The Headless Horseman is returning to Conner Prairie in October (15 17, 21 24, 28 30), but you can buy the hotly anticipated tickets starting September 27. According to the CP press release I just received, that gives you about 5 days to get ready. This has always been a popular event for the Smithsonian affiliate museum that tickets go fairly quickly.
They will host guests and visitors to their regular Halloween program, including a haunted hayride with the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow, ghost storytelling, puppet shows, glow in the dark games and activities, and a showing of Disney’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” a movie that scared me so bad when I was a kid, I couldn’t sleep without the lights on for a week.
A new addition to their program this year will allow guests to learn how to create movie makeup from the pros at Hugabug, and to get a closer look at “creepy animals” thanks to the animal wranglers at Animalia. They will also let guests ride the 1859 Balloon Voyage, as long as weather permits. This may be a better option for their more nervous visitors, since every knows that the Headless Horseman can’t fly, and nobody can hurl a pumpkin head 350 feet straight up, so you’ll be safe.
Special programs and features include*:
Hugabug: Movie Make-up
Oct. 15, 16, & 17; 7:00 9:00 p.m.
Learn how to create movie make-up perfect for Halloween, have your face painted or get a temporary tattoo.
Have No Fear: Animal Show
Oct. 21 & 22; 7:00 9:00 p.m.
Get up close and personal to creepy animals like snakes, rats, tarantulas, lizards and skunks; presented by Animalia.
Oct 23 & 24; 7:00 9:00 p.m.
Find your inner mad scientist and bottle a ghost, create a glowing piece of art, watch an electrical show and more.
Oct. 28, 29 & 30; 7:00 9:00 p.m.
Indiana SPI and Quest Paranormal Research will explain their equipment as well as the process and protocol of performing an investigation and a behind-the-scenes peek at the paranormal.
Headless Horseman tickets are available beginning Monday, Sept. 27 at participating Marsh and OMalia stores. Thursday and Sunday tickets are $8 presale and $10 at the gate. Friday and Saturday tickets are $12 presale and $14 at the gate. Gates are open 6:00 9:00 p.m. nightly, and hayrides and activities may run past 10:00 p.m. Hayride times are distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Basic-level members are free on Thursday and Sunday nights. Plus-level members are free every night.
* Information taken from Conner Prairie press release. May be subject to change.