The attention of Columbus quickly turns to fall and football when The Ohio State University returns to session. But there’s many more events, activities and things to do in the Ohio capital for September and October. Celebrate the cooler weather and fall foliage with some of these best of Columbus activities in 2017:
Columbus Fall Festivals
Columbus Apple Orchards
Branstool Orchards - Utica, Ohio
A 35 acre orchard growing 37 different apple varieties. Prices range from 1/4 peck for $4 to $48 for a bushel (4 pecks).In season, they generally make a unpasteurized cider twice a week in season.Located 45 minutes northeast of Columbus.
Cherry Hawk Farm - Marysville, Ohio
A u-pick orchard with 10 varieties of apples ripening in September and October.They allow apple picking on weekends, make their own unpasteurized cider on a small press, and offer a number of special promotions on their Facebook page. Located northwest of Columbus.
Eshleman Fruit Farm - Clyde, Ohio
A u-pick orchard with apples for picking.No ladders needed. Special weekend activities beginning the first weekend in October.Family fun days include wagon rides, games and other fun.
Columbus Pumpkin Patches
Circle S Farms - Grove City, OH
Open daily in October with fall activities, pumpkins, hayrides and more. The address is 9015 London Groveport Rd., Grove City, OH 43123. It is located 19 miles southwest of Columbus.
Devine Farms - Hebron, OH
Fall fun runs on daily from late September during their fall pumpkin patch season. There’s a cornfield maze, make your own scarecrow, pumpkin painting, wagon rides and more farm fun. The location is 672 National Rd., Hebron, Ohio 43025. It is 28 miles from downtown Columbus.
Freeman’s Farm - Galena, OH
Enjoy weekend fun starting around the middle of September. They feature pumpkins, animal petting, apple butter, country market, hayrides and more. They are located at 6142 Lewis Center Road, Galena, OH 43021. It is just 19 miles north of downtown Columbus.
Columbus Haunted Houses
13th Floor Columbus - Colmbus, OH
New haunt attractions brought to Columbus by the world famous 13th Floor Haunted Houses. Enjoy the fun starting in late September. Doors open at 7:00 PM every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. Also open most nights in October. Expect lots of scares with live actors in professional make-up working hard to make you jump out of your skin. Tickets available at the box office or online. Get ready for the most fun you’ve ever had getting scared this Halloween season when the world-famous 13th Floor Haunted House comes to Columbus! In most buildings, the 13th floor doesn’t exist–but here, in Columbus, it’s terrifyingly real. Located in the Northland Plaza Shopping Center, the legendary 13th Floor has been praised by and featured on America Haunts, Travel Channel, MTV, Haunt World Magazine, and USA Today calls it “One of the best haunted attractions in the US. TICKETS & INFORMATION: Purchase tickets early as Columbus’s largest haunted house is expected to sell out! Located in Northeast Columbus at the Northland Plaza Shopping Center.
Blood Prison - Mansfield, OH
Nothing like being scared. This old prison is all about horror. It once housed some very violent prisoners. Many died here. Some may be still here. Visit every Thursday through Sunday nights starting in early October. Tickets are $25. Wander in terror through the Ancient Gothic structure of the Haunted Ohio State Reformatory, Survive your incarceration…if you can! BLOOD PRISON is waiting for you…ENTER if you dare, Escape if you can. For the first time ever Blood Prison welcomes HELLZAPOPPIN CIRCUS SIDESHOW REVUE which is included with your Blood Prison ticket!
Brimstone Haunt - Wilmington, OH
The Brimstone Farm was once a prosperous family farm. Now open every Friday and Saturday night from late September through Halloween. It is a place full of long-lost memories, stories, and curses. Many horrors have been reported in these fields but not many are willing to talk about the events that occur in the corn. Come see what’s waiting for you around every twist and turn. This is no ordinary woods walk. The Forgotten Forest is a place shrouded in mystery. Many people have gone searching for answers to the unnatural events that occur in and around the forest but none have ever returned. Only the bravest should dare enter these trees and IF you make it back out, you will not be the same as when you went in. Tickets are $15 for the haunted hayride or a combo ticket for $27. Save money with online discounts.
Columbus Ghost Tours
Chillicothe Ghost Walk - Chillicothe, OH
September 22, 2018. Explore the haunted downtown of Chillicothe, taking you to places you never imagined, including a tour inside the location son a self-guided schedule.
Columbus Ghost Tours - Columbus, OH
Their original Booze & Boos bus tour takes you on a three hour journey through the Capitol City’s dark past by way of historic taverns and locales where those who have been before did not pass quietly into death. They are in the process of creating a new day-time Columbus Cemetery Tour for a new 2-hour bus tour visiting the final resting places of notable Central Ohioans! CREEPY They are also creating a daytime Creepy Columbus Bust Tour designed with your family in mind (ages 10+). These tours will take you on a one and a half hour journey to the most haunted locales in and around downtown Columbus.
Columbus Landmarks Foundation - Columbus, OH
A variety of walking and bus ghost tours including Tales of the Ohio Pen Walking Tour, School Spirits: Tales of Ohio State, Glen Echo Ravine – Haunted Lantern Tour, Town Street – Haunted Lantern Tour, Favorite Haunts Bus Tour, Short North – Haunted Lantern Tour, Mound Street – Haunted Lantern Tour, and Franklinton – Haunted Lantern Tour. For over 30 years, Columbus Landmarks Foundation has featured haunted and unusual stories of what really lurks behind Columbis. Check their website for current dates and times. Columbus Landmarks Members enjoy discounted tickets to all tours & events while supporting historic preservation.