October is obviously the month for fun costumes, haunted houses and everything scary. See what Downtown’s best venues are offering for all ages.

The Indianapolis Zoo’s hosts the ever-popular ZooBoo presented by Central Indiana Honda Dealers Thursdays – Sundays, Oct. 3 – 27. Pumpkin Town is a whimsical village with adorable cats and fancy rats, a friendly witch and a crafty pumpkin school. Enjoy Candy Corn Factory Mirror Maze and visit not-so-scary creatures in Jack’s Barn. Also check out Broomstick Alley obstacle course, the carousel moving in reverse and a spooktacular train ride.

Head to the free Dia de Muertos Community Art & Altar Exhibit at the Eiteljorg Museum Oct. 10 – Nov. 2. Peruse elaborate altars designed by local artists and organizations to honor the lives of those who have passed. See artwork celebrating Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) created by local artist Carlos Sosa and add a personal note to the community altar. Additionally, the free Day of the Dead Community Celebration is Saturday, Oct. 26, complete with musical and dance performances, art, a Mercado and more.

The Children’s Museum Guild will feature its Haunted House: Hotel of Spells featuring a SPELLevator, creepy creatures in the hallways and other spooky sightings Oct. 11 – 31. Also at The Children’s Museum, don’t miss Track and Treat at the Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience Oct. 12. Families are invited to trick-or-treat from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. The event includes relay races, sports challenges for prizes, food stations and a ticket to the Haunted House. Finally, the Sports Spooktacular is designed for tweens and includes dinner/dessert, Haunted House access, DJ, sports challenges and more Oct. 19.

Head to the Indiana State Museum for Family Fright Night Oct. 11 from 6 – 9 p.m. Dress in your Halloween best for a night of family-friendly spooky fun, mad science experiments, monsters, mazes, a costume contest and more. Come back Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. for Movies at the Museum: Hocus Pocus. Grab a blanket or lawn chair for this Halloween classic in the Great Hall.

Bring your Colts fans to the Colts Kids Horseshoe Halloween Party Wednesday, Oct. 23 from 4:30 – 8 p.m. The party will feature locker room tours, a family Halloween Photo opportunity, a costume contest and parade, inflatables, games, the Play60 Zone, music and candy, face painting and more. Dress in your best costumes for trick-or-treating, games and spooky fun. 

Kids can don their best costumes and hit Mass Ave Oct. 27 for Monster Mash: Trick-or-Treat from 4 – 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome to  Monument Circle Thursday, Oct. 31 from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. for IMPD’s Trick or Treat.

Next up are the parties for the adults. Find plenty of choices for a spooktacular night out on the town – Downtown.

Vintage Movie Night: Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man will take place at 8 p.m. Oct. 12 at Garfield Park.

Head to the Indianapolis Zoo Oct. 24 from 7:30 – 10 p.m. for Zoolala, where attendees can sample a wide selection of craft brews, compete in a costume contest, dance and unwind with spooktacular Halloween activities. 

The Indiana Landmarks will host Not-So Silent Halloween, an event filled with scary movies, scary music, scary lighting, a costume contest with cash prizes and adult beverages in the Grand Hall at Indiana Landmarks Center, a restored and repurposed nineteenth-century church, from 7 – 10 p.m. Oct. 25.

Support Phoenix Theatre Oct. 26 6-9 p.m. at Boo HaHa…Beer, Bourbon & Bar-B-Q complete with craft beer samples, bourbon shots, infused cocktails, Bar-B-Q and a hog roast. Dress your best for a chance to win the costume contest and listen to great music while enjoying the fare.

Level up your Halloween celebration this year at Punch Bowl Social’s Halloween Party! With no covers, costume contests, hauntingly good Halloween punch, and themes like Circus, Zombie Disney and Video Games, Punch Bowl’s Halloween bash is not to be missed. So grab the crew, put on your best costumes and get weird with Punch Bowl on Saturday, October 26th from 9 p.m.-2 a.m.

If you’re looking for something unique, head to see Psycho in concert at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. One of the greatest suspense thrillers of all time, this cinematic masterpiece comes alive with Bernard Herrmann’s spine-tingling score performed live Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m.

Check out Science Fiction Double Feature: The Improvised Rockin’ Horror Show at 10 p.m. every Friday in October at CSz Indianapolis. This completely improvised rock musical comedy pays tribute to the classic B-movies of the 1930s – 60s. Costumes welcome (expected, really).

Hit the town in your spookiest attire and enjoy these frighteningly fun events! 

Jennifer Hanson

Jennifer Hanson

Senior Director of Communications, Downtown Indy, Inc.