Spooky Halloween Update 2017

Boo at the Zoo

Boo at the Zoo

It’s a scary, spooky Halloween Update! Do not miss these fun Halloween activities in or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

  1. Exploration Acres
    1. When: October 26-29, Thurs. 6-10pm, Fri. 6pm -11pm, Sat. 10am – 11pm, Sun. Noon – 7pm
    2. Where: Exploration Acres, 6042 Newcastle Road, Lafayette
    3. Details: Once you arrive you can warm-up with a quick run through the straw bale maze, then visit the 18 acre corn maze with over 8 miles of twists and turns (the largest corn maze in northwest Indiana!)! You can test your skill at a pedal car race, fire a three-ear corn cannon salute or just dive into a mound of hay. There is a pumpkin patch, hay rides, and picnic area with fire pits.  Enjoy a gem mine, pony rides, and pumpkin decorating/race.
  2. The Great Pumpkin Patch
    1. Today-October 31, 11-7pm
    2. Where: Congress Street Church, North Parking Lot, 2012 Congress St., Lafayette
    3. Details: Visitors can shop for pumpkins, gourds, fall decorations, bake sale, mums and more.

      Great Pumpkin Patch

      Great Pumpkin Patch

  3. Evil on Erie (Haunted Warehouse)
    1. When: October 26, 27, 28, 7 p.m.-12 p.m.
    2. Where: Haunted Warehouse, 1910 Wilson Street, Lafayette
    3. Details: Haunted Warehouse – be prepared to be scared!
  4. Maverick Monster Mash
    1. When: Thursday, October 26, 6-8pm
    2. Where: McCutcheon High School, 4951 Old 231 South, Lafayette
    3. Details: Indoor Halloween Carnival. Join the MHS teams for games, prizes, candy, and music! Cost: $5/one child, $8/two children, $10/three or more. Don’t forget your costume.
  5. Haunted Adams Mill
    1. When: October 27, and 28, 6-10 p.m.
    2. Where: Adams Mill, County Road S. 75 E., Cutler, IN – See website for directions
    3. Details: Each year around Halloween, the Mill is decorated and becomes a haunted, scary place.  Hundreds of visitors come from near and far to be scared!  Guided tours through the ghostly three floors of the Mill reveal many spine-tingling experiences. Outside, tractor-drawn hayrides take visitors through the haunted forest and then down to the warm campfire. Warm drinks and other treats are available under the overhang at the front of the Mill.
  6. Haunted House and Trick or Treat at St. Mary Healthcare
    1. When: Wednesday, October 25, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
    2. Where: St. Mary Healthcare, 2201 Cason St., Lafayette
    3. Details: For ages 10 and under
  7. Trunk or Treat at Calvary Baptist
    1. When: Wednesday, October 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    2. Where: Calvary Baptist, 310 Kalberer Rd., West Lafayette
    3. Details: Free! Trunk or Treat is a safe, free, and family friendly event for the whole community. Kids (and adults) can wear costumes and trunk or treat going from car to car in the church parking lot getting more candy! All of the Trunk or Treat activities will be outside. Hot dogs and drinks served. They will have indoor activities for children with autism and sensory disorders. Trunk or Treat area with games and pumpkin decorating.  Open from 6 – 7 pm. Please avoid scary or inappropriate costumes – there will be lots of little kids everywhere!
  8. Boo at the Zoo
    1. When: October 25, 26, & 27 (Wed, Thurs, & Fri), 6:30-9 p.m.
    2. Where: Columbian Park Zoo, 1915 Scott St., Lafayette
    3. Details: Boo at the Zoo will be back and better than ever this Halloween! This “hauntingly-friendly” event is perfect for your pre-school and elementary school-aged children. The event features a nightly kids costume contest, fun games, encounters with their Animal Ambassadors, photo keepsake opportunities, and the Enchanted Train Ride. The night of delights also includes live entertainment and the Columbian Park Kiddie Rides.
  9. Mall-O-Ween
    1. When: Thursday, October 26, 6-8 p.m.
    2. Where: Tippecanoe Mall, 2415 Sagamore Pkwy. S., Lafayette
    3. Details: Trick or treating at the Tippecanoe Mall. Line starts at entrance A by JCPenny. Don’t forget to bring your bag, bucket or pillowcase to trick or treat around the mall. Please no full-face mask or painted faces on kids 8 and up. No toy guns or weapons of any kind.
  10. Imagination Station’s Annual Haunted Lab
    1. When: Friday, October 27 5:30-8 p.m. & Saturday, October 28, 10-3 p.m.
    2. Where: Imagination Station, 600 N. 4th Street, Lafayette
    3. Details: Imagination Station will once again be transformed into a spooky, Halloween-themed lab. Kids will get to participate in several lab stations, each with it’s own hands-on experiment. All kids will, of course, also receive a treat bag of goodies! Family Friendly Costumes are encouraged. Perfect for ages 2-13, but all are welcome!
  11. Operation Trick-or-Treat with Friends of Downtown
    1. When: Friday, October 27, 5-7 p.m.
    2. Where: Downtown Lafayette Businesses (11th and Main down to Plaza)
    3. Details: Operation Trick or Treat aims to introduce families to the downtown Lafayette & West Lafayette business community by way of trick or treating at independent businesses. Zombies in training, little ghouls and goblins are encouraged to trick or treat at participating downtown businesses.
  12. BONZ Halloweentown 2017- Year of the Superhero
    1. When: Friday, October 27, 6-9 p.m.
    2. Where: Riehle Plaza | Downtown Lafayette
    3. Details: BONZ Halloweentown – Year of the SUPERHERO & Friends of Downtown Operation Trick or Treat invites all ghouls and spooks to come for a night of family fun. NO cost to participate. Rain or Shine. Treats for every BODY. NO Spirits for the old ghosts but we suggest you hang around on both sides of the bridge and visit any of our community’s fine eateries and pubs. 5:00 – 7:00 PM Merchants on Main Street hand out candy. (Riehle Plaza to 11th Street) 5:00 – 9:00 PM Halloweentown Community Dance with DJ Mr. Wendell and Monster of Ceremonies Lafayette’s own…RICK MUMMEY!! 7:00 PM Costume Contest begins for Mayor’s Choice Award, Best Duo, Most Creative, Best SUPERHERO, Weirdest SUPERHERO 9:00 PM SHARP Grand Finale Community THRILLER Dance on the Plaza

