Looking for something fun to do this weekend in Columbus? Try out one of these family-friendly Columbus and Ohio–based events and activities!
1. Attend a Fall Festival at a Local Pumpkin Farm
Fall festivals are starting up at local pumpkin farms! Fall Festivals typically take place on the weekends and include hayrides, pumpkin picking, plus tons of other outdoor activities! Click the link above for a complete list of pumpkin farms and fall festivals in Central Ohio!
2. Find Your Way Through a Local Corn Maze
There are some super fun corn maze designs at local farms this year! Click the link above for a list of corn mazes around Columbus and Central Ohio!
3. Go Apple Picking at a Local Orchard
It’s apple picking season! Click the link above for list of local orchards where you can pick your own apples!
4. Attend a Family Friendly Halloween Event
Click the link above for a list of Halloween events happening around Columbus! There’s something for every day of the week during the whole month of October!
5. Tales From The Crypt At Green Lawn Abbey
Friday October 28th at Saturday October 29th visit Green Lawn Abbey for some “Tales From The Crypt”. This haunting evening of history will have some of their mausoleum “Residents” telling their tale. See link for tickets, times and pricing. For this event 100% of the proceeds will be used to restore Green Lawn Abbey.
6. Halloween On The Green At Worthington Village Green
Friday October 28th at 6pm visit the Worthington Village Green for an evening of trick-or-treating, live entertainment and crafts! This family friendly event is free and does not require registration.
7. Ghostbusters With Columbus Symphony At Ohio Theatre
Friday October 28th at 8pm visit Ohio Theatre to experience Ghostbusters with Columbus Symphony as they play the score live along to the 1984 film Ghostbusters! Lots of family fun with surprise guests and photo opportunities.
8. Blendon Bones At Blendon Woods Metro Park
Saturday October 29th and Sunday October 30th visit Blendon Woods Metro Park for Blendon Bones! Learn about animal skeletons, go through the mammal skull maze and meet the taxidermist at this spooky nature event. See link for times and list of events.
9. Halloween Hoopla At Marysville Public Library
Saturday October 29th at 10am visit the Marysville Public Library for Halloween Hoopla! This event will feature all of your favorite Halloween treats, crafts and even a mini book sale!
10. Trick Or Treat At Franklin Park Conservatory
Saturday October 29th starting at 10am visit Franklin Park Conservatory for Trick Or Treat At The Conservatory. This event is included with admission and will have a Halloween costume contest with a chance to win Conservatory Aglow tickets, so be sure to wear your best costumes! There will also be treat bags for kids and plenty of fun photo opportunities!
11. Author Reading & Family Fun! At Coffee Connections Of Hilliard
Saturday October 29th at 10:30am visit Coffee Connections Of Hilliard for a fun filled morning of scavenger hunts, character meet & greet, receive free candy and listen to local author Julie Dinges read from her book Search For The Scepter. Costumes are encouraged for the kids!
12. 3rd Annual Trunk Or Treat At Pataskala Grace Church
Saturday October 29th starting at 11am visit Pataskala Grace Church for a not so scary trunk or treat. Plus games, hayrides and lots of family fun for all!
13. Spooky Animals Display At Battelle Darby Nature Center
Saturday October 29th at 11am visit the Nature Center at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park for a morning filled with all kinds of creepy and spooky animals! See a live scorpion and tarantula! Learn about bats, wolves and coyotes. Don’t forget to take a turn touching a real snake too!
14. An Afternoon With Author Stacy Nockowitz At Tremont Road Library
Saturday October 29th at 1pm visit Tremont Road Library for an afternoon featuring the book The Prince Of Steel Pier by author Stacy Nockowitz. See link for registration.
15. All Treats, No Tricks Halloween Eve Event at Broad & Westmoor
On Sunday from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM visit the businesses of Broad & Westmoor for a free All Treats, No Tricks Halloween Eve Event! There will be a Trick-or-Treat at all of the shops plus: drinks for kiddos and adults at Third Way Cafe, fall Photo Booth at The Design Refinery, pumpkin painting activity at Clay Street Ceramics and glitter Face Painting at Koko Shop + Refillery Stop in at each shop for lots of Halloween fun!
16. Beechwold’s Trunk or Treat At Beechwold Christian Church
Saturday October 29th starting at 2pm visit Beechwold Christian Church for a day filled with trunk or treating, petting zoo, hot cider, s’mores and music!
17. For Kids: Fall Squirrel Hike At Highbanks Metro Park
Saturday October 29th at 2pm visit Highbanks Metro Park for a 1-mile hike through the woods looking for squirrel activity and other fall creatures. This hike is appropriate for ages 3+ and binoculars are encouraged.
18. FrankenToys At Old Worthington Library
Saturday October 29th at 2:30pm visit the Old Worthington Library for FrankenToys! This creative hour takes old toys and repurposes them into your own creation. This event is recommended for ages 6-11.
19. All Hallows’ Eve at Ohio Village
Saturday from 5:30pm-9:30pm explore a 1890’s style All Hallows’ Eve featuring a retelling of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, pumpkin carving, and other Victorian-era entertainment! Advance tickets required.
20. Rule-O-Ween At Rule 3
Saturday October 29th starting at 6pm visit Rule 3 for this free community event featuring costume contest, face painting, trick or treating, photo booth, games, DJ and much more!
21. 3rd Annual MOMCC Youth Division Trunk Or Treat At Sharon Woods Metro Park
Sunday October 30th starting at 3pm visit Sharon Woods Metro Park for trunk or treating, prizes, giveaways, costume contest, arts and crafts. Get your costumes ready!
22. Hilliard Trunk Or Treat 2022 At Hilliard Ray Patch YMCA
Sunday October 30th starting at 5pm put your best costume on and visit Ray Patch YMCA for trunk or treating, food trucks, music, a visit from Hilliard police, photo booth and more!
23. Make Kindness Kits for Kids Staying at CHOICES with Seeds of Caring
This Seeds of Caring service project can be done at home, school, or wherever you are! Through Oct. 31, kids ages 6-12 will learn the importance of self-kindness, then share their kindness by making Fall Fun Snack Kits and cheer cards for kids staying at CHOICES for Victims of Domestic Violence. Like all of our projects, an easy-to-use discussion packet helps you engage children’s hearts and minds before getting their hands active with service.
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*Please be aware, information is gathered from multiple community sources. Times, dates and locations are subject to change. There may be a fee to participate in a featured activity. Please call ahead or check links to confirm activities. Inclusion of an event on this list is not considered an endorsement. Please use your best judgement when attending public events and consult your doctor if you have questions regarding the safety level of a public event. Read my disclaimer here. Enjoy what you do today!*