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Fall Events

Are you a fan of popcorn, pumpkins or a good scare? If so, fall is the time of year for you to visit the South Shore! September is full of festivals; watch the parade at Popcorn Festival in Valparaiso or find all things pumpkin at the Covered Bridge Festival in Crown Point.  Browse a community yard sale, check out a car show or let the kids enjoy the games, crafts and activities at Bizarre Bazaar in Hammond. Cheer on the model boats at the Clocktower Model Boat Race in Hobart or celebrate your love of beer at the Valpo Brewfest.

If you prefer something a little spookier, visit Buckley Homestead in Lowell mid-September for the Legend of Sleepy Hollow or dare to tour one of the haunted houses or haunted trails in the area throughout October.


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Special Events

Horror Radio

October 17, 2014 to October 25, 2014 (Every Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: M & M Productions
  • 227 Center Street
  • Hobart, Indiana 46342
  • Phone: 219-947-4922
  • Website | Email

Live - three of the top 10 scariest horror radio shows of the Golden Age of Radio. Our audience will do a little more than just listen. Sure to make you stay on the edge of your seat. More

The Odd Couple

October 17, 2014 to November 02, 2014 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)
  • 1125 Merrillville Road
  • Crown Point, Indiana 46307
  • Times: See website for exact times
  • Phone: 219-805-4255
  • Website

The Crown Point Community Theatre presents "The Odd Couple"-the female version. More

"Chemical Imbalance" A Jekyll and Hyde Story

October 18, 2014 to November 02, 2014 (Every Sunday, Saturday)
  • Location: Beatniks on Conkey
  • 418 Conkey Street
  • Hammond, Indiana
  • Times: See Website for exact days and times
  • Phone: 219-852-0848
  • Website

"Chemical Imbalance" is an irreverent, tongue-in-cheek look at the Jekyll/ Hyde story and is perfect for Halloween. It looks at the relationships of good and evil, rich and poor, man and woman in a Monty Python-esque way. More

Hesston Ghost Train

October 18, 2014 to October 26, 2014 (Every Sunday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Hesston Steam Museum
  • 1201 East 1000 North
  • LaPorte, IN 46350
  • Times: 12pm to 5pm
  • Admission: Adults $5, Children 12 and under $3
  • Phone: 219-778-2783
  • Website

Take the haunted Ghost Train through haunted woods along the Indiana/Michigan border. Fresh apple cider available also. More

The Black Cat's Meow at Bellaboo's

October 23, 2014

This is a night of fun and games where kids can and will have a riot! Dress up your darlings (grown-up costumes welcome, too!). Festive Fun Buddies have tricks up their sleeve for every room. Professional Portraits are available for a Fun Family shot; Balloons, Art, Cooking Class and mysteries for kids to spot. The café will be open with yummies Hot & Ready. D... More

Cirque Italia

October 24, 2014 to October 26, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Southlake Mall
  • 2109 Southlake Mall Dr
  • Merrillville, IN 46410
  • Times: Friday 7:30pm, Saturday 2:30pm, 5:30pm and 8:30pm and Sunday 2:30pm and 5:30pm
  • Phone: 877-628-6872
  • Website

Come experience a traditional event enjoyed in every village, town and city across the "Old World:" A genuine European traveling circus with a unique feature never been done before in America. Cirque Italia has gathered circus performers from around the world for this year's production. The Cirque Italia owner decided to start a new concept in America with a travel... More

City of Hammonds Monster Mash

October 24, 2014

Come out to the Jean Shepherd Community Center for some tricks, treats and to do the monster mash. More

Customer Appreciation Weekend

October 24, 2014 to October 25, 2014 (Recurring daily)

For all who camped at Caboose Lake Campground in 2014, we have a special just for you... More

East Chicago Haunted Hayrides

October 24, 2014
  • Location: McArthur Golf Course
  • 3900 Indianapolis Blvd
  • East Chicago, Indiana
  • Times: 5pm to 8pm
  • Phone: 219-391-8502

The evening includes the hayrides, marshmallow roasting, an egg hunt and costume contest. It's for those ages 3 to 13 and costs $3 a person. The costume contests are for three different age groups. The first 200 children to come receive a bucket filled with treats. More

"Howl"oween in the Dunes

October 25, 2014

10am Things that Go Bump in the Night Hike. Meet the naturalist at the Nature Center for a 45-minute stroll through the fall woodlands. Test your knowledge along the way with some of the creepy sounds heard in the woods at night. Prizes for those that know their sounds 2pm Creepy Campground Crafts. Join the naturalists at the campground shelter (by site 113) for some spook... More

Boo at the Zoo

October 25, 2014
  • Location: Washington Park Zoo
  • 115 Lakeshore Dr.
  • Michigan City, IN 46360
  • Phone: 219-873-1510
  • Website

Young goblins, ghosts, princesses and zooperheros will experience child-friendly trick or treating from local business sponsored booths while having wild animal encounters along the decorated zoo paths. This year we will be offering two sessions to avoid long lines and keep everyone safe. The Zoo staff is strongly recommending purchasing tic... More

Flame and Flair Uptown Halloween Festival

October 25, 2014
  • Location: Uptown Arts District
  • Franklin Street
  • Michigan City, IN 46360
  • Times: 5pm to 12am
  • Phone: 507-400-2787
  • Website | Email

A free event following the Boo at the Zoo brought to you by the Michigan City Mainstreet Association and other local businesses. Enjoy food, fire, flair and a one-of-a-kind evening. More

