Shrek the Musical Will Be Quality Fun for Your Family!

Everyone’s favorite green ogre is coming to life in Shrek the Musical at Fort Wayne’s Civic Theatre in just a few weeks, and this is a family-friendly event you won’t want to miss!

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Shrek the Musical is a comical story about an ogre named Shrek who sets out to rescue Princess Fiona.  However, Fiona’s parents and loyal attendants expect a prince – not an ogre – to rescue her, and hilarious chaos ensues.  Other character favorites from the Dreamworks movies, like Donkey and The Gingerbread Man, are sure to make Shrek the Musical an entertaining and memorable experience.

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The actors and stage crew have been working hard but having fun at rehearsals.  Says director Doug King, “Every time we work through sections of the show, it seems like the scene we are working on is my new favorite part.  Until we get to the next scene and that one becomes my favorite!  I hope are audiences are challenged with my same burdensome problem.”

I’m a personal fan of both the Shrek movies and the Civic Theatre, so I can guarantee quality performances that will be engaging and fun!


Saturday, Nov 8  2:00 PM
Saturday, Nov 8  8:00 PM
Sunday, Nov 9  2:00 PM

Friday, Nov 14  8:00 PM
Saturday, Nov 15  8:00 PM
Sunday, Nov 16  2:00 PM

Friday, Nov 21  8:00 PM
Saturday, Nov 22  8:00 PM
Sunday, Nov 23  2:00 PM

The Civic Theatre is located in the Arts United building at 303 E. Main St. in downtown Fort Wayne.  Click here for the Civic Theatre’s homepage and here for ticket information.  You can also visit the ArtsTix Community Box Office at 300 E. Main St. for tickets.



Monday – Friday, 12:00 noon – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m.

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.

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!

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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:

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.

Boo to You! Halloween Happenings in Fort Wayne

Fall is upon us in Fort Wayne, and that means that Halloween is just around the corner. Whether you love the tricks or the treats of this spooky holiday, are looking for a real scare or maybe just a nice corn maze, you can find all of that and more in Fort Wayne this Halloween!

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Trick? Or Treat?

For the family

Wild Zoo Halloween

Dates: October 17-19, 23-26 and 30-31

Times: 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Where: Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo

Cost: $5 per person for general admission, $9 per person if trick-or-treating

A Fort Wayne family favorite, the Wild Zoo Halloween is geared towards young children, but fun for everyone. Come in costume and walk from station to station collecting candy and treats. There are games and daily special events, including:

2:00 p.m.  Meet K’Zoo
2:30 p.m.  Live Animal Show
3:00 p.m.  Sea Lion Feeding
3:30 p.m.  Monster Mash Dance Party

Click here for more details!

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Wild Zoo Halloween

Halloween Haunt at the Community Center

Date: Saturday, October 18

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Where: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Cost: Free!

“Downtown Fort Wayne becomes a haven for monsters, ghosts, vampires and zombies on this Saturday afternoon.” Put the kids in their costumes and head out to the Community Center for a whole afternoon of Halloween fun. This is a favorite for my kids. Activities include face painting, theater performances and more. Admission is free, but there will be concessions on sale.

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Halloween Haunt at the Community Center

Hilger Family Farm

Dates: Open now, but fall treats begin in October

Times: Mondays and Tuesdays – 4:00 p.m to 7:00 p.m.; Wednesdays through Saturdays – 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Sundays – 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Where: Hilger Family Farm, 5534 Butt Rd.

Cost: Pay per pumpkin or other fall treats

Everyone loves Hilger’s! Pick the perfect pumpkin or choose from a variety of pre-picked goodies. Special fall activities include hayrides and animal rides on the weekends. During the week and on weekends, enjoy the barn swings and a playground made of straw. Enjoy hand-dipped caramel apples, popcorn and hot or cold apple cider.

Hilger’s has a great selection of seasonal home decorations including corn stalks, hay bales, pumpkins, Indian corn and painted pumpkins, just to name a few.

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Hilger Family Farm


For the adventurous

Hysterium Haunted Asylum

Dates: Check dates here

Times: Variable

Where: 4410 Arden Dr.

Cost: $12; click here for more details

So, I’m not really one to enjoy a truly scary Halloween, but for those of you who are, this si the place for you! The Asylum is run by the same crew that brought you The Haunted Cave for the last 15 years, so they are no strangers to the game of fright.  Expect a truly scary experience!

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Do you dare??

Fright Night Downtown

Dates: October 18

Times: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.

Where: Downtown Fort Wayne, silly!

