Each year, Conner Prairie presents its Headless Horseman event. Based on Washington Irving's classic, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, the highlight of this event is the haunted headless horseman hayride. In addition to the hay ride, there are numerous activities for every age group. This event is a favorite fall tradition with local families.
The Headless Horseman Hayride
Perhaps the spookiest event at the Headless Horseman event is the haunted hayride. The tractor-pulled hay wagon winds through Conner Prairie's 1800's town. During the ride, the Headless Horseman appears and gives chase across the old covered bridge. The ride is included in the cost of admission but requires a timed-ticket. Earlier tickets are available during dusk for younger children or anyone else who's scared of the dark!
Legend of Sleepy Hollow Puppet Show
If you want to hear the giggles of a room packed with kids, attend the Legend of Sleepy Hollow puppet show. Presented by Steven's Puppets, the show features a condensed and hilarious version of the classic story. Steven's Puppets uses hand-crafted marionettes that are created in the traditional old-world style. The show is unique and entertaining. If you have kids, this is a must!
Rhythm Fun with Bill Bailey
Perhaps the most creative activity at Headless Horseman, Rhythm Fun with Bill Bailey takes regular household items and turns them into musical instruments. Children (and adults) are invited to create rhythmic sounds with homemade instruments. Halloween-themed music is played and everyone grabs an instrument. While fun and definitely loud, the lesson here is that rhythm and instruments can be created from anything. Always busy, the tent provides great hands-on amusement for the kids.
Relive your summer camp memories and gather around a bonfire to listen to ghost stories. The Conner Prairie storyteller will make your hair stand up as he recounts the ghoulish stories he's heard as a resident of Conner Prairie. Also a great way to warm up from the chilly fall weather.
Scary-o-ke and Glow Tent
Hone your singing skills at the Conner Prairie version of karaoke. Visitors are invited to sit back and listen to others strut their vocal talents or try their hand at singing along to spooky songs. Attached to this tent is the glow tent, where kids can have fun with black lights.
Take time to dance at the Headless Horseman hoedown. Afterwards, rest your legs as you sit down to listen to the all-knowing mystic. There are craft activities for the kids as well as face painting for an additional charge. And bringing out the kid in all of us is the pumpkin-a-pult. Load a pumpkin into the catapult and watch it fly and smash into the ground. Who doesn't love smashing pumpkins?
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