10+ Halloween Activities You Can Experience From Your Car

indianapolis halloween eventsAre you ready to be spooked…from the comfort of your car? You don’t have to go inside haunted houses or into Halloween parties to experience Halloween. Whether you’re up for a road trip or looking for something close by, simply take a drive with your family and see all the spookiness that surrounds you!

Light Displays | Spooky Spots to Visit | Drive-Ins | Drive Thru Trick or Treat | Road Trips

Halloween Light Displays

The Andersons’ Halloween House

14125 Avalon East Drive, Fishers, IN 46037

Nick Anderson has been making spectacular Halloween light displays at his family’s home since 2017. In 2019, he designed a 13-minute light show synced to music on 100.1 FM. It even had a two-story talking face. Check out last year’s show here. This year’s show should be ready by October 10. Hours will be Sunday through Thursday from 7-10 pm and Friday and Saturday from 7-11 pm. The last night for the show will be November 1.

Our Holiday Light Shows

2684 Tristan Drive, Lafayette, IN 47909

Since 2016, this home has featured Halloween and Christmas light shows synced to music on 93.3 FM. The Dead End Cemetery is the name of the kid-friendly Halloween show and has displayed themes such as “Werewolves of London” in 2019 and “Monster Mash” in 2018. The only request of the maker of this display is that you dim to parking lights when viewing it and be mindful of the neighbors. Updated information on days and hours along with past light display videos are posted on their webpage.

Spooky Spots to Visit

Allison Mansion

3200 Cold Spring Road, Indianapolis, IN 46222

This mansion, now on the grounds of Marian University, was built from 1911 to 1914 for James Allison. Allison was the founder of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Allison Engineering Company, now Rolls-Royce. His ghost is said to haunt the property, rearranging furniture and books in the library.

The Grave in the Middle of the Road

6844 East 400 South, Franklin, IN 46131

Nancy Kerlin Barnett died in 1831 and lore says that her last request was to be buried by the grassy hill near Sugar Creek. Johnson County decided to build a road through her gravesite in the early 1900’s. Her grandson protected her site with a shotgun in hand. The road had to bulge outward on either side and the grave was marked with a National Historic Marker in 1912.

Hannah House

3801 Madison Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46227

Take a drive by this 24-room mansion built in 1858 for Alexander Hannah, an Indiana state legislator. Known for being a part of the Underground Railroad, it is said to be one of the most haunted places in the midwest.

Crown Hill Cemetery

700 38th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208

Founded in 1863, Crown Hill encompasses 555 acres and 25 miles of road. On the cemetery’s website, you can download a visitor’s guide to find the graves of famous Hoosiers such as James Whitcomb Riley, Col. Eli Lilly, President Benjamin Harrison, and John Dillinger.

Drive-Ins

The Tibbs Drive-In

480 S. Tibbs Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46241

The only remaining drive-in theater in Indianapolis, Tibbs features four screens. The drive-in is planning family and adult Halloween screens throughout the month of October. Pricing is $11 for ages 13 and up, $6 for ages 4 to 12, and ages 3 and under are free. Check their Facebook page for finalized movies, dates, and times

Drive Thru Trick or Treat

Washington Park’s 2020 Ghosts and Goblins

115 S. County Road 575 East, Avon, IN 46123

Visit Washington Park on October 24 from 3-6 pm for a drive thru trick or treating event. Cars will follow a set path to pick up treats from vendors along the way, under a haunted bridge, ending with candidates sharing political information “if you’re brave enough to drive that way!” Organizers are still seeking community businesses, not for profits, churches, leagues, and clubs to be vendors. To see the map and learn more about being a vendor, visit their website.

Road Trips

Louisville Jack O’Lantern Spectacular

4800 New Cut Road, Louisville, KY 40214

Featuring over 5,000 illuminated pumpkins and new themes since 2013, this drive-thru only event benefits the Louisville Parks Foundation. One ticket is needed per vehicle, which is $35 for SUV’s, minivans, and cars. The show runs from October 1-November 1 from dusk to 11 pm Sunday-Thursday and dusk to midnight Friday and Saturday. There is a limited number of tickets sold each night, so be sure to plan this event ahead of time. Find more information on their website.

Boyd Pumpkin Display

6265 East County Road 920 North, North Vernon, IN 47265

Over 300 hand-carved pumpkins are displayed at the Boyd House each year. Family and friends of the Boyds carve all the pumpkins using stencils and even free-hand carving techniques. This display will run from October 24-31. You can view their Facebook page for more details.

Wilstem Wildlife Park Fall Festival of Lights

4229 US-150 West, Paoli, IN 47454

A one and a half mile drive-thru light show is new this year to the wildlife park. Running from September 26-October 31 from 7-9 pm, the cost is $25 per vehicle. If you’d like to experience the drive-thru safari along with the light show, you’ll have the opportunity to see up to 40 animal species, from alpaca to zebras, from your car. Purchase advance tickets for children for $20 each and adults for $25 each and arrive between 5:30 pm and 7 pm. For more information on animal species you may see and to purchase tickets, visit their website.

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