Trunk-or-Treating and Fall Festival Events in Columbus


Fall is our favorite season and we pack our weekends with trips to the Pumpkin Patch, Apple Picking, Fall Road Trips and of course Trunk-or-Treat events! They offer a great way to dress up in costume and have fun with our family in a laid back way!

If you haven’t participated in a Trunk-or-Treat event, you are really missing out! Mix together creatively decorated cars, daylight, candy and minimal walking from car to car and you’ve got the best parts of Halloween. Most of these events are FREE and children come dressed in costume. 

Here’s a list of the best Trunk-or-Treating and Trick-or-Treating locations in Columbus! Be sure to click on the link for each event to view more details and updated information as things may change.

Trick-or-Treating Locations

*Trunk-or-Treating and Trick-or-Treating locations are listed by date!

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus

Date: September 18 – October 30, 2022

Location: LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus at Easton

Details: This not too spooky event is perfect for families looking for some indoor fun. Check out a haunted MINILAND, daily costume contests, mascot meet and greets, an ultimate pumpkin house and more. Ages 3-10.

Upper Arlington Fall Fest

Date: Saturday, October 2, 2022

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Location: Fancyburg Park

Details: Pick a pumpkin to carve into a spooky jack-o-lantern, dip your own caramel apple and create your own scarecrow! Additional attractions: games & live music, shelled corn pit, farm animal petting zoo, old-fashioned apple cider pressing, food vendors, and more.

Oakland’s Nursery Fall Specials 

Date: Saturday, October 8 and 9, 2022 and Halloween Trick or Treat Costume Contest on Saturday, October 15, 2022. (This is for Columbus location only)

Time: See website for updates on times!

Location: Oakland Nurseries 

Details:Events include: Sales, door prizes, all-you-can-carry pumpkins, pig racing, musical entertainment, tractor pulled hay rides, kids’ games, special guests, Oakland’s Fall Fair Forest, petting zoo, bounce house, gourmet food sampling,  concessions,  pumpkin & face painting and more!

Dublin Spooktacular

Dates: October 13 – October 14, 2022

Time: 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Thursday and 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Friday

Details: Goblins and ghouls will enjoy returning favorites like the Trunk or Treat Trail, eerie exhibits and dance performances on the Coffman Park Tennis Courts. Don’t forget to dress up as Squier Photography will be back to take portraits.

The Haunted Woods at Shawnee Hills

Dates: Friday and Saturdays from October 14 – October 29.

Times: 6:00-7:00 p.m. is the sensory-friendly time that is minimally scary, 7-10 p.m. is the regular time with the last entry into the woods at 9:30 p.m.

Location: The Haunted Woods at Shawnee Hills (located just a few miles from the zoo)

Details: A VIP ticket ($20) gets you to the front of the line. General admission is $15 a person and parking is free.

Boo at the Zoo

Dates: 3 weekends in October this year! 13 candy stations around the zoo with lots of festive fun. A great event for your little ones!

Friday, October 14, 2022 – Sunday, October 16,2022
Friday, October 21, 2021 – Sunday, October 23, 2022
Friday, October 28, 2022- Sunday, October 30, 2022

Time: Friday: 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., Sunday: 10:00 a.m – 8:00 p.m. (included with zoo admission).

Location: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Details: Be sure to check the zoo website here for times and details.


Boo & Brew

Date: Saturday, October 15, 2022

Time: 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Location: At Polaris Fashion Place – outside in the Polaris Lifestyle Center near The Cheesecake Factory.

Details: Enjoy live music, food, beer, family-friendly Fall activities and so much more. All for a great cause! Head inside for the Fall Harvest Vendor Show.

Hilliard Trunk-or-Treat Car Show

Date: Saturday, October 15, 2022

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Location: Hilliard Presbyterian Church (3600 Leap Road, Hilliard)

Details: Event is on this year! Trick or Treat: 1:00 – 3:00
Spectators & Trick or Treaters Free. Awards: 3:00
50 Awards including Best Costumes & Best Decorations

New Albany Parks and Recreation Trunk or Treat

Date: Saturday, October 15, 2022

Time: 3:00-6:00 pm

Location: Bevelhymer Park

Details: Wear your best costume and trick or treat through our parking lot to play games and get candy from various local organizations. TRUNKS NEEDED! They are looking for local businesses, non-profits, or volunteers to set up displays that evening.

Trick or Treat Trail Prairie Township

Date: Saturday, October 15, 2022

Time: 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Location: Westland High School Parking Lot

Cost: Free

Details:This is a free walk-up event where families can receive candy from local businesses. Each local business will get two parking spaces to setup their station. Businesses will also be distanced apart. Face painting, candy guessing game and more!

Trunk or Treat at Hebron New Life United Methodist Church

Date: Thursday, October 19, 2022

Time: 6:00-7:00 pm

Location: 925 W. Main St., Hebron, Ohio

Details: Prizes for best decorated vehicle!

