Welcome to the Wicked Workshop!
Fly into a whimsical world of pointy hats and spooky laughs at the 49th Annual Children’s Museum Guild’s Haunted House – Wicked Workshop! – one of the oldest seasonal haunted houses in the nation. Fall may not yet be here, but The Children’s Museum Guild is already underway creating the 2012 Haunted House.
In Wicked Workshop, visitors will travel to the wild factory where Winny the Witch and her Witchkins will be working hard for Halloween. Adventure through the Haunted House as the Witchkins crank out hats and brooms in the Broom Room, carve Jack-O-Lanterns in the Gorey Greenhouse and craft Halloween candy in the Sugar Shock! Take a trip through the Bone Zone and witness ghosts coming into “being” at the Ghost Post.
Presented by PNC Bank, each October the Guild hosts their annual fundraiser for The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis which brought in more than $500,000 last year. This year’s event will open to the public on Oct. 13 and will run through Halloween afternoon (closed on Mondays).
To accommodate both families looking for family-friendly Halloween experiences and families looking for a more traditional Haunted House experience, the Children’s Museum Guild provides two versions of the Haunted House. “IPL Lights-On Hours” are offered for families with younger children who scare easily while those looking for a fright can choose to visit during “Defender Direct’s Frightening Hours.” To view the list of lights-on and frightening hours, please visit www.childrensmuseum.org/hauntedhouse.
|IPL’s Lights-On Hours||Defender Direct’s Frightening Hours|
|Recommended for children who scare easily.||For those who dared to be scared.|
|Tuesdays-Saturdays: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.||Wednesdays, Thursdays: 3:30-9 p.m.|
|Tuesdays: 3:30 p.m.-9 p.m.||Fridays, Saturdays: 3:30-9:30 p.m|
|Sundays: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.||Closed Mondays|
|Halloween: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.|
General admission to the Haunted House is $7 and museum members are $6.50. Discount tickets are available at Marsh Supermarkets, AAA locations, and The Children's Museum Store beginning Sept. 15. Children under the age of 2 are free. Children age 13 and under must be accompanied through the house by an adult. Groups of 10 or more can email firstname.lastname@example.org for a Group Ticket Sales discount.
This year, the Museum Guild will offer a new event for the entire family – the inaugural Black Hat Bash, a family-friendly Halloween party full of frightful fun! Presented by Ron and Suzanne Mencias, the Black Hat Bash is an all-ages fundraiser for The Children’s Museum Fund. The event will be held on Friday, Oct. 12, from 6-9:30 p.m. and will be an un-boo-lievable kickoff to The Children’s Museum Guild’s 2012 Haunted House. Guests can check out food stations from “fa-boo-lous” area restaurants and sample “spook-tacular” spirits and beverages. Live entertainment, a costume parade and ghostly games and activities will complete the night’s fun.
Ticket sales for the Black Hat Bash are now available. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $30 per adult and $20 per youth ticket. Tickets purchased at the door will be $35 per adult and $25 per youth. Children under two are free. Museum members will receive a $5 discount.
In addition to a tour through the Haunted House, visitors looking to expand their Halloween experience can sign up for one of The Children’s Museum Guild’s Haunted House events such as the Friendly Feast with the Witches or one of the Boy Scout & Girl Scout Late-Night Frightening Adventures. Tickets are required for each event and space is limited.
Friendly Feast with the Witches
Enjoy a breakfast, lunch, or dinner “boo-fet!” This event features Halloween entertainment, a tour of Wicked Workshop during IPL’s Lights-On Hours (for children who scare easily), and lots of happy, friendly witches! Tickets are $15 per person.
• Saturday, Oct. 20: 9 a.m. breakfast feast; 11:30 a.m. lunch feast
• Sunday, Oct. 21: Noon lunch feast
• Tuesday, Oct. 23: 6 p.m. dinner feast
• Thursday, Oct. 25: 11:30 a.m. lunch feast
Boy Scout & Girl Scout Late-Night Frightening Adventures*
* For those who dare to be scared
• Oct. 20, 26, and 27: 6:30–10:30 p.m.
Get ready for an adventure like no other! Besides touring the Frightening Hours of Wicked Workshop, scouts will enjoy dinner and a behind-the-scenes tour of the Haunted House. Participants will explore a museum exhibit, see a special planetarium show, and play in the Fun Zone. The official Wicked Workshop scout patch will be awarded to all brave adventure-seekers. Tickets are $20 for member Scouts/chaperones; $25 for nonmember Scouts/chaperones. Two adult chaperones per eight children are required.
Organized by The Children’s Museum Guild, Wicked Workshop is presented by PNC Bank. Tickets for Wicked Workshop and all other Halloween special events can be purchased online at childrensmuseum.org or by calling 317-334-4000.
About The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is a nonprofit institution committed to creating extraordinary family learning experiences that have the power to transform the lives of children and families across the arts, sciences, and humanities. For more information about The Children's Museum, visit www.childrensmuseum.org, follow us on Twitter @TCMIndy, Facebook.com/childrensmuseum and YouTube.
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