Ghoulish Guide to Columbus Halloween parties

Jackie Mantey, Columbus Alive

If you like: Athens' Halloween

Go to: Park Street's Halloween Party

This block-wide, eight-bar pub crawl comes bearing costume contests for a Kid Rock-autographed guitar and a one-year subscription to Maxim magazine. Party-goers should come bearing, ahem, as little as legally possible.

Park Street in the Arena District

Friday-Saturday, Oct. 26-27

If you like: Ghost stories

Go to: The Gateway

The movie theater's got plenty of creepy classics on the bill suitable for a weekend of laid-back haunting, including Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho," "The Walking Dead" and "The Shining." Tickets cost $9.50.

The Gateway Film Center

Friday-Sunday, Oct. 26-28

1550 N. High St., South Campus Gateway

If you like: Michael Jackson

Go to: O-GEE Thriller Edition

This installment of the monthly old-school hip-hop dance party O-GEE pays mad respect to the best Halloween anthem and dance since "Monster Mash." Cover is $5.


11 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27

185 N. High St., Downtown


If you like: Marilyn Manson

Go to: Trauma

The decor at this annual fetish party includes whips and chains, ticklers and tassels, ladies on silks and thong-clad men on stilts. Trauma is part art extravaganza, sexual theater and part must-see concert (Ruckus Roboticus and RoeVy headline). Tickets are $25 at the door.

The Bluestone

9 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Oct. 25-26

583 E. Broad St., Downtown