Haunted Tours take Fort Wayne into realm of the unknown

This Halloween season, you won’t have to stay home and watch a marathon of all the Paranormal Activity movies to get your spooks in and experience that tingle of terror down your spine. You can just come out to Fort Wayne and let one of the ARCH tours guide you on an adventure of the world beyond.

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ARCH offers a couple different haunting experiences, so there is a little something for everyone. The Murder, Mystery, and Mayhem: Historic Tales of Fort Wayne’s Nefarious Past promises to be just as good as the title. We all know that history can often be better than fiction, and that is certainly true of Fort Wayne’s history. Learn all about the dark secrets – murders, hangings, feuds – you won’t hear from the history books. Tours will leave every hour on the hour from 6-10 pm on Saturday, October 18. Tours start from the historic Indiana Hotel lobby.

The buildings and neighborhoods of Fort Wayne hold many secrets as well. Learn all about what walls of the West Central neighborhood homes would say at the Haunted History: The Darker Side of West Central tour. Tours will begin at 7 pm from the University of Saint Francis Performing Arts Center on Saturdays October 11 and 25.

If these seem like too much walking for you, don’t worry, ARCH has you covered. Grab a seat on the Haunted Sites Bus Tour: A ll Aboard the Coach of Chills tour and learn all about the deep dark secrets of our city. Drive around and hear the tales at the locations they are about and maybe even see a ghost or two! Tours will leave from the lobby of the Indiana Hotel, October 18 at 6 pm, 8 pm, and 10 pm.

There is a small ticket price, but the tours are well worth it! Get the chance to witness a paranormal experience of your own, while learning great stories about death, destruction, and disaster. While tours are open to all ages, some of the information my be scary. Be warned, but don’t miss your chance to see a real Fort Wayne ghost in the flesh, so to speak!

Holley Taylor


Holley is a student at Albion College in Michigan studying English with a Creative Writing Emphasis and History. She is excited to be back in her hometown this summer working as a Marketing Intern for Visit Fort Wayne. Holley enjoys reading, writing, dancing, and spending time with family and friends.

Fright Night returns to haunt Downtown Fort Wayne

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The ghouls and ghosts are coming out to play in Fort Wayne’s downtown. The Downtown Improvement District’s annual Fright Night is back and better than ever this year. On October 18th the downtown will be transformed into a town of legends. During the day, stop by the Allen County Public Library to enjoy some not-so-spooky Halloween crafts. While you are there, take part in the annual Zombie walk and take a bite of a delicious hot dog from Bravas, one of Fort Wayne’s local food trucks.

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Zombie Walk 2013

After that, pop over to the Community Center for a little spooky story time. The Fort Wayne Youth Theater takes a new twist on some of your favorite fairy tales and will put on a show that you won’t want to miss. This free event begins at 2:00 pm.The Community center will also be hosting a myriad of fun and free family friendly activities during the day!

Another don’t miss from the day’s festivities is Science Central.Kids can make their own batch of Zombie snot, watch the dissection of an eyeball and compete in a catapult challenge that will leave heads rolling.

Later in the evening the activities really start to heat up! Fort Wayne’s Historic Embassy Theatre is featuring a screening of the season’s classic Ghostbusters. The film will start at 6:30 pm, but make sure to come a half hour early to hear some spooky ghost stories in the lobby of the Indiana Hotel. If you’re lucky, you may even see the Embassy’s resident ghost!

Expereince another piece of unique Fort Wayne history at one of the Old Fort’s Lantern tours. This haunted location is home to the replica of the city’s historic namesake fort. ARCH will also be offering tours of all the haunted locations around the city; these tours are a great way to get a unique view of Fort Wayne.

The activities are nearly endless and all promise to be a world of fun! Make sure to check out the official Fright Night webpage for a full list of all the haunted happenings!

