Fall festivities guide: Local organizations, farms kick off autumn season, events

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Stoneycreek Farm owner Loren Schmierer pauses next to the farm’s historic wagon. (File photo)

Stoneycreek Farm

On 47 acres at Stoneycreek Farm, 11366 Ind. 38, Noblesville, owner Loren Schmierer has operated his pumpkin patch for 46 years. What began as a small operation has grown into an autumn destination for families featuring a zip line, hayrides, duck races, cob cannons, a hay maze, a haunted house, a pumpkin train, jumping pillow, pedal cars, a playground, farm animal interactions and more. New this year is a haunted hayride, Twisted Woods, in partnership with CR Haunts. The hayride is a 20-minute experience through the woods on the Stoneycreek Farm property. Twisted Woods is open from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 28. Admission is $10 per person, with scarier rides taking place from 8 to 11 p.m. Stoneycreek Farm is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Oct. 31. For more, visit stoneycreekfarm.net.

In addition to hayrides and pumpkins, Russell Farms also offers games and playground equipment. (File photo)

Russell Farms

Russell Farms, at 12290 E. 191st St. in Noblesville, has been owned for more than a half century by the Russell family. The farm opened to the public in 2002 with a pumpkin patch and has since expanded, welcoming families each weekend in October on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with bonus days from 2 to 6 p.m. Oct. 12 and Oct. 19. Admission is $10 per person (children 2 and younger are free) and includes hayrides, corn mazes, a petting zoo, mini golf, inflatables, train rides, pedal tractors and carts, a merry-go-round, playground toys, games and more. For more, visit russell-farms.com.

Hayrides to the pumpkin patch at Spencer Farm are offered each weekend in October. (File photo)

Spencer Farm

Spencer Farm was established in 1982 as a you-pick berry farm and was expanded in 2008 to add more produce, including pumpkins, fudge, pies, quilts, pottery, candles, mums and more. Free hayrides through the woods and into the farm’s pumpkin patches are offered on Saturdays and Sundays through October. For more, visit spencerberryfarm.org.

ONE-DAY EVENTS

Hamilton County Parks and Recreation’s Pioneer Fall Fest is featured around its historic red barn at Strawtown Koteewi Park. (File photo)

Pioneer Fall Fest

What: Join the Taylor Center of Natural History staff at its historic red barn at Strawtown Koteewi Park for a day of pioneer fun. Kids and families can join the “quilting bee,” make a corn husk doll or fresh butter and learn all about pioneer plants with community herbalist, Greg Monzel.

When: 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 20.

Where: Strawtown Koteewi Park, 12308 Strawtown Ave., Noblesville

Cost: Free

More: facebook.com/events/454888521683659/

 

Pumpkin Paint Party

What: This event is for families to create a pumpkin field scene on a 16-inch by 20-inch canvas.

When: 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 23

Where: Forest Park Lodge, 701 Cicero Rd., Noblesville

Cost: $12/residents, $14/non-residents

More: cityofnoblesville.org/parks

Jack Martin hands out glow sticks at a previous Family Halloween Party. (File photo)

Family Halloween Party

What: This community Halloween party is returning from the City of Noblesville. Kids can stop by the trick-or-treat village, take a ride on the trackless train or stop by the photo booth, among other activities. Food trucks will be on-site. The annual costume contest also returns. Leading up to the event, submit costume photos to the city at amink@noblesville.in.us, and they’ll be added to a photo album on the Noblesville Parks & Recreation Facebook page for public voting. Photos with the most ‘likes’ will be awarded and announced at the Halloween Party. Winners must be present to win.

When: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 26

Where: Federal Hill Commons, 175 Logan St., Noblesville

Cost: Free

More: cityofnoblesville.org/parks

Angie Foreman makes Day of the Dead crafts with her daughters Ella and Abbigail Foreman. (File photo)

Day of the Dead

What: The season for painting faces and dressing in costumes continues during Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) at Nickel Plate Arts. This festive Mexican holiday with ancient roots honors and celebrates the memory of friends and family members who have died. Nickel Plate Arts’ version amplifies the artistic aspects of Day of the Dead. Participants will explore Mexican art and culture by learning about the holiday’s traditions, participating in crafts and art making by creating altars, laying out offerings and sharing food, music and stories.

When: 3 to 8 p.m. Nov 1

Where: Nickel Plate Arts, 107 S. Eighth St., Noblesville

Cost: Free to attend. $5 per craft.

More: nickelplatearts.org

Fireside Fun

What: Bring your family for a fun night at the fireside. This city event will have a campfire, cornhole and candy apple bar. Bring a flashlight for the flashlight scavenger hunt.

When: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3

Where: Shelter 5 at Forest Park, 701 Cicero Rd., Noblesville

Cost: Free

More: cityofnoblesville.org/parks

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