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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Halloween delights and frights throughout October, 2014

Categories: Outdoors, Indiana University, Family Fun, Festivals, General

Whether you're afraid of the dark or a horror movie superfan, Bloomington has plenty of ways to celebrate Halloween. Check out this list of the top events across the city, and feel free to share your own suggestions in the comments!

Glass Pumpkins

5th Annual Great Glass Pumpkin Patch
October 11
Monroe County Courthouse lawn
Come pick out your very own handmade blown glass pumpkin at the 5th annual Great Glass Pumpkin Patch! There will be over 400 glass pumpkins for display and sale, all made by members of the Bloomington Creative Glass Center.

IU Art Museum

Fall Family Day
October 12
Indiana University Art Museum
Celebrate fall by participating in autumn-inspired activities. Whether you want to make a mask for Halloween or create a nature-inspired collage, there will be something for children of all ages! Materials will be provided.

Trick or Treat Trail Parks and Rec

Trick or Treat Trail
October 18
RCA Park
$4 per child
The wooded trail at RCA Community Park comes to life with characters and stories on this Trick or Treat Trail for kids ages 1-10 year. Don your costume and grab your bag for an afternoon of fun! Presented by Bloomington Parks & Recreation.

Banneker Community Center

Healthy Halloween
October 24
Banneker Community Center
Free for ages 5-12 years w/parent
The health and wellness witches are throwing a healthy Halloween Party at the Banneker Community Center, and your entire family is invited! Come in costume and take part in the costume contest, plus have a howling good time playing Halloween games, learning to prepare spooky snacks, trying on some sweet (or scary!) face painting, and sampling tasty and good-for-you Halloween treats!

Parks & Rec Logo

Festival of Ghost Stories
October 24
Bryan Park
An ink-black night with leering jack-o'-lanterns and crisp cider set the stage for an evening of live storytelling beneath the stars. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and dress warmly to avoid the chill as seasoned storytellers spin their tales in the dark. This Halloween tradition of more than 32 years is presented by Bloomington Parks and Recreation and sponsored by Monroe County Public Library and the Bloomington Storytellers Guild.

Lake Monroe Fall

Ghostly Gathering: Monroe Lake's Halloween Weekend
October 24-25
Paynetown Activity Center
$5 per vehicle (IN residents), $7 per vehicle (out-of-state residents)
Activities include life-size Clue game, Dia de los Muertos activities, glow-in-the-dark pumpkin painting, creepy crafts, costume contest, trick or treating, campsite decorating contest, and more.

Ghost Vector

Safe Trick or Treat/Mall-O-Ween
October 25
College Mall
All ages are welcome to come and enjoy FREE indoor, safe, mall-wide Trick or Treating at College Mall.

Dennis James

Dennis James Hosts Halloween
October 25
IU Auditorium
General Public $16 - $21 ; IUB Students/Children $8 - $16
Spice up your Halloween with one of the most unique theatrical events around as renowned cinema organist Dennis James accompanies the playfully spooky 1924 silent film The Hands of Orlac! With his virtuosic organ and theremin artistry, James has built his reputation as the most acclaimed film accompanist-using musical instruments and electronic sound effects to triple the thrill of silent films.

Frank Southern Ice Arena

Skate and Scare!
October 25
Frank Southern Ice Arena
$6 per person + $3 skate rental
Kids and adults skate to spooky tunes through a haunted house on ice! Skate in costume for a chance to win prizes.

Rocky Horror Picture Show

Rocky Horror Picture Show
October 25
Buskirk-Chumley Theater
$10 in costume, $15 without costume, $5 for prop bags
Spiced with sweet transvestites, mad scientists, and a big chunk of Meat Loaf, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a cult phenomenon unlike any film or musical you've ever seen! This annual party is hosted by Cardinal Stage Company. Costumes are highly encouraged.

Mathers Museum of World Cultures

Halloween Family Fun Fest: Monsters
October 26
Mathers Museum of World Cultures
The MMWC's annual Halloween celebration looks at monsters from around the world. Come learn about them, and make crafts and play games to scare the monsters away! Halloween Family Fun Fest is free and open to the public.

Barn of Terror

Barn of Terror
Sept 26-27, Hauntings every Friday & Saturday in October, Trick or Treating on October 31
Barn of Terror on Old State Road 37
$8 general admission, $5 children ages 12 and under
A seriously freaky haunted house experience for those who are brave enough! While Hauntings may be too much for some folks, the Trick or Treating event on Halloween is perfect for kids.

Misguided Tours of Bloomington

A Misguided Halloween Comedy Tour
October 31
Misguided Comedy Tour Bus
$24 per person
See the hidden spots in Bloomington that have a mysterious, spooky or scandalous history. There will be a 6 P.M. tour for the general public and groups by reservation at 8 P.M.

Oliver Pumpkins

Pumpkin Picking
Choose the perfect pumpkin for carving or decorating at one of these local pumpkin patches.

Fowler Pumpkin Patch
4865 South Leonard Springs Road, 812-322-0050 - Open Friday through Sunday

Musgrave Orchard & Cider Mill
8820 North Old State Road 37, 812-339-5006 - Open Wednesday through Sunday. Pick up your pumpkin, apples, Indiana's best apple cider and all the other trappings of fall!

Oliver Winery
8024 Indiana Highway 37, 812-876-5800 - Several varieties of pumpkins and other gourds, locally grown at the Creekbend Vineyard, are available throughout October at the Oliver Winery tasting room.

Abby Perfetti

Abby Perfetti

Hailing from Indianapolis, Abby has lived in Bloomington since 2009. She was the Content & Social Media Coordinator for Visit Bloomington, and in her spare time, she sings in choirs, gardens, and enjoys the occasional craft beer.