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A Youth MOVE (Motivating Others through Voices of Experience) Southeast meeting for persons 14-27 is Oct. 18, 4:30-6 p.m., Memorial Public Library annex, 10 W. Boehringer St. Info: R.D. Riley, 812-932-1026; or text Mary Jo Lee, 812-593-4078.

On Oct. 16, the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library will host the Bats and Boo...ks family program, 6 p.m. Info: or 812-663-2826.

FRI.-SAT., OCT. 18-19

The Fear Factory haunted house is open every Friday and Saturday in October including Oct. 18-19, 7-10 p.m., RomWeber Marketplace. Cost: $10 for haunted house, $5 for escape room. Info:

The Laurel Haunted Trail, sponsored by the Conservation Club of Laurel, is Oct. 18-19, 7 p.m.-midnight. Admission is $5.

FRI.-SUN., OCT. 18-20

Spooktacular at Mounds State Recreation Area, 14108 State Road 101, Brookville, near the lake is Oct. 18-20. Friday: campfire and trail mix station, 6-7 p.m.; night hike, 8-8:45 p.m. Saturday: cornhole tourney, 11 a.m.-noon; costume contest, 2-3 p.m.; trick-or-treating, 4-6 p.m.; fall crafts, 5-7 p.m.; spookiest campsite judging, 6-11 p.m. Sunday: 10-10:45 a.m., learn some fascinating facts about bats. Info: 765-647-2657.

Plein Air Paint Out Weekend is Oct. 18-20, Franklin County. Friday: Speaker Bob Burnet will discuss “Changes and the Future of the Hoosier Salon,” 7 p.m., Brookville Library Annex; Saturday: Artists will be out and about painting in the county. Feel free to stop and talk to them; Sunday: art show, 1-3 p.m., Brookville Library Annex.


The Backdoor Ministry of Faith Paper Goods Pantry, located at St. Thomas Lutheran Church, 823 Franklin Ave., Brookville, which serves Franklin County residents, is open the third Saturday including Oct. 19, 10 a.m.-noon. Info: or 765-647-6183.

The Red Life Food Bank, 1112 Main St., Brookville, which serves Franklin County residents, is open the third Saturday including Oct. 19, 10 a.m.-noon, and the fourth Thursday, 4-6 p.m.

The 16th annual St. Charles Harvest Dinner is Oct. 19, 4-7 p.m., 213 W. Ripley St., Milan. Cost: adults, $10; kids ages 5-12, $5; under 5, free. Carryouts available. Also, silent auction on theme baskets, homemade turtle soup. Proceeds help pay for new carpet and vinyl flooring for parish rectory.

A steak fry and dance is Oct. 19, Prell-Bland American Legion Post 271. Social hour, 6-7 p.m., followed by dinner and dance. Info and tickets: John Baumer, 812-216-7710 or Jim Hodges, 812-363-3440. Open to the public.

The Oct. 19 Bluegrass Night features Tay Bronson, 6 p.m., and New Augusta Bluegrass, 7 p.m., Metamora Performing Arts Opry Barn, 19189 Pennington Road. Doors open at 5:30. Admission is $8 at the door. Food available. Info:


St. Jacob’s, Blue Creek, annual turkey dinner is Oct. 20, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Carryouts available.

Fear Factory family fun day is Oct. 20, 1-3 p.m., RomWeber Marketplace. There will be lights on, no scare tours and a Halloween craft for children. Cost: $10.


The Ripley County Food Pantry, located in Building 16C, Ripley County Fairgrounds Park, Osgood, which serves Jackson, Johnson, Otter Creek, Center and Shelby townships, is open the third Monday including Oct. 21, 9 a.m.-noon and 5:30-7 p.m. Info: 812-689-4427 or 812-756-2560.

Kids can make a Halloween picture frame Oct. 21, 4-5 p.m., Batesville Memorial Public Library Activity Lab.

An information session for girls and their parents to learn about Girl Scouts and the Ripley County Junior (fourth- and fifth-grade) Troop is Oct. 21, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Batesville Girl Scout House, 1089 S. Park Ave. Info: Beth Kmiec, 574-229-7110, or Sarah Feldmann, 618-304-4569.

Batesville Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Post 3183 will meet Oct. 21, 7 p.m., post home.

The Children’s Opera of the Indianapolis Opera will present “The Three Sillies,” which is based on an English fairy tale with music by Mozart and Beethoven, Oct. 21, 6:30-8 p.m., Batesville Memorial Public Library. Children can come dressed in Halloween costumes, and trick-or-treat goodie bags will be provided. Free.

The Southeastern Indiana Right to Life will meet Oct. 21, 7 p.m. Info and for location: 812-934-4054 or 812-662-1235.

