Fright Night 2018


Fort Wayne’s annual Halloween event returns downtown Oct. 20 and includes activities for all ages, including some new ones this year.

The event is hosted by the Downtown Improvement District.

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Activities are:

9 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Which Witch is Which. Allen County Public Library Children’s Department, 900 Library Plaza. Free. A scavenger hunt where families will search for and match up famous witches from children’s literature.

9 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Zombie Attack Scavenger Hunt. Allen County Public Library Readers Services Desk, 900 Library Plaza. Free, PG13. Pick up a form at the Readers Services Desk and find the zombies hidden throughout the library (excluding the children’s and genealogy departments). Completed forms will earn a prize.

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Pumpkin Zone. Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St. Adults $5, 17 and younger $3. Explore the gardens and enjoy fall art, crafts and games, including a gnome search and decorating your own mini pumpkin. Friends of the Allen County Farm Bureau will also be on hand to talk about pumpkins and how they grow.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Punkin’ Path. Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St. Adults $5, 17 and younger $3. Visit the outdoor Punkin’ Path to enjoy the fall surroundings and take festival photos of the family, as the trail will be decorated with pumpkins, gourds, bales of straw and gnomes.

10 a.m.-noon: 2018 Monster Dash. Freimann Square, 200 E. Main St. Adults $25, kids free with adult registration. The UAW Local 2209 hosts the third annual Monster Dash 5K Fun Run/Walk, a Halloween-themed fundraiser to benefit Fort Wayne Trails. Bring your funniest, spookiest or most epic costume. To register visit //

10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.: “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” showings. Fort Wayne Ballet’s Youth Company, Auer Center for the Arts & Culture, 300 E. Main St., Ballet Studio A. $10 per person. Join after the performances for a free, spooky, creative movement session.

10 a.m. to 10 p.m.: Vampire Madness. Cinema Center, 437 E. Berry St. Film admission $5-$12. Kids can stop by between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. for a free vampire craft and treat. The Spectator Lounge will have a special effects makeup designer available for consultation for those who want to put on their vampire face before heading to the zombie walk. Some makeup will be available to use for free, and admission to this event is free. Cash bar and specialty drinks will be available for purchase.

11 a.m. to 6 p.m.: 2nd Annual Day of the Dead/Dia de Los Muertos Festival “DIA Fort Wayne.” Hosted by Latinos Count at USF Performing Arts Center, 431 W. Berry St. Free. Family-friendly activities and entertainment include screenings of “Coco,” Calaca/Calavera face painting, kids’ art activities, live music, a photo booth and Instagram slideshow, and Lucha Libre wrestling matches. There will also be several food trucks and alcohol provided by Hop River Brewing Company.

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Fright Night Movie Marathon. Allen County Public Library, Meeting Room C, 900 Library Plaza. Free. The following films will be shown: “Hocus Pocus” at 11 a.m., Tim Burton’s “the Corpse Bride” at 1 p.m. and Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” at 2:30 p.m. Limited seating, first come, first served.

Noon-4 p.m.: Not-So-Frightening Fun. Allen County Public Library Globe Room, 900 Library Plaza. Free. Make three different kid-friendly crafts.

1-4 p.m.: Trunk or Treat Soiree. Central Branch YMCA parking lot, corner of Washington and Barr streets. Free. Join the YMCA for fun, games and treats.

1-5 p.m.: Zombie Central (Zombie Walk). Allen County Public Library Plaza, 900 Library Plaza. Free. T.A.G. Art will be onhand with their Zombie Machine to help turn folks into the undead just in time for the Zombie Walk. There will also be the First Federal Bank Photo Booooth, First Federal Bank extreme pumpkin carving demonstrations, Fort Wayne Mad Ants Trick-Shot-Toe, Magic 95.1 Weird Science Lab, Fun 101.7 Mummy Money and the ALT 99.5/WANE TV Music Stage, with performances by PlumDingo and the Fort Wayne Fright Orchestra.

2-5 p.m.: Halloween Haunt. Community Center, 233 W. Main St. Free. An afternoon of frightful fun games and activities. Register for the pumpkin carving contest at noon at

3-4 p.m.: Ghost-Pops. Allen County Public Library Meeting Room B, 900 Library Plaza. Free. Stop by and turn a lollipop into a tasty, friendly ghost. Good only while supplies last.

3-4 p.m.: Zombies Got Talent. Allen County Public Library Meeting Room A, 900 Library Plaza. Free. Sing, dance or tell a joke for your chance to shine (content should be G or PG). To compete, sign up in advance by calling 421-1255. Spectators are welcome on a first come, first served basis.

