Temperatures are dropping, leaves are beginning to show off fall colors and it’s time for all things spooky, haunted and Halloween! At the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, we have spooktacular events for every taste and scare level – all socially distanced, of course. Start planning your fall adventure and learn more about our events across the state by clicking a region below.

Central Region

Indianapolis • Nashville

Quirky Queries: Sights and Sounds from the Paranormal

Indiana State Museum
650 W Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204

September 17, 8 – 9 p.m.

Listen and maybe even catch a glimpse of things that go bump in the night! Join Friday Night Paranormal – a paranormal investigation team – as members share their stories and their audio and video footage from investigations at our historic sites. This program is recommended for ages 18+. Registration is required by 12 p.m. the day of the event.

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Family Fright Night

Indiana State Museum
650 W Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204

October 8, 6 – 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!

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Twilight Tales

Indiana State Museum
650 W Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204

October 20, 21, 27 and 28, 7 – 8 p.m. and 8:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Venture through our dark museum 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.

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Toddler Time: A Not-So-Spooky Exploration

Indiana State Museum
650 W Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204

October 28, 10 – 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.

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High Spirits

T.C. Steele State Historic Site
4220 T C Steele Rd., Nashville, IN 47448

October 8, Family Show: 4 – 5 p.m., Adult Show: 5:30 – 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.

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Ghost Stories Under the October Sky

T.C. Steele State Historic Site
4220 T C Steele Rd., Nashville, IN 47448

October 15, 7 – 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+.

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NORTH REGION

Geneva • Rome City

Twilight Adventure

Limberlost State Historic Site
202 E Sixth St, Geneva, IN 46740

September 18, 7 – 9 p.m.

Explore the Loblolly Marsh after the sun goes down. Take a twilight hike and learn all about animals during a presentation at the Loblolly Pavilion featuring skulls, furs and nests. Then, roast marshmallows around a campfire to end your adventure. This program is supported by Adams County Community Foundation.

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Owl-oween

Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site
1205 Pleasant Point, Rome City, IN 46784

October 16, 5 – 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.

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SOUTHEAST REGION

New Albany • Corydon

Literally, a Haunted House

Culbertson Mansion State Historic Site
914 E Main St., New Albany, IN 47150

Sept. 24 and 25, Oct. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30; 7 – 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.

Call Culbertson Mansion State Historic Site at 812.944.9600 to reserve your tickets. 

Haunted Storytime

Corydon Capitol State Historic Site
202 E Walnut St., Corydon, IN 47112

October 29, 6:30 – 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.

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Real Haunted Happenings: Dark Corners of Corydon

Corydon Capitol State Historic Site
202 E Walnut St., Corydon, IN 47112

October 30, tours offered at 8 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.

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Real Haunted Happenings: Overnight Paranormal Investigation

Corydon Capitol State Historic Site
202 E Walnut St., Corydon, IN 47112

October 30-31, 11 p.m. – 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.

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SOUTHWEST REGION

Evansville • Vincennes

Halloween Hullaballoo

Angel Mounds State Historic Site
8215 Pollack Ave., Evansville, IN 47715

October 16 and 23, 6 – 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!

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DOWNTOWN VINCENNES GHOST WALK

Vincennes State Historic Site
1 W Harrison St., Vincennes, IN 47591

October 15, 7 – 10 p.m.

Things are about to get a little spooky! 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+.

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Ghost Hunt at Fort Knox II

Vincennes State Historic Site
1 W Harrison St., Vincennes, IN 47591

October 16, 7 – 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. This program takes place at Fort Knox II, 3090 N. Old Fort Knox Road, Vincennes.

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A SPOOK-A-LICIOUS EXTRAVAGANZA

Vincennes State Historic Site
1 W Harrison St., Vincennes, IN 47591

October 23, 6 – 8 p.m.

Get your ghoul on during 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. This event takes place near the Visitor Center, 1 W. Harrison St., Vincennes.

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