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.

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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!

Fall Festival in Hilliard

Date: Sunday, September 26, 2021

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: Reynolds Municipal Park, Hilliard

Details:Fall Festival will feature games, live music by country musician Lee Gantt, pumpkin decorating, food trucks and more!

Creepside Festival

Date: September 29, 2021

Time: See website for times.

Location: Gahanna Golf Course

Details: Put on your costumes and join the Gahanna Parks and Recreation Department for a spooktacular event, as Gahanna Golf Course is transformed into a Halloween adventure. As creepy as it might sound, this event is for children of all ages – and best of all….it’s free! Refreshments, hayrides, activities, & music.

Boo at the Zoo

Dates: Every weekend in October this year! 13 candy stations around the zoo!

Friday, October 1, 2021 – Sunday, October 3, 2021
Friday, October 8, 2021 – Sunday, October 10, 2021
Friday, October 15, 2021- Sunday, October 17, 2021
Friday, October 22, 2021- Sunday, October 22, 2021
Friday, October 29, 2021- Sunday, October 31, 2021

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.


Upper Arlington Fall Fest

Date: Saturday, October 3, 2021

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.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus

Date: October 7 – October 31

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.

Oakland’s Nursery Fall Specials 

Date: Saturday, October 9 and 10, 2021 and Halloween Trick or Treat Costume Contest on Saturday, October 16, 2021.

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 14 – October 15, 2021

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.

Hilliard Trunk-or-Treat Car Show

Date: Saturday, October 16, 2021

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
51 Awards including Best Costumes & Best Decorations

Halloween on The Green, Worthington

Date: Sunday, October 17, 2021

Time: 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Location: Old Worthington Green

Details: Come trick or treat on the green with various vendors! Arts and Crafts Stations and more!

Touch and Ride A Truck

Date: October 21, 2021

Time:  4:00 p.m.  – 8:00 p.m.

Location: Franklin County Engineers Office Presents this event at the Franklin County Fairgrounds.

Cost: Free

Details: Costumes are encouraged.


Date: Thursday, October 21, 2021

Time: 5:00-7:00 pm

Location: Lowe’s stores

Details: Come to the store dressed in costume, get candy, and pose in front of a scary-cute spiderweb backdrop. Register for this event.

Trunk OR Treat

Date: Thursday, October 21, 2021

Time: 5:00-7:00 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.

Special Needs “Trick or Suites” at Embassy Suites

Date: Thursday, October 21, 2021

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 Hebron New Life United Methodist Church

Date: Thursday, October 21, 2021

Time: 5:30-7:30 pm

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

Details: Prizes for best decorated vehicle!

Trunk or Treat at Grace Polaris Church

Date: Thursday, October 21, 2021

Time: 6:00-8:30 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!

2nd Annual Cops & Community Trunk-or-Treat

Date: Saturday, October 23, 2021

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.

New Albany Parks and Recreation Trunk or Treat

Date: Saturday, October 23, 2021

Time: 4:00-6:00 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 23, 2021

Time: 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 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!

Candy by the Carload in Powell

Date: Sunday, October 24, 2021

Time: 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 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

KidX Candy Crawl

Date: October 26, 2021

Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 pm

Location: Polaris Mall

Details: They will be giving out Trick-or-Treat Bags (while supplies last) so the kids can go store-to-store Trick-or-Treating. Bring the whole family and come dressed to impress as we will have a family costume contest. They will have plenty of games, prizes and so much more!

Trunk or Treat

Date: October 26, 2021

Time: 6:00-7:30 pm

Location: West Park Rehabilitation Center, Skilled Nursing & Memory Care

Details: Staff members will be passing out candy from their trunks.

Boo and Brew at Bridge Park

Date: October 27, 2021

Time: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Details:Boo & Brew is a family-friendly event held at Bridge Park which will take place of the traditional trick-or-treating. Boo & Brew brings the community together by encouraging our Bridge Park businesses to pass out candy and fun promotional materials (samples, coupons, gift cards, etc.) in front of their establishment for children, families and community-goes to enjoy.

Creekside Pumpkin Crawl

Date: October 27, 2021

Time: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Location: Creekside Park in Gahanna

Details: Live music, pumpkin contest, resturant deals and more!

Halloween Block Party at The Five

Date: October 27, 2021

Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Details: This is a special socially distanced Trick or Treat experience at The Five in Westerville! Games, Prizes and Giveaways! Visit their website to register for this FREE EVENT!!!

Haunted Village in Pickerington

Date: October 27, 2021

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.

Tots Trick or Treat, Pickerington 

Date: October 28, 2021

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.

Free Family Halloween Party

Date: Date to be determined for 2021 but event is on!

Time: 6:30-8:30 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 and they will start their evening with a Trunk-or-Treat in the parking lot. Dress in your best costumes and bring your kiddos to celebrate some safe family fun this holiday!

Trunk or Treat in Whitehall

Date: October 28, 2021

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 and COVID-19 vaccines.

Scarysville in Marysville

Date: Saturday, October 30, 2021

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 30, 2021

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 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.

Budd’s Falloween

Date: Saturday, October 30, 2021

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: Budd Dairy Food Hall

Cost: Free

Details: Pumpkin Painting, drinks specials, and more! Costumes are encouraged.

Hilliard Trunk-or-Treat: Ray Patch YMCA

Date: Sunday, October 31, 2021

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.


The Haunted Woods at Shawnee Hills

Date and time: October 31 from 5-7 pm is the no-scare trick or treat event. (It is open for the haunted trail from 7-10 pm on select nights in October.)

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

Details: There haven’t been too many details shared yet, but check their Facebook page for announcements and pricing.

I 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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