Cinema Center has your Halloween Horrorshows

Throughout John Carpenter’s “Halloween,” a babysitter and her ward shift their attention from a late night movie marathon on television to the real horror show lurking outside. This deliberate collapse of what scares us safely and what actually terrifies us is a well documented attribute of American Horror fiction. It’s quite possible that Halloween as we know it today wouldn’t be the same without the heavy influence of horror film and television. Taking on this gallantly ghoulish tradition, the Cinema Center will be hosting a few horrific films to keep your blood churning all Halloween season long.

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Despite the misnomer early film was never purely silent. Whether accompanied by music, a narrator (more of a carnival barker really), or a noisy crowd, sound and moving image have had a close kinship. The filmgoing experience finds more of its tradition in vaudeville and carnivals. Now the Cinema Center will be bringing a piece of this experience to the Fort with a screening of F.W. Murnau’s 1922 vampire film “Nosferatu” accompanied by live music from “The End Times Spasm Band“.

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Speaking with Jonah Crismore, the Cinema Center’s Executive Director, two previously successful screenings with live music performed had been accompanied by the “Andrew Alden Ensemble.” Showings of “Night of the Living Dead” and “The Phantom of the Opera” both proved successful ventures. But what excites Crismore even more about this “Nosferatu” screening is the participation of an entirely local band.

“I think there has been more of an effort to incorporate local music into artistic programming, but with the amount of local music in Ft. Wayne, I really believe there is an opportunity to do so regularly.”

Having previously worked in a nonprofit music venue, I asked if Crismore was looking forward to bringing some of at his past experience with live music into a now nontraditional setting.

“I am not really looking at any of my past experiences…With Nosferatu and the rest of the silent film series, I really want the live music to help connect the dots between sound and image during a theatrical experience.”

With an expanded lineup including a horn section you can expect “The End Times Spasm” to deliver a rich musical environment. Check out their blog for more updates on their process.

“Nosferatu” accompanied by “The End Times Spasm Band” will be held on Friday, October 24th at 7:30pm.

In case you’re craving some contemporary flavor the Cinema Center will also be holding two Midnight screenings of Kevin Smith’s latest horror comedy feature “Tusk”. Both loved and maligned by critics and horror movie fanatics the film stars Justin Long as a podcast host and Michael Parks as a sequestered dilettante explorer whom Long interviews. However, the explorer’s affinity for walruses takes some rather unexpected and gruesome turns.

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“Tusk” will screen at Midnight on Friday, October 31st and Saturday, November 1st.

You can find ticketing information and keep up with all of the upcoming events at the Cinema Center website.

As Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel kind of said “We’ll see ghoul at the movies!” (I couldn’t help myself).

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.

My Favorite Places to Run – Shoaff Park

The first of my “Best Places to Run in Fort Wayne” posts featured Concordia Theological Seminary, and I hope some of you have had a chance to check it out (both the post and the campus). I wrote that post after a “heated” run – man, it was hot that day – but soon after, the weather took a turn toward fall, making it much nicer to be outside. Such pleasant weather gives me ample opportunity to explore the outdoors before retreating into the gym for the winter. For this post, I decided to hit the trails at Shoaff Park, located at 6401 St. Joe Road, and what a great place to run it is.

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Fall in Shoaff Park

Shoaff Park, like several others in the Fort Wayne park system, has a paved fitness loop. It’s one of only three parks, though, that has multiple loops (Hamilton and Kreager Parks are the other two). I decided to run the perimeter loop – at almost two miles, it’s the longest of the three. The first part of the loop takes you through the woods along the St. Joseph River, which will be even prettier as the leaves start to change. It then takes you past the playground, the baseball diamond, and around the golf course (assuming you run clockwise, that is). I like to run where it’s quiet and I don’t have to worry too much about traffic, and Shoaff Park is a beautiful place to do that. I should also note that there is a Rivergreenway trailhead here that extends along the river, under Saint Joe Center Road, and with a little off-road running, leads you to Johnny Appleseed Park. That, however, is a run for another day.

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Apart from spending his college years in West Lafayette, Indiana, and Dayton, Ohio, Mike Flohr is a lifetime resident of the Summit City. Today he divides his time among his wife, Megan, his job as a college librarian, and his many geek obsessions.

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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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.

Marvelous Molecules moves into Science Central

Bill Nye put it best, “Science is the key to our future.” While kids today might not still be watching Bill Nye with the same fervor of a few generations past, his statement rings true. And there is no better place to get kids interested in Science than Fort Wayne’s own, Science Central.

The new traveling exhibit is up and running and promises to be a great time. Marvelous Molecules explores the secret to life and invites visitors to take a closer look at the tiny molecules that make up all the different living things we see around us. Sure on the surface we can tell the difference between an elephant, a willow tree, and our next door neighbor, but at the core level, we are all made up of combinations of molecules. Visitors can learn all there is to know about these different atoms through hands-on activities, different stations, and computer interactives.

science central Marvelous Molecules moves into Science CentralOf course, there is still much more to see at Science Central. Some definite must-sees include the high rail bike, the tidal pool, and Science on a Sphere. Test out your skills as a weatherman or try to see what it would be like on the moon with no gravity. No matter what your kids are into, there is something for everyone at Science Central.

And, while you are downtown, hit up some of the favorite local restaurants, or pack your own lunch and have a picnic in Headwaters Park.

Marvelous Molecules will be on display from now through January 4, 2015. There is no additional cost to see this exhibit. Make sure to check out their website for prices and hours.

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.

Winterize, Remodel and Learn to Cook at Fall Home Design Expo

Looking to add value to your home? Prep it for the cold winter ahead? Or fine-tune your cooking skills? Head to the Fall Home Design Expo Oct. 24-26 at Memorial Coliseum!

The one-stop-shop remains a central hub for homeowners to connect with scores of high-quality exhibitors as it relates to kitchens, baths, carpet, doors, windows, insulation, room additions, home building, mortgages, roofing, decks, cabinets, refinishing, basements and more.

Show features include:

  • The Indiana Wine Experience. Enjoy a “grape” evening from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24 with wine tastings, food pairings, live music, Wine & Canvas painting lessons, silent auction, giveaways and more!

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  • Fun Fall Kids Zone. Kids will love the safe indoor trick-or-treat and spooktacular costume contest from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, along with face painting and balloon art.
  • Taste of Home Cooking School. Culinary Specialist Karen Davis will share home cooking tips, offer up door prizes and break down fabulous fall recipes at 11a.m., 1, 3 and 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25.

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  •  Giveaways. Homeowners can enter-to-win a Cambria vanity countertop valued at $2,300, along with many others!

On Sunday, the Fort Wayne Winter Farmers Market will relocate to the Coliseum to offer up an array of home-based food, fresh produce, crafts and natural products.


Fall Home Design Expo
October 24-26
Memorial Coliseum
Friday, noon-9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.


Expo Admission: Adults $10 (includes Taste of Home Cooking School Saturday); children 12 & under free; $3 coupons online; re-admittance valid all weekend.

Taste of Home Cooking School: Limited advance ticket sales available through (includes preferred seating, a meet greet, autographed Taste of Home cookbook and gift bag).

The Indiana Wine Experience: $19/per adult (age 21+), or $30/per couple.



Kristen Guthrie is the Marketing Manager at Visit Fort Wayne, where she has the pleasure of sharing Fort Wayne with our potential visitors! She loves exploring downtown and taking her 5-year old son to the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, where he knows more about the animals than she ever will!