Beware of Wicked Woods at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis!

Wicked Woods — a hiker’s worst nightmare, or, maybe just a jarring jaunt through a forest filled with creepy campfires, cabins, creatures and caves? Put on your hiking boots from October 7th through October 31st, 2017 (closed Mondays) to see if you have what it takes to traverse the haunted trails and find your way out of the Wicked Woods.

The Children’s Museum Guild’s 54th annual Haunted House presented by Old National Bank is the longest, continually running haunted house in the United States. It offers fifteen “wicked” rooms to explore during two unique experiences.  IPL’s Lights-On Hours are for those who scare easily and AAA’s Frightening Hours are for those who are daring enough to get lost in the dark woods.


“For more than a half-century, the passionate, creative and dedicated women of The Children’s Museum Guild have been central to the museum’s mission of transforming the lives of families and children by donating all Haunted House proceeds to the museum,” said Dr. Jeffrey Patchen, president & CEO, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. “The generous donation from the Guild supports a wide variety of educational programs and free admission days each year, which help make the museum accessible to everyone.”


Know Before You Go

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis has been conjuring up frights for the past 54 years – and they do it well! That is why they also offer IPL’s Lights-On Hours, for the younger crowd and those who may scare a little more easily. The friendly hours have lights on, happy up-beat music, a friendly-faced greeter in each room handing out a prize, and a seek and find activity in each room. Looking something a little spookier? Then the Frightening Hours are perfect for you.

IPL’s Lights-On Hours
Recommended for children who scare easily

  • CLOSED Mondays
  • Tuesdays: 11 a.m.–5 p.m. (except Halloween**)
  • Wednesdays: 10 a.m.–9 p.m.
  • Thurs., Fri., Sat.: 10 a.m.–3 p.m. (except Opening Day*)
  • Sundays: 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • *Sat., Oct. 7, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • **Tues., Oct. 31, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

AAA’s Frightening Hours
Recommended for children who dare to be scared

  • Thurs., Fri., Sat.: 3:30–9 p.m. (except Opening Day*)

Ticket Information

  • Tickets are on sale! Click here to purchase tickets online.
  • Members receive a 10% discount.
  • Discount tickets are available at Indianapolis-area Old National Bank branches.
  • Haunted House tickets are separate from museum admission. Museum admission not required.
  • Children under the age of 2 are free.
  • Children age 13 and under must be accompanied through the Haunted House by a paying adult.


In addition to traipsing through the Wicked Woods, there are additional events throughout October that little campers and their families will not want to miss.


Black Hat Dash (Saturday, October 28, 2017, 10:00 a.m.)

Trade your Wicked Woods hiking boots for running shoes and take the family on a 1 mile/5K sanctioned, timed and frightfully fun run or weirdly wonderful walk for the whole family!

Enjoy music, entertainment, giveaways, treats, a costume contest, and much more at the Black Hat Dash! Pricing includes a T-shirt and a ticket to The Children’s Museum Guild’s 54th annual Haunted House, Wicked Woods. Ages 4 and under are free, but must be registered.

Friendly Feast with the Witches (October 14 and 21)

Who wouldn’t enjoy a breakfast or lunch “BOO-fet” with the friendly Haunted House witches? These events include a delicious meal, family-friendly crafts and activities, entertainment by Ruditoonz, a special goody bag, and a tour of the Wicked Woods during IPL’s Lights-On Hours. For more information visit

Wicked Woods is presented by Old National Bank.

Black Hat Dash is presented by Riley Children’s at Indiana University Health and Tobias Family Foundation.

Friendly Feast with the Witches is sponsored by Bingham Greenebaum Doll.

About The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

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