Arrr you going to Pirate’s Revenge Haunted House?

I’d never taken my kids to a haunted house before.

First Born used to get scared reading pages of books that had dark coloring on them, and used to think Curious George was a scary TV show, obviously haunted houses were not on her “to-do” list.

This year, however things were different. She and her brother had been bothering me about going to the Haunted House at the Children’s Museum. I knew the Museum offered lights on hours for kids that scare easily, so we decided to give it a shot.

When we arrived, the Blonde Bomber was already giving me grief, “I’m going to be scared TO DEATH!” she kept saying over and over. I reassured her the lights were on and she would have nothing to worry about.

Pirate's Revenge Haunted House
This is what I get when I ask my three kids to look at the camera. **note, these days First Born doesn’t leave the house without bright red lipstick.


As we entered the Haunted House, my kids were given a map and a bag to collect goodies as we made our way through the pirate themed haunted house. I noticed a few extra scary items covered up during “lights on” hours.

Pirate's Revenge Haunted House
There was also some fun pirate trivia throughout the haunted house.


No Rules Island was a big hit with my kids! They loved getting candy while there, but weren’t nearly as excited about the toothbrushes they received.

Pirate's Revenge Haunted House
Pirate’s Revenge Haunted House



Pirate's Revenge Haunted House
Slaying an already dead, imprisoned pirate.


The kids did a great job and the lights on haunted house wasn’t too scary at all, until the spinning plank at the end. At this point, the Blonde Bomber freaked out a little bit. In fact, I still have a marks on my neck from her digging her fingernails into it as we walked the plank.

Pirate's Revenge Haunted House
The spinning plank was definitely the most intense part of the lights on haunted house.


After our adventure through the haunted house, we stuffed all our goodies- pirate hat, eye patch, candy, a book, coupons for pizza and burgers, and more, into our goodie bags and headed to the souvenir stand.

Pirate's Revenge Haunted House
BB’s sad face is directed at me for making her go through the scary part at the end of the haunted house.


Going during lights on time at the haunted house was perfect for my kids (ages 4,6, and 9). Like I said, the end was a tiny bit scary, but overall it is a great experience, and definitely worth the trip to the Children’s Museum.



MORE INFO: Visit for full details or call {317} 334-4000. Tickets range from $8-$12 {children 2 and under FREE}. General museum admission not included. Runs through 10/31.

Brian "Pete"
Brian "Pete"
Indianapolis Stay-at-Home Dad to three kids, ages nine, six and four. Blogger and monthly print columnist for Indy’s Child, Cincinnati Parent and Dayton Parent magazines. Fifth grade class spelling bee runner-up. Gold Award Winner at the Parenting Media Association Editorial and Design Awards for Best Blog/Blogger.

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