Berlin Township: 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31
Bexley: 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30
Blendon Township: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30
Canal Winchester: 5:30-7:30 Thursday, Oct. 30, followed by VFW-sponsored Halloween party at Frances Steube Community Center, 22 S. Trine St.
Clinton Township: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30
Columbus: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30
Concord Township: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30
Delaware: 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31
Dublin: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30
Etna Township: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30
Gahanna: 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30
Galena: 6-7:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30
Genoa Township: 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31
Grandview Heights: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30
Grove City: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30
Hartford (Croton): 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30
Hilliard: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30
Jefferson Township: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30
Johnstown: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30
Madison Township (Fairfield County): 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30
Marble Cliff: 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31
Marysville: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30
Mifflin Township: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30
Minerva Park: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30
New Albany: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30
Norwich Township: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30
Obetz: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30
Orange Township: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30
Pataskala: 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30
Perry Township: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30
Pickerington: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30
Plain Township: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30
Powell: 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31
Prairie Township: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30
Reynoldsburg: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30
Riverlea: 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30
Shawnee Hills: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30
Sunbury: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30
Upper Arlington: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30
Violet Township: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30
Westerville: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30
Whitehall: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30
Worthington: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31 (Oct. 30 for Worthington-area residents who receive city services from Columbus)
Fall family fun and community Halloween events
Franklin Park Conservatory, "Scary Plants" exhibition, through Nov. 9, 1777 E. Broad St. The exhibit will focus on the oddities of the plant world, including carnivorous plants. Special activities will be featured from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Some highlights include: Gus the Squash Carver, Oct. 11; Ohio Nature Education performance, Oct. 18 and 19; Trick or Treat at the Conservatory, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 25 and 26; and CATCO Puppetry, Nov. 1 and 2. For more information, call 614-715-8000.
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.
The MAiZE! in Milford Center is open. On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, now through Nov. 2, this cornfield labyrinth provides more than two miles of twists, turns and dead ends on the Rausch family farm. On average, maze-goers will wander for more than an hour seeking the labyrinth's one and only exit. The MAiZE will also have additional activities including a pumpkin patch, hayrides, Barnyard Bouncer, Corn Cannons, Pumpkin Blaster, cow barrel train, Laser Tag, Family Dodgeball, farm animals, pedal carts, tube slide, PVC roller slide and rubber duck races, Spiderweb, Kiddie Maze and campfires. The haunted Field of Fright will be opened at dark on the weekends before Halloween. The MAiZE is open Fridays from 5-10 p.m., Saturdays from 12 noon-10 p.m., Sundays from 12 noon-6 p.m., and one special weekday — Oct. 17 — from 12 noon-10 p.m. The costs of admission is $8.50 for ages 3+ and $13.50 if the haunted Field of Fright option is chosen. Discounts are available for groups of 15 or more. THE MAiZE is located at 8657 Axe Handle Rd, Milford Center. It is 10 miles south of Marysville and 8 miles west of Plain City just off SR 161. For more information, call 937-349-4781 or visit the website at www.themaize.com.
Harvest Festival, 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 17, at Jeffrey Mansion & Park, 165 N. Parkview. Activities will include a cookout, children's crafts, continuous hayrides, an Enchanted Walk, a corn maze and a bonfire. This event is co-sponsored by the Bexley Recreation Department and Bexley Celebrations Association.
Drop-In & Discover: Slightly Spooky, children ages 2-11 can kick off the scary season at Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Road, at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 17.
Outer Space Spooktacular Halloween Party, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 17, at the Worthington Community Center, 345 E. Wilson Bridge Road. Activities will include carnival games, a pumpkin walk and hay rides. Participants invited to wear costume. For volunteer opportunities for this and other holiday events, contact Melissa Hindman at email@example.com. Some activities are weather permitting.
Book signing and reading, A Halloween Brew of Poems Just for You, written by Rita Bourland and illustrated by Sean Sweeney, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 18, at Barnes and Noble, 3280 Tremont Road, Upper Arlington. For more information, call 614-459-0921.
Fall Craft Show, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 18, at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, 440 Norton Road. The event will feature handmade crafts, lunch, bake sale, raffle and a 50/50 drawing. For more information, call St. Cecilia Catholic Church at 614-878-5353.
Autumn Powell Community Bonfire, 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 18, at Village Green Park, 47 Hall St. Guests are invited for free hot dogs, Timbits from Tim Hortons, hot apple cider and marshmallows to roast over one of the fires. The event also will feature live entertainment throughout the evening at the Village Green Amphitheater.
Pumpkin Parade, Friday, Oct. 24, Old Worthington Library, 820 High St., starting at 10 a.m. Children ages 2-5 are invited for a seasonal storytime that includes singing, dancing and a parade around the Village Green (weather permitting).
Celebrate Halloween at the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Oct. 25 and 26. Wear a costume and visit trick-or-treat stations to collect treats in a bucket you decorated yourself. And on Sunday, Oct. 26, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., enjoy live music from The Shazzbots, performing family-friendly seasonal favorites. Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1777 E. Broad St. (Near East Side), Columbus 43203, 614-464-0066, promusicacolumbus.org.
Haunted Village returns to Pickerington on Oct. 29. Stop by Olde Pickerington Village from 6 to 8 p.m. to enjoy Ghost Tours, story-telling, hayrides, the Haunted Museum, Haunted House and Haunted Garden, trick-or-treating at Olde Village businesses, music by the Rock Factory Studios and more. The event is sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department, Olde Pickerington Village Business Association, the Lion's Club and the Rock Factory. For more information, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 614-833-2211 or visit www.pickerington.net. KIDSTOWN powered by the HOPE Ministry of Violet Baptist Church will be a new addition this year. KIDSTOWN will have activities for kids, including carnival games, prizes, mini pumpkin decorating and plenty of candy.
ZipZone Canopy Tours’ Freaky Flight Nights. Hurry, scurry if you want to get your tickets for one of the newest and most popular Halloween season outings in central Ohio. It’s ZipZone Canopy Tours’ Freaky Flight Nights from Oct. 28-31. The nighttime ziplining experience near Camp Mary Orton, just north of Worthington, is enhanced with all kinds of fun, including pumpkins to chuck at targets while zipping along. You can also wear a Halloween costume and be eligible to win a free zip – one will be given away to the best costume of the week. Space is limited for the Freaky Flight Night Zipping Tour as there are only two tours each of the four nights at 7 p.m. and 7:45 p.m., October 28-31. The cost for the two-hour tour is $64 per person on October 28-30 and $69 on October 31. For more information, call 614-847-9477or go online to www.zipzonetours.com.
Dia de los Muertos, at Worthington Park Library at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28. Teens can celebrate the Latin American holiday, Day of the Dead. During the event, those attending will decorate traditional sugar skulls.
Monster Mash, for ages 6-8 at the Worthington Park Library, 1389 Worthington Centre Drive, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29. Stories, crafts and more are planned.