The 12th annual Monster Bash promises to be more merry than scary.

The Bash -- German Village's adult version of trick-or-treat -- will be held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 14.

There will be roughly 10 stops in an area bounded by Third, Jackson, Sixth and Columbus streets. Hosts will have theme parties, snacks and beverages.

Revelers are asked to get into the spirit of the season, whether dressing up or making Halloween-themed cocktails and appetizers, said Jim Penikas, who is co-chairman of the event with his wife, Sarah.

"It's a time to come out in the neighborhood, get dressed up in your best costume -- scary or funny -- and have a good time with the neighbors," Penikas said.

Tickets, $55 for society members and $65 for non-members, are available at

All proceeds support the German Village Society's historic preservation, education and community-building efforts.

When trick-or-treating is over, partiers are invited to the German Village Meeting Haus for a night of dancing, food and drinks.

Officials plan to create a tailgating venue, complete with a large-screen TV, for those who want to watch the Ohio State University football game.

The Buckeyes are playing at Nebraska at 7:30 p.m.

Those in attendance at the Meeting Haus will vie for prizes for funniest, scariest and best group costumes. An award also will be given for best trick-or-treat stop.

The Columbus Crew is getting involved in festivities this year, helping to decorate the Meeting Haus, handing out prizes and sending its mascot, the Crew Cat, to the party, said Shiloh Todorov, executive director of the German Village Society.

"I think that will add a little fresh flair to the festivities," Todorov said.

The party will wrap up around 11 p.m. Guests are then invited to the Daily Growler, 702 S. High St., for the official "after-hours party."