The Headless Horseman rides again at Conner Prairie

The Headless Horseman rides again at Conner Prairie for 11 straight nights in October.

Sponsored by Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent, Headless Horseman runs from 6-9 p.m. Oct. 12-15, 19-22 and 26-29.


Presale tickets will be on sale from Sept. 6-Oct. 11 and are $13 for Thursday and Sunday tickets and $17 for Friday and Saturday tickets. General admission tickets are available for purchase Oct. 12-29 and are $17 for Thursday and Sunday tickets and $21 for Friday and Saturday tickets. Advance sale tickets are available online at and by calling Guest Services at (317) 776-6000.

New this year is a 7-acre, 300,000-square-foot corn maze, located on the prairie behind the amphitheater where Symphony on the Prairie is held. Guests can try their way through a large section, which should take about an hour, or a small section, which should take about 30 minutes to navigate. The maze will be open each night of the festival and is a free attraction for Headless Horseman attendees.

The 34th year of Headless Horseman will again see Conner Prairie transform into Conner Scairie, a haunted land inhabited by fun-loving ghouls.

The highlight of the festival again this year will be haunted hayrides through the darkness in a land terrorized by the Headless Horseman. The hayride paths have been extended to improve the overall guest experience; rides will transverse a different path than years before and they’ll be longer. A barrel-train ride will also be an attraction for younger children.

Guests of all ages are encouraged to attend in family-friendly Halloween costumes. Each night, a live storytelling version of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” will be performed by Indianapolis actor Ty Stover. Magic shows, spooky storytelling around a bonfire, face painting, fortune telling, music and more are offered each night.

The Apple Store at Conner Prairie has extended hours each night of Headless Horseman. The store will serve up its popular gourmet caramel apples plus apple cider slushies, fresh popcorn, rice crispy treats and more until 9 p.m.each night.

And Headless Horseman guests can take in the fall sights and Conner Scairie from above as the 1859 Balloon Voyage experience will be open each night, weather permitting.

Conner Prairie members can take advantage of a host of Headless Horseman perks, including free admission and an Express Pass to ride the hayride. For a list of perks, visit Guests may sign up to become a Conner Prairie member at the entrance of Headless Horseman.

Spanning nearly 1,000 wooded acres in central Indiana, Conner Prairie welcomes nearly 400,000 visitors of all ages annually. As Indiana’s first Smithsonian Institute affiliate, Conner Prairie offers various outdoor, historically themed destinations and indoor experiential learning spaces that combine history and art with science, technology, engineering and math to offer an authentic look into history that shapes society today.

Conner Prairie’s mission is to inspire curiosity and foster learning about Indiana by providing engaging, individualized and unique experiences. Created by Eli Lilly in 1934, Conner Prairie combines history with science, technology, engineering and math and encourages visitors to explore Indiana’s natural and cultural heritage through hands-on, immersive and interactive experiences. Inspiring visitors of all ages to discover more about the events, discoveries and forces that shaped the American Midwest, Conner Prairie offers various historically themed, indoor and outdoor experience areas throughout its nearly 1,000 acres of wooded property in Fishers, Ind. Indiana’s first Smithsonian Institute Affiliate and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, Conner Prairie is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization that relies on grants and philanthropic donations from corporations and individuals for sustainability and growth. Visit or call (800) 966-1836 for admission dates, hours, ticket prices and opportunities to donate and volunteer. Conner Prairie is on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Snapchat, Flickr and YouTube.

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