Visit the 63rd Annual Historic Irvington Halloween Festival

Each year in October, the quaint town of Irvington, Indiana, gears up for one of its biggest events all year: the Historic Irvington Halloween Festival. This year’s celebration is bigger and better than ever, and there are plenty of family-friendly thrills and chills to look forward to all week.

Tonight, grab some friends and head out for a lively night of haunted happenings. The “Slightly Haunted Puppet Show” is first up on the agenda, and features the famous Melchior
Marionettes. It starts at 6:30 p.m., and is free for all ages. Afterward, warm up with a glass of red wine at the Art Auction and Wine Tasting starting at 7:00 p.m. at the Legend Cafe.

As Halloween gets closer, the events get scarier! On Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, check out Haunted Movie Night at 6:30 at the town library for your frightening fix of zombies and slasher flicks. Be sure to come hungry and take advantage of the free hot dogs and other tasty treats. On Thursday night, bundle up and settle in for a few hours of eerie entertainment at “An Evening of Spooky Stories at Irving Circle Park.” Beginning at 6:30 p.m., you’ll be regaled with tales of murder and mayhem through the ages.
On Friday at 7:00 p.m., gather up your Indianapolis kids and take the whole family to the Ellenberger Park Ice Rink for the Roller Derby battle between the Ninjas and the Pirates. The Circle City Socialites and the Race City Rebels will be on hand as well, making for a jam-packed night of roller rink fun.

Other exciting events over the course of this week at the 63rd Annual Historic Irvington Halloween Festival include haunted ghost tours, the Cabaret Poe musical, a house decorating contest and essay/poetry contest, book signings, and more. You can get details on exact dates, times, and registration for these events on the official Irvington Halloween Festival website.


Halloween itself marks the biggest day of the Festival, with activities lined up all day for little ghosts and goblins and adults alike. The day starts with a bang at the Pleasant Run Run, a family-oriented 5 K mile race. As the race winds down, head to the Irvington Library for a full day of Acadabera Magic with Magic Mike, live animal shows, and the chance to make your own pottery to take home with you.

Live music will provide a festive backdrop for the day of holiday fun, and the festival ends with a giant parade and the costume contest judging. So don’t miss this action-packed week of tricks and treats at the Historic Irvington Halloween Festival, and make sure to show up Saturday in your costumed best for a Halloween experience to remember.

For more spooky Autumn entertainment, check out this list of haunted places in Indianapolis and haunted houses in Indiana.