Looking for family things to do in Indianapolis this month? October is a great time of year. October is one of my favorite months thanks to the kids. When they were younger, I told them October was coming when the leaves were beginning to turn different colors and fall off the trees. They were always excited when Fall was coming. It was pure excitement in their eyes. And of course Halloween is official here and I (not the hubby) loves scary movies and costume parties are fun.
Below are list of activities for families and kids to do in Indianapolis in October (also surrounding areas just in case for Fall Break as well.) If you are in or around the city this time of year here are 5 must do things in Indianapolis in October with your family.
5 Family Things to Do in Indianapolis In October
Indianapolis Pumpkin Patches
Fall season is here which means visiting the local Pumpkin Patches in Indianapolis. You can pick your own pumpkins (and apples too depending on how early in October you go), apple cider, hayrides, and more activities for the family to enjoy. Here are some pumpkin patches to check out this month.
Indianapolis (and surrounding) Halloween activities
October would not be complete without Halloween activities. Get dressed up in your Halloween costumes and check out these festivals below.
- Historic Irvington Halloween Festival – October 19-26, 2019
- Zombie Bike Ride – October 25, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 9 PM
- Zoo Boo – October 3-27, 2019; 2PM -7PM
- Headless Horseman Hay Ride – October 10-13, 17-20, 24-27 – 2019 (advance tickets are sold from Sept 3 – Oct 9.)
- The Children’s Museum Guild’s Haunted House Wicked Woods – Oct. 11–31, 2019
Mass Ave Monster Mash
What to break out your costumes a little early and not mess with the October 31 trick or treat times? Then check out the Mass Ave Monster Mash. Businesses up and down Massachusetts Avenue will be handing out treats the Sunday before Halloween from 4-6pm.
Sunday, October 27 at 4 PM – 6 PM
Oktoberfest in Indianapolis
October would not be complete without Oktoberfest! Here are a few festivals going on in October that are family friendly.
- The Holy Name Oktoberfest – October 4 & 5, 2019
- GermanFest – Indianapolis, IN – October 12, 2019
- Seymour Oktoberfest – October 4-5, 2019 (an hour south of Indianapolis)
Sadly Traders Point Creamery Oktoberfest is not happening this year. We will keep our ears open and hope they come back in 2020!
Family Movie – Hocus Pocus
Put on your PJs, grab a blanket, sleeping bag or lawn chair and join us for some movie magic with a classic Halloween favorite in our Great Hall. Refreshments will be available for purchase at IMAX.
Tickets are $3/members and $5/non-members. Get more information and tickets here.
Indianapolis Trick or Treat
This is more than 5 but we did not want to forget trick or treating. Halloween falls on a Tuesday this year. Here are trick or treat times in the Indianapolis and surrounding area.
Bonus Thing – This is for December and I know this will sell out pretty fast so this is bonus heads up. Polar Express PJ event put on by Elitejorg Museum. Happening Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 5 PM – 8 PM. This is hosted by the Indiana Diaper Bank, so all proceeds will benefit Indiana Diaper Bank. Where they believe every child deserves the best start in life.