INDIANAPOLIS — When grownups are impressed going through a haunted house with the lights on, you’ve really got something.
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis celebrates the 50th anniversary of its Museum Guild-sponsored Haunted House with the theme “Time Warp: 50 Years of Fear.” After entering the elaborate indoor maze (located in back rooms of the museum at 3000 N. Meridian) a “time tunnel” whisks visitors back to the 1964 “Upside Down Room” – a feature of the Museum’s first haunted house.
From there, visitors wander their way through time, in rooms themed with the 1970s, ‘80s, ‘90s and beyond, until an even more dizzying time-tunnel brings them back to 2013.
This makes the tour interesting, but what really makes it fun is that visitors are all given 3-D glasses to wear throughout their time in the maze. Many of the features throughout are painted in colors that are enhanced by the glasses, making everything “pop” towards the viewer, from props that may or may not be inhabited by museum staff to the decorations on the walls. For instance, the flat floor of the 1968 moonscape has the painted illusion of deep craters and rising lava flows.
And the 3-D effects also work fine with the lights on, during “friendly hours” tours for small and easily-frightened children.