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!

Fall Traditions

  1. Leeds Farm
    • Weekends Only September 16, 2024-October 28, 2023 and ONE Friday- October 13!
    • 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 9, 2023- October 29, 2023
    • 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 16, 2023-October 29, 2023 open Friday-Sunday (Open Wednesday- Sunday in 2023)
    • 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!
  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
    • All 4 weekends in October for 2023!
    • 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
    • October 18-21, 2023
    • 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. The MAiZE at Little Darby Creek
    • Opens September 24, 2023- October 29, 2023 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Creepside
    • Creekside Park & Plaza in Gahanna- Check Back for Date for 2023!
    • 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!
  15. All Hallows’ Eve Ohio Village
    • October 7, 14, 21, 28
    • Enjoy a night of old-fashioned Halloween with storytelling, bonfires, pumpkin carving, and strange characters roaming the Ohio Village.
  16. 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 minu
  17. Candy By the Carload
    • October 22, 2023 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.
  18. Fall Festival at Oakland Nursery
    • Enjoy weekend door prizes and some weekend events on October 7th and 8th, 2023!

20. Zombiezi Bay

    • September 22, 2023- October 28, 2023
    • The waves of Zoombezi Bay will be replaced by waves of terror. Introducing ZOMBIEzi Bay, where the undead rule the night. Explore a wicked new world with four haunted houses, two scare zones, the Sea Dragon roller coaster, other non-water rides and plenty of sinister surprises – if you dare.

What are your favorite family-friendly fall traditions?