How about some slithery, wiggly, cold blooded Halloween fun?

Celebrate Halloween with nature, science, and reptiles at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.  October is a spook-tacular month at museum with a plentiful Halloween program schedule catering to guests of all ages.

Young Frankenstein’s are invited to paint a pumpkin and get up close and personal with some of the ssssssslithery members of the Museum’s Living Collections for its popular dinner party, Supper with the Snakes.

Adults will have the fascinating opportunity to learn about a “greener” death at this month’s “Nature on Tap,” the Museum’s monthly adults-only event.

As the urban gateway to nature and science, the Nature Museum is proud to connect Chicagoans to creatures and inspire a green lifestyle while celebrating one of our favorite holidays.  During all programs, the Museum’s newest exhibition, Animal Secrets, will also be open for exploration and a ghoulishly good time.

Halloween highlights include:

Supper with the Snakes

October at the Nature Museum is not complete without this Halloween tradition! Guests are encouraged to show off their Halloween costumes while enjoying a sssssscrupmptious pizza dinner. Following dinner, the Museum’s biologists will introduce the evening’s guests of honor, their slithering counterparts. Attendees will have the chance to get up close and personal with more than eight species of native and exotic snakes and enjoy a variety of sssssseriously fun activities, including a relay, scavenger hunt, crafts and more. Plus, the Museum’s newest exhibit, Animal Secrets, will be open where kids can see more of the Museum’s slithering residents.

Saturday, October 26, 5:30 pm-7:30 pm

Cost: $15/member $20/non-member and $10/child ages 3 and up. Space is limited so sign up today!

Green Burial: The Quest for a Greener Death

In conjunction with the Museum’s popular “Nature on Tap” series, the Nature Museum is incorporating an interesting Halloween treat for participants. Stephen Christy, board member of Friends of the Forest Presences and former Green Burial Council Board member, will be leading a fascinating presentation about natural alternatives to modern burial practice. Guests will leave with a wealth of unique knowledge like how death can help restore natural areas.

Tuesday, October 29, 7-7:30 pm

Cost: Free with admission to Nature on Tap. Nature on Tap is free for members, $10/non-members.

 Spooky Science

The Nature Museum biologists are known for their expertise in all things urban nature, and Halloween is the perfect excuse to demonstrate the science behind why things slime, creep and disappear. During this drop-by activity, kids will get to conduct experiments to make things glow, slime, float or even disappear!

Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, October 17- November 10, 11 am to 1 pm

Cost: Free with admission. Thursdays are suggested donation days for Illinois residents.

Paint a Pumpkin

Show off creative, artistic skills and decorate your very own pumpkin for Halloween. The Nature Museum will supply the pumpkins and paint so children create a masterpiece. After, guests will have the opportunity to visit the Museum while the paint dries.

Saturday, October 19, 11 am to 1 pm

Cost: $5/pumpkin with Museum admission

Green Halloween

Start your Halloween off by making an eek-o-friendly mask out of cereal boxes and learn about some of our favorite Halloween critters: bats, rats, snakes and owls at this family program. Kids can choose to make a butterfly, bird, owl or fox mask to take home.

Thursday, October 31, 11 am to 1 pm

Cost: Free with Museum admission. Thursdays are suggested donation days for Illinois residents.

The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is located on 2430 N. Cannon Drive.

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