FISHERS, Ind. — The Headless Horseman rides again at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park on Oct. 14-16, 20-23 and 27-29. The main event includes an up-close and eerie encounter with the famous Sleepy Hollow resident during a haunted hayride.
The 28th annual Headless Horseman features other activities for all ages including spooky storytelling, puppet shows, glow-in-the-dark activities, scary-o-ke, shocking science electricity show, 1859 Balloon Voyage nighttime rides (weather permitting), and fall treats including apple cider, caramel apples, kettle corn and more.
New this year is the Pumpkin-A-Pult, which launches pumpkins high into the air, the Headless Horseman photo gallery booth (Saturday’s only), a country hoe down plus several new special programs.
Special programs include:
• Birds of Prey – New
Oct. 20 and 21; 7 to 9 p.m.
Various birds, such as falcons, owls and vultures, will be on hand with Mark Booth, from Take Flight, who will talk up their awesome flying skills, hunting techniques and flight speeds.
• Tombstone Tales – New
Oct. 22 and 23; 7 to 9 p.m.
Time for the spooky and very interesting history of the tombstone. Minda Powers-Douglas from TheCemeteryClub.com will discuss cemetery art, symbolism found on tombstones, and show you how to make a gravestone rubbing.
• Snakehead Ed
Oct. 14, 15 and 16; 7 to 9 p.m.
Get the facts about snakes from Snakehead Ed, who will tell the myths and legends associated with them, and then prove the myths wrong by teaching the truth about these reptiles.
• Ghost Hunters
Oct. 27, 28 and 29; 7 to 9 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.
Tickets: Thursday and Sunday tickets are $9 pre-sale and $11 at the gate. Friday and Saturday tickets are $13 pre-sale and $15 at the gate. Gates are open 6 to 9 p.m. nightly, and hayrides and activities may run past 10 p.m. Hayride times are distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Conner Prairie basic-level members get in free on Thursday and Sunday nights. Conner Prairie plus-level members get in free every night.