Holley Taylor


Holley is a student at Albion College in Michigan studying English with a Creative Writing Emphasis and History. She is excited to be back in her hometown this summer working as a Marketing Intern for Visit Fort Wayne. Holley enjoys reading, writing, dancing, and spending time with family and friends.

Brickworld is back in Fort Wayne and you can WIN TICKETS!

Such a simple design – rectangular interlocking blocks in bright primary colors – revolutionized the way many children played. The LEGO quickly became a staple of childhood and now we can’t imagine growing up without them. LEGOs are not just for kids anymore, though. People of all ages will come out at this year’s Brickworld to celebrate the art of LEGO creation.

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LEGO scene depicting latest Indiana Jones movie

On October 11 and 12, the LEGO convention will come to Fort Wayne again for the fourth year in a row. This premiere LEGO expo will be bringing in some of its best displays as well as vendors who will have LEGO sets, minifigures, and accessories available for purchase.

Come out to enjoy the company of other LEGO enthusiasts as well as interactive games. Brickworld began as just one event in 2007 and now holds 4 events each year across the nation. This one of a kind expo is a great place for people to come together, share their knowledge, create, and learn more about the art of LEGO building.

The event will be held at teh Grand Wayne Center in the heart of Fort Wayne’s downtown. Make sure while you are there to stop by some of the great local restaurants for a bite, check out Parkview Field, and maybe even ride around to the see the different sculptural bike racks posted up around the city!

Brickworld kicks off from 10 am – 6 pm on Saturday, October 11 and 10 am – 4 pm on Sunday, October 12. Tickets are available online for $8.50, or at the door the day of the event. Be sure to check out Brickworld’s official website, and bring the whole family out to see some mind-blowing LEGO creations in an afternoon they will never forget!

And, you can WIN TICKETS here!

Holley Taylor


Holley is a student at Albion College in Michigan studying English with a Creative Writing Emphasis and History. She is excited to be back in her hometown this summer working as a Marketing Intern for Visit Fort Wayne. Holley enjoys reading, writing, dancing, and spending time with family and friends.

Fort Wayne Museum of Art: Seasonal Parties

I could wax poetic about how the seasons inspire some sort of existential awakening. How our connection with earth, time, and pumpkin spiced things all blends wildly into a kaleidoscope of nostalgia and restaurant menus. How the equinoxes evoke a sense of our own mortality while a menagerie of plastic yard decorations remind us there is a season for every time. But quite honestly I’m mostly in it for the parties. Give me a solid Halloween shin-dig and you’ve got yourself a happy camper. Mardi Gras? You better Beignet it! (I’m so sorry).

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The Fort Wayne Museum of Art offers just such an experience with their quarterly Seasonal Parties. Coinciding with the arrival of newly opened exhibitions, the festivities allow the Museum of Art to engage a broad, diverse public. The Seasonal Party series grants visitors an opportunity to view current exhibitions, dance to live music, and partake of local food all within an atmosphere that emphasizes a very social and public museum experience. Specially designed decor and menus are selected for every party, creating entirely unique occasions with every season.

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Last season’s “Summer Party” hosted photographer Al Satterwhite who provided autographs of his latest publication “The Cozumel Diary …. running amuck with the King of Gonzo, Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, in Mexico and other weird tales”. The collection is a cheekily described “diary” featuring photographs taken during Thompson’s 1974 Playboy Magazine interview. Dutch glass sculptor Peter Bremers mingled with the crowd and discussed his process for creating some impressive pieces that challenge what you think is geometrically possible with glass. Also in attendance was Indiana native Robert Pulley, whose sculptures may be viewed in the museum’s sculpture court until the mid November. Drawing from his personal experience with Indiana’s natural landscape the pieces are both visions of natural forms and a demonstration of how time and material work on our memories.

