Best Bets – Week of 10/16


Carmel: Oktoberfest

The popular party band Polkaboy comes to Carmel City Center to celebrate Oktoberfest 6 p.m. Oct. 26. Oktoberfest has become an annual celebratory fall event that is free to the public and open to all ages. Polkaboy, a 14-piece band that plays a variety of music from polka and waltz to classic rock, will perform on the upper deck of Carmel City Center, along Veteran’s Way. Guests are encouraged to enjoy food, entertainment and fall fun with the Palladium and the Center Green serving as a scenic background. For more information, visit

Fishers: Halloween Hikes

Join the “animals” that live at Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve, 10410 Hague Rd ., Fishers, for a family friendly night hike this weekend. This year, you will meet the animals, plants and characters that become our decorations for fall and Halloween. Arrive early or stay after your hike for time around the campfire and fun crafts for the kids. Bring food and drinks for the campfire, like hotdogs or s’more fixins, to have an outdoor dinner – marshmallows, roasting sticks and snacks will be provided. Friday hikes leave every 15 minutes from 7 to 8:45 p.m. Saturday hikes leave every 15 minutes from 6 to 7:45 p.m. Cost is $6 per person ages 3 and up (no charge for children under 3). For more information, call 595-3150.


Noblesville: Forest Park Halloween Party

Join Noblesville Parks and the Hamilton County Council on Alcohol and Other Drugs for a frighteningly good time at the old fashioned from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 26 at Forest Park. Be sure to come dressed (for the weather) in your best Halloween costumes and enjoy games, entertainment, music, hayrides and plenty of outdoor activities. A special showing of “Ghostbusters” will begin at Forest Park Inn immediately following the party. For more information, call 776-6350.

Westfield: Haunted Trails

Make your way through the “boo-tiful” woods of Cool Creek Park, 2000 E. 151st St., Westfield, during the annual Haunted Trails Halloween event. Ghouls and goblins are lurking at every turn and waiting for you to arrive. After the horrifying experience, gather around the campfire for some storytelling and music. Trail not recommended for kids under 12, but there will be lots of non-scary activities for the little ones – a campfire, free hayrides and more. Haunted Trails runs 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 25-27 and the cost is $5 per person.


Zionsville: Masquerade Party at The Sanctuary

The Sanctuary on Main, 75 N. Main St., Zionsville, is inviting more spirits to gather for Masquerade on Main from 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 26. This party will feature a competition with prizes for best, most original, and best executed costumes, fortune tellers, silent auction, entertainment, homemade caldrons of holiday soups and ghoulish desserts with a full cash bar. Cost is $10. For more information, call 733-1117 or visit



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