The German Village Society is looking for people who don't mind sharing their houses with a few ghosts and goblins.

The German Village Society is looking for people who don't mind sharing their houses with a few ghosts and goblins.

The society is seeking hosts for the 11th annual Monster Bash, an adult Halloween party to be held Oct. 15 in an area bounded by Kossuth Street, High Street, Livingston Avenue and South Third Street.

The trick-or-treat portion will be held from 7:30 to about 9 p.m. The party then moves to the German Village Meeting Haus.

Brittany Gibson, a society board member who's helping organize the party, said hosts are asked to provide a snack and drink.

"They're just a little part of the event," Gibson said. "They don't need to feel like they're the whole party."

Only a handful of residents have agreed to host a party so far. The society is looking for five to seven more.

"We shoot for 10 at minimum, 12 at most," Gibson said.

Interested hosts can email Gibson at brittanymgibson@

Tickets cost $55 for society members and $65 for non-members. They are available online at

Creativity from hosts is not necessary, but also not discouraged, Monster Bash organizers said.

Some people go all out in providing theme-related decorations, finger foods and cocktails. Trick-or-treaters will vote on the best site, she said.

"We've always had excellent trick or treat spots in the past," Gibson said.

Josh Miller, also a member of the society's board, constructed a "Backyard Bayou" last year. He used a liner so he could fill his backyard with water. He built a pier and even included an "alligator."

"It was pretty cool," Miller said. "It was a blast. It went by so fast."

Each stop gets two free tickets to the evening's festivities. Also, whatever the hosts spend on supplies can be written off as a tax-deductible donation, Gibson said.

"The trick-or-treat host is definitely giving a big in-kind gift to GVS, and they are the featured piece of this annual event," said Shiloh Todorov, executive director of the society.

"And their creativity and use of the event to meet neighbors and raise money for the cause is just so Fred and Howard," Todorov said, referring to the late Fred Holdridge and Howard Burns, who were deeply devoted to the neighborhood.

About 300 people are expected to buy tickets for Monster Bash, but not all attend trick-or-treat sites, she said.

More adult activities will continue at the Meeting Haus, where food, dancing and an open bar will be offered. The Ohio State University football game against the University of Wisconsin will be broadcast over a large-screen TV.

Partiers will compete for best-costume prizes until midnight or so, Gibson said.

"It's just the trick-or-treat feeling all over again, just the grown-up version," she said.