Monday, October 1, 2012
2012 Halloween Events
Need a few haunting hints on how to celebrate Halloween in Bloomington? Here's a quick run-down of fun pre-Halloween (and one post-Halloween) events in the Bloomington area to get you in the mood to get dressed up and head out in search of a ghostly good time!
Haunted Hayride and Stables
Located at 8308 S. Rockport Road, these fun haunted hayrides depart from the Haunted Stable on Fridays and Saturdays between 7 and 11 pm for a spooky 15-minute jaunt filled with scary creatures, the Headless Horseman, graveyards, witches, werewolves and more! Once you're returned to the Stable, you can decide for yourself if you're brave enough to enter! Bring the kids out between 1 and 7 pm while the spooks are all sleeping.
The Great Glass Pumpkin Patch
On October 13, the Bloomington Creative Glass Center presents the 3rd Annual Great Glass Pumpkin Patch. Choose from over 250 glass pumpkins to find your own handmade blown glass creation.
7th Annual Dia de los Muertos Community Altar
From Oct. 16 to Nov. 4, visit the Mathers Museum of World Cultures to see the 7th annual Dia de los Muertos Community Altar, created with offerings from local Bloomington residents.
Dennis James Hosts Halloween
On Oct. 26, join in this classic IU Halloween tradition as a classic silent film is shown at the IU Auditorium, accompanied by the haunting organ music of Dennis James. This year's film is Faust and James will be joined by Mark Goldstein playing the theremin. The show starts at 7:30 pm.
Festival of Ghost Stories
This 30-year Bloomington tradition is presented by the Bloomington Storytellers Guild and takes place on an ink-black night with leering jack-o-lanterns and crisp cider to set the stage for an outside concert of ghastly tales told in the dark at Bryan Park. Begins at 7 pm. Free for adults and older children; not appropriate for young children.
Ghostly Gathering at Paynetown SRA
Join the naturalist at Lake Monroe for ghosts, goblins and ghouls crafting sessions, an all-ages costume contest, campground trick-or-treating, campsite decorating contest and the annual Ghostly Gathering Halloween Party! Activities take place from 2:30 to 10 pm. Please dress for the weather.
Wildcare's Night of the Creatures Halloween Event
Get dressed up in your favorite wild costume and enjoy a night hike with Wildcare on Oct. 27 where you'll encounter some real creatures of the night! Whooo knows what you might hear or what you might find. Begins at 6 pm. Please dress for the weather.
Spooky Stories in the Gallery
Join the IU Art Museum on Oct. 27 at 2 pm as members of the Bloomington Storytellers Guild share the spooky stories that inspired several Japanese prints in the museum's collection. Refreshments will be available after the program. Free; recommended for children in grades 3 and above.
On Oct. 27, join maniacal Maestro Charles Latshaw and the bloodthirsty Bloomington Symphony Orchestra in a frightfully delightful evening for the whole family. They'll be playing some of Halloween's GRAVEst hits! Make sure the kids dress to impress for the kids' costume contest! Show starts at 5 pm.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
The Cardinal Stage Company invites you to join them the evening of Oct. 27 for their 7th year of presenting this classic Halloween presentation of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. There will be two showings, 8 pm and Midnight, with a special "de-virginization" ritual one half hour prior to show time. Come in costume for a discount on admission!
Halloween Family Fun Fest - Day of the Dead
Venture out to the Mathers Museum of World Cultures on Oct. 28 from 2-4 pm for the museum's annual Halloween celebration that explores activities and traditions surrounding the Day of the Dead. Event is free and open to the public.
Once you've recovered from your candy-induced Halloween coma, head out to watch the pumpkins fly through the Bloomington skies! That's right, on Nov. 3 at Hilltop Garden & Nature Center, pumpkin launch creators will send pumpkins soaring through the are in competition for both accuracy and distance. A seed spitting contest, children's activities, live music and pumpkin goodies will all be part of the fun, which begins at Noon. $5 per car. Presented by Bloomington Parks & Recreation, Hilltop Nature Center and WonderLab.