Headless Horseman Festival

In addition to having over 1000 acres of history, Connor Prairie is well-known for its famous Fall event, the Headless Horseman festival. The festival is back for another year with more events and activities than ever before! It is so popular in central Indiana that it brings an average of 2,500 visitors per night.

We received free admission compliments of Connor Prairie as part of a media event. As always, opinions are purely my own.

Celebrating its 36th year at Connor Prairie, the Headless Horseman is a must for your Fall family bucket list. I added it to ours and this year marked our first time as a family visiting the Headless Horseman. I can’t wait to continue this tradition each year!

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Festival activities this year include (according to their website):
  • Haunted Hayride
  • Barrel-Train Ride for little ones
  • Challenging Halloween Midway Games
  • Hilarious New Shows
  • Bounce Houses
  • Graveyard Mini Golf
  • Giant Pumpkin Plinko
  • Pumpkin Bowling
  • Headless Horseman Marionette Show
  • The Amazing Magic Show
  • Spooky Storytelling
  • The Fortune-Telling Powers of the Mystic
  • White River Monster – Maker Space
  • Shows from Conner Scairie’s fun-loving ghouls
  • 12-acre Corn Maze

Members receive free admission to the Headless Horseman Festival, but there is a fee for admission for everyone else {see fee and hours below}. Admission includes all activities, one hayride per person, and entrance to the corn maze.

Headless Horseman

Featuring both rides during the day and evening, the Headless Horseman offers both a scary and festive element to Fall. The Haunted Hayride brings the Headless Horseman alive through a hayride seated tractor ride through Connor Prairie where the Headless Horseman himself shows up. Based on the story, the Headless Horseman comes alongside the tractor wagon riding on a horse, with a sword in hand. While this may seem frightening to young children, it wasn’t as scary as I anticipated it to be and I did seem many families with young children on the night at night.

We took one of the last tractor rides available in the evening. Plan to wait for the Haunted Hayride, we arrived on a very busy night at 7:30 pm and received tickets for the 10:15 pm ride and then waited an additional 45 minutes I’m the line after 10:15. If you are taking little ones, prose for this in advance!

If you are early enough (before 10 pm) there will be characters singing the traditional songs white you wait in line. For the evening ride, expect to have a few scares such as spooky music, displays, and a few jump-scares in addition to the Headless Horseman.


The maze was voted #8 Best Corn Maze by USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice award, how cool is that!? {and that’s just one awesome fact!} With a different design each year, this year’s 12-acre corn maze has been created to look like a witch on a broomstick and the 1859 Balloon Voyager.

There are several paths within the corn maze available; short, long, and spooky haunted options! The short maze is recommended for younger children, the long maze for teens and adults, and the spooky maze for ages 12+.
Important Maze Info

  • Last entry to the maze is 4 p.m.
  • The “haunted maze” is only open during Headless Horseman hours.

The Apple Store

The Apple Store will be open during the festival until 9 pm. Apple cider, donuts, caramel apples, and other goodies will be available to purchase! Check out Learning From My Little’s blog post here for all the Apple Store details!

What You’ll Need to Know and Tips for Visiting:

  • Days and hours are: October 10-13, 17-20, 24-27 {2019} from 6-9pm.
    {Activities and hayrides may run until 10 p.m. or later depending on the crowd}
  • Discounted tickets can be purchased in advance! Children under 2 are free. All Headless Horseman activities are included with ticket. {Online tickets need to be printed in advance}
  • Unfortunately, the Access Pass is not valid for admission to the Headless Horseman.
  • Plan to spend 2-3 hours at the festival (long on busy nights & weekends).
  • Children are always encouraged to come dressed up in Halloween costumes.
  • Photos are allowed during the hayride, but flash photography, tripods, and other equipment are not.
  • Children 15 and under need to be accompanied by an adult.
  • Bring extra money if you want to purchase beverages, food, face painting, or if you want to take a ride on the 1859 Balloon Voyager.