Scare Up Fall Fun at Cincinnati Museum Center

New for 2020, Saturdays at the BOO!seum brings costumes, candy, and dance parties to Cincinnati Museum Center for a safe and fun fall celebration.

It’s officially Spooky Season! October’s here and everyone’s looking for a little (socially distant) fun in the form of costumes and candy. This month, Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) delivers.

Photograph by Sarah McCosham

Saturdays at the BOO!seum is a brand-new event series from CMC this year. The idea is to provide lots of seasonally appropriate family fun in a safe environment. While there will be no trick-or-treating, this event will feature plenty of (un-scary) tricks—and treats—throughout the museum. To kick off the celebrations, CMC staff will lead a socially distanced costume parade by the outdoor fountain at 10:30 a.m. From there, families can participate in a pumpkin scavenger hunt in the Cincinnati in Motion display, check out spooktacular science experiments on the Austin E. Knowlton Foundation Science Stage (we’re told there will be puking jack-o-lanterns!), enjoy a magic show thanks to local magician Jeb Brack, and meet some of CMC’s resident creepy crawlies (Madagascar hissing cockroaches, anyone?) in the Museum of Natural History & Science. And of course, families are invited to the Monster Mash Dance Party, which happens outside at 3 p.m.

Photograph by Sarah McCosham

If CMC has fallen off your radar this year, Saturdays at the BOO!seum is the perfect reason to rediscover this Cincy gem. Since reopening in July, CMC has taken extra care to ensure the safety of its guests, following strict cleaning and crowd management guidelines, explains Cody Hefner, CMC’s senior director of marketing and communications. And while the museum experience looks a little different in this post-pandemic world, some things never change. “We will continue to provide an educational and engaging museum experience that kids and adults alike will talk about for years to come,” Hefner adds.

Saturdays at the BOO!seum starts October 10 and happens October 17, 24, and 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event is free for CMC members and included with museum admission. Learn more and reserve your tickets at (advanced registration is required).

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