Headless Horseman FAQ


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.

  • Effective September 7, 2021, in accordance with the CDC recommendations, all guests will be required to wear masks while in the Welcome Center and Historic buildings regardless of vaccination status. Guests will be highly encouraged to wear masks while outdoors if a 6-foot social distance is unable to be maintained. Check here for a full list of our safety precautions.

Will I be required to wear a mask?

PLEASE BRING A MASK WITH YOU! Masks will be required for all guests ages five and older regardless of vaccination status while on the hayride. Masks are strongly encouraged outdoors when social distancing of 6 feet cannot be maintained. Masks are required when inside any buildings. Conner Prairie reserves the right to modify this policy prior to the start of the event. Check our website at connerprairie.org for the latest updates

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. Credit/debit cards are accepted at all locations and are the preferred form of payment. 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 September 23, 2021.

  • Guests
    • Thursday/Sunday: $19
    • Friday/Saturday: $24
  • All Members: Free on Thursday and Sunday
    • Festival Only: FREE
    • Festival + Hayride (booked within 24-hours of event): FREE
    • Festival + Hayride (booked before 24-hours of event):$5
  • PLUS and Above: FREE all days
    • Festival Only: FREE
    • Festival + Hayride (booked within 24-hours of event): FREE
    • Festival + Hayride (booked before 24-hours of event):$5
  • Access Pass Holders: $2 on Thursdays and Sundays

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

The festival is planned to take place on all nights, rain or shine. There may be intermittent delays to hayrides and other activities for the safety of our staff and 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 get a refund 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 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 automatically receive a refund back to the original form of payment within 3-4 weeks of the canceled night. You may check connerprairie.org and Conner Prairie’s Facebook and Instagram accounts at 4 p.m. to see our weather updates and cancellation postings. Tickets will not be refunded for events that are not canceled by Conner Prairie.

How can I purchase tickets to Headless Horseman?

Tickets may be purchased in advance online at connerprairie.org, via phone at 317.776.6000, or in person at Guest Services. Availability is limited and some evenings may sell out. 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 6:00 pm until 10:00 pm each night. While activities conclude at 10:00 pm, popular attractions such as the corn maze may close the line early to further guests if it becomes too long. Depending on the length of the hayride line, some hayrides may extend beyond 10:00 pm.

How early can I come to the festival?

You may arrive anytime between 6:00 pm and 10:00 pm to enjoy the various activities included with festival admission. Your tickets will need to be shown both upon arrival at the gate and 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 6:00 pm. If you have a later hayride time, there are plenty of activities to participate in before or after your hayride experience.”

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.

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 printed on your 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. Please keep in mind a mask is required for the hayride.

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.

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/non-member and $4/Conner Prairie member.

The long path is open until sunset to ensure guest safety, and the short path and Haunted Tail will remain open during festival hours until 10pm.

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?

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 open Wednesdays through Sundays September 15th - October 31st, 12:00 PM - 5:00PM. During Headless Horseman evenings, the store will close at 5:00PM and re-open from 6:00PM - 9:30PM

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 for events on Thursday or Sunday evenings. Access Pass tickets may be reserved in person at Conner Prairie or via phone at 317-776-6000. Access Pass tickets are not available online. 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?

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?

Access is based on membership level. All members have access to Headless Horseman tickets for events on Thursdays and Sundays.

PLUS members and above also have access to events on Fridays and Saturdays.

Members can reserve free festival + hayride tickets for nights covered by their membership level within 24 hours prior to the desired event night. Festival + hayride tickets reserved more than 24 hours prior to the desired event night will cost $5 per ticket. Festival-only tickets that do not include a hayride may be reserved anytime at no charge to members for nights covered by their membership level.

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, including your scheduled hayride, the corn maze, shows, games, and other attractions. Additional costs 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-site

Why is there a change to member ticket pricing this year?

To minimize the number of no-shows and ensure adequate hayride capacity for everyone, we are applying a $5 advance reservation fee per hayride ticket booked more than 24 hours before the event. All fees will be waived for reservations booked less than 24 hours before the event. Members may also book free festival only tickets that do not include a hayride at anytime


You may call Conner Prairie Guest Services at 317.776.6000 by 5:00 pm on the day your current tickets are valid, and a representative can assist you in rescheduling your tickets for another day/time with availability at no additional charge. Tickets that were not rescheduled prior to 5:00 pm on the date for which they were valid cannot be rescheduled. Unused tickets will not be refunded.

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.