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Oct. 23, 2006

Halloween Fun In Store At Museums, Geoscience Department

Looking for some fun yet educational Halloween activities for your family? Then come to the Old Capitol Museum, Museum of Natural History and the Department of Geoscience for a "Creepy Campus Crawl" from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27.

Visitors can dress in costume for the "crawl" and traipse through three mysterious UI museums, each filled with eerie activities, ghoulish games, and spine-chilling surprises. Maps will be provided at each venue to lead visitors along the crawl. 

The Old Capitol Museum will be transformed into a Haunted House for the night, with ghosts of Iowa's past haunting the halls. Visitors will be able to make 19th century postcards with volunteers from the Johnson County Historical Society, and hear the spookiest ghost stories around.

At the Museum of Natural History, the program will be "Where the Wild Things Are," all about nocturnal nature. Activities will include owl pellet (regurgitated owl food) dissection, spooky tours of the galleries, and stories about creatures of the night. Visitors can also have their picture taken with Rusty the giant ground sloth-- the king of all wild things!

The Sigma Gamma Epsilon student group in the UI Department of Geoscience, part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is hosting "Spooky Cinemaarghhhh!" in Trowbridge Hall. Rooms will have themed activities related to movies with geological subjects, such as "Jurassic Park," "King Kong," "Armageddon," Volcano," and "Land that Time Forgot."

Admission is free at each venue. For more information, call 319-335-0606.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

PROGRAM CONTACT: Sarah Horgen, education and outreach coordinator, Museum of Natural History, 319-335-0606

MEDIA CONTACT: George McCrory, 319-384-0012,