Headless Horseman returns to Conner Prairie for 35th year

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Families will again have the opportunity to explore the Headless Horseman attraction at Conner Prairie. The event offers day and nighttime hayrides, shows and much more.

“There are two entrance gates, one daylight hayride gate and one dark hayride gate. When it gets dark, we do add a few characters to the hayride to make it a little scarier,” Senior Manager of Programs Mark Wehlage said. “It’s a family friendly event all around. The darker hayride is just scarier because it’s dark, so the headless horseman is a little more intimidating at night.”

Other activities include a pirate ring toss, pumpkin bowling, pumpkin bounce houses, pin the head on the horseman and several other Halloween-themed games.

“In addition to the hayride, there is so much more to do at Headless Horseman,” Wehlage said. “I actually had a few families come last weekend who didn’t even go on the hayride and tell me they really had a great time.”

Tickets are $21 for Friday and Saturday nights and $17 for Thursday and Sunday nights. Activities are from 6 to 10 p.m. Everything other than food, face painting and balloon rides is included in the admission cost.

Headless Horseman rides last approximately 8 minutes. Three corn mazes also are available.

“The short maze features a scarecrow hunt. There’s the long maze, which is a bit of a challenge, and then we have our newest attraction, our Headless Hollow Haunted Trail, which goes through a corn maze,” Wehlage said.

Wehlage said the scary maze is designed for ages 11 and up.

“There are pop-and-scare moments and special affects like lighting and fog,” he said.

The last weekend for Headless Horseman will run Oct. 25-28. For more or to purchase online tickets, visit connerprairie.org/things-to-do/events/headless-horseman.

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