Pumpkin Patches and Halloween Festivities! Regional Fall Events for the Whole Family

There’s no shortage of fall-related events going on in our region this year. From pumpkin patches to haunted houses, here are some events you can enjoy as Halloween approaches:

The Culbertson Mansion located in New Albany, IN, is a unique and thrilling haunted mansion and has been frightening folks since 1985. Run by volunteers, the money raised during Halloween season is used to restore the historical building. The real frights, however, occur in the Carriage House which originally was used to shelter the family’s horse and buggy until it fell into disuse.

From 1946 to 1964, the Carriage House was restored and used for parties and musical events until rumors concerning tragic fires, spirit activity, and gruesome murders began to surface. Mansion staff and volunteers have reported unusual occurrences here: electrical problems, missing items, strange sounds after hours, and mysterious figures moving from room to room leading to a few people refusing to re-enter the house.

In 1930, the Culbertson Mansion Carriage House was purchased by Lewis and Dinah Chartres to use as both a private home and a store front to sell their handmade dolls. With no children of their own, the Chartres made the dolls their life. As most of us know, dolls can do a great job creeping out anyone, so the newly rediscovered dolls are on display this year. If you are up for a real fright this season, you must check out the Culbertson Mansion Carriage House. A haunted house staffed by volunteers as well as the possibility of witnessing actual supernatural activity is going to be an unsettling treat this fall.

It is open every Friday and Saturday night in October starting at 7:00 pm. A hilarious chart online will inform you of statistics from the past few years of “Spooky Oopsies” including but not limited to the number of people who have quit, cried, or experienced “Personal Dampening.” If the haunted house proves to be too much for you, the Culbertson Mansion also offers Story Telling, a Ghostly Happenings Tour, Halloween Tea, and a “Ghostly Undertaking Sleepover Saturday” where folks participate in a candlelight dinner, Mansion ghost tour and scavenger hunt. The Culbertson Mansion is not for the faint of heart but comes highly recommended this season for those up for a good scare.

The “World’s Largest Halloween Party” takes place at the Louisville Zoo every Thursday through Sunday in October from 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm. This is a place for kids who don’t wish to get the living daylights scared out of them, but still want to show off their cute costumes. It is an evening of not-too-scary Halloween fun for the whole family with costumed characters and over 15 fanciful storybook scenes throughout the Zoo. Kids under 11 are encouraged bring their own treat bag to trick or treat at the many candy stations as you visit a talking pumpkin, pirates and princesses, superheroes, and storybook characters. On October 26, 27 and 28, the PNC Grow Up Great Mobile Learning Adventure will be at the Zoo’s front entrance to take a free photo of your little pumpkins. General admission is $8 or you can purchase tickets at any local Meijer for $6.50. If you’re wanting a little thrill, the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow Tour is a walk-through attraction in the Gorilla Forest. A resident host from Sleepy Hollow tells you the tale of the famous Headless Horseman and features a spooky surprise at the end! This event is an extra $2 and may frighten young children, but is a fun spook for older ones!

This Halloween attraction was voted the number one Halloween Attraction in the area. This is Kentuckiana’s largest haunted corn field and is located near Otter Creek Park in Brandenburg, KY. The Field of Screams is a six-acre haunted corn maze filled with numerous creeps, freaks, and ghouls. It is a challenging maze and generally takes about an hour. The Field seems like it never ends and on your way out you will walk through a haunted barn and cross “the bridge of madness.” The Field of Screams costs $20, opens at 7:00 pm on Friday and Saturday nights until October 27, and this year will feature a “Hayride to Hell” for $15. Combo tickets for the maze and the hayride are available for $30 and coupons are available at local Meijer stores. This event is not for the faint of heart but was voted the number one Halloween attraction for a reason. You won’t want to miss this!

  • Family fun at Sangreal Farms

Located in Green County, Kentucky, Sangreal Farms is a locally owned farm that is open year round. This fall, you can head to its pumpkin patch if you enjoy the excitement of being in the field, or you can choose a pumpkin from the selection that has already been gathered. If you like to plan ahead, Sangreal Farms even offers Christmas trees that you can cut yourself, they will cut for you, or living trees that you can plant later! The farm also offers great canoeing, hiking, fishing, and primitive camping and allows you to bring a 4-wheeler or horse to enjoy the whole day. Sangreal Farms is the place to go for families looking to make lasting memories.

On October 26-27 a family fun-filled event is happening in Elizabethtown. The Nightmare on the Square starts on Friday evening with a Scavenger Hunt at 6pm behind the Brown Pusey House in downtown Elizabethtown. You will need a team, a car, and team costumes if you have them. A Ghost Walk will also take place on Saturday night, as well as the coffin race, pumpkin drop, kids’ zone, and more. This event benefits the Elizabethtown – Hardin County Heritage Council, and their efforts to revitalize historic downtown Elizabethtown.

Did we miss your favorite event? Leave us a comment below and let us know what your favorite Halloween tradition is!
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