Here are 26 spooky, scary Columbus events for Halloween 2014

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

In Columbus, Halloween has become almost synonymous with another "H" word - HighBall, as in the Short North Arts District's two-day fashion, music, couture costumes extravaganza. This year'sHighBall - the seventh annual - takes place on High St., between Goodale St. in the Short North and Nationwide Blvd. in the Arena District, from Friday, Oct. 24 to Saturday, Oct. 25.

It will be larger and more entertainment-packed than previous years, with Grammy-nominated "Tell It to My Heart" singer Taylor Dayne headlining the inaugural '80s-themed "On the Rocks" concert on Friday. Lydia Loveless will take the stage before Dayne Friday with her favorite '80s covers, and performances by Columbus favorites MojoFlo, the Fabulous Johnson Brothers, the Wet Darlings, Nick D' & The Believers and Bella Ruse round out the weekend. Highball's signature program, the Costume Couture Fashion Show, will go down Saturday night.

We've compiled a sampling of some of the other Halloween festivities taking place these next couple of weeks around town. Listings are subject to change, so check with the event venue before making plans.

When it comes to Halloween in Columbus, there's literally a party for everyone.

For the film buff

Shock Around the Clock: 666th Annual Ohio 24-Hour Horror Marathon

This 24-hour horror film festival features classic fright flicks, rediscovered gems, area premieres, filmmaker Q&As and more.

Drexel Theatre

12 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18 to 12 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19

2254 E. Main St., Bexley


The Gateway Film Center and Studio 35 are partnering to pay tribute to Alfred Hitchcock. Catch "The Birds" (Oct. 10-16), "Rear Window" (Oct. 17-23), "Strangers On A Train" (Oct. 15) and "Psycho" (Oct. 24-31) on the big screen. All films will have multiple showtimes during their runs.

Gateway Film Center

1550 N. High St., Campus

Studio 35 Cinema and Drafthouse

3055 Indianola Ave., Clintonville

Fritz the Nite Owl:"Beetlejuice" &"Trick R Treat"

Fritz The Nite Owl will host a special Halloween-themed Double-Chiller episode featuring Halloween classics "Beetlejuice" and "Trick R Treat."

Studio 35 Cinema and Drafthouse

9:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18

3055 Indianola Ave., Clintonville

For thebrave

Freaky Flight

During Halloween week, adventure-seekers can take a completely dark, spooky ZipZone zip line tour - in costume.

Camp Mary Orton

7-11 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28- Friday, Oct. 31

7925 N. High St., Worthington

Trauma Columbus

This annual Halloween fetish party is not for the faint of heart. Costumes are required.

The Bluestone

Circus: Thursday, Oct. 30; The Ward: Friday, Oct. 31; Masquerade, Saturday, Nov. 1. 9 p.m. doors for all events.

583 E. Broad St., Downtown

Haunted Prison Experience- Supernatural II

Ever wondered what goes on inside the halls of a haunted former prison? Find out during this terrifying tour, complete with actors, animatronics and props.

Ohio State Reformatory

Through Saturday, Nov. 1; gates open at 6 p.m.

100 Reformatory Rd., Mansfield


According to its website, the ScareAtorium "exists only to terrify you and exist in your nightmares." The 40,000-square-foot venue features two attractions: the "Northland Asylum" and "Rip's 3D Funhouse," complete with actors, detailed sets and special effects techniques.

Through Saturday, Nov. 1

2605 Northland Plaza Dr., North Side

TrappedIna RoomWitha Zombie

In this interactive adventure, you have 60 minutes to escape from a room in which a hungry zombie is chained to the wall. Will you make it out alive?

Columbus Idea Foundry

Multiple dates and times, year-round

421 W. State St., Franklinton

For themusiclover

Aaron Carter's Retro Halloween Bash

Party with former teen heartthrob Aaron Carter and stick around after for Ladies 80s.

Skully's Music-Diner

7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23

1151 N. High St., Short North

QFM96 Halloween Bash featuring Thunderstruck w/Sweet Leaf

Rock out to legendary AC/DC tribute band Thunderstruck, and Sweet Leaf, Ohio's own Ozzy tribute band.

