FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - October 8, 2010
Education, Travel, Calendar Editors
Contact: Emelia.Cowans@naturalsciences.org 
919.733.7450, ext. 305
Make crafts, enter a costume contest or check out “Animal Grossology” at Natural History Halloween at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences
RALEIGH — The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will host its Natural History Halloween  event on Saturday, October 30 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Visitors can face their fears at educational stations featuring live animals like snakes, spiders, alligators and other critters from the Museum's Living Collections. Kids can also participate in the Museum's annual costume contest with categories that include "Creepy and Crawly," "One of a Kind," "Fantastically Fictional," "I Belong in a Museum," and "Creatures of the Night." Contestants must enter by 3 p.m., prizes will be awarded at 4 p.m. There will also be several opportunities to win prizes by playing Halloween-themed games or make a spooky craft to take home.
Learning about slime-making, blood-sucking, vomit munching creatures will surely get you in the Halloween spirit! The Museum’s newest special exhibit “Animal Grossology ” explores some of the disgusting and icky activities animals use to feed themselves, digest their food, or even just move around. There is a fee to enter this exhibit and the last ticket is sold at 4 p.m.
Natural History Halloween is an annual fundraiser for the Museum’s teenage volunteer group, the Junior Curators. Sales of pizza, cold beverages and Halloween-themed home-baked goodies help raise money to support field trips to various parks and natural areas within our state led by Museum researchers and staff. Come out and support this highly motivated group of teens!
For more information about Natural History Halloween or the Museum’s Junior Curator program, call Lynn Cross, Coordinator of Youth Programs at 919.733.7450 ext. 520.
The NC Museum of Natural Sciences documents and interprets the natural history of the state through exhibits, research, collections, publications and educational programming. Hours: Mon.–Sat., 9 am to 5 pm, and Sun., noon to 5 pm. FREE. Visit the Museum online at naturalsciences.org . The Museum is an agency of the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Dee Freeman, Secretary.