Places to see Halloween Decorations


Halloween has always been one of my favorites. It’s fun to see the costumes, eat candy and enjoy in some spooky thrills.

You’ll find lots of Halloween spirit at the many pumpkin patches in Columbus but there are lots of other places this year that decorated for Halloween. Several local communities are going all out with scarecrows across the city, glowing pumpkins, mazes and more! Bonus: many of these are free.

Halloween Decorations Around Columbus

Minion Hunt in Grove City

Minion Hunt in Grove City: Don’t miss the new 2020 Minion Hunt in historic Town Center. Search for 10 costumed minions hidden among the buildings.

Scarecrow Spooktacular in Hilliard

Scarecrow SpooktacularThere are a bunch of businesses, organizations and schools participating in this scarecrow contest. These will be on display from October 9 – November 1. Download the map here so you know where to visit: scarecrow map

There’s lots of other Halloween fun happening in Hilliard. See below for more information.


scarecrow decorations around Hilliard

Pumpkin Patchport Trail

Pumpkin Patchport Trail: Pick up a patchport at a participating local business in Hilliard, or print one here: pumpkin patchport. Look for the “Pumpkin Patchport” sticker on the window of participating businesses and go inside to find a decorated pumpkin, get your passport stamped and receive a treat. (It says on the website you get a treat but we went to a few businesses and weren’t given anything.Tthe kids were still excited to collect the stamps.) This is going on from October 1 – October 31, 2020.

Pumpkin Patchport
Center Street Market in Hilliard

2020 Trail of Scarecrows

2020 Trail of Scarecrows: Fairfield County has been named “The Scarecrow Capital of Ohio” and there are 14 communities throughout the county displaying scarecrows. There are almost 300 on display. Use the link to get a map of where to visit.

Westerville Public Library

Hilda the Dragon: Check for updates on the Westerville Public Library Instagram page to learn when Hilda the Dragon will officially be roaring and smoking. Hilda is perched on top of the library and is wearing a mask this year. Stop by between now and October 31.

Celebrity Pumpkin

Paras Pumpkins: Each year local artist, Jeanette Paras paints a HUGE celebrity pumpkin (or two) and puts it on her front porch in Dublin. My children and I look forward to seeing this display. The decorated pumpkin always makes National news! (The pumpkin isn’t on display yet as of the date this post was published, but use the link to check their Instagram page for an update.) In the past the pumpkin has stayed up through the Christmas season or as long as the pumpkin will last.

celebrity pumpkin
One of the Paras Pumpkins from 2019

Harvest Blooms & Pumpkins Aglow

Harvest Blooms: During the day you can stroll around Franklin Park Conservatory to see the spectacular pumpkin house and other colorful displays.

Pumpkins AglowOn select nights (October 14 – 18 and October 21 – 25) enjoy the magic of the Halloween season under the stars. Pumpkins will be glowing and seasonal horticulture displays will be out for guests to enjoy.

Be sure to review the ticketing information.

Read about why one mom on our writing team loves Franklin Park Conservatory.

Pumpkin House

Boo at the Zoo

Boo at the ZooThis is a yearly tradition for so many. Boo at the Zoo is happening three weekends this year. Special regions will be dressed up for this spooky kooky holiday! There are lots of Halloween decorations spread out throughout the zoo and so many great picture opportunities.

The Great Westerville Pumpkin Glow

Pumpkin GlowThis is the community’s newest fall favorite tradition with a twist! Westerville Parks and Recreation will present the Glow as a drive-thru experience with thousands of carved pumpkins. The cost is $15 per vehicle. This occurs on October 21 – October 25 and October 28 – November 1, 2020.

Spooktacular in Dublin

Spooktacular: Dublin has changed up their popular event this year so be sure to use the links to read about the new offerings. The dates are October 27 – October 30 from dusk until dawn.

Check out the Spooktacular Map to see the activities available at Coffman Park. There’s a Storybook Walk featuring the book If You’re Scary and You Know ItPumpkin Sign Hunt, and a Hay Maze.

For Dublin residents and Dublin school district residents only there is a haunted trail that you must pre-register to walk through.

Spirit Halloween

Spirit HalloweenI’m not sure if all of the locations are decked out for Halloween but I have visited the store on Sawmill Road in Dublin next to Target and there’s lots of spooky fun inside. There are numerous interactive displays that make noises and move.

Hoover Gardens and Gift Shop

Hoover Gardens and Gift ShopThere’s a little haunted maze her for the kids and Halloween decor to purchase at the gift shop.

Houses Decorated for Halloween

If you know of neighborhoods or houses that have gone all out on Halloween decorations, let us know in the comments!

If you are in Dublin, be sure to stop by 2691 Sawmill Meadows Ave. to see an elaborate yard display. We took a ride around a few streets in the neighborhood and there were several other houses with skeletons and other Halloween decor in their front yards.Halloween deocratons

House in Dublin

Road Trip Ideas

Jack O’Lantern Junction

Pumpkin Glow at Caesar Ford Park

Nelsonville Halloween Train Ride

There are still several Trunk-or-Treating and Trick-or-Treating events happening this year. Check out the list: Trick-or-Treating Events

Have a SPOOKTACULAR Halloween season!!

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Amy is an "on the go momma" to two spunky and fun loving kids (ages 9 & 8). She came to Columbus to pursue a career in elementary education and decided this was home. She’s an avid traveler, yet can’t master the art of packing. Her philosophy is bring it all because you don’t know if you’re going to need it. If you ever decide to take a trip with her, don’t worry about bringing a camera because she’ll take enough photos of the experience that it will likely crash your hard drive. Before kids, you could find everything neatly organized and straight vacuum lines in her carpet, but these days she's not bothered with worrying about the small stuff. You can catch her belting out her favorite song, “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” and using her two left feet to bust a move with her family during their frequent impromptu dance parties. She loves living in such a family-friendly city!