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Trick or Treat: How to Have a Wicked Halloween in Downtown Columbus

Spooky season is upon us! Haunted houses, scary movies, costume contests and more–there are so many ways to get into the Halloween Spirit.

Whether you’re in search of tricks or looking for some sweet treats, Downtown Columbus is the place to be this Halloween. Join the witches and wizards and ghosts and goblins of the city at these upcoming spooktacular events.


Highball Halloween

A celebration you won’t want to miss–Columbus’ largest party of the season is back! Highball Halloween celebrates the high-fashion side of Halloween with live music, food and drinks, and a series of contests & couture fashion shows. Join the fun and show off your most elaborate costume in the Out of the Closet Public Costume Contest for a chance to win a cash prize! 

This year’s event will be held on Saturday, October 23 at Express LIVE! from 6-11 PM Get your tickets and sign up for the costume contest before it’s too late!


Double Trouble at Short North Stage

Enjoy a live performance of terrifying classics at Short North Stage. Watch Garden Theater bring to life the cult classic “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein” in various performances through the end of the month. Click here to view showtimes and plan your visit. 


Pumpkins Aglow

Stroll through a Halloween wonderland! Hundreds of glowing jack-o-lanterns, along with gourds, mums and brassicas are on display at Pumpkins Aglow. Enchanting decorations throughout the gardens—including a foggy creek, witches garden, larger-than-life spiders and more—await you.

Check out all Pumpkin Aglow has to offer at the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens from 5-9 PM. on the following dates: October 13-17, 20-24 & 27-31.


Spooktacular Trick or Treat Drive-Through

Celebrate Halloween with the Columbus Crew as they host a Trick or Treat Drive-Through, a fun and safe community trick or treat alternative, on Friday, October 29  from 5-7 PM at the Historic Crew Stadium. This spooktacular Halloween party will include a variety of Halloween-themed activities for families to enjoy from the comfort of their car. 

Looking for another way to celebrate? Check out Experience Columbus’ roundup of haunting performances, ghostly gatherings and family-friendly festivals!