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Local events venue and gastronomic caterer Empyrean was on hand treating guests to  “Bites of an American Summer”. The menu included nontraditional takes on some old favorites including panzanella salads, “Chicago Dogs”, a deconstructed potato salad, pie lollipops, and more. All was washed down with an assortment of craft beer, wine, and a ”Sip of Summer”, a custom created cocktail featuring hibiscus syrup that provided just the right amount of sweet and floral.

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Guests could kick their off their shoes and dance to Fernando Tarango & The Wickersham Brothers after pursuing the galleries.

The upcoming “Fall Party” on October 10th offers a chance to check out some of the Museum of Art’s latest exhibitions including the return of Mark di Suervo’s “Helmholtz” sculpture. Located in the nearby Freimann Square, the statue suffered damage last year and has only very recently returned. A full gallery within the museum is dedicated to the piece’s history and its restoration. Also of note is the return of the invitational and juried “Contemporary Realism Biennial” which collects some exemplary pieces of current trends in American and international realism. “Crafting a Continuum: Rethinking Contemporary Craft” will exhibit works from the Arizona State University Art Museum and Ceramics Research Center in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

Guests can also expect live music from local band Freak Brothers and catered food from Main Street Bistro. On a scale of 0 to 10, 0 being the town in Footloose before Kevin Bacon and 10 being the town in Footloose post-Bacon, I would say the likelihood of dancing is a 9.5.

The “Fall Party” will run from 6:00pm to 9:00pm on Friday October 10th. Tickets for the Ft. Wayne Museum of Art Seasonal Parties can be purchased on the museum’s website. And don’t forget, you’ll be downtown so take a walk around and checkout some of the other night spots the city has to offer!

Andy Helmkamp


Andy is a recent arrival from Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he studied film theory and cultural criticism and spent time working with the Milwaukee Film Festival. There was also a lot of roasting and buying coffee thrown in there for good measure. Currently working for the Ft. Wayne Museum of Art and the Allen County Public Library, he's looking forward to exploring all the Fort has to offer. Chances are you'll find him at the Cinema Center, biking, writing, and running (from nothing in particular...weird right?), and pretending to know way more about craft beer than what he actually does.

Nothing says romance like a weekend in the Fort

Nothing says romance like a weekend in the Fort.  Why? With so many options for fine dining and art, it’s hard not to fall in love again. Maybe it’s a special anniversary. Or maybe it’s “just because.” Either way, there are plenty of ways to celebrate your love in Fort Wayne. Here are a few of my favorite.

Start with a fine meal. Paula’s on Main has the best seafood I’ve had in this town. You can’t come wrong with splitting an order of their crabcakes as an appetizer. I recommend the fish tacos for the entree. And be sure to ask to sit in Karen’s section. She’ll take care of you. Reservations are recommended on the weekend.

Baker Street always knocks it out of the park. Their menu is impressive, with a variety of vegetarian and gluten-free options. You’ll die for their pretzel bread, too!

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Complement your meal with some art. After you’ve satisfied your palate, it’s time to cater to your artistic side. If you and your partner are Broadway junkies, you’ve come to the right place. You can catch a total of six Broadway productions at our historic Embassy Theatre.

If musicals aren’t your thing, don’t worry. There is plenty else to do to satisfy your artistic itch. The Fort Wayne Civic Theatre never fails to impress.  Presenting a variety of comedies, dramas and Broadway musicals each season, the Civic Theatre showcases outstanding volunteer talent on and off stage.

Any classical music fans out there? The Fort Wayne Philharmonic is a first-class organization. With about 300 performances a year, you’re sure to catch one.

So go ahead…fall in love with each other all over again as you fall in love with our fair city!


Lauren Caggiano was raised in Fort Wayne, and returned in 2007 upon graduation from the University of Dayton. The president of WriteOn LLC, she specializes in writing, marketing, and French translation. In her spare time she enjoys travelling, yoga and volunteering. In the summer you can catch her riding around downtown on her vintage green Schwinn. For more information, check out her website: www.lcagg.com.