5 Amazing Ways To Make Your Epic Halloween Plans

5 Amazing Ways To Make Your Epic Halloween Plans

Like most of us, 2020 was a real… well, you know. At least there’s one time of the year, where people can enjoy wearing masks – Halloween! And there’s no better place to be than Columbus, Wisconsin when it comes to making your Halloween epic. From a city-wide haunted house contest to a mid-week Halloween party, events to entertain the kids, a community bonfire and a real cemetery tour with a century-old chapel. And that’s all capped off by… you guessed it, Trick-or-Treat on Halloween!

As you enjoy the natural beauty and take a step back in time visiting our historic city, be on the lookout for some spooky creatures lurking about…

As goblins, ghosts and ghouls will be out in full force for the annual Halloween Freak Week! Here are 5 amazing ways to make your epic Halloween plans:

#5: Day…or a Night Trip to See Who Has the Best Haunted House!

Not some ordinary randomly decorated houses… From October 23rd through Halloween, Columbus will be hosting kooky fun that all ages can enjoy.  Visit this charming little city and be amazed as it transforms into a ghost town as residents participate in a Halloween home decorating contest with the winner announced on the 29th.  So stop on by for some shopping, a bite to eat and see the City’s amazing homes decked out in this city-wide Halloween contest. Judging is based on originality, creativity and overall WOW!

Spiders and other terrifying decorations during Halloween Freak Week
A particularly eerie spider with a human-ish mask face.

#4: Halloween-themed Get Togethers

In Columbus, folks don’t have to wait until trick-or-treating to have fun! Create silly or scary yarn monsters on the 26th then craft Halloween-themed cootie catchers at the Senior Center with Columbus Recreation on the 28th. They supply the crafts, you supply the fun! For the 29th, there’s the Halloween Pumpkin Hunt for kids as they search for pumpkin decorated eggs from 8:00pm – 9:30pm in Fireman’s Park.  Kids’ can find their “pumpkin” and bring them to the shelter at Kiwanis Park to claim a special goody bag! This event is a blast and the kids love it!  So you’ll want to register by the 20th if participating. 

Halloween decorations during Halloween Freak Week
Skeletons out on a wild wheelchair ride!

#3: Don’t Wait Until the Weekend to Party!

On Wednesday the 27th, there will be a mid-week Halloween party where you can dress up in your favorite costume and enjoy fun games and prizes followed by a drive-in movie at Fireman’s Park that will give you goose bumps…  After dining in our historic downtown, grab your blankets and lawn chairs as the Halloween party and drive-in movie is very popular, so if you want the full drive-in movie experience, you will need to register by email at commotion@columbuswi.us or call 920-623-5918 to reserve vehicle space.

Firemans Park Pavilion
The great pavilion at Fireman’s Park is a perfect place to host events

#2: Friday Night Delight

Most towns won’t let you have a bon-fire, but you can join ours! Nothing better than ending the work week with a bon-fire. Grab your comfy chair, favorite beverages, your best friends and have those costumes ready as you enjoy the night.  Good times with good friends in a good community at Kiwanis Park! If stay the night, or the weekend, local establishments will be hosting Halloween parties with great food, drinks and music!  If you haven’t already, for the full Freak Week experience, you’ll want to book accommodations.

Hotel room
Book a room at the Whitney Inn or at Boarders Inn and Suites

Congratulations if you’ve made it through the night… Halloween day will deliver frights and delights! 

#1: Shadows on the Hillside!

October 31st plays host to the City’s Shadows on the Hillside event from 9:00am – 2:00pm.  Dress up and take a walking tour of Columbus Hillside Cemetery where you’ll get to meet famous locals among beautiful fall foliage. Shadows are performed by Columbus Area Historical Society members and local residents.  The two-hour tour includes visiting the century-old Whitney Memorial Chapel. A perfect Halloween event for couples or groups so get your tickets!

Hillside Cemetery Whitney Chapel is open for Halloween during the Shadows on the Hillside event.
Century-old chapel and mausoleum

Of Course, Halloween Trick-Or-Treat in Columbus

Goblins, ghosts and ghouls haunt the city as the Columbus Trick-Or-Treat event takes place from 3:00pm – 7:00pm. Dress up in your favorite costumes and stroll back in time past amazing homes for yummy treats!  Make sure to visit the Columbus Fire Station as local downtown businesses are giving away goodies! 

So join us for Halloween Freak Week in Columbus, WI.


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