Headless Horseman FAQ

WHERE IS CONNER PRAIRIE LOCATED?

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

What is different about Headless Horseman this year?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Conner Prairie has made several changes to Headless Horseman operations in order to ensure public safety while still delivering a fun family event. These changes have been made in accordance with CDC guidelines and have been approved by the Fishers Department of Health.

  • Activities: Bounce houses, the corn sandbox, karaoke and other games and activities not conducive to social distancing have been replaced with more suitable activities. Sanitizing stations are located at each game to ensure that each guest gets a clean experience. Click here for a full list of this year's games and activities.
  • Access to the corn maze and haunted corn maze will be limited to groups of 10 every 3 minutes to ensure adequate spacing.
  • Crowds: Maximum 2,000 capacity per night.
  • Hayride Time: Guests are required to select a specific date and hayride time when reserving their Advance tickets online.
  • Hayride Wagons: Wagons lined with padded vinyl mats (no straw). Maximum 10 people per wagon or 18 people seated wagon. Guests will be seated in family units away from other groups and asked to maintain distance on the ride. Wagons will be disinfected following use.
  • Masks: Guests, staff, volunteers, and vendors are required to wear masks except when consuming food or drink.
  • Shows: All shows will be performed on open-air stages or in open-sided pavilions.
  • Guests do not have to submit to a temperature check but are asked to stay home if they are sick or part of a vulnerable population. Staff, volunteers and vendors are required to pass a daily temperature check and health questionnaire.
  • Ticketing: Guests are required to purchase tickets for a specific event date. Guests can only purchase Advance tickets online. Gate ticket sales will not be available.

Will I be required to wear a mask?

YES! Anyone age 5 and older will be required to wear a mask everywhere at all times, except while eating or drinking.

What other sanitation steps are you taking?

Bathrooms will be inspected and cleaned every hour. Food and Beverage staff will disinfect tables as people get up to leave. Hand Sanitizer Stations will be at the end of each food vendor queue. Guests will be asked to sanitize prior to service and directly after service. 50 additional hand sanitizing dispensers are stationed across Conner Prairie’s grounds. All transactions will be cashless. Food will be served in compliance with Fishers Health guidelines and regulations.

What are the ticket prices for Headless Horseman?

Tickets go on sale to the general public Tuesday, September 15th.

  • Thursday & Sunday Nights: $17 / ALL MEMBERS GET IN FREE (Reservation is still required for all members)
  • Friday & Saturday Nights: $21 / PLUS-LEVEL & ABOVE MEMBERS GET IN FREE (Reservation is still required for plus-level and above members)
  • Advance tickets must be purchased/reserved online. Gate tickets sales will not be available.

How can I purchase tickets to Headless Horseman?

Tickets may be purchased online at connerprairie.org starting Tuesday, September 15th. Tickets are only valid for the date of the event purchased. If Conner Prairie cancels the event due to weather on the night you selected, your tickets will be refunded within three weeks of the canceled event. Reservations will not be rescheduled. Guests looking to reschedule a canceled event date should purchase tickets for another event subject to availability. All ticket sales are final and tickets are non-refundable.

All Advance online tickets must be printed as they will be required for festival check-in and presentation at the hayride queue line.

What are the hours?

Admission gates open at 6 p.m. and close at 9:30 p.m. 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 10 p.m. Guests are permitted to enter the grounds anytime before their selected hayride time and may stay until close.

When can I come to Headless Horseman?

You may arrive between 6:00 - 9:30 pm for festival check-in. Your printed tickets will be required at festival check-in and at the hayride queue line. Please arrive a minimum of 45 minutes before your hayride queue line time to allow ample time to park, check-in and walk to the hayride queue line. If you have a later hayride queue line time, there are plenty of activities to participate in before or after your hayride experience. It is not advisable to arrive before 6:00 pm due to social distancing guidelines. Members, if you are unable to use your reserved tickets, please email info@connerprairie.org to release your tickets and we will make those available online.

What happens if there is a weather cancellation?

If Conner Prairie cancels the event due to weather on the night of your choice, your tickets will be refunded within three-four weeks of the canceled event. Reservations will not be rescheduled. Guests looking to reschedule a canceled event date should purchase tickets for another event subject to availability. Conner Prairie will post cancellations on its website and on social media between 3:00-4:00 p.m. the day of the event.

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 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 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, 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. Guests, staff, volunteers, and vendors are required to wear masks except when consuming food or drink.

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 staff and 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 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.

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’s no need to worry about inappropriate decorations or gory special effects because there are none. The Haunted Corn Maze, however, is designed to be scarier than the hayride and is only recommended for guests who can handle more intense scares. Children ages 15 and younger must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Visit the 11-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. (Guests 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. 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 $17 for non-members and $13 for members (ages 2 and older). Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Will the lines be long?

Capacity to Headless Horseman has been decreased this year to reduce crowds and congregation. With that said, it is impossible to eliminate all lines and guests will be asked to social distance while they are in the queue.

What types of food are available?

A variety of items will be available for purchase from 6-10 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 closed in 2020.

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 and dirt paths in the historic areas leading up to the wagon loading area may be difficult for wheelchair travel. Guests must be able to transfer from their wheelchair into the wagon (1 step up). 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:

  • Admission is free on Thursday and Sunday nights for all Family Basic and Grandparent Basic members.
  • Admission is free on all nights for Family Plus and Grandparent Plus members; however, you cannot bring guests for free.
  • Admission is free on all nights for donor level members: Voyager level members can bring their household; Explorer level members can bring their household + 4 guests; Conner Society level members can bring their household + 6 guests.

All members will reserve complimentary Advance tickets online at connerprairie.org. Please reserve only the number of tickets that correspond with the number of members covered on your membership. To reserve your complimentary tickets, you must sign in to your account and select the Member ticket option. The price will reduce to $0.00 in the cart. Valid Membership Card and Photo ID will be required upon arrival in addition to your printed tickets.

If you are unable to use your reserved tickets, please email info@connerprairie.org to release your tickets and we will make those available online.

All Advance online tickets must be printed as they will be required for festival check-in and presentation at the hayride queue line.

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, 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 email info@connerprairie.org. All ticket sales are final.