Franklin Fright Weekends

Franklin Fright at The Franklin Institute

Every Weekend in October

Saturday, October 1, 2022 - 10:00am to Sunday, October 30, 2022 - 4:30pm

Trick-or-treat your way through the museum, and experience our classic live science shows performed alongside special guest Gourd’n the Giant Pumpkin Robot in an immersive Halloween-inspired environment. New this year, visit The Lab for a collection of interactive tech-focused activities, including photo ops, mazes, and demos; and see the all-new “That’s Gross!” Live Science Show featuring pumpkin smashing and more fantastically grotesque demos focused on the human body, presented by costumed performers every weekend in October!

Franklin Fright features: 

• Young witches and warlocks, ghosts, and goblins can trick-or-treat at friendly decorated doors welcomed by surprising characters with tasty treats all throughout the museum.

• Classic live science shows performed center stage in the Atrium alongside Gourd’n the Giant Pumpkin Robot.

• All New! The Lab features “eerie-sistable” Halloween T.R.E.A.T.S. (Tricks, Robots, Experiments, Activities, Technology, Spooky fun) for guests, including LED mazes, spiderbot building, a Cyber Organics Lab, and a walkthrough Fun Maze filled with silly pumpkin jokes, sensory activities, surprising scenes, and photo ops. 

• All New! “That’s Gross!” Live Science Show takes guests on a journey inside and outside the body to explore, test, and dive deep into some of the grossest facts about the human body. Celebrate Halloween in the sloppiest way possible in this all-new—gross—show featuring costumed performers.

Free with museum admission. Please bring your trick-or-treating bags! 

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  • Families
  • Public