Halloween Month at the Academy

Happy October! This month, the Academy has all kinds of festive activities for families and folks who enjoy getting into the Halloween spirit. In addition to weekend trick-or-treats and spooky activities, there will be story times, live animal enrichment and more! Dress up like your favorite character or science hero, and attend a story time or participate in a costume parade on Halloween. Read below for the rundown on our upcoming activities. Then hurry in–October will end before you can say, “BOO”!

kids in costume with educator and hedgehog

Trick or Treat

Visit the Academy every weekend in October and on Halloween and trick or treat as you visit our exhibits. Each exhibit (Outside In, Butterflies!, Xtreme Bugs and The Big Dig) will have a small treat for you to take home and cool Halloween-themed specimens for you to check out. All ages are welcome, and we invite you to wear a costume for $2 off admission.

October Investigation Station: Spooky Science 

Make a ghost dance with electricity and test some super spooky decorations before your Halloween soiree! Join us in front of the Moose diorama on Fridays and Saturdays from 11-3 for Investigation Station, a drop-in activity where you can ask open-ended questions, design experiments, manipulate variables and use scientific tools.

The Academy is home to scientists researching topics such as biodiversity, climate change and evolution. The Investigation Station provides an opportunity for visitors to practice and experiment with the tools and processes of our research. 

Halloween Week at the Academy

From October 24–31, the animal enclosures in Outside In will get a festive fall makeover! Our animals will revel in enrichment, so put on your costume and carve out some good times with them at the Academy! Enjoy a daily coloring page plus a Halloween-themed scavenger hunt each day in Outside In.

Kids in Bug Costumes in the Academy's Xtreme Bugs exhibit
Photo by Laura Swartz

Halloween Animal Enrichment

From Thursday, October 25 through Tuesday, October 30, join us for some festive fall fun at 3 p.m. in Outside In! Our animals will be enjoying special Halloween-themed enrichment activities. You might see a snake slither around a pumpkin, a rat nibble a jack-o-lantern or a tarantula scramble over a set of vampire fangs. You might watch a bunny go trick-or-treating or a tortoise enjoying lunch with a jack-o-lantern!

Costumes and Story Time

On Monday, October 29 in the auditorium, join us for a Not-So-Spooky story time with Marty the Moose at 11 a.m. Marty will be in costume, and we encourage you to be, too!

Story time in costume

Halloween Day at the Academy

On October 31, you can trick or treat throughout the day! Each exhibit (Outside In, Butterflies!, Xtreme Bugs and The Big Dig) will have a small treat for you to take home and cool Halloween-themed specimens for you to check out.

Enjoy a not-so-spooky story time and meet a live animal at 11 a.m. in the auditorium, then join in a costume parade in Dinosaur Hall directly afterward. Outside In will feature Halloween-themed enrichment for our live animals and an additional story time at 2:30 p.m. All ages are welcome! Wear a costume for $2 off admission.

Story Time #1 and Costume Parade

On Halloween Day, enjoy a not-so-spooky story time with Marty the Moose and meet a live animal at 11 a.m. in the auditorium. Marty will be in costume, and we encourage you to be, too! Then join us in Dinosaur Hall for a costume parade directly afterward.

Kid in Dino costume in front of museum
Photo by Laura Swartz

Costumes and Story Time #2

On Halloween Day at 2:30 p.m. in Outside In, join us for a not-so-spooky Story Time with Marty the Moose. Marty will be in costume, and we encourage you to be, too!

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