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Oct. 21, 2010

Annual Creepy Campus Crawl returns to the UI Pentacrest

On the eve of Oct. 29, creepy rainforests, haunted coal mines, and Harry Potter characters will overrun the University of Iowa Pentacrest and transform the Old Capitol Museum, the Museum of Natural History, and Department of Geoscience into a slithering, wriggling, clambering Halloween extravaganza. The fifth annual Creepy Campus Crawl will take place at the three locations from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29. The event is free and open to the public.

“Dress in costume, and slither your way through ghoulish games, spine-chilling educational activities, and enter to win monstrous door prizes for children and adults from local businesses,” said Shalla Ashworth, director of operations for the Pentacrest Museums. “We will also give each visitor a map to guide them on their creepy crawl,” she said.

The Old Capitol Museum will be transformed into the fictional Hogwarts for “Harry Potter and Other Magical Mysteries.” Visitors can meet their favorite Harry Potter characters, watch five spooky pieces of theatre, have their face painted, create some crafts, and listen to haunted ghost stories. When visitors find all the golden snitches, they can enter to win spooky gift certificates and other prizes. Representatives from the Johnson County Historical Society and Iowa City Public Library -- as well as UI Museum Studies and English students and members of the Sigma Alpha Iota, International Music Fraternity for Women -- will contribute to the fun.

The Museum of Natural History’s halls will be morphed into oceans, rain forests and swamps for “Scooby Doo and the Mystery of the Giant Sloth.” Visitors will be guided through eight mystery stations where they will see ancient insects and amphibians, peer into a crystal ball, and explore the dark legends of the nocturnal world.

“Wondering what Rusty the Sloth’s surprise costume is this year? You’ll have to come see what Rusty decides to don for the spooktacular party,” said Sarah Horgen, Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Museum of Natural History.

The Department of Geoscience will host a creepy coal mine in Trowbridge Hall in partnership with the UI Paleontology Repository, Sigma Gamma Epsilon, Iowa Geological and Water Survey, and the U.S. Geological Survey. Visitors will be able to discover how fossil fuels were formed millions of years ago and discover the ghoulish ways that scientists are capturing energy from the sun, wind, and earth.

For more information on the Creepy Campus Crawl call 319-335-0606.

For more information on the Old Capitol Museum visit

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500
MEDIA CONTACTS: Sarah Horgen, Museum of Natural History,, 319-335-0606; Kathrine Moermond, Old Capitol Museum,, 319-335-0546; Steve Parrott, University Relations, 319-384-0037,; Writer: Brett Janecek