Stow away your swimsuits and beach towels, it's time to feel the crisp, cool air on your cheeks and hear the crunch of leaves beneath your feet. Autumn in Indy Parks is full of festive activities to create fun, family memories while enjoying our natural amenities. Grab a thermos full of hot cider, take a walk on one of our trails and watch the leaves sprinkle their magical colors at our 26 parks.
Two of our parks offer an Americana tradition perfect for an October evening. Hayrides at Southeastway Park and Eagle Creek Park transport your friends and family members back to simpler times. Cuddle up under a thick blanket and relax as you wind through a maze of wondrous Fall scenery. Group packages include a picnic shelter and cozy campfire to complete the experience. Call Southeastway at 861-5167 or Eagle Creek at 327-7110 for reservations.
Scary faces, happy faces or self-portrait – try out your Jack-o-lantern carving skills at Indy Island/Raymond Park. Staffers guide your little Picassos as they create a traditional pumpkin decoration you can display on your front porch. And the best part? Leave the mess but take the memories home with you! October 19, 6-7 p.m. Cost $8.
Does your child already have a Halloween costume picked out? Is the anticipation of trick-or-treat bags full of candy almost too much to bear? Indy Parks is your guide for Halloween planning.
Ghoulish Garfield is a spooktacular family-friendly event at Garfield Park. Whether you're dressed as your favorite superhero or scary monster, travel around the park by hayride and tour the Haunted Conservatory with ghosts and goblins hiding at every turn. Create creepy crafts at the Garfield Park Arts Center and mix a batch of slimy "Goblin-Goo." October 29-30, 7-9 p.m.
It's Easter and Halloween all rolled into one at Christian Park. Search for glow-in-the-dark eggs during the "monster egg hunt" or play laser tag in your Halloween costume inside the family center. Venture out in the moonlight as a haunted hayride takes you along a spooky trail. October 29-30, 6-10 p.m.
Your child may not be ready for ghoulish goblins and menacing monsters this Halloween. Holliday Park and the Indianapolis Civic Theater's Hauntless Halloween will let your little one sleep soundly at night. During the evening of enchanted fun, families hike along a candlelit trail and visit with forest inhabitants who have come alive, in a fun and inviting way, for these special evenings. October 14-16, times vary.
The Indy Parks' Fall Fun Guide has more activities and events. Check with your local family center or call 327-PARK. Make sure to sign up for our monthly newsletter at www.indyparks.org and start planning your Halloween and Fall fun today.