Halloween only comes once a year, but thankfully, you don’t have to wait until Oct. 31 to celebrate. In this special edition of This Weekend in the Arts, the Indianapolis Recorder has you covered with all kinds of fall-related and Hallween-esqe events to check out. We’ve put together an extensive list of some of the haunts going on in and around Indianapolis this weekend in the arts.
As excited as we are about presenting this list to you, we know we couldn’t get everything. If there’s something going on that we and other Hoosiers should know about, feel free to let us know so we can include it next week!
Friday, Oct. 28
Where: YMCA of Greater Indianapolis, Fishers YMCA, 9012 E. 126th St.
When: 6-8 p.m.
Cost: $5 for members, $7 for non-members
The Fishers YMCA promises a “spooktacular” Halloween and fall celebration for families and kids of all ages complete with a variety of games and activities.
Where: Indiana State Museum, 650 W. Washington St.
When: 7-8 p.m.
Cost: $25 for non-members, 25% discount for members
Take a haunting nighttime stroll to visit some of the creepiest exhibits the Indiana State Museum has to offer on a flashlight-guided tour. Staff will tell the tales of the supernatural rumors and Indiana folklore associated with the artifacts.
Spooky Fish of Indiana
Where: Glendale library branch, 6101 N. Keystone Ave.
When: 3-4 p.m.
Clint Kowalik of Go Fishin with Clint will stop in at the West Indianapolis, Pike and Glendale library branches to host a workshop on some of the weirdest, creepiest, most amazingly spooky fish around! Registration is required.
Saturday, Oct. 29
Classical Halloween with Jennifer Frautschi
Where: Hilbert Circle Theatre, 45 Monument Circle
When: 5:30 p.m.
Cost: Tickets start at $10
The Indianapolis Symphony’s Halloween-inspired concert will feature spooky orchestral music with Mussorgsky’s “Night on a Bald Mountain,” Dvořák’s symphonic poem “The Noon Witch,” and Bartók’s “The Miraculous Mandarin.” With special guest violin soloist Jennifer Frautschi’s offering a welcome reprieve with Bernstein’s “Serenade after Plato’s ‘Symposium.’”
TIIBA’s Annual Fall Harvest & Autism Awareness Festival
Where: 8650 Commerce Park Place
When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Complete with a pumpkin patch and Trunk or Treat, this year’s annual Fall Harvest Fest will feature resources for parents in both English and Spanish in addition to bounce houses, face painting, pumpkin decorating, crafts, food, music, games and more.
Where: Holliday Park Nature Center, 6363 Spring Mill Road
When: 5-8 p.m.
Cost: $8, ages 2 and up are free
Bring the family out for a haunted and enchanting fall evening in Holliday Park, complete with candlelit hiking trails and magical talking forest creatures. Return to the backyard of the Nature Center for a campfire, refreshments and kid-friendly activities. Registration for a timeslot is required.
Sunday, Oct. 30
Festival of Jack-o-Lanterns
Where: Riley Home Museum, 250 W. Main St., Greenfield
When: Oct. 24-31, all day
Come for the fun, spooky, glowing display of jack-o’-lanterns in the gardens of the Riley Museum from 7-9 p.m. or visit during the day to carve a pumpkin for the Greenfields jack-o’-lantern contest. Registration is required at jrileyhome.org.
North United Methodist Church Trunk or Treat
Where: North United Methodist Church, 3808 N. Meriden St.
When: 4-6 p.m.
Offered as a safer alternative to door-to-door candy hunting and something fun for those who don’t get trick-or-treaters, North United Methodist Church encourages folks to bring their cars full of decorations, wear a costume and bring lots of candy to hand out to the kids who come.
Trunk or Treat
Where: Central Christian Church, 701 N. Delaware St.
When: 2-4 p.m.
All are welcome to join in on the fun for Halloween at the Central Christian Church Trunk or Treat. Kids are encouraged to wear their costumes and bring their candy bags for an afternoon of fun.
Monday, Oct. 31 (Halloween)
Indianapolis’ official trick-or-treat hours will be from 6-8 p.m. The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department will conduct additional neighborhood patrols and trick-or-treaters are welcome to drop by any Indianapolis Fire Department station for candy.
Please note: Admission and ticket prices listed are general and before taxes/fees.
Contact staff writer Chloe McGowan at 317-924-5143 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @chloe_mcgowanxx.