Conner Prairie’s fascinating fall festivities


A host of new and intriguing events will take place during the headless horseman event.

This fall, Conner Prairie will once again host a thrilling interactive experience at its 29th annual Headless Horseman event. Beginning this week, the event will last from 6-9 p.m. Oct. 18-21 and 25-27.

New events include insect eating, a magic show, a search for Bigfoot, stories with horror storyteller Sammy Terry and a history on grave robbing in Hamilton County.

Discounted pre-sale tickets are on sale now at participating central Indiana stores: Marsh, MainStreet and O’Malia’s. Thursday and Sunday tickets are $9 presale and $11 at the gate. Friday and Saturday tickets are $13 presale and $15 at the gate. Conner Prairie members can enter for free on select nights. Gates are open 6-9 p.m. nightly, and hayrides and activities may run past 10 p.m. Hayride times are distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. American Sign Language interpreting will be provided on Oct. 19.

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Special programs


Sammy Terry

Oct. 25; 8-9:30 p.m.

Horror host Sammy Terry and his spider George will transfix you with stories and question and answer sessions.


Grave Robbing

Oct. 18 and 19; 7, 8 and 9 p.m.

Did you know Fishers used to be a hotbed for grave robbing? Hamilton County Historian David Heighway will share tales of the lucrative 19th century practice of stealing buried corpses to sell to medical schools.


Magic with C.R. Ryan Demler

Oct. 20 and 21; 7, 8 and 9 p.m.

Magician C.R. Ryan Demler will put the “trick” in trick-or-treat by commemorating the anniversary of the death of Harry Houdini in a way that would make Houdini proud.


Ghost Hunters

Oct. 26; 7, 8 and 9 p.m.

Find out just what it takes to be a successful ghost hunter and hear from Indiana Scientific Paranormal Investigators and Quest Paranormal Research as they share their techniques and tales of the job.


Insects as Food

Oct. 27; 7, 8 and 9 p.m.

Purdue University’s Dept. of Entomology and the Thomas Say Society will present a journey through the global uses of insects, focusing on their role as food for many cultures. They will be cooking up some recipes – will you dare try a taste?


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