ENJOY the corn in Indiana!

Driving down the country roads coming into Fort Wayne from almost any direction, you’ll run into your fair share of corn fields. The thick green stalks swaying gently in the wind, their leaves rustling crisply – corn fields bring to mind great summer memories, Field of Dreams visions of peaceful farms, and maybe even a ripple of fear if you’ve seen Children of the Corn. Still, corn is a symbol of summer in America and holds a prominent place in many households.

There is still a decent amount of corn season left to take advantage of! So, if you are looking to live it up to the fullest and get your fair share of the corn, check out these fun ways to enjoy corn!

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1. Corn Mazes

Fort Wayne is home to a number of different corn mazes. This is a great way for the whole family to enjoy the beautiful fall weather. Check out all the great activities like the maze, cornhole tournaments, and corn play pits.

Kuehnert Dairy Farm and Fall Festival
6532 W. Cook Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46818
Weekends through October 26. Fridays 6:00-10:00pm; Saturdays 10:00am-10:00pm; Sundays Noon to 5:00pm on Sunday

Amazing Fall Fun
3150 County Road 43, Waterloo IN, 46793
Weekends through November 2. Fridays 6:00-10:00pm, Saturdays noon-10:00pm, Sundays noon-6:00pm

Ridenour Acres
2935 E 20 N. Angola, IN 46703
Saturday and Sunday: 12:00pm – 6:00pm

2. Buying Corn
There are some fun ways to get your corn in Fort Wayne. The first is at local Farmers Markets. The corn at the these markets is always guaranteed to be at the peak of freshness and it’s locally grown! Also, be sure to check out Cedar Creek Produce. Cedar Creek Produce is a family-run business that offers farm fresh produce year round to our local community.  While you are there, make sure to check out the fun fall activities they have! Either way, picking out corn can be a great activity for the whole family.
3. Corn Feasts!
Of course, there is always the question of what to do with the corn once you get it home. The options are nearly endless, but here’s a few of my favorites.
Grilled Corn-on-the-cob
It may seem pretty simple, but this is a sure winner even the pickiest of eaters will love. Just remove the husks and make sure to get all those pesky hairs, too. Then, coat the corn with a little melted butter, garlic, and salt. After that, grill to perfection; the kernels should just be starting to get a little bit brown. This is the perfect addition to any meal and will leave your guests wanting more.
This is a bit of a different take on the traditional corn bread, but just as good! While the recipe does call for canned corn, you can use fresh sweet corn scrapped off the cob just as easily!
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Sweet Corn Spoonbread

Perfect for warming the insides on a brisk fall day, this soup will not disappoint. Again, for this one the recipe calls for thawed frozen corn, but it will be even better with fresh corn.
What are your favorite ways to celebrate corn?
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.

How to Make Trick-Or-Treating About More Than Candy

It’s almost Halloween, and kids of all ages are ready to get costumed and trick-or-treat, or head to the Halloween Carnival. This year, as more and more teachers are flipping their classrooms – students listen to lectures at home and do the enrichment in class – why not consider Halloween as a learning activity?

A few spooky ideas for fun learning experiences are below:

  1. Have your child trick-or-treat for a good cause. At home, have them learn about the organization or cause and then collect money on their candy runs.
  2. If you have a younger child, set them up at home with candy bingo. This way they will get excited about counting the candy or identifying its color as they go.
  3. Have your kids research their favorite zoo animal and have them tell you about them while at Wild Zoo Halloween.
  4. Utilize problem solving skills by having your kids plan the trick-or-treat route. Have them plan the shortest path between points and to home or have them make a path that never crosses itself.
  5. If you have a tween or older, have them learn about some of the “haunted” spots nearby. Visit them together and have the tween tell you all the ghost story after the trick-or-treating is done.

Those are just a few ideas on how to make Halloween about more than candy. Do you have any educational ideas for holidays that can be done outside the classroom? If so, leave them in the comments below.



