Monroe Lake’s popular Halloween event, Ghostly Gathering, returns to Paynetown State Recreation Area on Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29.
Activities begin during late afternoon on Friday. You can design a custom trick-or-treat bag between 3 and 5:15 p.m., explore the history and lore of jack-o-lanterns at 5:30 p.m., and learn about the natural history of zombies at 8 p.m.
Saturday programs start in the early afternoon with a creepy, crawly craft session from 1 to 3 p.m., a costume contest for all ages (plus dogs!) at 4 p.m., and trick-or-treating in the campground from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The event wraps up on Saturday night with a Halloween party from 8 to 9:30 p.m. with food, games, and other fun.
All activities are open to day visitors, as well as campers. Campsite reservations can be made at camp.IN.gov.
“If you want to camp, don’t wait too long to make your reservation. We expect the campground to completely fill for this year’s event,” noted Jill Vance, Monroe Lake’s interpretive naturalist.
Campers can also compete for prizes in a campsite decorating contest. Winners are determined by people’s choice voting during the trick-or-treat time period.
Full event details are available on the DNR’s online calendar at bit.ly/monroelakeprograms.
Questions should be directed to the Paynetown Activity Center at 812-837-9967 or jvance@dnr.IN.gov.
There is a Property Entrance Fee to enter Paynetown SRA of $7 per vehicle with Indiana license plate, or $9 per vehicle for out-of-state. Paynetown SRA is located at 4850 S. State Road 446, Bloomington.