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.

About

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

About

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. 

260-427-6440

Hours:

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

About

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

About

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.

Mannheim Steamroller in Concert for Christmas

Come and celebrate the 30th Anniversary Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Tour at the Embassy Theatre from 8:00 pm-10 pm on Friday, December 5, 2014 and be prepared to thoroughly enjoy an innovative, lyrical evening.

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In addition to old holiday favorites, the 2014 tour will also highlight songs from the group’s latest album, Fresh Aire Music of Mannheim, with such lyrical titles as “Come Home to the Sea,” “Sunrise at Rhodes,” “The 7 Stars of the Big Dipper,” “Wolfgang Amaedus Penguin,” and many more new pieces.

Longtime fans of the classical rock band will welcome founder / songwriter / recorder Chip Davis, Jr. as he continues to entertain the world with beautiful music, including the gorgeous sounds of harpsichord, piano, flute, violins, camel bells, and other carefully-chosen orchestration.  Mannheim, which released its first album in 1984, has sold more than 40 million albums, outselling artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi and Billy Joel.

According to one of the fun facts on the group’s website, “If you lined up all the CDs sold [by them], they would stretch from New York to Los Angeles and then into the Pacific Ocean — more than 3000 miles – and if you stacked up the CDs, they would be taller than the Sears Tower — 645 times taller.”

The creative group has been awarded 16 gold records, 7 platinum and 4 multi-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.  Steamroller, in addition to being the Number 1 Christmas music artist of all time, selling more than 27 million albums; in addition, the band is the top-selling Halloween artist today.

Tickets can be purchased by contacting the Embassy Theatre box office (260.424.5665; 125 West Jefferson Blvd Fort Wayne, IN 46802) or Ticketmaster (1.800.745.3000; www.ticketmaster.com).  NOTE:  The Embassy is a historic venue so there are no elevators.

Come to the Embassy on December 5, 2014 and celebrate Bethlehem with Mannheim!

Barb

About

Barb Sieminski is a freelance writer and photographer for several magazines and newspapers. She received her B.A. and M.S. in art and English, from the University of St. Francis. When not chained to the computer, she follows her passion of fishing, believing that all good things come to she who baits . . .