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Spooky Happenings this Weekend

Get out this weekend and enjoy the final spooky happenings of 2011 before the wolves howl midnight Halloween night.

October 27-29
Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, Fishers – The Headless Horseman rides again! Take the haunted hayride, enjoy a hoe down, join in the singing at Scary-o-ke, make gooey s’mores over the campfire, and hang out at the Legend of Sleepy Hollow puppet show.

October 27-30
Midwest Trail Ride, Bedford
– Halloween activities include social, costume judging, dance, haunted barn, trick-or-treat and campsite judging. Overnight package includes 3 home-cooked buffet meals per day and campsite (water and electric). Price $175/adult and $110/youth. Advance reservations required. Call 812.834.6686.

October 27-31 –
Children’s Museum of Indianapolis – Go on vacation with vampires. Tour of the nation’s spookiest destinations including Count Rushmore, the Ghoulish Gate Bridge, Horrorwood, San Fang-cisco and New Gore-leans!

October 28 & 29
Fort Benjamin Harrison State Park, Indianapolis – Take the Soldier’s Haunted Hayride, paint pumpkins, dress-up for the costume contests,  and enjoy roasting hot dogs around the bonfire.

Great Crescent Brewery, Aurora – Join in a night of mystery and intrigue as you help solve a murder. The evening includes a delicious dinner prepared by Three Sisters catering. Brews available for purchase. $30/person. Reservations required. Call 812.926.1100.

Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort, Santa Claus – Stay the night and enjoy the fun – haunted hayride, trick-or-treating, campsite decorating and costume contests, bonfire ghost stories and more. There are a few sites still available.

October 28-30 –
Hardy Lake, Scottsburg – Fall Family Fun Days activities including pumpkin carving, a costume fashion show, a chili cook-off, hayrides and campground trick-or-treating.

Harmonie State Park, New Harmony – October wouldn’t be complete without spooks, costumes and candy at Haunted Harmonie! This annual event includes hayrides, games, trick-or-treating and a spook house.

Indiana Dunes State Park, Chesterton – “Howl”oween at the Dunes! Trick-or-treat, campsite decorating contest, themed night hikes, owl banding fun and more all weekend.

Turkey Run State Park, Marshall – Halloween camping fun includes carving pumpkins, cornhole competition, a monster egg hunt, an owl prowl and much more!

October 29 –
Hillforest Victorian House Museum, Aurora
– Ghosts in the Museum Paranormal Investigation. Join members of the Spiritual Hope Society in a three-hour paranormal investigation using tools-of-the-trade. Not for the faint of heart! $40/members; $45/non-members. Limited reservations call 812.926.0087.

Potato Creek State Park, North Liberty
– Visit the haunted campsite, trick-or-treat, carve pumpkins and more. You’ll have a frightfully good time!

Pokagon State Park, Angola – The twentieth annual Ghost Tales and other Stories of the Season event comes to life as storytellers Lou Ann Homan and Steve Etheridge spin new and classic yarns of the season. Enjoy refreshments by the witch’s brew. There is a not-so-spooky session at 6:30 pm and a more spooky session at 8:30 pm. $1/person/session donation accepted.

October 29-30 –
Big Splash Adventure, French Lick – Bring your costumes, you may win a prize. Help find Silverbeard’s treasure, too! Halloween activities, contests and safe Trick-or-treating are just the beginning.

Chain O’Lakes State Park, Albion -  Grossology (What are you willing to eat?), community chili pot (donate a few ingredients), pumpkin and trick-or-treat bag decorating, campground trick-or-treating, hay rides, costume and campsite contest and haunted forest!

Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis – Los Días de los Muertos, The Days of the Dead, is a traditional Mexican holiday with ancient ties to the Aztecs. Unlike Halloween, this celebration honors the lives of the deceased and celebrates the continuation of life and life after death.

Tippecanoe River State Park, Winamac – Decorated campsites, ghost stories, trick-or-treating, a haunted maze and more!

October 30 –
Indiana Dunes State Park, Chesterton – See Saw-Whet owls up close during informal and public banding nights at 7 pm in the  nature center auditorium. Keep up with the Saw-Whet owl banding station and local weather on Indiana Dunes State Park Facebook page.

Looking for more gore and scariness here’s a short list of Halloween Haunted Houses. These are truly not for the faint of heart or young children!

Don’t see your favorite Halloween haunting celebration? Add it to the list via the comments section.

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