Irvington Halloween Festival Schedule of Events
The Historic Irvington Halloween Festival is a week of events including a 5 mile run, a scholarship pageant, musicians, contests, Halloween-themed movies, storytelling, ghost tours, live theater, bike rides, roller derby, a haunted puppet show and dozens of other events. The Festival culminates on Saturday with a street fair which includes over 170 vendors, live-music and a costume parade.
Saturday, Oct 18th
Pumpkin Carving Contest – Sponsored by Waterman’s Family Farm | 10am-2pm | Ellenberger Park Skating Rink| FREE
Come out to the Ellenberger Park Skating Rink for a free pumpkin carving contest! Pumpkins and tools will be provided. Food trucks & prizes for K-12 and adult categories!
See who will be crowned the Irvington Halloween Festival Queen! Contestants will be judged on an original costume, interview, evening wear, and an onstage question. The winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship to her college of choice, with 1st and 2nd runner-ups and best costume winning a cash prize as well. The winner will also be eligible to compete next year in the State Festival Pageant.
Sunday, Oct 19th
Spooky Organ Concert and Food Drive with Indianapolis Children’s Choir | 6pm | Our Lady of Lourdes | FREE | Bring non-perishable food items to donate to the OLL Food Pantry.
This is an annual event featuring an organ performance by Our Lady of Lourdes organist Larry Bonebright and a special performance by the Indianapolis Children’s Choir!
Monday, Oct 20th
Slightly Haunted Puppet Show | 6:30pm | The Irving Theater | FREE
Come see this (slightly) haunted children’s puppet show by Melchior Marionettes and Peewinkle’s Puppet Studio. The Show features beautiful hand-crafted and costumed marionettes performing in full view of the audience. The cast includes dancing ghosts and skeletons, a juggling scarecrow, and Esmerelda the witch, while Dracula welcomes visitors from a second story ghost house.
The event will include the sale of the top three poster contest winners and fabulous donated items from businesses in and around Irvington, as well as appetizers, live music and a cash bar. Tickets are also available at Black Sheep and Book Mamas in Irvington.
Tuesday, Oct 21st
Costume Party | 7pm | Black Acre | FREE
Join us at Black Acre Brewing for a costume party with prizes furnished by local Irvington businesses. 21+ only.
Kid’s Movie Night at the Library – The Dark Crystal| 7pm | Irvington Branch Library | FREE
The Irvington Branch Library opens its doors for a family friendly movie option! This movie is suggested for 7 and up only. The movie is open to the first 50 children due to space constraints and fire code.
“On another planet in the distant past, a Gelfling embarks on a quest to find the missing shard of a magical crystal, and so restore order to his world.”
Wednesday, Oct 22nd
Movie Night at The Irving Theater – Young Frankenstein on 35 mm Film | 8pm | $5
Join as at the Irving for the 40th ANNIVERSARY SHOWING
of “Young Frankenstein” on 33 mm film (just like the old days)!
Thursday, Oct 23rd
Spooky Stories | 7pm | The Irving Theater | FREE
Come on out to the Irving Theater for a night of storytelling fun! Kids of all ages welcome.
Pride of Indy Band Concert | 7pm | Irvington Community Middle School | $5
The Pride of Indy Concert Band will present their fall/halloween concert featuring the music from Science Fiction movies and more!
Friday, Oct 24th
This is an annual costumed bicycle ride through Irvington brought to you by Indy Cycle Specialist. The ride will begin at the Irvington Branch Library and end at DuFours for food fit for a zombie.
Riders are encouraged to wear costumes! See link above for the route. Neighbors along the way, beware! Come cheer on your favorite zombie riders!
Saturday, Oct 25th
Roller Derby | 5:30pm | Ellenberger Park Skating Rink
Friday, Oct 31st
When the Ghouls Came to Came to Irvington! The 1902 Indianapolis Grave Robbing Case
A presentation by Irvington Historical Society Executive Director
1:30pm, Saturday, October 18 – Bona Thompson Memorial Center
Join The Obsessive Viewer podcast for a night celebrating Halloween and the horror genre on Friday, October 17 | 6:00-11pm |The Irving | $10
Authors at Bookmamas from 1-3 on Saturday, October 25 | visit bookmamas.com for more information
Cabaret Poe & Monster Concert | visit qartistry.org for dates & times