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home : columnists : columnists November 18, 2017

10/27/2017 4:00:00 AM
Ghosts, goblins, ghouls, oh my!
The Times photo by Betsy ReasonHamilton County’s Mudsockers 4-H Club members enjoy roasting smores before maneuvering a corn maze and a nighttime hayride through the pumpkin fields during a club visit this month to Russell Farms in Noblesville.
The Times photo by Betsy Reason

Hamilton County’s Mudsockers 4-H Club members enjoy roasting smores before maneuvering a corn maze and a nighttime hayride through the pumpkin fields during a club visit this month to Russell Farms in Noblesville.

By Betsy Reason

It's the final weekend for ghosts and goblins, and we still have lots of Halloween activities on our calendar.

Tonight is Noblesville Parks' annual Free Family Halloween Party. We always try to attend, not only because we enjoy the hayride through the park, but for the music, games and refreshments. Plus Noblesville Police Department offers Trunk-or-Treat, and a downtown business, Fred and Lori Koppold's Tenth Street Photography, snaps memorable souvenir photos with special effects. It's 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at Forest Park.

The Forest Park Halloween event takes place rain or shine. Right now, the weather forecast calls for 50 percent chance of precipitation with a temperature of 42 F. So dress for warmth. Dressing in warm Halloween costumes will be the theme for the weekend, for which the forecast calls for temperatures in the upper 30s and low 40s.

The First Presbyterian Church's annual free Trunk or Treat is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, with treats outside in the parking lot, and games and food (and hopefully hot chocolate) inside the church.(Organizers, are you reading?)

And while you might not have to put a coat on your canines, a costume is greatly encouraged for Humane Society for Hamilton County's Barktoberfest, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at Asa Bales Park in Westfield. But get there early; only the first 20 dogs to register on site will talk the contest stage. And also go hungry and thirsty. Guests will have their choice of food from local vendors, plus Westfield's Grand Junction Brewing Co. and Sheridan's Blackhawk Winery will be pouring beverages.

Speaking of beverages, Saturday marks Noblesville Parks' first-time free Witches Brew Adult Costume Party, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Federal Hill Commons, with live music, food and at least four local breweries onsite.

Also, Saturday, the third annual Our Town Cicero Fall Festival is noon to 3 p.m. at Cicero Community Park, with pet and kid costume contests, games and giveaways.

A Boo Bash with trick-or-treating, costume contest, Halloween village and deejay, with refreshments, will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Central Green in downtown FIshers, with a sensory friendly hour from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Also, a CarniFall funfest is noon to 4 p.m. Saturday in Carmel's Market District.

Sunday, Nobleville Baptist Church's Harvest Festival is 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., with trunk-or-treating, games, carnival and a bounce house. Trunk-or-treating is also at 3 p.m. Sunday at Fishers United Methodist Church, 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Grace Church in Noblesville and from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the First Christian Church, also in Noblesville..

Conner Prairie's Headless Horseman with hayrides, new corn maze and lots of live entertainment continues through Sunday. But the venue's Apple Store stays open through Tuesday.

Also, don't forget Sheridan's annual Halloween on Main with parade and trunk-or-treat beginning at 6:30 p.m Oct. 31. And trick-or-treating Tuesday night in all of the Hamilton County communities.

Stonycreek Farms' Pumpkin Harvest Festival also runs through the weekend; Russell Farms

Pumpkin Patch is open for hayrides, corn maze and pumpkins; Piney Acres has a Boofest on Saturday and Sunday; and Gatewood Vegetable Farms has pumpkins. There is also Spencer Farm Pumpkin Patch on East 161st Street, Stuckey Farm Harvest Fall Festival in Sheridan and Mariliyn's Crazy Corn Maze on Marilyn Road.

-Contact me at betsy@thetimes24-7.com

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