Released October 7, 2020

Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site to Hold Owl-oween October 17

ROME CITY, Ind. (Oct. 7, 2020) — Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site invites children of all ages to attend the annual Owl-oween event from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, where visitors can walk the grounds and learn about owls, invasive species, medicinal plants and even radioactivity.

Tickets are available at the door for $4 for members and $5 for non-members, and they include all activities. For directions to the Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site or more information, call (260) 854-3790 or visit The site is located five miles west of Kendallville on U.S. Highway 6 and three miles north on Indiana 9. Follow the signs.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s Owl-oween will feature many presentations and a lot of teaching, but no handing out candy. Children will be sent home with a pre-packaged craft.

This year’s activities include:

  • Soarin’ Hawk. The raptor-rehabilitation organization will showcase winged creatures of the night.
  • Medicinal concoctions. Native plants and their medicinal uses – taught by a witch!
  • INVADERS. All about invasive species.
  • Painting with Poison. Making paintbrushes with sticks and using pokeberry dye to paint.

Children are encouraged to attend in costume. Be sure to dress for the weather and bring a flashlight to help maneuver in the darkness. This is a rain or shine event.

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The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites is a statewide museum system with 12 locations, offering visitors a chance to engage with Indiana’s past and present and see how their actions help shape the future. At each location, visitors are invited to explore big questions and create lasting experiences that will resonate long after each visit ends. Whether interested in art or architecture, history or science, there’s something for everyone and every interest. The Indianapolis museum is located in White River State Park in the heart of downtown Indianapolis. The historic sites are located statewide, stretching from Rome City in northeastern Indiana to Evansville in the southwest.