Weekend Roundup: October 20-22


Halloween is in full swing this weekend!  This weekend is jam-packed! We hope you have some room on your calendar because Columbus has a lot to offer this weekend! We have added a lot of events to our October Guide, many of which are this weekend. 

Boo at the Zoo begins this weekend, along with The Circleville Pumpkin Show! There are a number of Trunk or Treat events taking place and Fall Vendor Markets. There are also a number of outdoor events to see the leaves changing and evening events too, such as an outdoor community bonfire in Powell. 

Ongoing Ideas


October 20-21: Circleville Pumpkin Show: Opens most days at 10:00 a.m. in Circleville | Famous local celebration with lots of live music, parades, and everything pumpkin! 

October 20-21: Zassy’s Fall Vendor Market: 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. (Times may vary) at Delaware County Fair | Come out and shop and explore Zassy’s treasures! Thursday night is preview night! 

October 20: Howl-O-Ween: 4:00 p.m. at Ohio Wildlife Center in Powell | Spooky is their specialty at this family-friendly Halloween event. Come enjoy walks through their white tail trail, visits from spooky animal ambassadors like owls Bella, Alex, and Woodsy, snakes checkers, bats, echo, and Percy and Lenore, their American Crows.

October 20-22: Boo at the Zoo: Fridays 5:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. and Sundays 10:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m. | Batman and Wonder Woman, Howl-o-Ween Show, and Turtle Time with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Hanna’s Hay Ride and much more! 

October 2o: Halloween Treat Trail Party (reference page 22): 6:00 -8:00 pm at Everal Barn at Heritage Park | Wear your costume and enjoy carnival games, a treat trail, Halloween bingo, Vendor Alley and a horse-drawn carriage through the park. FREE

October 20: Family Night at Worthington Community Center: 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. | Free night of crafts, games, and connecting as a family!


October 21; Mommy’s/ Daddy’s Daughters and Donuts with Princesses: 9:00 a.m. in Newark | Spend your Saturday with your little princess and a variety of Disney princesses! (Cinderella, Ariel, Belle, Else, Anna, Rapunzel, and Moana!)

October 21: Old Hilliard Halloween Haunt: 10:00 a.m. in Old Hilliard | Join local businesses in trick or treat, scavenger hunt, family fun activities, and costume contests for all ages.

October 21: Costume and Candy Crawl: 11:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. at The Kingsdale Shopping Center, Upper Arlington | Dress in your Halloween best and Trick or Treat at the shopping center. Face painting and balloon artists too! 

October 21: Creepside at Gahanna: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Come trick or treat along Mill Street, along with live music, super heroes, pumpkin painting, and food vendors! 

October 21: B R E A D Festival: 12:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. in Downtown Dublin |  The second annual B.R.E.A.D. will include community booths, traditional music and dance, hands-on artmaking, international cuisine, bread vendors, food trucks, a global marketplace and more. The festival, presented by Dublin Arts Council, embraces: Bake, Reconnect, Educate, make Art & celebrate Diversity!

October 21- 22: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Pizza Party: 12:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m.  at the Columbus Zoo | Back by popular demand! Enjoy pizza from Donatos and see animals close up, get your face painted, and hang out with TMNT! $20 for zoo members.

October 21-22: Pumpkins and Corn: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Slate Run Metro Park and Historical Farm | Discover how the many varieties of pumpkins, gourds, squash, and corn were used in the 1880’s farm. 

October 21: Fall Colors Tram Tour: 1:00 p.m. at Blendon Woods Metro Park | Discover the beautiful hues of nature on a ride to areas not normally seen by the public! 

October 21: Dress Rehearsal at Disney Store: 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Disney Store Polaris | Come dressed as your favorite character and enjoy games, crafts, and a costume parade along with giveaways! This event also takes place on October 28.

October 21: Boo N’ Brew: 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Polaris Fashion Place | Fall festival with a beer garden benefiting the Ronald McDonald House and lots of family-friendly activities like trick or treating, silly safari animal shows, food trucks, face painting, balloon artists, and costume contest! 

October 21: Ghost Trolley Day: 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in Worthington | Halloween event designed for younger children to tour the decorated train cars along the way, then board the streetcar.

