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Monday, September 27, 2021

Halloween Happenings in Bloomington

Categories: Family Fun, Events, General

Curious about what's going on in Bloomington this October? We've rounded up every Halloween-themed event, from the downright spooky to the family-friendly — and everything in between. 

Creepy butcher standing in the Barn of Terror
Photo by Adam Reynolds

Fowler Pumpkin Patch

Date: Opening for the fall season on Saturday, September 25
Time: Tuesday through Thursday, 4:00-7:00 pm / Friday through Sunday, 10:00 am-7:00 pm
Location: Fowler Pumpkin Patch
Admission: Free

Enjoy quintessential fall fun at Fowler Pumpkin Patch, complete with a corn maze, petting zoo, hayrides, u-pick pumpkin patch, and more. Hayrides are offered every hour starting at 11:00 am on Saturdays and Sundays.

Barn of Terror Haunted House

Date: Every Friday & Saturday in October plus Halloween night
Time: 8:00 pm-12:00 am / 8:00-10:00 pm on Halloween
Location: Barn of Terror
Admission: General admission is $10.00 per person; children 10 & under are $5.00 each.

Visit the Barn of Terror, Indiana's sixth best haunted house, for a proper night of Halloween frights.

Forbidden Hollows Haunted Farm

Date: Every Saturday in October plus Halloween night and the following Friday & Saturday
Time: 8:00-10:00 pm
Location: Forbidden Hollows Haunted Farm
Admission: $20.00 per person

Get spooked at the Forbidden Hollows Haunted Farm.

Harvest Story Tours

Date: Saturday, September 25; Sunday, September 26; Saturday, October 2; Sunday, October 3
Time: 12:00 pm & 3:00 pm
Location: Oliver Winery
Admission: $35.00 per ticket

Learn what it takes to go from vine to bottle at Oliver Winery's Harvest Story Tours! Go on a walking tour through the vineyard, see the production side of the winemaking process, and enjoy a customized tasting experience.

Movies in the Park: The Dark Crystal

Date: Friday, October 1
Time: 7:45 pm
Location: Switchyard Park
Admission: Free

Pack blankets and snacks and head to Switchyard Park for an outdoor screening of The Dark Crystal.

IU Cinema Under the Stars: The Mummy

Date: Thursday, October 7
Time: 8:00 pm
Location: Memorial Stadium
Admission: Free, but registration is required

Enjoy a screening of The Mummy on the field of Memorial Stadium. Bring your own blankets — no chairs, food, or drink will be permitted.

Nature Sounds: The Poetry of Leaves

Date: Friday, October 8
Time: 6:30-7:30 pm
Location: Crestmont Park
Admission: Free

Enjoy an evening of live acoustic music, poetry, and rustling leaves during this Nature Sounds event.

Halloween Candy Pairing Tastings

Date: Every weekend from Saturday, October 9 through Sunday, October 31
Time: 4:30 pm
Location: Oliver Winery
Admission: $20.00 per ticket

Enjoy your favorite childhood candies paired with various wines during the annual Oliver Winery Halloween Candy Pairing Tastings.

IU Science Fest

Date: Saturday, October 9
Time: 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Location: Multiple locations across the Indiana University campus
Admission: Free

Participate in over 150 hands-on science activities, demonstrations, and talks at Science Fest. Event times and admission are to be determined — check back frequently for updates.

Harvest Hootenanny Block Party

Date: Saturday, October 9
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: Switchyard Brewing Company
Admission: VIP tickets are $75.00 per person; general admission for ages 16+ is $10.00 per ticket during the pre-sale or $15.00 per ticket at the door; those younger than 16 and designated drivers are free.

Enjoy live music, pie-eating and pumpkin-carving contests, cornhole, food trucks, fall beers & hot mulled cider, and activities for kids at Switchyard Brewing Co.'s all-ages Harvest Hootenanny. 

Howl at the Moon

Date: Saturday, October 9
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Switchyard Park
Admission: Free

Both dog owners and animal lovers are invited to participate in this glow in the dark walk around 1.5 miles of Switchyard Park — pups in attendance must be leashed and current with all vaccinations. The first 50 dogs to arrive will receive a glow stick for their collars!

Day of the Dead Community Altar

Date: Tuesday, October 12 through Tuesday, November 2
Time: 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Location: Monroe County History Center
Admission: Free

Honor loved ones who have passed by adding an offering to Bloomington's Day of the Dead community altar.

IU Cinema Under the Stars: What We Do in the Shadows

Date: Thursday, October 14
Time: 8:00 pm
Location: Memorial Stadium
Admission: Free, but registration is required

Enjoy a screening of What We Do in the Shadows on the field of Memorial Stadium. Bring your own blankets — no chairs, food, or drink will be permitted.

Great Glass Pumpkin Patch

Date: Saturday, October 16
Time: 10:00 am-3:00 pm
Location: Monroe County Courthouse Lawn
Admission: Free

Pick out your own homemade blown-glass pumpkin or simply admire the display of over 900 glass pumpkins at the 12th annual Great Glass Pumpkin Patch! 

