This annual salute to all things German at downtown’s Athenaeum isn’t for the faint of heart. Of course there’s teutonic-themed beer and food, but there’s also a strong man competition, and a stein-holding contest. Or you can just watch the annual wiener dog races. Did we mention that there’s beer?
Cost: $12 for adults; $5 for children 2-12
The Pavilion at Pan Am
Make sure you grab plenty of napkins for this two-day event, featuring music, drinks, games, and a ridiculous amount of grilled cheese sandwiches supplied by area eateries. It takes place at The Pavilion at Pan Am downtown, and on Saturday is only open to guests 21 or older. On Sunday, however, kids can come. Be sure to cast a vote for Best Grilled Cheese in Indy -- or, if you’re really feeling it, tackle the grilled cheese eating contest.
Cost: $25 for adults; $35 for VIP passes (available only on Saturday); $15 for children; kids 5 and under get in free
72nd Historic Irvington Halloween Festival
Nobody does Halloween quite like the residents of this historic neighborhood. Festivities include a street fair, a Zombie Bike Ride, Indy Grimo Coffin Race, and the Pleasant Run Vampire Run -- a 5-mile event that’s a bit more fast-paced than the typical zombie crawl. You can carb load the night before at the Carb Fright Night Spaghetti Supper.
Cost: Most events free; $25 registration fee for the Vampire Run
Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is a magical place -- and it’s even more magical on this particular evening, when the kids are booted out and its used for an over-21 party. In keeping with the Weird Science theme, guests, drinks in hand, can peruse the STEMLab, the Schaefer Planetarium, and walk around the Dinosphere. Or just hang around the various, strategically placed bars.
Cost: $20 for museum members, $25 for non-members
Hilbert Circle Theatre
Pretty much everyone has seen this movie. Some of us, more times than we care to recall. But this version features the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra performing the iconic John Williams score live, as the film plays on the big screen at Hilbert Circle Theatre. Better move quickly, because a couple of nights are already sold out.