1. Festival of Jack-o-Lanterns at the Riley Boyhood Home
Starting Oct. 23 and running through Halloween night, you can visit the annual Festival of Jack-o-Lanterns at the Riley Boyhood Home and Museum. The contest is free to both enter and attend, with evening guests welcome to view the glowing pumpkins between 7-9 p.m. or you can stop by during the day if you prefer. Voting will be open for the People’s Choice Pumpkin, with prizes available for both adult and child carvings.
2. Rover’s Howl-O-Ween
Do you love dressing up your pup for Halloween? Join the Greenfield Parks Department at Beckenholdt Park on Oct. 22 from 12-4 p.m. for Rover’s Howl-O-Ween. You and your four-legged friends can participate in a costume contest, visit pet-themed vendors and enjoy animal-friendly activities. Attendees must show their current dog park badge or have proof of spay/neuter, Bordetella Vaccine, Rabies Certificate, and Leptospirosis Vaccine. All dogs that can show off a trick will get a treat, and all trails will be open during the event. The costume contest is $5 to enter, and the winner (announced at 4 p.m.) will receive a one-year membership to Rover’s Run.
3. Riley Park Trunk or Treat
Come on down to Riley Park on Thursday, Oct. 27 from 6-8 p.m. for a safe and fun trunk-or-treat. Join Greenfield Parks and 20 other vendors to collect candy on the upper level of Riley Park. The event is FREE to everyone and in case of inclement weather, the event will be moved inside the Patricia Elmore Center. Overflow parking will be available at the Fairgrounds. Enjoy crafts, face painting, a bonfire, and popcorn provided by the Parks Department at the Shelter House, with music provided by Greenfield Music Center. All candy and items for trick-or-treating are first come, first serve, and the vendors will be prepared for at least 1,000 community members.
4. Lark Ranch in Greenfield
Hancock County has a number of beautiful pumpkin patches and orchards, and first up on our list is Lark Ranch. Located at 1611 N Meridian Rd. in Greenfield, you can purchase you-pick pumpkins by the pound, as well as enjoy fall activities like adult zip lines, apple cannons, ball throw pit, barrel ride, bungee trampolines, corn box, corn maze, farm animal trail, gem mining, giant slide, jump pillows, lark swing, mechanical bull, pedal carts, pony rides, theme park type rides, rock wall, tractor playground and train rides. Their fall hours are Friday & Sunday 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. through the end of October.
5. Piney Acres Farm in Fortville
Piney Acres Farm is a Christmas tree farm located just outside of Greenfield at 1115 E 1000 N in Fortville. Bring the family to enjoy this 73-acre farm with fall activities including pumpkins, hayrides, corn mazes, barnyard animal encounters, jump pad, gem mining, rock wall climb, cow barrel train, hay mountain, giant rocking chair, zombie shooting game, ninja course and more! And don’t forget to check out their fall decor and autumn treats in the farm store. Their hours are Sept. 24-Oct. 31, Tuesday-Friday Noon-6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday Noon-6 p.m. And if you’re feeling brave, check out the haunted trails at Piney Acres Scream Farm, open Friday and Saturday nights in October.
6. Tuttle Orchards in Greenfield
At Tuttle Orchards, you and your family can enjoy picking a range of beautiful fall treats and decor, including you-cut wildflowers, a ten-acre orchard of you-pick apples and a 20-acre pumpkin patch with both pre-picked and you-pick options. Other activities at Tuttle’s include a corn maze, wagon rides, goats and llamas to befriend, an observation bee hive, and a large Tractor Town Adventure Farm country-themed play area for kids of all ages. And make sure to stop by the Farm Store, open year-round, to pick up your favorite gourmet groceries and produce, plus homemade treats in the Cafe. Located at 5717 N 300 W in Greenfield, Tuttle’s is open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
7. Go trick-or-treating on Oct. 31
Finally, it wouldn’t be a complete fall for the family without trick-or-treating. Based on previous years, we expect Greenfield, Fortville and McCordsville trick-or-treat times from 5-8 p.m. with New Palestine running from 5-9 p.m. You can check out the finalized times, as well as those around Indianapolis, from our friends at Indy with Kids.
What is your favorite autumn activity in Greenfield? We’d love to hear what makes your family’s annual fall activities bucket list!