Houston Arboretum rolls out Science Spooktacular for families in October

Take heart, Houston families. Not all of our Bayou City Halloween celebrations are lost due to the pandemic.

The Houston Arboretum & Nature Center is rolling out a week-long event for children and families October 19-24 called “Science Spooktacular: A Week of Halloween Fun!” Science Spookacular is actually being held in lieu of the Arboretum’s popular ArBOOretum fall festival, which won’t happen in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Science Spooktacular promises a cool Halloween alternative for kids with activities ranging from spooky bedtime stories to creating slime in a fun science show in both virtual and socially distant on-site offerings.

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“While we are disappointed that we can’t welcome our usual crowds to the beloved ArBOOretum Fall Festival, we believe Science Spooktacular will be an excellent alternative, spreading out science education and the fun of Halloween over six days,” Houston Arboretum Executive Director Debbie Markey said. “We hope kids will enjoy all the creative activities we have planned, similar to our virtual summer camp, which was hugely successful.”

Here’s a lineup of the events for Houston families:

  • October 19, Songs & Stories: Virtually-lead spooky songs and bedtime stories
  • October 20, Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt: Do-it-yourself scavenger hunt in your own backyard or neighborhood
  • October 21, Crafts and Pumpkin Decorating: Learn more about Arboretum critters and decorate your pumpkin virtually with Arboretum naturalists
  • October 22, Halloween Trail & Photo Op at the Arboretum: Time to explore the Arboretum in a whole new way by imitating wildlife, search for critters, and finish the Halloween Trail for a special treat
  • October 23:, Science Show: Conduct spooky experiments while watching a fun, interactive science show
  • October 24, Animal Encounter & Activity Replay: If you missed other activities, the Arboretum features a cool replay and a grand finale of an animal encounter with special reptile friends

Families can access the full week of Science Spooktacular virtual programs, which is free for members and $10 per family for non-members. Advance registration is required and you can register here.

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