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Oct. 25, 2011

UI Pentacrest Museums host annual Creepy Campus Crawl Oct. 28

The University of Iowa Pentacrest Museums — Old Capitol Museum and the UI Museum of Natural History — in collaboration with the UI Department of Geoscience will host the sixth annual Creepy Campus Crawl Friday, Oct. 28. This night of spooky fun is free and open to the public and will haunt the three locations from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.:

• Old Capitol Museum: "Pirates of the Caribbean and Other Scary Sea Stories"

Participants can find buried treasure as they explore the Old Capitol with their favorite pirate characters. People can also "conquer the Kraken and escape from a deserted island, but only after we toss ye off the plank," according to event organizers.

• UI Museum of Natural History: "Rusty the Sloth: The First Avenger"

Put on your superhero cape and mask and help everyone's favorite superheroes throughout the Museum of Natural History. Sneak through the haunted Mammal Hall and try to find Batman and Wolverine before the villains do. Don't forget to make your very own comic book adventure.

• UI Department of Geoscience, Paleontology Repository, Sigma Gamma Epsilon, and Iowa Geological and Water Survey: "The Creepy Creatures of Davy Jones's Locker"

When the pirates make you walk the plank, will you find treasure or be lost forever in Davy Jones's Locker? Plunge into the depths at Trowbridge Hall on the T. Anne Cleary Walkway and discover the fearsome underwater world where sea monsters lurk. Battle with the Kraken and find geological treasures. Participants can make their own monsters and meet real creepy creatures.

The Creepy Campus Crawl was created in 2005 to provide a safe environment for the community to trick-or-treat as a family and enjoy activities with natural and historical themes. Over the last six years, the event has grown into its own, becoming the largest event of the year for both museums, with last year's attendance topping 1,200 visitors at each museum in two hours.

"Creepy Campus Crawl has become a great way for the museums to interact with visitors unlike any other day," says Shalla Ashworth, associate director at the Old Capitol Museum. "The event also allows visitors to come in and experience a museum like they never have before and to get a little silly."

For more information and maps for the events, visit the Old Capitol Museum and UI Museum of Natural History websites at and


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