There'll be plenty of time for apple-bobbing and trick-or-treating, but before you and the kids head out with treat bags in hand, why not take some time to learn what makes Halloween tick with some "Spooky Science" courtesy of Rockford's own Discovery Center Museum?

For the unfamiliar, the Discovery Center Museum (inside the Riverfront Museum Park, 711 North Main Street) is one of Rockford's true gems. The Discovery Center has been ranked as the #4 children's museum in the entire country by Child Magazine, and one of 12 museums included in’s article, "The 12 Best Children’s Museums in the U.S." 

Our friend, Ann Marie Walker, marketing director for Discovery Center, just emailed me a note with the details for the return of their very popular event, "Spooky Science." It all takes place next Friday (the Friday before Halloween) night from 6-9pm. Ann Marie promises that "The event will be spooky enough for haunt-seekers, but friendly enough for all ages."

So, put on your awesome costume, and grab your treat bags, too. Some of the special activities include concocting glowing slime, Dorothy Hodgkin and her “not quite right” chemistry, dead scientists with “dead science demonstrations that look like magic,” and a whole lot more frightening fun.
For more information on the Discovery Center’s “Spooky Science,” click here.
If you can’t wait to learn a creepy thing or two for Halloween: