Spooky Halloween Cruises are scheduled at the Whitewater Canal State Historic Site, Metamora, Oct. 19 and Oct. 26 at 7:30, 8, 8:30 and 9 p.m. The horse-drawn Ben Franklin III will be decorated and staff will be dressed in costumes. A professional storyteller will present a dramatic retelling of “Little Orphant Annie” by Hoosier author James Whitcomb Riley as well as other spine-tingling tales. “This is a fun getaway for younger kids and the family,” said event manager Anne Fairchild. “The best part is that participants get into the spirit of the holiday by dressing up in costumes.” Tickets are $5. Info: 765-647-6512.
Haunted gingerbread houses will be made by kindergartners through fifth-graders from 2-4 p.m. at both Franklin County Public Library District facilities: Brookville Public Library Tuesday, Oct. 22; or Laurel Public Library Wednesday, Oct. 23. There are limited spaces. To register: 765-647-4031, Brookville; 765-698-2582, Laurel; or fclibraries.org, go to the calendar and click on the event.
The annual Kids’ Halloween Party at the Batesville public library for prekindergartners through third-graders accompanied by adults is Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. “Habitat-Tat-Tat” will be performed by the Minnetrista Theatre Preserve, Muncie. Tykes are encouraged to dress up for the free program, which includes treats.
A spider hunt for toddlers and preschoolers during fall story time at Tyson Library, 325 W. Tyson St., Versailles, is Thursday, Oct. 24, from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
A Bats and Boo...ks! Family Halloween Program takes place Friday, Oct. 25, from 6:30-8 p.m. at Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library.
Halloween fans may tour a Haunted Gym at the Tyson Activity Center, 100 N. High St., Versailles, Oct. 25, 8 p.m.-midnight; and Oct. 26, 8-11 p.m. The $5 fee will be used for maintenance and utilities costs of the building overseen by the nonprofit Tyson Community Advancement Foundation, reports Aimee Cornett, one of six organizers.
Youngsters have eight chances to ride the Whitewater Valley Railroad Pumpkinliner Oct. 26-27 at 10 a.m. and 12:30, 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. The trip goes from the Connersville Grand Central Station to a pumpkin patch and back. At the field, families will enjoy a hayride and children 12 and under will choose pumpkins. Tickets, including pumpkins, are $9 for ages 2 and up. Reservations recommended: 765-825-2054 or www.whitewatervalleyrr.org.