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Department of State

The Hon. Tahesha Way, Secretary of State

9th Annual Halloween Spooktacular Goes Virtual

TRENTON, NJ - The New Jersey State Museum’s annual Halloween event is going virtual this year. The 9th Annual Halloween Spooktacular will feature a special online Halloween show by our friends from Mad Science and a special goody bag for each participant. Space for the virtual show is limited and registration is required to receive the private Zoom link and goody bag. Registration here:

The Mad Science Halloween show will take place at 6 pm on Friday October 30. It features a mixture of science and magic! Children will see a paper spider turn into a ‘real-live’ spider. Hear the tales of Count Eggbert and Countess Eggberta as they battle the wicked witch, then watch as the wicked witch is melted right before your eyes! The audience will find out how the seemingly sane Mr. Bernoulli helped the Mad Scientist float an eyeball in the air. Then, as a grand finale, the Mad Scientist will introduce the audience to the eerie world of Dry Ice, making bubbling potions and lots of fearsome fog. All will have an evening of gruesome goodness and fun!

Included with registration is a free Halloween goody bag for each child. Pick up for the goody bags will be at the Museum on Thursday, October 29 and Friday, October 30 from 3 pm - 5:30 pm. Families may also choose to pick up at the Trenton Free Public Library from October 28 through 30 until 4:30 pm. Goody bags will not be mailed.

Make sure to join our virtual costume parade by posting a picture of your family in costume to the Spooktacular Halloween event on the New Jersey State Museum Facebook page (njstatemuseum), or post on Twitter (@NJStateMuseum), or Instagram (nj_statemuseum) using the hashtag #NJSMHalloweenSpooktacular.

The New Jersey State Museum is currently closed due to the pandemic, however, staff continue working remotely to plan exhibitions and programs, answer research questions and provide identifications of archaeological and natural history specimens for the public. The Museum Shop, operated by the NJ State Museum Foundation, a non-government 501(c)3 organization which supports the Museum, is offering online shopping opportunities for those who miss visiting in person. The online Shop can be accessed from the Shop tab on the Museum website. In addition, work is taking place to ready the Museum for reopening, with reduced capacity, additional cleaning protocols, social distancing and masks required. For additional information, visit, like the Museum’s Facebook page (@NJStateMuseum), follow us on Twitter (njstatemuseum), or Instagram (nj_statemuseum).

About the New Jersey State Museum
Located at 205 West State Street in Trenton, the New Jersey State Museum encompasses three buildings including a state-of-the-art Planetarium and holds over 2 million artifacts in its collections in Archaeology/Ethnography, Cultural History, Fine Art and Natural History. As a center of cultural, educational and scientific engagement, the Museum inspires innovation and lifelong learning through collections, exhibitions, programs and research in science, history and art. Established in 1895, the New Jersey State Museum fosters state pride, serves as a cultivator of tomorrow’s leaders, and engages visitors of all ages and diverse backgrounds in an exploration of New Jersey’s cultural and natural history presented within a global context.

About the New Jersey State Museum Foundation
The New Jersey State Museum Foundation was founded in 1968 as a non-profit 501(c)(3) to support the Museum's collections, exhibitions and programs through fundraising, volunteerism, advocacy and marketing. In recent years, the Foundation has received generous support from the PNC Foundation, NJM Insurance Group, Department of State/New Jersey Historical Commission, Henry Luce Foundation, Capstone Foundation and Princeton Area Community Foundation. The Foundation also operates the Museum membership program, as well as the Museum Shop which sells merchandise related to the Museum's exhibitions and collections, and New Jersey history and culture. Proceeds support the New Jersey State Museum's collections, exhibitions and programs.


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