It's October! Changing leaves (and weather!), apple cider, walks on leaf-covered trails, spooky Halloween events, corn mazes and more will create a month to remember. As always, we're here with your go-to list of Morgan County events to get on your calendar for the month ahead. Be sure to check our full calendar of events for even more seasonal fun and don't miss our list of area trails and parks to explore!
13th Annual Fall Festival & Corn Maze
Join Greendell Landscape Solutions for their Annual Fall Festival! This year's corn maze theme is Moonlit Memories and Lunar Legends. If you have older kids, don't miss the opportunity to explore the maze by moonlight on October 6 & 7 from 7 pm to Midnight! The Patch & Play area features a four acre pumpkin patch, straw pyramid, tire climb, corn hole, checkers, tic-tac-toe, football toss, sack races, tetherball and a cool walk through the solar system! On October 28 there will be a Halloween Costume Competition as well. Get $1 off on their website!
Hall's Haunted Halls
One of the region's favorite haunted houses, Hall's Haunted Halls is located at the historic Hall Elementary School building near Monrovia. Open on Friday and Saturday nights in October, this haunted attraction is a great way to get into the Halloween spirit! Kids under age must be accompanied by an adult. Doors "creep" open at 7 pm and "slam shut" at 11 pm. Tickets are $12 at the door, or $10 when purchased online.
Fall Fun Day at Gregory's Orchard
Join the Gregorys on October 7th, from 10 am to 2 pm for warm apple crisp, caramel apples, kettle corn, cotton candy, cinnamon rolls, pumpkins, cider, mums and more! There will even be a frisbee dog show at 11 am and 12:30 pm. Several varieties of apples will be available, including fuji, jonathan, golden delicious, red delicious and gala.
An Evening of Shakespeare
Willowfield Lavender Farm is closing for the season! Come out and help them celebrate a successful season with live music, entertainment and wine from nearby Mallow Run Winery. Only $5 per person; gates open at 6 pm.
October Fest (kid-friendly)
This event is fast becoming an annual tradition at Anderson Orchard! The family friendly October Fest features all the normal fun of Anderson Orchard - apple and berry picking, pumpkin patch, hayrides, straw pyramid, cider slushies - plus lots of fun inflatables for the kids to enjoy, live music and food trucks on site! Come enjoy a beautiful fall day at the Orchard.
Yoga Wine Down
Yoga plus wine? Yes please! Join Cedar Creek Winery for this fun event featuring a 1-hour yoga class for all fitness levels followed by a glass of your choice of wine. Please bring a mat/towel and water for class. A private selections of essential oils will be available for an added aromatherapy benefit.
Fall Foliage Conservation Tour
Join the Morgan County Soil and Water Conservation District and educator Greg Marlett for this fun program on October 11 featuring Burkhart Creek Park, Plants and Pizza! Participants will enjoy exploring the paved walking trails at Burkhart Creek Park, learning about native Indiana plants and will stop for lunch afterward at Tomato Pie Pizza Joint in Paragon!
Morgan County Fall Foliage Festival
The area's signature fall festival kicks off on Thursday, October 12 and lasts until Sunday, October 15! Join them for fun extras like Farmers Day at the Morgan County Fairgrounds, a 5k run/walk, art exhibit, live music and entertainment throughout the festival and, of course, the parade on Sunday at 1 pm.
2nd Friday Open Studios Night
Stop by the Art Sanctuary of Indiana in downtown Martinsville for your chance to chat with area artists about their work and view this month's exhibit - the Fall Foliage Festival Art Show! There are often additional activities going on during Open Studios Night, such as Open Mic Night in the lower gallery or swing dancing!
Knobstone Trail Mini Marathon
This annual race takes place on October 14 this year featuring several course lengths to ensure that all skill levels can participate. Enjoy a beautiful fall run on the trails of Morgan-Monroe State Forest. Courses are cleared each year before the race and feature long, mostly level stretches with a few steep hills tempered by switchbacks.
Winter Farmers Market
The Morgan County Farmers Market has something new for this year - a Winter Market! Every other week throughout the fall, you can find local vendors at Keller Hall, adjacent to the First Presbyterian Church on the corner of Washington and Sycamore Streets. When the weather gets bad, they'll move inside the hall. Items available will include cool weather vegetables, sorghum molasses, local meat, baked goods and a variety of handmade items.
Community Concert Series: Main Street Souvenirs
The Morgan County Community Concert Association presents an evening of music featuring Main Street Souvenirs, led by Scott Kirby. Take a journey spanning 150 y ears of Americana music featuring a number of favorites. The show features live piano music, spoken narrative and a video presentation featuring original artworks.
Link Observatory Program
Explore the night skies with Link Observatory Space Science Institute's October public program! Each month features a different topic about space, NASA programs or exploration. This month's event is on October 21st at 8 pm at the Morgan County Public Library. There will be shuttles to the Observatory afterward for public viewing through the telescope, if weather permits.
Pumpkins in the Park
Bring the kids on October 29 for this fun annual event from Martinsville City Parks, featuring a fun hayride, up Jimmy Nash Park Hill, meeting storybook characters along trick or treat trail and a pumpkin carving and decorating station! Appropriate for all ages and costumes are welcome!
Monster Mash Concert
The Martinsville Community Band is getting into the Halloween spirit this year with a Monster Mash Concert! Join them on October 30 at the First Baptist Church on Columbus Street in Martinsville for fun seasonal music. There will also be refreshments on hand from local bakery Knead the Dough! Music starts at 7 pm and costumes are encouraged. Admission is by donation.
Harry Potter Halloween Party
Back by popular demand is the Mooresville Public Library Harry Potter Halloween Party! Patrons of all ages are welcome to join in the fun with games, crafts and snacks. No registration is required for this event, but costumes are encouraged.
Mooresville's Halloween tradition continues this year with Halloween Hike, held each year on Halloween night for children ages 10 and under. Kids will love the one mile walk along Park Road where they'll meet all sorts of characters (and get a few treats as well). There's also a marshmallow ghost roast and hayride!