The Headless Horseman rides in to Conner Prairie

//The Headless Horseman rides in to Conner Prairie

Fall arrived with a vengeance this week – perfect for ushering in the annual Headless Horseman fun at Conner Prairie! Of all the Fall family to-dos in the Indianapolis area, this one is in our family’s Top 5. And if you’re planning a visit this season, let’s prep you with the rundown of what to expect:

Tons of games and activities in the midway

Pumpkin bowling, scare-e-oke, face painting – the midway activities when you enter the gates at the outdoor Headless Horseman experience have plenty for all ages.

Headless Horseman Conner Prairie - theCityMoms

Headless Horseman Conner Prairie - theCityMoms

Headless Horseman Conner Prairie - theCityMoms

Headless Horseman Conner Prairie - theCityMoms

Shows, performances, and more shows

Mini acts dot the landscape inside Headless Horseman from the fan-favorite Stevens Puppets marionette recreation of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow in the big red barn {the perfect respite from cold temps}, to “An Interview With Dracula” down in the bowl where Symphony on the Prairie is hosted. Don’t forget to grab some warm cider and enjoy the ongoing broadcast of the original Legend of Sleepy Hollow cartoon we all remember from childhood.

Headless Horseman Conner Prairie - theCityMoms

Headless Horseman Conner Prairie - theCityMoms

New{er} fun

This year, Conner Prairie has unveiled a new 11-acre corn maze to add to the Fall fun. We plum ran out of time to test-maze it ourselves but our CityMoms team who attended this year’s sneak peek raved it. This is definitely on our list to circle back to on our next visit! Details:

  • The Corn Maze is open now-10/28 from 10am-5pm. {General admission fees apply – an additional $5/non-members or $4/members will be collected to enter.}
  • OR, visit during Headless Horseman hours between 6-10pm and your corn maze fees are waived.
  • Youth under 2 years of age are free.

Back by popular demand: A barrel-train ride for little ones and 100-foot potato sack slides. These are located up the hill from the Symphony on the Prairie locale, tucked over by the outdoor food stands. Speaking of mapping, make sure you grab one on your way in – if we could have wrestled it away from our 2-year-old companion, it would have been the perfect way to make our Headless Horseman game plan {Olive, we ain’t mad atcha!}.

Headless Horseman Conner Prairie - theCityMoms

Headless Horseman Conner Prairie - theCityMoms

Food galore

In addition to all the usual Conner Prairie food stand options, a special 5280 Bistro food truck is making home on the grounds at Headless Horseman for hot eats like ‘the headless grilled cheese.’ Of course, the Apple Store – powered by the amazing Conner Prairie Women’s Alliance – was a must-stop for caramel apples, hot cider to warm our bones and plenty o’ treats.


NEED MORE IDEAS FOR FALL FUN? We’ve got 50 of them here.


Best news? The Apple Store is open for any drop-in visitors, Tuesdays-Sundays from 11am-5pm OR during Headless Horseman hours until 9pm. No tickets required to pop in here!

Headless Horseman Conner Prairie - theCityMoms

Headless Horseman Conner Prairie - theCityMoms

The Haunted Hayride

Confession: We’ve lived in Indy for 7 years, visited Headless Horseman during all 7 falls, and literally never done the Haunted Hayride. {Why? My poor husband is horribly allergic to hay!} So with him coaching my son’s soccer team this evening, my daughter and I took full advantage of his absence and jumped in line.

Tickets are sold in half hour increments for the hayride – we were fortunate enough to have front of the line passes and headed over. The line can be a bit of a wait before you’re placed on a ride so come prepared to snuggle cold kiddos and fend off any scared-of-the-dark worries. The lines snake around the Conner Prairie Lenape Village and is sporadically lit so our littles were spooked but it set the perfect tone for a ‘haunted’ ride.

Admittedly I was nervous for the hayride because my daughter tends to scare and stay scared easily. But the ‘scarers’ along the way were pretty noticeable and I though Conner Prairie did a good job of avoiding making the ride a terrifying one. It took around 15 minutes or so to complete and you definitely do get a few brushes with the Headless Horseman.

Headless Horseman Conner Prairie - theCityMoms

Headless Horseman Conner Prairie - theCityMoms

Headless Horseman Conner Prairie - theCityMoms

Headless Horseman Conner Prairie - theCityMoms

Headless Horseman Conner Prairie - theCityMoms

In all, I love watching Conner ‘Scairie’ up the ante of activity every year at the annual Headless Horseman fun. Do I see this falling out of our family’s Top 5 Fall Fun anytime soon? Absolutely not. You can bet your head on it.

MORE INFO: Conner Prairie is located at 13400 Allisonville Road in Fishers. The Headless Horseman runs from 6-10pm October 12-14, 18-21 and 25-28. Gates are open from 6-9pm. Activities and hayrides may run past 10pm. Tickets may be purchased online at connerprairie.org or in person. Prices on Thursdays and Sundays run $17/pp but Conner Prairie members are free. Prices on Friday and Saturday are $21/pp; plus-level and above members receive free admission on these days. Special thanks to CityMom Abby for allowing us to feature her kiddos in this post as well! 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jeanine Bobenmoyer headshot - theCityMomsJeanine Bobenmoyer – like many moms – wears numerous hats including wife, mother of 2, trail runner, yoga-addict, Michigan native, die-hard Wolverines fan, Thai food enthusiast and avid reader. After years spent in the world of advertising agencies, she now curbs her Mad Men tendencies as a freelance communications and marketing consultant.

Jeanine is also the Chief Mom Officer and Founder of theCityMoms. Find Jeanine on TwitterInstagram and in the sale section at Anthropologie.

2018-10-12T14:15:27+00:00October 12th, 2018|
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