OAKtoberfest at Taltree Arboretum and Gardens

October 25, 2014

Enjoy specialty oak-aged brews and fine food! This 21 & older outdoor event features brew and cider selections from Samuel Adams, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., New Holland Brewing, North Coast Brewing Company and Angry Orchard. Appetizer-style food pairings provided by Chef David Wodrich from Third Coast Spice Café in Chesterton, Indiana. This brew event is for ... More

Remington Trick or Treat Parade

October 25, 2014
  • Location: Downtown Remington
  • Times: See Description for times
  • Phone: 219-261-2523
  • Website

Join Remington in their annual Halloween parade. The parade steps off right before trick or treating. More

The Tomfoolery Show with Tom Byelick

October 25, 2014
  • Venue: Blue 82
  • 8209 Wicker Ave
  • Saint John, IN 46373
  • Times: 8pm
  • Admission: $20
  • Phone: 219-228-0674
  • Website | Email

A fun evening of comedy and music awaits. Funny lady Soli Santos is joined by funny man Rudy Ruiz. Also adding to festivities will be Abbaria, a tandem of comedians who incorporate music into their comedy. The Planetary Blues Band will provide the musical variety throughout the evening. More

A Witch Hunt

October 26, 2014
  • Venue: Indiana Dunes State Park
  • 1600 N. 25 E.
  • Chesterton, IN 46304
  • Times: 10am
  • Admission: Event is free after paying park entrance fee
  • Phone: 219-926-1390
  • Website

Meet at the Nature Center for a 45-minute stroll in search of the last woodland flower of the year- the witch hazel. We'll also explore the other sights and sounds of fall. More

Owls Up Close

October 26, 2014

Join us at the Nature Center for a look at the special saw-whet owl banding project. If conditions are right, we'll have up close views of this amazing owl. Bundle up and join them. More

Spaghetti Toy-Raising Dinner

October 26, 2014
  • Venue: Cabela's
  • 7700 Cabela Dr.
  • Hammond, IN 46324
  • Phone: 219-845-9040
  • Website

Join Cabela's for a great meal while helping a great cause.  The goal is to support the foundation by raising money to purchase toys and games to help children who undergo treatment at Hope Children's Hospital in Oak Lawn, IL. More

Dia de Muertos Mania

October 27, 2014 to November 02, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Special Happy Halloween Dia de Los Muertos Preparation Celebration 10:30 & 3:30 - “The Festival of Bones” by: Luis San Vincente 11:00 - Marigold (Cempazuchitl) Paper Flower Creations 12, 2:30 & 4:30 - Bellaboo Bakers: Candied Pumpkin 1:30 - Dia de Muertos Mania More

Jack-O-Lantern Festival

October 29, 2014 to October 30, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Main Square Park
  • 3001 Ridge Road
  • Highland, Indiana 46322
  • Times: 5pm to 8pm
  • Admission: $2 to enter a jack-o-lantern
  • Website

Bring a carved Jack-O-Lantern to the annual Kiwanis' Jack-O-Lantern Festival and get a chance to win great prizes. All of the Jack-O-Lanterns will be on display at the Highland Main Square Gazebo. Bring the whole family for good ol' fashioned fun. More

6th Annual Halloween Party at It's Vegas Baby

October 31, 2014

Featuring entertainment by P.S. DUMP YOUR BOYFRIEND Registration from 5:00pm - 11:00pm Costume Contest from 11:30pm - 1:30am 1st Round Judging from 11:30pm - Midnight Final Round Judging from 1:00am - 1:30am Judging done by audience applause More

Falling Into Dance

October 31, 2014 to November 01, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Morton High School Auditorium
  • 6915 Grand Ave.
  • Hammond, Indiana 46323
  • Times: See website for exact times
  • Admission: $9 for adults and $7 for students/seniors
  • Phone: 219-989-7316 ext. 1866
  • Website

The Hammond Academy for the Performing Arts (at Morton High School) will open its fifth dance performance season with the fall dance concert "Falling Into Dance." This show features Hammond Academy for the Performing Arts dance majors. Also featured will be the HAPA Dance Ensemble. The production is choreographed by HAPA dance faculty member Kathleen Dominiak Trea... More

Trunk or Treat Rensselaer

October 31, 2014

Join the City of Rensselaer for trunk or treat. Decorate the trunk of a vehicle for Halloween and dress in your favorite costume. Trick or treaters will then parade by. More

Masquerade Murder Mystery Dinner & Party

November 01, 2014
  • Venue: WaterBird Banquet Center
  • 526 Indian Boundary Road
  • Chesterton, IN 46304
  • Times: Doors Open at 6pm
  • Admission: Single Ticket -$60, Goup of 4 - $220, Group of 8 - $400
  • Phone: 219-928-1514
  • Website | Email

The WaterBird Lakeside Banquet Center presents a Masquerade Murder Mystery Dinner with a Halloween themed after party. The Murder Mystery Co. will be acting out this exciting and energetic experience for the evening. Dress in your scariest Halloween outfit, or simply wear a mask as the theme is a Murder at the Masquerade! The Murder Mystery Co. describes this show as follows: T... More

Porter County Antique Show

November 01, 2014 to November 02, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Porter County Expo Center
  • 215 Division Dr
  • Valparaiso, IN 46383
  • Times: 9am to 4pm
  • Admission: Adults $4 and Children 12 and under free
  • Phone: 219-241-3328
  • Website | Email

This expansive antique show features wares from a variety of vendors and one free appraisal comes with paid admission. More

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