4-5 p.m.: Phantom of the Organ. Trinity Episcopal Church, 611 W. Berry St. Free. Organist Wayne Peterson will be joined by singer David Dilsizian and other guests for music played on the pipe organ. Trick-or-treat candy will also be available.

4-8 p.m.: Fright Night “Spooktacular” Car Show. USF Performing Art Center, 431 W. Berry St. Car registration $10, spectators are free. Enjoy a car, truck and bike show with contests for best decorated vehicles, costumes, best decorated pumpkin and more. There will also be giveaways, trunk or treat for the kids, DJ Fast Eddie, Zombie Cha Cha Slide, games, hula hoop and limbo.

5-7 p.m.: Parkview Field Scavenger Hunt. Parkview Field, 1301 Ewing St. Free. Count all the ghosts and pumpkins that are hidden around the ballpark. The fan who comes the closest to the actual number will win a special prize pack from the TinCaps and Parkview Field.

5-9 p.m.: A Night in the Old City Jail. The History Center, 302 E. Berry St. $3 per person. Explore the old City Hall building, checking out the old jail and artifacts from lawbreakers and law enforcement from the day, along with other artifacts and candy.

5:30 p.m.: Zombie Walk.

6-8 p.m.: Bonfire at the Courtyard. Courtyard by Marriott, 1150 S. Harrison St., 6-8 p.m. Free. There will be a bonfire, fright dogs, blood soup and hot chocolate. All items are $2, with proceeds donated to Back on my Feet.

6-8 p.m.: Magic, Music and Wizardry. Grand Wayne Convention Center, 120 W. Jefferson Blvd. Free; for ages 8 and younger. A visiting professor from the world of magic will amaze the audience and DJ La La will provide music. Create your own Scintillo crepundium with help from Science Central. There will also be balloon art and face painting.

6-10 p.m.: Murder, Mystery and Mayhem Historic Tales of Fort Wayne’s Nefarious Past. ARCH, Inc., lobby hallway in the Grand Wayne Center, 120 W. Jefferson Blvd. Tours start at the top of the hour. Adults $10, ages 6-17 $5. Parental discretion advised. Hear about Fort Wayne’s dark and bloody past filled with murder, hangings and feuds on this walking tour.

6 p.m., 8 p.m., 10 p.m.: Haunted Sites Bus Tour — All Aboard the Coach of Chills. ARCH, Inc., lobby hallway in the Grand Wayne Center, 120 W. Jefferson Blvd. Adults $15, ages 5-17 $5. Parental discretion advised. Three spooky bus tours usher riders through spooky sites filled with terrifying tales.

6-10:30 p.m.: Fright Night Lantern Tours. Historic Old Fort, 1201 Spy Run Ave. Gates open at 6 p.m., last ticket sold at 9:30 p.m. $5, 9 and younger free. Stories of bygone eras, ancient tales at the campfire and a close encounter with the Headless Horseman await visitors.

6-10 p.m.: The Dia de Los Muertos/Day of the Dead FW Festival — Evening Celebration Concert. Hosted by Latinos County at USF Performing Art Center, 431 W. Berry St. Tickets: General admission $5, VIP $20. Capping off the DIA Fort Wayne festivities with performances by Madrigal: The Premier Carlos Santana Tribute Band and Los Lemons. There will also be a Best Calaca/Calavera Costume Contest and a Lucha Libre Wrestling Match. Visit for tickets and information.

7 p.m.-midnight: Hitchcock Double Feature — “The Birds” and “Psycho.” Embassy Theatre, 125. W. Jefferson Blvd. $10 for both movies or $7 for one. “The Birds” will play at 7 p.m. with “Psycho” at 10 p.m. Doors will open an hour before each film. Wear a Hitchcock-themed costume for the pre-movie contest.

9-11 p.m.: “Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St. Adults $4, ages 17 and younger $2. This cult classic will be shown outside on the terrace, weather permitting; dress accordingly. Lawn chairs encouraged and refreshments will be available for purchase. This movie is participatory (no rice or confetti) and is rated R, so children younger than 17 must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.

10 p.m.-midnight: Dead Celebrities Roast Battle. Maumee Mary & Joseph Comedy Festival at O’Reilly’s Irish Bar and Grill, 301 W. Jefferson Blvd. #120. Tickets $8, $5 in costume. Must be 21 or older. Your favorite dead celebrities are back from the grave to say terrible things about each other. Costume contest will take place after the show.