It is that “Boo-tiful” time of year again at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis


Enter the Cursed Castle with caution—if you DARE! Head Witches Bis Feldmen and Mary Beth Reffett, of the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, are fondly called the “Head Witches.” They’ve headed the entire Cursed Castle Haunted House from concept to execution!

Bis and Mary Beth chat with Amber about this HUGE effort and how planning started almost immediately following the closing of the previous Haunted House. PLUS… they give us their best “witch cackle!”

Cursed Castle (October 8-30, 2016)
Hear ye, hear ye! Burnadette the Dragon is guarding The Children’s Museum Guild’s 53rd Annual Haunted House—Cursed Castle. Through the centuries, many knights and princesses have failed to delay the doom. Now it’s your turn be brave in the attempt! Storm the castle to conquer the curse – we double dragon dare you!

gPresented by Old National Bank and The Children’s Museum Guild, Cursed Castle is sure to shock and scare you silly. Climb in the catacombs, wind through the witch’s den, and drift by the dragon’s dungeon in a perilous adventure!

IPL offers Lights-On Hours for a less-scary opportunity for the little costumed cuties. But the Frightening Hours, for the brave of heart, keep the lights off! Tickets are $8 at the door and are available at The Children’s Museum Box Office or online at Tickets went on sale Sept. 12. Discount tickets can be purchased at Indianapolis Marsh locations.

Black Hat Bash (Friday, October 7, 2016)

Start planning a creepy, crazy, or comical costume now—this is an evening no one will want to miss! It’s the biggest and best family-friendly Halloween party in Indy! Enjoy an evening with music, local food, drinks (including a cash bar) along with a creatively crazy costume contest! Tour the Haunted House: Cursed Castle, and BOO-gie the night away!

The event price includes a ticket to the Haunted House, which can be used for early access the night of Black Hat Bash or any day through the run of the Haunted House. Advance tickets are $30 for adults and $20 for youths under 18. Museum members receive a $5 discount per ticket, and children under 2 are free. Tickets at

The lovely witches will bring props and small gifts to leave behind. Don’t let their “cackles” frighten you too much.:)i

Black Hat Dash (Saturday, October 29, 2016)

Put on your running armor, and practice fleeing from Burnadette the Dragon in the third annual Black Hat Dash—Indy’s frightfully fun run and weirdly wonderful walk! Both the 1 mile and 5K races will begin and end at The Children’s Museum with closed route roads and police supervision. Participants receive a t-shirt, but are encouraged to dress in Halloween attire for a chance to win the Black Hat Dash’s costume contest. Following the 1 mile/5K Family Fun Run and Walk, participants are invited to attend this year’s Haunted House, Cursed Castle.

The Black Hat Dash is presented by Riley Children’s Health. Register and see the course at

Feast with the Witches (selected dates)

hThis event leaves the fire-breathing dragon in the soot! Join the friendliest of witches this Halloween season for a feast! Enjoy a breakfast or lunch buffet accompanied by Halloween entertainment from Ruditoonz. After the Feast, attendees will enjoy a tour of the Cursed Castle during the IPL Lights-On hours (for children who scare easily). All children will walk away with a special goody bag and a smile.

Friendly Feast tickets are $20 per person and are available for six dates throughout October. More information can be found at

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