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Night of the Living Museum Returns for 20th Year

Night of the Living Museum Returns for 20th Year

Not-too-spooky Halloween & Costumed Fun for Families October 18 and 19


Newport News, VA (September 23, 2019) – Night of the Living Museum, the peninsula’s largest Halloween Party, returns to the Virginia Living Museum for its 20th year for two nights, Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. This 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 superheroes and dance the night away on our dance floor in our Changing Exhibits Gallery.


Learn the ways of spider’s 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” at 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, and 8:00 pm. The “Not the Mythbusters” is included in a Night of the Living Museum admission.


Also, October 18 or 19, see a 20 minute spook-tacular laser show “Fright Light” in the Abbitt Planetarium at 6:30,7:00,7:30, 8:00 pm. (tickets additional $2 for members, $4 for non-members in addition ) and 8:30 pm for a 30 minute “Fright Light” show (following Night of the Living Museum for $3 members, $6 non-members).


Tickets for the “Night of the Living Museum” are $10 per member, $15 non-members. Planetarium tickets will be sold at the lobby front desk during the event. Children ages 2 and under are free, but must sit in parent’s lap. If you want your child (ages 2 and under) to have a seat, you must purchase a ticket. Children 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

The Night of the Living Museum is made possible thanks to our presenting sponsor, Abbitt Realty and additional sponsors, Parks Orthodontics, PC, Hidenwood & Hiden Place and Cedar Hill Apartments, and Chick-fil-a.

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


The Museum closes at 4 p.m. on October 18 and 19 to prepare for the evening event.


The museum is located at 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News, I64, exit 258A. Admission is $20 adults and $15 children (ages 3-12). Children ages 2 and under are free. For more information call 757-595-1900 or visit the website at


The Virginia Living Museum is a non-profit 501(c) 3 museum and education center whose mission is connecting people to nature through educational experiences that promote conservation.


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