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Oct. 19, 2007

Halloween fun in store at UI museums, geoscience department

Looking for some fun family Halloween activities? Look no further than the Old Capitol Museum, Museum of Natural History and the Department of Geoscience at the University of Iowa for some spooky fun. The second annual Creepy Campus Crawl will take place at these locations from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26.

The event is free and open to the public at all locations. Visitors are welcome to dress in costume for the "crawl" and explore the three mysterious UI buildings, each of which will feature spooky inspired activities for all ages. Maps of each venue will be provided to lead visitors along the crawl.

The Old Capitol Museum will be transformed into a haunted house for the night, with ghosts of Iowa's past roaming the halls. Visitors will be able to make spooky coloring books with volunteers from the Johnson County Historical Society, and hear the spookiest ghost stories around.

The Museum of Natural History will be transformed into a "Night at the Museum." Visitors are welcome to view a life-size tyrannosaurus rex skull and learn about the dinosaur world from Don "The Fossil Guy" Johnson. Animals from around the world will be on view in a haunted zoo and Rusty the Ground Sloth will also be in attendance in full costume.

In Trowbridge Hall, the Department of Geoscience will have a "Chamber of Creatures" with real reptiles and skeletons. Visitors can also do a cave painting activity and make a Halloween mask. For more information, call 319-335-0606.

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Sarah Horgen, Museum of Natural History, 319-335-0606; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012,; Writer: Brittany Piehl