1. HighBall Halloween (Oct. 24-25)
Short North Arts District
Columbus’ premier Halloween party returns for another year, offering face painting, street performers, professional and amateur costume contests, and performances by MojoFlo, Bella Ruse, Lydia Loveless, Nina West, the Fabulous Johnson Brothers, Taylor Dayne and more. Attendees are strongly encouraged to arrive in costume. http://www.highballcolumbus.org
2. Campana Brothers: Brazilian Design Now (Oct. 25 – Dec. 31)
Decorative Arts Center of Ohio, 145 E. Main St., Lancaster
This exhibition, featuring found object art by Humberto and Fernando Campana, is on loan from the Pizzuti Collection. http://www.decartsohio.org
3. CityMusic Columbus presents Peppino D’Agostino (Oct. 26, 2 p.m.)
Via Vecchia Winery, 485 S. Front St.
D’Agostino, lauded as a top-notch acoustic guitarist, performs in promotion of his latest CD, Penumbra. http://www.citymusiccolumbus.org
4. The French Connection: Midwestern Modernist Women (Oct. 27 – Dec. 5)
Schumacher Gallery, Capital University, 1 College and Main, Bexley
Schumacher Gallery’s new exhibition features work by a variety of Midwestern female artists from 1900-1930 who exhibited in pre-WWII Paris and in WW1-era art colonies. http://www.capital.edu/schumacher
5. Wizard World Ohio Comic Con (Oct. 31 – Nov. 2)
Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N. High St.
Highlights of this annual celebration of pop culture include vendors, costume contests, film screenings and artist discussions, as well as panels and autograph booths featuring a variety of celebrity guests. This year’s guests include Bruce Campbell (Burn Notice), Sean Astin (Rudy), Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Karl Urban (Almost Human), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), Verne Troyer (Austin Powers), Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Jon Bernthal, Andrew J. West, Alanna Masterson (all of The Walking Dead), Emma Caulfield (Beverly Hills 90210), Nicholas Brendon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Shannon Doherty (Heathers), Holly Marie Combs (Charmed), Manu Bennett (The Hobbit), Jason David Frank (Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers), the Wyatt Family (WWE) and Paige (WWE). http://wizd.me/ohioween