DARE TO BE SCARED: Family-friendly spooky attractions available in Indianapolis area


INDIANAPOLIS — Families can stroll down Morbid Meridian Road, past a raging bull in the Not-So-Okay Corral and pay respects at the Boo Hill Cemetery in a Wild West haunted house at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

“Frightful Frontier” is one of several spooky happenings this month in the Indianapolis area. There are lights-on hours for children who fright easily, plus “frightening hours” for those who dare to be scared. The annual indoor event — brought back from a hiatus due to COVID-19 — is a fundraiser for the museum. To get tickets and learn more or to find out about extra events like Feast with the Witches and Halloween After Dark, visit www.childrensmuseum.org.

Here’s a look at other attractions in the greater Indianapolis area — be sure to check websites for times, ticket details and program updates:

Hallowine Nights at Daniel’s Family Vineyard and Winery near McCordsville features magic shows, pumpkin bowling, a headless horseman, a spooky dance party and more for all ages. Visit danielsvine yard.com/hallowine.

Harvest Days and Harvest Nights at Newfields, featuring decked-out gardens during the day and a spooky walking experience after dark. Visit discovernewfields.org.

Headless Horseman Festival at Conner Prairie, with a maze, haunted hay rides, scarecrow contest and games. Visit connerprairie.org.

Twilight Tales at the Indiana State Museum, offering flashlight tours through a dark museum to discover creepy artifacts and Indiana folklore; recommended for ages 15 and older. Tours offered Oct. 21 and 25, visit indianamuseum.org.

ZooBoo at the Indianapolis Zoo includes Trick-or-Treat Trail, Pumpkin Town, magic, a “round-go-merry” carousel in reverse and a Trick-or-Treat Trail. Visit indianapoliszoo.com.

Night at the Site, hosted by the Benjamin Harris Presidential Site, will feature a glimpse into the home at night and artifacts related to unexpected stories, including the flag that laid over Harrison’s casket, William Henry Harrison’s mourning ribbons and the funeral march played on a historic Reginaphone. Recommended for ages 10 and over, the tours are free and offered Oct. 27. Reserve a spot at bhpsite.org.