The Ohio Statehouse Haunted Statehouse Tour

Ohio Statehouse ColumbusThe local Columbus history buffs out there will be interested in the Ohio Haunted Statehouse Tour, the only known statehouse in the country to hold a such a tour. The Haunted Statehouse Tour participants will have a “haunted and historical experience” in Ohio’s Capitol building. Statehouse staff members and volunteers will combine history and legend in this special family-friendly haunted Statehouse tour.  Conductors will lead visitors through the dimly lit limestone corridors of the Ohio Statehouse by oil lantern light.  Visitors will pass the ghost of President Lincoln in an unfinished dance with Kate Chase (former Ohio Governor Salmon P. Chase’s daughter), hear and see a weeping lady in gray and get a glimpse of a green and ghostly President felled by an assassin’s bullet.  This historical tour is spooky but appropriate for all members of the family.  The tour is most suitable for individuals over the age of 12.

Haunted Statehouse Tour tickets are still available for the annual Halloween themed tours.  The special evening tours will take place during two weekends in October: Friday, October 12 and Saturday, October 13; and Friday, October 19 and Saturday, October 20.

Each tour will last approximately an hour.  Available tour times include:  7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tickets are limited to 40 individuals per tour time each night.  This event has sold out during the previous seven years. Tickets for the Haunted Statehouse Tours are $12 per adult and $6 per child under the age of 12.  Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Tickets can be purchased three ways:

-Online at (click “Seasonal”);

-By visiting the Statehouse Museum Shop on the ground floor of the Ohio


-Or purchasing over the phone by calling 614/728-9234.

Special activities will be available to participate in before each tour. The Statehouse Museum shop will be open throughout the evening and will offer candy apples, Halloween candy and caramel corn, cookies and soda for purchase.  In addition, special Halloween merchandise will be offered for purchase.  More information is available at


Visitors to the Ohio Statehouse are invited to park in the facility’s underground parking garage. This convenient and affordable parking offers direct sheltered access to the Ohio Statehouse for this event.  Parking rates are available at


For more information about the Haunted Statehouse Tours, including a short promotional video, visit or contact 614/728-9234.

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