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Monday, October 1, 2018

Halloween Fun 2018

Categories: Family Fun

Whether you're the biggest horror film fan or afraid of the dark, there are so many ways to celebrate Halloween in Bloomington.

Halloween Events

Frankenstein 200:  The Birth, Life, and Resurrection of Mary Shelley’s Monster
All October, Lilly Library

Movies in the Park:  Hocus Pocus
October 6, Bryan Park

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9th Annual Great Glass Pumpkin Patch
October 13, Monroe County Courthouse Lawn

Dearly Departed Cemetery Tours:  Cemetery Picnic
October 13, Rose Hill Cemetery

Dearly Departed Cemetery Tours
October 12, Rose Hill Cemetery

Howl at the Moon (Glow in the Dark Dog Walk)
October 19, B-Line Trail

Skate and Scare
October 20, Frank Southern Ice Arena

Trick or Treat Trail
October 20, RCA Community Park

Wonderlab After Dark:  Blood Celebration
October 20, Wonderlab Museum

Dennis James Hosts Halloween
October 26, IU Auditorium

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Downtown Trick or Treat
October 26, Courthouse Square

Festival of Ghost Stories
October 26, Bryan Park

Spooky Beats & Movie Treats
October 26, Buskirk-Chumley Theater

The Hitch-Hiker and The Twilight Zone: The Masks
October 26, IU Cinema

Bloomington Pumpkin Launch
October 27, Monroe County Fairgrounds

Rocky Horror Picture Show
October 27, Buskirk-Chumley Theater

IU Science Fest
October 27, Various Buildings on IU Campus

Cardinal Spirits Halloween Costume Contest & Party
October 27, 8:00-Midnight

The Queer Cabaret:  HallowQueen and Costume Ball
October 27, The Back Door

October 28, IU Cinema

National Visit a Cemetery Day
October 28, Monroe County Cemeteries

rose hill cemetery

The Ghost Cat and the Mysterious Shamisen
October 29, IU Cinema

Trick or Treat
October 31, City of Bloomington and Monroe County

November 1, IU Cinema

Pumpkin Patches & Haunted Houses

fowler pumpkin patch

Fowler Pumpkin Patch 4932 N Greene County Line Rd. 
The Fowler Pumpkin Patch in Monroe County is one that will make you want to come back every year. The pumpkin patch has over 5 acres of you-pick pumpkins, a corn maze, hayrides, and a petting zoo. This is a great place to bring your family around Halloween. The hayrides begin the first weekend in October and gourds, mums, squash, and all sorts of fall decorations will be available. 


Wylie Haunted House Tours | October 26-28 | Wylie House

Join Indiana University’s Historic Wylie House Museum in celebrating this Halloween season on October 28th and 29th. Nighttime tours of President Wylie’s home will explore ghost stories and tragic family deaths, along with Halloween traditions and horrors of the 19th century. Not recommended for children under 10, but all who dare to be scared are welcome!

wylie haunted

Musgrave Orchard & Cider Mill8820 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. Cash only.

musgrave orchards

Related Content: Fall Flavors in Bloomington

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.

oliver pumpkins

Barn of Terror - 8792 N. Old State Rd. 37 Bloomington, Indiana 47408

Monsters, ghouls, creatures and other clowns are waiting in the shadows. Open every Friday and Saturday in October, plus October 31.

Costume Shops

Campus Costume
216 S College Ave.
Weekdays 10 am - 8 pm, Sunday 12 pm - 8 pm

1701 N Curry Pike
Weekdays 10 am - 5 pm

Halloween City
260 N Gates Dr.
Weekdays 11 am - 8 pm, Friday and Saturday until 9pm, Sunday until 8 pm

Spirit Halloween
3216 E 3rd St.
Weekdays 10 am - 9 pm, Sunday until 7 pm

Vintage Wearhouse
401 E 4th St.
Tuesday - Saturday 12 pm - 6 pm

Cherry Canary Vintage
214 W 4th
Monday-Wednesday 1-6 pm; Friday & Saturday 12-6 pm


Emily Hines

Emily Hines

Emily Hines was previously the digital content Coordinator for Visit Bloomington. When she wasn't blogging or grammin' you could find her hiking in the Hoosier National Forest with her husband and two black labs or enjoying a craft beer and slice of pizza in town.