2013 Halloween Events for Columbus & Southern Ohio



10/19 Columbus Zombie Pub Crawl, Columbus, OH382696_266177973419911_29353265_n

10/19 Run Like Hell Costume 5K, Athens, OH

10/19 The Vampires Ball, Columbus, OH

10/25 HighBall Halloween (Day 1), Columbus, OH

10/26 HighBall Halloween (Day 2), Columbus, OH

10/26 Athens Halloween Block Party, Athens, OH

10/31 TRAUMA Halloween. Fetish. Party, Columbus, OH

11/1  TRAUMA Halloween. Fetish. Party, Columbus, OH3


Haunted Hoochie / Dead Acres, Pataskala, OH

The ScareATorium, Columbus, OH

The Creep Haunted House Festival, London, OH

Wicked Forest, Logan, OH

 I’m always on the lookout for more Halloween events or Haunted Attractions.  If you know of any in the Columbus / Southern, Ohio area, please leave a comment below and I will gladly add it to this list.



What exactly is Monster For Rent?


What exactly is Monster For Rent?

He’s a stilt-walking monster, standing at just under 9’ tall.  In his younger days, he worked at various “haunted houses” and “haunted hayrides”.   Now as a more seasoned monster, he spends the Halloween season, hiring himself out to deliver balloon-a-grams, entertain at birthday parties, Halloween parties, grocery stores, farm markets, and different companies who want to draw some attention to their business during the Halloween season.

Originally from Rochester, NY, the monster spent a number of years residing in West Palm Beach, FL.  Currently, he resides in the quiet town of Athens, OH.

 So what does the monster do?

Really that depends on the specific event.  The overwhelming majority of the time, he’s called into action to shake hands and pose for pictures with party-goers and customers of the various events that he’s hired to perform at.

At company functions, he’s been used to pass out advertising literature, march in parades, draw attention to certain displays within a store, or even stand by the side of the road to help draw in business.


Can the monster talk?

Sadly, no… The mad scientist who created the monster neglected to give him the ability to speak.  However, he’s become quite adept at communicating with folks through hand gestures and head bobs.

There will be lots of young children at my event.  Will the monster be too scary for them?

While it is true that a 9’ tall monster might seem pretty intimidating, the monster very rarely scares any little ones.  In his experience, children who are afraid of Santa Claus, clowns, or the Easter Bunny may also be afraid of the monster.

The monster has become quite adept at scanning the crowd for signs that any of the little folks are looking a bit uneasy.  When he detects this, he avoids eye contact and focuses on the folks who are close by, shaking his hand and posing for pictures.  Generally, this allows any timid youngsters to move along and not suffer any frights.

The monster is so big.  Will he fit in my home or business?

Aside from being just under 9’ tall, the monster is able to fit just about anywhere that an event might be held.  He’s easily as maneuverable as any “normal” person.  As such, he’s able to duck through regular doorways, climb stairs, and pretty much go anywhere required, doing what needs to be done.

There will likely be big crowds at my event.   Will this be a problem for the monster?

Not at all.  The monster is very sturdy on his feet and has full peripheral vision.  Whether he’s indoors with merchandise displays or outdoors in a throng of people, the monster is very adept at moving about in tight spaces.

Could the monster hold a sign to promote my event/business?

Yes, absolutely.  The monster would be able to hold/carry any sign that any other “normal” person could.

mfr3Any chance we could dress the monster up in one of our uniforms?

Sure.  Aside from being rather large, the monster would be happy to.  Over the years, he’s worn t-shirts, aprons, hats, & buttons from those who have used his services.


Columbus Zombie Pub Crawl 10/19/2013


On Saturday October 19th, an undead horde will converge on the Short North district for the Columbus Zombie Pub Crawl.  This motley crew will shamble from bar to bar, having a grand time in the process.  Best of all, all of this takes place a good week before most of the other Halloween type events occur.

