There’s plenty to love about the fall with its cooler temperatures and beautiful foliage. One of the best things about the season is its fun holidays, such as Halloween. Whether you prefer taking a relaxing trip to the local pumpkin patch or cozying up on the couch for a scary movie marathon, there’s no shortage of ways to get into the spooky spirit. Our team at Alvarez Law created this list of fun upcoming Halloween events around Crown Point, Indiana, to give you some ideas about what to do.
Halloween Monster Dash
Halloween Monster Dash is a festive 5K run. Participants can dress up in their Halloween best before setting off on this run, and the event also includes a costume contest. The event starts and finishes at Off Square Brewing, and it features a hot cocoa bar to warm you up after your run. The event includes a t-shirt and raffles, and the top runners receive prizes.
This event benefits the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. It’s a member of the Feeding America organization, the largest domestic hunger-relief organization in the United States. Each year, the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana serves more than 23,000 individuals and distributes more than 4.5 million meals.
Halloween Monster Dash will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22. The event is in the evening from 9 AM – 12 PM, with 9 AM Registration/Check-in and a 10 AM Start. You can register now for the event and create a unique page to raise donations for the food bank.
Pumpkins in the Pool
Who says swimming is only a summertime activity? Pumpkins in the Pool at the Crossroads YMCA allows you to combine a dip in the pool with fall fun. During this event, the YMCA fills its pool with pumpkins, and families can swim around to choose their perfect pumpkin to take home. Once children have picked their pumpkins, they get to decorate them.
Your family has two opportunities to attend Pumpkins in the Pool. The first is at the Hobart Family YMCA, approximately half an hour from Crown Point. The event is on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 1 to 3 p.m. It’s an all-ages event, costing $10 per person for members of the Hobart Family YMCA location and $20 per person for guests.
The Hammond Family YMCA is also hosting a Pumpkins in the Pool Event, and it’s also only about half an hour from Crown Point. Their event is closer to Halloween, falling on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 3 to 5 p.m. Attending this event requires registration, and it costs $5 per person for members of the Hammond Family YMCA location and $10 per person for guests.
Witches in the Woods 5K/2K
Witches in the Woods 5K/2K is a nighttime run and walk through the Lake County Fairgrounds. This family-friendly event includes a 5K run or a 1-mile walk through the trees and pathways of the fairgrounds. As you’re on your journey, keep an eye out for witches. Take photos to share with Professor Nightshade when you reach the finish line.
This event includes a bonfire with ghost stories and a “Candy Dash” for kids to fill up on treats. There are also plenty of prizes for you to win. Top-placing runners receive a prize, and there’s a contest to award participants with the best costumes.
Witches in the Woods 5K/2K is on Friday, Oct. 28. The event kicks off at 6 p.m., but sign-in begins at 5:15 p.m. Event registration is open now, and signing up early can help you save on costs. Through Oct. 26, admission for kids under 3 is always free, it costs $16 for those 12 and under, and adult admission is $20. Admission for all guests is $25 on Oct. 27 and the day of the event. While you can preorder shirts for $15 through Oct. 19, some shirts may be available at the event as well.
Along with the Witches in the Woods 5K, they are hosting a Hometown Hocus Pocus Market at the same time from 5-10 pm in the Industrial building at the Fairgrounds. Join in for the Hometown Hocus Pocus Market on Tuesday, October 28th, 5-10 pm, inside the Industrial Building of the Lake County Fairgrounds.
Hometown Hocus Pocus Market is featuring unique artisan vendors and handcrafted items, trick or treating among the vendors, adult & kid costume contests throughout the night, pumpkin decorating, a bounce house for the kids, food, drinks, LIVE music, and MORE! The entry includes treasure hunt clues hidden among the vendors! $3 in advance. $5 at the door. Kids 12 & under are free.
5-10 pm – Hocus Pocus Market – a Halloween-themed indoor Market
5 – 6 pm – Sign in for the Witches in the Woods 5K/2K
6 pm – Witches in the Woods 5K starts.
6 -7:30 pm LeAnn Stutler performs.
7:30 pm – The Sanderson Sisters visit & perform!
8 – 9:30 pm John Fister performs.
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Annual NWI Storytelling Festival and Ghost Stories
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The Annual NWI Storytelling Festival and Ghost Stories offers a day of spooky stories for all ages. Presented by the Northwest Indiana Storytelling Guild, this event typically starts with tame stories during the day that gradually get scarier into the evening. The event takes place less than an hour from Crown Point at Indiana Dunes State Park, giving your family a perfect chance to enjoy Indiana’s natural beauty.
The festival will be on Friday, Oct. 14, and Saturday, Oct. 15. It’s from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. While the event is free, standard admission prices for the Indiana Dunes State Park may apply.
Haunted Hills Hospital
If you’re looking for a Halloween event near Crown Point that’s on the scarier side, consider heading to Haunted Hills Hospital. This award-winning haunt includes multiple terrifying attractions, including a haunted house and a scare zone. Visitors looking for less intense experiences may enjoy the haunt’s midway and arcade.
For a terrifying time, head to the haunted house with the same name as the main attraction. The hospital, operated by the fictional and demented Truman Corporation, is a mental facility home to the most twisted patients. Worst of all? The corporation experiments on its patients. The scares continue at the Hills Hollow: Condemned Scarezone. Enter if you dare as you attempt to escape the terrifying monsters who await you.
Haunted Hills Hospital typically operates Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights throughout October and on Halloween night. Purchasing tickets online can save you time at the gate, and the event offers passes that allow you to skip the lines to spend more time enjoying the event. It also sometimes hosts special occasions, such as the Blackout, a terrifying night when they turn out all the lights in the Haunted Hills Hospital haunted house.
That brings us to the end of our guide about some fun upcoming Halloween events around Crown Point, Indiana. We hope you learned about something new to try with your friends or family this fall. What do you think of the options our team at Alvarez Law compiled? If you have another recommendation, contact us and share your suggestion. We’ll add it to our calendars to check out for ourselves.
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