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Sunday, October 27, 2013 from 1:00-4:45pm
Texas Memorial Museum -- 2 blocks north of the UT football stadium - Free event for the entire family!

Dress up your little goblins and bring your mummy to celebrate Halloween at Austin's very own dinosaur graveyard! Join our spooky scientists in exploring the mysterious side of Texas' natural history. Feel frightful fish from the ocean depths; be rattled by slithery snakes of Central Texas; and feast your eyes on our bizarre bones.

Schedule of activities
1:00-4:30 p.m.:

  • Wander our haunted halls and visit with spooky scientists
  • Eerie excavations in our dig pit
  • Pose for pictures in our frightful forest
  • Create your own bone-chilling crafts with students from UT-Austin's  Department of Art + Art History

2:30 and 3:30 p.m.:
Tales To Make You Tremble, storytelling for the whole family Spooky scientific booths include:

  • Amazing Bats!: presented by Patricia Jones, graduate student in the Department of Integrative Biology
  • Freaky Fish: presented by Adam Cohen, ichthyology collections manager for the Texas Natural Science Center
  • Frightening Fire And Zombie Plants: presented by Central Texas Student Association for Fire Ecology including Emily Booth, Christina Andruk, and Ashley Green, graduate students in the Department of Integrative Biology; and Colleen McCarthy, undergraduate student in Geography
  • Is That A Ghost Or Is Your Mind Playing Tricks On You?: presented by Laura Crothers and Ammon Thompson, graduate students in the Department of Integrative Biology
  • Slithering Serpents: presented by Travis LaDuc, assistant curator of herpetology for the Texas Natural Science Center
  • Spooky Salamanders: presented by Heidi Smith, postdoctoral research scientist in the Department of Integrative Biology
  • Tomb Of The Beasts: presented by Pamela Owen, senior biodiversity educator for the Texas Natural Science Center

For more information contact Christina Cid at  or 512-232-5509.
Texas Memorial Museum is the exhibit hall and education/outreach unit of the Texas Natural Science Center at UT-Austin. Regular museum hours are Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., and Sunday, 1:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

The Museum is located at 2400 Trinity Street (2 blocks north of the UT stadium).


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