Headless_HorsemanTraditions are the theme of this fall weekend here in Hamilton County, Indiana. Annual events that visitors and locals alike love are back again. Get spooked at Headless Horseman, get your polka on, or attend a show during the Belfry Theatre's 50th anniversary season. Discover those ideas and more in this post, and find even more fall fun traditions on our calendar of events

1. The Headless Horseman will ride again beginning this Friday! Conner Prairie will transform into "Conner Scairie" for this annual October tradition. Explore this land of monsters, magic, and ghouls and take a hayride to catch a glimpse of the town's most famous inhabitant: the Headless Horseman. Need a break from the scariness? Hit up the Apple Store for caramel apples and cider slushies.  

2. Get those lederhosen out, it's time again for Oktoberfest at Carmel City Center this Friday. From 6-10 p.m. fest goers can enjoy entertainment from the Polkaboy band, a local legendary 14-piece band that plays everything from rock to, yes, polka. Grab a bite to eat and a German brew at one of City Center's restaurants while you're there! 

City Center3. Second Saturday Gallery Walk in the Carmel Arts & Design District returns again this Saturday. Make a glass pumpkin and check out the galleries to see what's new. Also stop by The Warehouse for the Art & Harmony event to hear various singer/songwriters take to the stage.  

4. Christmas shopping... already? Yes indeed, at the Christmas in October Craft Fair is this Saturday at Fishers High School. This annual show hosts over 150 juried crafters and benefits the funding for the Fishers Freedom Festival. Go ahead and get a jump-start on fining unique gifts for everyone on your list.   

5. There may be a fall chill in the air, but things at The Center for the Performing Arts are heating up! Grammy Award winning R&B singer Gladys Knight will perform this Friday and Saturday brings the international music sensation Samite to The Studio.    Day of the Dead NPA

6. Hop aboard the Indiana Transportation Museum Hamilton Harvest Train on weekends this October! A train will transport you directly to a pumpkin patch and fall fun area complete with fall treats and activities.   

7. Use every creative bone in your body to make one-of-a-kind spooky decorations for the season. Enter the Day of the Dead Calavera Contest this month at Nickel Plate Arts. Paint a skull to be entered into the competition, winners will be on display at the Dead of the Dead event on November 1. Or try your hand at painting pottery at Kiln Creations! They have several special ceramics available for Halloween.   Belfry Theater

8. 50th Anniversary season at the Belfry Theatre is here! This great local theatre group has stood the test of time. See why by attending the final performances of "The Desk Set" this weekend. This romantic comedy was originally produced at the Belfry for the 1983-1984 season and is now back for the 50th season.