Columbus Mom Guide to the Month of October

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Hello, fall! The leaves are just starting to change. The colors are just beautiful and mums and pumpkins are everywhere you look. The smell of pumpkin spice is in the air and you can hear the leaves crunch as you take an evening stroll with your family. Who’s ready for fall activities and fun?

There are still plenty of Pumpkin Patches this month! You may be able to squeeze in some last-minute Apple Picking as well. Be sure to check out our new post on Haunted Houses and Spooky Tours too. It sounds like a spooktacular time! Along with Trick-or-Treat this month, there are a number of Trunk-or-Treat options along the way! This is a great option for little ones too. {As always, the information is subject to change. Be sure to use the links and check directly with the businesses/organizations.}

October Events

Ongoing Events:

ZOMBIezi Bay Haunted House: Through October 31, 2021 :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. Must be 13 or older!

2021 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.

Home Depot Kids Workshop At Home | Each kit pack includes a certificate of completion, an apron pin and a Kids Workshop apron. Parts are made of wood and the kit includes all necessary assembly hardware. Purchase online.

Events: October 1- 7

October 1-3: Vintage Market Days of West Columbus: Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. This three-day upscale vintage-inspired indoor/outdoor market is a unique and memorable shopping experience. 

October 1-3: 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. | Special regions will be dressed up for this spooky kooky holiday! Every weekend in October this year!

October 1: Magic Kingdom 50th Anniversary and Fireworks LIVE!: 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. | Watch, chat and experience the magic of Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary celebration LIVE from Magic Kingdom!

October 2: Forest Playroom Private Playgroup Reservation: Staggered Times at Grange Audobon | The playroom will be opened to reservations on a staggered daily schedule, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The climbing area will be cleaned before your arrival and sanitized upon the conclusion of your designated playtime, for your safety.

October 2: Old Worthington Market Day: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in Old Worthington | All day festival returns! Worthington’s largest one-day festival, artisans gather on the streets of downtown Worthington to present a colorful and varied display of quality hand-crafted goods from jewelry, pottery and ceramics to beautiful paintings, decorative clothing and unique wood products.

October 2: Monarch Makers Market: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Come out and support all the makers and new playground shade equipment!

October 2-3: Freeman’s Farm Fall Festival: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays and 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Sundays in Galena | Enjoy hayrides through scenic woods, campfire concessions, farm animals, apple butter making and more! Enjoy 6 weekends of fall fun!

October 2-3: Chalk the Block: 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Easton | The event features artists designing and drawing large scale temporary artworks on the pavement while public watches. On Saturday, the artists take to the streets, to create elaborate, original designs, all while listening to the music of a half dozen local musical acts. Sunday, the audience is invited back to see the finished products. 10th anniversary!

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Chalk the Block at Easton

October 2: 5th Annual Fall Festival: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at HTH Farm Market in Worthington | Come for Carnival Games, Activities, Crafts, Live Music and Food! Free Admission, Costumes Welcome!

October 2: All Hallows’ Eve: 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. at Ohio Village: Enjoy the retelling of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by the bonfire, pumpkin carving and strange characters roaming Ohio Village. Come revel in Victorian-era entertainment including fortune telling, crafts, games and more!

October 2: Creekside Hops and Vines: 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. in Gahanna | Guests will enjoy Gahanna’s Creekside Park while sampling popular Columbus craft beers, wine, and spirits from Central Ohio breweries, Ohio and National wineries, and Ohio distilleries. The event will feature live entertainment from Soul Kitchen, complimentary food provided by Local Cantina, Barrel and Boar, and more!

October 3: Community Days at Franklin Park Conservatory | Free admission for Franklin County Residents!

October 3: Upper Arlington Fall Fest: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Fancyburg Park | Carve pumpkins, make scarecrows and create your own buckeye necklaces as you enjoy the sounds of live and music and fall fun! Subject to change so please check website often.

October 3: Family Fun Fest: 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Northwest Chapel | Food trucks, snow cones, popcorn, cotton candy, inflatables, face painting, pony rides and more! All are welcome to the free event for a day of fun for the community!

