It’s spooky season, which means it’s time to get spooked! Check out some of the Halloween events happening around Northwest Indiana this month. Whether you’re a scared-y cat or a lover of all things frightening, there is something for everyone.

*For all of these events, please wear a mask, keep socially distanced and have fun!

Mt Rushmore of Horror Trivia at Up Your Alley

Mount Rushmore of Horror Trivia Night

October 22, 2020
Up Your Alley, 1048 US Highway 41, Schererville

How well do you know your horror movies and their creepy villians? If you're the Master of Slashers, come by Up Your Alley from 7pm to 9pm to show off your skills. Bring your friends and you can grab a bite to eat, have a drink and play a round of bowling, too.

Fright Light Laser Light Show

Fright Light Laser Light Show

October 31, 2020
Challenger Learning Center, 2300 173rd St., Hammond

Spend your Halloween afternoon at one of Challenger Learning Center's laser light shows! All ages are welcome and costumes are encouraged. Tickets are $12 per person and showtimes are 12pm and 1:30pm. Tickets must be purchased in advance here.

Boo at the Zoo Washington Park

Boo at the Zoo

October 24, 25 and 31
Washington Park Zoo, 115 Lake Shore Dr., Michigan City

Get your ghouls together for a safe Halloween experience throughout the zoo. Each child will receive a pre-packaged treat bag. Advanced tickets are required for a time entry reservation. Regular admission fees apply. You can pick up tickets at the zoo office or call them at 219-873-1510. Find out more here.

Trunk and Treat in Hammond

Drive Through Trunk and Treat

October 30, 2020
Hammond Sportsplex, 6630 Indianapolis Blvd., Hammond

Instead of their usual Monster Mash event this year, Hammond Parks and Recreation is hosting a Truck and Treat from 5pm to 7pm! Dress the kids up and let them bring the goodies to you. Please register your car here for this event so the vendors know how many treats to bring.

There are also Trunk and Treats in Cedar Lake and in Highland on October 24.

Woodland Park Haunted Hayride

Haunted Hayride

October 22-24, 2020
Woodland Park, 2100 Willowcreek Rd., Portage

Hop on the hayride through Woodland Park past scary scenes created by local organizations! The hayrides run between 6:30pm and 9:30pm, cost is $3 per person and concessions will be available. This is a very popular event so they may have to close the line early if it gets too busy. Check their facebook event page for updates.

Lake of the Red Cedars Museum

Ghost Hunting Tour of the Lake of the Red Cedars Museum

October 23, 2020
Lake of the Red Cedars Museum, 7408 Constitution Ave., Cedar Lake

This museum was once a very busy resort destination for Chicago's elite during the Prohibition Era and also housed ice farmers. Many people have experienced strange things at this location - will you too? Join Chaos Ghost Hunters and find out. Cost is $33 per person. Reservations required.

Witches in the Woods 5K

Witches in the Woods 5K

October 30, 2020
Lake County Fairgrounds, 889 S. Court St., Crown Point

Don your costumes and race through the woods at night. Cost varies, depending on when you register and kids 12 and under are $15. Race awards will be given out as well as Best Costume prizes. Plus there will be a "Candy Dash" for the kids! Register online here.

Craving More?

Can you believe this isn’t even a full list of spooky events going on? Find even more on our events page here.

Whether you snap a picture with your favorite horror movie character, have the best costumes ever, or catch your friends getting scared, make sure to share your photos with us at #AlongTheSouthShore! 

Returning in 2021

Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the following annual events have been cancelled. Rest assured they are eagerly waiting to scare you again in 2021!

  • Wickedly Whiting
  • Haunted Trails at Friendship Botanic Gardens
  • Fall Family Fun at Gabis Arboretum
  • Fall Harvest Festival in Valparaiso
  • EC Hallow in East Chicago
  • Pumpkins, Witches and Hayrides and Bieker Woods Night Walk in Munster

Haunted Houses

Four Frights for Halloween - Haunted Houses along the South Shore

Looking for something to make your heart race? View our blog on haunted houses in the region.