This year’s theme for Fright at the Museum is Mad Scientists; event is Saturday, Oct. 22 | VailDaily.com

This year’s theme for Fright at the Museum is Mad Scientists; event is Saturday, Oct. 22

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AVON — As the seasons begin to transition, we can't help but feel a change in ourselves … some sort of mysterious transformation … and what better time to let your inner monster out than Halloween.

At Walking Mountains Science Center, the fourth annual Fright at the Museum is all about transformation. The theme is Mad Scientists, and the Halloween celebration will be filled with experiments in chemistry, the science of change and tributes to classic monster movies, with Frankenstein arts-and-crafts, an Electrifying Forest and more.

The event happens Saturday, Oct. 22 from 3 to 6 p.m. at Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon; it's a spooky afternoon of mad experiments and fun for all ages. The event sold out last year, so make purchase tickets before they're gone.

"Fright at the Museum is going to highlight monsters and the drama of explosive experiments while bringing together our community for a fun family celebration," said Lara Carlson, Walking Mountains community programs director.

New for the event this year, the Walking Mountains Green Team will be on site, keeping the event Actively Green, with a goal of minimizing the carbon footprint. Recycling and reusing decorations, costumes and materials and hosting the event at Walking Mountains' LEED Platinum-certified campus in Avon are just a couple ways the organization is focusing on sustainability. In addition, attendees are encouraged to carpool, bike or walk to the event and to bring their own reusable water bottles.

"It is really important to make this an Actively Green Certified Event," said Melissa Kirr, Walking Mountains sustainability programs director. "While it's all about family Halloween fun, it's also important to spread sustainability best practices and continue to be a leader in our community."

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Activities OFFERED

This year, Walking Mountains is offering more hands-on stations than any previous years. Activities are appropriate for all ages and include:

• Mad Scientist Experiments — Enter their wacky laboratory and take over their zany experiments involving peculiar potions, concoct your own slime, dazzling density demonstrations, hair-raising electricity, madcap magnets, creepy crawly bugs, build a monster and more.

• Electrifying Forest — Travel through the spooky electrifying forest and solve the riddles to see Frankenstein and other Halloween monsters come to life (sponsored by Holy Cross Energy).

• Frankenstein Monster Craft — Gather materials and create a handmade creature worthy of taking home.

• Glow-in-the-Dark Mural — Enter a fun-filled dark, festive and colorful room to experiment with different glow-in-the-dark materials and paints. Contribute your design to the glowing mural.

• Explosive Experiments — You don't want to miss these water-less, explosive fountain demonstrations that will take place every half hour (sponsored by the Vail Daily).

• Face Painting — What is Halloween without a little face paint? Take some time to have an expert face painter get you in the Halloween mentality or add some style to the costume you are wearing.

• Giant Bubble Experiments — Bubbles are fun to chase, but can you manipulate the size, shape or color of the bubbles you make? Conduct your own experiment and play with others' concoctions.

• Costume Parade — It's Halloween season; wear a Halloween costume when you come to Fright at the Museum. Walking Mountains will host a Costume Parade along its trails. Check out other costumes, and show off your own Halloween personality (sponsored by Eagle County Schools).

Tickets are $15 per person, and children 3 and younger are free. Costumes are highly encouraged. Purchase tickets online in advance at http://www.walkingmountains.org/spooky. All proceeds from the event will go to support Walking Mountains Science Center programs that awaken a sense of wonder and inspire environmental stewardship and sustainability through natural science education.

If you go …

What: Fright at the Museum.

When: 3-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22.

Where: Walking Mountains Science Center, 318 Walking Mountains Lane, Avon.

Cost: $15 per person, children 3 and younger are free.

More information: Learn more and purchase tickets at http://www.walkingmountains.org/spooky.