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Safe Halloween Fun in Central Ohio

Updated on April 19, 2016
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Ms. Inglish has 30 years of successful experience in medicine, psychology, STEM courses, and aerospace education (CAP).



1) Ohio Historical Center and Ohio Village

This comprehensive museum and living history complex is located near the Ohio State Fairgrounds at the 17th Ave. Entrance and Highway I-71 in Columbus:

800 E. 17th Ave. Columbus, OH 43211. CALL (614) 297-2300 to confirm programs.

A 19th Century All Hallows Eve - Annually

October - Middle two weekends • 5:30–9:30PM : Dance the Dance of Mystery, attend an Irish Wake, and help dig a grave if you like. Dozens of other activities for you to enjoy as well.

Many other activities and events happen October, November, and December.

If you celebrate Halloween or if you do not, enjoy the Ohio Village tradition. They present an 1800s family style Halloween with a special children's area, a Museum of Oddities, related games, and arts and crafts. Around a bonfire, village re-enactors read Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. During the fireside reading, the Headless Horseman appears. Some Saturday Nights in Octobers. Call (800) 686-1541 for information.

War of the Worlds

Every Saturday in October at Noon and 2:00 PM, a re-enactment of Orson Welles' historic radio broadcast of War of the Worlds is presented for family entertainment. In the 1930s. this broadcast frightened listeners into the belief that the story was real and the earth doomed to Martian destruction. See the rest of the museum and historic Ohio Village before and after the presentation.

Fees: For Historical Society Members: Adults $8, Seniors $7, ages 6-12 $4, Parking Free. For Non-members: Adults $12, ages 6-12 $9, Parking $4. For advanced ticket sales and to confirm events, please call (800) 686-1541.

Ohio Historical Center and Ohio VIllage, Near OSU Campus

A markerOhio Historical Center, 800 E. 17th Avenue, Columbus OH -
800 East 17th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43211, USA
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Downtown Screams

2) Santa Maria Museum Ship

Docked in Downtown Columbus on the Scioto River, the Santa Maria Museum Ship is haunted every October.

The HAuNtED SHiP at the Santa Maria! -The boat is filled with surprise in the form of lifelike spiders, rats, and pirate attacks. Skeletons and other visitors may appear as well.

Dates and Fees: October 25, 26 & 27th with ticket sales from 7:00PM-10:00PM. Adult (ages 12 & up) Admission is $5.00, Youth 3-11 $3.00. Call (614) 645-8760

3) The Haunted Statehouse

Corner of Broad and High Streets in Downtown Columbus; Saturdays in October.

A 40-minute walking tour runs through the vaulted marble passages of the 146-year-old Ohio Statehouse, by lantern light only. The reincarnated relic room is full of spirits of Ohio History. Stories come to life via re-enactors in period costumes.

Tours depart every 30 minutes from 7-9 PM, closes at 10PM: Limited to 40 individuals per tour. Tickets are available at the link or by calling the Statehouse Museum Shop at (614) 728-9234

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Boo at the Zoo - Merry, not Scary!

New since 2012 - A tiny Boo Mansion for the youngest children!

Many cities and towns hold Halloween parties on the zoo grounds with refreshments, concessions, and retail areas, with arts and crafts areas for the kids. Free Candy! It's a fun, safe way to avoid street Trick or Treating.

Check with any of your USA zoo and museum memberships to see if they are in reciprocal agreement with the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and other local facilities when you are in the Columbus area. This is an affordable way to visit zoos across the Untied States and take advantage of special events.

Famous Colo the Gorilla, Born in 1956

First in-Zoo born Gorilla, Colo, at Columbus Zoo in 2009. Probably judging costumes at Boo at the Zoo.
First in-Zoo born Gorilla, Colo, at Columbus Zoo in 2009. Probably judging costumes at Boo at the Zoo.

Columbus Zoo, Powell OH

A markerColumbus Zoo and Aquarium -
Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, 4850 W Powell Rd, Columbus, OH 43215, USA
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Party for Pets and People

Saturday nearest to October 31 every year.

The Highball Halloween begins at 3 PM.

