2014 CENTRAL OHIO KIDS
SPOOKY HALLOWEEN & TRICK-OR-TREAT GUIDE

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Find more FALL family fun in KidsLinked's Fall Fun Guide presented by Lehner's Pumpkin Farm!

Beggar's Night & Trick-or-Treat Times

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30TH

Bexley 5:30-7PM

Galena 6-7:15PM London 6-8PM Pickerington 6-8PM
Canal Winchester 5:30-7:30PM Grandview Heights 6-8PM Marysville 6-8PM Plain City 6-8PM
Circleville 5:30-7PM Grove City 6-8PM Mt. Vernon 5:30-7 PM Reynoldsburg 6-8PM
Clintonville 6-8PM Groveport 5:30-7PM New Albany 6-8PM Sunbury 5-7PM
Columbus 6-8PM Hilliard 6-8PM Newark 5:30-7PM Upper Arlington 5:30-8PM
Dublin 6-8PM Johnstown 6-8PM Orange Township 6-8PM West Jefferson 6-8PM
Gahanna 6-8PM Lancaster 6-7:30PM Perry Township 6-8PM Westerville 6-8PM
      Whitehall 6-8PM
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31ST
Delaware 6-8PM Lewis Center 5:30-7PM Ostrander 6-8PM Worthington 6-8PM
Granville 5:30-7PM Marion 5:30-7:30PM Powell 6-8PM  
 

SPECIAL EVENTS & FESTIVALS

All Hallow's Eve
Oct. 11 & 18 - 5:30-9PM

Enjoy an evening of family fun at All Hallows' Eve, with spooky stories by the bonfire, pumpkin carving, and creepy characters like the village gravedigger and Krazy Kate. Watch out for the Headless Horseman and hear The Legend of Sleepy Hollow around the bonfire. Come revel in 19th-century-style entertainment including fortune telling, crafts, games, and more! Admission is $12/adult & $9/youth (6-12).

Ohio Village & History Center
800-686-6124

Boo at the Zoo

Weekends: Oct. 17-19 & Oct. 24-26                            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.* Visit the ALL NEW FrogwortZ Academy. 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. 11: 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. 22: 4:30-8PM

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. 15-18

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

Halloween Pet Parade
Oct. 19: 12-3PM

The Halloween Pet Parade is a fun, fall event that encourages participants to dress up their pets in festive Halloween costumes. The event, which is in its fifteenth year at Easton Town Center, will be held in Fenlon Square this year. Bring the entire family and get creative with your costumes! Our pet parade will kick off at 1:30 PM in front of Moochie & Co. Awards given include Most Creative, Scariest, and Funniest Costumes.

Easton Town Center
614-416-7000

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Old Time Harvest Day
Oct. 5: 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

Respook, Rewear, Rescare...Halloween Costume Exchange
Oct. 11: 10AM-1PM

Has your child outgrown his or her Halloween costume but it still looks like new? The Worthington Community Center is accepting clean, gently used Halloween costumes for its first “Respook, Rewear, Rescare: Halloween Costume Exchange." Participants are invited to drop off costumes at the Worthington Community Center during normal business hours. Costumes may also be donated to the event. (Please see attachment with Costume Exchange Guidelines) In addition to picking out a new costume at the event, children can also participate in fun activities and eat a healthy treat.

Worthington Community Center
Worthington
614-436-2743

Fall Harvest Jamboree @ Smith Farms
Oct. 11: 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. 11: 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. 12: 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

Halloween Spooktacular
Oct. 16: 3:30-8:30PM

The City of Dublin will host its annual Halloween Spooktacular on Thursday, October 16, 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

Bexley Harvest Festival
Oct. 17: 6-8PM

Everyone is invited to Jeffrey Mansion on Friday, October 17th 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

Outer Space Spooktacular Halloween Party
Oct. 17: 6:30-8:30PM

Blast off into an evening of fun as we celebrate Halloween from outer space! Fly through our out of this world treat trail; enjoy carnival games, a pumpkin walk, hay rides and much more.* Wear your costume and enjoy a night of tricks and treats... you may see an alien or two!

Worthington Community Center
Worthington
614-436-2743

Halloween Treat Trail Party
Oct. 17: 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

Bremen Pumpkin Walk
Oct. 18: 5:30-8:30PM

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

Howell Park
Bremen

Bremen Pumpkin 5K Run/Walk & Kids Fun Run
Oct. 18: 5:30-7PM $15- 5K Run/Walk $1 - Kids Fun Run

Howell Park
Bremen
740-569-7502

Creatives of the Night Walk
Oct. 18: 7-9 PM

Guided night walks will leave every 15 minutes. On the trails of Indian Village you’ll encounter native animal species eager to tell tales of their nocturnal adventures. Enjoy stories by the campfire and hot chocolate before/after your hike.

Indian Village Outdoor Education Center
614-645-3300

Powell Autumn Community Bonfire
Oct. 18: 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

Zombie Halloween Pool Party
Oct. 19: 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

Haunted Overnight
Oct. 24-25: 7pm-10am

Wear your favorite costume and join us for Indian Village's annual Haunted Overnight! We'll have a spooktacular time playing games, doing crafts, taking a night hike, sitting around the campfire making S'mores, and much more. Don't forget your sleeping bag! A spooky evening snack and breakfast will be provided. This is a non-scary event.

