1. Oktoberfest Sip & Stroll in downtown Jeffersonville- Stroll through “hipstoric” Jeffersonville’s shops and treat yourself to local food, great beers and wines on Oct. 2. Tickets are $15, and the trolley rides are FREE the entire evening, 6 to 9 p.m. www.jeffmainstreet.org








2. Spectacular fall foliage at Charlestown State Park- Hike, fish, camp, picnic, or simply admire the fall foliage at Charlestown State Park. The park offers six trails (moderate to rugged), 60 full hook-up sites, playgrounds, shelter houses, and scenic views of the Ohio. If you’re looking for a unique fall experience, sign up for one of their full moon hikes. www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/2986.htm

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3. Harvest Homecoming Festival in New Albany- In its 48th year, New Albany’s Harvest Homecoming Festival transforms downtown New Albany into a street-fest of rides, musical entertainment, children's events, vendor booths, crafts, and food. Walk down Market Street Oct. 8-11 and experience the sights, smells, and tastes of the 5th highest-attended festival in Indiana. www.harvesthomecoming.com 

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B SpicedApple crop4. Spiced Apple Wine from Huber Orchard, Winery and Vineyard in Starlight- Influenced by the Huber family’s German heritage, their spiced apple wine is flavored cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. Some say Spiced Apple “smells and tastes like autumn.” www.huberwinery.com 

5. Headless Horseman from Sleepy Hollow reenactment at Historic Tunnel Mill in Charlestown- Family-friendly, interactive, and entertaining, this re-creation of Washington Irving’s “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” is a don’t-miss experience. Re-enactors in period costume engage visitors with theater, historical dancing, and pumpkin-slashing from horseback.  www.historictunnelmill.org 

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6. Spirit-filled events at the Culbertson Mansion in New Albany- In addition to its “Literally, A Haunted House” annual haunted house, attend a proper tea with the Queen of Halloween. Then walk through the mansion as the queen tells of its dark and dismal secrets. If you’re not afraid of the dark, spend an entire night at the mansion on November 7! www.indianamuseum.org/explore/culbertson 

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7. Canoe, kayak, or hike the Falls of the Ohio State Park in Clarksville- Attend a Saturday public hike on the 390-million-year-old fossil beds and learn why the crinoids, corals, and trilobites are some of the most unique in the world.  Bring your own canoe or kayak to discover wildlife and seldom-seen fossils with Falls of the Ohio interpretive naturalist Jeremy Beavin on an Oct. 10 canoe hike. Saturday hikes end on Oct. 26. www.fallsoftheohio.org/programs 

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8. U-pick pumpkins at Joe Huber’s Family Farm and Restaurant in Starlight- It’s pumpkin picking time at Joe Huber’s! Visit this Southern Indiana fall family favorite and ride the wagon out to the pumpkin patch to pick your own pumpkins. And while you’re there, gather goodies from their Farm Market and Soda Pop Shoppe. When you dine at their restaurant through October 31, you’ll enjoy their traditional country platter dinner buffet-style. www.joehubers.com  

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