Fort Wayne Trick-Or-Treating Times:

Fort Wayne: 6 pm – 8 pm
Jefferson Pointe Shopping Center: 5 – 7 pm
Leo-Cedarville: 6 pm –8 pm
Grabill: 5 pm – 7 pm
Huntertown: 6 – 8 pm
New Haven: Halloween Carnival at Schnelker Park from 5 pm – 6:30 pm, offers trick-or-treat at downtown businesses from 5 pm – 7 pm, and then regular trick-or-treat hours from 6pm – 8 pm.

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Kaila Strong


Kaila is a technology blogger and active online as a writer for over ten years. Her passions include technology, business, travel and much more. She has fond memories of Fort Wayne, spending summers with her grandmother as a child and is also a continued supporter of local businesses in the area.

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2 Responses to "How to Make Trick-Or-Treating About More Than Candy"

October 22nd, 2014
You are right! We have made the change!
October 22nd, 2014
I believe trick or treat hours are from 6-8pm in Ft. Wayne...that's what the Journal Gazette is reporting.

Enjoy “Merry, Not Scary” Wild Zoo Halloween

What’s better than the zoo during a nice day in the summer? Give up? A one-of-a-kind experience in the fall! Enter Wild Zoo Halloween at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo!

Giraffe Pumpkins 200x300 Enjoy Merry, Not Scary Wild Zoo Halloween If you’re looking for a low-cost and seasonal event to take your kids to, this is it.  When you visit the zoo from noon to 5 pm,  Oct. 17-19, 23-26 and 30-31, you can expect lots of entertainment.  Planned activities include: Trick or treating,  mini maze, pumpkin picking, jokes,  and a visit from Broomhilda the Witch. Insider’s Note: Guests of any age can purchase the Admission + Trick-or-Treating package, which allows collection of 10 treats and a pumpkin from the Pumpkin Patch.

Of course they’ll be time to see and interact with the animals. All activities are located in the Central Zoo and portions of the Australian Adventure. The African Journey and Indonesian Rain Forest will not be open during the Wild Zoo Halloween.

And be sure to mark your calendar for some special events:

  • October 17  Guessing Games – How much candy is in the jar?
  • October 18  Princess Day – Meet & greet our real Princesses 2-4 PM
  • October 19  Mascot Day – Meet & greet local Mascots 2-4 PM
  • October 23  Free Train Rides – Ride the train free  12-5 PM
  • October 24  Pumpkin Stomp & Chomp – Animals get pumpkins to eat and play with.
  • October 25  Hero Day – Meet & greet Police, Fire, and Military representatives 2-4 PM
  • October 26  Magic Day – Amazing Magic Shows
  • October 30  Free Train Rides – Ride the train free 12-5 PM
  • October 31  Pumpkin Decorating Workshop – Create a pumpkin masterpiece to take home

If nothing else, this is a great time to experience why the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo has been consistently rated as one of the best children’s zoos in the country. If you can’t make it to Wild Zoo, the zoo re-opens in April.


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.

Come in to Gaze at the Sky

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Want to see the moon, the sun and a few planets? Check out Schouweiler Planetarium, where you have to see the sky from inside!

Maybe you remember going to the planetarium for a school trip? Or perhaps at a museum in a big city? Check out Fort Wayne’s own planetarium, the Edwin Clark Schouweiler Memorial Planetarium, located on the campus of the University of St. Francis. The Schouweiler Planetarium (say Shoe-wi-ler) is a staple for star gazing with an educational twist.

Hosting elementary field trips, holiday themed events, and just plain interesting shows for the public during festivals, this planetarium is cool for any age. Located inside the Achatz Hall of Science, the planetarium boasts a Spitz Model A4 projector, 75 seats, and the capacity to project images of the Milky Way, 2100 stars, and a host of other galactic phenomena. The comfortable seats recline, just a little, so you can see quite well from almost any seat in the studio. Note – you might want to avoid the very last row, next to the wall, if you don’t want to miss the starry action that occurs behind your head.

