Pumpkin Carving Contest, Oct. 18 @ Ellenberger Park Football Field
While the first carved gourds belonged to the Maori people over 700 years ago (they used them for lanterns), the origin of the modern jack-o-lantern dates back to myth about an Irish drunkard: Stingy Jack. Continue the centuries old tradition of defacing fruit at the kick-off event for the Historic Irvington Halloween Festival. Bring your spooky sketches and prepare to gut some gourds. Pumpkins and tools will be provided free of charge by Waterman’s Family farm. Stick around for Indy’s favorite food trucks and prizes from local businesses in both the K-12 and adult categories. Rain or shine, but if it’s raining find the contest inside the ice rink. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. FREE.
Young Frankenstein Oct. 22 @ The Irving Theater
“For what we are about to see next, we must enter quietly into the realm of genius.” –Fredrick Frankenstein. Celebrate the 40th anniversary of this cult classic from the inimitable Mel Brooks. Starring Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle and the late great Madeline Kahn, Young Frankenstein follows the mishaps of Fredrick Frankenstein as he attempts to distance himself from his family’s infamous legacy. From the director of The Producers and Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein is a triumph in Brooks’ filmography that unpacks our public obsession with monsters. Put on the “ritz” at the historic Irving Theater and enjoy this hilarious Halloween spoof as it was meant to be seen on 35 mm film. 8 p.m.; $5
Monster Concert Oct. 22-29 @ The Historic Irvington Lodge
From the creator of the celebrated Cabaret Poe comes a family friendly comedy of monstrous proportions. This Las Vegas style revue stars Dracula, Bride of Frankenstein, Zombie Mariah Scary, Frankenstein’s Monster, the Wicked Witch as stage managed by Igor. Cut loose with these classic movie monsters as they kill with scarily bad jokes and spellbinding songs. Box office opens one hour before each performance; cash only at the door. Oct. 22 @7:30 p.m., Oct. 24 (day of the Historic Irvington Halloween Festival) @ 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., Oct. 26 @ 3 p.m., Oct. 28 @ 7:30 p.m., Oct. 29 @ 7:30 p.m.; $7 General Admission, $5 Students (under 17) and Seniors (over 55)
Zombie Bike Ride Oct. 24 @ Irvington Branch Library Parking Lot
Don your best tattered clothes and decomposing effects makeup for the annual zombie bike ride through Irvington. Sponsored by Indy Cycle Specialist, this four mile route tracks a loop through the beautiful Irvington neighborhood including north through Ellenberger Park and south on University Avenue. Enjoy fabulous decorations as residents turn out to cheer on the parade of zombies. End the trip with food from DuFours including but not limited to BRAINSSSS!!!!!! (Brains not included on the DuFours menu) Participants are encouraged to wear costumes of any kind, but bonus points for the most grotesque zombies on bike. 5625 E Washington Street. 7:15 – 10 p.m. FREE.
Pleasant Run Run Oct. 25 @ United Methodist Church
This year’s Pleasant Run Run honors a beloved member of the Irvington community, Isabel Webb, who lost her seven year battle with cancer in September 2014. All proceeds from the event will go to Stand Up To Cancer in memory of Webb, a chemist who was passionate about cancer research. Sign up for the five mile run, the three mile walk or the kiddie romp (FREE) to celebrate the life of Webb and her many contributions not only to the Historic Irvington Halloween Festival but also to the quirky Indy neighborhood she called home. Pre-register before October 17 for discounted rates. Registration begins @ 6:30 a.m.; Opening Ceremonies @ 8:15 am; $12-$24
Street Festival and Parade Oct. 25 @ East Washington Street btwn Ritter Ave and Bolton Ave
Sammy Terry graces the stage as this year’s master of ceremonies and emcee for the day-long street fair and parade at the Historic Irvington Halloween Festival. Terry took to the local airwaves every Friday night starting in the 1960s to introduce classic horror films and provide commercial break entertainment. The beloved local character adds a dash of color to this year’s festival which features several stages and plenty to do. Stop at the Black Acre Beer Garden to tip a glass of witches brew. Register yourself or your pet for the costume contest and parade. Enjoy musical styling’s in all genres, dancing, live animal shows, kid-friendly fun, and a fish fry. 10 a.m-5 p.m. FREE.
Check out the full schedule of events here.