Haunted houses? Ghost walks? Tis the season for all things scary and if you find yourself in Indianapolis this month, there are plenty of places to visit to get your fright on.
1) Ghost Walk ~ Do ghosts hauntConner Prairie, an interactive history park located in Indianapolis? Bring your family and friends to walk the grounds after dark and hear staff tales of ghost happenings, local legends, including the paranormal story of Heady Hollow and true history, too. Guests can jump on a haunted hayride for an encounter with the Headless Horseman, spend time at the pumpkin catapult, roast s’mores, visit the Apple Country Store and bowl with pumpkins. Reservations are required.
2) Wicked Workshop ~ The world’s largest Children’s Museum hosts its 49th Annual Haunted House that takes visitors through a wild and whimsical factory where Winny the Witch and her hard-working Witchkins make everything you need for Halloween. Children under 2 are free.
3) Zoo Boo ~ A family-friendly and safe event, Zoo Boo is the Indianapolis Zoo’s annual event featuring pumpkin bowling, bounce house, obstacle course, trick-or-treating through the plains, kids craft workshop, a Halloween train ride and “Roller Ghoster.”
This year’s theme is “The Wonderful World of ZooBoo,” which puts a Zoo spin on Frank Baum’s beloved children’s novel “The Wonderful World of Oz.”
4) Historic Indiana Ghost Walks & Tours ~ From past ghosts to perpetual spirits, join paranormal researchers on tours that showcase the every day life of ghosts who wander the halls and streets of Indianapolis. Listen to scary, sad and sometimes funny stories of ghosts, gangsters and others who lived in a time before us and continue to live among us as spirits of the dead.
5) Crown Hill Cemetery Tours ~ As the nation’s third largest cemetery, join historians on a guided night tour learning of those buried inside their walls including past President Benjamin Harrison, famous poet James Whitcomb Riley or bad-boy bank robber, John Dillinger. Events are offered year-round so be sure to check its Upcoming Events page to learn about upcoming tours.
If your plans this month have you in another part of the country, be sure to search visit our 14 Favorite Fall Getaway piece that shares more Halloween Fun ideas (#14 in the article). Haunted Lighthouse, anyone?
Where is your favorite place to get scared?
Megy Karydes is a freelance journalist focusing on travel, health, sustainable living and fair trade for both consumer and business-to-business media outlets. For her travel adventures, visit Wandering Tastes on Facebook and Twitter or find her online at WanderingTastes. The scariest place she regualrly visits is her kids’ bedrooms.