Indian Village Outdoor Education Center
614-645-3300

Candy by the Carload
Oct. 25: 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. 25: 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

1st Annual Pumpkin Derby
Oct. 26: 4-6PM $10

Whoever said that we were a little bit crazy is probably right.  Anyway, you are invited to participate in our 1st annual pumpkin derby.  You build a pumpkin racer (per our rules) and race it.  Pumpkins may not weigh more than 20 lbs. after fully assembled and decorated.  Pumpkins will be verified and weighed on site.  This is a "gravity race."  Decorate your pumpkin, put some wheels on it, place it on our ramp and watch it break the U.S. speed record for fastest pumpkin (j/k), it is that easy.

There is more!  Be sure to decorate your pumpkin because we will be giving away some cool prizes for the following;

  • Most Creative
  • Best Sports Theme
  • Best Racecar
  • Cutest
  • Funniest
Groveport Recreation Center
Groveport

Community Halloween Party
Oct. 25: 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

Family Halloween Funday at the North Market
Oct. 26: 12-3PM

Ghost and goblins converge on North Market for their annual free Family Halloween Funday. Guests of all ages can participate in trick or treating with the diverse and sometimes spooky merchants and market flea vendors. Additional activities including children’s crafts, music and a special appearance from Columbus Children’s Theatre are planned throughout the day.

North Market
Columbus

Olde Pickerington Haunted Village
Oct. 29: 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. 30: 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.30: 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. 30: 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

Afterschool Explorers Club-Urban Legends & Spooky Tales
Oct. 8: 4-5PM

Explore Ohio?s spooky tales and urban legends while crafting your own scary stories. For ages 10-17.

Hilliard Branch Library
Hilliard
614-645-2275

Preschoolers: Creature Costumes
Oct. 8: 10-11AM

Take a family friendly 2-mile walk and enjoy fantastic stories of finding Bigfoot, slightly scary creatures and the origins of Halloween.

Three Creeks Metro Park
Groveport
614-508-8000

Thurber House Ghost Writing Workshop
Oct. 11: 11AM-1PM

Ghouls, goblins and giggles, oh my! Join us this fall as we create our own ghost stories sure to surprise and cause shrieks of laughter. With guidance from our teachers, you work as a group to write a ghost story. For grades 4-6. Registration required, please call 645-2ASK to register.

Hilliard Branch Library
Hilliard
614-645-2275

Creepy Crawly Weekend
Oct. 11-12: 10AM-6PM

Learn about our scariest animals and meet some critters that are dressed for Halloween at a special display.

Blacklick Woods Metro Park
Reynoldsburg
614-508-8000

Make It: Big, Hairy & Not So Scary Pop-Ups!
Oct. 11: 10-11:30AM

Join us, if you dare, as we turn folded paper into all manner of creepy creatures. No experience necessary!

Northwest Branch Library
Columbus
614-807-2626

Halloween Monster Craft
Oct. 14: 7-8PM

Ages 3-10

Kidspace
Groveport
614-836-3333

Monsters & Myths
Oct. 18: 6-7PM

Do animals play dress-up? Find out why animals look the way they do. Wear your own costume for a special treat.

Blacklick Woods Metro Park
Reynoldsburg
614-508-8000

Owl-O-Ween
Oct. 18: 7PM

During this time of the year, the owl is associated with a somewhat spooky holiday. Learn some fun facts about owls and other creepy animals associated with fall. Whoooo knows whooo they will see!

Kidspace
Groveport
614-836-3333

Halloween Make It & Take It...Whatever you Are!
Oct. 21: 3:30-6:30PM

Stop in to make a Q-Tip skeleton to take home!

Bremen Branch Library
Bremen
740-569-7246

Halloween Crafts
Oct. 23: 4-5PM

Scare up some fun at the library by making Halloween crafts. For ages 2 and up.

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

Things that Go Bump in the Night Campfire
Oct. 24: 7-8PM

Learn the truth about the creepiest animals: snakes, spiders, bats, and more!

Blacklick Woods Metro Park
Reynoldsburg
614-508-8000

Pumpkin Parade
Oct. 24: 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 Tweet
Oct. 24: 6-8PM
Oct. 25: 10AM-12PM

Join us for a fun Halloween event with games, learning activities and treats! Friday for 1st grade and up. Saturday morning for ages Pre-K to K. (register at aroush@audubon.org)

Scioto Audubon Metro Park
Columbus
614-508-8000

Halloween Costume Ball
Oct. 25: 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

Pumpkin Party
Oct. 25: 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

Pumpkin Parade
Oct. 25: 10:30-11:15AM

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. 27 - 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

Pajama Storytime: Spooky Fun
Oct. 27: 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

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.)

Miller Park Branch Library
Upper Arlington
614-488-5710

Things that Go Bump in the Night
Oct. 28: 4-5PM

Nocturnal animals love night time. What do they do while we sleep? Bats, coyotes and other nocturnal animals have active night lives you will find fascinating. Presented by Alum Creek Lake ranger staff. For ages 7-12.

Westerville Public Library
Westerville
614-882-7277

Trick or Treat Bag
Oct. 28: 7-8PM

Beggar’s Night is just a few days away, children can make a decorative goodie bag to take trick or treating. All supplies are included in this free program.

Kidspace
Groveport
614-836-3333

Glow-in-the-Dark Storytime
Oct. 29: 7-7:45PM

We’ll turn out the lights for some glowing tales along with some music, fun activities and a craft. Registration is required and begins October 15th. This special program is for ages 4+

Main Library
Upper Arlington
614-486-9621

Bling-Out a Pumpkin!
Oct. 29 - 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.)

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

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





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