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Thursday, August 25, 2022

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 24
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 continuously 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.

Baker's Junction Haunted Train

Date: Every Friday and Saturday in October plus Halloween night
Time: 7:00-10:00 pm
Location: 7898 Fairfax Rd., Smithville, IN 47401
Admission: $5-$10 per person

The haunted train is celebrating its 29th season in 2022.

Halloween Candy Pairing Tastings

Date: Every weekend from Saturday, October 1-Sunday, October 30
Time: Various times
Location: Oliver Winery
Admission: $25.00 per ticket

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

Harvest Hootenanny Block Party

Date: Saturday, October 1
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. 

Movies in the Park: Ghostbusters

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 Ghostbusters.

IU Cinema Friday Night Frights

Date: Friday, October 7
Time: 7:00 pm and 10:00 pm
Location: IU Cinema
Admission: Free, but registration is required

Enjoy a screening of The Watcher at 7:00 pm and The Black Phone at 10:00 pm at IU Cinema.

Howl at the Moon

Date: Friday, October 7
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!

Trick or Treat Trail

Date: Saturday, October 8
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. 

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 Friday Night Frights

Date: Friday, October 14
Time: 10:00 pm
Location: IU Cinema
Admission: Free, but registration is required

Enjoy a screening of Suspiria at 10:00 pm at IU Cinema.

Great Glass Pumpkin Patch

Date: Saturday, October 15
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 13th annual Great Glass Pumpkin Patch! 

Dearly Departed Cemetery Tours

Date: Saturday, October 15
Time: 5:30-9:30 pm
Location: Rose Hill Cemetery
Admission: $12.00 per person

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

IU Cinema Friday Night Frights

Date: Friday, October 14
Time: 10:00 pm
Location: IU Cinema
Admission: Free, but registration is required

Enjoy a screening of Bodies Bodies Bodies at 10:00 pm at IU Cinema.

IU Science Fest

Date: Saturday, October 22
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.

Bloomington Pumpkin Launch

Date: Saturday, October 22
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!

Buskirk-Chumley Halloween Film Screening

Date: Saturday, October 22
Time: 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm
Location: Buskirk-Chumley Theater
Admission: $18.00 per ticket

Enjoy a screening of Nosferatu at 2:00 pm and Twilight at 8:00 pm at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater.

Skate and Scare

Date: Sunday, 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.

Safe Night Trick or Treat

Date: Thursday, October 27
Time: 6:00-8:00 pm
Location: Monroe County Fairgrounds
Admission: Free

The Monroe County Fair Board & Monroe County 4-H Clubs invite you to trick or treat in costume at this safe night event.

Ghostly Gathering

Date: Friday, October 28 through Sunday, October 30
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!

Downtown Trick or Treat

Date: Friday, October 28
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!

Dennis James Hosts Halloween

Date: Friday, October 28
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! 

Festival of Ghost Stories

Date: Friday, October 28
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.

IU Cinema Friday Night Frights

Date: Friday, October 28
Time: 7:00 pm and 10:00 pm
Location: IU Cinema
Admission: Free, but registration is required

Enjoy a double feature of Shaun of the Dead and Slither at 7:00 pm or Kill List and The Descent at 10:00 pm at IU Cinema.

Halloween Weekend at Oliver Winery

Date: Saturday, October 29 & Sunday, October 30
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.

Rocky Horror Picture Show

Date: Saturday, October 29
Time: 7:00 pm and 11:00 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.  

National Visit a Cemetery Day

Date: Monday, October 30
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: Monday, 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.