October 5: Turtle Tuesday: 11:30 at Grange Audubon | You’ll get to learn about each of our turtles, their habitat, diet and behavior and then watch as their food is prepared and served in front of your very eyes! You don’t want to miss this exciting experience!

Events: October 8-14

October 8-10: 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. | Special regions will be dressed up for this spooky kooky holiday!

October 9-10: Freeman’s Farm Fall Festival: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays and 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Sundays in Galena | Enjoy hayrides through scenic woods, campfire concessions, farm animals, apple butter making and more! Enjoy 6 weekends of fall fun!

October 9-10: Taco Fest Grab-N-Go 2020: 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. on Saturday and 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Sunday at Goodale Park | The Columbus Taco Fest chance to experience your favorite tacos!

October 9: All Hallows’ Eve: 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. at Ohio Village: Enjoy the retelling of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by the bonfire, pumpkin carving and strange characters roaming Ohio Village. Come revel in Victorian-era entertainment including fortune telling, crafts, games and more!

October 9: Moonlight Market on Gay Street: 6:00 p.m. on Gay Street, Downtown Columbus | The Moonlight Market is a monthly outdoor street festival/marketplace on Gay Street in Downtown Columbus. It takes place every Second Saturday from April through October. This is the last one!

October 9: Creekside Glow Run: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. | Enjoy an evening outdoors with your friends and family – in a safe and responsible manner. The Creekside Glow Run, a 5k run/walk featuring a beautifully designed “glowing” racecourse and lively music is an opportunity for you to enjoy an active and fun evening!

October 9: Descendants Movie Night: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Paulette’s Princess Parties | Parents night out!

October 9: Chihuly Nights: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at Franklin Park Conservatory | All 18 installations will be lit up! Special event pricing for this event.

October 10: Oktoberfest in Worthington: 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. | Sunday Funday with Oktoberfest theme!

October 13- October 31- Pumpkin Nights at Franklin Park Conservatory| Enjoy hundreds of carved pumpkins and seasonal horticulture displays. Pumpkins can be found outdoors, displayed along the path leading to the Grand Mallway. Spot the Pumpkin Patch Monster, pass between the legs of the giant spider or explore the spectacular Pumpkin House again this year. Open Wednesday- Sunday. Purchase tickets in advance. $11 for members and $ 22 for non-members.pumpkin festival

October 14: Preschool Story Time: 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. | Story time will occur at 10:15 am in the Grange Insurance Audubon Center library or near the fireplace. Stay after to enjoy some outdoor play time in our play space located near their native plant gardens or visit their turtles inside. Pre-registration is required due to limited space at this time.

Events: October 15-21

October 15-16: 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. | Special regions will be dressed up for this spooky kooky holiday!

October 15: Night Market at North Market: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. | Night Market is a once-a-month, outdoor open-air market, held at North Market every third Friday. Inspired by traditional outdoor markets, Night Markets provide an opportunity for customers to purchase directly from local entrepreneurs.

October 15: COSI Campout: 7:00 p.m. at COSI | New digital experience to experience your super powers through hands on science, crafts, snacks, animal encounters, and more!

October 16-17: Freeman’s Farm Fall Festival: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays and 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Sundays in Galena | Enjoy hayrides through scenic woods, campfire concessions, farm animals, apple butter making and more! Enjoy 6 weekends of fall fun!

October 16: Boo and Brew Birthday Bash: 12:00- 4:00 p.m. at Polaris |It’s Polaris Fashion Place’s 20th Anniversary this month and they’re celebrating at their annual Boo & Brew festival.

October 16: Open Barn Days: 1:00 p.m. at Sunrise Sanctuary | Open to the public with a chance to get to know the animals on a personal level. Adults are $10 and Youth are $5.

October 16: Fall Festival at Christian Community Church: 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | Event is free and trunk or treat is from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.! Photo booth, hayrides, crafts, giant pong, inflatables, and free hot cocoa and apple cider!

October 16: All Hallows’ Eve: 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. at Ohio Village: Enjoy the retelling of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by the bonfire, pumpkin carving and strange characters roaming Ohio Village. Come revel in Victorian-era entertainment including fortune telling, crafts, games and more!

