Plan to spend your Halloween at the Valparaiso Family YMCA

Plan to spend your Halloween at the Valparaiso Family YMCA
By: Julia Demma Last Updated: October 10, 2019

Halloween is right around the corner, and it’s time to start planning a fun family night out for the spooky holiday.

The Valparaiso Family YMCA has two stand-out events in store, and Halloween at the Y is free to the community thanks to a generous grant from Early Learning Indiana.

“As a non-profit, the Y does everything it can to build strong communities and strong families. Part of our social responsibility is getting out into the community and providing opportunities for families to have a safe place where they can spend time together,” said Tracey McElree, Senior Director of Advancement at the Valparaiso Family YMCA. “The grant really helps us fulfill our mission and do more for Halloween this year.”

On Saturday, October 19 from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m., join the Y for a Spooktacular Family Fun Night of games including a cake walk, haunted swamp and hallway, face painting, haunted photos, concessions, and more spooky fun. The community is, of course, invited to wear their costume to this family-friendly event.

“This year’s event is pretty cool. Our theme is ‘Children of the Corn’, so the first thing you’ll see is a haunted hallway, a corn maze, and a haunted swamp with glow-in-the-dark life jackets being the only source to light the way,” McElree said.

Attendees will be able to take a boat ride into the YMCA pool and encounter ghouls and goblins along the way.

The next Y celebration, a Halloween Dance Party, will take place on Sunday, October 20, from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Come in costume if you dare and enjoy a Halloween-themed dance party with your favorite YMCA dance fitness instructors. This party is open to all YMCA Members and the community.

For this event, there is a suggested donation of $10. Donations give those in need the opportunities that empower people to learn, grow, and thrive. With each gift, donors are taking an active role in creating a better community, a better us. Proceeds from this event support the Y’s Annual Campaign.

Setting up for Halloween is no easy task, but thanks to many generous volunteers, all the decorations are ready to go within a few hours. Planning, however, begins months in advance.

“Volunteers really help the Y keep moving every single day. For the Halloween events, they help set up, bake goods, dress up in costume, interact with guests, and clean up after,” McElree said.

This year, spend your Halloween at the Y and create some long-lasting.

“The Y is a place that will welcome you with open arms and having a safe place to celebrate Halloween is important these days. It’s also a great chance for families to spend quality time together,” McElree said.

The Y is dedicated to building healthy, confident, connected and secure children, adults, families and communities. For more information about these events, please call 219-462-4185 or visit