Fall Traditions for Columbus Families

fall traditions for families

Fall has made an appearance! It is our favorite season of the year and a beautiful time in Columbus, Ohio to create some fall traditions.

We wanted to share some of the fun events and activities to do around town and at home this season! (This post has been updated in 2020 and although a few things on the list aren’t happening this year there’s still lots to look forward to!)

Fall Traditions

  1. Leeds Farm
    • Weekends Only September 19, 2020-October 31, 2020
    •  They have so many farm activities to keep your family moving all day, including their Back 40 barnyard activities, hayrides, farm animals, and farm pond. Feed the goats and visit the pigs too! Buy a pre-registered ticket this year!
  2. Orchard and Company (Apple Picking and More)
    • September 12, 2020- November 1, 2020
    • Apple picking along with family fun! Farm animals, pedal car track, the Moo Moo Express, zip lines, and delicious fall foods!
  3. Homemade Apple Sauce
    • Try this recipe after picking your delicious apples:
      • 12 apples sliced and peeled
      • 1/2 cup sugar
      • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
      • 1/2 cup water
      • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
      • To prepare, toss your apples in lemon juice and coat with sugar and cinnamon. Next, place in a slow cooker and add water. Cover the apples and cook on high for 4 hours.
  4. Pigeon Roost Farm
    • September 18, 2020-October 31, 2020 open Friday-Sunday (Closed Monday-Thursday in 2020)
    • Pumpkin picking, mazes, giant slides and fort! Come out and enjoy a day on the farm! One of our favorite fall traditions!
  5. OSU Skull session
    • Listen to the sounds of the OSU famous marching band for free! The sessions will happen 2 hours before home football games at St. Johns Arena. Make sure to arrive early to get a seat for you and the kids (give yourself a solid 20 mins.) This is such a fun rally for the big games and my kids love it! Likely not happening in 2020.
  6. Bike Ride on The Olentangy Trail
    • As the trees start to change, hop on a bike with the family and enjoy the Olentangy Trail!
  7. Hayden Falls Park
    • Want some great fall foliage pictures? The trail has a nice short boardwalk to the falls for a picturesque afternoon.
    • fall photo locations
  8. Lynd Fruit Farm
    • Apple picking starts early in September. Please see link for dates and times for picking.
    • Great apple picking, fun corn maze and market for all to enjoy!
  9. Boo at the Zoo
    • October 16-18, 2020, October 23-25, 2020 and October 30-November 1, 2020 (3 weekends this year)
    • Visit the Columbus Zoo dressed in your best costumes! Go enjoy the animals and Halloween treats and fun candy stops along the way! This event makes for a great fall tradition!
  10. Circleville Pumpkin Show
    • Check back in 2021!
    • Want to see some massive pumpkins? This event is a must! Enjoy the impressive display of pumpkins and some amazing pumpkin-themed food along with family fun activities. This event is one of central Ohio’s favorites and there’s free admission!
    • fall festivals
  11. Host A Football Tailgate
    • Pick a game and enjoy a tailgate with family and friends! One of our favorite things about fall is watching some football, playing yard games, and eating great food!
    • Try this Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili for your next tailgate!
    • football tailgate
  12. DeMonye’s Halloween House
    • Closed for 2020, check back in 2021!
    • The best kid-friendly haunted house and pumpkin decorating in the city! Your admission gets you a pumpkin to decorate, a bag of popcorn, the haunted house, hay-stack maze, and corn-pit fun!!
    • fall traditions
  13. The MAiZE at Little Darby Creek
    • Opens September 19, 2020- November 1, 2020 for corn maze fun and a pumpkin patch!
    • Want to experience the most epic corn maze in Central Ohio? You have to come to the 9-acre MAiZE at Little Darby Creek. Have fun with the whole family and enjoy an afternoon in the amazing cornfield.
  14. Worthington Farmers Market
    • Outdoor May-October on Saturdays from 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
    • Stroll the streets of historic Worthington and sip on hot apple cider and enjoy warm donuts! Take in the pretty fall colored leaves and visit all the great vendors at the farmers market! It is one of the best spots for fall in Columbus. New location for 2020 behind Worthington Mall.
  15. Creepside
    • Creekside Park & Plaza in Gahanna- Check Back for Date for 2020. It will be a drive thru event this year!
    • Trick-or-Treat along Mill Street and visit 50 local businesses, pumpkin painting, live music, “Not so Scary” Trail along Big Walnut Creek, and much much more!
  16. All Hallows’ Eve Ohio Village
    • Will be back in 2021!
    • Enjoy a night of old-fashioned Halloween with storytelling, bonfires, pumpkin carving, and strange characters roaming the Ohio Village.
  17. Bake some Pumpkin cookies!
    • Pumpkin Cake Batter Cookies (super easy!)
      • 1 15 oz Can of Cooked Pumpkin Puree
      • 1 Box Spice Cake Mix
      • 1 Cup Mini Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
      • Frosting/Icing (optional)
      • Heat oven to 350, combine cake mix and pumpkin puree with a mixer and add in the chocolate chips. Scoop tablespoons full onto a greased cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes!
  18. Dublin Family Fall Fest
    • October 24, 2020.
    • FREE family-friendly fun! Bridge and High Street
  19. Candy By the Carload
    • October 24, 2020 4-6 p.m.
    • It’s a trick-or-treater’s treasure chest as local businesses and organizations set up booths and car trunks filled with candy, toys and other Halloween goodies.
  20. Fall Festival at Oakland Nursery
  • Enjoy weekend door prizes and some weekend events on October 3rd & 4th and October 10th & 11th. Plus, all-you-can-carry pumpkins will be on the weekend of October 10th & 11th. Call your Oakland neighborhood store to learn more details.

What are your favorite family-friendly fall traditions?


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