Every October, haunted houses and other spooky attractions begin to pop up all over Indianapolis, meaning that there's no shortage of frightening things to do for all ages. In addition to traditional haunted houses, plenty of other Halloween options will keep you entertained throughout the month. If you'll be in Indianapolis in October, check out some of this year's best Halloween celebrations.
Step back in time in this spooky experience based on Washington Irving's story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." Take a hayride through haunted Conner Prairie but keep your eyes out for the Headless Horseman. Listen to ghost stories around a campfire, make s'mores, join in singing with "Scary-o-ke," try to find your way out of the huge corn maze, or enjoy the Headless Horseman puppet show. There's also a bounce house, potato-sack slides, mini-golf, and games. The whole family will love spending the day here, and events take place nightly every weekend in October from 6 to 10 p.m. starting on October 11, 2018.
Bring the family to the Children's Museum to celebrate Halloween on October 6, 2018, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The entire museum will be open for kids to check out the spooky haunted house and other attractions. You can also enjoy food, kid and adult beverages, arcade games, a live DJ, and a costume contest. The museum will also host several Friendly Feasts With the Witches breakfasts and lunches throughout this month.
Bring your little ones in their cutest Halloween costumes and spend the day having fun at the Indianapolis Zoo every Thursday through Sunday in October from 2 to 7 p.m. Throughout the month, the zoo grounds will also be decorated for the season, providing some great photo backdrops for your vacation album. Kids can enjoy the obstacle course, costume parade, rides, pumpkin rolling, and trick-or-treating, and you won't want to miss a chance to ride the carousel backward or see the Elephant Pumpkin Smash. ZooBoo is free with regular zoo admission, and allergy-friendly snacks and candy free of palm oil are available. However, for the safety purposes, masks and full makeup are only allowed for children ages 12 and younger.
For something unique to do this Halloween, head to Crown Hill Cemetery for its Music of the Night concerts. Performed in the Gothic Chapel, the concerts feature an organist who portrays the Phantom of the Opera and accompanying superb vocalists. Music performed includes favorites from "The Phantom of the Opera" and popular television and movie theme songs.
Following the concert, the Skeletons in the Closet tour of the cemetery begins. The historical walking tour includes stories about some of the famous people buried at the cemetery but is not a ghost tour. The concert and tour sell out every year, so get your tickets early.
Other Halloween events hosted by the cemetery this October include the Tombstones & Trees morning walking tour and Saturday evening Ghost Stories. Events take place on the last two weekends in October; check the website for more information.
Indianapolis Haunted Houses
If you're truly looking for a thrill this Halloween season, you and your family can head to one of several haunted houses around the Indianapolis area. The city has many haunted attractions that will leave your blood-curdling, which include everything from traditional haunted houses to insane asylums, corn mazes, and much more. Be prepared to be scared. Ticket prices vary per attraction.