Contrary to popular belief, Halloween is NOT just for kids. The Columbus area is full of great events for the 18 and over crowd including interactive events, seminars of "other worldly events and encounters" and fantastic displays of costuming and design. There is even an event to capture the romantic spirit of the holiday.
Monster Bash Tea
Dates: October 1, 2013
Location: Davis-Shai House
Hours: Tuesday 1-2:30 p.m.
Address: 301 Central Pkwy. Heath, 43056
Halloween on the Hocking
October, 12th, 19th or 26th 2013
Saturday 6 p.m.
$45 per canoe
Hocking Valley Canoe Livery
31251 Chieftain Dr., Logan
Does Halloween...put you in the mood? Take a romantic canoe ride where you and your ghoul can snuggle up and count witches brooms in the sky.
October 16, 2013 from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Creekside Park & Plaza
123 Mill Street, Gahanna
Whole family fun with a trick or treat trail, games, crafts, music, hayrides, a haunted walk, paddle boat rides and more!
Gables, Gargoyles & Ghosts Bus Tours
Friday, October 25, Saturday, October 26, Tuesday, October 29 and Wednesday, October 30
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Tour departs from and returns to Columbus Landmarks Foundation, 61 Jefferson Ave.
Tickets: Member $25/Non-Member $30
From the site: Architecturally-interesting Columbus sites - from historic homes and museums to hotels, former funeral homes and Victorian charmers - all have stories to tell! Locations may vary each night on this eerie bus tour as the spirits move us.
Halloween Lantern Walking Tours
Sunday, October 20, Tuesday, October 22, Wednesday, October 23 6-9 p.m.
Tour begins at Topiary Park
480 E. Town St.
Tickets: Member $10/Non-Member $20
From the site: Remember being a child, walking through the leaves on an autumn night and scaring your friennds with stories of that old house down the street? Come walk with us and see the beauty of one of Columbus' most architecturally-significant neighborhoods by lamplight and lantern. Learn why this street enjoys the reputation of being the most haunted neighborhood in Columbus.
Mayhem & Mystery Dinner Theatre: Tailgate Threats
Dates: September 10 - October 29, 2013
Location: The Columbus Spaghetti Warehouse
Hours: Tuesday 7-9:30 p.m.
Address: 397 W. Broad St. Columbus, 43215
From the website: Mayhem & Mystery presents fall fun. Join the tailgate party for the Greenfield Grasshoppers. Every Fall fans gather to root for the team and feast. Contests and corn hole add a festive air. Today the fans have added some heat. World-renowned TV chef Jeff B Ardy will be here to judge some of the fabulous food. His favorite choice food and cook will appear on his TV show and win a cash award. Tempers flare when rookie Cindy Clipping accuses Bob Block of stealing her secret recipe for tomato sauce. Cindy plans a penalty for Bob's foul. Bob's defense seems sparing. Who will reach the end zone with their recipe and catch the prize? Will there be a turnover in the tailgate turf war? Can the focus return to the game or will the frenzy of fame win out? Score a night of fun at the party without the game.
October 25 - 26
Short North Arts District
High Street in the Short North, Columbus
The 6th annual HighBall Halloween is a celebration of the art of design and masquerade. Events include a 60-foot runway show under the Short North arches in front of 20,000 Columbus residents. This is a fantastic Halloween event.
From the website: The Gateway Film Center is going all in with the creepy, scary and spooky, showing a variety of classic horror films. From the campy to the award-winning, Gateway is one spot where Columbusites can get their horror fix.
Hitchcock Halloween! Can you have Halloween without the master Alfred Hitchcock? I don't think so and neither does the Gateway Theatre and The Wexner Center for the Arts. Both are delving into the brilliant mind behind Rear Window, Birds and more. Check out the complete listing for both events.