Step back in time and join a bustling community where people, animals, objects, and daily routines are exactly the same as they were over 150 years ago.
Soar high above Conner Prairie in a helium-filled balloon, and learn how manned flight moved from dream to reality.
Immerse yourself in Hoosier life during the Civil War and enlist to help defend the state from Confederate General John Hunt Morgan and his raiders.
Live like a Lenape Indian as you toss a tomahawk, climb inside a wigwam, and try your hand at fur trading in Conner Prairie’s earliest historical area.
Step inside the barn of a real working farm, where you can feed, pet, and play with livestock, while learning from their caretakers.
Enter one of Indiana's first brick homes where you can discover the story of William Conner and how Indiana's history changed here.
Connect with nature and play freely in a 4-story treehouse surrounded by special activity areas where guests of all ages can dig in and have fun.
Design a new invention, fly a plane, and create an electrical circuit in this fun ever-changing indoor exhibit that celebrates innovation in Indiana.
Show the world your creativity and make a unique take-home project in an exciting indoor craft area.
Create, climb, explore, play, and pretend in a one-of-a-kind indoor play area perfect for kids through the age of 8.
Headless Horseman presented by
Where is Conner Prairie located?
The museum is located at 13400 Allisonville Road in Fishers, Indiana, 46038.
What are the ticket prices for Headless Horseman?
ADVANCE PRESALE PRICES, September 6-October 11*
*Advance presale tickets must be purchased online at connerprairie.org
REGULAR PRICES, October 12-29*
*Regular tickets can be purchased online at connerprairie.org or at the gate.
How can I purchase tickets to Headless Horseman?
Starting Sept. 6, you may purchase advance tickets online at connerprairie.org. If you purchase an online ticket valid for a Friday or Saturday night, you may use your ticket on any Friday or Saturday night. And, if you purchase an online ticket valid for a Thursday or Sunday night, you may use your ticket on any Thursday or Sunday night. If Conner Prairie cancels the event due to weather on the night of your choice, you may use your tickets on another Thursday/Sunday or Friday/Saturday night depending on your ticket transaction option. Remember, all advance ticket sales are final and tickets are non-refundable. To speed up your Headless Horseman gate entry, we ask that all online tickets are printed before your visit date. You may also purchase tickets at the gate on the night of your choice.
What are the hours?
Admission gates open at 6 p.m. and close at 9 p.m. All guests admitted at 9 p.m. and before will be allowed one hayride ticket. Activities continue for attendees inside the gates until 10 p.m. Depending on the crowd waiting in line with hayride tickets, hayrides may extend past 11 p.m.
When can I come to Headless Horseman, and what happens if there is a weather cancellation?
If you purchased an online ticket valid for a Friday or Saturday night, you may use your ticket on any Friday or Saturday night. And, if you purchased a online ticket valid for a Thursday or Sunday night, you may use your ticket on any Thursday or Sunday night. If Conner Prairie cancels the event due to weather on the night of your choice, you may use your tickets on another Thursday/Sunday or Friday/Saturday night depending on your ticket transaction option. Remember, all ticket sales are final and tickets are non-refundable.
How long does it take to experience the entire festival?
Activities continue through 10 p.m. Throughout the evening, attendees usually participate in several activities in addition to going on a hayride. Most attendees spend at least three hours at the festival. The time you spend at Headless Horseman may vary depending on crowds, the size of your group, the ages of your children and waiting times.
Is all of Conner Prairie open during the event?
No. Because most of the property is utilized for staging the hayride, not all areas are accessible to the public during Headless Horseman. Open areas include 1859 Balloon Voyage, Featherston Barn, The Hilltop Pavilion area, Festival Grounds, Corn Maze and Storytelling Area. For everyone’s safety, Conner Prairie asks that you refrain from venturing off lighted paths and attempting to explore areas of our grounds that are closed for the night.
What should I wear?
Headless Horseman is an outdoor event so attendees should plan accordingly. Children are always encouraged to come dressed in their best Halloween costume.
Does Headless Horseman occur if the weather is bad?
The goal is to have the festival take place rain or shine on all nights, although there may be hayride delays to ensure the safety of our horses. If threatening weather is in the area, or if heavy rains soak the grounds before a particular night, the festival may be canceled on that night. Conner Prairie reserves the right to cancel the event and refunds are not given. Conner Prairie will post cancellations on its website and on social media between 3-4 p.m. the day of the event.
Can I take pictures during the hayride?
Feel free to bring your camera or smartphone with you on the hayride. However, flash photography is banned due to the safety of the riders and the horses as is photography equipment like tripods and monopods. We suggest that you leave valuables at home, keep your smartphones secure in your pockets and be cautious when getting on and off the hayride wagon. Conner Prairie is not responsible for misplaced or lost items.
How does the hayride ticketing process work?
