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Get SuperNatural at the California Academy of Sciences!

SuperNatural California Academy of Sciences pumpkin carving

This October, the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco invites families to SuperNatural 2019, its annual Halloween bash and fundraiser! Grab your costumes and have a ghostly good time among spooktacular animals and spine-tingling scientific specimens while trick-or-treating through the world’s only aquarium, planetarium, rainforest, and natural history museum at night. SuperNatural 2019 takes place Saturday, October 26, 2019, from 5–9 pm

This year’s SuperNatural will feature a silent disco in the aquarium, where guests can grab a pair of headphones and get down to family-friendly jams throughout the night. Around the museum, partygoers can enjoy special live animal encounters with Lindsay Wildlife Experience, marvel at roaming magicians, and transform into their favorite Academy animals with the help of festive face painters.

SuperNatural California Academy of Sciences face painting

At the Philippine Coral Reef, they can catch a special nighttime dive show featuring a surprise costumed guest. Plus, they will get the chance to experience the Academy after dark with a giant pumpkin carving demonstration. Costumes are encouraged and children will receive a reusable trick-or-treat bag to haul their treats as they explore hands-on Halloween arts and crafts around the museum. Inside the planetarium, guests can enjoy live, presenter-led showings of “Trick-or-Treating around the Solar System,” including an early, lights-on showing for younger guests.

Downstairs in the Moss Room, teens can hang out and enjoy an exclusive Teen Lounge featuring snacks, karaoke, arcade games, and more. Upstairs in the Forum, guests can discover the ever-evolving nature of Skin as they explore the Academy’s latest exhibit, featuring some fun Halloween surprises! Plus, Academy researchers will be on hand to share the fascinating stories behind their favorite scientific specimens. Chat with a scientist and get up close to examine spooky skulls, pumpkin specimens, scorpions, spiders, and more at stations throughout the museum.

SuperNatural California Academy of Sciences Halloween

General admission tickets to this fall fundraiser are $55 for adults and $40 for children ages 3–17 ($50 and $35 for Academy members); children age 2 and younger are free. Family VIP benefactor tickets are also available (from $100-$2,500) and include special VIP lounge, early event entry at 5 pm, an exclusive gourmet catered dinner, a behind-the-scenes tour of the museum's collections, and more. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or call (415) 379-5411.

Proceeds from this special event help to support Academy for All, an initiative providing free and low-cost Academy admission to children and families from the Bay Area and beyond.

Win Tickets to SuperNatural 2019!

We're giving away 4 general admission tickets for 2 adults and 2 children to SuperNatural 2019, courtesy of the California Academy of Sciences. To enter, send an email to with "SuperNatural 2019" in the subject line by noon on Monday, October 21, 2019. Please include your full name, email address, and phone number in the body of the email. (Don't worry: we won't share your info with anyone except to notify the Cal Academy if you win!) We'll choose a winner at random on Monday evening.

Photos: California Academy of Sciences

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