Enjoy the less frightening side of this beautiful time of year.
There are enough Halloween-related events and opportunities going on this month that listing them all in one post would be impractical. Nobody wants to wade through a novel, so we decided to split the list in two. If you like the thrill of being scared out of your mind, we advise you to check out our Scary Halloween Roundup. If you love the Halloween season but aren’t a huge fan of being terrified, here’s the roundup for you:
Johnson County Monster Mash – On Friday October 24, the Greenwood Public Library is partnering with Johnson County to hold a family-friendly Halloween party. Businesses all over Johnson County will be giving away treats to the kids. The fun takes place at the Greenwood Community Center (100 Surina Way).
Zoo Boo – As long as the bears and tigers stay on the other side of the fences, there’s nothing particularly scary about Zoo Boo. From 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. every Friday and Saturday between now and Halloween, you and your kids can enjoy Zoo Boo for FREE after you pay the normal zoo admission price. The little ones are encouraged to dress up in costumes and bring goodie bags for trick-or-treat through the Zoo grounds.
Children’s Museum Creepy Carnival – This one could be a crossover between our two lists, as the Children’s Museum is offering their annual haunted house. This one can be scary, but they offer lights-on hours for a more kid-friendly experience. Tickets to the haunted house are $7 at the door, but you can buy them in advance at participating Marsh Supermarkets for $6. Just be aware that this event doesn’t begin until Saturday, October 11.
Kelsay Farms – If you’re looking for a place to go find the perfect pumpkin, enjoy some delicious dairy snacks, and make your way through a corn maze, Kelsay Farms will be a great choice. They are open daily from October 13 to October 24, and every weekend from now through October 26. The corn maze is seven acres, and you can tackle it during the day or after dark with flashlights. The maze is not haunted, so you won’t have to worry about anything jumping out at you unless you have a particularly vindictive older brother. General admission is only $8, and the only additional costs are for buying pumpkins and snacks. If you want a particularly special event, we recommend you go Saturday, October 25, when they offer trick-or-treat in the maze.
Monster Mash Community Halloween Party – Also in Greenwood, the Community Center is holding a Halloween Party at the Greenwood Public Library. From 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, October 24, you can attend the party for FREE. There will be a live DJ,bounce houses, trick or treating, and a costume contest. If you want to stay for dinner and a hayride, that only costs $2. The Monster Mash features fun for all ages.
Baxter YMCA: Friday, October 24 is the date for the annual Halloween at the Y event for families. From 6 to 8 pm, you can tour the haunted house, indulge in yummy snacks, try your hand at crafts and burn energy in the bounce house. Come in costume — the cost is $12 per family (maximum 2 adults) for members, $15 for non-members, or $3 per person ($6 non-members). Ages 2 and under are FREE. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets and info.
Pilsung ATA Martial Arts – From 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, October 25, you can attend a FREE party at Pilsung ATA Martial Arts. This event includes games, Stranger Danger Safety Training for kids, snacks, and door prize drawings. Pilsung ATA Martial Arts is located at 707 S. Madison Avenue, and the only stipulation to attend is that you must RSVP via their Facebook Page. Follow our link and you can leave them a comment or message saying how many people in your group are coming.
Edward’s Drive In has an unusual setting but a lot of Halloween fun on October 25. Join them for the annual Spooktacular car show — registration is from 9 am to noon, with awards from 2 pm to 3 pm. There’s also trunk-or-treating for the kids (that’s when you go from car to car, of course!) and a costume contest.
The Boo n Brew at Clay Terrace is free and runs from 2 pm to 6 pm on Saturday, October 25. The adults can enjoy beer as the kids participate in the annual Malloween, a mall-wide, safe trick or treating event from store to store for children ages 10 and under. Other fun activities will include live entertainment, face painting, balloon artist, hayrides and more!
Teddy’s Burger Joint is holding a party on Tuesday, October 28 beginning at 6 pm. Bring the kiddos in their costumes and come decorate some pumpkins with us! Each child will receive a pumpkin to paint, a bit of candy and get to have a little Halloween fun with the Teddy’s crew.
TRICK OR TREATING OPPORTUNITIES
Safe Night Halloween Trunk or Treat – The Indiana State Fairgrounds are holding their annual trick-or-treat session on Halloween night. From 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, October 31, kids aged 12 and under can trick or treat for FREE. Just remember that kids must be accompanied by an adult.