Indianapolis Fall Fun: Vampire Vacation Haunted House

Pack your bags, if you dare, for a frightfully good time at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. This year the Children’s Museum Guild invites you on a Vampire Vacation—travel across the country to visit such popular attractions as the Goulish Gate Bridge, San Fangsisco and New Goreleans.

Be sure to visit Horrorwood, and take the walk of fame. You can point out your child’s favorites, like Justin Bleeder, Lightening McScream and Terror Swift. (Not to mention everyone’s favorite vampire boyfriend, Edward Cullen!)

The planning that goes into this Haunted House each year is simply amazing. Did you know they’re already working on next year’s event? The theme has been chosen and will be announced in early 2012.

That amount of preparation is obvious in this year’s theme—the attention to detail blows my mind. Observant visitors will love how far they take the Vampire Vacation theme. (Check out the kid-friendly Spiderman luggage in the spider-filled room, as you begin your journey.)

If your children are young or easily frightened, plan your visit during Friendly Hours, when you can explore the spooky destinations with the lights on. Friendly Hour visitors will find thematic trivia as well as a hidden Vic or Vil in each room of the Haunted House.

The “scarers” act as trick-or-treat stops along the route, instead of frightening the little ones. For a little extra fun, join the head witches for a Friendly Feast, which includes a meal, Halloween entertainment in Lilly Theater and a trip through the Haunted House.

If you take your Scouts, be sure they wear their uniform to earn a free Vampire Vacation patch. Plus, see if they can spot the Scout influences in the spooky campsite. (Hello, yummy S’mores!) There is even a special night just for them!

In addition to evening Frightening Hours, the Children’s Museum offers late night adventures for both Scouts and families that includes dinner, a behind-the-scenes Haunted House tour and a special planetarium show.

It sounds like fangtastic fun!

Awesome Advice: Take note of special exits in each room of the Haunted House—those who are too frightened to continue will be escorted to safety.

Admission: Pick up bloody cheap tickets in advance at Marsh. Presale tickets at Marsh $5.50; Member tickets $6; Door Tickets $6.50

Light’s On Hours: Tues–Sat: 10am–3pm; Tues: 3:30–9pm; Sun: 11am–5pm;
Halloween: 10am–3pm (The rest of the museum is closed on Mondays.)
Light’s Out Hours: Wed, Thurs: 3:30–9pm; Fri, Sat: 3:30–9:30pm

I attended a media tour of Vampire Vacation, at the invitation of the Children’s Museum Guild. However, I was neither compensated nor obligated to write this post. All opinions are, as always, 100% mine.

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