Trunk-or-Treating & Trick-or-Treating Events in Columbus 2017

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Fall is my favorite season and we pack our weekends with trips to the pumpkin patch, festivals, apple picking, trips to the zoo and any reason to dress up in costume!

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. Here are the community trick-or-treat times.

Here is your list of Trunk-or-Treating and Trick-or-Treating Locations listed by date! 

Barnyard Bash

Date: Friday, October 13th, 2017

Time: 6:30 p.m. -8:30 pm

Location: Worthington Community Center (345 E. Wilson Bridge Road)

Details: A trick-or-treating trail, live music, carnival games and other surprises!

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Oakland’s Trick-or-Treat Trail

Date: Saturday, October 14th, 2017

Time: See website for updates on times! 

Location: Oakland Nurseries (Columbus store only– 1156 Oakland Park Avenue)

Details: Trick or Treat Trail, Costume Judging Contest, Hayrides, Pony Rides, Pumpkin Painting and Face Painting. Come dressed in costume, children 10 and under trick or treat along the trail.  There is a costume contest with prizes awarded. 


Village Harvest Festival & Trunk or Treat

Date: Saturday, October 14th, 2017

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 pm

Location: Sunbury United Methodist Church

Details: Activities begin at 5:00 p.m. and Trunk or Treat at 7:00 p.m. Activities include a bonfire, games, prizes, hay ride, music, pumpkin patch and more!


Halloween Spooktacular

Date: Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 pm

Location: Dublin Community Recreation Center (5600 Post Road)

Details: Kids come in costume for all kinds of fun! Trunk or treating, pictures with special guests, dancing, food trucks, The Turtle Lady, The Bug Man and other Halloween related crafts and activities. New in 2017, Pirates & Princesses will take over the Lantern Lagoon, located inside the Teen Lounge at the DCRC. Join Bella, Ariel and Captain Jack for a bounty of seafaring stories, swashbuckling sing-a-longs and photo opportunities with your favorite characters


Howl-O-Ween at the Ohio Wildlife Center

Date: Friday, October 20th, 2017

Time: 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Location: Ohio Wildlife Center (6131 Cook Road, Powell)

Details: Spooky is their specialty at this family-friendly Halloween event. Come enjoy walks through our White Tail Trail, visits from “spooky” Animal Ambassadors like owls Bella, Alex and Woodsy, snakes Checkers, bats Echo, and Percy and Lenore, our American Crows.

Admission: $5/person, children 5 and under free

Bring a donation from our Wishlist to join the event for free.

Wish List Info

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Boo at the Zoo

Dates: Friday, October 20 – Sunday, October 22 AND Friday, October 27 – Sunday, October 29, 2017

Time: Friday: 5 – 9 pm, Saturday: 10 am – 9 pm, Sunday: 10 am – 8 pm (included with zoo admission)

Location: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Details: Lots of new events are planned this year.  Meet The Dark Knight and The Amazon Princess at Entry Village at various times throughout the night, Turtle Time with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Pumpkin Junction, Animals on Safari, HOWL-OWEEN Show and treat stations located throughout the zoo.  Be sure to check the zoo website here for times and details.


Halloween Treat Trail Party

Date: Friday, October 20th, 2017

Time: 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. 

Location: Everal Barn at Heritage Park in Westerville 

Details: Carnival games along the treat trail, Halloween bingo and vendor alley, and horse-drawn carriage rides too. 

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2017 Old Hilliard Halloween Haunt

Date: Saturday, October 21st, 2017

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Location: Along Main Street in Old Hilliard (the street will not be closed).  Park at the fairgrounds.

Details: Trick-or-treat, scavenger hunt, kid and dog costume contest and family fun activities.


Trunk-or-Treat Car Show

Date: Saturday, October 21st, 2017

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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

Details: Trophies awarded for the best-decorated cars/trucks. 

Trick or Treat: 1 pm to 2:30 pm

Awards: 3 pm

Registrant Bonus Raffle, 50/50 Raffle, Door Prize Raffle, DJ, Food, Trick or Treat, Haunted Decorations Contests


Creepside Festival

Date: Saturday, October 21st, 2017

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Location: Creekside Park & Plaza (117 Mill Street, Gahanna)

Details: Enjoy games, food trucks, live music, activities, haunted trail and get candy from different businesses.  Come dressed in costume!


Costume & Candy Crawl

Date: Saturday, October 21st, 2017

Time: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Location: Kingsdale Shopping Center (Upper Arlington)

Details: Start at The Green to get registered.  There will be a costume contest, face painting, and balloon artists.  Children 12 and under, with adult supervision may participate.

