Celebrate 20 Years Of Spooky Science At Haunted Aquarium

Meet the creeps of the deep and get hands-on with Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego science during the 20th-annual Haunted Aquarium: Sea Monster Mash. Families are invited to dive into the spooky and slimy side of ocean science and enjoy a Halloween-themed evening of music, crafts, and close encounters with underwater creatures.

Three nights of spooky science

To celebrate 20 years of spooky science, Haunted Aquarium has expanded to three nights. Guests will experience eerie and unusual organisms, see a super-sized squid dissection, and create their own seaweed slime to take home. Meet Scripps Oceanography scientists studying ocean creatures big and small and get an insider’s look into what it takes to study the mysterious, and often spooky-looking, creatures of the deep.

“Haunted Aquarium is a ghoulish delight for the whole family and we are proud to be celebrating 20 years of this community event” said Daniel Beckwith, Manager of Public Engagement at Birch Aquarium. “We hope everyone who joins us will have a new understanding of the sometimes frightening, and often misunderstood, creeps of the deep.”

Celebrate 20 Years Of Spooky Science At Haunted Aquarium

A fun and educational Halloween celebration

Haunted Aquarium is a fun and educational Halloween celebration. Costumes are encouraged, especially if they have an ocean science theme. Billy Lee and the Swamp Critters return for music and dancing, and Splash! Café by The French Gourmet will be open for ghoulish treats. For the first time, spooky seasonal decor will be up the entire month of October.

Celebrate 20 Years Of Spooky Science At Haunted Aquarium

Reduce, Reuse, Repumpkin

Also new this year, guests will be invited to decorate their own recycled plastic into ghoulish decor as part of the “Reduce, Reuse, Repumpkin” community event ahead of Haunted Aquarium. Guests are invited to use aquarium-provided art materials to create spooktacular pumpkins out of recycled plastic containers that will be on display for Haunted Aquarium.

Guests can also bring their own pre-decorated recycled plastic pumpkins to share with the public. The plastic pumpkins should be made of any clean, reused plastic container. Please visit the website for more details and use the hashtag #repumpkin to share your creative pumpkins with us.

Celebrate 20 Years Of Spooky Science At Haunted Aquarium

Haunted Aquarium often sells out, so purchasing early is encouraged.

See you there!

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