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Creepy Carnival Haunted House

Haunted HouseOct. 11–31, 2014

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, step right up for the ride of your life at the Creepy Carnival, the Children’s Museum Guild’s 51st Annual Haunted House! From the midway to the sideshows, this carnival of characters will have you squealing with fright and delight.


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.


Available beginning Sept. 15.

  • 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.

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Special Events

Black Hat Bash logoBlack Hat Bash

Oct. 10, 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Join us for frightful family fun! Come one, come all to this enchanting event—the third annual Black Hat Bash! This hair-raising hullaballoo is back, and it's a soirèe so spirited that it's supernatural!

The Black Hat Bash will feature:

  • "Fa-boo-lous” Food Stations from “Fa-boo-lous” Area Restaurants
  • Spellbinding Spirits and Beautifully Batty Beverages
  • Dancing to Tunes Played by a Devilish DJ
  • Crazy Costume Runway Show
  • Lights-On and Frightening tours of the Haunted House*

*Every attendee to the Black Hat Bash will receive a ticket to the Haunted House that is good through Oct. 31.

Bash Tickets
Advance Purchase: $30 adults, $20 youths
At the Door Purchases: $35 adults, $25 youths
High Flyers Tables: $400 for a table of 8 guests
(Children under two free) Museum members receive a $5 discount

This is one night at The Children’s Museum you don’t want to miss! This all-ages affair promises to be frightfully fun!

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Black Hat DashInaugural Black Hat Dash
2K/5K Family Fun Run & Walk*

Oct. 11, 9 a.m.
Starts and finishes at The Children’s Museum. Children under five free. Lace up your spooky shoes! Witches, ghosts, and goblins of ALL ages are welcome to take part in the FIRST EVER Black Hat Dash. Following the Dash, all are invited to the opening of The Children’s Museum Guild’s 51st annual Haunted House: Creepy Carnival!

Dash Tickets
Prior to Sept. 30
$30 per person ages 5 and up, ages under 5 free.
$100 family 4-pack, add $10 per additional person

After Oct. 1
$35 per person ages 5 and up, ages under 5 free.
$110 family 4-pack, add $15 per additional person

Day of Black Hat Dash
$40 per person ages 5 and up, ages under 5 free.


*Registration fee does not include museum or Terra Cotta Warrior exhibit admission.

Feast with the WitchesFriendly Feast with the Witches

Enjoy a breakfast or lunch “BOO-fet” with the friendliest of witches! This event includes fab“boo”lous Halloween entertainment by Ruditoonz, a tour of Creepy Carnival during IPL’s Lights-On Hours (for children who scare easily), and LOTS of happy, friendly witches!

$20 per person
**Museum members receive $2 discount

Sunday, Oct. 12
Noon Lunch Feast

Saturday, Oct. 18
11:30 a.m. Lunch Feast

Sunday, Oct. 19
Noon Lunch Feast

Saturday, Oct. 25
9 a.m. Breakfast Feast
11:30 a.m. Lunch Feast

Sunday, Oct. 26
Noon Lunch Feast

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Please note: The Car Seat Safety event on Sunday, October 26 is cancelled.

Presented by
PNC Bank

Supported by
AAA Insurance