Visit the Haunted Hotel of Spells at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Ring the front desk bell for a spellbinding experience at the Hotel of Spells open October 11-31 at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis!

There are hours for those who are timid and those who are fierce – but beware of surprises and shrieks that will pierce. The witch and her staff will hand you a key – how long you stay will be up to thee. The concierge recommends IPL’s Lights-On Hours (for children who scare easily) and CENTURY 21 SCHEETZ Frightening Hours (with the lights off, for families who dare to be scared).

Many fine guests have walked through these halls, the faces of some still hang on the walls. Are they real? Are they masks? It’s hard to tell—you may bring one to life if you cast the right spell.

There’s a spell on the staircase that could leave you spinning, and creepy creatures in the hallway who make you wonder why they’re grinning.

Do NOT disturb signs hang on the doors – be careful what opens, it may be filled with haunted horrors. Make sure you check the closet and peak under the bed – lurking at both could be something to dread.

That’s not all! The inaugural Track and Treat will be held on opening weekend of the Haunted House. On Saturday, October 12 from 8:30 – 10:30am, families are invited to trick-or-treat throughout the Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience®. The event will also include relay races, sports challenges for prizes, food stations, and a ticket to the Haunted House. Tickets are $20 per person. Museum members save $2 on tickets and children under 2 are free.

Families can enjoy a breakfast (Saturday, October 19, 8:30am) or lunch (Saturday,  October 13, 20, or 27, 11:00am) “BOO-fet” with the friendliest of witches. This event includes fab“BOO”lous Halloween entertainment by Ruditoonz, a tour of Hotel of Spells during IPL’s Lights-On Hours (for children who scare easily), activities, and LOTS of happy, friendly witches. Tickets are $20 per person. Museum members save $2 on tickets and children 2 are free.

Tweens will enjoy Sports Spooktacular on Saturday, October 19 from 6:30 – 9:00pm. This sports-focused event will feature private time in the Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience®, dinner, dessert and soft drinks, sports challenges for prizes, and unlimited trips through the frightening hours of the Hotel of Spells Haunted House. DJ BK will spin the latest tracks. Kids can test their skills on the Ninja Zone course and participate in glow in the dark yoga by The Hot Room yoga studio. This event is suggested for kids 7-14 years old and requires one adult chaperone for every four children. Tickets are $25 per youth, $15 per adult. Museum members save $5 on youth tickets.

Tickets for The Children’s Museum Guild’s Hotel of Spells Haunted House are $9 at the door and are available at The Children’s Museum Box Office or online starting September 9 (those under two-years-old are free). Organized by The Children’s Museum Guild, the 56th Annual Haunted House is presented by Old National Bank. Discounted tickets can be purchased at Central Indiana Old National Bank locations between September 1 and October 31.

The Children’s Museum Guild’s 56th Annual Haunted House Hotel of Spells is presented by Old National Bank. The Black Hat Bash is presented by AAA Insurance. Track and Treat is presented by HACKD and Scannell Properties. Sports Spooktacular is presented by NinjaZone and Birge & Held. Friendly Feast with the Witches is presented by Bingham Greenbaum Doll LLP.

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Board of Directors would also like to thank our official partners—Riley Children’s at Indiana University Health, Old National Bank and Ice Miller LLP.

Brought to you by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

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