Violinist Richard Lin, winner of the 2018 International Violin Competition, along with pianist Chih-Yi Chen, will perform Oct. 21, 7 p.m., Oldenburg Academy gymnasium. Free admission. This is part of the Batesville Area Arts Council Arts in Education Evening Series.

MON.-SAT., OCT. 21-26

The Friends of the Franklin County Public Library District will host a book sale at the Laurel Library Oct. 21-22, 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m; and Oct. 23, 9:30 a.m.-noon; and at the Brookville Library Oct. 23-25, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; and Oct. 26, 9 a.m.-noon.


On Oct. 22, the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library will host a make-and-take Halloween ghost, while supplies last; and Halloween cupcake decorating for grades 4-12, 6 p.m. Info: or 812-663-2826.

Ripley County Retired Teachers Association will meet Oct. 22, 5 p.m. at the Osgood Town Hall. For reservations, call 812-934-2284. To join, call 812-633-9348.

A Think Pink breast cancer awareness event, sponsored by Margaret Mary Health, is Oct. 22, 6 p.m., Sunman American Legion, 412 Eastern Ave. Keynote presentation by Deanna Day Young, appetizers, door prizes. Tickets at $20 per person:, Events section; or Meg Applegate, 812-933-5257. Proceeds benefit the Margaret Mary Health Foundation Cancer Fund.


Batesville Quiltmakers, a group that provides an opportunity for members to meet with other quilters to share ideas, learn new techniques and find inspiration, meets the fourth Wednesday, including Oct. 23, 9:30 a.m., St. John’s United Church of Christ, Huntersville. Info: Gail Miller, 812-216-7020.

A card party is held the second and fourth Wednesdays, including Oct. 23, 1-4 p.m., St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Morris, lower hall.

“Remember When ... Storytime,” a monthly adult storytelling program, is Oct. 23, 2 p.m., Batesville Memorial Public Library meeting room. Guests are invited to tell true stories or just listen.

Batesville Memorial Public Library trustees will meet Oct. 23, 5 p.m., library.


The Red Life Food Bank, 1112 Main St., Brookville, which serves Franklin County residents, is open the third Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon, and the fourth Thursday including Oct. 24, 4-6 p.m.

On Oct. 24, the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library will host the Pinterest Project of the Month adult program, 1 and 6 p.m.; and Free Build With Legos children’s program, 1 p.m. Info: or 812-663-2826.

A Halloween Minute to Win It Party for students in grades 3-8 is Oct. 24, 4-4:45 p.m., Batesville Memorial Public Library. Registration is required: or 812-934-4706.

A cornhole tournament to benefit Greyson’s second fight with Langerhans cell histiocytosis is Oct. 27, 1 p.m., Baylor Trucking Terminal, 9269 E. State Road 48, Milan. Cost: $30 per team. Prizes: first place, $250; second place, $150. Also, silent auction, kids’ games, face painting, split the pot, pumpkin decorating. To register for the tournament by Oct. 24: 812-623-2020 or


A Halloween Party is Oct. 25, 1-2 p.m., Brookville Library. Minute-to-Win-It team games, somewhat terrifying stories and an optional costume contest will be followed by the annual candy hunt.

A Charter Night Celebration and Evening of Magic is Oct. 25, 6:30 p.m., Batesville Memorial Public Library. BMPL Magic Club will be awarded a charter in The Society of Young Magicians. Magic acts, refreshments and more. Free.

FRI.-SAT., OCT. 25-26

Ghost Train of Metamora is Oct. 25-26 at 6:45, 7:30, 8:15 and 9 p.m. This haunting lasts about 30 minutes along a historic stretch of the Whitewater Valley Railroad tracks and canal. To purchase $10 tickets for ages 2 and up: or 765-825-2054.

The Fear Factory haunted house is open Oct. 25-26, 7-10 p.m., RomWeber Marketplace. Cost: $10 for haunted house, $5 for escape room. Info:

Haunted Village of Metamora is Oct. 25-26, 7:30-10 p.m., 19062 S. Main St. Hay ride, ghost and ghouls. Admission: $5.

“The Jacob Scare” returns to Jacob Vogel Memorial Haunted Woods for the seventh fall. Tours are Oct. 25-26, 8-11 p.m., Vogel Farm, 3530 E. Olean Road, Versailles. Admission is $6. Proceeds go to the Jacob Vogel Memorial Fund for students to attend the Southeastern Career Center emergency services class.


A Franklin County Humane Society fall shot clinic is Oct. 26, 10 a.m.-noon, Laurel firehouse. Dog vaccines: rabies and distemper, $12 each; Bordetella, $15. Cat vaccines: rabies, $12; feline four-way, $14. ID microchipping costs $20 and flea and worming treatment prices are based on the pet’s weight. Info: 765-647-1444.

