Editors' picks for the best of Columbus this month

Blue Jackets Opening Game, Oct. 6

Last season was the Blue Jackets' best, amassing 50 wins for the first time in franchise history. The campaign to build on that success begins at home against the New York Islanders, with fans expecting big things thanks to a talented young roster and the addition of Artemi Panarin, a skilled scorer acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks in the offseason. nhl.com/bluejackets

All-American Quarter Horse Congress, Oct. 3–29

Join the 650,000 fans of this sprinting horse at the Ohio Expo Center for the largest single-breed horse show in the world. With more than 23,000 show entries, nearly $3 million in giveaway prizes, horse racing, lectures, demonstrations, competitions and more, there's something for every horse fan to enjoy. quarterhorsecongress.com

Arlo Guthrie, Oct. 19

I took a guided tour of Yellowstone not long ago. Our guide was named Alice. Alice packed a bunch of yummy stuff in our van every day. In time, I started singing, “You can get anything you want at Alice's restaurant,” during those stops, and people would laugh. My point? Everyone knows the “Alice's Restaurant” song. Arlo Guthrie wrote it. He's the son of folk icon Woody Guthrie. He's appearing at the Davidson Theatre inside the Riffe Center this month. Be sure to sing along. capa.com

Monster Bash, Oct. 14

Take your HighBall Halloween costume out for a test run during German Village's annual Monster Bash. Starting at 7 p.m., adult trick-or-treaters tour the historic neighborhood, enjoying a dozen decorated stops for treats and ghoulish libations. The party continues at the German Village Meeting Haus with drinks, dancing and a costume contest. Never fear, OSU fans: The game will be televised on an outdoor big screen. germanvillage.com/monsterbash

Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon, Oct. 15

The city's premier running event—and a Boston Marathon qualifying race—returns this year as 18,000 athletes gather to celebrate health and support the life-saving programs of Nationwide Children's Hospital. Head to Downtown, Olde Towne East, Bexley, German Village, the Short North, OSU's campus or Grandview to cheer on participants and enjoy nearly 100 bands, DJs and other entertainers in several neighborhood parties along the route. columbusmarathon.com