2013 CENTRAL OHIO KIDS

SPOOKY HALLOWEEN & TRICK-OR-TREAT GUIDE

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Beggar's Night & Trick-or-Treat Times

DATE & TIMES HAVE BEEN UPDATED DUE TO THE WEATHER SYSTEM MOVING INTO CENTRAL OHIO

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31st

  Galena 6-7:15PM Johnstown 5:30-7:30PM Orange Township 5:30-7PM

Bexley 5:30-7PM

Grandview Heights 6-8PM Lewis Center 5:30-7PM Plain City 5:30-7PM
Canal Winchester 5:30-7:30PM Granville 5:30-7PM Marysville 5:30-7PM Powell 5:30-7PM
Clintonville 5:30-7PM Grove City 5:30-7PM Mt. Vernon 5:30-7 PM  
Columbus 5:30-7PM Groveport 5:30-7PM New Albany 5:30-7PM Upper Arlington 5:30-7PM
Dublin 5:30-7PM Hilliard 5:30-7PM   Westerville 5:30-7PM
      Worthington 5:30-7PM
       
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1ST
Obetz 6-7:30PM Ostrander 6-8PM    
       
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2ND
Baltimore 6-7:30PM Delaware 6-8PM London 6-8PM Sunbury 5-7PM
Chillicothe 6-7:30PM Gahanna 5:30-7:30PM Marion 3:30-5:30PM West Jefferson 6-8PM
Circleville 4-5:30PM Lancaster 6-7:30PM Pickerington 6-8PM Whitehall 5:30-7:30PM
    Reynoldsburg 6-8PM  
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3RD
Heath 5-6:30PM Hebron 4-5:30PM Newark 5:30-7PM Pataskala 3:30-5:30PM

SPECIAL EVENTS & FESTIVALS

All Hallow's Eve
Oct. 12 & 19 - 5:30-9PM

Enjoy an evening of old-fashioned Halloween fun at All Hallows' Eve Oct. 12 and Oct. 19, with spooky stories by the bonfire, pumpkin carving, creepy characters like the village gravedigger and lost souls like Krazy Kate plus 19th-century-style entertainment including fortune telling, crafts, games and more!

Ohio Village & History Center
800-686-6124

Weekends: Oct. 18-20 & Oct. 25-27                            FREE WITH ADMISSION
Fridays: 5-9PM, Saturdays: 10AM-9PM, Sundays: 10AM-8PM

Bring the whole family out to this "merry-not-scary" Halloween event of heroic proportions. See Spider-Man and friends take to the stage in an ALL NEW action packed show.* Take a stroll through Creepy Hollow, hang out with the pirates of the eerie Shores and a whole lot more "spook"-tacular rides and attractions for the young and the young at heart. Visit the Boo at the Zoo Website for more information and tickets.

Columbus Zoo & Aquarium
614-470-0655

Harvest Fair
Oct. 12: 1-6PM

Columbus Commons will celebrate the fall season with a Harvest Fair, featuring a family-friendly day of rides, games, and entertainment that will bring thousands of people to the heart of Downtown.  Families from across Central Ohio will come to enjoy carousel rides, inflatable games, fall-themed arts and crafts, and family entertainment. 

Columbus Commons

Creepside Festival
Oct. 16: 4:30-8:30PM

Come to the festival in your fun, animated, silly costumes or painted faces and enjoy the festivities! Creepside is a family friendly event appropriate for all ages. The entire Creekside Park & Plaza will be transformed into a festival filled with:

• Trick or Treat trail along Mill Street with local businesses & organizations!
• Live Music
• Variety of family entertainment through the Creekside District 
• Interactive children’s games hosted by Gahanna Parks & Recreation
• Food Vendors
• Haunted Maze by the Gahanna Lincoln Performance Studio Theatre group
• Not so Scary Trail Creekside Park along the Big Walnut with Pathway Church volunteer group
• Paddle Boat rides ($5 per boat ride)

Creekside Park & Plaza
Gahanna

Circleville Pumpkin Show
Oct. 16-19

One of Ohio's olderst festival, the Circleville Pumpkin Show is everything about the pumpkin. Great family event with parades, pumpkin recipes, amusement rides, music, gams, contests and so much more. Click here to download brochure.

