Halloween Science Special: Creatures of the Dark

This Halloween, come to the Booth Museum of Natural History and enter the mysterious world of creatures that emerge in the dark.

At our Halloween Science Special on 27 October, you will be able to discover the science of how things glow in the dark, meet a rescue animal from Sussex Bat Group (subject to conditions on the day) and see what eerie items can be found in owl pellets.

Common Vampire Bat © Uwe Scmidt
Common Vampire Bat © Uwe Scmidt


On the day, you will be able to take part in the following activities.

selection of bat specimens from the Booth Museum collection
Selection of bat specimens from the Booth Museum collection

Specimen handling

Handle real specimens from our collections at the Booth Museum. Meet our collections team and discover the reason why some animals are associated with witchcraft, werewolves and vampires.

Owl pellet workshops

Conservationist Chloe Rose from Sussex Wildlife Trust has been busy collecting owl pellets for the Booth and will be leading workshops on what creepy items can be found inside.

Glow in the Dark science

Physicist Dr. Juan Totero from the University of Sussex will be explaining why some animals glow in the dark. Discover glowing items from our collections and what happens when you put everyday items under a UV light.

Mini talks from Sussex Bat Group

Jane Wilmott from Sussex Bat Group will be joining us with some special furry guests for the day (subject to conditions on the day). Learn about how you can protect these wonderful animals in your local area.

FREE Saturday 27 October, 10:30-16:00 drop in. Suitable for all ages.

Please note that this event will be packed full of fun activities which will be repeated throughout the day. As it is a free event some sign-up activities may fill up quickly, but there will be lots of drop-In and do experiences too.

4 Responses

  1. Angie

    How do we get to go to the glow In the dark please?
    Also what day and time ?
    Thank yiu

    • kevinbacon

      Hello Angie,

      The event is on 27 October at the Booth Museum of Natural History. It’s a free drop-in, 10.30am – 4pm.

      We don’t have a timetable for individual events, but will update this page if we can confirm one.



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