Indianapolis Moms Guide to October

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October Events in IndianapolisFALL is here and OCTOBER has arrived. Here is our round up of some of the fun activities and events happening this month in Indianapolis and the surrounding areas! 

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Events Around Our City

Check out some of our other guides for specific fun around the city!.

Apple Orchard Guide & Info

Pumpkin Patch Guide & Info

Birthday Party Guide & More


Indianapolis Moms Event – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

Sundaes with Santa – November 30th 10:00am – 12:00 pm at Plum Creek Golf Club in Carmel

Join us for a morning with Santa! Attendees will enjoy ice cream from Hudsonville Ice Cream, activities and games from local businesses and shopping from vendors. Each family will have a private photo opportunity with Santa with our professional photographer along with the chance to take their own pictures too! Tickets will go on sale soon – stay tuned for more details!


October 3rd

The Children’s Museum: First Thursday Discount Evening: 4-8pm

On First Thursday Nights, you can pay $5 per person to visit either the museum or the Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience. For $7, you can buy a ticket to both! This is only between the hours of 4 and 8 p.m.

Tickets for First Thursday at the Children’s Museum


October 3rd-October 27th

Indianapolis Zoo presents ZooBoo- Activities run THURSDAY-SUNDAY. Open until 9PM FRIDAY-SATURDAY.Is regular October too humdrum, but haunted houses to creepy-crawly? Come to the Zoo for super-duper Halloween activities, amazing animals and pumpkins galore! ZooBoo is always a fun family experience for itty-bitty ghouls and goblins, as well as the bigger kids. October weather means active animals, colorful foliage and a new season to explore. Combine that with engaging activities, spooktacular costumes and trick-or-treating — plus new, extended hours and the chance to boogie-woogie to a live DJ — and you’ve got an unforgettable family tradition. Woo-hoo!

Pumpkin Town: The Bicentennial Pavilion is home to a whimsical village with adorable cats and fancy rats, a friendly witch and a crafty pumpkin school where fun is in session! Thrills and fun are hiding around every corner inside the Candy Corn Factory Mirror Maze. Guests can also visit not-so-scary creatures in Jack’s Barn presented by State Farm or the cats being fostered in Bewitching Bites by our friendly witch. Through the Zoo’s partnership with the Humane Society of Indianapolis, guests can learn about adopting these adorable animals after Halloween. And, don’t forget to explore the friendly witch’s carnivorous plant, hat and magic wand collections! Little witches and goblins can make a craft at the Pumpkin School. Plus, the dance party is always going with Halloween hits from Patch Radio and the fall favorite, Pumpkin Bowling!

More ZooBoo Fun

  • Broomstick Alley — now located near the Westside Café presented by Red Gold, test your broomstick skills in our obstacle course!
  • Round-Go-Merry — the carousel that moves in reverse
  • Spooktacular Train Ride — Enjoy a ride for a special view of the Zoo behind the scenes. Plus you’ll get a Halloween treat!

Click here for more information. 


October 5th at 1pm

500 Festival mini-mini Kids Run: Indianapolis Motor Speedway- Indianapolis, IN

The 500 Festival mini-mini is the only kids run to take place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The mini-mini is a timed fun run designed specifically for kids and provides Indiana’s youth with an experience similar to the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon. The 500 Festival mini-mini provides a fun, accessible activity for kids to learn the basics of running.
 
Kids participating in the mini-mini will experience the larger-than-life fun of a 500 Festival running event – complete with course entertainment, cheering sections, and the coveted mini-mini medal. The mini-mini features four different race distances, ranging from half a mile to 2 miles, allowing participants ages 5-12 to select the race that best meets their age and ability. All races will finish at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s famed Yard of Bricks.
 
All mini-mini participants attend packet pickup, hosted at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s Pagoda Plaza, before their race. Kids will receive a goodie bag, a runner’s bib with a timing device, and a participant shirt. At the conclusion of their race, participants receive a finisher’s medal and the opportunity to go through runner’s services after finishing their race.
 
Participants and spectators can enjoy the mini-mini’s Celebration Zone before and after their race. The Celebration Zone will feature fun, interactive activities for children of all ages and a wide range of exhibitors who believe in the importance of a healthy lifestyle for Indiana’s youth.

October 5th & 16th

Indy Eleven: Lucas Oil Stadium: 7pm

Support our hometown Indy Eleven team as they take on some tough competitors this month. Click the link for more game information and to purchase tickets. 

www.indyeleven.com


October: All Month Long

PUMPKIN TIME at Tuttle Orchard: Tuttle Orchard- 9am-7pm

Orchard ACTIVITIES:

  • Visit the Farm Store for Apples, Cider, and more.  Check out all the fall items in the Farm Store.
  • Pick your own Apples in the orchard to take home.  Varieties coming soon.
  • Tractor Town Adventure Farm Area Open:  $5/child or see info below about Saturday combo pass.
  • Watch the Bees:  See the honey bees hard at work making honey.
  • Take a hayride: Hop on the hayride and hear about the farm.  9:30AM-6:30PM  $5/person or see info below about Saturday Combo Pass.  Hayrides may close if raining.
  • Enjoy the Agrimaze, Corn Maze.  $5/person or see combo pass info below.