The event starts with the Mini-Masques Children's Costume Contest (ages 2-12) and the evening is full of live music, tunes by a DJ, a fashion show, a pet and pet/owner costume contest, and adults' costume contest, and a final costume parade. The kids' contest has 5 categories, including my favorite: Best Alice in Wonderland Character.

The fashion show is a presentation in a 60-foot runways down the middle of High Street. by well known Columbus fashion designers, with a $1,000 top prize. A number of large cash prizes are awarded for best costumes, including a best Cirque de Soleil style category.

Particular fun is the pet costume contest, in which owners and their pets may compete together. This party is safe not only for kids, for for your cat, dog, and ferret as well. Parrots sometimes show up dressed as pirates!

For registration information and directions, see the link below. Held outside, the event is guarded by the Columbus Police Department and volunteers. The two blocks of High Street involved are blocked off and everyone keeps an eye on the kids.

Highball Halloween in the Short North

show route and directions
A markerHigh Street and 2nd Ave. Columbus OH -
N High St & E 2nd Ave, Columbus, OH 43201, USA
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B markerHigh Street and 4th Ave. Columbus OH -
N High St & W 4th Ave, Columbus, OH 43201, USA
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More Frightful

The Broadview Bloodbath

5313 Broadview Road, Columbus, Ohio 43230

Example Schedule:

  • October 27, 2010 - Bloodbath Lite, 6PM to 8PM (Suitable for children)
  • October 29, 2010 - Bloodbath, 6PM to 11PM (Teens and adults)
  • Yearly presentations will be at the end of October on similar dates.

This is the annual haunted yard of a creative Columbus homeowner. He loves this event and employs actors and animatronics among his gimmicks. He does it 100% for charity (like the Columbus Dog Connection) and donates his time, money, and yard on Beggar's Night and hopes folks will drop by rather than to walk the streets for treats.

However, it's so popular, he stays open a second night. All donations go to Columbus Dog Connection canine rescue organization.

Especailly since 2010, 25 actors portray characters in 9 different scenes and the events increases in size each year. A haunted house and a visit to the Dr. Thrombosis Vein Harvesting Clinic yield the goodies.

Broadview Bloodbath - Near Blendon Woods Park

Bloodbath is just off Morse Road

A marker5313 Broadview Road, Columbus, OHio 43230 -
5313 Broadview Rd, Columbus, OH 43230, USA
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© 2010 Patty Inglish


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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Everyone have a fun time with friends and family this year!

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      Support Med. 7 years ago from Michigan

      Halloween at the zoo, cool idea! Broadview Bloodbath in Ohio, must be the one I hear so many people talk about. Never knew the name of it, just knew it was in Ohio. Think I'll put it on my to do list! Voted/rated.

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      Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

      The Broadview Bloodbath is my Halloween cup of tea. It sounds soo fun and magical. Thanks for the informative hub.

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      brandrocker 7 years ago

      The first picture just sets the right tune - the rest of the hub is also a nice read.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 7 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Flamingo skeletons are hilarius.

      A family that lived here for many years put up a single decoration every October -- They had concrete garden geese with a mommy, daddy, and several goslings standing in a line outside their fornt door. In October, the homeowners covered them with small white ghost sheets for fun.

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      Les Trois Chenes 7 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France

      Like the fun halloween gifts especially.

    • Denise Handlon profile image

      Denise Handlon 7 years ago from North Carolina

      Cool hub, chockful of Halloween treats of a different kind. Great.

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      Dim Flaxenwick 7 years ago from Great Britain

      The Broadview Bloodbath sound yukky in its title , till l realised what fun and how generous an idea it is.

      Some really great imagination at work here. Thanks again, Patty.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      It sound great fun and that what it should be. Thank you for a great read.

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      India Arnold 7 years ago from Northern, California

      A safe Halloween is fore most in many parents minds these days. You offer some really fun options for the Central ohio area. And again, your use of google maps is quite helpful. UP and Awesome.


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      donnaleemason 7 years ago from North Dakota, USA

      That was awesome. Pity I don't live there. So much to do.

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      Diane Inside 7 years ago

      These sound like such fun, having no children I sometimes miss the halloween festivities, but these sound like something anyone can enjoy, Thanks. Nice hub.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 7 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Hey, thanks! I love your icon!