Gates open at 6 p.m. On the more popular and crowded Friday and Saturday nights, we suggest attendees get in line as early as 5 p.m in hopes of getting early hayride queue line tickets. If you are a member, look for the Member Entrance to enter the check-in gates or Member Services if you don’t have your member card with you. If you purchased an Advance online ticket or need to purchase tickets, look for the Main Gate entrance lines. You may choose between early hayride queue line times at the gate (6:30-7:45 p.m. times) and late hayride queue line times (8 p.m. to close times) by entering through the gates marked “6:30-7:45 p.m.” or “8 p.m. to close.” As you enter the gate, you will receive a hayride queue line ticket showing your queue line entrance time. Due to large crowds, we cannot guarantee you will get the hayride queue line time of your choosing. Tickets are distributed sequentially on a first-come, first-served basis and there are a limited number of early hayride queue line times. On fair-weather and weekend nights, due to large crowds, the wait time in line for your hayride can vary. Once all hayride queue line tickets are given out for the evening and capacity is reached, the gates to Headless Horseman will close.
Is Headless Horseman appropriate for small children?
Conner Prairie offers a family friendly festival for both adults and children. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow marionette show, and movie, kids’ crafts, face painting, magic show, storytelling, various Conner Scarie Monster performances, midway games, and fall treats are all available for your family’s enjoyment. Hayrides after 8 p.m. will pass through the woods of Conner Prairie in the dark, so it’s up to parents to decide if their children are mature enough for the ride. The Headless Horseman will amaze most attendees but young children might become frightened during the experience. There are no characters that will touch wagons or attendees during the hayride and there’s no need to worry about inappropriate decorations or gory special effects because there are none. Children ages 15 and younger must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Visit the all new 7-acre corn maze!
This family friendly attraction will have you adventuring your way through corn-lined trails that twist, turn and dead-end. The maze features two paths - a small maze for younger guests and a long maze for teens and adults. (Guest ages 15 and younger must be accompanied by an adult). The maze is included in your Headless Horseman admission; cost during the day is $5/non-member and $4/Conner Prairie member.
Can I ride in the 1859 Balloon Voyage during Headless Horseman?
Yes. Voyages will be offered until 10 pm, weather permitting, each night of Headless Horseman. Tickets will be sold from the balloon kiosk and are $15 for non-members and $12 for members. You can also download coupons for $3 off the ticket price online at VisitIndy.com. Visit the balloon webpage.
Will the lines be long?
Conner Prairie offers hayride queue line tickets for the hayride so that guests may enjoy all the festival activities throughout the evening before and after they enter the hayride lines. Because the hayride travels through the historic paths of Conner Prairie, we are only able to accommodate a limited number of tractors and wagons. We expect to see an average of 2,500 guests each night and we load and unload the wagons as quickly as possible.
What types of food are available?
A variety of items will be available for purchase from 6-10 p.m., including hamburgers, hot dogs, pork tenderloins, chicken strips, French fries, chili, nachos, hot pretzels, cotton candy, elephant ears, caramel apples and a variety of hot and cold beverages. The Apple Store is open each night until 9 p.m. There may also be food trucks on site.
How much does parking cost, and where do we park?
Parking is free. Enter Conner Prairie off of the main entrance from Allisonville Road and you will be directed to the nearest parking space. Handicap parking is available.
Is the Apple Store open?
The Apple Store will remain open until 9 p.m. Caramel apples, warm cider and apple cider donuts will be sold while supplies last.
Can our family use our Access Pass for reduced admission into the Headless Horseman festival?
Sorry, the Access Pass is only applicable toward daytime general admission tickets into Conner Prairie.
Is the hayride ADA accessible?
Headless Horseman is fully accessible to attendees living with disabilities. However, buildings and walkways are authentic to the 19th century, which may pose certain restrictions. Stone paths in the historic areas leading up to the wagon loading area may be difficult for wheelchair travel. If you have hayride accessibility concerns, call Guest Services at 317.776.6000 for more information. Handicapped parking is available close to the Welcome Center.
Do Conner Prairie members get in free?
That depends on the level of membership that you have:
I plan on coming with a group. Can we all get on the same hayride?
Due to the popularity of the event, we cannot guarantee that you will be able to be seated on the same hayride during loading. To keep the wagons on schedule, we ask that you cooperate with the wagon loaders when boarding. We will do our best to get your group on the same hayride. We also recommend that you call Guest Services at 317.776.6000 for any additional questions prior to the event.
What is included in the admission price? Do I need extra spending money?
The cost of your ticket covers all of the Headless Horseman festival activities and one hayride. Additional costs include beverages, food, face painting and 1859 Balloon Voyage tickets. Conner Prairie does not have an ATM on the property.
If I have questions, who should I contact?
Our Guest Services Representatives are available Monday through Sunday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. to assist you. Call 317.776.6000 or 800.966.1836. or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. All ticket sales are final.