When I was a kid, I can remember wearing multiple layers of clothes under my Halloween costumes and about freezing to death in the name of candy. I remember begging my parents to let us continue trick-or-treating even though there was rain, sleet, snow, or howling wind.
However, as a mom, I would rather stay warm and dry. Since Halloween in Indy this year is looking like it won’t be either of those things, I’ve got a list we might all use to keep the trick-or-treating spirit alive while also avoiding the weather.
Great news! All of these events are free unless otherwise noted.
Where: 4H Exhibit Hall, Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1202 E. 38th Street, Indy
Details: Indoor Trick-or-Treat for Kids 12 and Under (must be accompanied by adult)
Where: The Salvation Army Fountain Square, 1337 Shelby Street, Indy
Details: Indoor Trick-or-Treat, Games, Crafts, Snacks
Where: ReCraft, 1802 Shelby Street, Indy
Details: Make and Take Crafts, Candy, Photo BOOth, Costume Contest
Where: Impact Old Southside Christian Church, 1430 Charles Street, Indy
Details: Fall Fun Fest, Candy, Snacks, Games
Where: Children’s Museum Hotel of Spells, 3000 N. Meridian Street, Indy
Details: Lights On, Candy, Coupons Handed Out for Other Kid-Friendly Attractions, Purchase Tickets Online ($9/person, kids under 2 are free)
Where: Light of the World Christian Church, 4646 Michigan Road, Indy
Details: Harvest Fest for Families with Children 12 and Under (must be accompanied by an adult), Food, Fun, Activities, Prizes, Crafts, Candy
Where: Danny Boy Beer Works, 12702 Meeting House Road, Carmel
Details: Kid-Friendly Haunted House, Candy, Adults Can Buy Beer (of course!)
Where: Bradley United Methodist Church, 210 W. Main Street, Greenfield
Details: Trunk-or-Treat, Rooms Decorated Inside, Free Meal in Basement
Where: Greenfield Christian Church, 23 N. East Street, Greenfield
Details: Indoor Games and Activities, Free Dinner (hot dogs, chips, and drinks), Candy
Where: Elton Geshwiler Senior Center, 602 Main Street, Beech Grove
Details: Halloween Party, Treats, Door Prizes, Not-So-Scary Animal Show by Silly Safari and Amazon John
Where: Rosegate Senior Community, 7510 Rosegate Drive, Indy
Details: Candy, Snacks, Drinks
Where: Vineyard Community Church, 512 S. Madison Avenue, Greenwood
Details: Halloween Party, Activities for Kids, Trunk-or-Treat in Parking Lot, Hot Dogs, Popcorn, Candy, Indoor Bounce Houses
Where: Iglesia Hermandad Cristiana, 5925 W. 34th Street, Indy
Details: Indoor Trick-or-Treat
Where: Lafayette Square Mall, 3919 Lafayette Road, Indy
Details: Indoor Trick-or-Treat
All Sides of Town
Where: Indianapolis Fire Department (all stations)
Details: Candy, Some Have “Open House”
*If you’re not in Indy, check your local fire department’s website or Facebook page to see if they’ll be open for trick-or-treaters.
Where: Assisted Living and Senior Living Facilities
Details: Call or Check Websites
Other Stay-Warm Ideas
Pumpkin Carving or Decorating:
If you haven’t carved your pumpkins yet, now would be a great time to get that done. Better late than never.
If your kids are little, make sure you take pictures of them touching the pumpkin guts. The Adventure Kids still aren’t fans of this. Ha!
Visit Family and Friends:
We have some grandparents in our family who give out the best treats (and kisses and hugs), so we visit them no matter what.
However, if the weather is bad, you might consider visiting other family members and friends, too. If there are less trick-or-treaters out, then that means more candy to give to the ones that do show up, right?
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Every year, we watch the ultimate Halloween classic: It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. If you don’t own a copy and forgot to DVR it earlier this month, you can buy it from Amazon for $9.99.
If you want to brave the weather, go for it. The Indy Star has all of the hours listed for you. Have fun!
Regardless of how you choose to spend your night this Halloween, we hope you enjoy your time with family and friends. Happy Halloween!