Oct 17

STEM Across NC: Halloween Events

It’s Halloween — time for Frankenstein, Ghostbusters, Witch’s Brew, and all things slimy. That means it’s also time for…science!

This month, indulge your inner mad scientist and take advantage of the many opportunities throughout North Carolina to celebrate the creepiest and grossest night of the year. From ghosts to sea monsters to zombies, now is your chance to see where science fits in with the things that might scare you most.

Below is a list of some events featuring supernatural science this year for both kids and adults. Attend and participate — if you dare!

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Event: Final Fridays: Ghostbusters

Come to watch Ghostbusters (1984), and learn about the Sons of Zuul (animals that glow in the dark or have eyes bigger than melons), attend Ghost Camp (use science to solve ghost stories), and visit the Slimer Spot (make your own ectoplasm).

When: Oct. 27
Time: 5:30pm to 9pm
Where: WRAL 3D Theater
11 W. Jones St. | Raleigh, NC 27601

Cost: $2 members/$5 non-members

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Event: Science Cinema Halloween Spooktacular

Enjoy the horror classic Frankenstein (1931) and creepy crafts. Be a mad scientist, too! Get gooey with slime science, concoct a potion, or experience the shock of static electricity.

When: Oct. 28
Time: 10am to 3:10pm
Where: 415 S. Madison St. | Whiteville, N.C., 28472

Cost: Free

Marbles Kids Museum

Event: Kooky Spooky Halloween Party

Attend Ghoul School, be a mad scientist, and be a “graveyard smash” at the Monster Mash Dance Party. Make Boo Bubble (dry ice) and get icky with polymer goo worms and slime.

When: Oct. 28
Time: 6pm to 8:30 pm
Where: 201 E. Harvest St. | Raleigh, NC 27601

Cost: Advance Tickets: $12 members/$15 non-members
Week-of Tickets: $15 members/$18 non-members

North Carolina Botanical Garden

Event: Pumpkins at The Botanical Garden

Nothing says Halloween more than being in the woods — and Botanical Gardens are pretty close. Wander through the trees and plants, encounter live animals, and brew up natural potions. Don’t want to hand out candy to your Trick-or-Treaters? Design a candy catapult that might toss candy into their buckets for you.

When: Oct. 27
Where: 100 Old Mason Farm Rd. | Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Time: 5:30pm to 8pm

Cost: $5; Under 3, free

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Discovery Place Science

Event: Science on the Rocks: Fright at the Museum

Halloween isn’t only for kids. As an adult, come enjoy the science behind the scares. Try your hand at spooky science experiments. Ever wonder what makes zombie tick? Come dissect one. And, experience in-your-face frights with haunted virtual reality.

When: Oct. 20
Where: 301 N. Tryon St. | Charlotte, NC 28202
Time: 5pm to 9pm

Cost: $10 in advance/$12 at the door; Parking fee not included

Online ticket sales end Oct. 20, 3pm

Adults, age 21+

Asheville Museum of Science (AMOS) 

Event: Pumpkin Monster Mash

Take your jack-o-lantern to the next level in the AMOS STEM Lab. Put your technical and engineering skills to the test and design a monster pumpkin. Build your own Frankenstein’s Monster with nuts, bolts, washers, and other supplies.

When: Oct. 21
Time: 1:30pm to 4:30pm
Where: 43 Patton Ave. | Asheville, NC 28801

Cost: Included with museum admission; suggested $3 donation


By Whitney Palmer

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