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Your Guide To The 2016 Fall Harvest Festival

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Don your costumes, decorate a pumpkin, make your way towards Downtown Valparaiso, and get ready to ‘fall’ into fun! The Fall Harvest Festival is coming your way. Our annual two-day celebration of one of our favorite seasons and is set for October 14-15. What will you see? What activities do we have lined up for you? Here’s a look:

The fun begins Friday, October 14 with downtown Trick-or-Treating! Dress up in your scariest, funniest, or most creative costume and go door-to-door all throughout to pick up some tasty treats from participating restaurants and retailers, and other organizations. Plus, enjoy free hayrides, provided by the Valparaiso Parks Department.

Here is your list of participating businesses and organizations:

DOWNTOWN:

  • 1st Source Bank
  • 5/3 Bank
  • Ben’s Soft Pretzels
  • Blackbird Cafe
  • Chase Bank
  • Designer Desserts
  • Don Quijote
  • Figure 8 Brewing
  • Fluid Coffeebar
  • Langer & Langer
  • Little Chocolates
  • Locks of Fun
  • Memorial Opera House
  • Meridian Title
  • Misbeehavin’ Meads
  • Oak Partners
  • Old World Market
  • Olga’s Place
  • Pikks
  • Piper Boutique
  • Porter County Museum
  • Radius
  • Rice & Rice
  • Simply Closets
  • Valpo Viennas

NON-DOWNTOWN:

  • 500 Turkeys
  • All Lives Matter
  • Century 21 Affiliated
  • Crosspointe Christian Church
  • Culver’s
  • Currie Motors
  • Domino’s Pizza
  • The Fairfield Inn & Suites
  • GIS
  • GNC
  • Green’s Towing
  • Grieger Motor Sales
  • Hoosier Chiropractic
  • Ink or Swim Tattoo
  • Kotys Wealth Professionals
  • Life Strategies
  • Mary Kay
  • Mirror Image Dance Academy
  • Porter County Prosecutor’s Office Child Division
  • Porter County Sheriff
  • Prime Real Estate
  • Prompt Ambulance
  • Regional Plumbing & Heating
  • Rolling Hills Vineyard Church
  • Sandberg Towing
  • Shep Services
  • Sky Zone Trampoline Park
  • Teal Pumpkin Project
  • Town & Country Market
  • Vale Park Animal Hospital
  • Valparaiso Police & Fire Departments
  • Valpo Parks Department
  • The Yoga Sanctuary
  • Xcelsior Martial Arts
  • Zao Island

Trick-or-Treating runs from 4-6:00 p.m.

The fun doesn’t stop there! Join us for Day 2 Saturday, October 15 from 11am to 2pm. Enjoy live entertainment by Leonardo, The One-Man Band, and free balloon twisting by Mrs. B. In addition, you can participate in one of many activities. Navigate through an inflatable corn maze, get your face painted by the VHS Art Club, decorate a pumpkin donated by Century 21 Affiliated, or make your own taffy apple with the VHS Vikettes.

For the first time ever, we will be partnering with Lakeshore PAWS to bring you the Pooch Costume Parade! Dress up your dog and walk them through town, starting at the corner of Lincolnway and Lafayette. Prizes will be awarded for the scariest, funniest, and most creative costumes. There is no fee to participate, and pets must be on a leash. Then, when the parade is over, be sure to stop by the Lakeshore PAWS booth for adorable pups and dogs to adopt while you’re at the festival!

For more on Lakeshore PAWS and the Pooch Costume Parade, click here.

For more on the Fall Harvest Festival, click here.

 

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