Fall Fun in Indiana


Just because the warm weather is starting to fade, that doesn’t mean that the fun has to stop. Indiana in the fall is loaded with things to do. You have your choice of festivals, haunted houses, pumpkin patches, mazes and sightseeing. Whatever it is that you’re into, it’s here for you! Below is a list of just a few places and events Indiana has to offer this fall.

Festivals:

Waterman’s Family Farm Fall Harvest Festival: Sept. 24 to Oct. 31, Greenwood and Indianapolis

This Indianapolis tradition is a must. And with two locations around the Indy area, it’s too convenient to skip. Waterman’s Family Farm Fall Harvest Festival has all the fall favorites: pumpkin patches, hayrides, a cornfield maze, and even live music. Information about time and prices can be found here.

Traders Point Creamery Oktoberfest: Oct. 8, Noon-7 p.m., Zionsville

Traders Point Creamery will be hold its 10th annual Oktoberfest. In addition to the German food being served, there will also be hayrides, a pumpkin patch, and events for people of all ages. Samples from the creamery will also be available. Learn more here.

25th Annual Heartland Film Festival: Oct. 20 to 30, Indianapolis

If movies are more of your thing, then you’re in luck. This year the Heartland Film Festival is celebrating its 25th year. The festival always provides a wide variety of films so there’s something for everyone. Check here for the film guide, and here for ticket information.

Historic Irvington Halloween Festival: Oct. 22 to 29, Irvington

As Indianapolis’ biggest Halloween celebration, the Irvington Halloween Festival always draws a crowd. The weeklong event offers a masquerade ball, ghost stories, a spooky organ concert, and the always popular street fair. A full list of events and times can be found here.

Haunted Houses & Attractions:

Amhurst Asylum Haunted Attraction: Oct. 1 to Oct. 31, Valparaiso

You can’t celebrate fall without a few scares.  Luckily, Amhurst Asylum specializes in just that. The backstory to the attraction is that Dr. John Amhurst performed several unethical organ transplants in an attempt to save his wife’s life.  Head to the website to check out prices, times, and see what’s waiting in the Asylum.

Hanna Haunted Acres: Sept. 30 to Nov. 5(Schedule varies by week), Indianapolis

This Indianapolis hot spot is always full of surprises. And they offer you the choices of a haunted hayride, haunted maze or a haunted house. You’ll definitely be in for a scare here! Visit the website to get a full list of dates and prices.

Historic Indiana Ghost Walks and Tour: Year-round, Anderson, Indianapolis, Noblesville,Westfield

Sign up for a ghost walk or bus tour to learn about the haunted history of some of central Indiana’s cities. This popular event fills up quickly. Make sure to reserve a spot as soon as you can. Tour schedules and more information can be found here.

Fall Sights & Activities:

Brown County State Park: Year-round, Nashville

Photo by Keegan Rammel

Photo by Keegan Rammel

Whether you’re into hiking, camping, fishing, or just want to see leaves take on their fall colors, Brown County State Park has you covered. With nearly 16,000 acres of land, Brown County State Park offers something for everybody. If you run out of things to do in the park, then check out the quiet artists village of nearby Nashville, IN. More information about the Brown County State Park can be found here, and information about Brown County, Indiana can be found here.

Turkey Run State Park: Year-round, Marshall

Can’t make it to Brown County State Park? Well, you’re in luck! Indiana is home to several parks that offer hiking, fishing, camping, changing leaves, and many other activities. Turkey Run State Park is one of them. Located just inside Indiana’s western border, Turkey Run is home to some of Indiana’s oldest pieces of history, as well as some of the most beautiful scenery Indiana has to offer. Check out the park’s website to learn more.

Historic Artcraft Theatre: Year-round, Franklin

Built in 1922, the Historic Artcraft Theatre has seen a lot of changes in Indiana, as well as to it itself. But through it all, it’s remained a great place to catch a film. This October, the theatre is showing Halloween favorites such as “Alien,” “The Birds,” and “Halloween.”  Head to the theatre’s website to see the times for the movies, and learn more about the theatre’s history.

Tuttle Orchards: Sept.10 - Oct. 31, Greenfield

Tuttle Orchards has it all. You can pick your own apples, pumpkins and sunflowers. You can go on a hayride, take a trip through the corn maze, or visit the orchard’s farm store for cider and other delicious fall favorites. Head to the Orchard’s website for a full list of activities and information on prices.