Washington, D.C.- The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum will host its annual “Air & Scare” family day from noon to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. Visitors will enjoy safe, indoor trick-or-treating and spooky activities for all ages at this free event.

Designed with the whole family in mind, aerospace will come alive with fun activities, all with a Halloween twist. The newest addition to this year’s “Air & Scare” is a virtual experience where visitors will have the opportunity to see what it might be like to ride a vehicle on Mars. Participants will also enjoy spooky crafts, trick-or-truth stations, science experiments and treat giveaways. The Tot Zone will feature space-themed activities and a dress-up corner. The Rainbow Puppets will perform their show “Take a Giant Leap,” and the Airbus IMAX Theater will offer showings for all ages. Everyone’s favorite costumed characters will be on-hand for photo opportunities. Returning favorite activities include Paper Scare-Plane Design Challenge, the Trick or Trajectory Rocket Launch and Air & Scary Lego Creations.


Attendees are encouraged to come in their favorite space or flight-themed costume. For safety purposes, full-face masks are prohibited on visitors over 16 years of age. Admission is free, but parking is $15 until 4 p.m. Public transportation is also available via Metro’s Silver Line and the Fairfax Connector bus. “Air & Scare” is made possible by Mars Wrigley Confectionery US LLC. For more information and a full list of activities, visit airandspace.si.edu/events/air-scare-11.

The National Air and Space Museum is on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., at Sixth Street and Independence Avenue S.W. The museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center is located in Chantilly, Virginia, near Washington Dulles International Airport. Regular daily hours for both facilities are from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. (closed Dec. 25).