SuperNatural Halloween at the Academy

SAN FRANCISCO (October 10, 2019)—The California Academy of Sciences invites families to bring their costumes and their curiosity for a night of trick-or-treating around the world’s only aquarium, planetarium, rainforest, and natural history museum. Among spooktacular animals and spine-tingling scientific specimens, the Academy presents SuperNatural Halloween 2019, an annual fundraiser co-chaired by Anne Waterman Bassin, Josie Freckmann, Alex Marchetti, Jessica Moment, Summer Tompkins Walker, and Senta Wilson. Proceeds from SuperNatural support the Academy for All initiative, which provides free and reduced admission opportunities and access to science for the Bay Area and beyond.

This year’s SuperNatural will feature a silent disco in the aquarium, where guests can grab a pair of headphones and get down to family-friendly jams throughout the night. Around the museum, partygoers can enjoy special live animal encounters with Lindsay Wildlife Experience, marvel at roaming magicians, and transform into their favorite Academy animals with the help of festive face painters. At the Philippine Coral Reef, they can catch a special nighttime dive show featuring a surprise costumed guest. Plus, they will get the chance to experience the Academy after dark with a giant pumpkin carving demonstration. Costumes are encouraged and children will receive a reusable trick-or-treat bag to haul their treats as they explore hands-on Halloween arts and crafts around the museum. Inside the planetarium, guests can enjoy live, presenter-led showings of “Trick-or-Treating around the Solar System,” including an early, lights-on showing for younger guests.

Downstairs in the Moss Room, teens can hang out and enjoy an exclusive Teen Lounge featuring snacks, karaoke, arcade games, and more—back by popular demand. And upstairs in the Forum, guests can discover the ever-evolving nature of Skin as they explore the Academy’s latest exhibit, featuring some fun Halloween surprises! Plus, Academy researchers will be on hand to share the fascinating stories behind their favorite scientific specimens. Chat with a scientist and get up close to examine spooky skulls, pumpkin specimens, scorpions, spiders, and more at stations throughout the museum.

General admission tickets for SuperNatural are $55 for adults, $40 for children ages 3-17 ($50 for adults, $35 for children for Academy members); children age 2 and younger are free. Family VIP benefactor tickets are also available (from $100-$2,500) and include special VIP lounge, early event entry at 5 pm, exclusive catered dinner, a future behind-the-scenes collections tour of the museum, and more. Plus, this year the Academy is excited to offer the Help a Neighbor sponsorship package, which includes five general admission tickets for $250, making it possible for a local family for whom the cost of admission is a barrier to attend SuperNatural 2019. For event details, to purchase tickets, or to donate, please visit or call (415) 379-5411 for more information.

About the California Academy of Sciences

The California Academy of Sciences is a renowned scientific and educational institution dedicated to exploring, explaining, and sustaining life. Based in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, it is home to a world-class aquarium, planetarium, and natural history museum, as well as innovative programs in scientific research and education—all under one living roof. Hours are 9:30 am - 5:00 pm Monday - Saturday, and 11:00 am - 5:00 pm on Sunday. Admission includes all exhibits, programs, and shows. For daily ticket prices, please visit or call (415) 379-8000 for more information.

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