When Spirits Roamed the Village
Columbus Landmarks Foundation and German Village Society offer a walking tour appropriate to the season, featuring the stories and architecture of Columbus’s popular 19th century neighborhood. Six locations and their stories will be featured—from the light-hearted tales of ghostly tea parties and the house that needs no dusting to the somber and true stories of the county poor house and a grief-stricken mother. Included are additional tales of occasional poltergeists, creatures that didn’t appreciate a good rehabbing, and Halloween customs in the Village in the past.
Halloween Lantern Walking Tours
Our ever-popular lantern walking tours featuring various historic (and haunted!) Columbus neighborhoods. A chance to recapture the mystery of a fall evening with the crunch of autumn leaves, the promise of sweet treats, and the thrill of a story that makes even your own house seem haunted when you return home. Bring flashlight if possible or help carry one of our lanterns.
OSU “In the Spirit” Walking Tour
A walking tour of campus and off-campus buildings with architectural and historical significance. True stories about infamous happenings, urban legends, and surprising hauntings will be shared along the way. Every neighborhood has a dark side…but with the diverse and rich history of the University District, this dark side may tell us more than we want to know about ourselves.
Haunted “Spirits” Tavern Tours
Sometimes a tavern tour is not just a tavern tour until you can call on a few spirits to join you—both the ethereal and the liquid kind. Columbus taverns, saloons, and one-of-a-kind gathering places are blessed with the occasional appearing and disappearing patron. Weaving in these tales of lost souls who include former prominent citizens and ordinary Columbusites are true stories of forgotten burial grounds, part of the city repeatedly built over, reported murders, smoldering passions, and scandalous gossip (would you have it any other way?). Each night, three taverns will be featured, as we usually do, but the focus is also on the seldom-seen parts of the establishment.