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There’s no shortage of Indiana fun in October

Those folks over at the Indiana Humanities Council sure like to have fun. And they want you to have fun, too. So they’ve put together a list of 31 things to do in Indiana this month.

You can check out the whole list here. But I wanted to point out a few events that caught my eye:

October 5-10: 88th Annual West Side Nut Club Fall Festival, Evansville
This five-day street festival offers food, entertainment, rides and three parades. According to my brother-in-law, the Saturday morning Pet Parade is definitely a winner with both pets and their owners donning costumes for the event!

October 10-11: Feast of the Hunter’s Moon, West Lafayette
When I was in college, this event was the highlight of the season for my roommate who attended every year with her parents and siblings. Over the course of two days, thousands of participants re-create the annual fall gathering of the French and Native Americans which took place Fort Ouiatenon, a fur-trading outpost on the banks of the Wabash River in the mid – 1700s.

October 9-18: Park County Covered Bridge Festival, Rockville
Anchored in Rockville, this festival actually stretches out across nine communities in Parke County. Start in Rockville and board the tour bus for one of three routes, each taking you to view five to six covered bridges. For a description of the activities that take place in each community, click here or to read the Indiana Insider write-up of this event, click here.

October 15-18: Bouchercon, Indianapolis
If you love a good mystery, don’t miss the 40th Bouchercon World Mystery Convention at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Indianapolis. Activities include panel discussions, lectures and symposia on the literary genre of mystery. Of course, plenty of mystery booksellers will be on hand as well.

October 23: Night Spirits at Lanier Mansion, Madison
Looking for something different than a dinner-and-a-movie date? Try this spooky tour complete with scary — and true stories. A wine and cheese reception awaits those who make it to the end.

October 16-30: The Headless Horseman, Fishers
My kids have been talking about this since our visit to Conner Prairie this summer. This event, which takes place over several October weekends, includes a haunted hayride, storytelling, crafts, a puppet show and refreshments.

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Written by : Amy moved to Indiana for college in 1988 (Go Bulldogs!) and has never left. Married with three children, she's always on the lookout for fun and affordable things to do in Indiana. Elsewhere on the web, you can find Amy at The Fourth Frog Blog and All Things Aging. Amy receives compensation from the Indiana Office of Tourism Development for blogging. For more information, see our FTC Disclosure page.