Beware of Wicked Woods

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.”

Haunted House tickets are $8 (all ages) at the Children’s Museum Box Office or online at

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 Bash (Saturday, October 7, 2017, 6:30-9:30 p.m.)

Kick off the Halloween holiday season at the biggest and best family-friendly party around —The Black Hat Bash. The entire museum is open to celebrate the start of this year’s Haunted House: Wicked Woods with “campy” fun for the whole family. Don’t forget your costumes!

  • Enjoy faBOOlous food from local restaurants and spellbinding spirits (cash bar)
  • Dance to spooky music from a devilish DJ
  • Play dreadful arcade and midway games
  • Participate in a HUGE costume contest
  • Go through the Wicked Woods…if you dare! (IPL’s Lights-On and AAA’s Frightening Hours)

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

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

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is a nonprofit institution committed to creating extraordinary learning experiences across the arts, sciences, and humanities that have the power to transform the lives of children and families. For more information about The Children’s Museum, visit, follow us on Twitter @TCMIndy, Instagram@childrensmuseum,, and Facebook.

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