Museum’s Free Event Offers Halloween Contest, Games & Science Fun

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Halloween and education don’t usually go hand in glove, but the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, in downtown Raleigh, will host a free fun opportunity this Sunday for children to sport spooky costumes, play and learn about natural science.

The special event, Natural History Halloween, will run from noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 30 on the 1st and 3rd floors of the museum, offering several science exhibits with a Halloween twist, as well crafts, games and a costume contest.

Exhibits will include “Bone Detectives,” hosted by the North Carolina State University’s Anthropology Department; “Arthropods of Harry Potter” by the museum’s Arthropod Zoo; and “Spooky Mammals” featuring rats, mice and short-tailed opossum, “Slithering Snakes” and “Nocturnal Animals.” The annual costume contest will consist of five categories, Creepy and Crawly, One of a Kind, Fantastically Fictional, I Belong in a Museum and Creatures of the Night. Contestants must enter by 3 p.m., and prizes will be awarded at 4 p.m. You can also make a spooky craft to take home and win prizes by playing Halloween-themed games like the “Bat-toss.”

For more information about Natural History Halloween, call Lynn Cross, Coordinator of Youth Programs at 919-733-7450 ext. 520.?

For more free Halloween stuff, from giveaways to events, visit our Fall Fun Guide.

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