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Oct. 10, 2008

Halloween Fun in store at UI museums, Geoscience Department

Visitors can solve a mystery, explore a spooky science lab, and a take ghostly journey to the center of the earth during the third annual "Creepy Campus Crawl," slated for 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24 at the University of Iowa's Old Capitol Museum, the Museum of Natural History and the Department of Geoscience in Trowbridge Hall.

Costumes are encouraged, and maps will be provided to lead visitors as they "crawl" through the three locations, each filled with eerie activities, ghoulish games, spine-chilling surprises -- and, of course, sugary goodies.

Riffing on the popular sleuthing board game, this year the Old Capitol Museum presents "Clue at the Capitol." With help from the classic characters Mr. Green, Ms. White, Ms. Scarlett, Professor Plum, Colonel Mustard and Ms. Peacock, visitors can investigate the Old Capitol's historic rooms to find clues and solve their own "whodunit" as well as enter their answers in a drawing for museum store gift certificate. Guests can also enjoy ghost stories of Johnson County presented by the Johnson County Historical Society, make Halloween crafts in the gift shop, view a historically spooky silent film in the Senate Chamber and meet a reincarnation of Iowa City's first photographer, Isaac Wetherby, to pose for an historic Halloween photo.

Across the Pentacrest at the Museum of Natural History's "Haunted Laboratory" event, eccentric scientists will help participants try their hand at supernatural scientific experiments. Visitors may also take a haunted tour of the Hageboeck Hall of Birds, create their own "bizarre beasts" and scary masks to take home, excavate mysterious mammal bones, listen to Native American legends about creatures of the night and have chance to see Rusty the Giant Sloth's new Halloween costume.

Next, Halloween explorers can try to keep their cool as they "Journey to the Center of the Earth" at the Department of Geoscience, a part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, in Trowbridge Hall (located off the T. Anne Cleary walkway.) Presented by the department's Sigma Gamma Epsilon student group, this challenge begins at the North Pole, where visitors enter the scary mine tunnel. From there, it's on to discover a fascinating world of underground seas, creepy critters, and magical minerals. Visitors may make a volcano erupt, hunt for fossils, create a river and enjoy face painting.

Admission is free at each venue. 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, 319-384-0012,; Writer: Maggie Anderson