Hello and welcome! Do you have a reservation? Do you need a room for the night? Ring the bell, take your room key and prepare for shrieks and surprises as you check in to the Hotel of Spells.

The Children’s Museum Guild’s 56th Annual Haunted House returns to the museum from October 11-31, 2019. Your little ghouls will be spellbound as they explore all the hotel has to offer, including the Hexed Hallway, the BallDOOM, the Spook-easy, The Scarewell, and much more! Around every corner spellbinding wonders await–can you spot the pumpkin pet in each room?


Tickets are $9 per person, children under 2 are free. Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office. The haunted house is not included with museum admission.

Open Tuesday-Sunday, now through October 31, children and adults of all ages can find a time that suits their level of fear. For more timid guests, check out the not-so-scary hours with lights on. If you want a good scare, you’ll find it at the Frightening Hours. Visit their website at www.childrensmuseum.org for details

Win 2 Tickets for Your Visit

Complete an entry to be entered to win 2 tickets to the Hotel of Spells at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Entries close on Monday, October 21, 2019 at 5 pm (EST). One random entry will be selected and that person will be notified and given 12 hours to respond before another entry is selected. This giveaway is not associated with Facebook in any way. Filling out this form also signs you up to receive a weekly activities email from Indy with Kids. You may cancel at anytime. If you are already a member, your information will be updated with what you provide.

Are discounts available?

Discount tickets are available at all Old National Bank branches. Museum members receive 10% off of admission. If you participate in the Black Hat Dash, Track or Treat, a Friendly Feast with Witches, or Sports Spooktacular; you’ll receive one ticket for free admission to the Haunted House.

Should we wear a costume?
Costumes are encouraged but not required.
When are the Lights On and Frightening Hours?

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

  • Sundays: 11 am-5 pm
  • Mondays: 11 am-5 pm (closed October 28)
  • Tuesdays: 11 am-5 pm
  • Wednesdays: 11 am-3 pm (October 16 & 23:  3:30–8 pm)
  • Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays: 10 am-3 pm)

CENTURY 21 SCHEETZ’s Frightening Hours
Recommended for children who dare to be scared

  • Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays: 3:30-9 pm (except October 31)
  • Wednesday, October 31: 3:30-9 pm
What ages is this good for?

All ages can enjoy this experience. Children under 2 are free. My boys are 4 and 7 and both really enjoyed it. My 4 years old was a little more apprehensive about each new room, but was really able to explore during lights on hours. My 7 year old thinks he wants to try frighterning hous, but he was plenty spooked with the lights on.

My friend with pre-teens and tweens that have attended the Frightening Hours have mixed reviews. About half of them have said that their children were so scared and never want to go back during lights off hours and the other half said their children loved it and really appreciated it. You are the best judge for your child. I have one child that I doubt I will ever take except during Lights On hours.

Is the spinning tunnel back?

Yes, but there is also a n0n-spinning exit for the faint of heart.