From zombie parades and costume contests to haunted houses and hayrides (to haunted anything!), the Halloween season casts its spell and awakens our inner ghouls and goblins. As part of FrightQuest -- a MapQuest series on spooky destinations and activities -- here are three options to celebrate Halloween in Columbus that are sure to be a scream.
— Lydia Schrandt
Highball Masquerade On High
The Highball Masquerade on High, an annual one-night event at the end of October, is a "Mardi Gras meets Halloween" spectacle of design and fanciful costumes. A costume contest open to the public includes categories for adults, children and pets. Fashion designers can vie for the $1,000 Couture Costume prize. Other highlights include a giant puppet show, a bounce house for kids, an 8-foot-tall tarantula and plenty of musical performances. Tickets are $5.
High Street at Fifth Avenue, Columbus, OH 43201 | Get Directions
All Hallow’s Eve At Ohio Village
On select Saturday evenings in October, the replica 19th-century Ohio Village is transformed into an 1800s Halloween hamlet, complete with fortune-telling tents, Halloween crafts and wandering creepy characters. Small children can enjoy seasonal games and performances, while older children will appreciate scary stories around the bonfire, a funeral procession through the village square and a pumpkin-carving contest. Tickets are $12 for adults, $9 for children age 6 to 12 and free for children under 5.
800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211 | Get Directions
For older teens and adults who want serious Halloween scares, the Broadview Bloodbath takes the frights to a whole new level. Come on the last weekend in October to face crazed serial killers, bug infestations and deadly giant rabbits as you make your way through a variety of themed rooms in this haunted house. Admission is free, but all donations benefit the Columbus Dog Connection, a nonprofit organization helping Ohio's abused and abandoned dogs.
5313 Broadview Road, Columbus, OH 43230 | Get Directions
Here are scenes from the 2010 Highball Masquerade on High.
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