Headless Horseman FAQ


The museum is located at 13400 Allisonville Road in Fishers, Indiana, 46038.

What are the ticket prices for Headless Horseman?

Tickets on sale dates 2023:

  • Donor presale tickets on sale midnight, August 29.
  • Members and Access Pass participants presale tickets on sale midnight, August 31.
  • General Admission tickets on sale midnight, September 7.
Festival Admission Hayride Ticket
Access Pass$2$0

What happens if there is inclement weather or a weather cancellation?

Headless Horseman is a rain or shine festival. Should there be inclement weather, there may be intermittent delays to the hayride and other activities to ensure safety for guests, staff, and the horses.

Any delays past 9 p.m. will result in the cancellation of the festival for that evening. Guests who are not able to do the hayride can reschedule, where available, or apply their ticket cost to a future ticketed activity or a membership by emailing Guest Services at info@connerprairie.org. If your hayride time was missed due to a weather delay, but the festival is not canceled, Guest Services will inform you of your new hayride time, if possible, as you re-enter the grounds. For those who cannot be accommodated that evening, every effort will be made to re-book you for another night.

In the event lightning strikes within 10 miles of Conner Prairie, we will temporarily suspend operations and ask all guests to return to their vehicles for their safety. Conner Prairie’s safety protocols require that we wait a minimum of 20 minutes between the last lightning strike and resumption of activities. When it is deemed safe to resume activities, Conner Prairie staff will notify guests in their cars and via social media channels that the event is reopening.

If threatening weather is in the area, or if heavy rains soak the grounds before a particular night, Conner Prairie reserves the right to cancel an event due to inclement weather. If Conner Prairie cancels the event due to weather on your selected night, you will have the option to reschedule or apply the value of your tickets toward a future ticketed activity or a membership. You may check connerprairie.org and Conner Prairie’s social media accounts at 4 p.m. on the night of each event to see our weather updates and cancellation postings. All sales are final, no refunds will be issued.

How can I purchase tickets to Headless Horseman?

Tickets may be purchased in advance online at connerprairie.org. Purchasing tickets in advance is strongly recommended. Tickets will also be available at the gate if an event is not sold out.

What are the hours?

The Headless Horseman festival runs from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. each night. While activities conclude at 10 p.m., popular attractions such as the corn maze may close the line early to ensure all guests in line are able to make it through the experience. Depending on the length of the hayride line, some hayrides may extend beyond 10 p.m.

How early can I come to the festival?

You may arrive anytime between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to enjoy the various activities included with festival admission. Your Festival Admission tickets will need to be shown upon arrival at the gate and your Hayride tickets will need to be shown at the hayride entrance when it is your time to join the hayride line. We recommend arriving at least 45 minutes prior to your selected hayride time to allow ample time to park, check-in and walk to the hayride area. In order to allow adequate space for distancing, please do not plan to arrive earlier than 6 p.m. If you have a later hayride time, there are plenty of activities to participate in before or after your hayride experience.

Construction Alert

If you're heading to Headless Horseman, we want to make sure you're up to date with the latest lane closures at 146th Street and Allisonville Road. You'll want to give yourself extra time or find an alternate route to the festival. Keep updated on the current status of the project.

How long does it take to experience the entire festival?

Activities and experiences are ongoing from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. However, hayrides may continue past 10 p.m. Throughout the evening, attendees usually participate in several activities in addition to going on a hayride. Most attendees spend at least two 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 wait 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 the Headless Horseman festival. Open areas include 1859 Balloon Voyage, 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 attempt 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. We also welcome adults to wear costumes, but please refrain from wearing masks.

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.

When can I ride the hayride?

You may join the hayride line at the time listed on your Hayride ticket. Please plan to join the hayride line only at your designated time. Once joining the line, there may still be a moderate wait before you board your wagon.

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, magic show, storytelling, barrel train rides, 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 where guests may encounter scary surprises, so it’s up to parents to decide if their children are mature enough for the ride. There are no characters that will touch wagons or attendees during the hayride, and there are no gory special effects or decorations. The Trail of Terror, however, is designed to be scarier than the hayride and is only recommended for guests who can handle more intense scares. Children ages 16 and younger must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Is the corn maze included with festival admission?

