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Stars, Owls, or One of the Oldest Halloween Parades in the USA?

Indiana Festivals and Events This Week
Indiana Festivals and Events This Week
There’s still a healthy mix of things to do in Indiana this week, even with Halloween fast approaching. I think you will enjoy the nice ratio of outdoor trails and hikes to community events to Halloween fun.

I think I should point out a few of the highlights this time around. In the paragraphs to come, you’ll discover one of the oldest Halloween parades in the whole United States, a Boo at the Zoo event, and a race that takes place on the Lucas Oil Raceway dragstrip! How neat is that? It’s also all family friendly.

Take a peek below and then hop on to the Little Indiana Festivals and Events Calendar. Please know that these are just a few of the highlights I have randomly selected. I’ve included a map below (scroll down) to help you figure out where some of these events are actually located at a glance. Of course, if you click the link, you will head to a page with all the details. Who to contact, where the event is held, dates, times, and a brief summary will help you figure out what is going on and what you need to know.

Again, I am a one-woman show. There are so many things going on in the state that I am sure I’ve missed something! It’s a bummer, I know. But hey, that’s where you come in. Please let me know if I missed your favorite event or festival, or if you just happened to come across something I didn’t. I’d really appreciate it. Helpful information to include would be the date,time, location, contact info, and website for the event or festival. Many of the events that you see here on Little Indiana have been emailed to me from readers just like you. Upon receipt, I will try to add it to the massive online calendar lickety-split!

Indiana Festivals and Events

Corydon, Indiana has one of the oldest Halloween parades in the whole country! Isn’t that neat? Since 1934, it’s been a part of the community. Join them Saturday, October 24 when you should stroll around downtown in your costume at 6 PM.

It’s time for another public program at Link Observatory in Martinsville! There’s always a different topic tackled each month, lectures at 7 PM and 9 PM. As long as the weather cooperates, you can then enjoy time looking through the incredible telescope.

Boo at the Zoo! I know this is a huge family favorite. Families trek to the Washington Park Zoo in Michigan City for its decorated paths and candy-giving sponsors that set up along them. It’s really cute.

Owls. I just love them. But I’ve never seen them flying around at night before. But you sure can if you head to the Moonlit Owl Prowl at McCloud Nature Park in North Salem, Indiana! Walk the trail, listen for the sound of the owls, and look for them flying overhead. This event begins October 24 and runs from 7 PM – 9 PM.

You’ve been to Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg before but you’ve probably never quite seen it like this! Dragstrip Dash 5K and 10K lets runners actually race along the dragstrip! Neat, right? Not many people can say they’ve done that. Be one of them.

For a fun theme, the Monster Mile, Frightening 5K, and Haunted Hilly Half offers a race to fit everyone. This Bristol event offers the walking Monster Mile that’s great for families, and then increases in difficulty from there. All of the runs begin and end at beautiful Bonneyville Mill County Park in Bristol (another one that I still need to share with you!).

Oak aged brews and hard ciders are waiting to be sampled during Oakober Fest. Learn all about these oak aged brews and ciders and how to pair them with foods. Find it at the Taltree Arboretum in Valparaiso. Discounted tickets for designated drivers.

Bring the family to the Versailles State Park for its annual campsite decorating contest! Which one is your favorite? It’s so hard to choose.

The Lerner Theater in Elkhart is hosting a very unique event that I’m sure will really appeal to quite a few of you! Not only will there be a short organ concert on the newly renovated 450,000 1924 Kimball organ, but there’s going to be a classic silent film showing, The Cat and the Canary.

As a mom of two boys, it seems that there are always events for mother and daughter or father and son. But at the Farmhouse in Nappanee, there’s a mother and son hayride. Isn’t that a cute idea? There’s a fee for each mom and son as well as an additional fee to add in more sons. Games, snacks, and a little bonding time.

Best Vineyards Winery in Elizabeth, Indiana is hosting a live music event. Featuring the Blues Redemption, bring your chair for this 3 PM – 7 PM musical gathering.

They aren’t alone. Turtle Run Winery in Corydon is also holding a live music event. The Turtle Run Fall Concert Series will feature Melody Resurrection Music. Bring something to sit on to this event as well.

Children will love seeing their favorite fairytale friends come to life in this family-friendly Trick or Treat Trail at RCA Park in Bloomington. Kids should bring a bag and follow the path to candy and non-spooky fun.

Upper Park in Avon, Indiana is also hosting a trick or treat trail, the Ghosts and Goblins Trick or Treat Trail. Families are encouraged to dress up. There is a costume contest for the kiddos. Local food vendors will be present as well. Don’t forget a bag! Trick or treat along the way!

Culbertson Mansion Children’s tea with the Queen of Halloween is a chance to hear stories and snack on “finger” foods. Children should wear costumes. Please pre-register for the New Albany event.

Small Towns: Destinations, not Drive-Thrus! I’m Jessica Nunemaker and THIS is little Indiana!

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About Jessica Nunemaker

Jessica Nunemaker is the Owner of Little Indiana.com. More than a website, Little Indiana is a PBS segment on the state-wide program "The Weekly Special," a bi-weekly column in a local newspaper, and a book. Look for "Little Indiana: Small Town Destinations" published by Indiana University Press in April 2016--just in time for Indiana's BIG 200th Birthday Celebration.

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