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Halloween at the Exploratorium: Den of Ghoulish Delights

Halloween at the Exploratorium: Den of Ghoulish Delights


Famed museum celebrates Halloween for families on Sunday, October 27, 2013 and hosts adults-only celebration Thursday, October 31, 2013, 6-10pm

Take Halloween beyond candy and costumes into the realm of the curious and the captivating. To celebrate this favorite San Francisco holiday, the Exploratorium is creating two events that honor and demystify Halloween-related creatures and cultural traditions. From spiders and snakes to sugar skulls and mad science experiments, it’s a fun way for both children and adults to enjoy the fun, and occasionally dark, aspects of this venerable holiday.

Bring your family for an afternoon of frightful, family-friendly fun and a bit of scary science on Sunday, October 27 from noon to 4pm. Sneak through a cemetery of dead science ideas, learn how blood-sucking leeches are used in medicine, or have a close encounter with reptiles that slither and creep. Plus, watch old cartoons accompanied by live accordion music, play a video game made from a jack-o-lantern, and decorate your own sugar skull to take home. 

On Halloween night, Thursday, October 31, adults ages 18 and up can experience an evening of deathly delights, including creepy cocktails, such as the Bloody Mary and the Corpse Reviver, and a festive funeral where we’ll mourn scientific notions killed off by cold, hard evidence. Cloak yourself in a costume and come see a knife slicing into a cow heart; handle snakes, lizards, and other crawling, slithering reptiles; or decorate a skull made from molten sugar that you can take home.

The Exploratorium’s Halloween celebrations are from noon-4pm, on Sunday, October 27, 2013 for all ages, and from 6-10pm on Thursday, October 31, 2013 for ages 18 and up. Both events are included with regular museum admission.

About the Exploratorium

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The Exploratorium is a portal to the astonishing scientific phenomena that animate our world and shape our actions. We create extraordinary learning experiences that ignite curiosity, upend perceptions, and inspire brave leaps forward. Since 1969, the Exploratorium’s museum in San Francisco has been home to a renowned collection of exhibits that draw together science, art, and human perception, and that have changed the way science is taught. Our award-winning programs provide a forum for the public to engage with artists, scientists, policymakers, educators, and tinkerers to explore the world around them. We celebrate diversity of thought, inspired investigation, and collaboration across all boundaries.

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