Columbus Haunted Houses

The Best Columbus Haunted Houses and Family Friendly Halloween Fun in 2016!

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It’s time to search out the best Columbus haunted houses and family friendly Halloween fun! Black and orange are appearing in stores all over town, costumes are for sale, and creepy, spooky, fun Halloween decor is everywhere! Want to celebrate with more than just trick-or-treating? Below are both terrifying haunted houses and fun un-scary family events…the choice is yours!

Please be advised, these dates/times and descriptions were current at time of publishing, but DO use the provided link or your own search skills to verify the information before you go. The family-friendly label is used as a general label, please judge for yourself what your children are old enough to enjoy.

Also, haunted houses are NOT suitable for those with heart conditions or young children…or the easily offended. Many of these events have very frightening scenes, gore, and attendees often use explosive language. Attend at your own risk.


Are you in the mood to be scared out of your socks? A haunted house experience may be exactly what you need to start the spooky season off right. Here’s a list of Central Ohio haunted houses for you. Scream through just one, or make plans with your friends (and maybe your cardiologist) to be scared senseless at all of them!


The Haunted Hoochie/Dead AcresA downright infamous event anticipated across the Midwest, and not to be missed by mature scare-fans! Truly ADULT content, including a simulated demonic experience and “Bad Trip in 3-D”. Thursday-Saturday Doors open at 8:30pm, open as long as there’s a line to get in. Tickets are $25 and VIP tix are $45 each. Open 9/22-10/29.  13861 West Broad St SW in Pataskala, 43062

Pataskala Haunted Forest: Based on a great scary story of an anniversary of a killing, and a open air creepy wood, this one is not for the uncertain…or for young children! A 45-minute outdoor walking experience, this venue does their best to be accessible to everyone. This is the longest running outdoor haunted event in Ohio, and is a fundraiser for the Lion’s Club.

Open Fridays & Saturdays 7:00pm-12:00am through October. NOT necessarily closed for rain…check Facebook for weather updates.
Tickets are $15 and up, group rates available, parking is free, and all proceeds go to charity.

Located at 8838 Refugee Road SW, in Pataskala. Being outdoors, check facebook for weather related closings.

ScareatoriumIt’s two, two, two scare venues in one! Also offer special FX makeup with reservations and an additional fee. Purchase timed tickets in advance, to avoid the worst of the lines.

Friday-Saturday 7:30pm-12:00am (Sept 23- Oct 30) plus Thursdays Oct 13-27 & Sundays 7:30-10:00pm (all October)

Not for children most days, but they traditionally have a “Lights On Sunday” event with lights on/no actors that may be fun for the very brave over-six set! Family Lights-on were Sundays 5:00-7:00pm last year, but are not on the website at time of publishing, check with the website in October to see if they are still offering this attraction.

Tickets are $20-30 for the scary version and $5-10 for the lights-on older family versions.

And the TWO room-escape attractions are $5 per room, per person.

Located at Northland Plaza 2605 Northland Plaza Drive, Columbus, 43231.



Walking Dead Mansion: A success for 5 years, this Central Ohio favorite is run by the Vassor Village Civic Association. This is the final year, the 2016 season, and they are open 7:30-11pm on October 21, 22, 28, and 29. Check their website for updates. Located at 625 E Jenkins Ave, Columbus 43207

For those haunted houses with a moral message or religious theme, or hauntings further afield in Ohio, visit

Family Friendly Haunted Houses

Are you looking for family Halloween fun? Here’s the list for you and yours! Fun seasonal things to do indoors and out, and all for families of various ages. Happy Halloween!

Scareatorium: Not for young children on most days, but they do have a “Lights On Sunday” event with the venue fully lit and no actors involved, that may be fun for the very brave over-six set!

From 5:00-7:00pm on certain Sundays, see full information above under Scareatorium.

All Hallow’s Eve: The Ohio Village offers a traditional and family friendly 19th century Halloween experience, fun for children of all ages. No scares. Open Saturdays, October 15 and 22, 5:30-9:30pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $9 for children. Discounts available for members of the OHS. Located at the Ohio Village, 800 E. 17th Ave, Columbus 43211. Reserve tickets early, this event sells out!
Call 800-686-6124 with questions.

Boo at the Zoo: This relaxed and enjoyable family event has candy stations, the Little Boo maze and mansion, and even a haunted train ride! All suitable for very young children. The emphasis is on the fun side of Halloween…WITHOUT the scary stuff! Open Friday-Sunday evenings, October 23-29, at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium with Zoo admission or membership. Admission is $15 adults/$10 Seniors/$9 children 2-9. Located at 4850 Powell Road, Powell 43065

Halloween at FPCKids are encouraged to dress in costume and visit the Franklin Park Conservatory for fun family activities, trick or treat stations, arts and crafts, and more! Event is October 29 from 11:00am-4:00pm. Free with admission or membership (for non-members, admission is $13 adults/$10 students/$6 children 3-17). Located at 1777 East Broad Street, Columbus 43203



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