13400 Allisonville Rd.
This family-oriented event is in a class of its own, with an entire village full of food, music and entertainment. The Headless Horseman hayride is an ideal haunted environment for children (or excitable adults), as it allows them to stay cuddled up close to a parent within the confines of the trailer, while still offering a few mildly spooky surprises. The wait for the hayride can be extensive, but passes are distributed at the main entrance with a designated ride time, so that you can go enjoy the festivities while "waiting" for your turn. There is an amusing puppet show, scary storytellers spinning yarns, live musicians, face painting and a cornucopia of other family attractions. Conner Prairie almost completely forsakes the 19th century theme for this event, unless my American History teacher left something out, and the pioneers had karaoke and accepted Visa. $13, through Oct. 30. www.connerprairie.org