Originally published 10/4/17. Updated 10/3/19.
Are you into haunted history, but not so much haunted houses?
Columbus has some amazing historical, and spooky, ghost tours going on during the month of October. There are tours that are friendly for the whole family, and ones that involve some “spirits” for those over 21.
Walk the streets of Columbus, learn about some of the capital city’s most unbelievable legends, and who knows: Maybe you’ll even see a ghost for yourself!
What: Columbus Landmarks hosts a variety of different ghoulish tours. From a haunted spirits tour where you can visit old taverns to a haunted lantern tour of Neil Ave to a spooky stroll through Greenlawn Cemetary, there is a lot to see. Ticket prices vary.
When: Various dates throughout October
Where: Various locations
Columbus Ghost Tours “Booze & Boos” Bus Tour
What: Looking for a unique way to tour historic and haunted Columbus? Grab a seat on this three-hour ghost tour bus! You must be 21+ to hop aboard the Booze & Boos bus tour. The bus will stop at various haunted restaurants, bars, and locales. The boozing part of this tour takes place at a variety of locations, so guests are encouraged to bring cash. Tickets are $35 and are available here.
When: Various dates throughout October and November.
Where: The tour starting/ending location is announced to ticket holders one week before the tour date.
What: The Worthington Historical Society wants guests to join them for a moonlight tour starting at the Old Refectory. Worthington’s Historic District and guests will visit with the spirits of residents spanning the last two centuries on this guided tour.
When: October 24 from 7-8:30 pm
Where: 55 West New England, Worthington, OH 43085
What: Ohio Statehouse staff members and volunteers combine history and legend in this family-friendly haunted Ohio Statehouse tour. Visitors will be leady through the dimly lit, stone hallways of the Statehouse by lantern. This year, the tour will feature recently found evidence of paranormal activity, as well as a new tour route. The tour can get a little spooky, so it is not recommended for kids under the age of 9.
When: October 18-19 and October 25-26, tours beginning every half hour from 7-9 pm.
Where: Ohio Statehouse, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus, OH