TREATS TO EAT:

  • Tuttle’s Cafe and Sweet Shop:  Caramel apples, apple donuts, apple cider slushies, fudge, and more.
  • Tuttle’s Grill: Will be open from 10:30AM-6PM offering hot dogs, bratwurst, pulled pork sandwiches, roasted corn on the cob, and more.  Enjoy fresh grilled meats from Indiana farms.  Menu here.
  • Covered seating is available in our greenhouse areas along with lots of outdoor seating.

Cost:  There is no admission charge for the orchard.  There is a separate charge for some activities and food items.  Click on above links for more information about specific activities.   Saturday Combo pass is available for $10 (includes Agrimaze, Tractor Town, and Hayride).

No pets are permitted due to food safety regulations.


Urban Chalkboard: Carmel, Indiana– 5-7pm

Looking for some inexpensive family fun? Head to the Urban Chalkboard for $5.00 family night. Enjoy pizza and fun activities on this discounted evening. 

Urban Chalkboard Information


October (Dates vary based on YMCA location)

YMCA (All Locations- Dates Vary): PARENTS Night Out- 5-10pm

Head to your local YMCA for their KIDS NIGHT OUT EVENT. Parents, this event is perfect to allow yourself a night out on the town and the kids will be having fun too! Program activities include swimming, gym play, arts and crafts, and kid friendly movies. Dinner and snacks provided. Prices and details vary with each YMCA. Call your local YMCA for more details and date information.

YMCA Information


October 1st-27th

PINEY ACRES FARM AND SCREAM PARK: A fall visit to Piney Acres Farm in rural Hancock County is full of interactive hands-ons fun for the entire family! The 73 acre farm is full of wide open space where families can connect and enjoy relaxed farm fun activities, both educational and entertaining, such as picking a pumpkin from our patch, hayrides, corn mazes, visiting with barnyard friends and autumn treats in our farm store.  

For full hours, events and ticket info, visit: https://pineyacresfarm.com/fall/ 

  • Indiana Pumpkin Picking
  • Gourds & Indian Corn
  • Hayrides
  • Indiana Corn Maze
  • Barnyard Animal Encounters
  • NEW Barnyard Tumbler Attraction
  • NEW Duck Races
  • NEW Apple Cannon
  • Farm Store with Fall Decor Items
  • Upgraded Menu Items in Our Snack Bar
  • Expanded Kids Zone Featuring: Swings, Slides, Spider Climbing Net, Rock Wall Climbs, Suspension Bridge, Fire Man Poles, Cow Barrel Train, Rope Maze, Jump Pad, Mega Slide, Hay Mountain, Giant Rocking Chair, Climbing Tires, 4 Tier Sandbox, Pedal Carts, Zombie Shoot Game, Pumpkin Bowling, Barnyard Animals, Corn Hole, Horse Shoes, Fishing Game, Gem Mining and 1 Acre Kid’s Corn Maze.

October 1st thru October 27th

Hogan Farms Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze- Brownsburg, Indiana 

Hogan Farms Pumpkin patch & Corn Maze in Brownsburg, IN gives community members a place to come together and celebrate the fall with a hayride, corn maze, U-pick pumpkin patch, and a Petting Zoo. (Tuesday thru Thursday 2pm-6pm & Friday thru Sunday 10am – 6pm)

Visit their website for more info: http://brownsburgcornmaze.com/


October 1st-October 27th

Harvest Festival: Stuckey Farms- Sheridan Indiana

The Stuckey Harvest Festival runs each Saturday and Sunday from September 14th through October 27th. Each weekend we have a special theme. Come one weekend or come all weekends.

Admission is just $12.50 per person (under 2 free) for all day which includes free parking, unlimited wagon rides throughout the farm, an 8 acre corn maze, Adventure Acres, which has a 60-foot slide, pedal cars, a barrel train, kid’s size games and maze, and much more. Back by popular demand and included with this year’s admission is access to our Pig Races! You have to see it to believe it! The kids and probably the kids’ at heart will also love our Apple Cannons. Shoot them at our fun and loud targets. $5.00 gets you 10 shots.


October 10-12, 17-20, 24-27

Headless Horseman at Conner Prairie- The annual fall festival at Conner Prairie is full of activities, shows and spooktacular family fun. Take an adventure on the haunted hayride where you’ll get chased down by the Headless Horseman!

Ticket Prices & Information

Gates are open from 6-9 p.m.
Activities and hayrides may run until 10 p.m. or later.