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. (Guests ages 15 and younger must be accompanied by an adult). The maze is included in your Headless Horseman admission; the cost outside of festival hours is $5 for nonmembers and $4 for members.

The long path is open until sunset to ensure guest safety, and the short path and Trail of Terror will remain open during festival hours until 10pm. The Trail of Terror is only accessible during Headless Horseman Festival hours.

Can I ride in the 1859 Balloon Voyage during Headless Horseman?

Yes. Balloon voyages will be offered until 10 p.m., weather permitting, each night of Headless Horseman. Tickets will be sold from the balloon kiosk and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here to learn more about ticket pricing.

Will the lines be long?

Headless Horseman is a popular festival with high attendance. While many activities will have short or no wait times, it is impossible to eliminate all lines.

What types of food are available?

A variety of items will be available for purchase from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., including hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken strips, French fries, hot pretzels, cotton candy, elephant ears, kettle corn and a variety of hot and cold beverages.

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 is open Wednesdays through Sundays, September 8 through October 31, noon to 5 p.m. During Headless Horseman evenings, the store will close at 5 p.m. and re-open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Can our family use our Access Pass for reduced admission into the Headless Horseman festival?

Access Pass participants may purchase tickets for $2 per eligible person. The hayride is not an additional cost, but the tickets are subject to availability. Access Pass tickets may be reserved in person at Conner Prairie or online at connerprairie.org for cardholders who have registered their Access Pass with Conner Prairie for an online account. The number of Access Pass tickets available per evening is limited. Advance reservations are recommended. Valid Access Pass card, photo ID and event tickets are required at the gate for entry.

Is the hayride ADA accessible?

The Headless Horseman Festival is an accessible program for those with mobility needs or who are differently abled. Parking for those with a handicap identification need to notify parking attendants when they arrive for handicap parking assistance. There are paved paths, which are ADA compliant, that lead guests to the bottom of the hill where the corn mazes and tubing hills are featured. Golf cart transportation is also provided to the bottom of the hill for those who are differently abled. Beware that the corn mazes have rough terrain.


Accessible hayride wagons are available. Please talk to the hayride ticket scanner to reserve your wagon. We suggest that guests who are hard of hearing, Deaf, Blind, or low vision to arrive early. Activities and hayrides are easier to navigate earlier in the evening before nightfall.

For guests who are sensitive to loud sounds, bright lights or scare easily, we recommend they arrive to earlier scheduled times. There will be sensory friendly boxes at the ticket gates available for guests who may need them.

Do Conner Prairie members get in free?

Members have access to FREE Festival Admission. Separate Hayride Tickets are required to experience to hayride for $7 a person.

What is included in the admission price? Do I need extra spending money?

Your Festival Admission ticket covers the following activities:

  • Short and Long Puzzle Corn Mazes (until dusk)
  • Trail of Terror
  • Barrel Train Rides
  • Apple Spin Ride
  • Tubes of Terror Dry Tubing Hill
  • Midway Games
  • Sleepy Hollow Marionette Show
  • Eerie-illusions Magic Show
  • Sleepy Hollow One-Man Show
  • Live Music from Sweet Tunes
  • Live DJ

Hayride tickets are available for an additional fee. It is strongly recommended to purchase hayride tickets in advance as popular times sell out quickly. Additional costs may include food and beverage, 1859 Balloon Voyage tickets (weather dependent), and items from our store. All locations accept and prefer credit/debit card payments. Conner Prairie does not have an ATM on property.


You may call Conner Prairie Guest Services at 317.776.6000 and a representative can assist you in rescheduling your tickets for another day/time with availability at no additional charge. Unused tickets will not be refunded.

If I have questions, who should I contact?

Our Guest Services Representatives are available seven days a week from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. to assist you. Call 317-776-6000 or 800-966-1836 or email info@connerprairie.orgAll ticket sales are final.