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Night of the Living Museum

Friday, October 19 and Saturday, October 20, 5:30-8:30 pm



Are you ready for a “wild” night of spooky animals, trail walks, pumpkin carving, pirates and princesses?

Night of the Living Museum returns to the Virginia Living Museum for its 19th year on Friday, October 19 and Saturday, October 20 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. This is a not-too-spooky Halloween event is for families with kids ages 12 and under.

Get your costume ready and come dressed as your favorite character or wild animal.  Trick-or-treat throughout the Museum as you walk through themed galleries filled with characters and decorations! Make creepy crafts and play Halloween games.

Enjoy live animal shows featuring fierce and not-so-fierce Halloween critters. See some of your favorite super heroes and step into a world of “Forest Friends” and “Monster Lab” in transformed indoor exhibits.

Learn the ways of spiders large and small as well as other creepy crawlies in the lab.

Visit the tooth fairy and other princess favorites.  Venture into the cave to seek out pirates and their treats for young trick-or-treaters. Plus, take a nighttime hike along the outdoor boardwalk and see the Dinosaur Discovery Trail by night!

Explore fun science with “Not the Mythbusters” and be sure to look for the large inflatable characters for that perfect photo op!  “Not the Mythbusters” show times will be 6:00, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, and 8:00 pm.

See the spook-tacular laser show “Fright Light” at 8:30 pm in the Abbitt Planetarium. This is a frightfully awesome mix of terror-ific tunes runs an hour long with wild and weird laser images accompany songs from Black Sabbath, Garbage, The Who and many more! “Fright Light” at 8:30 pm tickets are $3 for VLM members, $6 for non-members in addition to Night of the Living Museum admission. Song selections are family-friendly.

You can catch a 30 minute version of “Fright Light” at 6:15, 7:00, 7:45 pm. Tickets are $2 for members, $4 for non-members.

The Wild Side Café and the Wild Things Museum Store will be open all evening.

Cost: Pre-sale tickets are $10 per member, $15 per non-member. Day of $18 per member; $23 non-members. Planetarium tickets will be sold at the lobby front desk during the event. Children ages 2 and under are free. Children 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult. The Museum will close at 4 p.m. on October 19 and 20 to prepare for the evening event.


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