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Pet Parade & Fall Festival at Easton

Date: Sunday, October 22nd, 2017

Time: 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Location: Fenlon Square, Easton Town Center

Details: Your four-legged friends want to join in the fun!  The pet parade begins in front of Moochie & Co. at 1:30 pm. There will also be pumpkin decorating and face painting. 

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Trick or Treat Trail at Deer Haven Park 

Date: Sunday, October 22nd, 2017

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

Location: Deer Haven Park (4183 Liberty Road Delaware, Ohio) 

Details: Come in costume to gather treats from characters along the s-p-o-o-k-y trail. Decorate pumpkins, enjoy a hayride, & vote for your favorite scarecrow. It’s all free! All ages.


Fall Fest

Date: Sunday, October 22nd, 2017

Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 pm

Location: Northwest United Methodist Church (5200 Riverside Drive)

Details: This family-friendly event will take place on the north end of the church property and will include games, face painting, and tattoos. Food will include hot dogs, hamburgers, macaroni and cheese, fruit, and salad. There will also be a chili cook-off and a dessert contest. Trunk-or-Treating will be the last activity of the evening.

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Trunk or Treat

Date: Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

Location: Sunbury Christian Church (250 Rainbow Ave. Sunbury, OH 43074)

Details: Food, fun and games!


Trick or Treat at Fellowship Baptist Church

Date: Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Time: 7:00 pm. to 9:00 p.m.

Location: Fellowship Baptist Church (4701 Winchester Pike Columbus, Ohio) 

Details: Loads of Candy, Meet the Princesses, Crazy Fun House 

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Trick or “Suites”

Date: Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Location: Embassy Suites Dublin (5100 Upper Metro Place)

Details: This is a different spin on trunk or trick or treating.  This is a FREE event but you must RSVP.  A safe way to participate in trick or treating activities. Please see their website for updated information about this event! 

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Trick-or-Treat at The Shops at Worthington Place

Date: Friday, October 27, 2017

Time: 4:00 p.m. -8:00 pm

Location: The Shops at Worthington Place

Details: There will be candy, a balloon artist, face painting, characters, and crafts. (while supplies last)


Gymb-O-Ween Costume Party

Date: Friday, October 27, 2017 and Saturday, October 29, 2017 

Time: 4:00 p.m. -6:00 pm on October 27th and 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. on October 29th

Location: Gymboree Play & Music in Gahanna 

Details: Costume parade, crafts, music, sweet treats and more. $15 for members, $20 nonmembers and $10 for second siblings


Scarysville 

Date: Saturday, October 28th, 2017 

Time: 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. 

Location: Uptown Marysville 

Details: Join in the fun in the streets of Scarysville as the streets of Marysville come alive with Halloween Fun! Children are invited to dress up in their vostums and visit Uptown Merchants for candy and other Halloween goodies. 

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Trunk-or-Treat

Date: Saturday, October 28th, 2017

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location: Stonybrook United Methodist (485 Cherry Bottom Road, Gahanna)

Details: Come dressed in costume and ready to collect some candy. Activities include a trunk or treat, friendly fairytale forest, playground, games and $ kids meals available to everyone. Please see their website for updated information. 


Trick-or-Treat at The Conservatory

Date: Saturday, October 28, 2017

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: Franklin Park Conservatory

Details: Free with admission.  Dress in costume and travel to treat stations in the Conservatory. Decorate a bag to hold your treats.

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Historic Dublin Trick-or-Treat

Date: Saturday, October 28, 2017

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: Historic Dublin

Details: Pick up your map and sign up for contests at the PetPeople table at the corner of Bridge & High Street. All kids and Pups welcome. 🙂 

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Pumpkin Run and Party

Date: Saturday, October 28, 2017

Time: 3 pm- Pumpkin Run; 4 pm- Halloween Party

Location: Mingo Park

Details: After the race they will be having the Annual Halloween Party and Trunk or Treat which starts at 4 p.m. in Mingo Park. So stick around for hotdogs, music, pumpkins and more fun!

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Trick or Treat Trail

Date: Saturday, October 28th, 2017

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 

Location: Why leave trick or treating for the kids? Adults deserve to have fun too! The Cheesecake Girl is hosting a Trick or Treat Trail for adults!

Details: Pick up tickets: Sunny Street Cafe in Upper Arlington. Grab your trail ticket for that night, get brunch and a mini cheesecake. They will have a secret menu item for you all! Pumpkin chocolate chip pancakes with a syringe of local maple syrup! (4733 Reed Rd 630am-230pm) Head over to Powell that evening to choose desserts from six different locations! 


Radiant Life Trunk-or-Treat

Date: Sunday, October 29, 2017

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Location: Radiant Life Church (7100 Post Road, Dublin) 

Details: Inflatables, hayride, character photos, food, carnival games and trunk-or-treating, and lots of candy 🙂 Please see their website as information is updated about this event. 

