Halloween is fast approaching, but there’s no reason to fear if you still haven’t planned any activities.
On Halloween and during the week that leads up to it, there will be numerous events presented to families and curious individuals who aren’t too afraid to have a little frightening fun.
This week the Recorder has listed activities that are available for every budget, style and terror tolerance level. Just be warned, if you dare participate in any of these activities, you will do so at your own risk. Enjoy!
50 years of fright at Children’s Museum
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, 3000 N. Meridian St., is hosting the 50th anniversary presentation of its haunted house, believed to be the nation’s oldest continuously running haunted house, now through Halloween, when it will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year’s theme is Time Warp, and visitors will be able to join the quirky, ghoulish guide Dr. Timestein for an awfully amazing journey back in time to explore five decades of movies, music, television, and history through a terrifying time warp. For more information, visit childrensmuseum.org or call (317) 334-3322.
Fright Night with Colts friends
Former Indianapolis Colts cornerback Marlin Jackson, along with Colts alumni Melvin Bullitt, Antoine Bethea and Gary Brackett, will host the 5th Annual Fight for Life Foundation’s Fright Night at Midtown Grill, 815 E. Westfield Blvd. This event will be a V.I.P. dinner reception where ticket holders will be joined by Colts players, special guests and media personalities bidding on silent and live auction items. Also featured will be a live DJ, player autographs and a costume contest in a relaxing atmosphere. Proceeds will benefit the Fight for Life Foundation, which provides programs for at-risk youth. Tickets are $25-$50. For more information, visit fightforlifefoundation.org or call (317) 578-5499 ext. 2.
Halloween at Castleton Square
Castleton Square Mall is offering families a chance to celebrate Halloween with its annual Simon Kidgits Club Halloween event on Oct. 31 from 4 to 6 p.m. in Center Court. Kids will be able to enjoy a variety of activities, crafts, games, temporary tattoos and treat bags inspired by the recent children’s films “The Croods,” “Monsters vs. Aliens: Cloning Around,” “Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness,” “The Scorpion King,” and “Dragons: Riders of Berk.”
Families will be able to enjoy mall-wide trick-or-treating. Children can dress in their Halloween best and collect candy from participating retailers while supplies last.
“Our mall is the perfect place for families looking for Halloween entertainment in a fun, safe, community environment,” said Tiffany Cring, director of marketing and business development at Castleton Square Mall.
Hanna Haunted House
For those who enjoy the element of surprise and suspense, try a visit to Hanna Haunted Acres, 7323 E. Hanna Ave., on Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. Guests can enjoy the haunted house, Scarecrow’s Revenge, Carnevil, Hide and Seek, Medical Malpractice, a 7,000 square foot maze and the Hanna Haunted Hayride. For more information visit hannahauntedacres.com or call (317) 357-0881.
Indianapolis families are invited to celebrate a fun and safe Halloween at Washington Square’s Mall-o-ween event on Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. Washington Square Mall will be transformed into every trick-or-treater’s dream with participating retailers handing out candy and providing lots of spooky fun. Store employees will be dressed in their favorite costumes and ready to help make this a memorable Halloween for everyone.
“Mall-O-Ween is one of our absolute favorite events,” said Adrian Lewis, mall manager at Washington Square Mall. “We love providing a safe, exciting alternative to traditional trick-or-treating and hosting the community on Halloween.”
For more information about Washington Square’s Mall-o-ween event, visit Facebook.com/shopwashingtonsquaremall.
Scare at the Fair
Do not miss this annual family Trunk or Treat tradition at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1202 E. 38th St., from 5 to 7 p.m. at the fair’s Dow AgroSciences Celebration Park. Free admission for children under 13, must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, visit indianastatefair.com or call (317) 927-7530.