Science Spooktacular: A Week of Halloween Fun!

Monday, October 19 – Saturday October 24

All virtual events will be held from 6-7 pm

Week-long Virtual Event Access

FREE for Members, registration required
$10 per family for Nonmembers

Registration is closed. Thank you for another great Fall celebration!

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*Please note – even if you register later in the week, recordings of all Virtual Events will be sent to registrants after Science Spooktacular is over.

Activity Bags

$15 per person
Available for purchase in the Nature Center (9 am – 4 pm), while supplies last

If you don’t want to go out and buy your own supplies, purchase our fun Activity Bags for access to all of the supplies you’ll need for the full week of crafts and activities. Bags include:

  • Small Pumpkin & Decorating Kit
  • Nature Craft Materials
  • Scavenger Hunt Printout
  • Halloween Trail Map Printout
  • Science Show Experiment Supplies

Halloween Trail & Photo Op – Free to the Public

The Halloween Trail and Photo Op are open daily from 7 am – dusk now through 4 pm on October 31. If you would like to fill out your activity sheet for a prize, you can redeem it in the Nature Center between 9 am – 4 pm daily. Please visit the link below for more details and a map of the Photo Op and Halloween Trail locations.

Halloween Trail Activity Sheet & Map

Join us for a week of Halloween fun! Enjoy daily activities ranging from spooky bedtime stories to creating your own slime in our fun science show. You’ll even have the chance to visit the Arboretum and put your nature knowledge to the test on our Halloween Trail! All virtual activities will be recorded so you can view them after the live presentations.

All proceeds from this event support the Arboretum’s wide variety of education and conservation programs.

Science Spooktacular Schedule

All virtual events will be held from 6-7 pm in the evening

Monday, October 19: Songs & Stories

Virtually led spooky songs and bedtime stories

Tuesday, October 20: Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt

Do-it-yourself scavenger hunt in your backyard or neighborhood

Wednesday, October 21: Crafts & Pumpkin Decorating

Learn about Arboretum critters and decorate your pumpkin virtually with Arboretum Naturalists

Thursday, October 22: Halloween Trail & Photo Op at the Arboretum

Explore the Arboretum in a whole new way – imitate wildlife, search for critters, and finish the Halloween Trail for a special treat!

Friday, October 23: Science Show

Conduct spooky experiments while watching a fun, interactive science show

Saturday, October 24: Animal Encounter & Activity Replay

Missed previous activities? Tune in for a replay of all recordings with a grand finale of an Animal Encounter with some special reptile friends

Activity Bag Pickup

If you ordered Activity Bags, you will be able to pick them up at the Nature Center Building between 9 am – 4 pm October 14-18.

Become a Science Spooktacular Sponsor!

Download the Sponsorship Letter Become a Sponsor

Email Katie Campbell at kcampbell@houstonarboretum.org if you have any questions about becoming a sponsor.

Thank you to our amazing sponsors!

The Pekmezaris Family

Elisa & Cris Pye

Ethel & Chap Hutcheson

Cullen Geiselman

Andrew Abendshein