The Times photo by Betsy ReasonHamilton County 4-H Junior Leader Katy Canaday, 14, Fishers, volunteers Tuesday at Junior Leaders’ annual free Community Halloween Party, at the bobbing-for-apples game, instructing sisters, Sophia Vince, 4, dressed as Sophia the First, and Stella Vince, 2, dressed as Frozen’s Elsa. They are the daughters of Jessica Vince of Noblesville.
The Times photo by Betsy Reason

Hamilton County 4-H Junior Leader Katy Canaday, 14, Fishers, volunteers Tuesday at Junior Leaders’ annual free Community Halloween Party, at the bobbing-for-apples game, instructing sisters, Sophia Vince, 4, dressed as Sophia the First, and Stella Vince, 2, dressed as Frozen’s Elsa. They are the daughters of Jessica Vince of Noblesville.
It's time for Halloween costume contests, fall parties and outdoor bonfires.

While Noblesville Schools is on fall break this week and next week, there will be lots of festivities to attend.

The first Halloween party of the year was Tuesday's Hamilton County Junior Leaders free Community Halloween Party for kids. It's a party we never miss. This year, my daughter won the scariest in her age division.

Headless Horseman at Conner Prairie opened Thursday night, along with a new corn maze. And I'm thrilled to say that this year I know a couple of the Headless Horsemen, Noblesville John Stewart and his son, Andrew, plus magician C.R. Ryan, Noblesville resident and Carmel High School grad, returns for 22 performances.

The Times' columnist State Rep. Kathy Kreag Richardson, a Republican Caucus Chairwoman, is having her annual Halloween "Fun" raising dinner tonight at Forest Park Inn in Noblesville. While kids are welcome, tickets are $50 a person. She's awarding prizes for the best dressed, reminding me of all of the years that she has judged Halloween costume contests and just about any other contest.

Also, the Hamilton Heights FFA Fall Festival is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Hamilton Heights High School in Arcadia.Besides pumpkins for sale, the FFA will have a pumpkin carving at 3 p.m., hayrides, corn hole, pumpkin bowling, petting zoo, bounce house, pony rides, face painting, plus a car show today and a pedal tractor pull at 2 p.m. Sunday/ Folks can stock up on pumpkins and fall decorations and enjoy hay rides and have all kinds of fun while supporting the Heights' FFA chapter.

The Indiana Transportation Museum in Forest Park is pulling off The Great Train Robbery from noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 21, with "Caboos" rides, hay rides on the train, Noble Roots live music, Gatewood's Pumpkin Decorating Contest at 3 p.m., fortune tellers and more.

Also, Noblesville Jim Dandy's annual Halloween Kids' Event is 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 23. There will be free face painting by Fabulously Fun Co., a free kids' buffet with adult purchase, Halloween activity table and coloring contest, plus Headless Horseman tickets giveaway.

Hamilton East Public Library will play host to its annual free Octoboo Halloween Party for kids. It's 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at Noblesville Library and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 25 at Fishers Library. Kids dress in costume for the

celebration of all things spooky and trick-or- treat at library treat stations throughout the library make creepy crafts and visit a not-so-scary costumed villain desks, make creepy crafts, and meet Love On a Leash therapy dogs.

Also, mark your calendar for Cool Creek Park's Little Haunt on the Prairie, 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 26 at

Ghoul (Cool) Creek Park in Westfield/Carmel, sponsored by Hamilton County Parks & Recreation; and Noblesville Parks' annual Free Family Halloween Party, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at Forest Park; and the parks' department's first-time free Witches Brew Adult Costume Party, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 28 at Federal Hill Commons. And, also, the First Presbyterian Church's annual free Trunk or Treat, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 28, with treats outside and games and food inside the church; and Barktoberfest is 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 28 at Asa Bales Park in Westfield. Plus, don't forget Sheridan's annual Halloween on Main with parade and trunk-or-treat beginning at 6:30 p.m Oct. 31.

Stonycreek Farms' Pumpkin Harvest Festival also runs through October; Russell Farms

Pumpkin Patch is open weekends, plus next Friday, the last day of Fall Break; Piney Acres has haunted hayrides on Oct. 20 and a Boofest on Oct. 28 and 29; and Gatewood Vegetable Farms has pumpkins and is open daily. 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.

If you have a Halloween event or pumpkin festival, drop me a line.

-Contact Betsy Reason at betsy@thetimes24-7.com.