As Halloween approaches, haunts and haunters in the Wabash Valley are offering up some frights and some family friendly fun.
One of the most elaborate yard haunts in Terre Haute, Castle Lorey, will open from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Oct. 31 for trick-or-treaters. The haunt is a block and a half south of Hulman Street at 1815 S. 29th St.
The castle is a home haunt hosted by Marc and Dawn Lorey. This year, guests may bring a non-perishable human food item or pet food for a donation to the Terre Haute Catholic Charities Food Bank.
Not all children dare to walk the path through the Castle, but there is always a treat at the end for those in costume. The haunt is geared toward ages 16 and under, but parents are welcome to try their luck as well.
The Loreys add new items every year, but offer up old favorites like the electric chair, too. Look for more animatronics and things that go splat in the night. Get past the graveyard out front before walking toward the castle. The Zombie Wasteland is next. Before getting your just reward (candy) you’ll need to reach the pumpkin patch.
Additional Halloween haunts and family friendly events follow.
Trick-or-treat at the library
Vigo County children are encouraged to trick-or-treat at the Vigo County Public Library from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 31 for a free book and family fun.
The Halloween Book Giveaway and Spooktacular Event will be in the library lobby and lower level meeting rooms. Participants will decorate their own monster face cupcake. Those who stick around for a spell also will be treated to a Halloween storytime as well as activities, games and prizes.
Healthy Halloween Hoedown
Children and the young-at-heart are invited to dust off their favorite costumes and mosey on down to the Terre Haute Children’s Museum from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday for the Healthy Halloween Hoedown.
During this Halloween roundup, sponsored by Terre Haute Regional Hospital, kids and adults can enjoy music, healthy snacks, dancing, crafts, games, experiments and live animals. Children will even get to hop on the saddle of a blender bike to mix up smoothies.
This event isn’t just for cowboys and cowgirls. Superheroes, princesses, pirates, witches, goblins, wizards and more are all welcome at this un-scary event. There will be a variety of activities available for all ages.
Tickets for the “Healthy Halloween Hoedown” are $5 for members of the Terre Haute Children’s Museum and $10 for children ages 2 and older and adults. Children under age 2 will be admitted for free.
The museum is at 727 Wabash Ave. and Eighth Street. For more information, visit www.thchildrens
museum.com, email info@terrehautechildrens
museum.com or call 812-235-5548; or find them on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.
Trick-or-Treat at the Trail
Area youth are invited to trick-or-treat in a safe atmosphere at the 12th annual Trick-or-Treat at the Trail, 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31. The free event will take place in the three main buildings of Lincoln Trail College in Robinson, Ill. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is free. Food will be available for purchase in the college cafeteria.
Youth in pre-kindergarten through fourth grade are also invited to participate in the college’s Halloween coloring contest. Entries are available at LTC and area schools, and will be displayed at this event. The submission deadline is Friday. Prizes will be delivered the week of Oct. 28.
The event is co-sponsored by the Lincoln Trail College Foundation, with donations, candy and booths provided by area businesses. For more information, call 618-544-8657 or visit www.iecc.edu/ltc, www.facebook.com/lincolntrailcollege or www.twitter.com/ltc_il .
The Montezuma park board is sponsoring the Ray Bockhold Memorial Pranks in the Park from 8 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, at Reeder Park in Montezuma.
Admission is $5 and includes a haunted, or unhaunted, hayride and a meal. The community is invited for a “spooktacular” good time.
Also, the Montezuma trick-or-treat night will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 31.
Across the Valley
What: City of Terre Haute trick-or-treating
When: To 9 p.m. Wednesday and Oct. 31
What: Trick-or-Treat at the Mall
When: 6 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31
Where: Honey Creek Mall
What: Halloween Trunk or Treat
When: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 26
Where: Marshall (Ill.) courthouse square, on Sixth Street between Archer and Locust streets.
What to expect: Halloween event in a safe family environment. Participants will park their vehicles here, open the vehicle trunks or backs, decorate them and then pass out candy from the trunks to trick-or-treaters. Games will also be featured, including a ring toss, bean bag toss and glow-in-the dark bowling.
What: Halloween Laser Show
Where: Allen Memorial Planetarium at Terre Haute South Vigo High School
When: 6:30 p.m. Friday
Cost: $4 for adults and $2 for ages 12 and under.
What: Toyota of Terre Haute — Trunk or Treat
When: 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday
Where: Toyota of Terre Haute, 3.5 miles south of Interstate 70 on U.S. 41
What to expect: Bring a decorated trunk for the family friendly trunk-or-treating contest, or compete in the costume and pumpkin painting contests. The event also will offer gift card giveaways and lots of candy. For more information, find us on Facebook at Toyota of Terre Haute.
