Fright Night at the Races is one of the unique ways to celebrate the Halloween season. Hosted Wednesday, Oct. 25 during the races, the event was part of the week-long festival at Harrah’s Hoosier Park leading up to the Breeders Crown Championships Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28.
The main event is the annual Equine Costume Contest. Local horsemen put their best creative efforts forward and this year did not disappoint. From an entourage of pink Barbie themed characters to a farm group and witches, the costumes were all unique and well planned. Fans could vote on their favorites will all proceeds from the night earmarked to Harness Horse Youth Foundation. The real stars of the show are the horses, who are coordinated into each theme and are good sports about wearing hats, costumes, and full body designs.
Along with the Equine Costume Contest, kids lined up for a Trunk or Treat outside the grandstand. Several team members backed their cars up, put together their own Fright Night creations and gave out candy to a line that stretched all the way to the parking lot. Strolling entertainment and other activities kept the crowd entertained while live Standardbred racing took place on the track. The evening had especially good weather, adding even more success to Fright Night.
Finally, kids were granted a free pumpkin with decorating options to complete their experience at Fright Night at the Races.
A full story on Fright Night at the Races will be included in the December issue of the ISA Magazine.