The Best Columbus Haunted Houses and Family Friendly Halloween Fun in 2018!
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 the 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.
HAUNTED HOUSES, COLUMBUS & CENTRAL OH
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 Acres: A 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 8:30 pm, open as long as there’s a line to get in. Tickets are $25 and VIP tix are $45 each. Open 9/21-10/28. 13861 West Broad St SW in Pataskala, 43062
Based on a great scary story of an anniversary of a killing, and an 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.
13th Floor: Formerly the Scaratorium. 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 2605 Northland Plaza Drive, Columbus, 43231.
Carnage Haunted House: 30 detailed rooms, food trucks, and outdoor entertainment. They offer horror movies and live music on select nights, as well. Anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult, this one is not for the squeamish or uncertain.
Tickets were $20 last year, this year’s prices still not available on their website, check the site for prices. Open September 28-October 31 on Thursday, Sunday, and Halloween nights from 7:30pm-10:00 pm, Friday and Saturday nights from 7:30pm-Midnight.
Located at 1160 Alum Creek Dr, Suite B, Columbus, OH 43209
For those haunted houses with a moral message or religious theme, or hauntings further afield in Ohio, visit OhioHauntedHouses.com.
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!
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 13th and 20th, 5:30-9:30pm. Tickets are $14 for adults and $11 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 19-21, 26-28, at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium with Zoo admission or membership. Children are encouraged to wear costumes, adults must have faces visible and family-appropriate costumes, and no weapons (real or toy) will be allowed. Located at 4850 Powell Road, Powell 43065
Halloween at FPC: For the past few years, there has been a trick-or-treat event in October at the Franklin Park Conservatory. Check website for 2018 event, not listed yet at time of publishing 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