      Halloweentown

      Halloweentown

  13. Frankenhuffin Halloween Bash 2017
    1. When: Saturday, October 28, 9-1 a.m.
    2. Where: Sgt. Preston’s, 6 N. 2nd Street, Lafayette
    3. Details:GCome on out to the third annual FrankenMuffin Halloween Bash at Sgt. Preston’s! Don’t miss out on the costume contest with special prizes TBD distributed at 11:00 pm. Ask about Sgt. Preston’s “Spooky Specials”. In costume or not, enjoy an awesome night of music and fun! Show starts at 9:00 pm, rocks on until around 1:00 am. 21+ venue. Best part: NO COVER!
  14. Wolf Park Pumpkin PartyPortrait of Timber
    1. When: Saturday, October 28, 2 p.m.
    2. Where: Wolf Park, 4004 E. 800 N., Battle Ground
    3. Details: As part of our environmental enrichment program, designed to make their wolves’ lives in captivity the best they can possibly be, Wolf Park celebrates the season of treats by distributing seasonally-themed munchies to their four-footed friends. For the Pumpkin Party, celebrated around Halloween each year, Wolf Park staff and volunteers create jack-o-lanterns filled with tasty, animal-friendly treats for the wolves, coyotes and foxes. Each animal gets his or her own but sometimes they are sure that another one is better than the one given to them, and will “swap” pumpkins with another animal, whether they like it or not! Guests will have the chance to watch the animals figure out how to get the snacks inside, or to try to figure out how to move or pick up a pumpkin that is very round and can roll. Each wolf approaches this environmentally enriched activity with his or her own special flair.
  15. Trunk or Treat at Faith East Community Center
    1. When: Tuesday, October 31, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    2. Where: Faith East Community Center, 5572 Mercy Way, Lafayette
    3. Details: Faith East Community Center is excited to host its annual Trunk or Treat event. All of the fun of trick or treating in one safe, family-friendly environment. With over 50 stops, carnival games and bounce houses, and more candy than you can count – you are guaranteed to have a great time!
  16. Pumpkin Palooza
    Halloween Fun!

    Halloween Fun!

    1. When: Tuesday, October 31, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    2. Where: Connection Point Church, 2541 Cumberland Avenue, West Lafayette
    3. Details: Games, hayride, inflatables, and more! Free event for kids up to age 11
  17. Lafayette Trick-or-Treating
    1. When: Tuesday, October 31, Dusk to 9 p.m.
  18. West Lafayette Trick-or-Treating
    1. When: No mandated date, but usually observed on Halloween.

