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Scare Yourself Silly: Haunted Houses in Indiana

Here in the Hoosier state, as soon as the air begins to turn cooler and the leaves begin to fall, it’s officially time to begin celebrating one of the Midwest’s favorite holidays: Halloween. And Indianapolis is no exception. The city is filled with haunted houses and other spooky destinations for everyone from Indianapolis kids to teenagers to parents.

In addition to the wide variety of haunted mazes and houses created especially for your frightful delight, the Midwest is known for its “haunted” trails, passages, and legendary ghost stories. So whether you prefer to be artificially spooked or seek out the real thing, the spirit of Halloween is alive and well in the Circle City.

As summer winds down and you find yourself looking for ways to celebrate the nation’s scariest holiday, check out these lists of places around Indiana to satisfy all your creepy cravings, all either in Indianapolis or less than a day trip away:

Haunted Houses and Places in Indiana

Avon Haunted Bridge: Cross this spooky bridge at night and you will hear the moans of the mournful ghosts of the people who died there long ago.
Cullbertson Mansion (Literally, a Haunted House): This dark and lonely mansion harbors the twisted secrets of a deranged doctor from the 18th century–as well as the souls of his doomed patients.
Hoosier Hauntings: The picturesque landscape of Indiana can’t mask the sinister tales of murder and chaos that lie beneath the rocky roads and little-traveled bridges.
The Historic Hannah House: Once an integral stop on the famed Underground Railroad, this house became the final resting place of the slaves whose lives went up in flames one tragic evening.
Fright Manor: A sight to behold on a dark October night, Fright Manor hails itself as the “Scariest Haunt in Indianapolis.” Complete with an insane asylum echoing with the screams of the tortured souls trapped inside, this Indianapolis attraction lives up to its promise.
Chamber of Carnage: Twisted hallways and deviant souls await your visit to the Chamber of Carnage. Be mindful of the dead bodies as you weave through the destruction. Take care not to go into the Laboratory–you just might never come out.
100 Step Cemetery: Let the suffering soul of a tormented undertaker reveal your fate at midnight when you visit this centuries-old burial ground. Located in Brazil, Indiana, this graveyard is anything but peaceful.
Halloween ZooBoo: The Indianapolis Zoo always provides family fun for all. But each year at Halloween, visitors get an extra-special treat when their favorite furry friends dress up for the occasion. Make sure to take a spin on the Halloween Train, check out the Elephant Pumpkin Smash, and take advantage of the sugary treats along the way.
Highland High School/Mounds State Park: In Anderson, Indiana, lie two seemingly innocent and wholesome hidden traps of terror. At Highland High School, you can catch a glimpse of the tortured soul of a boy who lost his life during a routine gym class. And Mounds State Park is home to a centries-old tribe of blue-robed dwarfs, seeking revenge for the Native Americans whose land was stolen from them so many years ago.
Devil’s Hollow: This desolate stretch of land harbors the dark legend of a 1900s family. The mother’s, father’s, and son’s lives were forever altered by the chaos and devastation of World War II. If you approach the deserted area on a moonless night, you can see a lantern burning in the window that pays tribute to the doomed family.
The Children’s Museum Haunted House: At this popular Halloween attraction, your kids of all ages can get their fill of eerie entertainment and Halloween hauntings. There are Friendly Hours and Frightening Hours, so even the littlest guest can enjoy the spooky chills and thrills that await each Halloween season. And don’t miss out on dinner with the witches–it’ll be a fun-filled night to remember.
The Governor’s Mansion: This stunning structure was labored over for years to achieve a level of perfection suitable for the governor of the Hoosier state. But the mansion holds a much more ominous title now: it’s known as the first haunted house in Indianapolis. This tale of a dark November evening unlocks the deadly secrets of the ancient mansion.

 

Conner Prairie’s Headless Horseman: Relieve the legend of Sleepy Hollow as the Headless Horseman rides again through Conner Prairie Interactive History Park. Enjoy a roaring campfire and Halloween goodies, and be on the lookout for spooks and goblins–and the Headless Horseman himself.
The Willard Haunted Hotel: Located in Franklin, just south of Indianapolis, now The Willard Restaurant in Franklin was once a hotel, but first a home rumored to have been haunted since one fateful October day in the early 1900s.
Edna Collins Bridge: This covered bridge in Putnam County holds the secrets of a young, lonely female spirit, with two different versions of her life and death circulating each Halloween. The only way to find out which is true is to visit Edna Collins Bridge yourself.
Dark Carnival: A tribute to the best of Hollywood horror, this indie film fest celebrates the dark side of moviemaking. Come celebrate the bloody spirit of Halloween with guts, gore, and plenty of special effects. Set in Bloomington, Indiana, this festival is a must-visit for any horror film lover.
Moooo Boo at Thistleberry Farm: This Halloween, you won’t want to miss this annual celebration of the season complete with hay rides, corn mazes, and plenty of tricks and treats. Costumes are encouraged, so bring your little ghosts and goblins for a down-home good time.
House of Blue Lights: This story begins with an eccentric millionaire who couldn’t bear to let go of his dead wife–literally. Visit this site in Central Indiana, and you’ll likely see an eerie blue glow eminating from the ground that pays tribute to this tragic tale of lost love.
The Praying Nun: This ghostly apparition drifts among the tombstones of two different cemeteries with a halo top her head and a crying baby in her arms. She can be seen late into the night, praying for the child whose life she saved one dark, cold evening.
Cedar Rock Haunted Trail: A twisted trail that takes you deep into the thick forest of Jackson County and promises a frighteningly fun time for all. Come prepared to be terrified.
Baby Alice: The tragic spirit of this “lady of the night” is said to haunt the town of Lafayette after her mysterious death. This Halloween, come to the street corner where she lived and died and find out the truth for yourself.
The White Wolf: This powerful tale recounts the life and death of a Native American who never found peace. Head to Lafayette, Indiana to see if he still wanders the grounds where his mortal body lies.
Lovers Lane: What began as a romantic spot for local teens to park and gaze at the stars transformed into a grisly murder scene one dark night in 1951. The screams of those who lost their lives at Lovers Lane can still be heard today.
Haunted Hotel 13th Floor: Hungtington, Indiana is home to one of the most horrifying haunted houses you’ll find in the Midwest. This attraction pays tribute to the historic Warwick Hotel and the more than 300 victims whose lives were consumed there by a tragic fire. If you don’t believe in superstition–or if you do–head to The 13th Floor and find out the truth behind the legend.
Justus Cemetery: This burial ground in Oxford has a reputation of being haunted by a restless spirit who resides in the old water tower. But is it really a ghost, or just a long-running youthful prank? Find out for yourself this Halloween.
Trails of Terror: This Halloween, plenty of chills and thrills await your visit to the deadly Trails of Terror in Marklesville, Indiana. The Widowmaker, Camp Blood, and the Coven are only a few of the spine-chilling destinations along this 3o-minute path of destruction. So what are you waiting for? This October, prepare to have the fright of your life at the Trails of Terror.

 


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