PRESALE ADVANCE TICKETS, September 3-October 9*

  • Basic Thursday or Sunday Ticket: $13 / ALL MEMBERS GET IN FREE
    (No ticket required for all members)
  • Premium Friday or Saturday Ticket: $17 / PLUS-LEVEL & ABOVE MEMBERS GET IN FREE
    (No ticket required for plus-level and above members)

Activities

  • Haunted Hayride
  • Barrel-Train Ride for little ones
  • Challenging Halloween Midway Games
  • Hilarious New Shows
  • Bounce Houses
  • Graveyard Mini Golf
  • Giant Pumpkin Plinko
  • Pumpkin Bowling
  • Headless Horseman Marionette Show
  • The Amazing Magic Show
  • Spooky Storytelling
  • The Fortune-Telling Powers of the Mystic
  • White River Monster – Maker Space
  • Shows from Conner Scairie’s fun-loving ghouls
  • 12-acre Corn Maze – featuring short, long, and spooky haunted mazes

October 5-27th

Russell Farms Pumpkin Patch Fall Festival: Noblesville, Indiana

Head to Russell Farms for some fun October shenanigans. Admission charge ON WEEKENDS: $12 each, ages 3-20 | $10 each, ages 21 and older. Kids Two Years and Younger: Free
Veterans and Active Military Members: Free with Proper ID

Admission includes ALL UNLIMITED activities!

  • Hayrides to the pumpkin patch
  • Large 10 acre scavenger hunt corn maze
  • Small 5 acre scavenger hunt corn maze (with prize)
  • Petting zoo
  • 18 Hole Miniature golf
  • Two Human Hamster Wheels
  • Rope Maze
  • Bridge Fun
  • High Striker Challenges
  • Huge Jumping Pillow
  • Toddler Bounce House
  • Basketball Shoot
  • Barn Bounce House
  • Mount Russell Slide (44″ height requirement)
  • Tumbleweed Ride (44″ height requirement)
  • Whizzer Ride (44″ height requirement)
  • Duck Race
  • Train Ride
  • Pedal Tractors
  • Pedal carts for small children, teenagers, AND adults
  • Giant play area for kids and adults
  • Lasso a bull
  • Old Fashion Checkers and Tic Tac Toe Game
  • Merry-go-round
  • Huge Playground Areas
  • Two Country Stores to shop
  • Concession Area to purchase food
  • Lots of other great games and activities at a safe country farm atmosphere with many beautiful picture opportunities!

Extra charge for:

  • Pumpkins (average carving pumpkins range $5-$10)
Sunday October 6 10am-6pm  
Saturday October 12 10am-6pm  
Sunday October 13 10am-6pm  
Friday October 18 2-6pm Special Fall Break Bonus Day!
Saturday October 19 10am-6pm  
Sunday October 20 10am-6pm  
Saturday October 26 10am-6pm  
Sunday October 27 10am-6pm  

October 19-26th

Irvington Halloween Festival: Irvington/Indianapolis, IN (Just 5 miles from Downton Indianapolis)

For 73 years, the Historic Irvington Halloween Festival has brought together thousands of residents, dozens of neighborhood organizations, and countless Eastside businesses in a fun-filled celebration of our heritage and community. The festival and its associated events are designed to bring awareness to the community, to bring commerce to local business and sponsors, and to provide fun for the children of Irvington and Indianapolis. The celebration now encompasses a week of events including a 5 mile run, a scholarship pageant, musicians, contests, Halloween-themed movies, storytelling, ghost tours, live theater, masquerade ball, a haunted puppet show and dozens of other events.

Click here for more information and to see a schedule of events. 


October 23rd at 4:30pm

Indianapolis Colts Kids Club Halloween Party: The Indianapolis Colts will welcome kids and families back to the annual Kids Horseshoe Halloween Party at Lucas Oil Stadium on Wednesday October 23rd from 4:30-8pm. The event will be open to all kids and their families, not just Colts Kids Club members. Tickets are FREE and you can grab them HERE. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

What to Expect

The Kids Halloween Party will feature discounted concessions, locker room tours, a family Halloween Photo opportunity and aa costume contest and parade. Guest can also enjoy the inflatables, various games, the Play60 Zone, music, face painting and much more!

Guests are encouraged to dress in their best costumes for a night filled with trick-or-treating, games and spooky fun!  Plus the first 1,000 kids to enter Lucas Oil Stadium will receive a free Horseshoe cape!

Event Schedule 

  • 4:30 p.m. – Party begins
  • 6:157:15 p.m. — Autographs with Colts Cheerleaders
  • 6:307:30 p.m. — Autographs with Colts players
  • 7:15 p.m. – Performance by Colts Cheerleaders & Junior Cheerleaders
  • 7:30 p.m. – Costume Parade
  • 7:40 p.m. – Costume Contest winner announced 
  • 8 p.m. – Party ends

October 26th

Movies at the Museum: Hocus Pocus: Indiana State Museum

Put on your PJs, grab a blanket, sleeping bag or lawn chair and join us for some movie magic with a classic Halloween favorite in our Great Hall. Refreshments will be available for purchase at IMAX. 7 p.m.–9:30 p.m. $3/members, $5/non-members


October 27th

Family Creek Stomp: Holliday Park

Holliday Park has ponds and creeks teeming with wildlife. Participants have loads of fun getting wet and muddy exploring the creatures that live in these wet places. A naturalist helps identify what you find! Wear old shoes and clothes that can get dirty. Nets and collecting tubs provided.
Sunday, Oct. 27

2-3pm

$5/person, pre-registration required. Click HERE for more info. 


Of course keep your eye out for local Trick-or-Treat times and festivities based on your city or town. 

 

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