Tricks and Treats

Halloween is right around the corner! If you’re planning a party or still trying to figure out your costume, check out these “killer” resources…

The Halloween handbook: 447 costumes
The Halloween handbook: 447 costumes
Halloween pumpkins & parties : 101 spooktacular ideas
Halloween pumpkins & parties : 101 spooktacular ideas
Martha's halloween ideas
Martha’s halloween ideas
How to create spectacular Halloween costumes
How to create spectacular Halloween costumes

Every party needs some tasty treats…

Witches Fingers

Mummy Dogs (this link has been mummifed)

Bewitching Perfectly Poisonous Parfaits

Spending Halloween night under the covers with a flashlight? Here are some titles sure to give you goosebumps…

Hallowe'en party
Hallowe’en party
All Hallows' Eve : 13 stories
All Hallows’ Eve : 13 stories
iDrakula
iDrakula
Ten
Ten

Halloween Haunted House Reviews and Recommendations

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The Asylum House

http://www.theasylumhouse.com/
8600 South Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46227

This is an interactive haunted house, meaning the “creators” are able to touch you and do what they want with you throughout the entire haunted house. You start in a completely black house where you have to find your way through by touching walls and moving around while random creatures jump out at you and strobe lights randomly turn on. The second part you enter is the insane asylum where multiple things occur. The very last part is the trip through the forest to escape everything, ending with a man chasing you with a chainsaw. Overall, a great haunted house for people who love to be scared!

from Kayli @ Pike

 

FriteLodge

http://www.fritelodge.com/
7525 Acton Rd
Indianapolis IN 46259

Nothing is scarier than a demented clown. Nothing! Brave the cornfields and check out the Haunted Carnival- if you dare! Bonus: Proceeds go to the Franklin Township Food Bank

from Scott @ Southport

 

Fun a little farther away:

The Haunted Barn

http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Haunted-Barn/121966169518
9336 N 450 W
Decatur, IN 46733

This is a nightmarish maze filled with a masked chainsaw wielding madman, a school bus with dead kids on board and from which a scared screaming child gets yanked through the ceiling.  There is also a bathroom scene from the movie Saw where someone is screaming for help and a makeshift operating room where someone’s guts are on display.  This barn has parts where the visitors have to crawl up and back down to experience the terror.  It is a full contact adventure!

from Claudine @ infoZone

 

Indy Scream Park

http://www.indyscreampark.com   
5211 South New Columbus Road
Anderson, IN 46013

 It’s $25 for 5 different haunted attractions, which is $5 each.  They also have a big outdoor square with horror versions of classic midway games, fair food (that I didn’t try), and the opportunity to get your picture taken with a clown that looked creepier than Stephen King’s It.  The wait was about an hour for the ticket (but you can purchase that ahead of time on the website).  Got there at about 7pm on a Friday night, and we were done by midnight.  5 attractions in 5 hours…not bad at all.  Here’s the lowdown on each one rated from best to worst.

Bedlam 3D:  Indoor haunted freak house with black light effects, tilting rooms, moving floors, and people jumping at me when I least expected it.  Icing on the cake:  3D glasses.

Nachtmahr:  German for “nightmare” and it didn’t disappoint.  It had all the best parts of the campy horror flicks I love, the animatronics were creative, and the best performers in the whole place.  The creep factor was diminished by the blaring Rob Zombie soundtrack.  Best room:  the library, of course!

Kurayami:  Pitch black labyrinth with uneven floors, sometimes short enough that I had to duck.  I couldn’t even see my hand in front of my face, so I had to feel my way through it.  It was a few too many twists and turns for me, by the end I was a bit bored.  If you’re claustrophobic or have issues with personal space, avoid this one.  Best part:  can’t tell you, it’d ruin the surprise, but here’s a hint:  listen for the buzz.

Infected:  Outdoor alien meteor crash site filled with military agents trying to contain the virus before it infects everyone and turns them into zombies.  It was fun, but I was only really scared once or twice.  There were so many missed opportunities for performers to jump out and scare us.  Best part:  the fireball!

Backwoods:  Cannibalistic overall wearing folks with bad southern accents.  They all wanted to put me in their stew.  Even the chainsaw wielding people chasing us down the path made me giggle.  Best part:  (performer yelling out to my husband) Hey, there’s a big guy with a beard!  He’d make a good stew!  GET IN MAH KITCHEN!  LOLZ!

from Emilie @ East 38th Street

Halloween!

What, Halloween is when? Yes, Halloween is at the end of the week and how ready are you? How do you and your family handle the Halloween issue?  Do you have any special plans like a party of some sort, participating in some form of trick or treating, reading a scary book or watching a horror movie, or maybe just remembering the good old days? So when and how did Halloween start (Link to Wikipedia )? For more information check out some of these other website listed below about activities around Indianapolis along with any myths and maybe you are able to find some answer to your Halloween questions.

Websites:

Link of Halloween activities in Indianapolis Area

Downtown Activities

History & Myths of Halloween


Don’t forget to check out what your local branch has in store for the Halloween and the fall season (like a movie, a special Seasonal story time or party).  If nothing else try one of the titles listed books below.

Titles:

Tempted: An It Girl Novel

Tempted: An It Girl Novel
by Cecily Von Ziegesar   TEEN FIC VON

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trickery Treat: An Original Novel

Trickery Treat: An Original Novel by Diana G. Gallagher   TEEN FIC GAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kyle XY: Nowhere To Hide

Kyle XY: Nowhere To Hide by S. G. Wilkens   TEEN FIC WIL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

All Hallows' Eve: 13 Stories

All Hallows’ Eve: 13 Stories by Vivian Vande Velde   TEEN FIC VAN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Awakening

The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong   TEEN FIC ARM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Nancy A Collins:

Vamps

Vamps   TEEN FIC COL 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Night Life

Night Life   TEEN FIC COL 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After Dark

After Dark   TEEN FIC COL 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

Jack: Secret Histories

Jack: Secret Histories by F. Paul Wilson   TEEN FIC WIL