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Fall Fun in Indy

Festivals, local attractions and more

October 01, 2011
Fall has arrived, which means it's time to bring out the sweater and jeans wardrobes from your closets. But with the cooler weather also comes many great opportunities to get out and about as you enjoy the Circle City's many fall fun activities.

Annie Cosgrove, a Local 29-year-old mother, said October marks an annual family tradition in her home.

"Going to Stonycreek Farm has always been a favorite fall tradition for our family. My parents took me when I was little, and now I love continuing the tradition with my husband and our daughter," she said.

If you are looking for ideas, we have put together just a few of many options for you and your family to partake in this fall.

Take a bite out of the Halloween season with The Children's Museum of Indianapolis' 48th annual haunted house, Vampire Vacation. In addition to the haunted house, the museum is also thrilled to be hosting a new exhibit, the first of its kind for the facility.

"The FROGS exhibit is new for us in that we don't often host live animals at the museum – but we are very excited to do so with this exhibit," said Jaclyn Falkenstein, public relations coordinator, for The Children's Museum of Indianapolis.

No matter which part of town you live in, there is no shortage of places for you to take your little ghosts and goblins.


Beasley's Orchard and Gardens

Beasley's Orchard and Gardens offers hayrides, apple tours, a corn maze and a pumpkin tour for the whole family to enjoy.

Admission: Varies on activity.

When: Open daily October 1 to 30. Mondays through Saturdays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sundays Noon to 6 p.m.


Piney Acres Farm

Piney Acres Farm offers the kids a chance to pick the perfect pumpkin, make their way through a corn maze and even do some gem mining.

Admission: Free, fees for activities

When: Open October through November 1, Mondays through Thursdays 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Fridays 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sundays Noon to 9 p.m.


The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

Take a trip to The Children's Museum of Indianapolis for the Children's Museum Guild's 48th Annual Haunted House, Vampire Vacation. Frightening and friendly hours are offered.

Admission: $6.50 at door, $5.50 at Marsh; kids under age 2 are free

When: October 15 through 31, see museum www.childrensmuseum.org for frightening and friendly hours.

Additionally, enjoy a Friendly Feast with the Witches, a lunch or dinner "boo-ffet" including a performance and ticket for a friendly-hours tour of the haunted house.

Admission: Tickets $15 per person, kids under age 2 are free. Advanced purchase required.

When: October 20 through 30

Germanfest at the Athenaeum

Celebrate the 3rd Annual Original and Fabulous Germanfest at the Anthenaeum. This indoor/outdoor family festival celebrates all things German, with wiener dog races, food and beverages, live entertainment, kids activities and more.

Admission: $5 in advance, kids age 12 and under free. Tickets $10 at the door day of event.

When: Saturday, October 8 at Noon to 6 p.m.

Indianapolis Zoo

Dress up the little goblins and head to the Indianapolis Zoo for the annual Halloween ZooBoo. The kids can enjoy the animals, a bounce house, haunted train ride and safe trick-or-treating.

Admission: Free for members, included with regular Zoo admission..

When: 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October beginning October 14.

Conner Prairie

Visit The Apple Store at Conner Prairie and stop in for cider slushies, caramel dipped apples, donuts, pies and other tasty fall treats. The ladies of the Conner Prairie Alliance, who run the Apple Store, dipped 19,374 caramel apples last season. The goal this year: 20,000 apples.

Admission: $14 adults, $13 seniors 65+, $9 youth age 2-12. Free for members and youth under age 2.

When: Open until October 30. Tuesdays through Sundays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Stonycreek Farm

Scour the acres at Stonycreek Farm in Noblesville to find a gorgeous gorge. When you're done in the pumpkin patch, hang around to enjoy the pony and zip-line rides, giant jumping pillow and candle making.

Admission: Free. Parking $5, fees for activities

When: Open daily 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. through the month of October.


Kelsay Farms

Let the kiddos explore the 5-acre corn maze, take a ride on the Moo Choo Express, throw a strike at pumpkin bowling and meet the baby calves.

Admission: $8 per person, kids age 1 and under are free. Price includes all farm activities.

When: Open October 1 to 30; Fridays 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturdays Noon to 10 p.m.; Sundays Noon to 6 p.m.

Traders Point Creamery

The 5th annual Oktoberfest is back at Traders Point Creamery. Enjoy hayrides, bonfires, cow milking demonstrations and pick up some organic dishes and specialty beers and wines.

Admission: Free

When: October 8, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.


The Country Market

Just five miles north of Zionsville is The Country Market where you'll find the annual Pumpkinfest. Spend hours decorating pumpkins, listening to live music or even taking a ride down the new 90-foot slide.

Admission: $9 for adults, $8 for kids age 3-12, kids age 2 and under are free.

When: All weekends in October: Saturdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sundays Noon to 6 p.m.

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