Goblins, Ghosts and Parties Galore: Celebrate Halloween Weekend in Indianapolis

Halloween 2009 is officially upon us, and as always, Indianapolis is ready for the occasion. With a full lineup of spooky events and tricks and treats all across the Circle City, there’s plenty of fall fun for everyone. Still in need of a way to celebrate the season this weekend? Throw on your costumed best and head out for the frightening festivities that define Halloween in Indy.

Let’s start with today, Friday the 30th. Why not make Halloween a two-day extravaganza this year? There’s no reason to wait until tomorrow to start the party! If you’re an Indianapolis sports fan, today is your lucky day: it’s opening night for your Indiana Pacers. The night promises plenty of action and festive fun. Get your creative juices flowing and come in your most outrageous costume–it could get you featured on the jumbotron and win you some fabulous prizes.

And the Indianapolis music fans in the crowd are in luck. If you’re a Third Eye Blind fan, definitely don’t miss opening night at Conseco Fieldhouse–the popular band will be playing right along with the Pacers. So get your tickets now to watch the Pacers face off against the Miami Heat, and prepare for a rocking good time. Check out the official Pacers website for more information.

After the game, if you’re still in the partying mood, keep the chills and thrills going at the premier nightclub in Indianapolis, 6 Lounge. This bar has been an Indianapolis staple for a few years now, and has become legendary for its sleek, sexy annual Halloween party. So channel your inner playboy bunny and head to Six Lounge to rub elbows with some of the most famous people in Indianapolis. The bar has been known to host more than a few Pacers after a home-season game. Click here to find out more.

If you prefer to wait until All Hallow’s Eve to get the party started, you’ll have plenty of options for an unforgettable night out on the town. Check out this list of the best places to see and be seen on Saturday, October 30:

Blu Martini, on the North side of Indy. If you show up at this sophisticated nightspot in your craziest costumed attire, you have a chance to win over $500 in cash and great prizes. There’s no cover before 9:00 p.m., so get there early. DJ Cool Hand Lex starts spinning his magic at at 10:00 p.m., and the costume contest heats to a boiling point at midnight, when the winners are announced. The lights go out afterward, and the party marches on until 3:00 a.m. Call 317.566.8650 for a table reservation or VIP service, or visit their website here.

Slippery Noodle Inn, downtown. For those who live in downtown Indianapolis, Friday isn’t the only night of freaky fun in the city. Legend has it  that the Slippery Noodle, an Indianapolis institution, harbors its very own ghost. Rich in Indianapolis history, the bar was an integral stop on the Underground Railroad. According to many loyal customers of the Slippery Noodle Inn, a prostitute named Sarah who frequented the inn during prohibition was murdered one dark, rainy evening in the tumultuous 1920s. In the past, Sarah has been known to make an eerie appearance on Halloween. So if you’re looking for ghosts and tales of murder and mayhem, the Slippery Noodle Inn is your best bet this weekend.

Brothers Bar and Grill, Broad Ripple. Every good party-goer knows that the place to be on any given weekend in the city is the hopping Indianapolis cultural district known as Broad Ripple. This trendy spot comes to life when the lights go out, and Halloween night makes for some of the area’s biggest parties of the year. Head to Brothers, an enormously popular chain hangout, for a night of fabulous drink specials and costumed fun. You’ll also have the chance to win your very own happy hour party. This bar mostly caters to a younger crowd, including Butler University students. Click here for more information.

Tru NightClub, Broad Ripple. Every year, this trendy nightspot hosts the sexy Erotic Exotic Ball in conjunction with Indianapolis radio giant RadioNow 100.9 FM. For the most happening music, dancing, and drink specials in Indy, head to this bar on the corner of Guilford and Broad Ripple Ave. $10 gets you in the door as well as buys your ticket to the hottest concert of the night, featuring hip-hop newcomers Kesha and Jason DeRulo. Don’t forget to wear your sexiest costume to win a prize. Visit Tru NightClub’s website to find out more.

Indy’s Scariest Haunted Houses, all over the city. If you prefer being spooked silly to partying your Halloween night away, check out this comprehensive list of haunted places and haunted houses in Indiana. Prepare for plenty of frightful fun and dark delight at these various creepy locales. Boo!