10 spooktacular Halloween attractions near Muncie

<p>The Ball State and Muncie areas have a variety of Halloween themed events going on now and until Halloween weekend. Samantha Brammer,DN</p>

The Ball State and Muncie areas have a variety of Halloween themed events going on now and until Halloween weekend. Samantha Brammer,DN

Spooky season has finally arrived, and with Halloween quickly approaching, Muncie has a lot to offer. Here are 10 ways to make October a little creepier:

Cornerstone Center for the Arts’ Scarevania and Son of Scarevania

Just a five minute drive off campus to 1911 Granville Ave., Scarevania and Son of Scarevania haunted attractions are two ways to get spooked this season. For $20, guests can purchase a combo ticket and get lost in an indoor-outdoor maze and walk the halls of Cornerstone’s abandoned third floor. The floor was once used as a Masonic Temple, but it is now said to be haunted with ghosts of another dimension. Scarevania and Son of Scarevania will both be open until Saturday.

Muncie Children’s Museum Halloween Extravaganza

During the Muncie Children’s Museum annual Halloween Extravaganza, guests can enjoy pumpkin painting, pumpkin smashing and a “guess the weight of the pumpkin” contest. The festivities will take place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $6 per person. 

Muncie Symphony Orchestra presents “Symphonic Halloween”

From 7:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, the Muncie Symphony Orchestra will fill Emens Auditorium with Halloween’s classic haunting sounds. Enjoy eerie performances of “Symphonie Fantastique” and “Night on Bald Mountain” just a few nights before Halloween. Tickets start at $25. 

Reflex Improv

The Reflex Improv group is putting on a special spooktacular show at 10:30 p.m. Friday in the Arts and Communications Building room 114. For $2, guests can enjoy an hour of haunting entertainment as the group improvs solving a murder in a mansion. Come prepared to laugh with friends and leave wanting more.

“Halloween: Celestial Origins” at Charles W. Brown Planetarium

The Charles W. Brown Planetarium’s “Halloween: Celestial Origins” show turns Halloween from terrifying to educational. This program not only teaches the history of the astronomical holiday, but explains how Halloween is labeled as a “cross-quarter day,” meaning the holiday consists of the four midpoints between the solstices and equinoxes. Learn more about Halloween astronomy and catch a preview of the stars, planets and moons that will be in the sky on Halloween night. The final two showings are at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Friday.

Ball State Student Honors Council’s “Tales of Terror” Haunted House

The Ball State Student Honors Council hosts their annual Ball Honors House haunted house for students. Student actors will help transform the Ball Honors House’s welcoming interior into a thrilling haunted house at 8 p.m. Oct. 30. “Tales of Terror” is free and open to the public, but only until 11 p.m. that night. 

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Ball State students have been working hard since April to produce and perform their best rendition of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Auditions occurred in April and early September to fill positions. Guests can enjoy the show at midnight Halloween night, Oct. 31.

Haunted Hill

Experience this outdoor haunted trail every Friday and Saturday night in October for just $10. Haunted Hill is located at 7605 E Piccadilly Rd., 15 minutes off campus. Doors open at 8 p.m. and close at midnight. All proceeds go to the Children’s Clothing Store of Delaware County. 

“It’s an outdoor trail. Depending on how fast [guests] walk, it can take five to ten minutes per group,” said Angie Porter, who works with Haunted Hill. “We have famous characters. It’s a really good time. We’re non-for-profit, and we donate to the community.”

Students can show valid Ball State I.D.s and get a $2 discount.

Indy Scream Park

What is Halloween without haunted houses and a bit of fright? This year, Indy Scream Park offers five attractions, including their newest: Killgore’s 3DCircus. Additionally, they will have Pandemic: Mutation!, one of the interactive attractions where guests can choose whether to watch the action or participate, and the Brickmore Asylum, “home to the criminally insane since 1902.” 

Indy Scream Park is half an hour off campus at 5211 S New Columbus Rd. in Anderson and will remain open until Nov. 3. Tickets are $20. 

Redkey Fall Festival

During the Redkey Fall Festival, guests can participate in a pumpkin carving contest with a $50 prize, a costume contest with two tickets to Redkey’s Key Palace Theater and a 50/50 raffle drawing. There will also be a cornhole contest for $6 a person or $10 for a team. Starting at 11 a.m., a hog roast and pulled pork sandwiches will be available for $5. 

“We have a Cornhole tournament at 1 p.m. and we are giving away a prize of basically half of the entry fees for that,” said Mark Leavell, treasurer of the Redkey Fall Festival Committee, Mark Leavell.“We have a pumpkin carving contest that has a $50 grand prize.

“We’re a small town, and we used to have a lot of large festivals several years ago. We’re just trying to get the festivals up and running again. We are trying to make progress and make them better each year to keep them growing.”

The festival will start at 9 a.m. and end at 6 p.m. Saturday on High Street in Downtown Historic Redkey, which is about half an hour off campus. Entry is free to the public. 

Contact Taylor Smith with comments at tnsmith6@bsu.edu