Monroe Lake to Hosts Annual Ghostly Gathering in October

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

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 to 4 p.m.
  • Ghostly Games and Challenges from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
  • Halloween History and Folktales at 8 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 23

  • Pumpkin Painting from 9:30 to 11 a.m., $3/pumpkin (cash only).
  • Creepy, Crawly Crafts from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
  • Paper Halloween Masks from 4 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 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 24

  • Roll-a-Frankenstein from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Walk the Spider’s Web from 1 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 to Jill Vance, Monroe Lake’s interpretive naturalist, at [email protected] or 812-837-9967.

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