Here’s a bite of the frightful fun you’ll find along the South Shore to get into the Halloween spirit.

Weekends; October 13-28, 2018

Garden Spirits Gabis Arboretum

Garden Spirits – Fall Family Fun

Gabis Arboretum, Valparaiso

Creep through the haunted Railway Garden, enjoy free crafts and games, jump on a hayride ($3) and vote on your favorite scarecrow. October weekend special - $10 per carload!


October 18, 2018

Hall-O-Wine Misbeehavin Meads


Misbeehavin’ Meads, Valparaiso

Grab your crew of misfits for an evening of food, fun, fundraising and mead. Costumes welcome!

October 19, 2018

Monster Mash Hammond

Monster Mash

Jean Shepherd Center, Hammond

A ghoulishly delightful Halloween dance for all ages with costume contest, games and more.

Haunting in Hammond

EAT, Hammond

Grab your broomstick and fly back to the past – tour vintage "B" horror movie sets, meet Svengoolie, shop the "Little Halloween Shops of Horror", enter the costume contest and a whole lot more.

Various Nights, October 20-31, 2018

Cabela's Halloween Event

Great Pumpkin Event

Cabela’s, Hammond

Round up your goblins for some free Halloween fun at Cabela’s – photo, crafts, games, parade and trick-or-treating.

October 20, 2018

Boo at the Zoo Washington Park

Boo at the Zoo

Washington Park Zoo, Michigan City

Get your ghouls together for a safe trick-or-treating experience throughout the zoo.

October 21, 2018

Dyer Halloween Parade

Halloween Parade

Downtown Dyer

The Town of Dyer is hosting their annual Halloween parade. First 200 kids get a goodie bag and prizes will be given out for costumes in different categories.

October 24, 2018

Schererville Halloween Stories

Halloween Stories and Campfire

Schererville Community Center

Listen to spooky tales around the glow of the campfire. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and they will provide the snacks!

October 25, 2018

Nightmare before Halloween party

Nightmare Before Halloween Party

Rohrman Park, Schererville

It's the 25 the anniversary of the "Nightmare Before Christmas," so scare up your family for a movie showing plus pumpkin painting, costume contests, sweet treat bar and scavenger hunt. Get your tickets before it sells out!

October 25 and 26, 2018

EC Hallow

EC Hallow

Kosciuszko Park, East Chicago

Expect a frighteningly good time with hayrides, marshmallow roasting, trunk-or-treat, costumes plus, if you dare, a haunted house and trail.

October 27, 2018

Mad Science Challenger Learning Center

Mad Science: Journey to Mars

Challenger Learning Center, Hammond

Mad scientists young and old can blow their minds with Challenger’s Fright Light laser shows and science activity station. Wear your costume for a mid-event contest!

Bieker Woods Night Walk


Find thrills and chills lurking around every corner. Choose your level of fear with their Not So Scary or Fright Night tours.

Pumpkins in the Park

Festival Park, Hobart

Calling all little monsters! Hobart is planning a fun night with pumpkin decorating, costume contest, candy, photo booths, DJ, train rides and knockerball.

October 29, 2018

Byway Halloween Paint Party

Halloween Paint Party

Byway Brewing, Hammond

A 2-hour paint party including a Halloween project, drink, games and dancing.


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.


Ghost the Musical - Theatre at the Center

Prefer to sit back and be entertained? Four local theaters have spooky productions going on in October:
Ghost the Musical – through October 14, 2018 at Theatre at the Center
Sweeney Todd, A Musical Thriller – through October 14, 2018 at Memorial Opera House
Evil Dead the Musical - October 12-27, 2018 at Chicago Street Theatre
Carrie the Musical – October 19-28, 2018 at Towle Theatre

Haunted Houses

Tour of Terror Hobart

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