All Hallows' Eve is back

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

All Hallows' Eve is back at the Ohio History Connection's Ohio Village.

For two Saturday evenings, Oct. 11 and Oct. 18, you and the family can experience an old-fashioned, 19th century Halloween.

The folk traditions of All Hallows' Eve are steeped in the rituals of the Irish, Scottish and English immigrants who settled in Ohio in the 19th century. They helped bring pumpkin carving, mask-making and the wearing of costumes into contemporary practice.

The evening's events, which run from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Ohio Village, will feature an old-fashioned Halloween kids' area with a festive maze, mask decorating, consultations with village mystics, fortune-telling games, pumpkin carvings, crafts and even some dancing to traditional folk music in the village's town hall.

Seasonal food and drink will be available from local food trucks to add to the festivities of the evening. Enjoy some hot cider fireside at 7:30 and 9 p.m., where you'll hear a retelling of the classic Washington Irving story, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The infamous Headless Horseman will make an appearance near the end of the readings. Parents should note that this appearance may be a bit scary for young children.

The Ohio Village is located at 800 E. 17th Ave. in Columbus. Admission to All Hallows' Eve is $12 for ages 13+ ($10 for Ohio History Connection members), $9 for kids ages 6-12 ($7 for OHC youth members), and all kids 5 and under are admitted free.

For tickets, call 800-686-1541 or visit