Vampire Vacation Haunted House Opens at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis on October 15
This fall, two young vampires – siblings Vic and Viv – will embark on an adventure like no other. Their destination is The Children's Museum of Indianapolis Guild's Haunted House, and you're invited on this Vampire Vacation!
Join us at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis Oct. 15-31 for the 48th year of the Guild's largest annual fundraiser. Last year's event raised over $500,000 for The Children's Museum. It was voted one of the nation's top 10 haunted houses for Halloween by Rand McNally, adding to the museum's reputation as one of Indianapolis' top tourist attractions.
This year, Vic and Vivs' Vampire Vacation includes American tourist hot spots such as Count Rushmore, the Ghoulish Gate Bridge, Horrorwood, Moon-hattan and New Gore-leans. These are just a few of the “dead-stinations” on their trip.
Presented by PNC Bank, The Children’s Museum Haunted House includes both IPL Lights-On Hours for younger children and Defender Direct’s Frightening Hours for those who dare to be scared.
IPL Lights-On Hours feature friendly-faced “haunters” greeting visitors with treats as they work their way through the house. Defender Direct’s Frightening Hours are a more traditional haunted house experience with scary haunters hidden in the shadows ready to deliver a scare.
Each version of the Haunted House is offered at different times to accommodate children of all ages and scare-levels. A full list of times is available below.
|IPL’s Lights-On Hours|
|Tuesdays-Saturdays:||10 a.m.–3 p.m.|
|Sundays:||11 a.m.–5 p.m.|
|Halloween*:||10 a.m.–3 p.m|
*only the Haunted House will be open on Halloween. The Children’s Museum is closed.
|Defender Direct’s Frightening Hours|
|Wednesdays, Thursdays:||3:30-9 p.m.|
|Fridays, Saturdays:||3:30-9:30 p.m.|
Tickets for Vampire Vacation are $6.50 at the door or may be purchased in advance at Marsh Supermarket locations for $5.50. Children under 2 years old are admitted free of charge. Save $2 on a Haunted House/museum combo ticket at Marsh. Tickets are also available at AAA locations or may be purchased on The Children's Museum of Indianapolis website or by calling (317) 334-4000.
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. They include the Friendly Feast with the Witches, the Family Late-Night Adventure, and Scout Late-Night Adventures.
Tickets are required for each event and space is limited; register online at www.childrensmuseum.org/hauntedhouse or by calling the museum at (317) 334-4000.
Friendly Feast with the Witches
Enjoy a breakfast, lunch or dinner “boo-ffet” with the witches; Halloween entertainment in the Lilly Theater and a ticket to Vampire Vacation. Entertainment will be provided by Ruditoonz. Guests of the Friendly Feast experience the fun of Vampire Vacation during Lights-On Hours.
Thursday, Oct. 20: 11:30 a.m., lunch feast
Saturday, Oct. 22: 9 a.m., breakfast feast; 11:30 a.m., lunch feast
Sunday, Oct. 23: Noon, lunch feast
Tuesday, Oct. 25: 6 p.m., dinner feast
Thursday, Oct. 27: 11:30 a.m., lunch feast
Saturday, Oct. 29: 9 a.m., breakfast feast; 11:30 a.m., lunch feast
Sunday, Oct. 30: Noon, lunch feast
Tickets: $15 per person.
Family Late-Night Adventure
Friday, October 21, 6:30-10:30 p.m.
Get ready for an adventure like no other. Besides touring the Frightening Hours of Vampire Vacation, families will enjoy dinner and a behind-the-scenes tour of the Haunted House. You’ll also explore a museum exhibit, see a special planetarium show and play in our fabulous Fun Zone.
Tickets: $20/members, $25/nonmembers.
Scout Late-Night Adventures
Saturday, Oct. 15 or Friday, Oct. 28, 6:30-10:30 p.m.
In addition to touring the Frightening Hours of Vampire Vacation, Scouts will enjoy dinner and a behind-the-scenes tour of the Haunted House. You’ll explore a museum exhibit, see a special planetarium show and play in our fabulous Fun Zone. The official Vampire Vacation Scout Patch will be awarded to all brave adventure seekers.
Tickets: $20 member Scouts/chaperones; $25 nonmember Scouts/chaperones. One chaperone per 8 Scouts required.
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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