Trick-or-Treating in Indy

Tis’ the season for sparkly princess dresses, adorable animal outfits, daring pirate hats, and colorful butterfly wings.  That is right, it is Halloween.  Every year, Halloween rolls around and there is always so much to prepare.  From the complex costumes to the costly candy, it may be easy to overlook some of the best events happening in Indy this season.  To help with the Halloween frenzy, we have compiled a list of the trick-or-treat times in central Indiana and eight popular trick-or-treat events for you and your little goblins.

Want to trick-or-treat, but don’t know the official hours for your area?  Fear not – listed below are the official trick-or-treat times for most of central Indiana.  

Boone County

  • Lebanon: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Zionsville: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Whitestown: 6 to 9 p.m.

Hancock County

  • Greenfield: 5 to 8 p.m.
  • McCordsville: 5 to 8 p.m.
  • New Palestine: 5 to 9 p.m.

Hamilton County

  • Carmel: 5 to 8 p.m.
  • Fishers: 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Noblesville: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Westfield: 5 to 8 p.m.

Hendricks County

  • Avon: 6 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Brownsburg: 6 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Plainfield: 6 to 9 p.m.

Johnson County

  • Greenwood: 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Marion County

  • Lawrence: 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Beech Grove: 5 to 8 p.m.
  • Southport: 5 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Indianapolis: 6 to 8 p.m.

Of course, if normal trick-or-treating is not enough for your family, there are a plethora of family-fun events near you.  Below, we have listed eight of our favorites!

  • Boo Bash – Fishers – October 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

What could be better than free candy, live music, and a digital Halloween costume contest?  Nothing of course!  You can experience all of this at the Fishers’ Boo Bash, an annual trick-or-treat extravaganza featuring over 50 local businesses.  Children can walk from booth to booth to receive free candy and play Halloween-themed games.  If you really are thinking ahead, participate in the digital costume contest by submit photos of your ghoulish garb by the 22nd.  Winners will receive prizes at the Boo Bash!

  • Safe Night Halloween at the Fairgrounds – Indianapolis – October 31, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Looking for a safe fun way to trick-or-treat this Halloween in downtown Indianapolis?  Come one, come all to this spookily special event at the Indiana State Fairgrounds’ Event Center Elements Financial Blue Ribbon Pavilion!  This 22-year-old event allows community members to come together to trick-or-treat in a safe way.  Grab your costume, prepare your stomach for a lot of candy, and get ready to have a blast!

  • Little Haunt on the Prairie – Carmel – October 26, 5:00 – 9:00pm

I know, this title is almost too clever.  This Halloween event in Ghoul Creek Park involves hayrides, craft stations, a nature trail, Halloween games, live owls, and a dance area.  What could be more Haloween-y than a real-life owl?  This event costs $3 per person and they do ask that you bring a non-perishable or canned food item to donate to Amanda Strong Food for the Needy.

  • Trunk or Treat – Indianapolis – October 27, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

The Riviera Club’s annual Trunk-or-treating event is here!  So get your car, deck out the trunk with fabulous Halloween decor, grab some candy, and get ready to have a spooktacular time. While this event is free, you and your fantastic phantoms are welcome to purchase additional food from local food trucks or beverages from the Riviera club.  This year there will also be live music with the Dugan Brothers and tours of the Creepy Clubhouse from 7:00-7:45 p.m.

  • Mass Ave. Monster Mash – Indianapolis – October 29, 4:00 – 7:00pm

I like many other Hoosiers, spend a lot of my time on Mass Ave.  Filled with unique eclectic shops, it is the perfect place to wander and explore.  That is why I am so excited that they are hosting their annual Monster Mash!  This event allows you and your little ghosts to go from business to businesses on Mass Ave., receiving free treats.  You can tell that businesses are participating if they have an orange Monster Mash sign in their window.  With so many treats at this fun free fang-tastic event, there is no reason not to go!

  • Trick your Trunk – Franklin – October 28, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Not only do kids get to collect treats from decorated trunks at this boo-tifully brilliant event, the whole family can head over to Franklin’s historic Artcraft Theater at 7:30 p.m. for the Halloween movie, “The Addams Family.”  The trick-or-treating portion of the event is free and tickets for the film are $3.25 and $5.25 for kids and adults respectively.  If that was not enough, you can also actively participate in trunk-or-treat by decorating your car in the hopes of receiving the “best tricked trunk” award.

  • Ghosts and Goblins Halloween Party – Washington – October 28, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

If I could create my own ghoulish gathering, it would involve games, trick-or-treating, a costume contest, slide, and most definitely a haunted train.  Well, believe it or not, you can experience all of this and more at Washington Township’s Ghosts and Goblins Halloween Party.  Community members are encouraged to attend this free frightfully fantastic annual event in their favorite Halloween costume.  There is even a creepily cool costume contest at 5:00 p.m.!

  • Wicked Woods Haunted House – Indianapolis – Multiple Days and Times

While you may be thinking, “wait! I thought this was a trick-or-treating list – I do not want to go to a haunted house!” – don’t worry!  This is no ordinary haunted house.  The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis’ haunted house has been running for 54 years.  In recent years, the house has featured “lights on” hours where you and your little witches can walk through the haunted house and receive treats from non-scary volunteers.  Tickets are available at the Children’s Museum box office for $8; museum admission is not included or required.