Lake Monroe to hosts annual Ghostly Gathering, Oct. 22-24

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Community News & People in the News

Published on September 22, 2021 with No Comments

Lake Monroe’s popular Halloween special event, Ghostly Gathering, returns to Paynetown State Recreation Area this year on Friday, Oct. 22 through Sunday, Oct. 24.

All event activities are open to both campers and day visitors and do not require any advance signup; however, craft activities will be available only while supplies last. Program details are available at
Here’s a list of activities by date:

Friday, Oct. 22

  • Roving Naturalist: Spooky(?) Spiders from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Ghostly Games and Challenges from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Halloween History and Folktales at 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 23

  • Pumpkin Painting from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m., $3/pumpkin (cash only).
  • Creepy, Crawly Crafts from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
  • Paper Halloween Masks from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Trick-or-Treating from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Campsite Decorating Contest Judging from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Ghosts of Indiana State Parks at 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 24

  • Roll-a-Frankenstein from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Walk the Spider’s Web from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

Those interested in reserving a campsite for the weekend can do so at Electric sites are already full but non-electric and tent sites are still available.

The daily entrance fee for Paynetown SRA, located at 4850 S. State Road 446, Bloomington, is $7 per vehicle with Indiana license plates and $9 per vehicle with out-of-state plates). Indiana State Parks Annual Entrance Permits are also accepted.

Questions about Ghostly Gathering programming should be directed by calling 812-837-9967.

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