For more information about these scary, fun events, please visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

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Happy Halloween

img_8570It’s the spooky, frightening day we have all been waiting for! It’s Halloween!  Monday, October 31, 2016, What are you dressing up as this year?  Something scary like a haunted witch?  Or maybe a sports fan in support of the world’s greatest university, Purdue?!

I am really excited because my daughter is 3 and this is the first year she is really excited about Halloween. Last year she went at Minnie Mouse and this year (drum roll please), she is going as Minnie AGAIN!  We love Disney Clubhouse in our household!  We live in West Lafayette and will be hitting the local area for great treats.

Lafayette Trick or Treating is from dusk until 9pm and West Lafayette does not have any set hours, but Halloween is observed on this day.  Have a fun night knocking on doors and getting some fabulous treats!

For more information about all the great events taking place in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

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Be Spooked this Halloween Weekend!

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Exploration Acres

It’s a scary, spooky Halloween Weekend Update! Do not miss this weekend of fun Halloween activites in or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

  • Take a quick run through a straw bale maze, then visit an 18-acre corn maze with over 8 miles of twists and turns (the largest corn maze in northwest Indiana!) at Exploration Acres. The corn maze’s last fall day of fun is October 30.
  • Zombies in training, little ghouls and goblins are encouraged to trick or treat at participating downtown businesses during Operation Trick or Treat on October 29.
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    Pumpkin Patch

    Pumpkins, gourds, fall decorations, bake sale, mums and more! Enjoy the Great Pumpkin Patch at Congress Street Church. Last day to pick out your perfect pumpkin is October 31.

  • Take a hike on the bike trail, starting at the Prairie View Picnic Area at Prophetstown State Park and find the Trail of Scarecrows. Each scarecrow was designed by someone in the community – a business, an organization, a family and more.
  • Each year around Halloween, Adams Mill is decorated and becomes a haunted, scary place.  Hundreds of visitors come from near and far to be scared!  Take a guided tour on October 29 and 31 through the ghostly three floors of the Mill which reveal many spine-tingling experiences.
  • On October 29, howl with the wolves at Wolf Park and watch them enjoy jack-o-lanterns filled with tasty, animal-friendly treats. Buy a pumpkin for your favorite wolf, fox, or coyote during the Wolf Park Pumpkin Party.
  • Celebrate fall and Halloween seasons at the Zombie Stomp Hop n Crawl Halloweentown 2016 on October 29.  All costumes are welcome. The Zombies are waiting to kick off the party at Riehle Plaza so dress up and come STOMP the bridge with them. The grand finale community flash mob will be to THRILLER on the Plaza at 8 pm!
  • Come join the FUN of the 17th Annual Halloween Parade at Lincoln Park on October 30. Everyone is invited to this event. The kids will parade on Lincoln St. from Rose St. to the park.
  • img_8583The official Trick-or-Treating night for Lafayette is Halloween night, October 31 from dusk until 9pm. West Lafayette has no mandated date, but is usually observed on Halloween. 

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

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Halloween Classic, Boo at the Zoo

p1030521Boo! Halloween is almost here and we are frightfully excited for Boo at the Zoo! On October 26-28, this “hauntingly-friendly” event is back for another awesome year of scares and laughter. Boo at the Zoo is perfect for pre-school and elementary school-aged children. The event features a nightly kid’s costume contest, fun games, cockroach painting, Mad Scientist Laboratory, and the Enchanted Train Ride. Live entertainment and the Columbian Park Kiddie Rides also add to the family event.

p1030524This special event has been on my Halloween bucket list since my daughter was born 3 years. We have waited until she is a little older to take her, but this is the year and we are so excited.  Friends have shared it is one of the best events hosted by the Lafayette Parks Department and is so much fun! I don’t have a personal review (that will come next year), but as a mother, I can’t wait for my little one to enjoy this spectacular spooky event!

