Local churches, parks to host Halloween events


HANCOCK COUNTY – Save the date for these upcoming events for all things fall, fun and family.

Look no further than the church or park next door for sweets and games to celebrate the harvest and Halloween. All are free unless otherwise noted; some events require registration. To submit an event for a future listing in the Daily Reporter, email [email protected].

Oct. 14-15

Pumpkins and Peddlers in Shirley, 5-9 p.m. this Friday, Oct. 14 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15. Festival features live music, pumpkin decorating Friday and a parade at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Oct. 15

Monster Dash, 10 a.m. Oct. 15, Pennsy Trail behind Cumberland Town Hall, 11501 E. Washington St., Cumberland. A 5K run/walk starts at 10 a.m. with a kids race at 11 a.m.; event features a costume contest, children’s activities and birthday celebration of Maximus, the town mascot. Cost is $20 for adults and includes a T-shirt, children under 12 get in free. Proceeds benefit the Cumberland Metropolitan Police Department C.A.R.E. unit team.

Night Hike at Thornwood Preserve, two start times, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Oct. 15. Event features a nature walk with spooky tales and information on nocturnal life; cost is $5 per person and benefits the nature center opening in 2023. Register at 317-477-4340 or parks.greenfieldin.org.

Oct. 22

Rover’s Howl-O-Ween event for dogs, noon-4 p.m., Rover’s Run in Beckenholdt Park, 2770 N. Franklin St., Greenfield. Event hosted by Greenfield Parks and Recreation will include a costume contest, “Trick for Treats” and more.

Harvest Fest, 1-4:30 p.m. Oct. 22, 11 E. Main St., New Palestine. Festival sponsored by New Palestine Main Street will feature a Trunk or Treat, Doodle on Depot, kids activities, pumpkin decorating, food and fall vendors and more. Country dancing is 1-3 p.m. and Hearts Ablaze cloggers perform at 3:15 p.m.

Monster Mash and Trunk or Treat sponsored by Families United for Support and Encouragement (FUSE), 3-9 p.m. Oct. 22, 5999 W. Memory Lane, Greenfield. Event is designed for the disability community to join for Halloween fun. All ages are welcome; trunk or treat is 3-6 p.m., Monster Mash dance is 5-9 p.m.; there will also be a bounce house, food and pumpkin painting. For more or to register, visit fuseinc.org.

Trunk or Treat & Fall Festival, 5-7 p.m. Oct. 22, Saint James Lutheran Church, 1741 S. State St., Greenfield; event includes games and bounce houses.

Oct. 23-31

Festival of the Jack-o-Lanterns, nightly lighting of a community pumpkin display is 7-9 p.m. at the James Whitcomb Riley Gardens, 250 W. Main St., Greenfield; pumpkin drop-off is noon-5 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Riley Museum.

Oct. 27

Trunk or Treat in Riley Park hosted by Greenfield Parks and Recreation, 6-8 p.m. Oct. 27, 280 Apple St.; event includes crafts, face painting, bonfire, popcorn and music.

Oct. 29

Treats on Main, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 29, Main Street in downtown Fortville.

Harvest Hoedown, 2-4 p.m., Brookville Road Community Church, 7480 W. U.S. 52, New Palestine; event features games, inflatables, costume contest and candy giveaways.

Trunk or Treat, 2-4 p.m. Oct. 29, Bradley United Methodist Church, 210 W. Main St., Greenfield.

Fall Fest, 5-7 p.m. Oct. 29, Brown’s Chapel Wesleyan Church, 994 N. 600E., Greenfield; event includes bounce houses, hay rides, trunks with candy, hot dogs, face painting and more.

Trunk or Treat, 5-7 p.m., Greenfield Elks Lodge, 820 S. State St., Greenfield.

Oct. 30

Town of McCordsville Trunk or Treat, 3-5 p.m. Oct. 30, Outlook Church, 6531 N. 600W., McCordsville; event features food, games and candy.

Trunk or Treat at Woodland Terrace in New Palestine, 2-5 p.m. Oct. 30, 4400 Terrace Drive, New Palestine; event includes live music, face painting, a balloon artist, hayride and refreshments.

Oct. 31

Trunk or Treat, 6:30-8 p.m., Calvary Baptist Church, 1450 W. Main St., Greenfield.