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13 haunted happenings from the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites

It’s September, and that means soon the leaves will start changing, the temperature will start dropping, and it’ll be time for all things spooky, haunted and Halloween. 

Looking to plan some spooktacular fun? The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites has 13 events around the state sure to fit every family’s taste (and scare level).

Tickets and details for each event can be found by clicking the event title. 
 
1. Quirky Queries: Ghost Hunting 101 – Indiana State Museum (Indianapolis) 
What: Join the Friday Night Paranormal ghost hunting group to hear ghost hunting tales, learn about paranormal equipment and discover stories about hauntings at the historic sites. 
When: 6-9 p.m., Sept. 10 
Price: $10/members, $15/non-members

2. Ghost Walks – Lanier Mansion (Madison) 
What: Enjoy a nighttime, behind-the-scenes tour of the mansion and hear spooky stories related to the house and its former inhabitants. Not recommended for those younger than age 10.
When: 7:30-8:30 p.m. & 9:30-11 p.m., Sept. 14, 21 & 28, Oct. 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 & 26
Price: $10/adult members (ages 18+), $2/youth members (ages 10-17); $15/adult non-members, $7/youth non-members

3. Literally, A Haunted House – Culbertson Mansion (New Albany) 
What: Experience thrills and chills in Southern Indiana’s longest-running haunted attraction, at the Culbertson Mansion’s Carriage House. 
When: Opens at 7 p.m., Sept. 27 & 28, Fridays and Saturdays in October
Price: $15/person

4. Family Fright Night – Indiana State Museum (Indianapolis) 
What: Dress in your Halloween best for a night of family-friendly spooky fun, mad science experiments, monsters, mazes, a costume contest and more. 
When: 6-9 p.m., Oct. 11
Price: $5/members, $10/non-members, $7/Girl Scouts with ID, free for children younger than age 3

5. Owl-oween – Gene Stratton-Porter (Rome City)
What: Learn about owls, bats, raccoons, snakes and other creatures of the night, and enjoy tricks and treats along the way. 
When: 5:30-8:30 p.m., Oct. 11 & 12
Price: $4/members, $5/non-members, free for children younger than age 3

6. High Spirits – T.C. Steele (Nashville) 
What: Enjoy an evening of magic, hors d’oeuvres and cocktails with Richard Darshwood as he puts on a show of mystery and intrigue that must be seen to be believed!
When: 5-7 p.m., Oct. 12
Price: $25/members, $30/non-members

7. Spooky Halloween Cruises – Whitewater Canal (Metamora)
What: Experience a spooky evening boat ride when the Ben Franklin III Canal Boat will be hauntingly decorated, and a professional storyteller tells family-friendly spooky stories.
When: 7:30, 8 and 8:30 p.m., Oct. 12 & 19
Price: $4/members, $5/non-members

8. Ghost Stories Under the October Sky – T.C. Steele (Nashville)
What: Bring a picnic supper and blanket and bundle up for an evening of spooky storytelling by the cemetery at T.C. Steele State Historic Site. Famous and local ghost stories will be told, and popcorn will be served. 
When: 7-9 p.m., Oct. 18
Price: Free for members; $10/adult non-members, $8/senior non-members, $5/youth non-members (ages 3-17)

9. Fort Fright – Vincennes (Vincennes) 
What: Have a spooky good time exploring Fort Knox II during “no-scare hours” when little ones can enjoy the fun of games, activities, a hayride and more. During “haunted hours,” families can test their courage by visiting spooky stations located across the site and taking a haunted hayride. 
When: 6:00-7:30 p.m. (no-scare hours) & 7:30-10 p.m. (haunted hours), Oct. 18, 19, 25 & 26
Price: $6/adult members (ages 13+), $3/youth members (ages 12 and younger); $8/adult non-members, $5/youth non-members

10. Halloween Hullaballoo – Angel Mounds (Evansville) 
What: A family-friendly Halloween festival complete with a corn maze, hayride and trick-or-treating. Costumes are encouraged, but not required. 
When: 6-9 p.m., Oct. 19 & 26
Price: $5/person

11. Real Haunted Happenings – Corydon Capitol (Corydon)
What: Take a lantern-guided tour of spooky locations throughout historic downtown Corydon and hear stories of the unexplained. 
When: 8-9:20 p.m. & 9:30-11 p.m., Oct. 26
Price: $13/members, $15/non-members

12. Movies at the Museum: Hocus Pocus – Indiana State Museum (Indianapolis)
What: 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. 
When: 7-9:30 p.m., Oct. 26 
Price: $3/members, $5/non-members

13. Triple Treat – New Harmony (New Harmony)
What: Walk the moonlit streets of New Harmony and join in discussions about the history and hauntings in town, then use professional paranormal equipment to see who might decide to communicate.
When: 7-9 p.m., Oct. 26
Price: $40/person

Posted by Renee Bruck at 6:00 AM