Dearly Departed Cemetery Tour

Date: Saturday, October 16
Time: 5:30-9:30 pm
Location: Rose Hill Cemetery
Admission: $10.00 per person

Enjoy a night of ghost tales and haunted history at the Rose Hill Cemetery.

Trick or Treat Trail

Date: Saturday, October 16
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: RCA Community Park
Admission: $5.00 per child.  One adult is admitted free with paid child admission; each additional adult is $2.00. 

Bring the kids in costume to this family-friendly Trick or Treat Trail. 

Ghostly Gathering

Date: Friday, October 22 through Sunday, October 24
Time: 2:00-8:00 pm Friday; 9:30 am-8:00 pm Saturday, 10:00 am-2:30 pm Sunday
Location: Paynetown State Recreation Area
Admission: $7.00 per Indiana-plated vehicle / $9.00 per out-of-state vehicle

Enjoy an assortment of Halloween-themed, family-friendly events at Paynetown SRA's Ghostly Gathering!

Skate and Scare

Date: Saturday, October 23
Time: 6:45 pm
Location: Frank Southern Ice Arena
Admission: $6.00 per person plus $3.00 per skate rental

Skate through a haunted house on ice while listening to spooky tunes at Frank Southern's Skate and Scare! Come in costume for a chance to win prizes.

Rocky Horror Picture Show

Date: Saturday, October 23
Time: 10:00 pm
Location: Buskirk-Chumley Theater
Admission: $15.00 in advance / $20.00 at the door

Enjoy Bloomington's annual fall screening of the Rocky Horror Picture Show.  Participate in the pre-show event and costume contest at 9:30 pm for a chance to win prizes. 

Safe Halloween

Date: Wednesday, October 25
Time: 5:00-7:00 pm
Location: North Jordan Avenue
Admission: Free

Join IU sorority and fraternity members for Safe Halloween, a trick-or-treating event on North Jordan Avenue. 

Dennis James Hosts Halloween

Date: Wednesday, October 27
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: IU Auditorium
Admission: $14.00-$28.00 per person

Take the whole family to Dennis James' annual spooky spectacular, packed with music and mayhem! 

Downtown Trick or Treat

Date: Friday, October 29
Time: 5:00-8:00 pm
Location: The Square
Admission: Free

Bring the kiddos in their best costumes to downtown's annual Trick or Treat Walk. The community band will also be playing spooky tunes on the Courthouse lawn for trick-or-treaters to enjoy!

Festival of Ghost Stories

Date: Friday, October 29
Time: 7:00-8:30 pm
Location: Bryan Park
Admission: Free

Enjoy a night of scary storytelling beneath the stars at the Festival of Ghost Stories.

Pipes Spooktacular Concert

Date: Friday, October 29
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: St, Thomas Lutheran Church
Admission: Free

Join the organists of the Jacobs School of Music for a night of spooky music, poetry readings and pumpkin carols at the Pipes Spooktacular Concert — come as you are or adorned in your costumes.

Bloomington Pumpkin Launch

Date: Saturday, October 30
Time: 11:00 am
Location: Monroe County Fairgrounds
Admission: $10.00 per vehicle

Witness pumpkins flying through the sky and enjoy live music, children's activities, and food vendors during the annual Bloomington Pumpkin Launch!

Halloween Weekend at Oliver Winery

Date: Saturday, October 30 & Sunday, October 31
Time: 11:00 am-8:00 pm on Saturday; 12:00-6:00 pm on Sunday
Location: Oliver Winery
Admission: Free

Spend Halloween weekend at Oliver Winery — enjoy complimentary pours of their mulled Beanblossom Hard Cider, a free pumpkin with qualifying purchases of wine in the tasting room, and more.

Howling in the Aisles

Date: Saturday, October 30
Time: 3:00 pm-12:00 am
Location: Buskirk-Chumley Theater
Admission: $18.00 per ticket

Enjoy a day of horror film classics at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater! The Birds, Poltergeist, and The Thing will screen throughout the day, in that order.

Halloween with the Horses

Date: Saturday, October 30
Time: 5:00-8:00 pm
Location: PALS Equestrian Center
Admission: Free

Visit horses in Halloween costumes, enjoy prizes and candy, and paint your own pumpkin at Halloween with the Horses!

National Visit a Cemetery Day

Date: Sunday, October 31
Time: All day
Location: All Monroe County cemeteries
Admission: Free

Visit one of Monroe County's many historic cemeteries on Halloween in honor of National Visit a Cemetery Day.

Trick or Treat

Date: Sunday, October 31
Time: 5:30-8:30 pm
Location: Monroe County

Enjoy the annual night of Halloween trick-or-treating in Monroe County, rain or shine. 

Alyssa Davis

Alyssa Davis

Alyssa is the Digital Content Coordinator at Visit Bloomington. She's also a proud Indiana University alumna, Millennial cat lady, and Formula 1 enthusiast.