Autumn has officially arrived once again bringing the anticipation of cooler days, colorful leaves, and crackling fires. However, nothing says fall better than the thrilling, chilling events in October to celebrate Halloween.
“October is a real treat in Ohio because we have so many amazing options for fall fright and family fun,” said Lydia Mihalik, director of the Ohio Department of Development. “Halloween-themed festivals, events, and attractions all across the state will make it easy for people to safely celebrate the spirit of the season — and have a lot of fun.”
Have a spooky good time at Halloween festivals and events
- Ohio’s two amusement parks are both well known for their Halloween celebrations. Kings Island’s Halloween Haunt and Cedar Point’s Haunt at HalloWeekends, which are both open on the weekends through October, give guests plenty to be frightened of besides the parks’ monster roller coasters. Both p
- arks also host Tricks and Treats Fall Fest on select days; a perfect event for family-friendly Halloween fun.
- Central Ohio’s largest waterpark, Zoombezi Bay, has transformed into ZOMBIEzi Bay, featuring four haunted houses, two scare zones and other sinister surprises. The park is open Thursday through Sunday nights through October.
- The Ohio History Connection in Columbus is once again hosting its “All Hallows’ Eve” every Saturday night in October. Described as an evening of “old-fashioned Halloween fun,” the event features a retelling of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow by the bonfire, pumpkin carving, a masquerade party, strange characters roaming the village and more!
- “Boo at the Zoo” and similar events return to the Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Toledo, and Akron zoos on multiple weekends in October with kid-friendly Halloween fun.
- In Williamsburg, just 30 miles east of Cincinnati, you’ll find All Hallows’ Eve Terror Town. Legend has it that awful horrors happened in this re-created Western-style town called Bravado. Guests will learn the terrible truth about what occurred as they interact with dozens of frightening characters who roam the town seeking their next victims.
- Head over to Chillicothe and check out The Passion of Dracula at Haunted Mountain, located at the Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre, home of the outdoor drama “Tecumseh.” This immersive theatrical production, set in the English countryside in 1911, follows three doctors in their quest to save the lovely heroine from the clutches of Count Dracula.
Oct. 1-31/MANSFIELD – Heart-stopping fear inside a real prison! Open 7- midnight Fri & Sat. (Until 10 p.m. Sunday). Escape From Blood Prison offers the only haunted hellscape in a real prison at The Ohio State Reformatory. Don’t wait to test authenticity. Violent men were kept here, and some never left — even after death. Walk the same halls as history’s most infamous prisoners. Immerse yourself into the foundation that formed The Shawshank Redemption. Currently, the most deranged inmates have escaped from maximum-security prisons across the nation and claimed The Ohio State Reformatory as their new hideout. What goes on inside, it’s hard to tell. General admission tickets are $25 and are available online. >MORE
Buzzard Cove Screampark
Oct. 9 – Nov. 1/HINKLEY – They are back and bigger than ever! There are more rooms and the attraction has completely changed the legendary Hinkley’s Haunted Barn to bring you a huge surprise you won’t see coming. The Hinckley’s Haunted Barn is no longer the traditional one-floor haunt. With the twists and turns, narrow hallways, and crawl spaces, you will find it challenging to get to the next room. Then find the next floor to the next level. Come see the Buzzard Cove Screampark’s Hinkley’s Haunted Barn. Do to the unfortunate circumstances we were only able to open the barn. Open weekends 7:30 to midnight (10 p.m. on Sundays) Tickets are $23. >MORE
Witches Walk 9.5
Oct 19-31/SANDUSKY – A fun event for those 21 and over – a chance to dress up in costume and enjoy the local businesses of the city, all while raising money for a good cause. There will be drawings, raffles, prizes, and a parade, as well as some great new happenings so plan now to attend. In order to spread out and practice social distancing, there are more evening dates added to this event this year. >MORE
4 weekends in Oct./COSHOCTON– The Historic Roscoe Village is offering Spirit Tours on several evenings this fall where guests stroll along the street by lantern through some of the Village’s most haunted areas enjoying a guided ghostly tour. Hear scary tales of the past and present, and spot a number of landmarks known for paranormal activity. Spirit Tours must be reserved in advance, for availability and pricing call 740-622-7644 ext. 16. >MORE
Oct. 23/COLUMBUS –
- For one night only, Columbus will play host to HighBall Halloween, deemed “the nation’s most elaborate costume party.” This annual tradition, which started in 2008, includes a fashion show, a costume contest and musical performances.