- This event is suitable for all ages.
- October 13-31, 2012
- Main Level, Museum-Wide
- Included with General Admission
October 13 - 31
Times vary; see details at left.
Never fear! The Museum offers a host of hair-raising activities, events and exhibits that will help you ring in the Halloween season in style.
Mummy Tomb of Pharaoh FunSci!
Younger guests can make paper pyramids and scarab beetles, while learning about the architecture of pyramids and how beetles adapt to the conditions of a desert environment.
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)
Resurrected! 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 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 12 and older.
Daily haunted tours from 12:45-3:30 p.m. (regular tours from 9:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.) (Coal Mine)
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.
Daily haunted tours from 12:30-3:30 p.m. (regular tours from 9:40-11:40 a.m.) (Pioneer Zephyr)
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)
Vampires lurk in your home year-round. Take the Smart Home tour (additional ticket required) and find out how to identify and defeat them.
Daily: Smart Home tours run 10:30 a.m. – 1:40 p.m. (Smart Home)
Learn how to use Morse Code to decipher all sorts of frightening and fiendish Halloween messages outside the U-505 exhibit entrance.
Daily at various times throughout the day (Orange Stairs, Lower Level 1)
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)
Return of the Trivia Wheel of Terror
So you think you know the facts behind creepy creatures and scary science. The Trivia Wheel of Terror is back to test your knowledge of all things gross and spooky. Answer, if you dare.
Daily at 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. (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 (Education Lab, Balcony Level 3)
Come help us answer the age-old question: do pumpkins bounce?
Daily at 11:30 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. (Farrell Family Court)
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)
- Happening Now
A stunning look inside the animal kingdom from the creators of BODY WORLDS.
A visually stunning exploration of our planet's perilous ring of orbiting debris.
- Coming Soon
Join us for hands-on projects, student discussions, live science experiences and more!
Revisit the memorable architectural and visual design of Chicago's 1933 World's Fair.
Plan Your Visit
- First Timers
- Is it your first time to visit the Museum, or just been a while?
- Return Visits
- See what’s new and exciting at the Museum!
- We offer a wide-range of fun, exclusive Members-only events.
- Field Trips
- Find suggested activities by age group and subject matter.