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Oct. 19, 2009

UI Pentacrest Museums, Geoscience Department offer frightening fun

Spooky stories, terrifying tours and frightening fossils await visitors at the fourth annual "Creepy Campus Crawl" 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30 at the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History, Old Capitol Museum and the Department of Geoscience in Trowbridge Hall.

The events are free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to wear costumes. Activities, crafts and treats will be offered at the three locations:

* "Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Pentacrest," Museum of Natural History. Visitors can crawl through a mysterious prehistoric maze, battle hordes of invasive species and brave the Spooky Tour through Bird Hall. Visitors will see natural history come to life as they write their names in hieroglyphics, make cave paintings and learn some of the museum's best-kept secrets with assistance from museum staff, volunteers and museum studies students. As always, Rusty the Giant Sloth will be dressed for the occasion.

* "Creepy Classics at the Capitol" at the Old Capitol Museum will feature scenes of classic novels and movies, including "Frankenstein" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," presented by museum studies and general education literature students. Visitors will also have the opportunity to make crafts with staff of the UI Museum of Art. Staff from the Iowa City Library and the Johnson County Historical Society will also get into the act, introducing visitors to the infamous Black Angel and other Johnson County ghost stories.

* "Night of the Living Fossils" in Trowbridge Hall (located off of the T. Anne Cleary Walkway), will be hosted by the Department of Geoscience, Sigma Gamma Epsilon and the Department of Natural Resources. Visitors will be able to excavate their own fossil, find out how rocks and soil make the candy you eat, and see and touch "living fossils."

For more information or special accommodations, call the Museum of Natural History at 319-335-0606.

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Sarah Horgen, Museum of Natural History, 319-335-0606; Steve Parrott, University Relations, 319-384-0037,; Writer: Holly Berg