The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis’ head witches are back!
Katherine Steck & Allison Lechleiter preview the upcoming haunted attractions to bring the whole family to in October:
If you are ready for a spine-chilling scare, take a chilling courtside seat in Grim-nasium! Grab a broiled snout to chomp on while watching the creepy competition between The Naptown Nightmares and The Circle City Screamers at the oldest continually-operated Haunted House in the nation.Lace up your sneakers and get ready to run for your life in the monster-filled Grim-nasium, The Children’s Museum Guild’s 55th Annual Haunted House, presented by Old National Bank. Those who drop the ball risk missing out on this ghoulish game, open October 11 – 31 (closed Mondays).
The Grim-nasium is sure to be a slam dunk, leaving even the strongest of souls a little shaky with 17 faBOOlous rooms to explore. Don’t worry, IPL offers Lights-On Hours for those who scare easily and is similar to a family-friendly trick-or-treat experience and AAA offers Frightening Hours for those bold enough to dodge demons in the dark. Haunted House tickets are $8 for all ages at The Children’s Museum Box Office or online at www.childrensmuseum.org/hauntedhouse. Discount tickets may be purchased at Old National Bank central Indiana locations. In addition to haunted Halloween fun, the museum hosts an array of events throughout October for the entire family to enjoy:
Black Hat Bash (October 6, 6:30 p.m.)
Grab your most uncanny costume and dust off your dance shoes to prepare for the annual Black Hat Bash—Indy’s biggest and best Halloween party! With local food, drinks (including a cash bar), live DJ entertainment, ghostly games, and a crazy costume contest, the Bash promises fun for the whole family. Come ready to scream, dance, and have a thrilling time.
Admission to Grim-nasium Haunted House is included in the ticket price. Tickets may be used for early access the night of the Bash. Advance tickets are $30 for adults and $20 for youth under 18. Members get $5 off and children under 2 are free. Tickets at childrenmuseum.org/bash.
The First-Annual Sports Spooktacular (October 13, 6:30 p.m.)
You won’t want to miss the inaugural Sports Spooktacular! This sporty new event for kids ages 8-14 and their grown-ups is sure to be a hairy home-run. It features dinner, music, entertainment, games, giveaways, unlimited admission to the Grim-nasium Haunted House during AAA’s Frightening Hours, and access to the new Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience. Bring a team of friends and BOO-gie the night away at this spooky kids’ party.
Tickets range in price from $15-$25. Members get a $5 discount for youth tickets. Tickets at childrensmuseum.org/sports-spooktacular.
Black Hat Dash (October 27, 9:00 a.m.)
Run alongside your family just like the monsters in the Grim-nasium in the Black Hat Dash, Indy’s frightfully fun run and weirdly wonderful walk. This year’s experience includes Trick-or-Treating and entertainment at the Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience.
Registration price includes a t-shirt and a ticket to Grim-nasium, which can be used anytime during the run of the Haunted House. Children under 5 are admitted for free, but must be registered. Get more information, register, and see the course at childrensmuseum.org/dash.
Feast with the Witches (Various Dates)
Catch your breath after running from the Grim-nasium monsters and enjoy a breakfast or lunch BOO-fet with the friendliest of witches. These events include a delicious meal, Halloween entertainment featuring Ruditoonz, activities, a goodie bag, and a ticket to Grim-nasium.
Feast tickets are $20 per person and are available for 4 dates throughout October. Members get a discount and children under 2 get in for free. More information can be found at childrensmuseum.org/feast.
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is a nonprofit institution committed to creating extraordinary family learning experiences across the arts, sciences, and humanities that have the power to transform the lives of children and families. For more information about the tourist attraction and museum, please visit www.childrensmuseum.org, and follow The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis on Twitter @TCMIndy, Facebook.com/childrensmuseum and YouTube.com/IndyTCM.