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2013 Indianapolis Halloween Guide

Everything You Need to Know to Have a Spooky Good Time!


Halloween in Indianapolis is a fun time. There's lots of family friendly events, such as the haunted house at the Children's Museum or The Headless Horseman at Conner Prairie. But if something more sinister is more your style, there's plenty of haunted houses and spooky experiences to keep your blood pumping.

Use the Halloween Guide to mark your calendars for events dates, trick or treat times and plenty of other helpful information.

Indianapolis Area Haunted Houses

The spooky season is here and it's time to venture into the darkest sections of Indianapolis. If you enjoy a good scare, these haunted houses won't disappoint. Tour twisted mental institutions, underground cities of the dead, terrifying barns and much more. Take a step into the dark side - if you dare.

Kid-Friendly Halloween Events

Halloween is fun. The thrill of being frightened, the anticipation. As adults, we can separate reality from pretend, but kids often have trouble. That's why it's nice to have child-friendly Halloween events to take your children too. The good news is, there are plenty of options out there. Here are a few of our favorites.

Kids Eat Free on Halloween

Sure, candy is the star of Halloween, but all parents know that a little candy goes a long ways with kids. And it's difficult to get the kids to eat anything when they are so excited for trick or treating. Take a break from the kitchen and take your kids out for dinner on Thanksgiving. These restaurants offer special free kids meals on Halloween.

Trick or Treat Times in the Indianapolis Area

Trick or treating is a custom that goes back over 100 years. Children (and yes, adults too) enjoy dressing up as their favorite super hero or pop culture icons and going door to door in search of candy. But you can't trick or treat without knowing the time. Community trick or treat times often vary from year to year, so be sure to look up the 2013 times for your neighborhood.

Safe Trick or Treat Alternatives

Trick or treating can be very dangerous. While it seems safe enough, the truth is, there are plenty of dangers. Costumes obscure views, traffic is a danger and there's also fears of unsafe candy being handed out by strangers. Some parents choose to avoid the traditional trick or treat scenario and participate in safe trick or treat alternatives. These options include community trunk or treat events, among other things.

Trick or Treat Safety Tips

Children ages 5-14 are 5 times more likely to be killed on Halloween night, than any other night of the year. So Halloween safety is no laughing matter. In addition to traffic concerns, there are also fire dangers and tripping hazards, just to name a few. But you don't have to live in fear. Here are a few tips to keep your kids safer this Halloween.

What Kind of Weather to Expect

Standing in those long haunted house lines or trick or treating means lots of outdoor time. In October, Indianapolis weather can vary greatly. Find out what is typical weather for Indianapolis on Halloween and what you can expect.

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