When The Haunted Angelus House's monsters first come out in the evening, frightened guests can ward them off with glow sticks between 7 p.m.?8 p.m.. The neon batons send a warning signal to the unseen horrors, letting them know the group contains children or timid souls who may not be ready for the full brunt of their fearsomeness. But as the night progresses, so does the terror, and once the clock strikes eight, nothing can hold back the monsters, demons, and zombies as they spill from the shadows to horrify unsuspecting visitors. The only hope left for the innocent victims is to navigate the 37-room haunt, which swarms with demon tenants, and then make it past the 3,000-square-foot outdoor black maze haunted by chainsaw people and souls willing to risk eternity for their chance at a rent-controlled apartment.
Though the event aims to scare, its real intent will warm visitors' hearts, as proceeds are donated to The Angelus Home, a nonprofit that aids those with cerebral palsy.
Spine-tingling chills begin as soon as visitors enter Hysterium Haunted Asylum's clinical waiting room and fall under the gaze of the facility's head nurse. Once groups enter the asylum, they find themselves navigating a macabre maze filled with darkened hallways and gory scenes. Plenty of costumed inmates lurk in the shadows along the way, awaiting the perfect opportunity to give passersby a good scare.
The haunting doesn't end with Halloween though. For a limited time each winter, the asylum transforms into a gruesome, Christmas-themed experience. The mythological Krampus stalks visitors as they shuffle past mischievous elves and a familiar cast of devious inmates.
At the heart of Ennis Horsemanship Center is David and Jill Ennis, a married couple with a shared passion for the majestic nature of horses. Before moving to Chandler in 2010, David and Jill ran a successful stable in Missouri?the very place where David happened to also propose to Jill, inside the riding arena. Today, the Ennises and their roster of award-winning school horses provide training, education, and riding lessons that accommodate kids and adults. These lessons emphasize becoming a total ?horseperson,? meaning students not only learn how to ride a horse, but also how to care for it to and teach it how to neigh orders at drive-thru windows. To make their services even more accessible to the community, David and Jill have also registered their facility as part of the Horses4Heroes network.
Hailed as the "granddaddy of Northwest Indiana's haunted attractions" by the Post-Tribune, Reapers Realm Haunted Attractions terrifies guests every Halloween season with multiple haunted sites. Most of its frights lurk within the three floors of a 1920s-era stone mansion. There, fog makes it tricky to see where demented demons lie in wait, and strobe lights illuminate famous movie monsters such as Michael Myers reenacting classic scenes of carnage.
More creepy creatures populate the Reaped Woods, where, in the past, a corn maze has hosted sights nearly as frightening as a scarecrow stuffed with old SAT scantrons. At the aptly named Carnevil, the screams echoing from the rides aren't just screams of delight.
High above a lush vineyard, the morning sky brims with creatures of flight: an eagle, a large bumblebee, a pigeon that forgot how to land. These were just some of the sights Airbus Balloon Rides' owner Andy Richardson imagined would greet his future down-gazing passengers. He first fell in love with the roar of a hot air balloon's flame just before entering the second grade, and that passion has driven his dreams ever since. Ten years after buying his first balloon at age 14, Andy now commands a fleet of rainbow-colored balloons that come in standard and specialty shapes. These colorful vessels set the elevated stage for individual flights and tethered rides helmed by Andy and his talented team. Flights lift off at sunrise, in the afternoon, and at sunset, when the low sun paints an orange-red glow over water, fields, and reindeer still stuck on rooftops.
Back on land, Airbus Balloon Rides also educates visitors on hot air balloon creation inside their balloon factory, which welcomes tours. At the end of each tour, the guides lead guests in a champagne or mimosa toast with accompanying hors d'oeuvres, celebrating their skyfaring adventures together.
Running strong for 37 years, the Indianapolis Greek Fest collects Hellenic food, music, and tradition under the benevolent bulk of the Holy Trinity Church. Tote along family members or a triad of friends to nosh on Greek cuisine while gazing at the fancy and authentic footwork of costumed dance troupes. Spiced hunks of lamb twirl send savory aromas wafting far and wide, and patrons can yank flavor from the ocean by nibbling on fried calamari. Flaky and feta-cheesy spanakopita rests easily between fingers, and flaming saganaki bounces frantically between daredevil fingers. Sugary bites, from honey-drenched baklava to buttery koulourakia, cloy pleasingly at the palate, and thirsty throats can quaff a Dionysian refreshment and revive parched stomachs with wine and beer. Transmute Grecian enthusiasm into dance by bumping up against the energetic sounds of Greek band Kosta and the Wave, or delve into the rich, storied and ornately painted tradition of Greek Orthodox Christianity with regular church tours of the Trinitarian sanctuary throughout the fest.