I’ve joined this band of the walking dead for the past couple years and it’s always a good time.  Don’t know anybody else who’s going?  That’s no problem.  Just put on your “dead face” and show up.  You’ll be rubbing elbows with other zombies before you finish your first drink.  You’d be hard pressed to find a more welcoming group of dead people.

The Facebook page for the event is here and you can follow on Twitter @cbuszombiepub.

HighBall Halloween 2011 Columbus, OH

On Friday evening, I ventured to the Short North district of Columbus, OH.  My destination was the annual HighBall Halloween street party.

A cross between Carnivale and Mardi Gras, with a pinch of Halloween, the event was rocking!

HighBall has become one of the most anticipated and talked-about events in the Midwest.  The key to its success has been its focus on “celebrating the art of design”.  The signature of Highball is a dramatic runway/stage built on the street, under the iconic Short North arches.

Competitions spotlighted the creative talents of both professionals and amateurs.  Finalists strutted their stuff in front of over 20,ooo cheering revelers.

I logged in over 7 miles (on the stilts) over the course of the evening.  Needless to say, I’m wondering whether I’ll even be able to walk by the time Monday comes.

I have included some of my favorite pictures from the evening here.  You may access the full album on my Facebook page.  If you happened to be at the event, please feel free to tag yourself in the pics and use them as you wish.

Monster joins cast of the Scare-A-Torium!

     Here’s just a quick note to let you all know that my Monster will be joining the cast of the Scare-A-Torium in Dublin, OH this year!

     Every Sunday from now until Halloween, I’ll be taking part in their “lights on” tours.  Running from 4pm-6pm, I will be joining the Ghostbusters.  Younger children and their parents can attend on Sundays for a Lights-On Tour of The Scare-A-Torium.  They will have all of the lights on and there will be no scares or sounds during the tour.  It’s a great opportunity for the young ones to enjoy the haunted attraction with out the fear of the dark or being surprised.  It’s also a wonderful way to see all the detail and work that’s involved in the artwork, design and, creation of a haunted house attraction.  Members of Ghost Busters of Columbus will serve as tour guides.

     The Lights-On Tour admission is only $7 for an adult. Every paid adult ticket will admit one adult along with four children under 12 for $1.00 each. Additional children will be required to purchase an adult ticket. All children must be accompanied by an adult to participate in Lights-On.

     As an added bonus, I’ll then be joining the rest of the spooks for the regular haunted attraction until 10pm.

     So, if you happen to be out in the Columbus area on Sunday, please stop by and say “hello”!


The Scare-A-Torium

     Colonel Frightmore has traveled around the world collecting fears for your dark entertainment.  He invites you to come in and experience a maze of the macabre as he’s captured your every fear and proudly presents them to you here in his haunted house of horrors called THE SCARE-A-TORIUM!

     Through these haunted passages you’ll witness the most wretched collection of Halloween ghouls and ghosts, spiders and skeletons, killer clowns and creeps, vampires and victims, supernatural and super spectral, the undead and the unstable, the decaying and the decapitated, ever assembled.

     So many fears, so many rooms, so many spines to tingle!  It’s been a devious task assembling them just for you. Come now and don’t be late!  He has so many many unspeakable horrors for you to see!  Can you make it through? Or will your deepest darkest fears get the best of you?


Admission includes RIP’s Funhouse; home for a collection of evil clowns, optical illusions and toxic experiments. You get two haunts for one price; over 50+ scenes of FRIGHT!


Dublin Village Center (Southwest corner of I-270 & Sawmill Road)
6765 E Dublin Center Dr
Dublin, Oh 43017


Thursday through Sunday – September 29 to October 30th

Thursday’s and Sunday’s 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Friday’s and Saturday’s 7:30 pm to Midnight



Offering timed and fast pass admissions on website.



2011 Columbus, OH Trick-or-Treat times

     This is the first time I’ve lived in a community where trick-or-treating was sometimes held on a day other than the 31st.  This year however, it appears that activities will be held on Monday the 31st (as they should be).