October 16: Barbie Party: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Paulette’s Princess Parties | Parents night out!

October 20-24: The Great Westerville Pumpkin Glow: This is the community’s newest fall favorite tradition with a twist! Westerville Parks and Recreation will return as walk through event! May be revising this event due to COVID!

October 20: Circleville Pumpkin Show: Various times each day | A fan favorite with all things pumpkin!

October 21: Touch and Ride A Truck: 4:00 p.m.  – 8:00 p.m. | Franklin County Engineers Office Presents this event at the Franklin County Fairgrounds! Costumes are encouraged.

October 21: Trick or Suites: 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | 7th annual Trick or Treat event. Fun event for individuals with special needs to trunk or treat!

Events: October 22-28

October 23: All Ohio Reptile Show: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at The Franklin County Fairgrounds | Come out and see your favorite reptile friends!

October 23-24: Freeman’s Farm Fall Festival: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays and 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Sundays in Galena | Enjoy hayrides through scenic woods, campfire concessions, farm animals, apple butter making and more! Enjoy 6 weekends of fall fun!

October 23: Trunk or Treat in New Albany: 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Bevelhymer Park | Wear your best costume and trick or treat through the parking lot to play games and get candy from local organizations!

October 23-25: 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. | Special regions will be dressed up for this spooky kooky holiday!

October 23: All Hallows’ Eve: 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. at Ohio Village: Enjoy the retelling of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by the bonfire, pumpkin carving and strange characters roaming Ohio Village. Come revel in Victorian-era entertainment including fortune telling, crafts, games and more!

October 23: Moonlight Movies: 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. at Polaris Fashion Place | Watch Ghostbusters for free in your car. Be sure to use the link to reserve your ticket.

October 24: Candy by the Carload: 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in Powell | The parking lot will be transformed into a trick or treaters’ treasure chest as local businesses and organizations set up booths and car trunks filled with candy, toys, and other Halloween goodies.

October 26: KIDx Candy Crawl: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Polaris Fashion Place | Trick or Treat bags will be given out while supplies last so the kids can go store to store to trick or treat! Games and Prizes too!

See the full list here: Trunk-or-Treating

trick or treating

October 27: Creekside Pumpkin Crawl: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Creekside Park | Live music, pumpkin contest, resturant deals and more!

October 27: Trick or Treat Block Party at Five Party Events Center: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | Games, good, prizes and more!

October 27: Haunted Village: 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. in Pickerington | Halloween fun for all ages! Ghost tours, story-telling, hayrides, trick or treating through the Olde Pickerington Village businesses, haunted garden, haunted museum, haunted house, entertainment, food, and more!

October 28: Trick or Treat at The Pickerington Library | 1:00 p.m. | Dress up in your Halloween best and stop by the library for some goodies and fun!

October 28: Tots Trick or Treat: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at Pickerington City Hall | Children 2-5 years old accompanied by an adult may wear their favorite costumes as they walk through the decorated City Hall to see staff dressed in costumes while receiving a few goodies.

October 29-31

October 29-October 31: 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. | Special regions will be dressed up for this spooky kooky holiday!

October 30: Budd’s Falloween: 11:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. at Budd Food Hall | Pumpkin painting, drinks specials, and more! Costume are encouraged.

October 30: Ohio Railway Museum-Ghost Trolley: 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. on Fridys and 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday | Tour the decorated train cars along the way, and then board the train and hear the story of the Ghost Trolley.

October 30: All Hallows’ Eve: 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. at Ohio Village: Enjoy the retelling of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by the bonfire, pumpkin carving and strange characters roaming Ohio Village. Come revel in Victorian-era entertainment including fortune telling, crafts, games and more!

October 31: Halloween Family Fun at We Rock The Spectrum: 12:00 p.m. -1:30 p.m | Dress your child in their costume and bring them to play! A pre-packaged snack as well as a goodie bag for the kids. Each session will operate at low capacity of 8 kids per session. Masks required for adults and registration is required. $12 per kid.

We hope you enjoy all the October events! Happy Halloween! Stay safe!

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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!

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