Each year we like to highlight some of the kid friendly Halloween activities in our community. We’ve added a couple of new events that should provide a fun, educational and not “too spooky” experience for your children.
Boo at the Zoo
October 23, 24, and 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Columbia Park Zoo
This “hauntingly-friendly” event is perfect for pre-school and elementary school-aged children.
Activities feature fun games, a nightly kids’ costume contest at 7:30 pm, face painting, pumpkin carving, and the Enchanted Train Ride. New this year, there will be a variety of inflatables for the kids. Our night of delights also includes live entertainment and the Columbian Park Kiddie Rides. We are also having theme nights …. Wednesday, Super Heros; Thursday, Purdue & Sports; Friday, Galactic Heroes & Villains.
Tickets are $8 per person at the gate or $6 if you buy tickets in advance prior to October 23. Children 2 years old or younger are free. Tickets are on sale now at Arni’s, Once Upon a Child and Purdue Federal Credit Union. For all the details on this event and to purchase tickets online go to Boo at the Zoo. Advance tickets are not date-specific and may be used any night of the event.
October 24 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm
No charge (free)
Trick or treating at the Tippecanoe Mall. Line starts at Entrance “A”. Don’t forget to bring your bag, bucket or pillowcase to trick or treat around the mall. Please no full-face mask on kids 12 years old and up. No toy guns or weapons of any kind.
October 25 from 6:00 to 8:30 pm
McCutcheon High School
You are invited to another spooktacular evening at McCutcheon’s Resler Gymnasium for the annual Maverick Monster Mash! This Halloween themed carnival for elementary students will take place indoors at McCutcheon High School. Kids wear their costumes and participate in over 25 fun activities and games with trick or treating along the way. It is a safe, fun, and warm opportunity to trick and treat!
All proceeds from this event go to the Indiana Special Olympics and help support our Unified athletics teams.
Tickets sold at the door are $5 for 1 child, $8 for 2 children, $10 max per family. Parents/Guardians enter for free. If you pre-register your little ghouls, they will be entered in for a special prize drawing! Deadline for pre-registration is Sunday, October 20th.
Halloweentown 2019 – Cowboys and Aliens
October 26 from 2:00 – 6:00 pm
No Charge (Free)
All little ghouls and spooks are invited to the 5th annual BONZ Halloweentown in partnership with Friends of Downtown – Operation Trick or Treat. This year we are celebrating “Cowboys and Aliens”.
Come for an afternoon of family fun. No cost to participate. Rain or Shine. Treats for everyone.
3:00 – 4:00 pm Merchants on Main Street hand out candy (Riehle Plaza to 11th Street)
3:00 – 6:00 pm Halloweentown 2019 Community Dance Party with DJ Wendell (Depot)
5:00 – 5:30 pm Costume Contest
6:00 pm Grand Finale Community Thriller Dance on the Plaza
October 25: 6 – 8 PM
October 26: 11 AM to 2 PM
Imagination Station is brewing up something special for Halloween! Guests can join us for special activities and demonstrations all in spooky, but family-friendly, theme. The Station will be filled with ghoulish decor, and guests are welcome to come in costume (see some restrictions below).
Treat bags will be provided for kid scientists, because what is Halloween without some sweet surprises! Both the night and day sessions will run the same, so pick the one your little monsters want to come to. Create and explore science on why things glow, grow, blink, and shriek!
Special Event admission will be $6 for all guests ages 2 and up at the door. Save $1 per ticket and a bit of time at the register by buying your tickets in advance online. Click HERE to go to our online store. Imagination Station Member families will get in free! Cook BioTech employees and their immediate families will also get in free as thanks for their generous sponsorship. This event will be special admission, so coupons and Mercury guest passes will not be valid.
Costumes should be family-friendly, and anyone wearing an outfit deemed inappropriate by staff will be asked to leave. Inappropriate dress may include, but not limited to, costumes of a profane, excessively gory, or reveling nature. Adults cannot wear anything that obscures the face, nor can they bring in any weapon props of a realistic nature. This is an event for families with young kids, so help us keep it fun!
Pumpkin Party at Wolf Park
Saturday, October 26
1 PM – 5:00 PM
Treats delivered at 2 PM
Wolf Park, Battle Ground, IN
Celebrate Halloween with the wolves! Help stuff jack-o-lanterns for the animals to enjoy, and then watch as each animal find their own special way to tear open the pumpkin to find the treats inside. This is a great time of year to come out and see the wolves in their thick winter coats and enjoying the cooler temperatures.
Other activities include a costume contest! Come dressed in your finest and compete to win prizes. What other activities will there be? Come and find out! All ages invited. Cost $8 adults, $6 children
Trick or Treating with the Animals
Saturday, October 26
1 PM – 2:30 PM
The Farm at Prophetstown State Park
Come dressed in your costume and share this festive weekend with our animals. Find each station on The Farm and receive a treat. Learn about how trick-or-treating came to be and see the Gibson Farmhouse decorated for a 1920s Halloween party! Several of our animals will be in costume, so don’t miss this fun event!
FREE with park admission.
Lafayette 40&8 Trunk or Treat
October 28: 4:30 to 6:30 pm
40&8 Parking Lot
1421 North Creasy Lane, Lafayette, IN
Lafayette’s 40&8 invites family and friends to join us for some safe and fun family activities. Snacks will be provided for the whole family. Costume parade for all the little ghosts, goblins and super heroes to begin at 6 pm.
Trick or Treat at the Haan Museum
October 31: 6 – 9 PM
HAAN MUSEUM OF INDIANA ART
920 State St., Lafayette, IN 47905
Bring your little ghosts and princesses to the Haan Museum for safe, special treats! Come in themed costume to enter a special drawing!