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Halloween Horror at the Natural History Museum

Los Angeles County Natural History Museum has several Halloween events on schedule this October. Most prominent is The Natural History of Horror Exhibition, which explores the scientific inspiration for classic monsters such as Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, and Creature from the Black Lagoon. Featuring rare movie props, film footage, hands-on activities, and museum specimens, The Natural History of Horror launches on October 10 and runs through April 19, 2020 during regular museum hours, which are from 9am to 5pm. Admission is included with regular museum tickets.

Fright Nights: The Science Behind Scary Movies, a series of after-hours screenings, runs concurrently with the exhibition. Only one of the screenings, Dracula (1931), will take place during the Halloween season. The after-hours event starts at 5:30pm on October 11. Before the film, guests can explore The Natural History of Horror Exhibition, enjoy a performance by Captured Aural Phantasy Theater, and hear introductory remarks dissecting “how scientific discoveries have stirred fear and inspired creativity in people, both past and present.” Light snacks and a cash bar are available. The event requires a separate admission: $12 for children, $15 for adults. Later Fright Nights screenings include The Creature From The Black Lagoon on February 14, 2010; Frankenstein (1931) on March 26, 2020; and The Mummy (1932) on the exhibition’s final day, April 10, 2020.

Lastly, Los Angeles County Natural History Museum transforms into The Haunted Museum on October 20, starting at 4pm. In search of who or what has been searching through the collections late at night, guests will participate in a ghostly scavenger hunt with museum researchers, brave the Spider Pavilion on a flashlight tour, and explore the exhibits. The Haunted Museum is free to museum members. Admission for non-members is $25 for Adults and $15 for Children (ages 3-17).

Unfortunately, The Lair, an adult-only lounge in the Natural History Museum’s Rotunda is sold out. The event includes a taxidermy demonstration, classic horror films, and a panel discussion hosted by the “Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies.”

Los Angeles County Natural History Museum is located at 900 Exposition Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90007. Their official website is: nhm.org.

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Steve Biodrowski, Administrator

A graduate of USC film school, Steve Biodrowski has worked as a film critic, journalist, and editor at Movieline, Premiere, Le Cinephage, The Dark Side., Cinefantastique magazine, Fandom.com, and Cinescape Online. He is currently Managing Editor of Cinefantastique Online and owner-operator of Hollywood Gothique.