Early Access Strange Science: Tales from the Vault
12 a.m.–11:45 p.m.
Discover the eerier side of The Huntington in a virtual event where curators and botanists share rarely seen objects and otherworldly stories from deep inside the collections. Enter a mysterious world of ghoulish characters, bizarre plants, and devilish elixirs and treats you can make at home.
EARLY ACCESS for Members at the Premier levels (Affiliate, Supporting, Patron, Benefactor levels and the Society of Fellows) starting Oct. 27. Join/Upgrade
Public access begins Oct. 31.
Explore loony moons, aurific alchemy, and phantasmic paintings.
Lunar Madness - from Galileo to Howling Coyotes: Daniel Lewis, Dibner Senior Curator for the History of Science and Technology
A Painting Casts its Spell - The Three Witches: Melinda McCurdy, Associate Curator, British Art
Images of Alchemy - The Ripley Scroll and philosopher’s stones, phoenixes, dragons, and Sir Isaac Newton: Joel Klein, Molina Curator for the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
What Lies Beneath - Spectral imaging and mysterious hidden figures in Henry Fuseli’s The Three Witches: Christina O'Connell, Mary Ann and John Sturgeon Senior Paintings Conservator
Experience eerie encounters with headless horsemen and baleful botany.
The Strange Life of the Corpse Flower - The notorious Amorphophallus titanum and its infamous odor: Brandon Tam, Orchid Collection Specialist
An 1820 American Horror Story - “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” from The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. by Washington Irving: Natalie Russell, Assistant Curator of Literary Collections
A Little Shop of Carnivores - Carnivorous plants and meat-eating fly traps: Shawn Lyons, Botanical Conservatory Technician
Vampires in Calabria - A macabre story by F. Marion Crawford: Karla Nielsen, Curator of Literary Collections
Secrets of Ophelia’s Bouquet - The symbolic meanings of flowers, and secret messages: Kelly Fernandez, Head Gardener of the Herb and Shakespeare Gardens
Freaky Facts - Fascinating facts about Halloween through the centuries from deep inside the Library’s recesses: Laura Stalker, Avery Deputy Director of the Library, and Natalie Russell, Assistant Curator of Literary Collections
Get in the spirit with otherworldly cocktails and divinely decadent finger foods. Recipes will be provided; mixology kits are available for purchase online and pickup at 1919 café.
A Bloody Good Drink
Dracula Blood Smash cocktail by Lori Ann Achzet, Senior Graphic Designer. Enjoy one of Dracula’s favorite late-night cocktails…but hold the fangs, please. Buy now.
“Bloody” Red Velvet Cupcakes by Lori Ann Achzet, Senior Graphic Designer. Whip up a frightfully delicious dessert, full of bloody goodness.
There’s an Eyeball in my Martini!
Mummy Eye Martini by Lori Ann Achzet, Senior Graphic Designer. Shake a cool cocktail, James Bond style, and follow up with a little something “eggstra”: Monster Eye Deviled Eggs. Buy now.
A Mad Mix
Frankentea Scream cocktail by Kimberly Feeney, Director of Advancement Events. Break out your beakers and lab coats to concoct a glowing green dream, full of fragrant herbs and green tea-infused vodka. Buy now.
Guacamole by Kimberly Feeney, Director of Advancement Events. Mash up the Creature’s favorite snack for late nights in the lab.
LITTLE GHOSTS AND GHOULS
Bite-Sized Family Projects and Activities
Story Time: Gustavo, el fantasmita tímido
Follow along with Membership and Visitor Services Director Kalina Cavallero and her son Dean as she reads Gustavo, el fantasmita tímido in Spanish. The book is available in Spanish and English at the Huntington Store. Buy now.
Haunted Terrariums: Terror Under Glass!
Create a personalized, mini landscape and learn about terrarium components in a spooky tutorial with Jen Wilson, Director of Horticulture at Monarch Environmental, and former Huntington staff member in the tropical and conservatory collections. Terrarium kits available at the Huntington Store. Buy now.
Mmmm Monster Good!
Join Coordinator of Public Programs and Community Engagement Joy Harding and her niece Charlotte as they show you how to make some monster lollipops and other delicious Halloween treats the whole family will enjoy!
I Want My Mummy…Pizza!
Follow Coordinator of Public Programs and Community Engagement Joy Harding and her niece Charlotte as they create a monstrously good pizza, perfect for a Halloween movie night.
What Lurks in the Shadows?
Join Family, Youth, and Community Engagement Manager Kate Zankowicz to put on your own shadow play, inspired by silhouettes from the Jonathan and Karin Fielding Collection of Early American Art.
Make a Monster
Join Family, Youth, and Community Engagement Manager Kate Zankowicz to make your own monster sculpture inspired by Edward Hagedorn’s Monster.
Submit your photo by midnight Oct. 26 for a chance to win a free Huntington Membership that includes Premier level access to Strange Science 2021!