Guide to Halloween in Indianapolis: Festivals, Events, Things to Do

Don't Miss These Spooky Celebrations in 2020

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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.

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Look for the Headless Horseman at Conner Prairie

Headless Horseman

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13400 Allisonville Rd, Fishers, IN 46038-4499, USA
Phone +1 317-770-7828

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. You can 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, and enjoy the Headless Horseman puppet show. There's also a bounce house, potato-sack slides, mini-golf, and games. The event takes place on weekends from October 10 to 27, 2020.

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The Children’s Museum Guild’s Black Hat Bash

The Children’s Museum Guild’s Black Hat Bash

 The Children’s Museum Guild’s Black Hat Bash

3000 N Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46208, USA
Phone +1 317-334-4000

Bring the family to the Children's Museum, the largest in the world, to celebrate Halloween during the Black Hat Bash in October 2020. 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.

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Halloween ZooBoo at the Indianapolis Zoo

ZooBoo at the Indianapolis Zoo

Indianapolis Zoo 

1200 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46222, USA
Phone +1 317-630-2001

Bring your little ones in their cutest Halloween costumes and spend the day having fun at the Indianapolis Zoo. Throughout October, 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. Plus, 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.

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Attend a Concert at a Cemetery

700 38th St, Indianapolis, IN 46208, USA
Phone +1 317-925-3800

For something unique to do this Halloween, head to Crown Hill Cemetery, the third-largest in the U.S, for its Music of the Night concerts, which take place from October 17 to 19, 2020. 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. Tickets go quickly every year, so make sure to get yours early.

Other Halloween events hosted by the cemetery in October include the Tombstones & Fall Trees morning walking tour and Saturday evening Ghost Stories. Events take place on the last two weekends in October.

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Get Scared at an Indianapolis Haunted House

Scarecrow- Hannah Haunted Acres

Hannah Haunted Acres

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, such as Fright Manor, Hannah Haunted Acres, and Necropolis, to name a few. The city has many haunted attractions that will leave your blood-curdling, which include everything from traditional haunted houses​, insane asylums, corn mazes, and much more. Throughout October and up to November 2, 2020, you'll find most of these haunted houses open over the weekend.

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