Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest hosts inaugural Hallo-Weekend

September 26, 2022
Skeleton decorations at Gabis Arboretum

Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest (PNW) is getting into the Halloween spirit with its first ever Hallo-Weekend on Oct. 14 and 15. The festivities include two nights of outdoor movies; one for adults ages 21+ and one night for families.

Friday, Oct. 14 is for adults (age 21+ only) and will feature a showing of The Conjuring. Happy Hour starts at 6 p.m. for guests to show off their costume, set up a good movie spot and grab a beverage. Music will be playing to set the vibe and model trains will be running in the Railway Garden. The movie starts at 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 15 is family-friendly and will feature a showing of Hocus Pocus. Trick-or-treating and activities start at 5 p.m.k and the movie starts at 7 p.m. Guests are encouraged to dress in costume and bring a bag for trick-or-treating.

All film screenings take place at Gabis Arboretum at PNW, 450 W 100 N, Valparaiso, IN.

“We wanted to create a safe environment for kids to trick-or-treat, and what better place than the arboretum,” said Yvonne Lopez, events coordinator for Gabis Arboretum at PNW. “We’re especially excited for the showing of ‘The Conjuring.’ People who love spooky movies will appreciate the experience of watching outdoors in the dark. We’ve also decorated the Railway Garden for the occasion. It couldn’t be a better experience!”

Snacks, beer and wine will be available for purchase with cash only from local vendors on both nights. No outside food or beverages are permitted. No dogs, except service animals, are permitted.

Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs for the outdoor film screenings.

Tickets are $8 per person for arboretum members and $10 for non-members. Children 3 and under are free but require a ticket. Tickets can be purchased in advance on the Hallo-Weekend ticket page or at the gate until the event sells out. Parking is always free at the arboretum.

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