Trunk-or-Treating & Trick-or-Treating Locations in Columbus


Fall is my favorite season and we pack our weekends with trips to the pumpkin patch, festivals, 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.

Trunk-or-Treating & Trick-or-Treating Locations in Columbus::

Big Top Halloween

Date: Friday, October 14th

Time: 6:30-8:30 pm

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

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

Oakland’s Trick-or-Treat Trail

Date: Saturday, October 15th

Time: Trick or Treat Trail- 1:00-2:45 pm, Costume Judging Contest- 3:00 pm

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

Details: Dressed in costume, children 10 and under trick or treat along the trail.  There is a costume contest with prizes awarded.

Fall Festival Family Night

Date: Saturday, October 15th

Time: 4 – 6 pm

Location: Powell United Methodist Church

Details: Wear your costumes and get ready to have fun playing games, doing crafts and getting candy.

Halloween Spooktacular

Date: Thursday, October 20th

Time: 3 to 8 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.

Boo at the Zoo

Dates: Friday, October 21 – Sunday, October 23 AND Friday, October 28 – Sunday, October 30

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 Superman and Batman at Entry Village at various times throughout the night, Turtle Time with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, candy factory tour, 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.

Columbus Speech & Hearing Center

Date: Saturday, October 22nd

Time: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Location: 510 E. North Broadway, Columbus

Details: This event is open to kids of all ages and abilities.  There will be a magic show, live music, arts/crafts and edible & non-edible treats.  

2016 Old Hilliard Halloween Haunt

Date: Saturday, October 22nd

Time: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

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 hosted by Empty Pockets Cruisers

Date: Saturday, October 22nd

Time: 11 am to 3 pm

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

Details: Trophies awarded for the best-decorated cars/trucks.  Costume contest (no masks).  Rain date is October 29th.

Costume & Candy Crawl

Date: Saturday, October 22nd

Time: 11 am – 1 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.

Creepside Festival

Date: Saturday, October 22nd

Time: 1 – 5 pm

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

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

Candy by the Carload

Date: Saturday, October 22nd

Time: 4 to 6 pm

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

Details: Kids come in costume and move from car to car as various business and organizations pass out candy.

Trunk or Treat


Date: Saturday, October 22nd

Time: 5 to 7 pm

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

Details: Come dressed in costume and ready to collect some candy. Activities include face painting, bounce house, playground, games and free food. Chase from Paw Patrol will be a special guest!

Pet Parade & Fall Festival at Easton

Date: Sunday, October 23rd

Time: 12 – 3 pm

Location: Fenlon Square, Easton Town Center

Details: Your four-legged friends want to join in the fun!  Brutus Buckeye will lead this pet parade that begins in front of Moochie & Co.

Fall Fest

Date: Sunday, October 23rd

Time: 5 – 7 pm

Location: Northwest United Methodist Church (5200 Riverside Drive)

Details: Enjoy activities such as painting a pumpkin, games, face painting and a visit from the Turtle Lady.  There will be lots of food options including a chili cookoff, s’mores, hotdogs and pulled pork sandwiches.  Trunk-or-Treating will be the last activity of the evening.


Date: Sunday, October 23rd

Time: 4 to 7 pm

Location: Westerville Chrisitan Church (471 E. College Ave., Westerville)

Details: This is a large event with inflatables, games, trunk-or-treating and food trucks (there is a fee for the food truck items.)

Howl-O-Ween at the Ohio Wildlife Center

Date: Thursday, October 27th

Time: 5 – 7 pm

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

Details: $5 per person admission.  Walk through White Tail Trail and see various animals.

Trick or “Suites”

Date: Thursday, October 27th

Time: 6 to 8 pm

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.  The Autism Society of Central Ohio has paired with Embassy Suites to allow children with special needs to safely participate in trick or treating activities.

Haunted Village

Date: Thursday, October 27th

Time: 6 to 8 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.

Halloween Party

Date: Friday, October 28

Time: 4:30-8:00 pm (Trick or treating at the businesses in the plaza is from 4-7 pm)

Location: Subway (6445 Pullman Drive in Lewis Center) and other shops in the plaza.

Details: At Subway there will be treat bags, discounts on subs, face painting and raffle.  Trick or treat from shop to shop in the plaza from 4 to 7 pm.

Trick-or-Treat at The Shops at Worthington Place

Date: Friday, October 28

Time: 5:30-7:00 pm

Location: The Shops at Worthington Place

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


Trick-or-Treat the Conservatory

Date: Saturday, October 29

Time: 11 am – 4 pm

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. 

Historic Dublin Trick-or-Treat

Date: Saturday, October 29

Time: 1 pm – 4 pm

Location: Historic Dublin

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

Pumpkin Run and Party

Date: Saturday, October 29

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

Location: Mingo Park

Details: Costume contest, bonfire, live music, inflatables, free food and trunk or treating!



Date: Sunday, October 30

Time: 4 – 6 pm

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

Details: Travel from car to car collecting candy.


Hilliard Trunk-or-Treat: Ray Patch YMCA

Date: Sunday, October 30

Time: 5 – 7 pm

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

Details: This is the 5th Annual Trunk or Treat event and will be held rain or shine.  Four different food trucks will be onsite and items will be available to purchase.  Trunk or treating is free.

Radiant Life Trunk-or-Treat

Date: Sunday, October 30

Time: 5 – 7 pm

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

Details: Inflatables, hayride and trunk-or-treating

Halloween Family Funday at North Market

Date: Sunday, October 30

Time: 10 am – 3 pm

Location: North Market (59 Spruce Street, Columbus)

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


Date: Sunday, October 30

Time: 5 – 7 pm

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

Details: Free candy, hot dogs and water.  Socks are being collected for local shelters in the Give Trunk.

Trunk or Treat

Date: Sunday, October 30

Time: 5 – 7 pm

Location: Captial City Church (1290 Old Henderson Road)

Details: Travel from car to car collecting candy.


Date: Sunday, October 30

Time: 5 – 6 pm

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.)


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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