Cost: Varies by event; click here.

If you live in or around Fort Wayne, and you’ve never experienced Fright Night Downtown, well then pull up a chair, we’ve got some talking to do. Kick things off in the morning by visiting Science Central or the Botanical Conservatory with the kids, catch some music and get some eats in the afternoon, but don’t be late to the Zombie Walk! Come dressed in your best (or worst!) undead look and follow the crowd as the zombies take over downtown.  Afterwards, catch a haunted bus tour or see Nightmare on Elm St at the Embassy. There are plenty of activities from which to choose. Make the most of the day by planning your trip here.

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Zombie Walk

ARCH Haunted Sites Bus Tours

Dates: October 18

Times: 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Buses depart at 6, 8 and 10.

Where: 125 W. Jefferson St., Indiana Hotel Lobby

Cost: $15 for adults and $10 for ages 5-17

“All Aboard the Coach of Chills!” Catch a bus and take a spooky tour through “historic sites of fright, with tales of terror that cloud our city’s night.”

Be warned! This tour IS pretty scary and is not recommended for the faint of heart.

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Bus tours start at the hauntingly beautiful Indiana Hotel

Lantern Tours of the Old Fort

Dates: October 18

Times: 11:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m.

Where: 1201 Spy Run Ave., The Old Fort

Cost: $2; kids under 12 get in free

Join the ghosts of soldiers past at the Historic Old Fort.  Explore the Fort by night, via lantern, and hear tales of real encounters with the Fort’s ghosts! There will be re-enactors, visitors and professional ghost hunters. If you’re super lucky, you might run into the Old Fort’s resident ghost, Lt. Ostrander. Word to the wise: keep an eye out for the Headless Horseman!

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Make sure your lantern stays lit!

Do you have Halloween plans that aren’t on our list? Share them in the comments below!

Wendy Sack


Born and bred in Alabama, Wendy has lived in Fort Wayne for just over 12 years, calling historic Williams-Woodland Park home. Asked to describe herself, Wendy is quick to throw out the terms grammar geek, voracious reader, Jim Gaffigan nut and Alabama Crimson Tide football fanatic. Often found with a Diet Coke in one hand and a book in the other, Wendy’s true passion is her family. She is a wife, a mother of two and is always looking for new and adventurous things to do in and around Fort Wayne. Wendy finds humor easily in any situation and is a true believer that laughter really does cure anything.

Gnomes, Pumpkins and Kids at the Botanical Conservatory

What could be cuter than kids in a pumpkin patch? Maybe pumpkins with kids and a few friendly gnomes, peeking through corn stalks and just waiting to get their picture taken!

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Here’s a friendly little gnome, welcoming visitor’s to the Botanical Conservatory’s Punkin Path!

Check out the “Punkin Path,” a pint-sized display of gourds, pumpkins and other fall flora at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory. Small gnomes will be tucked in amongst the displays, just the right size for small visitors to meet and greet. The display will open on Tuesday, October 14. An outdoor event, the Punkin Path is located within the gated gardens area of the Botanical Gardens – so there will be plenty of gentle hills and old trees to explore, in addition to the pumpkins, gourds and straw bales. Fort Wayne’s sometimes frosty, sometimes toasty October weather is the perfect time to experience glowing golden leaves and to scuffle along brick sidewalks, taking in the sharp scent of autumn.

As part of the Punkin Path display, the Botanical Conservatory will hold a “Pumpkin Zone” on one Saturday afternoon. This special event will offer families fall crafts, games and a Gnome Search. Young scientists will be invited to learn about the buoyancy of squashes (i.e. can a pumpkin float?) and visitors will be able to snack on pumpkin seeds. This one-day-only event will take place on Saturday, October 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For people who want to take some of that garden goodness home with them, there is an outdoor garden shop hosted by the Botanical Conservatory. Live plants, like pots of herbs and perennials will be available. Small conifers are also for sale – these are just the thing for starting your own bonsai garden. And mums should be on hand, too!

A great concept that the Conservatory is implementing this year is the sale of still-fresh and slightly-used pumpkins. After the Punkin Path display has concluded (October 31), the Botanical Garden’s sales garden on Calhoun will sell off exhibit items. These would be just the right pieces to use for Thanksgiving displays and decorations- and a nice way to prolong the beauty of autumn for your home and friends!

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A restful bench, so you can sit and enjoy autumn!

The Botanical Gardens Punkin Path is a wonderful way to celebrate the beauty and fun of fall. Why not step outside with the kids and meet a gnome in the wild?



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!)