Creepy Campus Crawl highlights Halloween happenings

Photo by Tim Schoon.

Looking for something exciting to do with the kids for Halloween? Creepy rain forests, haunted coal mines, and Harry Potter characters will overrun the University of Iowa Pentacrest and transform the Old Capitol Museum, the Museum of Natural History, and Department of Geoscience into a slithering, wriggling, clambering Halloween extravaganza.

The fifth annual Creepy Campus Crawl will take place at these three locations from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 29. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information on the Creepy Campus Crawl call 319-335-0606.

For more information on the Old Capitol Museum visit

For more information on the Museum of Natural History visit

The Department of Geoscience is a part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. For more information visit

“Dress in costume and slither your way through ghoulish games and spine-chilling educational activities—and enter to win monstrous door prizes for children and adults from local businesses,” says Shalla Ashworth, director of operations for the Pentacrest Museums. “We will also give each visitor a map to guide them on their creepy crawl.”

The Old Capitol Museum will be transformed into the fictional Hogwarts for “Harry Potter and Other Magical Mysteries.” Visitors can meet their favorite Harry Potter characters, watch five spooky pieces of theatre, have their face painted, create some crafts, and listen to haunted ghost stories. When visitors find all the golden snitches, they can enter to win spooky gift certificates and other prizes.

The Museum of Natural History’s halls will be morphed into oceans, rain forests, and swamps for “Scooby Doo and the Mystery of the Giant Sloth.” Visitors will be guided through eight mystery stations where they will see ancient insects and amphibians, peer into a crystal ball, and explore the dark legends of the nocturnal world.

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The Department of Geoscience will host a creepy coal mine in Trowbridge Hall in partnership with the UI Paleontology Repository, Sigma Gamma Epsilon, Iowa Geological and Water Survey, and the U.S. Geological Survey. Visitors will be able to discover how fossil fuels were formed millions of years ago and discover the ghoulish ways that scientists are capturing energy from the sun, wind, and earth.

Other Halloween-related activities at the University:

CAB All Hallows Eve, 10 p.m., Friday, Oct. 29, IMU second-floor ballroom

CAB Night Hawks present the 2010 All Hallows Eve celebration! Features will include a haunted maze in the second-floor ballroom, pumpkin painting for those in line, and a photo booth to take pictures of attendees in their costumes. Prizes will be awarded as part of a costume contest.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show, 11 p.m., Friday–Saturday, Oct. 29–30, Bijou Theater

The Bijou Cinema continues its celebration of Horror October with free screenings of the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Do the “Time Warp” at the castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter—there’s no shortage of audience participation opportunity.

Trick or Treat with the Greeks, 1–3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 30, Iowa Memorial Union

Fraternity and Sorority Life at The University of Iowa invites all children through age 12 to Trick or Treat with the Greeks. Children are encouraged to wear costumes and bring their trick or treat bags. Activities will include crafts, mummy races, a movie, snacks, and pumpkin bowling.