Spooktacular times to be had this Halloween

06 October 2016

Dust off your most spooktacular costumes as the Queensland Museum Network gives its smallest ghouls, goblins and ghost busters a chance to have a faboolous adventure this Halloween weekend.

From creepy creatures at Queensland Museum’s A Night at the Museum: Creepy Creatures, to The Workshops Rail Museum’s haunting Halloween Express train journey, the events will set the tone for a Halloween to remember.

It all kicks off at the Queensland Museum for one very special freaky Friday night on October 28, where visitors will enjoy some not-so-scary displays, presentations and demonstrations.

See arachnologist, Dr Robert Raven feed some big hungry spiders, learn how flesh munching beetles and a big boiler are used to prepare bones for research with Heather Janetzki, and hear from entomologist, Dr Christine Lambkin about cannibal insects which devour other insects and sometimes even humans.

But that’s not all, Patrick Couper and Dr Andrew Amey will be showing snake specimens, Dr John Healy and Darryl Potter will be talking dangerous molluscs and Dr Robert Adlard will take you on a parasites tour.

Kids can bring their fancy footwork onto the dance floor with the fun and excitement of a disco, explore every corner of the museum, have their face painted and enjoy some slimey glow in the dark street science.

Queensland Museum Network Director and CEO Professor Suzanne Miller said the event is a great chance for families to see some behind the scenes science.

“Our scientists love the chance to have a bit of fun and showcase the research and experiments undertaken behind the scenes,” she said.

“Science can be messy and A Night at the Museum provides a great opportunity to spark an interest in science and allow them to learn in a lively and entertaining setting.”

But the fun doesn’t stop there; the following day on Saturday, October 29, families can don their scary skeleton and wicked witch costumes and jump aboard the Halloween Express for a very special night time steam train journey to enjoy the magic of the Brisbane City lights.

“We were overwhelmed by the response to last year’s Halloween steam train trip, it was delightful to see so many adults and children alike dressed in their most creative costumes and a fun way to introduce a hint of rail history along the way,” Professor Miller said.

A Night at the Museum: Creepy Creatures kicks off at 5pm Friday 28 October and the Halloween Express departs Roma Street Station Saturday 29 October at 5.10pm and 6.45pm.

Tickets are on sale via QTIX for both events.

Visit www.qm.qld.gov.au or phone 3840 7555 for A Night at the Museum: Creepy Creatures or www.theworkshops.qm.qld.gov.au or phone 3432 5100 for Halloween Express details.

Media Contact: Christine Robertson, 0417 741 710 media@qm.qld.gov.au