Local Trick-or-Treat Times:

Bexley: October 31st  5:30-7:30pm

Canal Winchester: October 31st  5:30-7:30pm

Dublin: October 31st  6-8pm

Gahanna: October 31st  6-8pm

Grove City: October 31st  6-8pm

Hilliard: October 31st  6-8pm

New Albany: October 31st  6-8pm

Powell: October 31st  6-8pm

Upper Arlington: October 31st  6-8pm

2011 High Ball Halloween: Masquerade On High

     One of the most talked about and highly anticipated Halloween events in the Midwest, Columbus’ wildly popular Highball: Masquerade on High celebrates the art of design and masquerade. The signature focal point of HighBall is a dramatic runway/stage built on the street under the iconic glowing Short North arches.

     2011 HighBall Halloween: Masquerade On High takes place Friday, October 28, 2011 starting at 5 p.m. The wild street party takes place in the Short North Arts District on High Street at the intersection of Fifth Ave. This celebration of the fabulous side of Halloween, the art of design and the masquerade will feature a dazzling 60-foot outdoor runway under the iconic lighted Short North arches. With attendance topping 20,000, general admission is just $5 at the gate. VIP packages, including parking, private bar, backstage pass, preferred runway/stage seating are available via advance purchase at http://www.HighBallHalloween.com for $65.

     Highball features over-the-top masquerade competitions that spotlight the creative talents of both professional designers and amateurs alike. Finalists strut their stuff on stage before 20,000 cheering revelers. Thousands of dollars in cash and prizes will be awarded in several categories. This year, HighBall’s themes will add new twists to the design challenge. A real-time Costume Couture Fashion Showdown is a professional designer competition. The HighBall Costume Contest for the general public awards prizes in each of five competition categories:

– Most Radiant – costume features LED, laser, UV reactive or other glow accessories
– Best Transformation – costume transforms from one look to another
– Most Fabulous – an outrageously gorgeous costume
– Best Extreme Face Painting – beyond basic clown makeup!
– Best B-Movie Ensemble – a group category paying homage to the campiest of the campy 

     Other event features include: DJs, dancers, live stage performances, theatrical numbers, giant body puppets, light shows, real-time UV mural painting and the Dogtober Howl-o-Ween Canine Contest.

     Highball event information is available at www.highballhalloween.com. Complete travel information, including details on lodging, dining and attractions in Columbus and is available at www.ExperienceColumbus.com or by calling 1-866-397-2657 (1-866-EXP-COLS). The website offers on-line booking at more than 125 hotels.

Fright Night 5K Run

     More Columbus Halloween Fun…BOO! Join hundreds of ghosts and goblins at the 3rd Annual Fright Nite 5K on Saturday, October 29th at 8:00pm. You’re sure to enjoy this unusual night of ghoulish exercise as you run (or walk) past haunted graveyards leading to the ghostly cart trails and specially illuminated Gahanna Golf Course. You will run along the well paved cart paths and return back to the beautiful Creekside Park and Plaza Old Gahanna for a little post race food and beverage at Signatures (94 Mill Street) directly across from the finish line. No wimps or scaredy cats!

Date: Saturday, October 29, 2011 at 8PM
Location: Creekside Park and Plaza on Mill Street in Old Gahanna. Take the 62 exit off 270.
Information: Visit their website for registration information and more.

Boo on Broadway 2011

     Grove City’s Town Center will be transformed into a spooky destination. This annual, family friendly alternative to Trick or Treat allows children to dress in costume and safely collect candy and other goodies from area business owners. A fortune-teller and other spooky surprises will also be offered.

     Broadway will be closed from Grant Street to Grove City Road; Park Street will be closed from Arbutus Avenue to the first driveway west of City Hall. There will be no parking on these streets beginning at 3PM. Streets will close to traffic at 5PM and will reopen at 9PM.

Date: Monday, October 31, 2011 from 6PM to 8PM

Location: Grover City Town Center, Grove City, Ohio

Parking: Free