Newport Music Hall

7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31

1722 N. High St, Campus

Halloween Covers Show & Costume Party

Dress up and listen to 30-minute sets from local bands (Turtle Island, The Worn Flints, Gelatinus Cube, Playing To Vapors, FRIENDLY FAUX and more) dressing and performing as their favorite famous bands.

Brothers Drake Meadery & Bar

7:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31

26 E. Fifth Ave., Short North

The Spikedrivers Halloween Party

Featuring a performance by Columbus rock band the Spikedrivers.

Woodlands Tavern

8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31

1200 W. Third Ave., Grandview


Audience members and performers alike dress up in costume for the Ohio State University School of Music's annual concert featuring vocal and instrumental ensembles.

Weigel Hall Auditorium

8-9:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31

1866 College Rd., Campus

Haunted Fest

This Halloween music festival features national acts such as Zeds Dead, A-Trak, Arty and Audien, along with a costume contest.

Columbus Convention Center

8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31

400 N. High St., Arena District

For thefoodie


Sample 20 wines for $20. Costumes are not required, but the best will be rewarded.

Wine on High

6-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16

789 N. High St., Short North

Monster's Bash

Venture from stop to stop among neighborhood homes and businesses to sample delicious concoctions and other dangerously tempting treats, followed by drinks, dancing, a costume contest and a bier garten.

Meeting Haus

7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18

588 S. Third St., German Village

Butcher at Till: Hallow's Eve Party

Haunted garden and late night treats.

Till Dynamic Fair

Friday, Oct. 31

245-247 King and Neil Ave., Victorian Village

For the nature lover

Annual Halloween Party

Halloween activities and crafts will be offered in the gardens.

Inniswood Garden Society (Education Pavilion)

2-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26

940 S. Hempstead Rd., Westerville

Spirits of Olde, A Halloween Soiree

Tour the conservatory after dark and learn about nature's most unusual, misunderstood and scariest plants. Full bar offerings, handcrafted cocktails, small plates and appetizers will be served, with entertainment provided by DJs Charles Erickson and Donnie Mossman, and the Amazing Giants. Costumes optional.

Franklin Park Conservatory

5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30

1777 E. Broad St., Downtown

For the family

Haunted Halloween Maze

Kids will love this haunted greenhouse, straw maze, pumpkin patch, games and more.

deMonye's Greenhouse, Inc.

2500 Airport Dr., North Side

Through Oct. 31

Boo at the Zoo

This family-friendly, "merry-not-scary" event features a performance by Spider-Man and friends, a trip to the new FrogwortZ Academy, rides and attractions for all ages.

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Oct. 17-19 and Oct. 24-26

4850 W. Powell Rd., Powell

Columbus Landmarks Foundation's Halloween Lantern Walking Tours

Get a new perspective on your favorite historic (and haunted) Columbus neighborhoods: Town-Franklin, Oct. 24 and 25; Victorian Village, Oct. 26; Short North, Oct. 27; Fort Hayes, Oct. 28; and Downtown, Oct. 29. Bring a flashlight if possible or help carry a lantern.

Topiary Park Gatehouse

6-9 p.m. Friday-Wednesday, Oct. 24-29

480 E. Town St., Downtown

Halloween Pet Parade

Dress your pets up in Halloween costume and show them off in Fenlon Square. The pet parade kicks off at 1:30 p.m. in front of Moochie & Co., and awards for the most creative, scariest and funniest costumes will be given.

Easton Town Center

12-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19

Fenlon St., Easton

All Hallows' Eve

Children five and under are free. Travel back in time for spooky stories by the bonfire, pumpkin carving, creepy characters and 19th-century-style entertainment (fortune telling, crafts, games and more).

Ohio History Center/Ohio Village

800 E. 17th Ave., North Side

5:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11 and Saturday, Oct. 18

Family Halloween Funday

Trick or treat at the North Market with your little ghosts, goblins and superheroes. Other activities include children's crafts, music and a special appearance from Columbus Children's Theatre cast of "Super Sidekick."

North Market

12-2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26

59 Spruce St., Arena District