Halloween on the Farm Kicks off in Stage Five

Now that fall is finally here, it’s time for yearly traditions. And with Indiana heading into stage five of Gov. Holcomb’s reopening plan, it’s perfect timing for local farmers who host family activities with a Halloween twist.

Posted: Sep 25, 2020 7:24 PM

Indiana farmers, uncertain all summer if they would be able to host their fall on the farm events, are feeling relief, able to open up at full capacity starting Saturday.

Gov. Holcomb's Back on Track Plan for reopening Indiana states venues can open up at 100% capacity on Sept. 26th, meaning Indiana farmers won't have to worry as much about a decline in revenue this spooky season.

"You know this is our income and our livelihood,” said Jenelle Goebel, the ag tourism coordinator at Goebel Farms. “So, we can't be more thankful to know that we're not limited to 50 percent."

But even in Stage Five, Goebel Farms won’t see the same amount of kids playing, with local field trips still on hold for school districts.

"Normally we have about 2,500 kids come out to Goebel Farms on field trips,” Goebel said. "And we're hoping to get about 500 this year."

Which will come from homeschooled, virtual and pre-school students.

And farm owners are happy to help provide some Halloween fun.

"People are looking for things to do,” said Paul Mayse, owner of Mayse Farms. “They are tired of being shut up in the house and everything. They want to roam around. So, I expect really good crowds this fall."

And safety precautions have been put in place.

"We put in a ticket booth over here in the alley between the greenhouses and the market,” Mayse said. “So people, when they come here, they just come to the ticket booth and get their wrist bands and they can go right on out. Before, it was all conglomerated inside the market, forty and fifty people in there and we know that wasn't going to work this year."

Play areas have been spaced out on these farms and hand sanitizing stations are now installed. While visitors are required to wear masks.

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