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.


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.


Zombie Buffet 5K 10/13/2012 Columbus, OH

Do you have what it takes to survive a zombie apocalypse?  On October 13th, you’ll have your chance to find out, as the Zombie Buffet 5K comes to Columbus, OH.

The Zombie Buffet 5K is a unique road race that pits Runners against Zombies in a mad dash to safety.  The event narrative is a virus has broken out and the uninfected are in the midst of an orderly evacuation when something goes horribly wrong and the infected get loose in the Evacuation Zone. As a runner your only chance at survival is to run to the safe zone without becoming one of the infected. This will not be easy as you have 3.1 miles to run with dozens of zombies throughout the course as well as dozens more in hot pursuit.

I first heard about the Zombie Buffet 5K this past spring and immediately fell in love with the concept.  I liked the idea so much that I dragged my 42 year-old body out and started training.  Within a couple short months, I went from not having run any real distance since high school, to banging out 5 kilometers every other day.  Now I’m ready to test my mettle against the walking dead.

I assure you that I have no hopes of winning this event but I’m damn sure going to do my best to avoid being infected and hope to cross the finish line intact.  How could any self-respecting Halloween fan not love this?

When you register you can choose to be either a Zombie, a Runner, or register for the Infected Lottery and leave your fate to luck. The path you choose controls much of your experience in the Zombie Buffet 5K.

As a runner you have two health flags and only one goal – cross the finish line with at least one of your flags still intact. Fail to achieve that goal and lose both of your flags and you will become one of the Zombies and join in the pursuit for the remaining runners. This is how the infection spreads

As a Zombie your goal is entirely different – collect as many runner flags as possible.

Each wave of the Zombie Buffet 5K consists of a combined 400 participants and will have two winners: the first Runner to cross the finish line with at least one flag intact and the Zombie who collects the most flags. Additional prizes are awarded to the 2nd and 3rd place runners.

The Zombie Buffet 5K has something for people of all ages, with runners divided by age group as follows: 11 to 13, 14 to 16, and 17 and up.  There will be prizes for all categories.

All participants will receive a Zombie Buffet 5K tee-shirt, dog tag, bumper sticker, silicone bracelet, sponsor swag, access to the after party, and most importantly training for the actual inevitable zombie apocalypse.

Team “Monster For Rent” consists of only myself at the moment.  However, if any of you monster fans care to join in, I’d love the company.  Don’t care to run?  Come on down and be a zombie.  There are only so many chances in a year to get all ghouled up and cut loose, it would be a shame to miss out.

Any any rate, time is short.  Slots are filling up fast and the organizers are encouraging people to get their tickets now, in order to assure a spot.  For the full story, check out the event page

Finally, if you’re already planning on attending and happen to be reading this, please leave a comment below.  With luck, we can toast our survival at the after-party.

Highball Halloween: Masquerade on High 10/27/2012 Columbus, OH

Highball Halloween returns this year to downtown Columbus.  The annual event is a massive street party along High Street.  Highball will move to Saturday this year and while I’m no expert on downtown Columbus, it sounds as if it will also be a bit further south than last year.

For 2012, a Carnivale / Mardi Gras theme is sure to bring out the colorful costumes.  Plenty of events will fill the evening.  You can expect everything from costume contests (for both amateurs and fashion designers), make-up artists, dancing, and more stilt-walkers than you can shake a stick at.  However, probably my favorite activity at Highball is people watching.  People from every age and walk of life will be there to celebrate.

A mere $5 admission gives you access to all of this from 5pm-1am.  For more information, check them out here.

Shock Around The Clock 2012 (Columbus, OH)



Shock Around the Clock, the 4th annual Ohio 24-hour Horror Marathon will be taking place from Noon on Saturday October 20 – Noon Sunday October 21 at the Grandview Theatre (1247 Grandview Ave. Columbus, OH).

This Annual Horror Marathon is a 24-hour film festival running continuously from Noon Saturday until Noon Sunday. It features classic fright flicks, rediscovered gems, recent raves, area premieres, coffinloads of trailers, short subjects, and other such cinematic fare.

In addition to the movies, there will be a scream contest, a costume contest with $100 prize, and much more.

Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door.  They may be purchased at the Grandview Theatre (1247 Grandview Ave.), Laughing Ogre Comics (4258 N. High Street), or online at

For full information, please go to their event page here.


