Celebrate Halloween Virtually With the American Museum of Natural History

This year’s pandemic has brought with it a number of changes to the Fall and holiday season. From Germany’s full cancellation of Oktoberfest to NYC’s ball drop going virtual and more, the last half of the year is much different now. However, if there’s been anything positive to come out of the pandemic, it’s certainly the innovation. This restaurant in Budapest has adapted to the times by repurposing The Budapest Eye Ferris wheel into safe dining pods, and Wyndham is offering quarantine style Thanksgiving packages just to name a couple. More recently, NYC’s natural history museum has revamped a few things, too. This year for Halloween, The American Museum of Natural History is celebrating with a series of virtual events so that you can partake in this years spooky season safely. The landmark museum has been known for its renowned exhibitions and scientific discoveries for over 150 years. This year is no exception.

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The American Museum of Natural History is Going Virtual For Halloween

The American Museum of Natural History is offering a whole host of Facebook live events for Halloween revellers to partake in. The focus will, of course, be on all things spooky from scorpions and spiders to bats and skeletons. The museum is going full force with not just events on Halloween day, but all the days leading up to it.

The series, which began on October 22, started with of fun facts about arthropods from one of the museums entomologists. Tomorrow, on October 27, viewers will learn about the evolution of bats with virtual tours of Belize and Cuba. Then, on Thursday, a scientist will host an event for viewers to learn everything imaginable about fossilized skeletons.

Best part? All of the events are of course family-friendly so everyone from tots to grandparents can join in on the fun. Online viewers will also have the option to partake in a costume contest. Compete to see who has the most clever guise by taking a picture and tagging @amnh on Twitter or Instagram. Kids, adults and even pets are welcome to join in on the fun.

The museum’s Facebook live events will run all the way through Sunday, November 1. The series will end with a special presentation on Day of the Dead held in English and Spanish.


Mayor de Blasio’s has given recent guidelines stating that trick-or-treating will still go on, but with guidelines and distancing measures. The AMNH’S recent adaptation of Halloween is another sign that the times are changing, but not gone completely.

Melanie Hamilton

Melanie is an avid traveller with a passion for history and global foods. She is currently based in Tbilisi, Georgia where most of her time is occupied with qvevri wine and Soviet history. Having do-si-do'd her way across Europe and Latin America, she's enjoyed some of the world's most exciting places firsthand and can't wait to tell you about them.

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