Fall Fun in Fort Wayne

BucketList Fall 2012 FortWayne 268x300 Fall Fun in Fort WayneMaybe it’s the change of the calendar or the cooling of temperatures, but I’m ready for Fall! It is our family’s favorite season, mainly for all the fun and memories we can create. If you do anything this season, you must do at least a few items on this bucket list. (Free Printable Download)

You may have a favorite orchard or pumpkin patch, but in case you need suggestions, here are a few helpful links:

Fox Island – 7324 Yohne Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46809. Open 7 days a week, 9am – 7 pm, Labor Day thru first Saturday of November (depending on the year, this may be the last day of October). Admission is $2.00 per person age 7 and over. Children under age 7 are FREE.

Johnny Appleseed Festival – 1502 Harry Baals Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46805. September 15 10am – 6pm, September 16 10am – 5pm. Admission is FREE.

Pumpkin Patches

  • DeGrandchamp’s Pumpkin Patch (pumpkins) 7722 Aboite Ctr. Rd. , Fort Wayne, IN 46804. Phone: 219-436-4359. Hours: 9 am to dusk.
  • Hilger Family Farm – 5534 Butt Rd. They will be offering hayrides and pumpkins from the last weekend in September through October. Fruits, vegetables and plants all the time. Stay updated on their Facebook page.

High School Football – check the Journal Gazette or News-Sentinel for this week’s games.

Corn Maze – 3150 County Road 43, Waterloo, IN 46793.Open September 14 – October 31, 2012 (Fri. 6-10pm; Sat. Noon-10pm; Sun. 2-6pm). Admission is $8.00 for Adults, $6.00 for Youth ages 4-12, CASH ONLY.

Haunted Houses

  • Haunted Castle Black Forest 8965 Auburn Road Fort Wayne, IN 46825, Opens September 28 – October 31st. Check site for dates and times. Admission is $10.00 for Castle, $10.00 for Forest or $16.00 for combo ticket. 
  • Haunted Hotel 511 North Jefferson Street, Huntington, IN, Opens September 30 – October 31st. Check site for dates and times. Admission is $10.00 for General Admission, $15.00 for VIP tickets.
  • The Haunted Jail 611 E Market Street, Columbia City, Indiana, Opens September 30 – October 31st. Check site for dates and times. Admission is $10.00 for General Admission.

Apple Orchards

  • Cooks Orchard (U-pick apples, pumpkins for sale in the shop or farm stand, also pie pumpkins, and honey from hives on the farm) 8724 Huguenard Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46818. Phone: 260-489-3940. Open: Monday through Friday 10 am to 6 pm Saturday 9 am to 6 pm Sunday 10 am to 5 pm. CASH ONLY. 
  • Advanced Tree Technology (apples, pumpkins) 12818 Edgerton Road, New Haven, IN, 46774. Phone: (260) 749-0891. U-pick orchard opens mid- September. Monday through Friday 9:30am to 7:00 pm;  Saturday and Sunday 9:30am to 5:00pm.

Wild Zoo HalloweenOctober 19-21, 25-28 & 31, 2012, Noon – 5 pm daily. Admission is $4.00 for Adults, $8.00 for Children and Zoo Members receive $2.00 off per person.

For more ideas, check out the Fall Fun page at VisitFortWayne.com!



A Fort Wayne native, Heather is a married with two children and works as a Senior Associate with MKM architecture + design. She's passionate about serving in the community with organizations including Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeast Indiana, NeighborLink, Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. In her free time, you’ll find her spending time with her family or friends - most often in downtown Fort Wayne or on Sylvan Lake in Noble County. Team Schoegler's favorite activities are cheering on the TinCaps and Komets as well as catching area concerts. What keeps her calling Fort Wayne home are the many opportunities to make memories and create traditions with her family.

A Thrill Seekers Paradise – the Haunted Castle and Black Forest

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The entrance to the Haunted Castle

I love October. It’s the sights and sounds, the caramel apples and bags full of candy, bright orange pumpkins and lighted jack-o-lanterns, and kids dressed as ghosts and goblins. Yes, October is one of my favorite times of year. It’s obvious I’m not the only one who shares this love of October. People flock to fall festivals and scary fall events, and for 32 years, thrill-seekers have ventured through the Haunted Castle for a good old-fashioned scare – oftentimes at the hands of the castle’s famous chainsaw-wielding frights!

This year the Haunted Castle is expected to offer new thrills and new twists to old favorites as well as some new features. How long does it take to get through the castle? What will you find beyond the next bend, in the next room? No one knows – until you dare to find out for yourself!

The Haunted Castle (along with the super maze and terrifying vortex of the Black Forest) opened Friday, September 30th and will be open through Halloween. Both attractions are open from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Thursdays and Sundays they are open from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The cost for each event ticket is $10 or a combo ticket can be purchased for $16. Bring one or more canned goods and receive $2 off the entrance price on Thursday and Sunday nights. Proceeds for the canned goods go to the St. Vincent De Paul Food Pantry. Scout and military discounts are $7 each event or $12 for the combo ticket. Scout and military discounts are good anytime.

If you’re looking for a great way to spend a cool, fall evening with family or friends, the Haunted Castle and the Black Forest is a great place to enjoy a night of fun and frights during the Halloween season. The Haunted Castle and Black Forest are located just north of Fort Wayne, Indiana at the intersection of Wallen and Auburn Road.  Parking is located across the street at St. Vincent School.



Shelley Galbreath is a freelance writer with a diverse background, writing for a variety of newspapers and magazines for more than a decade. She is the author of a 30-day women’s devotional, entitled Discouraged Moms’ Devotions to Go and the creator of www.2frazzled2bedazzled.com. Shelley is married to Rich and they have two grown daughters, ages 28 and 20, two darling granddaughters, and two pampered miniature pinschers.