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.

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.

Take a Tasty Trip Back in Time Inside the Lincoln Tower

If you have a few extra minutes in downtown Fort Wayne, make a quick stop at the Lincoln Tower!  It’s one of the Fort’s most beautiful and historic gems.  Located across from the courthouse downtown on Berry Street, it was built in the late 1920s and completed in 1930.  This ARCH member is a source of pride in the city, as it was Indiana’s tallest skyscraper until 1969.

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If you’re not afraid of heights, you can schedule a reservation to visit the observation deck!  This is definitely an experience I’ll never forget.  You can read more information about this here.

I enjoy bringing visiting friends to the Tower to show them the beautiful, Art Deco interior of the lobby.  It really is breathtaking!  (Click here to glimpse a few photos of the building’s mechanisms and to read a bit of its history.)

I also like to pop into the soda fountain at the front of the building for a quick snack.

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Almond and pistachio ice cream – yum!

Although the soda fountain itself has modernized a bit – a small plasma TV plays quietly for customers to watch – it hasn’t lost its original charm.

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The original stained glass window proudly advertises snacks and ice cream, and a beautiful, marble fire place graces the seating area.

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Stop in sometime to grab a quick bite or stay awhile and visit the friendly soda fountain employees.  Their willingness to strike up conversations with strangers reminds me of how personable and charming Fort Wayne really is!

The Lincoln Building is located at 116 E. Berry St., downtown.  The soda fountain is open Monday – Friday, from 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  You can reach it at 260-422-6688.

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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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.

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.