Franklin Fright

Franklin Fright - Weekends in October!

Spooky live science shows, Halloween-inspired décor, and the return of the ever-popular museum-wide indoor trick-or-treating adventure takes place every weekend in October during Franklin Fright

Experience one of the most fun-filled Halloween destinations around with the return of Franklin Fright. Back by popular demand, young witches and warlocks, ghosts, and goblins are invited to trick-or-treat by knocking on friendly decorated doors in exhibits throughout the museum. New this year, meet Dr. Franklinstein, joined by her science sidekicks for one of several all-new live science shows. Watch as they perform explosive experiments, dastardly demonstrations, and spooky science with frighteningly funny results!

Every Weekend in October! 
Check the Calendar for Upcoming Dates and to Get Your Tickets!

Franklin Fright features: 

Museum-Wide Trick-or-Treating
Explore the Franklin Institute while seeking and finding the playfully spooky trick-or-treat doors located throughout the galleries. Meet monsters, mummies, and magicians while collecting tasty treats!
Please bring your own bag for trick-or-treating!

Halloween-Inspired Live Science Shows

That's Gross! 
From gooey to spooky, this gross show uses science to create playfully startling seasonal scenarios. Our science presenters celebrate Halloween in the sloppiest way possible in this all-new—messy—show.

Dr. Franklinstein’s Pumpkin Lab 
Meet Dr. Victoria Franklinstein, she has arrived from the future to set up her temporary lab right here at The Franklin Institute. She and her latest creation, a 12-foot-tall combination of pumpkins and robotic mechanisms, are here to add some spooky science to your Halloween season. From her Pumpkin Lab, she and her mechanical marvel will show that while technology may change, scientific discovery and the scientific method continues to unveil the wonders of the unknown.

Pondering Plasma  
Dr. Franklinstein must keep her lab fully powered to complete her creation. For this new live show, she’ll turn the stage over to her modern-day scientific sidekicks to create a few sparks of their own. Through experimentation and education, her lab becomes fully charged and ready for action.

Franklin Fright is free with museum admission!

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Presenting Sponsor of Franklin Fright

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Trick-or-Treat Door Sponsors: Blank Rome LLP; Trion Group, a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC; Women’s Energy Network Greater Philadelphia Chapter