Mischief at the Museum, a free Halloween event for kids, is Oct. 26, 2-5 p.m., Historical Society of Decatur County Museum, 222 N. Franklin St., Greensburg. Children, who may come in costume, must be accompanied by an adult. Art activities, stories, Transylvania Railroad exhibit. Info: 812-663-2764.

A Halloween Spooktacular Oct. 26 at the Versailles State Park campground starts at 3 p.m. with a costume contest followed by a night campsite decorating contest. The park entrance is free during 5-7 p.m. trick-or-treating and the community is welcome to participate. Scare Away Hunger nonperishable food donations can be left at the main gate all weekend long. Info: 812-689-6424.

The Whistleberry Festival, featuring all-you-can-eat bean and potato soups as well as other food items, is Oct. 26, 4-7 p.m., New Point Community Center. Freewill offering. Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of New Point, it benefits Riley Children’s Hospital. Also, door prizes and “Beango.”

A free Halloween Fall Festival is Oct. 26, 6-8 p.m., St. Peters United Church of Christ, Osgood. All ages welcome. Food, costume contest, games, prizes.

Trick-or-treating in Metamora is Oct. 26, 6-9 p.m.

Irish band Ceol Mohr will perform Oct. 26, 7-9 p.m., as part of the Batesville Memorial Public Library After Hours Concert Series. The concert is supported by the Batesville Area Arts Council and Friends of the Library.


The New Alsace Conservation Club will host a sausage and pancake breakfast Oct. 27, 7:30 a.m.-noon, New Alsace American Legion. Cost: adults, $10; kids under 10, $4; kids under 3, free.

The Batesville Knights of Columbus annual Special Olympics breakfast is Oct. 27, 8-11:30 a.m. Freewill offering.

The St. Louis Super Sunday Bingo is Oct. 27, 17 E. St. Louis Place, Batesville. Doors open at 11 a.m. Early bird games begin at 1 p.m. Cost: $45 includes paper games, door prizes, raffle ticket and meal. To register: or 812-93-BINGO. All proceeds benefit St. Louis School.

A turkey bingo is Oct. 27, 6 p.m., All Saints Parish, St. Joseph Campus, St. Leon. Doors open at 5 p.m. Food available.


The Batesville Adoptive Parent Support Group meets on the fourth Monday, including Oct. 28, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Batesville Christian Church, 1294 Columbus Ave. Info: Barb Jacobs, The Villages of Indiana, Indianapolis, PAS care coordinator, 812-929-3234 or

On Oct. 28, the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library will host the library board of trustees meeting, 4 p.m.; and Human Trafficking 101 adult program, 6 p.m. Info: or 812-663-2826.

Trunk or Treat is Oct. 28, 4-6 p.m., Batesville Area Resource Center, 920 County Line Road.

Franklin County children may audition for roles of eight Angels and six Dancing Candy Canes for a Franklin County Arts Council production of “The Nutcracker Ballet Act II and Other Works” with the St. Louis Ballet Co. Auditions are Oct. 28, 4:30 p.m., Franklin County High School auditorium. Rehearsals are Nov. 3, 10, 17 and 24, 1-3 p.m.; and Dec. 6, after school. The performance is Dec. 7, 7 p.m. Info: Patti Wilhelm, 765-309-1473.


On Oct. 29, Lori Borgman, Indianapolis, a syndicated newspaper columnist, author and speaker, will be at the Laurel Library, 2 p.m.; and Brookville Library, 6 p.m.


The 4-H Fun and Friendly Halloween is Oct. 30, 5-7 p.m., Franklin County 4-H fairgrounds, Brookville. Attendees may wear costumes to enjoy trick-or-treating, games and food. Items may be donated to a local paper pantry: toilet paper, trash bags, person hygiene products, cleaning supplies and laundry detergent.


Sophomore members of the Kiwanis Student Leadership Academy will present a Boo Bash Oct. 31, 4-8 p.m., Batesville Shopping Village parking lot near the Main-Boehringer intersection. There will be a costume contest, pumpkin painting, photo shoot area, games and candy.

The Batesville Halloween parade with candy handouts by Prell-Bland American Legion members is Oct. 31, 6 p.m. The parade starts at the Batesville Memorial Pool.

Trick-or-treating in Batesville, Oldenburg and Sunman is Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m.

A Trunk or Treat for children under 12 in costume is Oct. 31, 6:30-8:30 p.m., St. John’s United Church of Christ, Huntersville. Trick-or-treaters can walk trunk to trunk at the upper parking lot. Parking will be available in the lower lot. In case of rain, the event will be cancelled.