October 21: Halloween Family Fun Night: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Three Creeks Metro Park | Not too scary stories and s’mores at the campfire and go trunk or treating for candy. Kids of all ages are encouraged to wear costumes. 

October 21: All Hallow’s Eve: 5:30–9:30 p.m. at Ohio Village | Enjoy an evening of 1890s-style family fun at All Hallows’ Eve, with a retelling of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by the bonfire, pumpkin carving and strange characters roaming Ohio Village. Come revel in old-fashioned entertainment including fortune telling, crafts, games and more!

October 21: Powell Community Bonfire: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Hall Street | Guests will enjoy free hot dogs, apple cider, doughnut holes and marshmallows to roast over one of the fires. 

October 21: Wo’Town Howdown: 7:00 p.m. at The Shops at Worthington Place | Delicious samples, music, and western garb! Get your tickets today! 


October 22: Ohio State Four-Miler: 10:00 a.m. at Ohio Stadium | The Ohio State Four-Miler is the largest four-mile race in the United States with a normally sold-out field of 15,000 runners and walkers. Register today! 

October 22: Fall Fun Day Tram Rides: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Blendon Woods Metro Park |Enjoy a tram ride, see the beautiful changing colors of nature, play in a giant leaf pile, roast a marshmallow and make a craft. 

October 22: Trick or Treat Trail1:00-4:00 p.m. at Deer Haven Park | Come in costume to gather treats from characters along the s-p-o-o-k-y trail. Decorate pumpkins, enjoy a hayride, & vote for your favorite scarecrow. It’s all free! All ages.


October 22: Music and Nature: 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Grange Insurance Audubon Center | Celebrate Autumn with the Columbus Symphony! 

October 22: The Life and Times of Beethoven: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at The Columbus Symphony | A great event for children aged 3-12. It is a one hour concert that is a great introduction to classical music. Pre-concert activities include playing an instrument, making crafts and more. 

October 22: Fall Fest: 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Northwest United Methodist Church |This family-friendly event will take place on the north end of the church property and will include games, face painting, and tattoos. Food will include hot dogs, hamburgers, macaroni and cheese, fruit, and salad. There will also be a chili cook-off and a dessert contest. Trunk-or-Treating will be the last activity of the evening.

October 22: Zombie Halloween Pool Party (reference page 22) 6:30-8 pm at the Westerville Community Center | Meet the Zombie lifeguards as you walk through a haunted trick or treat trail. Then the party moves to the pool. Children 6 and under must have a parent in the pool. Parents are free and children are $7.50 for non-residents and $5.00 for residents. 

Enjoy the wonderful weekend! 

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Maureen Ingham
Maureen Ingham has enjoyed living in the great city of Columbus for nearly 13 years! Originally from Canton, Ohio, Maureen attended Ohio University and will always be a bobcat at heart! After completing her education degree in Athens, she made her way to The Ohio State University to obtain a Masters degree in Special Education. She fell in love with Columbus then and convinced her now husband to join her in this awesome city! She taught 5th grade for 6 years, before deciding to stay home to raise two beautiful girls. Their family has recently moved to Worthington with their two girls and are excited to plant their roots here! Their first daughter, Maeve is 6 and her sister, Reese will soon be 5 years old. They welcomed a son, Miles in March 2020. Maureen has been with The Columbus Moms Blog since the beginning and now enjoys working on editing and events for the blog. She also works as a Postpartum Doula with her sister at a company called Together Wee Grow. They provide night nursing services, as well as daytime support to local families and babies in Columbus. It is a wonderful job to work along her sister and help families with their precious little ones in a vulnerable time period. In between the night shifts, sweeping up crumbs, exploring Columbus, and getting kids to where they need to be, Maureen enjoys working out, trying new recipes and restaurants, traveling, spending time with family, being crafty and trying to help others whenever she can! Maureen has many Columbus favorites. Her go-to restaurant is Third and Hollywood, she enjoys a sweet treat at Sassafrass Bakery or Fox in the Snow, a slice of pizza at Dewey's Pizza and a warm cup of joe at Highline Coffee. A perfect Saturday involves an outdoor activity with her family and trying a new restaurant when they can! She is excited to be a part of an excellent team here at Columbus Moms blog and hopes to be able to inspire mothers that small acts of kindness go a long way in raising their kids and the city they live in!