Halloween is truly held at the perfect time. It’s early enough in the fall season that there’s rarely snow on the ground, but it’s getting colder quickly and you can pretend that the shiver running down your spine is from the cold weather and not from the spooky decorations.
Of course, some Cheapsters embrace that spine-tingling sensation of fear, seeking out the most thrilling scares they can find. If you’re a big fan of the more macabre side of Halloween and don’t want to wait until October 31 to be scared silly, check out the discounts on these opportunities around Indy:
Haunted Angelus House – Over 13,000 square feet of horror await you at the Haunted Angelus House, located at 8829 E. Washington Avenue. By day, the Angelus is a nonprofit group home giving around-the-clock service and a safe place to live to children with physical and mental disabilities (so, your money goes toward a great cause here). By night this time of year, however, the Angelus strives to be Indy’s best haunted attraction. Open dates that fall on Sunday through Thursday, the House is open from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, they stay open until midnight. Adults cost $20 while kids aged ten and under cost $10. Be advised that this one is rated as “Very Scary,” so it’s not for the faint at heart.
FriteLodge – Located at 7525 Acton Road, FriteLodge opens its doors from 7:00 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays leading up to the big Halloween night. Admission at the door costs $10, but we recommend you use the online coupon and pay just $8 for your pants-wetting fun. All proceeds collected at FriteLodge are donated to local charities, so again they scare because they care (and yes, that was shamelessly ripped from Monsters, Inc.)
Hanna Haunted Acres – Featuring five separate haunts (two of which are new in 2014), Hanna Haunted Acres is Indy’s premiere Halloween attraction. They are located at 7323 E. Hanna Avenue, and always open at “dark.” Sunday through Thursday, they stay open until 10:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, they don’t close until midnight. A Combo Pass will give you a ticket for one time through all five attractions, which is probably the best deal. You can pay $29 at the door, but dedicated Cheapsters will buy tickets online for only $27. Here are the five attractions to look forward to:
- Hanna Haunted Hayride
- Hooded (new in 2014)
- Outbreak (new in 2014)
- Scarecrow’s Revenge
Haunt Out Hunger – 3650 E. Thompson Road offers an opportunity every Friday and Saturday leading up to Halloween to fight hunger in our local communities while enjoying a scary outdoor walk. The walks take place from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., and it’s FREE to participate. They ask, however, that you bring at least one canned food item to donate (all donations will be delivered to the Hunger, Inc. local food bank). The theme this year is Twisted Fairy Tales and Nursery Rhymes.
Haunted Trails at Cool Creek Park (Hamilton County) is open October 28, 29 and 30 from 7 to 10 pm for just $5 per person. There is a fright-free zone with non-scary activities for the 12 and under crowd available as well.
We will continue to add to this list and send it out to you with updates as the month rolls along and we hear of other scary opportunities. Keep screaming, Indy.