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October 2013

It is a golden year for the good witches of The Children's Museum Guild's Haunted House. The world's largest children's museum has special treats and tricks up its sleeve as it celebrates 50 Years of Fear!

Visitors will travel back in time with Ghoulish Guide Dr. Timestein to explore the best of the last five "dead-cades" of music, movies and television through a terrifying Time Warp! For the last 50 years, each Haunted House has been based on a thematic concept – the Wild West, outer space, movie monsters, a Victorian mansion and scary stories to name a few. The theme sets the tone for the Haunted House's décor, contents and characters, which has led many people to come back year after year. To add to the fright this year, visitors are encouraged to explore the Haunted House in 3-D.

The Children's Museum Guild Haunted House offers three unique experiences for Halloween enthusiasts. For those who scare easily, the Haunted House features Lights-On Hours. Frightening Hours are recommended for visitors who like a good scare and for the super brave visitor, new this year, XTREME SCREAM Fridays takes fright to the next level through an extreme mind/body fright experience.

The Children's Museum's Halloween hilarity does not stop with the 50th Anniversary Haunted House. Step into the mysterious world of live bats and meet them face-to-face in Bat Encounters inside the museum's Lilly Theater October 17th -19th. And those who really love creepy and kooky, altogether spooky will not want to miss Hollywood Haunts, the museum's new pop culture experience, which is free with admission. Hollywood Haunts celebrates the monsters, aliens, ghouls and ghosts of popular culture. It will feature real movie props and costumes from Hollywood's most popular sci-fi, horror, adventure movies and TV shows such as Adams Family costumes, Sammy Terry's costume, Scooby Doo Mystery Machine, mummy from the movie "The Mummy" and props from Indiana Jones movies.

For more frightful family fun, start planning your family's crazy costume now to wear to the Black Hat Bash. Billed as the "newest, biggest and best family-friendly Halloween party," it features food from several "fa-boo-lous" restaurants, spellbinding spirits, a devilish DJ, a costume runway show, arcade games, and lights-on and Frightening Hours tours of the Haunted House.

The friendly witches of the Museum Guild also waved their wands to whip up creepy, creative tips on everything from freaky food to how to create your own cute costumes on a budget. Learn about those at www.childrensmuseum.org/hauntedhouse-extras.

The annual family-friendly fundraiser, created and operated by volunteers of the Museum Guild, is believed to be America's longest continuously operated haunted house. Those who feel especially nostalgic will enjoy reading all about the last 50 years in an online history at www.childrensmuseum.org/history.

Time Warp: 50 Years of Fear at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is open from October 10th – 31st, 2013 (closed Mondays and Tuesdays).


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