Halloween in St. Louis: Science Spooktacular

A Slimy, High Flying Adventure for the Whole Family

St. Louis Science Center
Photo by Deborah O'Brien

Parents and kids in St. Louis have a lot of fun options for celebrating Halloween. One event that offers a great time for children of all ages is the Science Spooktacular at the St. Louis Science Center. The celebration includes hands-on experiments, spooky demonstrations and more.

Date, Time and Admission

This year's Science Spooktacular is Thursday, October 27, 2016, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Admission and parking are free, but there is a nominal fee for some events. Other events are free but require tickets because of limited space. Everyone is invited to dress up in costume, but no masks are allowed for those age 12 and older.

Event Highlights

Science Demonstrations Learn all about the spooky side of science during these free Amazing Science Demontrations at Center Stage on the lower level. At 5:30 p.m., it's Creepy Chemistry and at 6:30 p.m., it's Science Goes Splat. No tickets are required.

Wings Over Water:  See live owls from the World Bird Sanctuary and learn more about these creatures of the night. Demonstrations are at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m., in the South Hall on the first floor. Admission is free, but you will need a ticket from the box office to attend.

Planetarium Shows:  The Planetarium is hosting two star shows during Science Spooktacular. The shows will focus on Halloween skies. They are at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Admission is $4 for the general public and free for members. Tickets will be available at the box office.

OMNIMAX Theater:  See a showing of a classic Halloween movie on the giant screen of the OMNIMAX Theater. The showings are at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Admission is free, but you'll need a complimentary ticket to get in.

Haunted Science Lab:  For a real hands-on experience, try one of the haunted science lab sessions at 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. You'll experiment with polymers to create an eerie Halloween atmosphere. Also, learn how to make fake wounds and watch a jack-o-lantern carve itself. Admission is $5 for the general public and free for members.

Other fun activities at Science Spooktacular include making your own Halloween masks, mixing-up chemistry potions, creating an animated Halloween movie and learning tips for ghoulish make-up. When you get hungry, The Loft will be serving popcorn, candy, mummy dogs, hot chocolate and candy corn floats. For more information on this year's Science Spooktacular, see the Science Center website.