Headless Horseman

October 10-12, 16-19 & 23-26, 2014
Gates open 6-9 pm.
Activities and hayrides may run past 10 pm.
Tickets are on sale at Marsh, Mainstreet and O'Malia's locations
*See ticket info below.

See all the scary and not-so scary activities for all ages

Download the full list of activities to help plan your evening

Pictures from Headless Horseman

Questions & Answers

We welcome you to “Conner Scairie,” a haunted land inhabited by fun-loving ghouls all trying to scare up votes to be elected Mayor of Conner Scairie. Can one of them unseat the current mayor, Headless Horseman, who won the hotly contested election last year? Cast your vote and help make history in Conner Scairie!  Meet the candidates!

At Headless Horseman, you can take a haunted hayride, and join in a variety of family friendly activities such as a costume runway show for kids, catapult fun, and Scary-o-ke, where your vocal chords can scare or thrill the crowd. See magic shows, Ed's Electrical Spectacle, and returning favorite, the Legend of Sleepy Hollow marionette show.  Enjoy caramel apples, hot pretzels, warm cider and other treats for your stomach. It's a hauntingly good time for all ages and a beloved fall tradition for many families.

Ticket Information

Presale tickets are available at select central Indiana Marsh, MainStreet and O'Malia's locations. Tickets are also sold nightly at the admission gates. View presale ticket locations here.
Thursdays & Sundays: $10 presale, $12 at gate, FREE for ALL Members
Fridays & Saturdays: $14 presale, $16 at gate, FREE for PLUS-LEVEL Members & Above

Members: Please visit Ticket Information for Members for detailed information. Your membership level determines which nights have free admission and other benefits. Please note: Only Voyager-level members and above can bring two guests for free to Headless Horseman.

Hayride Tickets

Gates open at 6 p.m. You may choose between early hayride times (6:30pm-7:45pm) and late hayride times (8:00pm-close) by entering through the gates marked “6:30pm-7:45pm” or “8:00pm-close”.  As you enter the gate, you will receive a hayride ticket stamped with your hayride time. Due to large crowds, we cannot guarantee you will get the hayride time of your choosing. Tickets are distributed sequentially on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that there are a limited number of early ride times so please plan on getting in line before the gates open for the best chance to secure an early hayride time. Due to large crowds on fair weather and weekend nights, wait time in line for your hayride once you have a hayride ticket, can vary. Once all hayride tickets are given out for the evening and capacity is reached, the admission gates will close

Hayride Express Pass - A Perk for Voyager level members!

By becoming a Conner Prairie Voyager-level member (or above), you can bypass the sometimes lengthy, timed hayride lines and choose when to get into the Voyager express line. Become a Voyager-level member or upgrade your membership to take advantage of the time-saving Hayride Express Pass.

Hauntingly Fun Activities for the Entire Family

Visit each area of Conner Scairie and see what chills and thrills the mayoral candidates have in store for you!

Headless Horseman

Haunted Hayride
Dare to experience the ill-fated journey of Ichabod Crane through the woods and over a covered bridge. Hold on tight as you come face to face with the Headless Horseman himself. Families with young children: come early and hitch a ride on a before-dark hayride, a less-scary version for families and kids.

Legend of Sleepy Hollow Marionette Show (every half hour; 6-10 p.m.)
Get here early for this crowd pleasing and hysterical retelling of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow, marionette-style. Our guests tell us that seeing this show is an annual family tradition!

Storytelling: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (6:30, 7:30. 8:30 & 9:30 p.m.)
New! Professional Storyteller Ken Oguss puts a spine-tingling twist on this version of Washington Irving's tale.

Harry Howler

Scary-o-ke (6-10 p.m.)
Scare onlookers with your singing voice, prove you should have been the winner of this season's American Idol or gather a group and sing along to your favorite Halloween time song. Also, join in a dance contest and play games with Harry Howler, the official crooner and party animal of Conner Scairie.

Ghostly Vortexes (6-10 p.m.)
Morph into a Ghostbuster as you harness the power of air to keep these apparitions at bay. You don't need proton packs - just strap on an air cannon and fire streams of swirling air at your target.


Costume Fashion Runway (8:15 p.m.)
Kids - wear your costume and strut down Beautisha's runway, to show off your scary, silly and crazy costume.

Flying Monkeys (6-10 p.m.)
Go bananas and launch a ball of monkeys with a catapult.

Beautisha's Monster Makeover Show (7:30 & 9 p.m.)

Conner Scairie's resident pageant queen shares her favorite beauty tips with her adoring audience.

Fortune Telling (6-10 p.m.)
Dare to find out what your future holds when you sit down with the Mystic.

Face Painting (6-10 p.m.)
Get in the Halloween spirit with whimsical and ghoulish designs painted on your face. (Additional charge)

Dr. Acula

Magic Show by C.R. Ryan Demler (6:15 & 7 p.m.)
Witness if Master Illusionist C.R. Ryan Demler will become the Headless Magician as he puts his neck on the line in this magical show.

Dr. Acula's Magical Creatures "Lecture" (7:45 & 8:30 p.m.)
Listen to a comical lecture all about Conner Scairie's monster inhabitants told by the resident expert in monsters, magic and all things pertaining to the underworld.

Monster Museum (6-10 p.m.)
See artifacts from monster lore such as a Sasquatch Hairball, locks of Medusa's hair, dragons' blood and more.

Mad Scientist Ed

Ed's Electrical Spectacle (6:45, 7:45 & 8:45 p.m.)
Ed and his loyal assistant Esmeralda demonstrate the power of electricity and attempt to bring their "creation" to life.

Holly Ween

Holly's Hollow (6-10 p.m.)
Holly's Hollow is perfect for our young guests. Wander a wooded trail full of magical creatures and fairy houses, then slide down a hill in a potato sack into Holly's Hollow.

Rhythm Fun with Bill Bailey (6-10 p.m.)
Bang on a drum and play a variety of instruments and noisemakers. No talent necessary.

Storytime with Holly (6:30, 7:30 & 8:30 p.m.)
Gather around for magical Halloween stories for kids.

Food Options

Apple Store (6-9 p.m.)
Treat yourself to a caramel apple, warm cider, cider slushies, pie, popcorn and other fall treats.

Prairie Grill (6-10 p.m.)
Enjoy hamburgers, hot dogs, pork tenderloins, chicken strips, French fries, chili, nachos, hot pretzels, and hot and cold beverages.

Food Tents (6-10 p.m.)
Find cotton candy, hot pretzels, frosted nuts, elephant ears, and hot and cold beverages here.

Apple Store Tent (6-9 p.m.)
Try fall favorites caramel apples, warm cider and apple cider donuts.

Additional support for Headless Horseman provided by:

  Reynolds Farm Equipment  

Official costume sponsor



Dr. Acula's fangs courtesy of

Fishers Family Dentistry