Halloween Night at the Exploratorium

Thursday, October 31, 2013 • 6:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
Exploratorium, Pier 15
Free with the purchase of general admission ticket
Adults Only (18+)

Join us for a Wake for Dead Science, with music by the Barbary Ghosts and eulogies and performances by Exploratorium staff, where we’ll mourn scientific notions killed off by cold, hard evidence.

It will be an adult evening full of deathly delights, including creepy cocktails, such as the Bloody Mary and the Corpse Reviver. Cloak yourself in a costume and come see a knife slicing into a cow heart or decorate a skull made from molten sugar that you can take home.


The Wake for Dead Science
7:30–9:30 p.m.
Kanbar Forum
Join Exploratorium staff as they deliver eulogies for scientific ideas that once seemed nigh invincible, but fell victim to cold, hard evidence.

Sugar Skull-Making Demonstrations
6:30, 7:30, & 8:30 p.m.
Central Gallery
See local artist Irma Ortiz shape skulls from molten sugar, then decorate a confectionary calavera of your own.

Cow Eye Dissections
7:00 & 9:00 p.m.
East Gallery

Heart Dissections
8:00 p.m.
East Gallery

Pumpkin Dissections
6:30, 7:30, 8:30, & 9:30 p.m.
East Gallery


Decay Tank
Watch a rotting carcass getting devoured, becoming a devilish lunch for scavenging insects known as dermestid beetles.

Cemetery of Dead Science
Creep through a graveyard of debunked science. Do you think some of these ideas might be undead?

South Gallery
A version of the classic video game Tetris, embedded in a pumpkin but fully playable, with the stem serving as the controller.

Slime, Spooky Cups, and Glowing Skulls
With Explorables Volunteers
West Gallery
Make gloopy, colorful slime, a glowing skull from laundry detergent, or a cup that makes mysterious sounds. Take home what you make!

Garden of Carnivorous Plants
East Gallery
Admire the trappings of these predatory plants and catch a dissection to better understand their digestive systems

Cocktails from the Cauldron
Our bartenders will be conjuring bubbling potions to put fire in your belly. Revive yourself with a Corpse Reviver #2 or a Bloody Mary.