The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board has kicked off ticket sales for the 2018 edition of the Haunted Statehouse Tours. The special Halloween tours will take place Fri., Oct. 19, Sat., Oct. 20, Fri., Oct. 26 and Sat., Oct. 27. Tickets for the Haunted Statehouse Tours are $12 for adults and $6 for children under the age of 12. This is a ticketed event. Tickets must be pre-ordered.

Tours will depart every half hour between 7 and 9 p.m. Tour times are: 7, 7:30, 8, 8:30 and 9 p.m. Tickets are limited to 40 individuals per tour start. The 2018 edition of the Haunted Statehouse Tours will feature recently found evidence of paranormal activity at the Ohio Capitol and will incorporate a new story or two with an updated tour route.

Tickets can be purchased three ways:

  • Online at

  • Visit the Statehouse Museum Shop on the ground floor of the Ohio Statehouse

  • Purchase over the phone by calling 614-728-9234

Ohio Statehouse staff members and volunteers will combine history and legend in this special family-friendly haunted Ohio Statehouse tour. Conductors will lead visitors through the dimly lit limestone corridors of the Ohio Statehouse by lantern. This historical tour is spooky and most appropriate for individuals nine and older.

Arrive early and write a “Ghost Post” to one of the Statehouse’s resident spirits, or enjoy art activities prior to your tour. The Statehouse Museum Shop will be open throughout the evening and will offer special Halloween merchandise available 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 fee is not included in ticket price. Parking rates are available at

For more information about the Haunted Statehouse Tours, visit or contact 614-728-2130. High resolution press images are available at

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The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) will commemorate the attacks of September 11, 2001 with a memorial flag display on the west lawn of the Ohio Statehouse. Monday, September 10 a short program will begin at 5 p.m. on the west steps of the Ohio Statehouse and will feature representatives from the following partner organizations: the CSRAB, HandsOn Central Ohio, Columbus City Council and the Columbus Fire Department. After the program, volunteers from across central Ohio will install the 2,977 flags that comprise the memorial.

Since 2002 CSRAB has partnered with HandsOn Central Ohio and the Ohio Emergency Management Agency to display the 2,977 U.S. Flags that comprise the memorial. The flags represent the 2,977 victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and United Airlines Flight 93. When seen from above, the design represents the World Trade Center towers, with a space in the shape of the Pentagon and an open strip representing the field in Pennsylvania. Located on the West Lawn of the Ohio Statehouse, the memorial will be open to the public from 7 p.m. Monday, September 10 until 5 p.m. Thursday, September 13.

Flags at the Ohio Statehouse will fly at half-staff effective immediately (26 August 2018) through the day of interment, in honor of the life and service of U.S. Senator John McCain.

The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) and the Capitol Square Foundation (CSF) are pleased to announce that 75 school transportation grants will be awarded for the 2018/2019 academic year. The online application process will open Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 9 a.m. The grants will be made available to help schools defray bus transportation costs for field trips to the Ohio Statehouse and its museum. Each grant will be based on one-way mileage from the visiting school to Columbus.

The program was created in 2009 by the Capitol Square Foundation. Since inception, more than 75,000 students from all 88 Ohio counties have visited the Ohio Statehouse with the assistance of these grants. “The Foundation is grateful for the continued financial support from Honda of America," said Charles Moses, Capitol Square Foundation Chairman. “We are thrilled that so many students can visit the Ohio Statehouse through this initiative!"

25 grants will be awarded in each of three mileage categories. The mileage categories are for a one-way trip from the visiting school to the Ohio Statehouse.

The three mileage categories include:

  • 1 to 50 miles, $200.00

  • 51 to 100 miles, $300.00

  • 101+ miles, $400.00

Each category will be closed once the 25 available grants have been awarded. All grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

"The transportation grant program provides thousands of Ohio school children with a learning experience here at the Ohio Statehouse," said Laura P. Battocletti, CSRAB executive director. “The Statehouse is the perfect place to learn about Ohio civics and the legislative process.” The school transportation grants will be available to any Ohio school that receives state funding. The grants are limited to Ohio students in the fourth through 12th grades during the 2018/2019 academic year. Only one transportation grant will be awarded to each school regardless of the number of buses or students visiting the Ohio Statehouse. A field trip to the Ohio Statehouse can be combined with visits to other educational attractions in downtown Columbus, including the Ohio Art Council’s Riffe Gallery, Columbus Museum of Art, COSI and the Ohio Judicial Center.

Only online applications will be accepted. All applications must be submitted by an authorized teacher or school administrator. Applications will be accepted until every grant is awarded.

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Members of the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) will meet Thursday, July 19, 2018 at the Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus. The business meeting will be held in the State Room (room #108) and will begin at 10 a.m. The meeting is open to the public. The meeting agenda is available upon request.


Flags at the Ohio Statehouse will fly at half-staff from sunrise until sunset Tuesday, July 3, 2018, to honor the victims of the attack perpetrated on June 28, 2018 in Annapolis, Maryland.

The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) will host the “Statehouse Special Events Showcase” Tuesday, July 31 from 4 to 7 p.m. The event will feature food from the Statehouse’s approved caterers, showcase event designs by our service providers and highlight the Ohio Statehouse as an event/wedding venue. Parking vouchers for the Statehouse garage will be available during the event.

Also, CSRAB would like to introduce the new Ohio Statehouse Special Events team of Shannon Pruzinsky, Haley Gribler and Angela Grim. This event is free and open to the public. The showcase is the perfect opportunity to explore the most unique event venue in Ohio while you enjoy all that our approved caterers and service providers have to offer for your next special event.

The Statehouse has nine approved caterers:
-The Berwick -Bosc & Brie
-Cameron Mitchell -Freedom a la Cart
-L.A. Catering -Made From Scratch
-Metro Cuisine -Milo’s
-Two Caterers

The Statehouse has nine approved service providers:
-All Occasions - Event Source
-Hughie’s Audio Visual and Staging Inc. -ITA Audio Visual Solutions
-Lasting Impressions -Live Technologies
-Metro Cuisine Special Events -Mills James
-Platinum TDM - Prema Designs

Enjoy an evening of food and fun on Capitol Square—let us make your next event unforgettable.

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Flags at the Ohio Statehouse will fly at half-staff from sunrise until sunset Monday, July 2, 2018, in honor of the life and service of the fallen Mentor Police Officer, Mathew Mazany.
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