Press Release

Stephanie Stone (415) 379-5121
sstone@calacademy.org
Helen Taylor (415) 379-5128
htaylor@calacademy.org

Celebrate Halloween at the California Academy of Sciences
Series of events from October 27-30, 2011 offers creepy-crawly fun for all ages

SAN FRANCISCO (August 22, 2011) – This Halloween, creep, crawl, slither and slink through a series of spooktacular activities at the California Academy of Sciences. There's no better place to celebrate nature's creepy crawlies than among 38,000 live animals and 26 million pinned and pickled specimens. Don your costume and commune with nocturnal critters, encounter Steinhart Aquarium’s tarantulas, snakes, eels, and otherworldly fish of the deep sea, and discover the benefits of keeping flesh eating beetles. From trick-or-treating in the museum to zombie neurobiology at NightLife, the Academy’s Halloween celebrations include something fun for everyone.
 
Zombie NightLife (ages 21+)
Thursday, October 27, 6-10 pm

A Bay Area Science Festival event
Just days before Halloween, NightLife will be overrun with zombies!  Take a crash course in zombie neuroscience with Zombie Research Society founder Brad Voytek, and learn how zombie-like symptoms would manifest themselves in real life.  You won’t want to miss horror maven and hostess Peaches Christ and her Zombie Drag Show and Costume Contest (un-dead attire encouraged!).  And dance the night away at Miss Misery's "Zombie Prom."  Undead makeup artists will be on hand for those who want to channel their inner zombie.  Plus, check out real brain specimens, hear from horror author Mira Grant, sample the latest in zombie video games, even go on a zombie apocalypse adventure through the museum.  In the planetarium, catch the Life and Death of Stars at 6:30 and discover how some stars live on as “zombies” in the after-life, followed by two showings of Life: A Cosmic Story. Music by DJ Tomas Diablo. Zombie NigthLife is a Bay Area Science Festival event.  It's going to be a night to dismember!  Admission is $12 per person. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org/nightlife.
 
Halloween Weekend (all ages welcome)
Saturday, October 29 – Sunday, October 30

Kick off your celebration of Halloween with a weekend full of special programs and demonstrations highlighting the incredible (and sometimes spooky) diversity of creatures and phenomena that populate our natural world. Learn how dermestid beetles are used by museums like the Academy to clean bones. Discover how leeches, tape worms, and other parasites feed off of other life forms to survive. Take a closer look at human and animal skulls, live tarantulas, hissing cockroaches, snakes and other crawling, slithering critters. All weekend long, observe owl vomit dissections, separate bat fact from fiction (including what they really eat), and explore natural materials that glow in the dark. Plus, meet the Academy's Turkey Vulture and other birds of prey during a special Halloween edition of Live Birds of Prey, and make spider themed crafts during Family Nature Crafts and Science Story Adventures (Sunday, ages 4-8). All programs included with general admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.
 
SuperNatural Halloween Party (all ages welcome)
Saturday, October 29, 6:30-9:30 pm

Trick-or-treat your way through the Academy at night, among spooktacular animals, creepy specimens, and more. This fun-filled evening for all ages includes a costume contest, a giant pumpkin carving demonstration, special dive program, and family-friendly activities. Proceeds from the special event help to support the Academy's educational outreach activities. For tickets and details, please call (415) 379-5411, or visit www.calacademy.org/halloween in October.  Individual tickets are $50 for adults, $35 for children under age 17; Family VIP packages and member tickets also available. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.