea. But instead of a lovely showgirl being cut in half, it might just be a zombie who gets sliced in two! This year Stephen has found another supposedly haunted item – it’s an old table with a twisted tale. No blood or gore.”
The German Village Society’s Monster Bash is Saturday, October 22 from 8pm to Midnight. “Monster Bash is in its 5th year of being the best Trick or Treating in town! Come join fellow villagers and friends as we don our scariest costumes and visit several homes on and around Beck St. for treats, tricks, beverages and more! The party continues at The Meeting Haus with more treats and dancing! Must be 21 to attend. The Trick or Treat Route will be on and around Beck St. Costumes are highly encouraged, but not necessary.”
Freaky Deaky 2: Halloween Costume Party and Opening Reception
We are bringing back our freaky group art show with the 2nd installment of this annual event on Saturday, October 22 at Clayspace | gallery831. Showing work by: Ely Bros., Jeff Fernengle, Cyndi Bellerose, John Malta, Ryan Mowry, Rob W. Jones, Carolyn Slebodnik, James Quarles, Jon Stommel, Chris Cropper, Larry Doyle, W.E. Arnold, Adam Henderson, Justin Reese, Jason Mowry, Kent Gee, Grace Passerotti, Samantha Knight, Nick Cline, Tony Trunzo, Joss Parker, Bijan Sharifi, Aaron Troyer, Todd Hickerson, Glenn Seabloom, Joe Marioth, Leighann Sullivan, Andrew Lundberg, L’Andrae’ Bradley, Elijah Funk, Lou McAfee, Salem Reese, Lisa M. McLymont and Brittany Stigler.
Boo at the Zoo
Take your kids for a fun filled candy hunt around the zoo! Boo at the Zoo happens the weekends of Oct 21nd – 23rd and 28th – 30th. “Bring the whole family our to this “merry-not-scary” Halloween event of heroic proportions! See Thor, Captain America and Spider-Man in a live action show, trick-or-treat at over 20 treat stations, meet Casper and his friends, take a stroll through Creepy Hollow, hang out with the pirates of the Eeerie Shores and a whole lot more “spook”tacular rides and attractions for the young and the young at heart. Event Activity Times: Fridays: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sundays: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.”
Special Events through the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department
Creatures of the Night at Indian Village. Enjoy a guided walk where you will meet native nocturnal “animals”. Each one eager to tell its own tale of escapades and survival. Finish off the evening with hot cocoa and non-frightening stories by the campfire. This is a non-scary program geared toward families with young children. Saturday, October 15, 7 – 9 p.m. Admission: $3.00/person. Groups leave on guided walks every 15 minutes; last group leaves at 8:30 p.m.
Haunted Overnight at Indian Village. For kids 7-12 years old. October 28th at 7pm through October 29th at 10am. Costume contest, games, spooky hike and ghost stories by the fire are just part of the fright for the night. Eat dinner before you go! Cost: $30.00/child resident, $35/child non-resident. Must register.
Up for a challenge? Try a Corn Maze
“The MAiZE at Little Darby Creek is entering its 10th exciting fall season and 6th summer u-pick berry season. The MAiZE is becoming a tradition for fun on the farm for families and friends in the Central Ohio area and beyond. This summer and fall the Rauschs invite you to their farm to experience unique farm friendly hospitality. The MAiZE is located along Little Darby Creek; 10 miles south of Marysville, 8 miles west of Plain City or just 30 minutes from Columbus. Take a drive to the country, come to The MAiZE, and enjoy the sites and sounds of this 125 acre family farm. We’re commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. This gives us the opportunity to emphasize the impact this event had on both United States and Ohio’s history. We have members of the 121st Ohio Volunteer Infantry coming to The MAiZE on October 8th to give artillery and musket loading and firing demonstrations, camp and medical displays and discussions from the Civil War time.”
TRAUMA will be celebrating its 10 Year Anniversary on Thursday October 27, 2011 and Friday November 4, 2011. Presented by Evolved Body Art and Kobo, the “one party, two nights” will be held at The Bluestone, located at 583 E. Broad Street 43215- with doors opening at 9:00 PM. The hallmark of this year’s show is the “one party, two nights” theme. “Some people cannot come out to one show or the other; [inasmuch] people who come to both will have a better chance to catch all our performers, bands and djs,” says Jacob Wooten.
The 4th annual HighBall Halloween is a celebration of the fabulous side of Halloween happening Friday, October 28. The art of design and the masquerade complete with a dazzling 60-foot runway built outdoors under the iconic Short North arches. Competitions spotlight the creative talents of both professionals and amateurs alike. Finalists strut their stuff on stage before 20,000 cheering revelers. You won’t want to miss out on Columbus’ premier Halloween extravaganza! Price: General admission – $5 at the gate VIP package – $65 advance purchase includes parking, private bar, backstage pass, preferred runway/stage seating.
