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Five events to attend on Halloween weekend in Bloomington


Halloween encourages adults and children alike to dress up in costumes, eat candy and celebrate all things spooky. As a town filled with children, college students and working professionals, Bloomington and IU offer an array of activities to celebrate the last weekend of October.  

Explore the listicle below to see what the city has going on this year on Halloween weekend.  

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Dennis James Hosts Halloween 

The IU Auditorium will feature alumnus and cinema organist Dennis James for his annual musical event on Oct. 28. “Dennis James Hosts Halloween” will include James performing original compositions on the auditorium’s 4,543 pipe organ while a live reenactment of the 1940 radio drama “Suspense” is acted out by students from IU’s Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance. Tickets are available on the IU Auditorium website.  

Shew Annual Haunted House Halloween Party and Concert  

Enjoy a variety of musical acts, a haunted house and a costume contest at the “Shew Annual Haunted House Halloween Party and Concert.” The event will start at 6 p.m. on Oct. 28 and last until 4 a.m. Oct. 29 on Rockport Road. Presented by Bird-Dog Vintage and Vinyl, musical acts include musician Will Scott and acoustic band King Bee and the Stingers.  

Zombie Prom 

The Monroe County Public Library will conduct a zombie-themed Halloween dance for kids ages 12-19 at 7 p.m. on Oct. 29. The event titled “Zombie Prom” will feature snacks, zombie makeup tutorials and music. The library encourages attendees to wear zombie attire to the event.  

Downtown Trick or Treat 

The city of Bloomington invites families to participate in a trick or treat walk through downtown at 5 p.m. on Oct. 28. Attendees are asked to meet at local business Gather, a shop that sells handmade gifts, before a trek to other participating businesses in the area. More information will be posted on as more businesses get involved.  

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Halloween Trivia Night 

Finish off the Halloween weekend with a game of trivia at the Cardinal Spirits distillery at 6 p.m. on Oct. 30. The 21+ event is hosted by Bloomington Pub Quiz, and will encourage attendees to answer Halloween-themed trivia questions. Attendees can purchase food and drinks at the venue, where prizes will also be awarded to first, second and third place winners of the trivia game. Tickets are $5 and will go to benefit the Cancer Support Community South Central Indiana. Tickets are available online at

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