Fall fun around Indy and on campus


It’s that time of year again. Pumpkin everything, Halloween movie marathons, fall colors and of course, lots of sweet treats. Take in all that this season has to offer by grabbing a group of friends and going to one of these fall-themed events happening around the city and on campus.

Fall around Indy 

Feeling spooky

Big Gay Market Halloween Edition
Oct. 20, 5 p.m.–Oct. 21, 7 p.m.
The AMP at 16 Tech, 1220 Waterway Blvd. 

Shop the artwork of local LGBTQIA+ creators and artisans while listening to live music. You can also come and show off your Halloween costume during the event’s costume contest.

Historic Irvington Halloween Festival
Oct. 21–28

Take part in a 76-year-long tradition by attending one of the many events hosted during the Historic Irvington Halloween Festival. With a masquerade ball, spooky organ concert, movie nights and a street fair, there’s plenty of Halloween fun to choose from.

Headless Horseman at Conner Prairie
Oct. 5–29, 6–10 p.m. every Thursday–Sunday

Brave the iconic Haunted Hayride, face the Trail of Terror, listen to music and watch spooky live entertainment. While partaking in the festival’s delights, keep an eye out for treats like kettle corn, Witch’s Brew, ice cream and more.

ZooBoo at the Indianapolis Zoo
Through Oct. 31 | 2–7 p.m.
Activities run Wednesday–Sunday. Open until 9 p.m. Friday–Saturday.

Meet spooky characters, traverse the whimsy of Pumpkin Town, play games and ride a Roller Ghoster or the Spook-Track-Ular Train Ride.

Fall festivals

Locally Made: Indy’s Fall Fest
Saturday, Oct. 21 | Noon–5 p.m.

Shop over 50 local and regional artists while painting pumpkins, decorating ceramics and chowing down on food truck eats.

Harvest Nights at Newfields
Through Oct. 31 | Starts at 7 p.m.
*Buying tickets ahead is recommended

Walk through whimsical paths filled with glowing jack-o-lanterns, ghosts and ghouls! Witness a ghost train and a haunted mansion while enjoying delicious delights like cinnamon Bavarian crème churros and apple cider.

On-campus fall events

Pumpkin Patch Outing
Biomedical Informatics Club

Sunday, Oct. 22
3–6 p.m. | Beasley’s Orchard
General admission: $14

Embrace all of the fall festivities by taking a hayride, pumpkin picking, launching apples out of a cannon and enjoying an apple cider slushie. Everyone will meet up at the ICTC building and then carpool to the orchard together.

Fright Night
Hosted by SAPB

Tuesday, Oct. 24
5–8 p.m. | Campus Center 450

Get ready for spooky activities, a laser maze, costume contest and candied apples.

Balloween Spooktacular
Hosted by Ball Hall and Residence Hall Association

Monday, Oct. 30
6–9 p.m. | Riverwalk and Ball Hall

Put on your favorite costume and stop by Riverwalk for some trick-or-treating. Then head to Ball Hall to decorate your own candy apple and participate in costume and pumpkin decorating contests.