Every October, haunted houses and other spooky attractions begin to pop up all over the city. There's no shortage of frightening things to do for all ages. Here are a few that might interest you.
1. The Thing
If scary movies are more up your alley, you might consider checking out the special midnight showings of John Carpenter's The Thing, starring Kurt Russell. This film is about a group of servicemen at a remote polar research station who are terrorized by a shape-changing alien from outer space. Tickets are $9.75.
Where: Keystone Arts Cinema
When: October 7 & 8, Midnight
Step back into time in this spooky experience based on Washington Irving's story, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Take a hayride through haunted Conner Prairie but keep your eyes out for the Headless Horseman! Listen to ghost stories around a campfire, make smores, join in singing with Scary-o-ke or enjoy the Headless Horseman puppet show. There's something for all ages.
Where: Conner Prairie
When: October 14-16, 20-23, 27-29; 6 - 9 p.m.
This spooky attraction at the Children's Museum is recognized by Rand McNally as one of the top 10 haunted houses in the country. The kid-friendly exhibit takes visitors through a tour of spooky vacation spots such as Count Rushmore, the Ghoulish Gate Bridge, Horrorwood, San Fang-cisco. Lights on hours are offered for young children. Tickets are $6.50 at the door or $5.50 if bought in advance at Marsh.
Where: Indianapolis Children's Museum
When: October 15 - 31, hours vary.
Hanna Haunted Acres is sure to give you goosebumps with six fright-filled attractions. Hanna Haunted Acres includes three differently themed haunted houses, a six-acre haunted corn maze, a haunted hayride and a completely blacked out haunted house. Tickets are $13 for one attraction or $27 for all six.
Where: 7323 East Hanna Avenue, Indianapolis
When: Open most evenings; dark to 10 p.m. Sundays - Thursdays and open until midnight Friday and Saturdays.
The Barn of Terror, located in Noblesville has been thrilling visitors for the past four years. The attraction combines both a haunted house with a hayride. Cost for this attraction is $5 and includes free hot chocolate.
Where: 19807 Hague Road, Noblesville
When: October 26 - 31, start and end times vary.
Bring your little ones in their cutest Halloween costumes and spend the day having fun. Kids will enjoy all the activities in the two pavilions, the new obstacle course and costume parade, the rides and safe trick-or-treating! Zoo grounds are decorated for the season, providing great photo backdrops. ZooBoo is free with regular zoo admission. Admission is $15.25 for adults; $10.25 for children and seniors. Children under one are free.
Where: Indianapolis Zoo
When: October 14-16, 21-23 and 28-30
Rated one of the best Halloween attractions in the country, Indy Screampark offers five attractions in one location. Tickets range in price from $25 - $35. There is a $5 fee for parking.
Where: 5211 South New Columbus Road, Anderson
When: Thursdays - Sundays through October, Doors open at 7 p.m.
A fundraiser for S.P.O.R.T.S., the Spooky Sports Haunted Woods takes patrons through the frightening haunted woods journey. Tickets are $10 and children 4 and under are free.
Where: Billericay Park Woods
When: Friday, October 21, 8:00 - 11:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 22, 5:00 - 11:00 p.m. Fright Free Hours 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
For something unique to do this Halloween, Crown Hill Cemetery is hosting a special concert called, "Music of the Night." The concert features renowned organist Charles Manning as the Phantom of the Opera, and accompanied by superb vocalists, Brooke Fitzwater and Eric Wickens. Music performed include favorites from Phantom of the Opera and popular TV and movie theme songs. Following the concert, the "Skeletons in the Closet" tour of the cemetery will begin. The historical walking tour includes stories about some of the famous people buried at the cemetery, but is not a ghost tour. Tickets for the concert, refreshments & tour: $15 adults, $10 students ages 12 & under. Tour Only: $5 adults, $3 students.
Where: Crown Hill Cemetery
When: October 21, Concert - 8:00-9:00 p.m., Tour - 9:15-10:15 p.m.
This spooky party includes all the fun of Halloween - for adults. Enjoy dressing up in your favorite costume and the music of special guest performer, Michelle Branch. Tickets are $15.
Where: Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
When: October 29, 8 p.m.