Free Family Halloween Party

Date: Friday, October 21, 2022

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Location: Vineyard Community Church (15187 Palmer Rd SW, Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068)

Details: Trunk-Or-Treat in the parking lot outside of the church, games, food and more. Dress in your best costumes and bring your kiddos to celebrate some safe family fun this holiday!

Candy by the Carload in Powell

Date: Sunday, October 23, 2022

Time: 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Location: City of Powell Municipal Building (47 Hall Street)

Details: The parking lot will be transformed into 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. Must register for 30 minute spot!

Trunk or Treat

Trunk OR Treat

Date: Thursday, October 27, 2022

Time: 6:00-8:00 pm

Location: Keller Williams Premier Realty at 3111 Columbus St. in Grove City

Details: The event is open to the public. Candy will be passed out from car trunks.

Haunted Village in Pickerington

Date: October 27, 2022

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Location: Old Pickerington

Details:Halloween fun for all ages. Ghost tours, story-telling, hayrides, trick or treating through the Olde Pickerington Village businesses, haunted museum, haunted house, food, and more.

Halloween on The Green, Worthington

Date: Friday, October 28, 2022

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Location: Old Worthington Green

Details: Come trick or treat on the green with various vendors! Arts and Crafts Stations and more! See details on page 3.

Great Goblin Festival

Date: October 28, 2022

Time: 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Location: Academy Park in Gahanna

Details: Back by popular demand, this event includes all of your favorite Halloween and fall activities including a trick or treat trail, light shows, live entertainment, and lots of fun surprises!

Scarysville in Marysville

Date: Saturday, October 29, 2022

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Location: Uptown Marysville

Details: The streets of Uptown “Scarysville” come alive with Halloween fun! Kids can wear their costumes and visit Uptown merchants for candy and other goodies. Sponsored by the Historic Marysville Business District Association.

Boo Off Broadway

Date: Saturday, October 29, 2022

Time: Noon – 4:00 p.m.

Location: Grove City- in the Park Street Promenade

Details: The event kicks off with the costume parade and continues with games, activities, food and some special guest.

3rd Annual Cops & Community Trunk-or-Treat

Date: Saturday, October 29, 2022

Time: 1:00-4:00 pm

Location: 1955 Frank Rd, Columbus, OH 43223-3731

Details: Meet various Central Ohio law enforcement and first responders. Emergency vehicles will be decorated and candy will be passed out. Hot dogs, soda, water, chips and candy provided.

Special Needs “Trick or Suites” at Embassy Suites

Date: Information for 2022 coming soon! See website for updates too.

Time: 5:30 pm

Location: The Autism Society partners with Embassy Suites Dublin

Details: The goal is to provide a fun and safe environment for special needs individuals of all ages and their families to enjoy trick-or-treat. Activities include goody bags, trick or treat booths, games and crafts, and more. Registration is typically required. Activities take about 45 minutes to enjoy.

Trunk or Treat at Grace Polaris Church

Date: Sunday, October 30, 2022

Time: 4:00-6:00 pm

Location: Main Campus

Details: This event is free for the community to attend. A live DJ (courtesy of 104.9 The River) will be playing tunes, there are games, lots of candy, a real firetruck, bounce house, hot dogs, refreshments and more!

Hilliard Trunk-or-Treat: Ray Patch YMCA

Date: Sunday, October 30, 2022

Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Location: Hilliard/Ray Patch Family YMCA (4515 Cosgray Road, Hilliard)

Details:It is a safe, easy environment for young kids to dress up, have fun, and get a lot of candy. Participating cars back into parking spots and pass out candy from their trunks. Young children can walk just a few hundred feet and fill their bags in a quick, safe trip.


Tots Trick or Treat, Pickerington 

Date: October 31, 2022

Time: 1:30 p.m.- 2:30 p.m.

Location: City Hall

Details: 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.

Trunk or Treat in Whitehall

Date: October 31, 2022

Time: 5:00-8:00 pm

Location: Whitehall City Hall parking lot

Details: Enjoy this alternative to trick-or-treating and enjoy candy, pumpkins, touch-a-truck, community resource information!

We can’t wait to see what’s in store this year at all of the Trunk-or-Treat events in Columbus!!! Visiting a few of these is a must for me! Don’t forget to check out our post on Easy and Affordable Halloween Costume Ideas for inspiration! Happy Halloween!


  1. Hello,
    Please correct the location of the October 21st Trick or Treat Trail event with Preservation Parks of Delaware County. The event does not take place at Deer Haven Park this year, the correct location for the Trick or Treat Trail is at Gallant Woods Park located at 2151 Buttermilk Hill Road in Delaware, Ohio 43015.

    We love that you are advertising events to your amazing moms. Please make this correction so everybody wins. Thanks!

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