Zombie Prom 2012 (Columbus, OH)


A zombie invasion is crawling into Columbus this fall. Join PetPromise, Inc. on Friday October 26th for Zombie Prom 2012 at Flannagan’s in Dublin (6835 Caine Road, Columbus, OH 43235).

This event features music by Ohio Pro DJ, a 50/50 raffle contest, special event souvenirs, cupcakes from the Tremont Goodie Shop, and more! From 8-10 pm, Valerie Haulk will be on-site to capture pictures of the undead. At 11 pm, the Zombie King and Queen will be announced, so dig out your best zombie costume and join this inaugural party!

Individual tickets can be purchased online for $20 each, or 2 for $35. Sponsors can reserve a private 6-person table for $220, which includes 6 prom tickets, 6 event souvenirs, and a bottle of bubbly. All proceeds go to PetPromise and the building of the first cage-less animal sanctuary and adoption center in central Ohio.

Purchase tickets:

More information may be found on their Facebook event page.


HUGE zombie movie to be filmed in Columbus, OH

Think you’ve got what it takes to join the ranks of the living dead?  This summer you may have the opportunity to prove yourself.

Arch & Pillar Productions is planning on shooting the most extravagant and largest zombie movie in Ohio.

All of this is to take place over the course of just 48 hours!  The project is being conducted for the 48 Hour Film Festival (July 27-July 29) and their main shooting day will be July 28.  The film will be shot at a location to be announced in or around Columbus.

Their goal is to have the largest collection of zombies in the Mid-West, essentially they want a zombie army.  They are looking for as many people as possible to act as the zombie horde.

In addition, to help “zombify” everyone, they need some talented make-up artists to prep and maintain throughout the day.  Also in need will be volunteers for crew and support roles.

For more information: 

Thank you for reading.  If any of you think you might like to take part in this, please drop me a line.  Sounds like fun but I’m down in Athens, all by myself.  I’d gladly drive up if I had some other zombies to hang out with.

ZombieWalk Columbus 2012 Recap

Took my monster out to support the zombies.

There were so many little kids. This little guy was too cute.

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending ZombieWalk Columbus 2012.  I have yet to hear a final count but would guess the crowd to have been in the ballpark of 4,000 people. The undead mob met at Goodale park in downtown Columbus, Ohio.

Participants were asked to bring along canned food items for donation to to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank and indeed, the donations came pouring in.

Shambling sea of zombies

Of all of the Halloween & zombie related events that I’ve ever participated in, I would have to say that the crowd here was the most diverse.  There were people of just about every age, race, and background represented.  It was like a great undead melting pot!

Once the parade began, the mob shambled its way through the streets of downtown Columbus, with the help of the Columbus Police Department (many of whom were smiling from ear to ear at the sight of the undead horde).

No parade is complete without a marching band. These guys were fantastic.

Local business owners and their patrons seemed thoroughly entertained by the procession.  The streets were lined with smiling faces, most of whom were frantically snapping pictures of the zombies.

Returning to Goodale Park, the ghastly parade was met by all manner of zombie fighters, lead by the local S.T.A.R.S. chapter.  This motley crew made short work of the zombies and the day’s event came to a close.


S.T.A.R.S. members discuss battle plans.

Thank you for reading.  I have posted the rest of my photos from the event here.  In addition, you will find links on my Facebook page to the albums of a number of professional photographers who captured some truly awesome coverage of the day’s events.

Did you take part in ZombieWalk Columbus 2012?  Would you like to join in the fun at some future event?  Leave me a comment below and stay tuned, as I’ve got some more fun events to share with you soon!

HorrorHound Weekend comes to Columbus, OH 3/23-3/25 2012

HorrorHound Magazine brings its mid-west Horror Convention to Columbus, Ohio from March 23rd-25th 2012. The event will be located at the Crowne Plaza Columbus North, 6500 Doubletree Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43229, (877)-270-1393. Visit their website for full details.

Fans will be able to meet some of the biggest icons in horror history. A list of special guests for the event may be found here.

Vendors will be on hand, offering the opportunity to shop for some of the newest or rarest classic horror toys, t-shirts, posters, displays, dvds, masks and other assorted goodies.

Movie premieres and screenings will be included, as well as special celebrity panels, and much more.

I’m planning on sending my monster to cover the event. If you plan on attending, please leave me a message below or say hello at the show!