Columbus Trick or Treat Guide 2017

Halloween is a magical time of year! Whether you’re passing out Skittles on your front porch or trick-or-treating with your grandkids, here’s some important information to ensure Halloween goes off without a hitch.

Columbus Trick-or-Treat Guide for 2017:

When is Trick-or-Treat?

In 2015, the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission set a unified trick-or-treat night for the Columbus area to keep children and pedestrians safe. Their resolution decided that trick-or-treat would be held on Oct. 31 unless the date falls on a weekend. In that case, it’s held on the previous Thursday. While the majority of Columbus sticks to this date, some communities have opted for Oct. 28 and timeframes often vary.


North Market: 11:00-2:00 p.m.
Pataskala: 5:00-7:00 p.m.


Columbus: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Bexley: 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Upper Arlington:  6:00-8:00 p.m.
Westerville: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Grove City: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
New Albany:  6:00-8:00 p.m.
Dublin: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Grandview Heights: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Powell:  6:00-8:00 p.m.
Worthington: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Hilliard:  6:00-8:00 p.m.
Gahanna: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Canal Winchester: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Groveport: 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Pickerington: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Reynoldsburg: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Whitehall: 6:00-8:00 p.m
Jefferson Township: 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Watch for Blue Pumpkins

You may have noticed in previous years that some kids carry a teal pumpkin to collect their treats instead of the traditional orange pumpkin. Teal pumpkins signal food allergies, meaning it may be a good idea to have an alternative, non-food treat prepared for these children. The Teal Pumpkin Project is designed to raise awareness of food allergies and promote the inclusion of all trick-or-treaters throughout the Halloween season. This way, you can rest easy knowing you didn’t give a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup to a trick-or-treater with a peanut allergy.

What to Wear

If you’re looking to be adventurous with your costume, you can opt for any of 2017’s best selling outfits. For a scary costume, try a clown! Stephen King’s IT broke box-office records, so it’s no surprise clowns are a favorite this year. If you want a less terrifying costume try Belle from Beauty and the Beast, Wonder Woman, Game of Thrones Characters and Eleven from the hit Netflix show Stranger Things.