Beggars night in Gahanna is set from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29.

Beggars night in Gahanna is set from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29.

Other October events are also on tap.

"Creepside drew 4,000 visitors last year," Parks and Recreation director Tony Collins said. The event invites residents to show up in costume on Creekside and participate in what the department calls "Gahanna's premier fall festival."

The Great Pumpkin Hunt is set for Hannah Park on Saturday, October 10 at 11 a.m. The cost is $7 for a resident and $10 for others. That is the cost per participant.

Oct. 2 is the deadline for event registration, which is required. Call 342-4250 to register.

The Great Pumpkin Hunt is really for kids, said Kate Moening, the department's public information coordinator. "The participants line up and then go out into the field (at Hanna Park) choose their pumpkin," she said.

"There will be a couple of children's activities, a maze for kids to go through, a couple of art activities and we'll provide a background, a couple of hay bales and fall symbols, where parents can take photos of their kids."

The next Gahanna activity is the biggest: Creepside.

"It keeps getting bigger every year," Moening said. It runs from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 14 and is on Creekside Plaza, 123 Mill St.

The event is free and those coming get free candy and lots of activities.

"We intend it to be our largest fall event this year," Moening said. "We're going to close down Mill Street for part of the time to make ir more accessible and safer for participants," she said. The staff encourages children and adults alike to come in costume.

The department is still taking vendor applications for those who want to attend and pass out candy and information on their group or association. Call 342-4250 to register.

Creepside is a downtown alternative to trick-or-treating, Moening said.

A new entry to activities this year isn't sponsored by the city. The Broadview Bloodbath is a home haunt created and designed by Robin Walters. It will be open to the public Thursday, Oct. 29, and Friday, Oct. 30, at 5313 Broadview Road.

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Walters says 100-percent of the proceeds from the event will go to the Columbus Dog Connection, a rescue group that cares for abused and abandoned dogs.

Walters spins the tale of the house by saying, "When a home has an unhappy history, you can sense it. 5313 Broadview Road sat empty and forlorn for many years. The former owners had a run of bad luck, bankruptcies and illness. Rumor has it, they died shortly after the bank took over. At midnight do they still come to visit?"

Other Parks and Recreation activities set for October include a 9:30 a.m., Oct. 17 Creep, Crawl and Run 5K event. Put on by the Gahanna Youth Council, it is a fundraiser for youth scholarship funds for department activities. Call 342-4240.

Make A Difference Day is set for Oct. 24 this year. Organizers are asking for volunteers to call 342-4250 to sign up for one of two shifts.

"We want to know so that we can have enough supplies and food," Moening said. The project is the cleanup of a field next to the newest section of the Big Walnut bicycle trail off Price Road. It is in need of a "major cleanup," Moening said.