October Fun and Fall Festivals

October Fun and Fall Festivals

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”

This now infamous quote from Anne of Green Gables refers to the more simple, beautiful things about fall – maple leaves turning bright yellow, orange, and red.

Little did Anne know, October would soon be associated with endless opportunities for fall fun with festivals every weekend, perfect weather for recreational activities, and Family Fall-O-Weekends.

We’ve listed highlights by the weekend for October. If you, too, are so glad to live in a world where there are Octobers, keep reading.

October 6 – 8, 2017:

Saturday, October 7, 2017 – The Spencer County Octoberfest will entertain every member of the family. Find fall kid’s crafts, pumpkin painting, a demolition derby, and more at the Spencer County Octoberfest.  

October 13 – 15, 2017:

Saturday, October 14, 2017 – Kids of all ages will enjoy Friends Fall Frolic inside Lincoln State Park including hayrides, pumpkin painting, crafts, and games.

Saturday, October 14, and Sunday, October 15, 2017 – See Indiana’s largest apple pie at Mt. Zion’s 37th Annual Applefest. The two-day festival features a variety of apple treats as well as live music, crafts, kid’s activities, and more!

October 20 – 22, 2017:

Saturday, October 21, 2017 – Friends Fall Frolic returns for the second weekend of fun activities inside Lincoln State Park. Kids of all ages will enjoy hayrides, pumpkin painting, crafts, and games.

Saturday, October 21, 2017 – The harvest is over, and it’s time to celebrate with wine and good company! Join Monkey Hollow Winery & Distillery for the 7th Annual Harvest Party. In addition to complimentary wine samples and free food, enjoy live musical entertainment all day, a kid’s bounce house, and distillery tours.  

 October 27 – 29, 2017:

Friday, October 27, and Saturday, October 28, 2017 – Take a ghostly guided tour around the Santa Claus Museum & Village at Santa’s Haunted Church. You can purchase tickets in advance or on-site for this popular annual event.

Saturday, October 28, 2017 – All Hallow’s Eve at the Santa Claus Museum & Village features a lantern-lit reading of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Storyteller, Susan Fowler. The Headless Horseman just might make an appearance at the end of the story, too!

Saturday, October 28, and Sunday, October 29, 2017 – Lincoln Pioneer Village & Museum hosts the Fall Heritage Days Rendezvous, a two-day event that will take you back in time to when the Lincolns lived in Indiana. Marvel at costumed interpreters and demonstrators as you wander through the village. The whole family will find activities to enjoy including kid’s activities, candle dipping, entertainment, food, and more.October Fun and Fall Festivals

Every Weekend:

Fridays and Saturdays – Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort hosts Halloween Weekends on Fridays and Saturdays throughout October. Spooktacular Halloween activities include trick-or-treating at over 500 sites, costume and site decorating contests, haunted hayrides, bonfire ghost stories, and much more. 

Saturdays and Sundays – Celebrate Halloween every weekend in October at Happy Halloween Weekends at Holiday World. Experience all of your favorite rides as well as seasonal specialties. Favorites include 12 acres of corn mazes, Carnival Chaos, hayrides, and more.

Sundays – Explore Pumpkins and More Farm Market during Kid’s Days for family-friendly, fun activities during the fall. Kids of all ages can enjoy pumpkin painting, pumpkin bowling, hayrides, games, and much more.

Check with local wineries, Pepper’s Ridge and Monkey Hollow Winery & Distillery, for live music on the weekends.

There is no shortage of events, activities, and family fun this month. Visit Santa Claus, Indiana, and sites throughout Lincoln’s Indiana Boyhood Home in October 2017.

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