Jeepers creepers! There are plenty of tricks (and treats!) awaiting visitors at science centers and museums this Halloween season—from ghostly dry-ice bubbles that bounce in the night to ghastly pumpkins that ooze and explode. Here are just a few of the most spooktacular science events you can find at ASTC-member organizations between now and October 31.
Embrace your inner mad scientist and monster mash your way over to spooky science shows with hair-raising demonstrations; investigate all things creepy and crawly; and explore haunted labs with everything from boo-ology dissections to candy chemistry experiments. For a look at what’s happening across the globe, be sure to follow ASTC on social media @ScienceCenters as we trick-or-retweet and share all the frightful fun we can find.
Spooky Mad Scientist Spectacular
The Discovery Center of Springfield
Friday, October 26–Sunday, October 28, Springfield, Missouri
A weekend of chills and scientist thrills! Do the monster mash in the spooky dance party or explore the haunted lab. Don’t forget to visit the Day of the Dead cultural corner and experience the mad scientist dry-ice and luminescence demos.
Franklin Fright Weekend
The Franklin Institute
Saturday, October 27–Sunday, October 28, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Spooky science, scary live shows, and other frightfully fun yet family-friendly festivities take over The Franklin Institute during Franklin Fright. Experience Halloween-themed hands-on activities such as making your own slime, performing spooky eye and heart dissections, and bouncing smoke-filled ghost bubbles.
Science Center of Iowa
Saturday, October 27, Des Moines, Iowa
Hair-raising experiments, bubbling potions and visual illusions abound during Spooky Science at the Science Center of Iowa! Dust the cobwebs off of your costume and trick-or-treat your way throughout the building and experience themed science programming.
Kooky Spooky Chemistry
Saturday, October 27, Johnson City, Texas
Discover frightening foam pumpkins, pyrotechnic gourds, an oobleck cemetery, plus ghosts and their ectoplasm, too!
Spooky Science Monster Mash
Frost Museum of Science
Saturday, October 27, Miami, Florida
Discover a unique STEAM spin on Halloween with bone-chilling science experiments and creepy, cool encounters throughout the day. Activities include exploring the diversity of organisms that glow and learning about bioluminescence, participating in live science shows and demonstrations, watching underwater pumpkin carving in the aquarium, and more.
Preschool Discovery Hour – Halloween Science
Gateway to Science
Saturday, October 27, Bismarck, North Dakota
Fun and hands-on Halloween science activities for preschool-aged children that encourage informal science learning.
Science Museum of Minnesota
Saturday, October 27, St. Paul, MN
It’s not scary, it’s science! Creep on in for lots of spooky hands-on science activities and events.
Moonlight Madness: A Family Halloween Event
Morehead Planetarium and Science Center
Saturday, October 27, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
An evening of Halloween activities for kids of all ages, including games, shows in the GSK Fulldome Theater, Science LIVE! performances, a costume fashion show, a haunted house, and more.
Great Lakes Science Center
Saturday, October 27–Sunday, October 28, Cleveland, Ohio
Experience the Gross Out Science Spectacular and explore all the icky stuff that makes you say “Ewww!” and discover a Chemical Concoctions Show full of potions and brews. Find out what happens when a chemical reaction builds up pressure inside a pumpkin, and make a musical instrument that creates a ghostly sound when it whirls!
Dead or Alive 2018
New York Hall of Science
Sunday, October 28, Corona, New York
An afternoon of exploring the science of creepy: Make your own fake vial of blood, become a zombie while learning about biological simulations, and create a real habitat for a fake creature. Chuck, the museum’s catapult, will also hoist pumpkins into the air for a satisfying splattering of gourds.
Fort Worth Museum Science House
Wednesday, October 31, Fort Worth, Texas
Participate in spooky science fun with activities that include boo bubbles, exploding pumpkins, paper marbling, ghost messages, and density explorations.
Discover more Halloween science programs and events! Click here to find an ASTC-member science center or museum near you, and see what they have planned for you and your family.