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Halloween Family Funday at North Market

Date: Sunday, October 29, 2017

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Location: North Market (59 Spruce Street, Columbus)

Details: Crafts, trick or treating, music and more!


Gymb-O-Ween Costume Party

Date: Saturday, October 29, 2017 (also on October 27th)

Time: 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. on October 29th (4:00 p.m. -6:00 pm on October 27th)

Location: Gymboree Play & Music in Gahanna 

Details: Costume parade, crafts, music, sweet treats and more. $15 for members, $20 nonmembers and $10 for second siblings


Trunk-or-Treat

Date: Sunday, October 29, 2017

Time: 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Location: Jerome United Methodist Church (10531 Jerome Road, Plain City)

Details: Travel from car to car collecting candy.

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Candy by the Carload 

Date: Sunday, October 29th, 2017

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.

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Fall Fun Fest & Trunk-or-Treat

Date: Sunday, October 29, 2017

Time: 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Location: CrossRoads Baptist Church (5075 Cleveland Ave., Columbus, 43231)

Details: Bounce houses, carnival games and more!


Hilliard Trunk-or-Treat: Ray Patch YMCA

Date: Sunday, October 29, 2017

Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

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

Details: This is the 6th Annual Trunk or Treat event and will be held rain or shine.  This year we will have food trucks, music, Norwich Fire, Hilliard Police, a DIY photobooth and much more as this has grown into a community event!


Trunk-or-Treat

Date: Sunday, October 29, 2017

Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Location: Northwest Bible Church (6639 Scioto Darby Road, Hilliard)

Details: Free candy, hot dogs and water! Rain or Shine. 


Trunk-or-Treat

Date: Sunday, October 29, 2017

Time: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Location: Church of Messiah (51 N. State Street, Westerville)

Details: Children in 5th grade and under can enjoy Trunk-or-Treating.  Games, a puppet show and food for families.  (Rain location is McVay Fellowship Hall.)


Trunk or Treat

Date: Sunday, October 29, 2017

Time: 5:00 p.m.

Location: Capital City Church (1290 Old Henderson Road)

Details: Travel from car to car collecting candy.


Trunk or Treat

Date: Sunday, October 29, 2017

Location: Eljer Park (401 E. Ninth Street, Marysville)

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Details: Enjoy free candy, games, prizes, hot dogs, popcorn and if the weather cooperates there will be inflatables for the kids. Bring a bag for the loot!


Haunted Village

Date: Monday, October 30th, 2017

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 pm

Location: Old Pickerington Village (State Route 256)

Details: Ghost tours, hayride, trick-or-treating at Old Pickerington Village businesses, shops are open and vendors available.


Costco Wholesale Trick or Treat Hallows Eve

Date: Monday, October 30, 2017 

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 

Location: Costco Whole Sale in Plain City

Details: Treats Stations and activities for kids. Refreshments will be served. Membership Deals too scary to reveal for new members. No membership required to attend.


Boo on Broadway 

Date: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 

Location: Grove City Town Center 

Details: This annual, family-friendly alternative to the traditional door-to-door Beggars’ Night allows children to dress in costume and safely collect candy and other goodies from area businesses and civic organizations. This event is held rain or shine. 

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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!  Happy Halloween!

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Amy is an "on the go momma" to two spunky and fun loving kids (ages 9 & 8). She came to Columbus to pursue a career in elementary education and decided this was home. She’s an avid traveler, yet can’t master the art of packing. Her philosophy is bring it all because you don’t know if you’re going to need it. If you ever decide to take a trip with her, don’t worry about bringing a camera because she’ll take enough photos of the experience that it will likely crash your hard drive. Before kids, you could find everything neatly organized and straight vacuum lines in her carpet, but these days she's not bothered with worrying about the small stuff. You can catch her belting out her favorite song, “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” and using her two left feet to bust a move with her family during their frequent impromptu dance parties. She loves living in such a family-friendly city!

2 COMMENTS

  1. Hey Amy,

    My name is Anthony and I am the Manager at Recreations Outlet in Powell. I came across your blog while looking for Trunk or Treat locations this October. It was exactly what I was looking for, so thank you!

    I am not sure if you know about us, hopefully you do, but I wanted to invite you and your kids to our indoor playground. I see you have a two kids, 4 and 6, so I thought this place would be perfect for you. Let me know if you are coming by and I’ll make sure you have a couple free visits. Feel free to email me back and I will get you set up with some passes. Thanks and hope to see you soon!

    Anthony Terwilleger
    Recreations Outlet
    484 West Olentangy St
    Powell, OH 43065
    614-792-3700

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