Columbus Moms Blog 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.}

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October Events

Ongoing Events:

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.

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.

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: Preschool Story Time at Scioto Audobon: 10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. | Meets every Thursday! To keep everyone safe during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, they’ll be requiring registration on Eventbrite and registration will be limited. Join them in person to enjoy listening to nature-based stories being read-aloud on their deck under the mulberry tree (or in the multi-purpose room in the event of inclement weather). After the stories, your little ones can visit turtles or romp and play in the outdoor play area.

October 1: Day of the Dead: All Day at Global Gallery: Annual Art Exhibition of Day of the Dead Columbus Festival honoring all creatures great and small.

October 2: Sleepy Hollow Drive-In Movie at Ohio History Center: 5:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. | Registration is required. Shows are at 5 and 8:30 p.m. See a different spooktacular movie every Friday night in October. $40 per car or $25 for members. Showing Ghostbusters tonight!

October 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, and 24-25: 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 3: Hilliard Kidsfest: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Franklin County Fairgrounds

October 3: Patches of Light Pumpkin Patch: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in Hilliard | Patches of Light will be celebrating Fall with a Drive-thru Pumpkin Patch! Safety is our first priority, fun follows close behind! All proceeds will be used to assists families with medically fragile children.

October 3: 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 3: Powell Community Bonfire: Located on Hall Street | Event is on for 2020! Guests will enjoy free hot dogs, apple cider, doughnut holes and marshmallows to roast over one of the fires. See website for updates on times for 2020.

October 4: 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 North to Nashville! Advance registration is on a first-come, first-served basis with no day-of sales.

October 4: Pumpkin Carve of Fun Demonstration: 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Hilliard’s Station Park | Stroll through Old Hilliard with coffee or ice cream in-hand while you view the decorative pumpkins, mums, cornstalks, and more. Must pre-register.

Events: October 8-14

October 9: Sleepy Hollow Drive-In Movie at Ohio History Center: 5:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. | Registration is required. Shows are at 5 and 8:30 p.m. See a different spooktacular movie every Friday night in October. $40 per car or $25 for members. Showing The Creature From The Black Lagoon tonight!

October 10-11: 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.

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Chalk the Block at Easton

October 10: Gahnna Fall Drive-In Concert Series: 5:00 p.m. | Concert by Jamie Said So at Sunpoint Park in Gahanna.

October 10: 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 10-11: Taco Fest Grab-N-Go 2020: 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Goodale Park | The Columbus Taco Fest chance to experience your favorite tacos!

October 12: Northstar Family Dental: Save up to $1,000 on Invisalign! Northstar Family Dental is having their annual Invisalign day on Monday, October 12th. Call 614-682-6214 to reserve your appointment.

October 13: Free Drive-Thru Trick or Treat: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Alpha Group | Alpha Group of Delaware is hosting free drive thru Trick or Treat.

Events: October 15-21

pumpkin festival

October 14- October 25- 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.

October 16: Sleepy Hollow Drive-In Movie at Ohio History Center: 5:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. | Registration is required. Shows are at 5 and 8:30 p.m. See a different spooktacular movie every Friday night in October. $40 per car or $25 for members. Showing Beetlejuice tonight!

October 16: 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 16: Gahanna Fall Drive-In Series: 7:45-9:45 p.m. at Sunpoint Park | $10 per car. Reserve your spot now. Showing The Sandlot.

October 16-18: 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! Also the following two weekends, October 23-25 and October 30-November 1.

October 17: KidX Candy Crawl Drive Thru: 10:00- 11:30 a.m. at Polaris | Goblins and Ghouls come dressed in your best costume and ready to collect all of your favorite treats in a safe and enjoyable way!

October 17: Taste of Pumpkin Show: 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Pickway County Fairgrounds| Enjoy your favorite tastes of the pumpkin show with this drive-thru event!

October 17: Creepside at Gahanna: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. | It’s a drive-thru event this year! They will post more as the event gets closer!

October 18: Howl-O-Ween Doggie Drive Thru Event: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | There will be treats and other doggie related events at Polaris Lifestyle Center.

October 18: Halloween Concert in the Park: 4:00 p.m. at McCord Park in Worthington | Dress in your costumes and join the Shazzbots for an afternoon of Halloween music and mischief. Reserve a 10 by 10 space for your family to enjoy a picnic and see the adventure!

October 21-25: The Great Westerville Pumpkin Glow: This is the community’s newest fall favorite tradition with a twist! Westerville Parks and Recreation will present the Glow as a drive-thru experience. $15 per vehicle. Also next weekend too!

Events: October 22-28

October 22 (and October 29): Curbside Trick-or-Treating: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Use the link to reserve a spot to receive candy and a small pumpkin to take home from Lowe’s. Costumes are encouraged but not required. Free.

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! Also the following weekend, October 31-November 1, 2020.

October 23: Sleepy Hollow Drive-In Movie at Ohio History Center: 5:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. | Registration is required. Shows are at 5 and 8:30 p.m. See a different spooktacular movie every Friday night in October. $40 per car or $25 for members. Showing The Nightmare Before Christmas Tonight!

October 23: Fall Friday Flicks in the Park: 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. at Hilliard Community Center | Starting at 6 pm there will be a food truck. Watch The Goonies in your car. Pre-register for this event.

October 23: Halloween Drive In Movie: 6:45 in Pickerington | Come out to the Pickerington Community Pool to watch The Haunted Mansion at a special drive-in movie style Halloween event. Reservations are required.

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: 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 24: 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 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.

Ocotber 24: Gahnna Fall Drive In Concert Series: 5:00 p.m. | Concert by The Andy Show Band at Sunpoint Park in Gahanna.

See the full list here: Trunk-or-Treating

trick or treatingOctober 24 (possibly): Hilliard Trunk-or-Treat: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Ray Patch YMCA | This is the 8th Annual Trunk-or-Treat event and will be held rain or shine. Website will be updated soon if the event is still possible for 2020. Fingers crossed!

October 25: Columbus Enchanted Princess Ball: 11:30-1:30 p.m. at Royal American Links | Enjoy the magic of The Columbus Enchanted Princess Ball . A outdoor performance extravanga ! Singing,Dancing, a Grande Coronation & more! Get your tickets today!

Events: October 29-31

October 28: 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: Haunted Highway: 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in Pickerington | Dress up in your favorite costume and decorate your car for this drive thru trick or treat event. Participants will access the Haunted Highway on Town Square Drive in Pickerington. Register today as space is limited!

October 28-November 1: The Great Westerville Pumpkin Glow: The community’s newest fall favorite tradition with a twist! Westerville Parks and Recreation will present the Glow as a drive thru experience. $15 per vehicle. Also next weekend too!

October 30-November 1: 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! Last weekend for this event.

October 30: Sleepy Hollow Drive-In Movie at Ohio History Center: 5:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. | Registration is required. Shows are at 5 and 8:30 p.m. See a different spooktacular movie every Friday night in October. $40 per car or $25 for members. Showing Hocus Pocus tonight!

October 31: HalloWaffle Walk: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at Hilliard’s Station Park | Take a walk through Hilliard’s Station Park in your Halloween costume. Enjoy a waffle to-go by Coffee Connections, stop by our 3 treat stations, and take your Halloween costume photos with the fully decorated park. Admission cost is a non-perishable food item for the Hilliard Food Pantry. Must pre-register for each person.

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

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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!

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