CLEVELAND (September 23, 2016) – Science is about to get spooky along the shores of Lake Eerie when Great Lakes Science Center presents Spooktacular Science on Saturday, October 22 and Sunday, October 23!

Channel your inner Dr. Frankenstein as pumpkins explode, mad scientists experiment and zombies are operated on! Guests of all ages are sure to enjoy this family friendly Halloween-themed party. All activities are included with general admission (with the exception of the dissection workshop), and costumes are encouraged! Activities are scheduled between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. See for the complete schedule and science show times.

Stay after-hours on Saturday, October 22 and see the classic 1980s fright fest “Poltergeist” at 6 p.m. on the big, big screen of the newly remodeled Cleveland Clinic DOME Theater! Containing one of the most iconic lines in the history of scary movies, “They’re here,” still manages to give viewers the chills after 30-plus years! If you’re a fan of Netflix’s “Stranger Things” and have yet to see this ‘80s classic, don’t miss your chance to see where some of the inspiration for the “Upside Down” came from. Tickets for “Poltergeist” are $11 per person, $9 for members. Beer, wine and other concessions will be available. Tickets go on sale today, and can be purchased online at or by calling 216-621-2400.

Spooktacular Science line-up:

Chemical Concoctions Show -- Potions, brews and crazy chemical concoctions are the stars of this colorful and entertaining demonstration perfect for wizards and witches of all ages!

Pumpkin Explosion -- What happens when you combine chemical reactions, pressure and pumpkins? Stop by to find out in this explosively fun demonstration.

Mad Science Lab -- Pass through the “chamber of chill” as you make your way to the mad science lab! The Science Center’s mad scientist will be experimenting with chemistry, physics, electricity and fire in this wacky and wild experience.

Zombie Operation Challenge -- Test your skills as a zombie doctor and “operate” on our larger-than-life zombie. Keep your hands steady – one wrong move and you’ll wake the zombie!

Electric Pickle Cart -- Learn about circuits and electricity as we attempt to electrocute a pickle.

Fake Wounds Cart -- Does your costume need a little extra “scare”? We’re combining common ingredients to create the perfect paint to add a fake wound to your arm!

Pumpkin Launching -- Design and build a lever or catapult to launch small objects toward a target. Which design launches the objects farther? Can your machine handle larger items?

Sheep Brain Dissection Workshop -- Why does fear make your palms sweat or your heart race? Get hands-on as you examine the organ responsible for our life-saving fight or flight response – the brain. Uncover the mysteries behind this complex organ and learn just how many things we can do thanks to our brains. Cost is $10 for members or $20 for non-members. Advance registration required. Space is limited, so be sure to sign up early!

(Editor’s note: Fall/winter hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. The Science Center is closed Mondays and during all Browns home games.)

About Great Lakes Science Center
Great Lakes Science Center, home of the NASA Glenn Visitor Center, makes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) come alive for more than 300,000 visitors a year through hundreds of hands-on exhibits, traveling exhibitions, the Cleveland Clinic Dome Theater, Steamship William G. Mather, daily science demonstrations, seasonal camps, family workshops and more. The Science Center is funded in part by the citizens of Cuyahoga County through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. Visit for more information.

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