Fall brings all kinds of great traditions to Indianapolis, and one of the best and longest-running is The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Haunted House. The haunted house is celebrating 51 years of scares with a Creepy Carnival, which is perfect because, well…carnivals are kind of creepy, right?

Creepy Carnival

The three-year-old and I got to check out the haunted house last week, and once again, the Children’s Museum Guild has done a fantastic job of creating a scary and fun experience for kids of all ages. Here are some of the highlights:

We were greeted by this handsome fellow…

Creepy Carnival Skeleton

…and we headed into the Creepy Carnival. We saw everything you’d expect at a carnival, like carnival games:

Creepy Carnival Ring Finger Toss

Carnival treats:

Creepy Carnival Lemon Snake-Ups

And carnival performers:

Creepy Carnival Skeleton Pyramid

Once again the Children’s Museum Guild “Witches” have gone above and beyond to create a fun, spooky experience for Indy families. I am always blown away by the attention to detail and creativity that is show in every aspect of the haunted house. This is definitely one of the best Indianapolis haunted houses, partly because it has options for everyone, from lights-on to Xtream Scream.

What did my little one think? We had the “lights-on” experience, which is designed for younger kids, and he was still a little scared. He asked a few times if we could leave, but by the end of the haunted house he had dropped my hand and was exploring on his own.  Last year I had to carry him through the whole thing, so this was an improvement! When we were done, he said he liked it, and he wants to go again with his brother and “be brave.” I think his biggest fear was that people in costumes would jump out (he hates people in costumes), but the lights-on hours allow kids to explore the haunted house without the extra scares.

More info about the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Haunted House:

Dates: Oct. 11–31, 2014


IPL’s Lights-On Hours
(Recommended for children who scare easily)

  • Wednesdays–Saturdays: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
  • Wednesdays, Oct. 15 and 22: 3:30–8:30 p.m.
  • Sundays: 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Halloween: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
  • The Haunted House is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays

Defender Direct’s Frightening Hours
(Recommended for children who dare to be scared)

  • Thursdays–Saturdays: 3:30–8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 29: 3:30–8:30 p.m.
  • There are no Frightening Hours on Halloween
  • The Haunted House is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays

Williams Comfort Air’s XTREME SCREAM
(Recommended for teens and adults)

  • Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 17, 18, 24, and 25: 9–11 p.m.


  • Children under 2 are free.
  • Lights-On and Frightening tickets are $7 online or at the museum Box Office. Tickets are also available at AAA and Orange Leaf locations.
  • Lights-On and Frightening tickets $6 at Marsh Supermarkets. Save $2 on Haunted House/museum combo ticket at Marsh
  • Xtreme Scream tickets are $12 online or at the museum Box Office.
  • Buy tickets online here.

Scare Ya Later