It’s a time for pumpkin spice and everything nice, so check out our list of fall festivities. You’ll find family-friendly events and spooky attractions for all ages. Click the links for more details.
Pumpkin Patches and Apple Orchards
Circleville Pumpkin Show: The opening ceremony for the 2021 pumpkin show is Wednesday, October 20th at 9 a.m. Festivities run through October 23rd and include parades, giant pumpkin carving demonstrations, live musical performances, dancing and a fashion show.
Lynd Fruit Farm: Have you ever shot an apple cannon? Well, if you’d like to try, then head to Lynd Fruit Farm. If you don’t feel like firing fruit, you can pick apples, pumpkins, berries and peaches. The farm also features The 7 Seas Maze, which is open Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Lehner’s Pumpkin Farm: Pick the perfect pumpkin from Lehner’s Pumpkin Farm’s 15-acre patch. Or purchase a pre-picked pumpkin that’s washed and ready to go. Prices range from $2.50 to $10. Lehner’s also has a corn maze, barnyard golf, barrel rides, pumpkin bowling and a petting zoo.
Hidden Creek Farms: Located in Sunbury, Ohio, Hidden Creek Farms boasts many fun outdoor activities for families. Kids can play on the Great Pumpkin Slide or in the Pumpkin Tunnel. The farm is also home to lots of animals that children can feed and pet.
Licking County Hike, Bike, Paddle: Get outside and you may qualify for a chance to win a $100 sporting goods store gift card. To enter, you must complete two of the three activities for thirty minutes each at participating locations.
Pumpkin Trek 2021: Explore Grove City on this self-guided fall excursion. You can pick up a trek guide at any of the 27 participating businesses and collect 16 stamps from other locations to earn a free T-shirt. Trek stops include Grove City Brewing Company, Broadway Fireplace & Decor, Capital City Cakes, Circle S Farms, Jolly Pirate Donuts and Tammy’s Pizza.
Gateway Film Center: Celebrate the spooky season with the Master of Suspense. Hitchcocktober includes classics such as Dial M for Murder, The Birds and Psycho. Gateway Film Center is also hosting Nightmares Film Fest, an independent horror film extravaganza that runs October 21st through the 24th.
Boo at the Zoo: Bring the kids to a family-friendly night of spooktacular fun. Boo at the Zoo is open at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Friday, Saturday and Sunday through October 31st. Guests under 13 are welcome to wear costumes and collect candy at 13 stops on Tommy C. Turtle’s Trick or Treat Trail. There will also be giant pumpkin carvings, carousel rides and animal training exhibits.
Pumpkins Aglow: This mesmerizing botanical display is located at Franklin Park Conservatory and features a glass pumpkin patch, a foggy creek and a witch’s garden. Live entertainment includes a fortune teller, fire performers, stilt walkers, and LED light dancers. The exhibit is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Haunts and Scares
Fear Columbus Haunted House: Formerly known as 13th Floor, Fear Columbus is the largest haunted house in the city. The immersive attraction features The Summoning, a house full of cult members and demons, and Aftermath Anarchy, a post-apocalyptic city fraught with peril. Fear Columbus is open on the weekends and various weekdays, so check their schedule for ticket availability.
The Haunted Woods at Shawnee Hills: Are you brave enough to venture into the woods? The Haunted Woods is a mile-long trail that’s packed with frights and scares. The venue is open Fridays and Saturdays from October 15th through the 31st. General admission is $15, and VIP fast passes are $20.
Field of Fright at Little Darby Creek: If you’ve never experienced a haunted corn maze, then the Field of Fright will be a terrifyingly good opportunity. Make your way through the Maize at Little Darby Creek and see if you can escape the horrors that hide within. The Field of Fright is open Friday and Saturday nights through October 30th. Purchase general admission tickets online for $18 or $21 at the farm.