21 Fun Halloween Activities In Southwest Indiana

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“By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes.” – William Shakespeare

All Hallows’ Eve or All Saints’ Eve, otherwise known as Halloween, is a day dedicated to remembering the dead. No matter the belief or religion, though, we know it as a holiday with tricks and treats, scary stories and movies, costume parties, and carving pumpkins. In our area, there’s no shortage of events to help us celebrate the holiday. We have assembled a list here of celebrations in Evansville, Newburgh, Jasper, and Vincennes. Some of the festivities are family-friendly and not so frightening, but scarier adventures are out there…if you dare!

Evansville & Newburgh

The Willard Library Grey Lady descends the staircase.
  • Through October 27: Willard Library Grey Lady Ghost Tours – The Grey Lady is otherwise known as Louise Carpenter. It is said that she haunts the library because her dad left the majority of his wealth to his Evansville businesses and the library instead of to her and her brother and sister. Her spirit has reportedly been seen most often in the research room and in the children’s room. You can watch the real-time webcams to see if you can spot her for yourself.
  • Through October 31: The Olde Courthouse Catacombs & The House Of Lecter – Step into the dark, spine-chilling corridors and meet what awaits you in the chilling, mysterious chambers! Now even CREEPIER inside and SAFER outside with added security around and in between both houses to ensure a safe, family-friendly, and fun time while you wait to go inside the creepiest Haunted Houses in the Tri-State!
  • October 20-23: Historic Newburgh Halloween Illuminations – Stroll along the red bridge area of the Rivertown Trail to see family-friendly ghosts, carved pumpkins, and over 10,000 lights along the trail.
  • October 21-23 & 28-39: Mesker Park Boo At the Zoo – This event is very family-friendly, offering live entertainment, trick or treating, storytelling, encounters with the zoo animals, and a nightly costume contest. Your little ones will love strolling through the park for a spook-free experience as they collect candy from local sponsors and have opportunities for a little pet “petting.”
  • October 22: Angel Mounds Halloween Hullaballoo – Walk along the haunted trails or take a tour on a haunted hayride. Games and crafts will be available. Costumes are encouraged and bring your trick-or-treat bag!
  • October 24: Mesker Park Zoo Sensory Spooktacular – Limited noise, no music, minimal lighting, and limited capacity to offer a SAFE space for those with Sensory needs. Walk the Halloween-decorated paths, experience Animal Encounters, enjoy a quiet, free ride on the Carousel with no music, interact with life-size Dinosaurs, tram rides back to the entrance included, and a candy bag on the way out. THIS EVENT IS ONLY FOR CHILDREN & ADULTS WITH SPECIAL SENSORY NEEDS. Costumes are NOT required.
  • October 26: Haynie’s Corner Pumpkin Carving – They have 200 pumpkins to carve and need help “spooking” up the corner! First come first serve! The pumpkins will stay at the corner to make it festive for the weekend. Also, enjoy ghoulish temporary tattoos, pictures with Skelly, and treats for all costumed pets! This event is FREE and family-friendly!
  • October 28: Willard Library Eat, Drink & Be Scary – Trick-or-Treat in the world’s most haunted library. Win prizes for the best costumes. Enjoy Evansville’s best food trucks. Beer garden + Adult beverages from Haynie’s Corner Brewing Co. for our 21+ visitors. A Halloween double feature in the park with movies, Hocus Pocus and Psycho. 
  • October 29: Evansville Main Street Halloween Stroll & Trunk or Treat Car Show – Located on Main Street (from 2nd to 6th Streets) in Downtown Evansville, this event is FREE to attend and will offer spooky fun for the entire family. Activities planned include human & dog costume contests, a car show, spooky activities, live entertainment & more.
  • October 29: Trick or Treat on Franklin St. – All local kids and their families are invited to the annual Trick or Treat event along W. Franklin St! Any age is welcome to participate in trick or treating at the participating businesses from 2pm – 4pm.
  • October 30: Evansville Museum Halloween Bash – The museum will be hosting World War 2 reenactors, a skeleton scavenger hunt, face painting, crafts, and treats. Ages 5 & under are free and ages 6-17 are $8. Children must be accompanied by an adult. (One adult for every three children please)
  • October 30: Wesselman Woods Non-Profit Trunk or Treat – Free family-friendly early afternoon trunk or treat supported by non-profits. Face painting and giveaways! Dress up and bring your best-carved pumpkin to get a chance to win a membership at 517 fitness.



  • October 21-22 & 27-30: Abattoir: A Haunted Attraction – Abattoir is Vincennes Indiana’s first and only haunted haunted house. Abattoir features 2 floors of horrifying experiences and ultra realistically costumed actors that will scare you to death! All of your fears and senses will be pushed to their limits and you will never know what to expect when you turn the next corner.
  • October 22: Historic Vincennes Knox County Indiana Halloween Fair – It’s time to get a little spooky! Take a “haunted” walk around the grounds of Vincennes State Historic Sites, check out some creepy science experiments, listen to some not-so-spooky stories, get candy for your trick-or-treat bag, and more.
  • October 29: First City Fright Night – Join the Rotary Young Leaders Club for a frightful night of dinner, drinks, and live music on October 29th at Adam’s Coliseum!  Dinner will be provided by Bobe-B-Q, cash bar, live music from 6-9 and DJ from 9-12. Costumes are encouraged.
  • October 29: Halloween Spooktacular Bash – Come have a spooky groovy time with us!! Gonna be a great Halloween Bash!

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