Indiana State Museum readies Halloween events and becomes ‘spooky state’

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Culbertson Mansion, photo curtesy of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites.

Throughout the month of October, the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites will host a variety of events that are equal parts entertaining and educational for all ages. Individuals can find additional information and purchase tickets on their website.

The event schedule will be as follows:

Central Indiana

  • High Spirits (October 8; Family Show 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Adult Show from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.) — “Enjoy an evening of mystery and magic as Richard Darshwood presents a show that must be seen to be believed! The family show is appropriate for ages 5 and older, while the adults-only show features an after-hours tour of the House of the Singing Winds, plus cocktails and hors d’oeuvres during the show. Both shows take place in the visitor center.”
  • Family Fright Night (October 8; 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.) — “Dress in your Halloween best for a night of spooky fun! Conduct eerie experiments and visit our mad scientist’s lab for a frightful scientific show. Discover the creepy monsters of Indiana’s past as you wind your way through our chilling galleries by flashlight. Hear spine-tingling tales during story time, and don’t forget to show off your cool costume on the haunted dance floor!”
  • Ghost Stories Under the October Sky (October 15; 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.) — “Join us near the cemetery at T.C. Steele for an evening under the stars as you experience thrills and chills from spooky storytelling by the Bloomington Storytellers Guild. Pack a flashlight, a blanket and a picnic and hear famous and local ghost stories. This program is recommended for ages 8+.”
  • Twilight Tales (October 20-21 and 27-28; 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.) — “Venture through our museum in the dark on this flashlight tour to visit some of the creepiest artifacts in our collection as staff share how these items are connected to supernatural rumors and Indiana folklore. The museum will have flashlights for you to use. Be sure to wear comfortable clothing and shoes for this walking tour. Be aware that the museum can be chilly at night when all the lights are out. Registration required by noon the day of the program.”
  • Toddler Time: A Not-So-Spooky Exploration (October 28; 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.) — “Let’s explore all things Halloween through spooky sensory play, pumpkin art and a not-so-spooky story time! Through play, children will learn skills like problem-solving and social-emotional communication and develop their fine and gross motor skills. This program is for children ages 18 – 36 months.”

Northern Indiana

  • Owl-Oween (October 16, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.) — “Learn about owls, bats, raccoons, snakes and other creatures of the night, plus natural remedies – and even radioactivity – during this annual event. Children are encouraged to attend this Halloween event in costume and enjoy treats at various stops along the way. Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight to guide your way. This is a rain-or-shine event.”

Southeastern Indiana

  • Literally, A Haunted House (October 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23 and 29-30; 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.) — “Scaring visitors since 1985, the Culbertson Mansion’s annual haunted house is full of thrills and chills taking place in the mansion’s Carriage House. After the mansion was auctioned off, the Carriage House fell into disuse, but dark legends abound concerning fires, spiritual activity and even demonic possession. Are you brave enough to enter? Come if you dare! Masks are strongly encouraged during this event.”
  • Haunted Storytime (October 29; 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.) — “Celebrate the spooktacular Halloween season with some age-appropriate spooky stories and ghoulish tales in the candlelit parlor of the Governor’s Headquarters. Registration required by Oct. 28.”
  • Real Haunted Happenings: Dark Corners of Corydon (October 30; tours at 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.) — “Explore spooky and sometimes grim history during a lantern-lit guided tour of historic downtown Corydon. Visit a variety of locations, including the Capitol and the Governor’s Headquarters where guides will share stories of unexplained happenings in the 200-year-old buildings. Registration required by Oct. 29.”
  • Real Haunted Happenings: Overnight Paranormal Investigation (October 30-31; 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.) — “Beware! This overnight paranormal investigation isn’t for the faint of heart! Join Friday Night Paranormal as they lead a public investigation through the Capitol, Governor’s Headquarters and the First State Office Building. Get up-close and learn about the specialized equipment they use during their tours. Registration required by Oct. 27.”

Southwestern Indiana

  • Halloween Hullaballoo (October 16 and 23; 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.) — “Test your bravery while traveling along our haunted trails or attempting to escape the mummy’s curse in The Tomb. For those a little less brave, check out spooky games, create a creepy craft and take a tour of the property on a haunted hayride. Costumes are encouraged, but not required. Don’t forget your trick-or-treat bags for some Halloween goodies!”
  • Downtown Vincennes Ghost Walk (October 15; 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.) — “Explore downtown Vincennes during a guided evening walk and hear local ghost stories and other scary tales at various locations – just in time for Halloween. Registration required by noon on Oct. 15. This program begins at the Old State Bank, 114 N. Second St., Vincennes, and is recommended for ages 15+.”
  • Ghost Hunt at Fort Knox II (October 16; 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.) — “Explore the unexplained during a ghost investigation at Fort Knox II. Join Friday Night Paranormal – a paranormal investigation team – to see what mysterious happenings can be discovered while also learning about the history of the historic fort. This program is recommended for ages 15+. Registration required by Oct. 15.”
  • A Spook-A-Licious Extravaganza (October 23; 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.) — “It’s a Halloween party just for kids! Play some spooktacular games, listen to a few not-so-spooky stories, take a haunted walk around the grounds and bring along your trick-or-treat bags for some sweet treats! This program is recommended for ages 4-11. Registration required by noon on Oct. 23.”

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