A wicked-looking witch, sneaky black cat and a spooky jack-o'-lantern on a creaking porch – are you brave enough to grab that piece of candy? Halloween is here, and it's time for family frights and trick-or-treating.
There are plenty of Halloween activities to choose from between now and Wednesday. Here are some highlights.
• Grace College will have its annual FunFest from 6 to 8 tonight in the Gordon Recreation Center, 100 Publishers Drive in Winona Lake. The free family event includes games, food and candy. This year's theme is heroes, and children are invited to dress in their favorite costumes.
• Set in a carnival, “Midway Mayhem” is the title of this year's Halloween production from Fort Wayne Dance Collective. There are performances at 8 p.m. today and Saturday at ArtsLab, 300 E. Main St. Tickets are $15 at FWDC.org or 422-4226.
• Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory's Punkin' Path is open through Sunday. The outdoor path is decorated with pumpkins, straw and gnomes. Included with regular admission, $5 adults, $3 ages 3 to 17, ages 2 and younger are free. The conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St., is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.
• Three Rivers Music Theatre's “Trick or Treat: A Halloween Cabaret” will be presented at 8 and 11 p.m. today and Saturday in its studio theater, 212 Pearl St. The cast includes Tylar Brockhouse, Emma Browning, Chandler Chastain and director Andy Planck. Tickets are $15 or $10 for students at BrownPaperTickets.com.
• Get ready to howl at Black Pine Animal Sanctuary's Howl O'Ween event Saturday. It is the last Saturday of the season for the sanctuary at 1426 W. 300 N. in Albion. Black Pine opens at 10 a.m. and there will be trick-or-treat stations with a wagon shuttle from 3 to 6 p.m. Admission is $10 adults, $8 ages 55 and older, $7 ages 3 to 9, free for ages 2 and younger.
• Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 311 E. Main St., will have its Dia de los Muertos Family Celebration from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday. There are children's activities from 2 to 4 p.m. and music and dance from 4 to 6 p.m. Admission is free, but a $3 donation is suggested.
• Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, 3411 Sherman Blvd., wraps up Wild Zoo Halloween this weekend. The zoo is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Sunday. Wear a costume and explore the treat trails, displays and activities. Admission is $5 general, $9 for admission and treats, $4 for babies receiving treats; zoo members get $2 off per person.
• Fort Wayne Philharmonic and Fort Wayne Ballet will perform the annual “Halloween Spooktacular” at 2 p.m. Sunday at Auer Performance Hall at Purdue University Fort Wayne, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E. Costumes are welcome, and there will be activities such as the “instrument petting zoo” for children. Tickets are $15 at FWPhil.org.
• There are several Trunk or Treat events in the area, including from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday on the Purdue University Fort Wayne campus. The event is a collaboration between Indiana University School of Medicine Fort Wayne and the Fort Wayne Medical Society Alliance. There will be more than 30 car stations giving out candy along with carnival games and prizes. Admission is six containers of non-perishable food items or $4. The event benefits Community Harvest Food Bank. See Out & About for more Trunk or Treat events in the area.
• New Haven will have a Halloween Carnival from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Schnelker Park, 956 Park Ave. There will be treats and games at the free event.