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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 24, 2005

Geoscience, Museum Of Natural History Host Halloween Open House Oct. 28

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History and the Department of Geoscience in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will host a Halloween Open House from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28 at Trowbridge Hall and the Iowa Hall Entrance to Macbride Hall on the UI Campus. The event is free and open to all ages, and visitors are invited to come dressed in costume if they wish.

In one display, visitors are invited to join UI geology faculty and honors students on an expedition through the Treacherous Trenches of the Ocean, the Enchanted Fossil Forest and the Creepy Caves. Participants can also pan for gold with the Pyrite Pirate, and enter the Anatomy Lab if they dare! Activities include face painting, fossil hunting, balloon twisting and beanbag tossing. Contact Holly Berg at for more information.

Museum of Natural History staff and volunteers will guide visitors through a variety of activities, including owl pellet dissection, learning about creepy coprolites, making your own curious museum specimens, story telling and a scavenger hunt. Guests may sign up for the museum's VIP Frequent Visitor Program and have a picture taken with Rusty, the Giant Ground Sloth, in his brand new costume! For more information, contact Sarah Horgan at for details.

Additional information on both displays may be obtained by contacting Tiffany Adrain at or 335-1822.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Gary Galluzzo, 319-384-0009,