When I was 6, I wanted an unusual costume for Halloween. I remember being told it wasn't possible, but then I got a package in the mail from my grandmother: a handmade Mr. Peanut costume.

It is what I really wanted to be, complete with top hat and cane. I wore it proudly as I walked the neighborhood trick-or-treating. I even entered my town's costume contest. I got 2nd place (totally robbed), but 30 years later I still remember that costume and night. 

Hendricks County has many opportunities for your little ones to show off their costumes. All the towns are hosting Trick or Treat hours on Halloween from 6-9 p.m.

But if you are ready to celebrate before the annual All Hallows' Eve arrives. Here are five of my favorite upcoming Hendricks County Halloween-inspired events: 

Hargrave Hall, Danville, Indiana


  • Haunted Hargrave Hall: Many people sense this Town of Danville building is haunted, including some police officers. Don't just take their word for it, see for yourself on Oct. 17 and 24. You can get all of the details in this recent Visit Hendricks County blog post by yours truly.
  • Halloween Extravaganza at the YMCA:  The entire family is encouraged to dress up for this event from 6-8 p.m. on Oct. 23 at the Hendricks Regional Health YMCA in Avon. There will be campfire songs and stories, haunted house, games and food. Cost: $5/member, $8/guest. 
  • Ghosts and Goblins: This event brings together the entire community from 4-7 p.m., Oct. 24 at Washington Township Park in Avon. Kids can trick or treat along the trails of the park, play games, and participate in the costume contest at 6 p.m. Cost: Free
  • Sat-Terror-Day: Kick off Halloween Day at the Plainfield Recreation Center from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Families can enjoy hayrides, games and crafts. Cost: Free
  • Campfire Stories: Looking for something different to do Halloween Night? Head to McCloud Nature Park where a naturalist will be telling family-friendly stories and serving gourmet S'mores!  


Grab those costumes and get ready. The Halloween season is almost here!