Calling All Monsters

The Halloween season is rapidly approaching.  Every year, I compile a list of events to Hallowhelp ghosts & goblins find spooky fun.  Typically I focus my efforts on Columbus and southern Ohio but I’m always glad to add events in other areas as well.

I’m open to absolutely any type of event.  Halloween parties, haunted attractions, farm markets, community events, and even great home displays are welcome.  If you’re putting on an event or have a favorite that you attend every year, please drop me a line so I can help get the word out.

On a personal note, I’d be especially interested in hearing about any charity events for kids.  I’m usually pretty busy during 4October but will gladly try to pop in to any many of these as possible, to help spread the Halloween cheer.

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Columbus Zombie Pub Crawl

This past Saturday, I got a little jump on my Halloween activities.  Following some early evening haunting, I joined a great bunch of folks for the Columbus Zombie Pub Crawl.

A shambling horde of zombies descended upon the Short North district of Columbus, OH.  From all appearances, a good time was had by all.

I met some really friendly zombies and had a great time!  My only regret is that between the noise level and being 9′ tall, I wasn’t able to visit with everyone as much as I would have liked.  After all, a bunch of people willing to dress up and party like the living dead are my kind of folks.

Chances are good that my travels will bring me back to Columbus for Halloween week.  I hope to cross paths with some of these fun zombies again.  If you were part of the pub crawl and are planning to take in any events for Halloween, drop me a line and I’ll keep an eye out for ya.  Happy Halloween!

Horror High School 2011

Today I’d like to feature another charity haunt.  Horror High School in Kingston, OH is operated 100% by volunteers, raising money for Green Township Youth Baseball / Softball League and South Central Xtreme All Star Cheerleading.

The folks at Horror High School have been kind enough to invite my Monster to come and join them in their fun.  Never one to miss an opportunity to get a little spooky, I told them I’d love to!  I will post an update once I figure out when I’ll be there.

Kingston High School was built in the early 1900s.  While it was being constructed, a worker fell to his death near the boiler room.  His name was James Mowery and it was rumored that he may have been pushed.

Over the years, each generation who attended the school had their own stories of odd happenings.  Strange things were seen and a lot of unexplainable things occurred.

The school closed in 1999.  Since then, Schoolhouse Antiques has taken up residence in the building.  The operators of Horror High School have worked with the current owners to re-open the school and allow the public to tour the facility…including the boiler room where James Mowery met his suspicious end.

Proceeds from Horror High School will go to Green Twp Baseball/Softball League and South Central Xtreme Cheerleading.  It is presented by Schoolhouse Antiques.

Location:  Kingston High School, corner of Main & Ing St., Kingston, OH

Times:  October 26th-29th & 31st  7pm-’til

Stop by their Facebook page and tell them the Monster sent ya!

Admission:  Tickets are $13 at the door.  Discounted advanced tickets may be purchased by any SCX cheerleader or at Shear Styles in Kingston, OH (across from the post office).

Kid’s Night Out at the Kroger on Western Ave. in Chillicothe, OH 10/29/11

I’m pleased to announce that my Monster will be joining the staff of the Kroger on Western Ave., in Chillicothe, OH for “Kid’s Night Out” on October 29th, 2011.

I was lucky enough to take part in this event last year and it was quite a lot of fun for both young and old.

Kids and their parents are invited to attend this free event and get a jump on the Halloween season.  Costumes are encouraged!

The store employees take part in the event, all dressing up in some wonderful costumes.  Games and activities are held throughout the store so there’s plenty of fun for everyone.

My Monster will be on hand to shake hands with the kids and pose for pictures.  As you can see from these photos from last year, even the little ones are usually brave enough to come over and say “hi” to the Monster.

Thanks to the folks at Kroger for putting on such a fun and safe event for the community.

When:  Saturday, October 29th, 2011

               from 3pm-6pm

Where:  Kroger, 1165 Western Ave., Chillicothe, OH  45601 

For more information:  (740)-773-3150

Monster platters at KROGER

     I was out at Kroger today getting groceries when I found something I had to share.  In their Halloween section were these fantastic Halloween serving platters.

     These heavy-duty plastic platters are roughly 12″x12″ and were retailing for $2.99/each.  I think they’d be perfect for any Halloween party any sturdy enough to re-use year after year!

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!

Address

Dublin Village Center (Southwest corner of I-270 & Sawmill Road)
6765 E Dublin Center Dr
Dublin, Oh 43017
614-761-3327

Hours

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

Admission

$20.00

Offering timed and fast pass admissions on website.

Website

http://www.scareatorium.com/

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

Halloween in Southern Ohio

     

     I recently relocated to southeastern Ohio.  I was here for Halloween last year but was still getting settled in a bit.  As such, I’m sure that I probably missed all sorts of fun Halloween events.

     Quite a few of my regular readers are from this area and I suppose others may be familiar with it.  Can any of you folks point me toward some great Halloween events in the are?  I’d love to hear about anything that you folks can dig up.  Costume Parties, parades, farm markets, haunted houses, or even houses that go all out with decorations are all things that I would include in this search.  Anything that you folks can dig up would be appreciated.

    Here are a few things that I’m already aware of but would love to get your thoughts on:

  • The Pumpkin House in Huntington, WV
  • The Haunted Hoochie at Dead Acres
  • The Circleville Pumpkin Show
  • The Jackson County Apple Festival

What is your favorite type of Halloween candy?

    

     A couple of weeks ago, I wrote what turned out to be a slightly controversial post about candy corn.  I truly had no idea that there were fans of the stuff out there.  Well, they let their voices be heard and I stand corrected.

     This time I’m going to play it safe.  What is your favorite type of Halloween candy?  Is it something that’s available year round or only for Halloween?  Do you secretly hope for rain so the trick-or-treaters won’t get your stash?

     For myself, I guess I’d have to go with Reese’s pumpkins.  They’re pretty hard to beat.  However, I’m also fond of a wide range of stuff which you generally only see around Halloween.  Bit-O-Honey, Mary Janes, & those little flavored Tootsie Rolls are all quite nice and pretty hard to come by during other times of the year.

     Leave me a comment and let me know what you think.