If you visit the Planetarium, you’ll enter through a pair of double doors and walk into a round room. A giant machine, rather resembling a large ant, is in the center, on a raised circular platform. This is the Spitz Projector. Star Trek-style seats fill the room, with a few handy aisles between the rows. What may really command your attention are the constellation images painted on the walls of the planetarium. Black lights mounted up in the low edge of the ceiling turn the shapes into glowing, neon designs. These constellations look real – they require little imagination to tell which is Taurus the Bull or Pisces the Fish or the Gemini Twins. And, as an added bonus, if you’re wearing light-colored clothing, it will glow in the blacklight with a purplish haze. Kids and adults like to stroll under the lights before a show, just to see if their shoe laces glow.

To see a show at the Shouweiler Planetarium, patrons should call about four weeks in advance of their desired show date. Visitors make reservations for the planetarium, then choose which program they want to see. Shows range in age-suitability from kindergarten through adult, with at least 11 different programs. Prices are listed on the Planetarium’s website – and they are quite low. Discounts for seniors, children, and families with children are also explained. For group attendance, exact prices per person are listed along with the different shows – cost varies by the program chosen. Shows are also done for specific events, like area festivals and the Christmas season. For these programs, you simply show up – you don’t have to request space at the planetarium ahead of time. Watch the Planetarium’s website, sign up for their electronic updates, and check out the Fort Wayne Visitor’s Bureau website for more information. You don’t want to miss the chance to explore the sky at Schouweiler!



Louisa is a lifelong Fort Wayne resident. A long-time musician and literature aficionado, Louisa likes to explore the classical music offerings that Fort Wayne has to offer. (She also likes to browse the Allen County Public Library's stacks for just the right book!)

Fall Fun Awaits Your Family at the Botanical Conservatory

I absolutely love fall, and Fort Wayne embraces the season with me – especially the Foellinger-FreimannBotanical Conservatory.  Pumpkins and bright, fall colors decorate the gorgeous array of flowers throughout the Conservatory.  I love watching children’s faces light up when they spot giant pumpkins and garden gnomes in the foliage!  Come check out the Punkin’ Path exhibit yourself on October 14-31.

Currently at the Conservatory, visitors can do more than just stroll amongst the flowers.  There are classes for adults, like the seasonal DIY gifts and home décor classes, and family-oriented programs through Family Garden Close-Up.  One of my personal favorites is Tai Chi in the Garden; it is a truly unique and relaxing experience!  (Click here to view more classes at the Conservatory.)

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Also, the Botanical Conservatory is just one of several places that has something fun to do during downtown Fort Wayne’s annual sensation and one of my favorite nights of the year, Fright Night, on Saturday, October 18th.  Downtown comes alive this night with all kinds of festivities, and the Conservatory will feature pumpkin activities for children and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” in the evening for adults.  ($2 viewing fee)

The Botanical Conservatory is a welcome reprieve you might need after a busy day of work or to take a break from city life.  Admission costs are fairly low ($5 – adults, $3 – children), so come bring your family here for a fun and educational experience!

Visit the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory online, on Facebook, or downtown at 1100 S. Calhoun St. 



Sunday Noon – 4pmTuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm
Thursday 10am – 8pm   Closed: Mondays, New Year’s Day, Christmas Day

Admission:  Adults $5  Children (ages 3-17) $3   Age 2 and under Free

Amanda Reusser


Amanda Reusser is a 2006 graduate from Taylor University-Upland. She has spent the past 6 years living and teaching Drama, English and ESOL in Florida, Indonesia and Austria. While it was fun and insightful, she is very glad to be back home in Indiana. Amanda loves traveling, trying new foods, and learning cultural dances. She enjoys getting to know new people, teaching teenagers, and being involved with her home church.