What: Crosley Players Halloween, a live recreation of “The War of the Worlds”
When: 8 p.m. Oct. 31
Where: Harmony Hall, 1257 Lafayette Ave.
Tickets: $7 for adults and $3 for ages 5 to 17 with a paid adult. Advance tickets can be purchased by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope with payment in cash or money order to The Crosley Radio Players 3000 W. Spencer Drive Terre Haute, IN 47802.
What to expect: The show will feature a cast of well-known voices from Terre Haute radio and television and music by the West Vigo High School Orchestra. Sound effects will also be created live, just as in the original radio play. A 5-foot, World War 2 vintage, carbon-arc searchlight will be in operation outside the theater, searching the sky for Martians.
What: Trunk or Treat
When: 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday; 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the north campus
Where: Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church, 3050 E. Davis Drive
What to expect: The event will benefit 14th and Chestnut Community Center. Free food will be served with donations going to the center. Also, vote for your favorite pumpkin in the decorating contest.
What: Trunk or Treat
When: 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday
Where: Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church, north campus, across from Terre Haute North Vigo High School, 1075 N. Fruitridge Ave.
What to expect: A free dinner, games, prizes, a bounce house and more.
What: Halloween Happenings
When: Oct. 31
Where: The Bridge Church, 1901 Eighth Ave.
What to expect: Food, games, haunted house and face painting.
What: Trunk or Treat
When: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday
Where: First Baptist Church, 4701 E. Poplar Drive
What to expect: A safe and enjoyable place for the children to enjoy decorated car trunks, costumes, candy and treats.
What: Un-boo-lievable Happenings
When: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday
Where: Raccoon State Rec. Area, 1588 S. Raccoon Parkway, Rockville
What to expect: Games, a pet costume contest, trick-or-treating, scarecrow judging and hayrides.
What: ‘Murder at St. Mary’s’
When: 7:30 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday
Where: Cecilian Auditorium, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College
Tickets: $10 for adults; $5 for children and seniors and free for students with ID and children under 12
What to expect: A murder mystery comedy.
What: Rockville Lake Park Haunted Hallows
When: 7:45 to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Where: Rockville Lake Park, 828 N. Marshall Road, Rockville
What: The Haunted Farm
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Where: 11598 Carlisle Road
Prices: $7 per adult, $5 ages 4-10, $3 for ages 3 and under
What to expect: The farm features a haunted woods walk and farm structure walk-through haunt. For more information or directions contact Fred at email@example.com. Visit www.indianaconservationclub.com.
What: Haunted Happenings
Where: Deming Park
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday
What to expect: Tickets for train and hayrides are $2 each. Glow products will be available for purchase.
What: Monte Carlo Masquerade
When: 7 p.m. to midnight Friday
Where: Ohio Building
Tickets: $40 each (available at www.codaterrehaute.org or at the door)
What to expect: Play casino-style games, enjoy the music of Cry on High, bid on fantastic silent auction items, and enjoy appetizers and a cash bar. Costumes are not required, but are certainly welcome. All proceeds remain right here in the Wabash Valley to serve CODA’s mission of making a difference in the lives of victims of domestic violence. For more information, visit www.codaterrehaute.org or call 812-230-2023.
What: Shadow Asylum Haunted House
When: 7 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday and Oct. 31, Nov. 1-2
Where: 949 N. 10th St.
Tickets: $10, with VIP tickets available
What: Shattered Nightmares Haunted House
When: 7 p.m. to midnight Friday, Saturday, Oct. 31, Nov. 1-2
Where: 1011 Third Ave., the building lit up in green lights
What: Phoenix Asylum Haunted House
When: 7 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday
Where: Clay County Fairgrounds in Brazil
What to expect: Find your way through a haunted maze. Concessions will be available. Money raised will go to two local cancer patients.
What: Frightmares Haunted House
When: 8 to 11 p.m. Friday; 8 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday; 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 31
Where: 688 A St. NW, west of Southern Indiana Workwear and Pizza Villa on the west side of Linton, off Indiana 54.
Tickets: $8 for adults; $6 for ages 11 and under; VIP tickets available
Special event: 8 to 11 tonight, Total Black-Out Experience
What: Nightmare on Ash Street Haunted House
When: 7 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday; 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday and Oct. 31
Where: 1443 Ash St.
What: Temple of Terror Haunted Halloween Costume Party
When: 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday
Where: Zorah Shrine Temple, 420 N. Seventh St.
What to expect: Live music, snacks, a cash bar and free keg beer while it lasts.
What: Halloween in Linton, including spook fest
When: 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday and Oct. 31
Special event: Spook fest on Oct. 31 at Humphreys Park on Indiana 54