Halloween at the Ascarium

October 13-14, 20-21 & 27-28

Get ready for spooktacular fun at the Aquarium's annual Halloween Celebration. This season's Ascarium is a swashbuckling pirate adventure with nautical and pirate-themed activities for aquarium-goers of all ages. You and your little ones can journey through our Haunted Seafari Adventure, experience spooky pirate tales, enjoy sea shanty musical performances and gypsy dancers, and play pirate games of skill. 

Don't miss our special Halloween 4-D feature, The Curse of Skull Rock, after collecting treats and venturing into our Haunted Seafari!

And don't forget, kids in costume get in for free.* 

Event Highlights

Haunted Seafari

Explore our haunted seafari, where you can peer through portholes, glimpsing life in the sea. Make your way through the haunted Captain's Quarters and the Briny Brig, then decide whether to walk the plank or go back on deck! While you explore, learn what you can do to help save beaches and oceans from pollution. Animal exhibits are also woven into the adventure.

Time: 11:30 am–4:30 pm 

Location: Explore the Shore

Pirate School!

Listen and learn as bumbling professor Billy Bones teaches youngsters how to be good pirates with zany lessons on talking, singing and laughing like Buccaneers. Pirate School! is more than an education session: this swashbuckling vaudeville show emphasizes the importance of marine conservation while satisfying your curiosity.

Time: 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm on October 13-14 and 27-28

Location: Seaside Pavilion

Musical Performances

Enjoy pirate-themed music by The Brigands, a four-piece musical group. Performances will include tunes from roughly 1680 onwards, with songs from virtually every Pirate movie ever made. Get ready to chime in and dance with the Dancing Pirate Gypsies!

Time: 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm

Location: Seaside Pavilion

The Sea Gypsies: Dancing Pirate Gypsies

When pirates returned from life on the sea, dancing gypsies greeted them on the shore, and sometimes dancing led to marriage between adventurous souls. Visitors to the Ascarium will be regaled by the Sea Gypsies, who will accompany The Brigands and perform independently. Get ready to cut a rug with pirate and gypsy-themed dancing.

Time: 11:00 am, 12:30 pm, 3:00 pm

Location: Plaza

Astounding Pirate Feats: Spooky Pirate Storytelling, Mind-Reading and Juggling

Pirate "Mad" Dudley McDudd will use suggestions from the audience to create a chilling sea story about piracy, the high seas, and marine life! After hearing his curious tale, watch as he risks his life, limbs and reputation with juggling, mind-reading and balancing feats.

Various locations; October 13-14 and 27-28 at 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm

Mad McDudd will join us at the Pavilion Tent for similar skullduggery on October 20-21 at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm.

Pirate Games

Guests can test their pirate aptitudes during Pirate Games of Skill in the Ocean View Room, where you can play Sink the Armada Cannonball Toss and Pirate Ring Toss 

Time: 11:30-4:30 pm

Location: Ocean View Room. 

Creatures of the Creepy Deep Workshop

Join an interactive exploration of vampire squid, goblin shark, and other mysterious creatures of the deep. 

Time: 11:30 am-4:30 pm

Location: Ocean View Room

Arts & Crafts

Create a Haunted Pirate Ship Wall Hanging Collage using cut-out marine animals, seasonal decorations, and your imagination!

Time: 11:30 am–4:30 pm

Location: Seaside Pavilion

Treat Stations

Children are invited to mosey over to the Ocean View Room and Seaside Pavilion for trick-or-treating. 

Time: 11:30 am–4:30 pm.

The Curse of Skull Rock 4D

The Curse of Skull Rock 4-D Movie

Don't miss our special Halloween feature: The Curse of Skull Rock is a swashbuckling animated adventure that pits plucky cabin girl Jill Hopkins against the tyrannical Captain Scabb in pursuit of the lost treasure of Skull Rock. This family-friendly 4-D adventure uses special effects to bring on-screen action to life.

Schedule: October 1 - 31, 2012




*COSTUME OFFER: Each child (ages 3-12; children under 3 are free) in costume will receive a free child's general admission with the purchase of one full-priced adult general admission ticket. Valid for Ascarium 2011 dates only. Limit two per family, may not be combined with any other offer.

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