Ten spook-tacular Halloween happenings

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive
Trauma

There's no excuse to stay home and do nothing this Halloween. Whether you spend all year crafting your garb or avoid dressing up because costumes just aren't your thing, Halloween in Columbus offers a wide spectrum of opportunities to get into a spooky spirit. Case-in-point: Check out the 10 events below, which offer a little something for everyone.

Local rock club/dance hall Skully's is set to have one of the biggest Halloween costume contests in town, even offering real cash money to the most inspired participants. There doesn't seem to be a theme for the night, so think of your best character and be prepared to execute it to the best of your ability.

Skully's Music-Diner

1151 N. High St., Short North

8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29

skullys.org

Flannagan's may appear to be your average Irish-themed pub (and beach volleyball locale), but apparently its location holds an eerie past. Its site checks all the haunted spot boxes: Over the past 200ish years or so, it was a private graveyard, a mental hospitalanda supposedly demented carnival. Just in time for Halloween, you can explore the mysterious remnants of its past.

Flannagan's

6835 Caine Rd.,Dublin

8 p.m. Friday and Saturday throughout October

flannagans.com

Trauma is Columbus' premier Halloween fetish party, and it's not even close (if there's even any competition). This weekend-long party posts a new theme each night, and acostume is absolutely requiredfor entry.With a mysterious lineup of exotic and psychotic bands, DJs and performance artists, Trauma could very well be too much for the squeamish - or exactly what Halloween-obsessives are looking for.

The Bluestone

583 E. Broad St., Downtown

8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 27 through 29

traumacolumbus.com

The Columbus Zoo has lots of wild, undomesticated animals they could unleash to strike fear, but Boo at the Zoo is a significantly less terrifying affair. Described in their own promotion as "merry-not-scary," Boo at the Zoo will include a variety of animal- and Halloween-centric activities for the whole family (and easy-to-scare friends) to enjoy.

Columbus Zoo

4850 W. Powell Rd., Powell

Friday through Sunday, Oct. 21 through 23 and 28 through 30

columbuszoo.org

Easton's annual Halloween pet parade offers the rare outlet to show off the pet you've subjected to wearing a costume. While the critters will likely have little clue what's going on, they'll all be dressed up and ready for you to fawn over. Expect to see some actual creativity, too - there's more than five different costume awards at stake here.

Easton Town Center

160 Easton Town Center, Easton

12 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23

eastontowncenter.com

The cover band show is hardly a unique event this time of year, but one with a lineup like this two-day affair at Rumba certainly is. From Devendra Banhart and Earth, Wind & Fire to Weird Al and Black Sabbath, these types of artists should make for a fun night for all musical tastes in attendance.

Rumba Café

2507 Summit St., North Campus

Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28 and 29

columbusrumbacafe.com

Halloween has a way of making horror movies even more horrific. "Rocky Horror Picture Show," possibly the best (grown-up) musical out there, doesn't fall in the horror movie camp, but an annual viewing of the exploits of Dr. Frank-N-Furter and Co. has practically become Halloween tradition all the same. With the showing slated to begin near midnight, the audience will surely be electric for this screening.

Studio 35

3055 Indianola Ave., Clintonville

11:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29

studio35.com

As of late, independent theaters have been delivering more and more quality and unusual film opportunities. Gateway Film Center is at the forefront of it all, and this Halloween it will host Columbus' first-ever horror film festival. Only here can film buffs catch indie-horror flicks from filmmakers based in the Midwest and beyond. (Definitely not for the faint of heart.)

Gateway Film Center

1550 N. High St., Campus

Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 20 through 23

gatewayfilmcenter.org

Halloween at the Hangar is just what it sounds like: a big ol' Halloween party at Ohio State's airport hangar. With a DJ, a photo bus and food trucks to boot, this is as good an opportunity as any to get down and spooky. This party's for charity, too; all proceeds from the cash bar and entry ticket sales benefit Girls in Science.

Ohio State University Airport

2160 W. Case Rd., Dublin

7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21

Ever felt likereally living on the edge during Halloween? Well, now ZipZone zip line tours gives you the chance with its Freaky Flights tours the week of Halloween. You'll be zip lining completely in the dark without even moonlight there to guide you. Costumes are optional but encouraged since you can fly from tree to tree while wearing them.

ZipZone Canopy Tours

7325 N. High St., Worthington

zipzonetours.com