Downtown Circleville
740-474-7000

CAHS HOWLoween Pets on Parade
Oct. 20: 12-3PM

CAHS HOWLoween Pets on Parade, sponsored by the Capital Area Humane Society, is a fun event that encourages participants to dress up their pets in festive Halloween costumes. The event, which is in its twelfth year at Easton Town Center, raises money to help the abused, abandoned, and homeless animals of Central Ohio. Awards given include Best, Scariest, and Funniest Costumes.

Easton Town Center
614-416-7000

15th Annual Fall Fest
Oct. 27: 2-5 PM

Enjoy a fun fall afternoon with the family. Participate in games, crafts, and activities that celebrate the season. Also jump in a giant leaf pile, take a tram ride, see farm animals, and pick a pumpkin from the patch. Enjoy a popcorn and apple cider snack while listening to bluegrass/Americana music by "Gipson & Fitz". Other special presenters include flint knappers from the Flint Ridge Lithic Society, animals from Ohio Wildlife Center, activities on forestry, aquatic life, parks, and wildlife from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and a visit from Smokey Bear!

Slate Run Metro Park

 

Trunk or Treat
Oct. 30: 1-3PM

Trunk or Treat is an alternative to the typical trick-or-treat experience where you and your family can enjoy the holiday in a safe, family environment with other children from the Easton community. Prizes will be given for Most Creative, Funniest, and Best Overall table! Ages 13 and under please. A parent must accompany. Costumes are a must!

Easton Town Center
614-416-7000

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Harvest Celebration & Hog Roast
Benefitting Nationwide Children's Hospital
Sept. 28: 2-9 PM

Join us as help support Nationwide Children's Hospital. Now in its' 9th year, this year's celebration features rural heritage demonstrations, pumpkin painting, hayride & kid wagopn rides, homemade ice cream, tethered hot air balloon, face paiting, corn on the cob, Luke the Juggler, food, bonfire, games and other family fun.

MadMax Farms
Powell

740-881-1606

Creatives of the Night Walk
Oct. 5: 7-9 PM

Join us for a night full of adventure at Indian Village Outdoor Education Center. Enjoy a guided night walk where you will meet native nocturnal “animals”. Each animal will be eager to tell its own tale of nightly adventures and survival! Finish off the evening with hot cocoa and non-scary stories by the campfire. This is a non-scary event geared toward families with young children.

Indian Village Outdoor Education Center
614-645-3300

Old Time Harvest Day
Oct. 6: 1-5 PM

The autumn harvest traditionally is an important time for farm communities - a time to gather together to reap the benefits of months of labor supporting crops and livestock and celebrate successes while preparing for winter. Old-Time Harvest Day gives today’s generation a look into the past. Demonstrations such as leather tooling, soap making, black smithing, butter churning and two-man sawing are presented throughout the day along with period-appropriate harp and dulcimer performances. Most activities are hands-on and appropriate for all ages. Children make crafts and learn old-fashioned games.

Fryer Park
Grove City

614-277-3050

Fall Harvest Jamboree @ Smith Farms
Oct. 12: Noon - 5 PM

Columbus Recreation and Parks Department is going to celebrate our fall season with our “Get Cluckin'” at Smith Farms for our annual Fall Harvest Jamboree.  Come on down to enjoy an afternoon of hayrides, stick horse races, and farm games.  Other activities include the pumpkin patch for youth, barnyard straw maze, and fall crafts.  Also enjoy some chow at the concession stand or baked goods from our local centers.   Event is Free. Parking is $5.

Smith Farms
Columbus

614-645-5330

Apple Butter Day
Oct. 12: 1-6 PM

Celebrating Groveport's pioneer heritage with kettles of homeade apple butter bubbling over wood ires, homemade crafts, pioneer demonstrators and entertainment. Llocated in and around the grounds of the Village's 1820's Log House on Wirt Road.

Heritage Park
Groveport


Upper Arlington Fall Fest
Oct. 13: 1-5 PM

Fall Fest is packed with fun activities the whole family can enjoy. Try your hand at pumpkin carving, creating kites, arts& crafts, making apple cider or making caramel apples. Jump aboard for a hay ride and bounce your way through our inflatable games. Don’t forget to bring your appetite too, to enjoy hot dogs, brats, burgers and more! Admission is free for this yearly family event, which includes live music and entertainment. See you there!

Fancyburg Park,
Upper Arlington
614-583-5300

Bexley Harvest Festival
Oct. 18: 6-8PM

Everyone is invited to Jeffrey Mansion on Friday, October 18th to enjoy a fun filled evening at harvest time. Activities will include a cookout and children’s crafts. There will be continuous hayrides all evening, Enchanted Walk, Corn Maze, bonfire and more!

