Museum of Science and Industry

Spooky Science

October 12, 2013 - October 31, 2013

Event Essentials

  • Ages:
  • This event is suitable for all ages.
  • Date:
  • October 12-31, 2013
  • Location:
  • Main Level, Museum-Wide
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October 12 - 31
Times vary; see details at left.

It’s a Swamp Thing!

The Idea Factory is celebrating with spooky science straight from the wetlands. Kids can discover this unique ecosystem and the strange creatures who live there through a "Funky Filtration" experiment or a "Reptile Rumble" craft.
Daily at various times throughout the day (Idea Factory)


Frankenstein returns to Yesterday’s Main Street Cinema. See the original 1910 silent film version of this classic horror tale. You'll learn how sound is made, why sound is important, and how Foley artists combine science and creativity to create sound effects. You might even be chosen to create sound effects for a one-minute movie clip.
Daily at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. (Yesterday's Main Street)

The Haunted Coal Mine!

The Coal Mine will be transformed to a ghoulish haunted experience for guests who want to participate in a scary Halloween treat. (For guests who would prefer to have the traditional Coal Mine experience, normal tours without the scare will still be offered for part of the day.) Timed-entry tickets for both tours are available for purchase at Entry Hall ticketing counters or at the kiosk at the Coal Mine entrance. Recommended for guests age 10 and older.
Haunted tours: 12:50-3:30 p.m. on Saturdays/Sundays (Oct. 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27) and Monday-Thursday Oct. 28-31.
Also on these dates: regular tours from 9:45 a.m. to noon (Coal Mine)

Haunted Zephyr!

Odd hauntings and happenings are said to occur on the historic Zephyr train every October. Join our facilitators on a haunted tour to explore this spooky scene. This tour is included in Museum Entry, but requires a timed-entry ticket available at Entry Hall ticket counters.
Haunted tours 12:30-3:30 p.m. on Saturdays/Sundays (Oct. 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27) and Monday-Thursday Oct. 28-31.
Also on these dates: regular tours from 9:40-11:40 a.m. (Pioneer Zephyr)

Get Slimed! 

Find out how to become a spooky scientist and create your own ghoulish slime.
Daily at various times throughout the day (Rosenwald Court or Rotunda)

Pumpkin Pyrotechnics! 

Come discover new ways to light up your Halloween jack-o-lantern using chemistry. Sparks and flames and explosions, oh my!
Daily at noon (Rotunda)

Attack of the Trivia Wheel of Terror!

The Trivia Wheel of Terror is back and creepier than ever! Do you have the courage to stand face-to-face with the wheel and test your knowledge of all things gross and spooky? Spin the wheel, before it spins you!
Daily at various times throughout the week (Rotunda or Rosenwald Court)

Spooky Editions of Live Science, Laboratory Experiences and Science Theater Shows:

Dissect an Eye at MSI!

Dissect your own cow eye in this in-sight-ful experience! Special eyeball candy will be distributed to participants. (Age 10 or older; chaperoned groups must be 14 or older.)
Daily at 2 p.m. (Education Lab, Balcony Level 3)

Pumpkin Smashing!

Come help us answer the age-old question: do pumpkins bounce?
Daily at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. (Farrell Family Court)

Poop Happens

Hopefully you won’t have a weak stomach as you follow food from your mouth to your stomach and beyond. Learn how your Halloween candy will get digested!
Daily at 11 a.m. (Science Theater)

Museum Hours
  • Daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas
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Museum of Science+Industry
5700 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637
1 (773) 684-1414
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