With Halloween just around the corner, the Town of Chapel Hill is preparing for the spookiest time of the year.
The Morehead Planetarium and Science Center will turn its lens toward the stars as it hosts its inaugural Moonlight Madness from 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27. Kids of all ages are welcome to participate in a variety of activities related to both science and Halloween.
Sarah Brown, a spokesperson for the Morehead Planetarium, said Moonlight Madness is an event sponsored by the planetarium and the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, which is made up of a variety of local organizations and works to attract people to downtown Chapel Hill.
“Halloween in Chapel Hill really doesn’t have a very family-centric Halloween event,” Brown said. “Moonlight Madness came about out of a need for having something where families can bring their kids to but hopefully also to get something educational out of it.”
The event will include a number of science activities. Among the variety of hands-on activities will be a “pumpkin pop,” where families and attendees will watch a pumpkin explode.
The primary feature of the event is “Scare-olina Skies,” a spooky, shortened twist on the planetarium’s nighttime sky show. It will focus on the legends and myths surrounding the constellations, particularly those featuring “monsters, mayhem and madness,” Brown said.
Tickets to the show cost $5 each, but the rest of the events are free and will feature more than just science-related topics, including a haunted house, a costume fashion show, food trucks and Halloween-themed games, according to the planetarium’s press release.
Brown said both the planetarium and the partnership are excited for the first annual Moonlight Madness.
“There’s a lot going on in downtown, and we just don’t think people get down here enough,” Brown said.