Jeffrey Mansion
Bexley

Superhero Halloween
Oct. 18: 6:30-8:30PM

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a superhero Halloween party! Join us for super-sized tricks and treats. Visit our superhero themed treat trail, make and take a spooky craft, and win a pumpkin on our pumpkin walk. New for 2013! Endless Recess will perform a spooktacular kid’s concert from 6:30–8:00. There will be lots of fun for the whole family, so fly by the Community Center for a great time!

Worthington Community Center
Worthington
614-436-2743

Halloween Treat Trail Party
Oct. 18: 6-8:30PM

Come out to this fun-filled night with Halloween-themed carnival games along the treat trail, play Halloween Bingo, take a walk down Vendor Alley, or enjoy a horse-drawn carriage night ride. Remember to wear your costume!.

Everal Barn, Heritage Park
Westerville

Halloween Happening
Oct. 18: 6:30-8:30PM - 12 & Older ($7), Under 12 ($3)

The Licking County Historical Society is the host of "Halloween Happening" event at the Buckingham Meeting House.  Come enjoy food, fun, and Halloween activties for people of all ages.

Veterans' Park
Newark
740-345-4898

Bremen Pumpkin Walk
Oct. 19: 5:30-8:30PM

Over 100 hand-carved illuminated pumpkins on display. Family Fun, 5k Run, Pumpkin Drop and Pumpkin Walk.

Howell Park
Bremen

Powell Autumn Community Bonfire
Oct. 19: 7-9PM

A fall family favorite returns to Village Green Park in 2013. At the Community Bonfire, residents can enjoy FREE hot dogs, donut holes, cider and marshmallows, and stay warm around a raging bonfire.

Village Green Park
Powell
614-885-9820

Community Halloween Party
Oct. 19: 6-8PM

Come dressed in your best costume and be prepared to have a great time playing games, listening to live entertainment, and enjoying fun foods. You won’t want to miss this!

JFK Park
Reynoldsburg

614-322-6806

Halloween Spooktacular
Oct. 24: 3:30-8:30PM

The City of Dublin will host its annual Halloween Spooktacular on Thursday, October 24, from 3:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Dublin Community Recreation Center (DCRC), 5600 Post Road. Join us for an evening out with the goblins and ghouls to stir up some FREE family-friendly fun! Characters of all ages will enjoy a few tricks and a lot of fun treats inside and outside the DCRC.

The event also features one-of-a-kind demonstrations from The Turtle Lady, Bug Man, and a professional pumpkin carver, in addition to the following:

  • Haunted Trail
  • Trunk or Treat Trail
  • Hay Maze
  • COSI
  • Fortune Tellers
  • Crafts
  • Music and Dance
  • Photo Booth
  • Food and Beverages
  • Monster Mash Dance for Dublin middle school students
  • Special appearance by the King and Queen of Halloween

Monster Mash Dance

Middle school guests can also mix it up at the Monster Mash dance held in cooperation with Dublin middle schools from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. in the DCRC. Students must have a valid form of identification. To make pick-up and drop-off faster and more convenient, parents are encouraged to use the west entrance of the DCRC. Admission is free.

Dublin Recreation Center
Dublin

Candy by the Carload
Oct. 26: 5-7PM

The parking lot at the Village Green Municipal Building will be filled with businesses that will be dishing out candy by the carload! This unique trick-or-treat opportunity is perfect for younger ones who need help from an adult, who feel safer in the daylight or who just want to show off their costume before Halloween!

Village Green
Powell

614-885-9820

Pumpkin Hike
Oct. 26: 6:30-8:30PM

Enjoy a pumpkin lit night hike at Alley Park. Cook hot dogs over a bonfire. Great family event. Pumpkin carvers needed at 8 am at the Alley Park barn.

Alley Park
Lancaster

The Great Pumpkin Plunge
Oct. 27: 2-4PM or 4:15-6:15PM $6

You've heard of the Great Pumpkin' Patch? Well we've added a new little twist. Did you know pumpkins Float? Take a dip in our indoor pool and pick out your favorite pumpkin. We plan on having pumpkins in the water. After yur done swimming and have a chance to dry off, carve your pumpkin on-site with our "Saftery First Pumpkin Carving Tools"

Groveport Recreation Center
Groveport

Trick-or-Treat at the North Market
Oct. 27: 12-3PM

Come one, come all ye tiny ghouls, goblins, transformers and otherwise Halloween-adorned tots. The North Market will host its annual children’s Halloween party and trick-or-treat bonanza on Sunday, October 27 from 12-3PM. Your children will enjoy a safe indoor trick-or-treat experience as well as entertainment from face painting to crafts with Columbus Children’s Theatre. Trick-or-treat bags provided and lots of fun to be had by all!

Scheduled Halloween Party Activities include:

  • North Market merchants open 12-5PM
  • Trick-or-Treating, 12-3PM
  • Mark Wood Fun Show, 12-3PM
  • Crafts with the Columbus CHildnre's Theatre, 12-3PM
  • Face Painting, 12-3PM
North Market
Columbus

Zombie Halloween Pool Party
Oct. 27: 5:30-7PM $7.50

Come join the zombie lifeguards for a haunted swim in the pool with a costume contest face painting, a pumpkin pool hunt and a creepy pool punch. Six and under must have a parent in the water with them.

Westerville Community Center
Westerville

Reynoldsburg Pumpkin Carving Party
Oct. 28: 1-2:15PM

Come join us as we light up this Halloween with some scary or funny pumpkin carvings! We will be carving pumpkins, making a craft and eating refreshments. Parents are required to attend. Pumpkins and carving utensils will be provided.

JFK Park
Reynoldsburg

614-322-6806

Olde Pickerington Haunted Village
Oct. 30: 6-8PM

Halloween fun for all ages! Ghost Tours, Story-Telling, Hayrides, visit the Haunted Museum, Haunted House and Hauted Garden, Trick or Treat in the Olde Village businesses, music by Rock Factory Studios and more!

Olde Pickerington Village
614-833-2211

Boo on Broadway
Oct. 31: 6-8PM

Get in the spirit of Halloween and dress up in your best costume then head downtown to haunt the historic Town Center decorated with festive autumn decorations.
The event is designed for families with young children to enjoy a simple and safe
holiday experience as local businesses and organizations line Broadway and pass out
treats. Older children and adults are welcome to participate, but tasteful costumes are
encouraged.

Town Center
Grove City

614-277-3050

Safe Trick-or-Treat
Oct.31: 5-6:30PM

Held on the last Thursday in October each year, this free event continues to bring nearly 1,000 children and their families to the Courthouse Square to collect candy and other items in a safe and fun environment.

Courthouse Square
Newark
740-670-7782

Pickerington Tots Trick or Treat
Oct. 31: 1:30-2:30PM

Children ages 2-5 accompanied by an adult can wear a costume and trick or treat through the Halloween decorated City Hall.

Pickerington City Hall
614-833-2211

Spooky Storytime, Tales & Crafts

Family Movie Matinee: ParaNorman
Oct. 19: 2-4PM

Get geared up for Halloween with a special matinee showing of ParaNorman.  Popcorn and drinks provided.

Bexley Public Library
Bexley
614-231-2793

Happy Halloween...Whatever you Are!
Oct. 30: 6-7:30PM

The bewitching hour is here at last and our costume party will be a Spooktacular Blast! You are invited to the Bremen Branch Library’s Halloween Party and Costume Contest. Treats but no tricks for all!

Bremen Branch Library
Bremen
740-569-7246

Halloween Costume Ball
Oct. 26: 11-11:30AM

Come dressed in your best costume for stories, surprises, tricks, and treats. A seasonal favorite for families with children ages 2-6.

Columbus Main Library
Columbus
614-645-2275

Fall-O-Ween Festival
Oct. 29: 5:30-7PM

Come dressed in your Halloween costume for a spooky,fun, fall-themed storytime with activities and treats. For families and kids of all ages.

Northside Branch Library
Columbus
614-645-2275

Pumpkin Party
Oct. 26: 2-4PM

Celebrate our annual Pumpkin Party with stories, songs, and activities! Children are invited to dress-up in costume for trick-or-treat throughout the library. Don?t forget to bring the camera!

Southeast Branch Library
Groveport
614-645-2275

Halloween Costume Ball
Oct. 30: 10-11:30AM

Come to the library dressed in your Halloween costume and stay for the fun! We'll sing songs, read stories, have a Halloween puppet show and trick or treat around the library. This program is in place of regularly scheduled storytimes for this day. Ages 6 & Under

Hilliard Branch Library
Hilliard
614-645-2275

Let's All Go to the Pumpkin Patch
Oct. 26: 2-3PM

Families are invited to listen to some pumpkin stories and decorate mini pumpkins! Decorating supplies, paints, and even mini pumpkins will be provided.

