The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis: Haunted House Characters & Costumes

Project Details

Name

Haunted House Greeter Costumes

Date Completed

October 2013 & October 2014

Type

Location

Summary

Homemade costumes created for my role as a greeter at the annual Haunted House

Although I left my role as Visitor Services Manager at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis in 2012, I returned in October 2013 and 2014 to help out with the annual Haunted House. My role was to greet and entertain guests waiting in line to access the Haunted House. The theme of the Haunted House would change every year, and I designed a new character each time that would correspond to the theme.

50 Years of Fear Host

In 2013, the theme for the Haunted House was 50 Years of Fear, celebrating the fiftieth year of the annual event. My character was a decrepit host of the 50th Haunted House, complete with a top hat. But the costume had a surprising, secret twist that often caught unsuspecting guests off guard. A clever illusion was built into the costume that allowed me to appear to detach my head from my shoulders and bring it down in front of my stomach.

Click here to view a video clip of the costume illusion in action.

Creepy Carney

In 2014, the Haunted House was themed as a “Creepy Carnival,” and I created a Creepy Carney costume to interact with and entertain guests in line. While not as complex as the previous year, I built another illusion into this costume whereby I would carry around a dismembered arm and ask guests to touch the hand. In reality, through the hand was my real hand, and as guests would touch it, I would wiggle my fingers or sometimes grab their hand to startle them! Below are a few pictures of the distressed jacket and hat created for the character, as well as my dismembered hand terrorizing a fellow colleague.

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis: Queuing Plans

As the Visitor Services Manager at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, I was responsible for creating and updating queuing plans for various purposes throughout the museum. These plans were created to provide a safe, organized and efficient visit for museum guests. Below are a few of the plans that I created throughout my tenure.

Welcome Center Queuing Plan

Project Details

Name

Welcome Center Queuing Plan

Date Completed

April 2011

Type

Location

The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

Summary

A new extended queuing plan around a new exhibit artifact installed in the museum Welcome Center

In April 2011, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis unveiled a 17-foot tall, 2,000 pound movie prop of Bumblebee from the 2007 movie Transformers permanently installed in the middle of the museum’s Welcome Center. As the Visitor Services Manager at that time, one of my responsibilities was building and managing the box office queue line. During times like Spring and Fall Breaks when schools were out, the line could occasionally become quite long and we needed to have a plan of how the queue would be setup to keep the lines organized and orderly. The following plan was developed to provide a guide for how we could build our queue around this newly installed artifact.

Check It Out: Welcome Center Full Queue

2008 Haunted House Queue

Project Details

Name

Eerie Express Queuing Plan

Date Completed

October 2008

Type

Location

The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

Summary

A queuing plan to keep the annual haunted house line contained in the midst of a building expansion

In 2008, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis was undergoing an expansion to add a brand new Welcome Center onto the front of the building. In the midst of construction, we needed to operate our annual Haunted House during the month of October. In previous years, we would queue guests waiting to tour the Haunted House outside in what was now a construction zone. The following plan was devised to bring the line inside the building and provide for an organized line while maintaining open walkways for guests to get around other parts of the museum.

Check It Out: Eerie Express Queuing Plan

Haunted House Queuing Plan 2009 and Beyond

Project Details

Name

Haunted House Queuing Plan

Date Completed

October 2009

Type

Location

The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

Summary

A queuing plan to keep the annual haunted house line contained after the completion of the museum expansion

Once the new museum Welcome Center was completed and opened in 2009, we were able to put in place a more permanent queuing plan for the annual Haunted House. This plan allowed access to the exhibit hall inside the museum where the Haunted House was setup from a back hallway that was accessible from outside the paid space of the museum. This was essential, as the Haunted House is a separate ticket that does not require museum general admission. Below is the plan that was put in place and is still used to this day.

Check It Out: Haunted House Queuing Plan

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