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For more information about this event and others in our area, visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

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Halloween Weekend Update 2015

Great Pumpkin Patch

Great Pumpkin Patch

It’s a scary, spooky Halloween Weekend Update! Do not miss this weekend of fun Halloween in or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

  • On October 30, be prepared to be scared at An Evening with Poe at the Delphi Opera House. Chilling tales by the master of horror Edgar Allan Poe in a radio play with live sound effects performed by Lafayette Civic Theatre actors, written by Arliss Jeffries, directed by Kris Kazmierczak. Appropriate for middle school to adult.
  • October 30 – Trunk or Treat at St. Andrews UMC and Calvary Baptist Church
  • Take a quick run through a straw bale maze, then visit an 18-acre corn maze with over 8 miles of twists and turns (the largest corn maze in northwest Indiana!) at Exploration Acres.
  • Zombies in training, little ghouls and goblins are encouraged to trick or treat at participating downtown businesses during Operation Trick or Treat on October 30.
  • Slime making, flashlight glow-in-the-dark find, and face painting! Where? Malone’s Gymnastic Center during Halloween Hullabaloo on October 30.
  • On October 30 the Lafayette Ballet Company and School present All Hallows Eve, a ballroom repertory concert of original works to music by Mussorgsky, Saint-Saëns, Schumann.
  • Pumpkins, gourds, fall decorations, bake sale, mums and more! Great Pumpkin Patch at Congress Street Church.
  • Take a hike on the bike trail, starting at the Prairie View Picnic Area at Prophetstown State Park and find the Trail of Scarecrows. Each scarecrow was designed by someone in the community – a business, an organization, a family and more.
  • Each year around Halloween, Adams Mill is decorated and becomes a haunted, scary place.  Hundreds of visitors come from near and far to be scared!  Take a guided tour on October 31 through the ghostly three floors of the Mill which reveal many spine-tingling experiences.
  • Photo booth, goodie bags, & safe family fun on Halloween night!  Halloween Family Cosmic Bowling at Mike Aulby’s Arrowhead Bowl.
  • Come out for a spooktacular time on October 31 to the Purdue Latino Center: Spooktacular at Carnahan Hall.
  • The official Trick-or-Treating night for Lafayette and West Lafayette is Halloween night, October 31. There are no set hours, but recommended end time is 9pm.

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Weekend Update: Boo at the Zoo & Fall Festival at Prophetstown State Park and the Farm

Weekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

Boo at the Zoo will be back and better than ever this Halloween! This “hauntingly-friendly” event is perfect for your pre-school and elementary school-aged children. The event features a nightly kid’s costume contest, fun games, encounters with their Animal Ambassadors, and the Enchanted Train Ride. This night of delights also includes live entertainment and the Columbian Park Kiddie Rides. (Please note this event takes place October 21-23!)

Prophetstown Scarecrows!

Prophetstown Scarecrows!

It’s Fall Festival at Prophetstown State Park this weekend! Join everyone for a weekend of fun fall festivities – whether it’s a popular Halloween activity in the campground, like trick-or-treating or campsite decorating contests, a hike to see scarecrows along the trail, a hayride through the prairie, or take a step back in time at the Native American village to enjoy a harvest celebration. On Saturday, October 24, enjoy a wholesome day of fall family fun at the Farm at Prophetstown! Bob for apples, learn about Halloween history, paint a mini- pumpkin, complete the farm scavenger hunt and get a treat bag. Enjoy free popcorn and apple cider with everyone.

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Happy Halloween 2014! Trick or Treat Check-List

It’s finally here! Halloween! Tonight is the big night of Trick or Treating fun throughout Lafayette and West Lafayette. We thought it would be fun to put together a check list of important items you MUST remember on this special night. Preparation is key to a successful Halloween night! Please note Lafayette’s Halloween hours are 6-8pm and West Lafayette does not have set hours.

Trick or Treat Check-List (adults and children!) for those heading out to embark on a spooky fun Halloween Night!

  1. Make sure you have a fun Halloween bag that is big enough for a ton of chocolate and sugary candy.
  2. Wear or bring along a warm pair of socks, gloves and a hat as Indiana weather can be fickle.
  3. Bright colored costumes not only will make you stand out, but a safety tip for those driving by to see you.
  4. Halloween is more fun with a group of friends! The more the merrier, plus you can swap candy throughout the night!

Handing out Treats at Home Check-List

  1. What is better than having the best candy on the block? Nothing! People for years will remember your household if you give out the sweetest treats!
  2. Make sure you have enough candy to go around! Stock up. You don’t want to run out of candy before the last Trick-or-Treater arrives as you may miss the best costume!
  3. Dress up! The scarier the better! Trick-or-Treating is all about mischief and the more diverse, scary costume, the better!
  4. Decorate your home with artificial spider webs, plastic skeletons, jack-o-lanterns and more to really get into the Halloween spirit and make your house a mecca for Trick-or-Treaters.