Fairfield County Library
Lancaster
740-653-2745

Stories Alive! Ghost Stories
Oct. 19: 6-8:45PM

It's after hours at the Orange Branch Library and this is the perfect time of year to hear a ghost story! Younger children and their parents will be excited to hear silly spooky stories from 6:00 - 6:45. Then at 7:00, we want to hear from you! What stories do you have that you can share during Story Swaps? At 7:45 teens and adults will be entertained by scary ghost stories.

Delaware County Library
Orange Twp.
740-549-2665

Pajama Storytime: Spooky Fun
Oct. 28: 6:30-7:30PM

Put on your PJs and grab your favorite snuggle toy because it's time for Pajama Storytime at the Powell Branch Library! This time we'll feature some extra special silly spooky stories!

Delaware County Library
Powell
614-888-9160

Columbus Children's Theater: Meet Bunnicula!
Oct. 9: 7-8PM

Come meet the cast from Columbus Children's Theater's upcoming event Bunnicula. Characters will perform a short scene from the show and provide a craft. Characters will be available after the presentation for photographs. Free tickets are required for attendance and will be available beginning Sept. 25th. Ages 6 and up.

Main Library
Upper Arlington
614-486-9621

Scary Cupcakes & Zombie Marshmallows
Oct. 19: 10:30-11:15AM

Prepare to scare and amaze but mostly enjoy two different edible treats in preparation for Halloween! We’ll vote for our favorites and maybe have some samples as we create some delicious Halloween fun. Contents may contain wheat. Please register so we have enough supplies.

Main Library
Upper Arlington
614-486-9621

Halloween Crafts
Oct. 23: 2:30-4:30PM

Drop in between 2:30-4:30 and we will have supplies to make three different Halloween Crafts. Geared for ages 3 and above.

Miller Park Branch Library
Upper Arlington
614-488-5710

Pumpkin Painting Party
Oct. 24: 11AM-Noon

Children ages 3-6 are invited to join us for a special storytime all about pumpkins. We will share pumpkin stories and rhymes and then paint mini pumpkins. Bring a paint smock if you want. Enrollment is required and begins October 10.

Lane Rd. Branch Library
Upper Arlington
614-459-0273

Pumpkin Parade
Oct. 26: 11-11:45AM

Come dressed in your costume for this special Halloween storytime. We’ll parade around the library and enjoy a spooky snack! For ages 2-6 and their families. No registration is required.

Main Library
Upper Arlington
614-486-9621

Bling-Out a Pumpkin!
Oct. 28 - All Day

Drop-in any time today to bling-out a pumpkin just in time for Halloween on Thursday! (Supplies provided while they last. Please, one per child.)

Main Library
Upper Arlington
614-486-9621

Monster Bookmarks for Teens & Tweens
Oct. 11 - All Day

Drop into the youth area or the teen room for this passive program that takes uses paper to make kooky monster book marks! Take your B-Movie monster with you--but don't let it eat your library book!

Westerville Public Library
Westerville
614-882-7277

Spooky Stories
Oct. 26: 7-8PM

Treat yourself and your family to an evening of child-friendly spooky stories told by Storytellers of Central Ohio. Come in costume for an extra-special treat.

Blendon Woods Metro Park
Westerville
614-508-8000

Skeletons in the Closet
Oct. 26: 1-4PM

We'll empty the closet and display our mammal skeletons, from bats to deer, so you can look and learn about their unique adaptations.

Blendon Woods Metro Park
Westerville
614-508-8000

Preschoolers Halloween Open House
Oct. 31: 10AM-2PM

Wear a costume and drop in to celebrate the holiday with fun and games, crafts and activities.

Sharon Woods Metro Park
Westerville
614-508-8000

Monster Mash
Oct. 23: 7-8PM

Whether you're planning to be a monster, mermaid or mad scientist this Halloween, wear your costume and kick off the scary season at the library. Stories, crafts and more are planned for ages 6-8.

Worthington Park Library
Worthington
614-807-2626

Pumpkin Parade
Oct. 25: 10-11AM

Come in costume for a slightly scary storytime, a spook-tacular craft and a parade around the Village Green (weather permitting)! For ages 2-5

Old Worthington Library
Worthington
614-807-2626

Trick or Treat Storytime
Oct. 28: 11AM-Noon

Come to the library in costume for a spooky and fun storytime. We will trick or treat through the library after the stories.

Whitehall Branch Library
Whitehall
614-645-2275





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