by Justin Brady
For those of you ready for some frightful (and funny) fall entertainment, Indianapolis performing arts groups are ready to pull out their best tricks in October.
Irvington Halloween Festival
No other neighborhood in Indianapolis embraces Halloween quite like Irvington. Head to this historic neighborhood for a week of fun events from a Spooky Organ Concert to a Monster Makeup Workshop and Zombie Bike Ride.The celebration culminates with the Irvington Halloween Street Festival on October 26 complete with a costume parade. While you are in Irvington, head to their resident theatre company Q Artistry for Cabaret Poe. See Edgar Allan Poe's famous works recreated in this original musical.
Ghost Stories at Crown Hill Cemetery
October 12 - Gates open at 6:30 p.m., Stories begin at 7:30p.m.
For a truly creepy way to kick-off Halloween season, I suggest a stroll through Crown Hill Cemetery with Storytelling Arts of Indiana for their most popular event of the year. It's a family-friendly event, but the scary stories grow more frightening as the night goes on. Guests are encouraged to come early and pack a picnic or graze the food trucks at the event.
Headless Horseman Unscripted at Comedysportz
Every Friday at 10 p.m. through November 1
Sleepy Hollow is making waves on TV this fall, but venture to Mass Ave for a lighter, more outrageous take on the classic tale of Ichabod Crane and the headless horseman. With your help,the ComedySportz team reimagines the haunting tale in a game of late night, adult-only improv. Audience suggestions guide the storytelling, so grab a group friends and a bucket of beers to prep for the shenanigans.
Nunsense A-Men! & Unwrap Your Candy at Theatre onthe Square
Weekends through November 16
Theatre on the Square has two treats for you in October. The first half of the month, catch the popular musical Nunsense with a new twist - men play the hilarious bunch of nuns. Feel free to steal this costume idea gentleman. Then just in time for Halloween, Unwrap Your Candy offers four short, funny and spooky stories inspired by Alfred Hitchcock, Roald Dahl and The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.