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What better way to scare the bejesus out of willing souls than with terrifying tales of the dead (and undead) at a 150-year-old graveyard? Exactly, thought the folks at Crown Hill Heritage Foundation. In cooperation with the Storytelling Arts of Indiana, Crown Hill Funeral Home & Cemetery will host an evening of ghost stories this Saturday.

Knee-buckling narratives shared by professional storytellers will start at 7:30 p.m., but the Gothic gate at 34th and Boulevard Place will open at 5 p.m. when "Crown Fest" commences. Staged to celebrate the cemetery's 150th anniversary, it will include costumed re-enactors, a trolley ride to the burial site of infamous Indy gangster John Dillinger and 15- to 20-minute walking tours of the ground's historic haunts.

Pitch a blanket or bring a folding chair and sit back to let the fright fest begin. - COURTESY OF THE CROWN HILL HERITAGE FOUNDATION
  • Courtesy of the Crown Hill Heritage Foundation
  • Pitch a blanket or bring a folding chair and sit back to let the fright fest begin.

A special "RIP Reception" will run from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Waiting Station just inside the 34th Street gate. It requires an additional $15 ticket that allows guests to hobnob with historians and tellers of tales, quaff complementary beverages from Mass Ave Wine and Sun King Brewing Company and nosh on nibbly treats from Food Guys Catering Company.

Visitors for the ghost stories alone are welcome to bring their coolers, or they can tuck into some of the selections from the many food trucks to be stationed on site, including Groovy Guys Fries, Scout's Treat Truck and Gypsy Café. They can pitch a blanket or park it in folding chairs and then sit back to let the fright fest begin. And finally, Crown Hill recommends that everyone bring a flashlight to make finding one's vehicle less of a scare when the event ends.

For ticket prices and additional information, visit Crown Hill Cemetery’s website or call (317) 232-1882.

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