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Museum Note

Have a Bone-Shaking Time in Skeletown

Children's Museum Celebrates 47 Years of Spooktaculous Fun

October 01, 2010
It's that bewitching time of year again at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis—time for the annual Haunted House. A ghoulishly good time awaits all who dare to visit Skeletown! The 47th annual Haunted House is organized by The Children's Museum Guild and presented by PNC, with Lights-On Hours sponsored by Indianapolis Power and Light Company.

The Children's Museum Guild has done a terrific job of transforming some of Indianapolis' best known landmarks into some of the city's spookiest destinations. Included in this year's tour are Bone-Crusher Stadium, the Scaregrounds, the Spine-Chilling Speedway and many more! Because the rooms are modeled after recognizable destinations like the Indiana State Fairgrounds, Lucas Oil stadium, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indianapolis Museum of Art, there will be plenty with which kids of all ages can connect.

If your little one frightens easily, see all the Haunted House has to offer during IPL's Lights-On Hours. Children can explore the haunted destinations of the city, such as the Art-trocious Museum and Zombie Zoo, while collecting some creepy treats to enjoy.

Do your children dare to be scared? Then they can come during Frightening Hours at the Haunted House. Lights will be out so they can enjoy a good scare from our resident ghosts and skeletons.

The Haunted House runs Oct. 16–31. Tickets go on sale Sept. 13 and can be purchased at Marsh Supermarkets and AAA locations, as well as online at childrensmuseum.org or by calling 317-334-4000.

Enjoy more Halloween fun at the museum during special activities for the season, including several Feast with the Witches options, a Family Late-Night Adventure and Scout Late-Night Adventures.

Feast with the Witches

Enjoy a breakfast, lunch or dinner "boo-ffet," plus Halloween entertainment in Lilly Theater. Tickets include your meal with the museum's witches and a tour of Skeletown during the IPL Lights-On Hours. Many times and dates are available, but seats are limited, so make your reservations early!

Family Late-Night Adventure

Enjoy a frightening family dinner and a lights-out, behind-the-scenes tour of Skeletown. Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for non-members; families are encouraged to register early as there is limited seating.

Scout Late-Night Adventures

Scouts will enjoy an adventurous dinner and a lights-out, behind-the-scenes tour of Skeletown. They can also explore the museum and see a special planetarium show. The Official Skeletown scout patch will be awarded to all adventure-seekers during this event. All Junior Girl Scouts, Bears, and Webelos are welcome. One adult chaperone per eight scouts is required. Groups can register by phone at 317-334-4000.

Christina Morse is an intern with the Children's Museum of Indianapolis.

IPL's Light-On Hours

Tuesdays–Saturdays: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Tuesdays: 3:30–9 p.m.

Sundays (except 10/31): 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

Halloween Sunday, 10/31: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Frightening Hours

Wednesdays, Thursdays: 3:30–9 p.m.

Fridays: 3:30–9:30 p.m.

Saturdays: 3:30–9:30 p.m.

Feast with the Witches

Saturdays, Oct. 23 and 30, 9 a.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 26, 6 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 21, noon

Sundays, Oct. 24 and 31, noon

Family Late-Night Adventure

Friday, Oct. 22, 6:30–11 p.m.

Scout Late-Night Adventures

Saturday, Oct. 16, or Friday, Oct. 29: 6:30–11 p.m.

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