Every October, haunted houses and other spooky attractions begin to pop up all over Indianapolis. There's no shortage of frightening things to do for all ages. In addition to the 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.
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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.
When: October 12–15, 19–22, 26–29 from 6–10 p.m.
Where: Conner Prairie
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Bring the family to the Children's Museum to celebrate Halloween. The entire museum will be open for kids to check out the spooky haunted house and other attractions. 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 October.
When: October 7 from 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Where: Children's Museum of Indianapolis
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Bring your little ones in their cutest Halloween costumes and spend the day having fun. The zoo grounds are decorated for the season, providing great photo backdrops. Kids will enjoy the obstacle course, costume parade, rides, pumpkin rolling, and trick-or-treating. Don't miss a chance to ride the carousel backward or see the Elephant Pumpkin Smash.
ZooBoo is free with regular zoo admission. Allergy-friendly snacks and candy free of palm oil are available.
Note: For the safety purposes, masks and full makeup are only allowed for children ages 12 and younger.
When: Every Thursday–Sunday in October from 2–7 p.m.
Where: Indianapolis Zoo
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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. Check the website for more information.
When: October 19–21, 26–28
Where: Crown Hill CemeteryContinue to 5 of 5 below.
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Indianapolis Haunted Houses
Ready to be terrified? Indianapolis has many haunted attractions that will leave your blood-curdling. Attractions include everything from traditional haunted houses to insane asylums, corn mazes, and much more. Be prepared to be scared. Ticket prices vary per attraction.
When: Many are open weekends and some weeknights in October
Where: Indianapolis metropolitan area