Por Vida IV
Por Vida is a Day of The Dead celebration held in Columbus, Ohio at the end of October. Por Vida began in 2008 and was inspired by the principles of Día de los Muertos (Day of The Dead). Por Vida is a contemporary take on the traditional Mexican holiday. Por Vida integrates a themed and curated art exhibit, food and drink, music, installation spaces and is possible through the support of local sponsorship. Por Vida was created by Columbus, Ohio artist Kat Marie Moya. The event has been consistently expanding with aspirations of reaching beyond Columbus, Ohio, it’s home base. Local sponsors, music, food, and artists from all over take part in the event, centered around honoring the memory of loved ones lost. We LOVE costumes, good energy, great local music, and people that know how to pay their respects. Saturday, October 29th, 9pm-2am, 18+ (must have valid state ID), $10 entry. Sunday, October 30th, 2pm-5pm, all ages, $5 entry, 12 and under FREE. At Junctionview Studios.
CATCO performs Evil Dead – The Musical
Evil Dead – The Musical runs October 1-31. “Five college students go to an abandoned cabin in the woods and accidentally unleash an evil force that turns them all into demons. It’s all up to Ash (a housewares employee, turned demon-killing hero), and his trusty chainsaw to save the day…and all to music!” SPECIAL BONUS! “CATCO is pleased to offer CU readers 50% off single tickets using the code EVILDEAD. It’s good for the whole run of the show. The disclaimer is: Restoration and service fees may apply. Cannot be combined with other offers. Does not apply to previously purchased tickets. Deadite or chainsaw not included.”
Haunted Statehouse Tours
The special Halloween tours will take place on Friday, October 14 and Saturday, October 15; and Friday, October 21 and Saturday, October 22. Tickets for the Haunted Statehouse Tours are $12 per adult and $6 per child under the age of 12. This is a ticketed event. Tickets must be pre-ordered. Tours will depart every half hour between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tour times are: 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tickets are limited to 40 individuals per tour time each night. This event has sold out during the previous six years.
Spirits and Spells at Greenlawn Abbey
Join us on October 15th as the world of magic comes to Columbus once again and we celebrate a night of Spirits and Spells. See some of the finest magicians perform astounding feats of magic (and enjoy some “spirits” provided by local distillers) — all in a fun party setting at the wonderful Abbey! This year’s event includes two shows. The first show begins at 7:00pm and the second at 8:30pm. Each show is $25 for adults and children under the age of 12 can attend the first performance for $5 with a paying adult. Want to have even more fun? Buy a full evening ticket for $60 and get admission to both shows as well as a champagne reception afterward with the magicians, featuring a Death by Chocolate buffet. The performances will be on the first floor of the Abbey. The reception will be on the second floor. The second floor is not wheelchair accessible and requires the use of stairs.
A new haunted house in the 400 West Rich space.
“Coming October 22nd to 400 W Rich St! Fear Hundred is located in East Franklinton just across the bridge from Bicentennial Park. Free parking on the drive alongside of the building and in the lot across the street.
3pm-7pm- all ages haunted walk and spooky art show with stiltwalkers, facepainting and special performers. $1 admission per person.
8pm-2am- 21 and over, $5 admission, byob, haunted walk, spooky art show, tarot card reader, fortune teller, silent horror flicks with live music accompaniment, dj and costume dance party! Be afraid. Be very afraid.”
Scare-A-Torium haunted house attraction will be relocating to the Dublin Village Center near I-270 and Sawmill Road this season, marking the return of the first haunted house to the Dublin area in 25 years. Open September 30 – October 30.
The Terrorfest. Haunted House in the Brewery District. Open rain or shine. Featuring Brewery Butcher 3D. Open September 30-October 31, closed October 2. Check website for details.
Dead Acres/Haunted Hoochie. “The Worlds Most Extreme Haunted Houses. Waring-Parental Advisory Explicit Content: may not be suitable for inmature audiences or for mature audiences. This Haunted House and Forest Attraction in Patatskala, Ohio is the Darkest Show on Earth: Things you should read… What makes dead acres so bad ass? We set out to stand out. Dead Acres is a full sensory assault. Performed nightly right before your very eyes.” Open through Halloween. Check website for more info.
The Haunted Prison Experience. Mansfield. “The Haunted Prison Experience is a Haunted Attraction inside the walls of the Ohio State Reformatory. This 124 year old prison housed over 155,000 inmates and is most definitely “Haunted”. Haunted X completes’s the reformatory with actors, animatronics and props. The is not your typical “haunted house”. We call it “The Supernatural meets the Special FX”. Open Thursday through Sunday plus Halloween. Tickets $17.
Travel a little more to Fear Forest Haunted House and Hayride and Insaneatarium. Located in NE Ohio by Youngstown/Warren, in Lordstown. Open Fridays – Sundays and Halloween.
Or farther to Cedar Point’s Halloweekends.