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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.

The Haunted House offers IPL’s Lights-On Hours (for children who scare easily) and Defender Direct’s Frightening Hours (with the lights off, for children who dare to be scared). XTREME SCREAM late nights take fright to the next level on select Friday and Saturday nights for super-brave visitors. Tickets for Lights-On and Frightening Hours are $7 at the door; Xtreme Scream tickets are $12. All tickets are available at The Children’s Museum Box Office.

The Children's Museum Guild's Haunted House is the oldest continually operating haunted house in the nation! The Haunted House is a fundraiser for the museum, raising more than $9.5 million since it began in 1964.

Become a Sponsor

Chosen by Rand McNally as one of the Top Ten Haunted Houses in the United States, The Children’s Museum Guild’s Haunted House is the museum’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Become a 2014 partner!

  • The Haunted House is located in the world’s biggest children’s museums.
  • More than 2.5 million visitors have toured the Haunted House since its inception in 1964.
  • Each year, Guild members donate about 35,000 hours working on the Haunted House.
  • Last year the house raised more than $585,000 for the museum.

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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.

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

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!

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.

Register

*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

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

Presented by
PNC Bank

Supported by
AAA Insurance
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