We hope everyone has a safe and fun Halloween night! To check out the list of Halloween events taking place in Lafayette-West Lafayette visit http://www.homeofpurdue.com/calendar/calendarofevents.html.

Halloween Happenings 2014!

costumesScarecrows, a masquerade, Operation Trick or Treat and more! Halloween this year in Lafayette-West Lafayette looks to be an exciting one! The official Trick-or-Treating night for Lafayette and West Lafayette is Halloween night, October 31. Lafayette Trick-or-Treating hours are 6-8pm and West Lafayette has no set hours. Check out the spooky and scary events taking place this Halloween in celebration of this haunted holiday:

pumpkinTo learn more about these Halloween special events and check dates and times visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Weekend Update: Boo at the Zoo & Prophetstown State Park Festival

(Scarecrow from past Trail of Scarecrows at Prophetstown State Park)

(Scarecrow from past Trail of Scarecrows at Prophetstown State Park)

Weekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

It’s back and better than ever this Halloween; Boo at the Zoo! This “hauntingly-friendly” event is perfect for your pre-school and elementary school-aged children. The event features a nightly kids costume contest, fun games, encounters with Columbian Park Zoo’s Animal Ambassadors, photo keepsake opportunities, and the Enchanted Train Ride. Enjoy a night of delights, which includes live entertainment and the Columbian Park Kiddie Rides. Please note this special event takes place October 22-24!

Fun fall festivities are taking place this weekend at Prophetstown State Park. Head to the park on October 24-26 to enjoy all the Halloween and fall events. Dress up and go trick-or-treating, use your creative talents to enter to win the campsite decorating contests, take a hike to see the scary, funny and unique scarecrows along the trail, take a hayride through the prairie, or take a step back in time at the Native American village to enjoy a harvest celebration.  This weekend is sure to be a deliciously scary good time!

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Be spooked this Halloween 2013!

Wolf Park Pumpkin

Wolf Park Pumpkin Party

Haunted corn mazes, boo at the zoo, fall funfest and more! Halloween this year in Lafayette-West Lafayette looks to be an exciting one! The official Trick-or-Treating night for Lafayette and West Lafayette is October 31, but there are a host of fun events this week.  Check out the spooky and scary events coming up this week in celebration of this haunted holiday:

  • October 26-27: Weekend Fall FunFest at Prophetstown State Park.  Harvest Celebration at the Village: Join everyone at the Native American Village for food and fun this fall season. Jessica and Mark Eaton from Woodland Indian Programs will be making succotash, roasted fish, squash and more all cooked over a fall fire for you to enjoy. Try your hand at grinding corn, braiding corn, and more.  October 26: Costume Parade & Campground Trick or Treating & Campsite & Pumpkin Judging.
  • October 23, 24 & 25: Boo at the Zoo, Columbian Park Zoo.  This “hauntingly-friendly” event is perfect for your pre-school and elementary school-aged children. The event features a nightly kids costume contest, fun games, encounters with Animal Ambassadors, photo keepsake opportunities, and the Enchanted Train Ride. The night of delights also includes live entertainment and the Columbian Park Kiddie Rides.
  • October 5-31: Lafayette Haunted Theater.  The theater is haunted, and in honor of their “residents”, they have invited the dead, the undead, and those praying for death to take sanctuary with them!  Check out the “Haunted House” through the month of October.
  • October 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, & 26:  Indiana Fields of Fear Haunted Corn Maze at Exploration Acres where Fear is ALIVE! Walk among the corn stocks if you dare, for there are predators everywhere!
  • October 4-31: The Great Pumpkin Patch at Congress Street United Methodist Church is back again this year, and visitors can shop for  pumpkins, gourds, fall decorations, bake sale, mums and more!
  • October 25: Operation Trick-or-Treat.  Zombies in training, little ghouls and goblins are encouraged to trick or treat at participating downtown businesses.
  • October 26: Wolf Park Pumpkin Party.  Watch the wolves, foxes and coyotes get their “Howl-O-Ween” pumpkins filled with biscuits, bones, pig ears, and other treats.
  • October 26: Mall-o-Ween.  Trick or treating at the Tippecanoe Mall. Line starts at entrance A by JCPenny. Don’t forget to bring your bag, bucket or pillow case to trick or treat around the mall.

To learn more about these Halloween special events and check dates and times visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.