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HOUSTON – Magic, mystery and… MONSTERS! have taken over the Children’s Museum of Houston as pandemonium is unleashed for three weeks during the “Halloween Monster Mayhem.”  From October 11 to 31, 2016, families are invited to have a spine-tingling experience trick-or-treating, experimenting with monstrous matters, or participating in spirit-lifting activities.  Guided by the dim lights of gaudy candelabras, wander through nerve-wracking havoc in search of goblin goodies, terrifying trinkets and more!

  • Go on a trick-or-treat monster hunt, 4 – 6 p.m. weekdays, 4 – 8 Thursdays, and all day weekends through Halloween Night!
  • Put yourself in monsters’ shoes during Monster Feet Making, 1 – 3 p.m., on 16.
  • Bust ghastly ghouls on Ghostbusters Day, Oct. 22. Who you gonna call?
  • Paint pumpkins to disguise them as monsters, 1 – 3 p.m., on 23.
  • Get spooked during a Frightening Fashion Show, 1 – 3 p.m., on 30.
  • Party with Moe Monster during the Monster Mash Bash, open till 8 p.m. on Oct. 31!

HAIR RAISING WONDERWEEK, OCT. 11 – 19

Play Dr. Frankenstein and bring monsters to life during our Hair Raising WonderWeek, Oct. 11 to 19, when Glow in the Dark Monsters reveal themselves.  Put on your Wickedly Mad Scientist Wigs and Goggles and recreate Luigi Galvani’s famous experiment from nearly 250 years ago, as you use electricity to make the leg of a paper frog jump!  Wire together your own electrifyingly Freaky Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein Masks.   Hook up hand crank generators to a volt-meter and transmogrify mechanical energy into electrical energy.  Make uncanny supernatural hues appear when you make spellbinding Music Responsive LED lights.  Let’s hope you have a hair raising good time!

 HALLOWEEN TRICKS AND SPELLS WONDERWEEK, OCT. 20 – 26

Cast an eerie spell during our Halloween Tricks and Spells WonderWeek, Oct. 20 to 26.  Ooze with amazement and ickiness as you create your own gooey concoction of monster slime.  Explore color mixing as you read Mike Austin’s “Monsters Love Colors” and then create your own colorful monster!  Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble, Eye of newt and scale of dragon; make enchanting Popsicle stick potion bottles and capture the magic.  Put on your charm, become a snake charmer, and make slithering snakes embrace your arms as Charming Snake [bead] Bracelets.  Celebrate all things creepy and crawly as you evoke your fingers to spin out of control to create Spider Web designs.  Discover what lurks in the dark as you waft scent towards your nose and try to match a bat mother’s scent to her correct baby’s scent.  Don’t forget to pay respect to your ancestors with Paper Sugar Skull masks in celebration of El Día de los Muertos.

SPECIAL HALLOWEEN MONSTER MAYHEM EVENTS:

MAD SCIENTIST DEMOS, OCT. 15, 11 A.M. – 3 P.M.

American Chemical Society scientists have gone mad!  They will cause a ruckus when they make volcanos erupt, transform red cabbage juice from deep red to green, use radish to write in red and change it to yellow, bring invisible messages to view, push a knitting needle through a balloon and not pop it, make a stick of licorice disappear in oil and water and more!  It’s quite jaw dropping!

GHOSBUSTERS DAY, OCT. 22, 10 A.M. – 6 P.M.

Save the Museum from ectoplasmic chaos!   Help the Ghostbusters gang investigate and capture pesky ghouls.  Come out and enjoy Ghostbusters character appearances and activities including designing Ecto Goggles, channeling Slimer and making Slimer Masks and creating spooky Ghost Dolls to take home with you.  Don’t forget to bring your camera!  I ain’t afraid of no ghost!

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MAJIC 102.1 HAPPY HOUSE, OCT. 27, 5 – 8 P.M. (FREE TO THE PUBLIC)

Monsters have taken over the Museum as it magically morphs into the Happy House!  Join Majic 102.1 FM for a free, safe, friendly, trick-or-treat party for little ghosts and goblins.  Have a spook-tacular evening filled with candy, prizes and fun for everyone.

HALLOWEEN MONSTER MASH BASH, OCT. 31, 3 – 8 P.M.

Howl at the moon while you bask in Houston’s ultimate Halloween party for kids.  Let the ghoul times roll as you boogie to the hauntingly hip tunes of a wicked DJ along with monstrous characters during the Monster Mashup at 4:30 p.m.  Move your bones in the Thriller Dance Party at 5 p.m.   Encapsulate Glow in The Dark Monster Slime.  Then, trick-or-treat the night away.   Be sure to come dressed in your most boo-tiful or frightfully freaky costume!