News Release, Smithsonian Institutes

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. 26, 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. Participants will enjoy creepy crafts, spooky science experiments and treat giveaways. The Tot Zone will feature space-themed activities and a dress-up corner. Storytimes and puppet shows will be available throughout the day and the Airbus IMAX Theater will offer showings for all ages. Everyone’s favorite Star Wars-costumed characters will be on-hand for photo opportunities. Visitors will have a chance to participate in a range of fun educational activities including making their own mini lightsaber, learning about the secret Area 51, Halloween principles of flight lesson and many more.

Attendees are encouraged to come in their favorite space or flight-themed costume, or costumes of any kind for safe trick-or-treating. For safety purposes, full-face masks are prohibited on visitors over 16 years of age. The museum will provide bags for trick-or-treating.

Admission is free, but parking is $15 until 4 p.m.Public transportationis 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,

The National Air and Space Museum is on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., at 655 Jefferson Drive 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).

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