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Historic Irvington Halloween Festival 2023

The oldest and one of the largest Halloween festivals in the United States

Dates: October 21–28, 2023

Historic Irvington Halloween Festival

The Historic Irvington Halloween Festival is held in late October in Indianapolis, Indiana. The first festival was held in one of Indianapolis' oldest areas on the night of October 31, 1927. Since then, it has become one of the most popular annual events in the city. It brings together communities and celebrates the heritage of the town. Tens of thousands of attendees are drawn by activities like The Charity Masquerade Ball, Seance, Spooky Stories, Haunted Puppet Show, a Zombie Bike Ride, Family Spooky Movie Night, Art and Silent Auction, Costume Parade, and the Vampire Run.

The main highlight of The Historic Irvington Halloween Festival is the street fair that occurs on the Saturday before Halloween. It takes place at Irvington's East Washington Street, between Ritter Ave. and Arlington Ave. A costumed parade for children and adults marches down Washington Street with accompaniment by the Indianapolis Military Band. With lots of live music, contests, Halloween-themed activities like ghost tours, and a "haunted" puppet show, this is a favourite event for attendees of all ages. The 5-K Pleasant Run through downtown takes place on the last day of the Halloween Festival.

Many festival activities take place at Irvington's historic venues such as The Irvington Theatre built in 1913, hosting live music shows, films, and art exhibitions. Ellenberger Park dating back to 1903 and Irving Circle Park in the center of Irving are iconic locations for the festival.

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