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It’s almost time for all things spooky, haunted and Halloween! At the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, we have spooktacular events for every interest and scare level. Start planning your fall adventure and learn more about our events across the state by clicking a region below.


Indianapolis • Nashville • Fountain City

children posing for picture in costumes

Night at the Boo Bash 

Oct. 13, 6 to 8 p.m.
Indiana State Museum
$12/person, 25% discount for members, $7/scout, $5/Access Pass member 

Fred the Mastodon and his friends are hosting their annual Halloween party at the museum and you’re invited! Bring your family and friends and dress in your most creative costume for a chance to win a grand prize. Gear up for a spooktacular night of dancing, candy and fun activities for all ages. 


Twilight Tales

Strange Encounters (All ages)
Oct. 18, 20, 25, 31, 7 to 8 p.m.
$20/person, 25% discount for members
Join us for a night of fun, mystery and intrigue. Experience the museum in dim lighting – using only a flashlight to guide your way! Discover otherworldly creatures and strange objects hidden within the darkness. Search the nooks and crannies of the gallery spaces for creatures from beyond!


Beyond the Grave (Ages 18+)
Oct. 18, 20, 25, 31, 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.
$20/person, 25% discount for members
Experience the museum by flashlight as you discover our creepiest and oddest artifacts! As you wander through the galleries, your guide will share the intriguing folklore, myths and stories of objects from beyond the grave.

ghost stories under the october sky tc steele

Ghost Stories Under the October Sky 

Oct. 20, 7 to 9 p.m.
T.C. Steele State Historic Site
$10/adult, $5/youth, free for members  

Spend your Friday night on a blanket under the stars at T.C. Steele, enjoying famous and local ghost stories from the Bloomington Storytellers Guild at this annual, spooky event beside the Steele family cemetery. Don’t forget to bring a picnic blanket, snacks, flashlight and your favorite sweatshirt. Recommended for ages 8+. 


Toddler Time: Falling Leaves 

Oct. 21, 9 to 10 a.m., Oct. 25 and 26, 10 to 11 a.m.
Indiana State Museum
$12/child, 25% discount for members

Get ready for fall by investigating the changing weather through sensory play, hands-on experiments, and an engaging story time. Recommended for little ones 18 – 36 months old. Each child must be accompanied by an adult.

Early Childhood Firefly Landing


Geneva • Rome City


Oct. 14, 4 to 7 p.m.
Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site
$5/person, 25% discount for members 

All treats, no tricks! Learn about owls, radioactivity and animals who love the dark. Children are encouraged to attend in costume and enjoy treats at various stops along the way. Be sure to dress for the weather and bring a flashlight to help guide you as the sun sets. This is a rain or shine event. 


Devil in the White City  

Oct. 27, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Limberlost State Historic Site
$5/adult, $4/senior, $3/youth (ages 3-17), 25% discount for members 

How does the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair connect to Gene Stratton-Porter? We’ll dive into the story of the “White City” of the Fair, its grand architecture and promise of a better tomorrow, juxtaposed against the grit and grime of Chicago, culminating with “America’s first serial killer” H.H. Holmes and his Murder Castle. Join us in person or virtually for this event to find out where Gene fits into this story. 

black and white image of Gene Stratton-Porter's home at Limberlost State Historic Site


New Albany • Corydon • Madison

Creature outside Culbertson Mansion

Literally, A Haunted House 

Sept. 29, 30, Oct. 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28, 7 to 11 p.m.
Culbertson Mansion State Historic Site

We’re back!! Come have the daylights scared out of you at this annual haunted house, presented by the Friends of the Culbertson Mansion. Children cannot be carried through the haunted house. 

Purchase your tickets at the door.

Haunted Histories

Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, 6 to 8 p.m.
Lanier Mansion State Historic Site
$16/adult, $14/senior, $12/youth, 25% discount for members
Delve into the history of hauntings and join the Lanier Mansion staff on a walking tour exploring local folklore and macabre history of Madison, Indiana! Recommended for ages 12+. 

These events are sold out.

Lanier Mansion

Haunted Storytime 

Oct. 20, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Corydon Capitol State Historic Site
$5/youth, 25% discount for members 

Join us in the parlor of the Governor’s Headquarters as we read spooky stories and ghoulish tales! Recommended for ages 6 to 12. 


A Reading of Poe in the Parlor

Oct. 21, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and 7 to 8 p.m.
Lanier Mansion State Historic Site
$10/person, 25% discount for members 

Gather in the Lanier Mansion parlor to delve into 19th-century gothic horror literature. Step back in time as one of Madison’s most beloved storytellers, Bob Hartsaw, reads Edgar Allen Poe’s Cask of Amontillado and Masque of the Red Death. Recommended for ages 16+. 

These events are sold out.


Real Haunted Happenings: Dark Corners of Corydon 

Oct. 27, 28, 8 p.m., 9:30 p.m.
Corydon Capitol State Historic Site
$15/person, 25% discount for members 

Discover Corydon after dark on this lantern-guided tour of the spooky and grim locations in the town. Hear stories and legends of historic events that may explain why there are spirits who roam the streets of Corydon when the sun goes down. Recommended for ages 13+. 



Evansville • New Harmony • Vincennes

carnival of souls

Frightening Feature Night 

Oct. 7, 7 to 10 p.m.
Vincennes State Historic Site
$10/person, 25% discount for members 

Come dressed in costume and take part in the costume contest before enjoying the classic spooky movie, “Carnival of Souls!” Program takes place at the Fortnightly Building, 421 North 6th Street, Vincennes, IN. Recommended for ages 12+. 

Downtown Ghost Story Walk

Oct. 13, 7 to 8 p.m. (sold out), 8 to 9 p.m., 9 to 10 p.m.
Vincennes State Historic Site
$15/person, 25% discount for members 

Prepared to be spooked! Embark on an evening walk around downtown Vincennes as you hear local ghost stories and other scary tales. Keep your eyes wide open – you might find some spooky characters along the way! Program starts and ends at the Old State Bank, 114 North 2nd Street, Vincennes. 

people gathering around downtown vincennes at night time

Halloween Fair 

Oct. 21, 6 to 8 p.m.
Vincennes State Historic Site
$5/youth (ages 3-17), 25% discount for members 

Join us for this family friendly Halloween Fair! Play Halloween-themed games, listen to slightly spooky stories, and take a haunted walk around the grounds to collect sweet treats. Participate in yard games, crafts and science activities, and bust a move to Halloween-themed tunes at the kids dance club. Program takes place at 1 West Harrison St., Vincennes. 


Thrall’s Murder Mystery Party 

Oct. 27, 6 to 7:30 p.m. CDT
New Harmony State Historic Site
$10/person, 25% discount for members 

Back by popular demand – the spooky murder mystery party at Thrall’s Opera House! This year’s story is set in the wild west, and each attendee will receive a unique character to portray. Light refreshments will be provided. Recommended for ages 12+. 

Yesterday in Mitchido, Richard Woods – a wealthy landowner – was shot down in cold blood whilst he was riding to town. He leaves behind his wife Katherine and daughter Annabel. There is a gathering of his family and the townsfolk to discuss what should be done. The people at the meeting look uneasy. They are not sure who will be arrested as the murderer, and they are afraid that the gunslingers that are present might take the law into their own hands if they don’t like the verdict. 

Can you solve the crime? Players also have the chance to win prizes for best costume, so get your best western gear on and come on out! 

This event is sold out.

Thrall's Opera House at New Harmony State Historic Site