EdVenture in downtown Columbia. Cola Daily file photo.

EdVenture Children's Museum will celebrate the spookiest time of year by hosting its Halloween Hoopla event Oct. 31. The event has taken place at EdVenture annually over the past 12 years.

Guests can enjoy activities including trick-or-treating, spooky science activities, live performances, a real pumpkin patch and other festive activities.

Tickets are $5 for adults and children under 12 are free. This year's event will be offered during two time blocks, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. Advanced ticket sales are required and a limited number of tickets will be available for each play session to maintain social distancing throughout the museum.

“The goal of Halloween Hoopla is to provide a safe and educational environment for children and their families to celebrate," said Sydney Beckwith, marketing coordinator with EdVenture. "By hosting our event in two-time blocks with a limited capacity, we encourage our guests to continue to practice social distancing, while still enjoying all of the fun and educational opportunities that the museum has to offer.”

Children and parents are encouraged to dress in their Halloween best. CDC-approved face coverings are required for entry for children and adults over 3 years of age.

Tickets for Halloween Hoopla are available to purchase online now.

Additional EdVenture in October include:

National Book month – October is National Book Month and EdVenture is collecting new and gently used children’s books for Eddie’s Book Bank. Eddie’s Book Bank collects new and gently used children’s books and distributes them to the community for free.

Halloween Blood Drive – Oct. 28 from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m. The Blood Connection will be hosting a blood drive in the front loop of the museum. Donate blood and receive two free tickets to EdVenture. To make an appointment for blood donations and to learn more about The Blood Connection, please visit the organization's website.

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