Chemistry Club’s Halloween Spooktacular makes science fun

Justin Rios

‘Tis the season for some fright, trick-or-treating and all the creepy critters waiting to scare you out of your seat.

On Oct. 27, the Colorado State University Chemistry Club is opening its doors to their annual Halloween show from 3-6 p.m. Last year, the family-friendly Halloween Spooktacular hosted over 1,100 community members. This year will be a little different, as booths and activity tables will start from the lobby of the Chemistry Building and extend outside over to the Yates Building.


“There is a lot of planning that goes into putting on an event of this magnitude,” said Maggie Wellman, a third-year chemistry major and one of the outreach coordinators. “One of the biggest challenges we face is anticipating how many people are coming and how to accommodate all of them.”

Two female graduate students perform a liquid nitrogen experiment.
Maggi Braasch-Turi and Lacey Beck, both chemistry graduate students, evaporate liquid nitrogen. (Collegian | Julia Trowbridge)

The club is dedicated to making an educational and fantastical show for the community and aims to add some Halloween fright into the mix.

This year’s Spooktacular demonstrations include an interaction with liquid nitrogen, a mad scientist show and a dark room for brave souls wanting to learn more about glow-in-the-dark science.

If bugs are more up your alley, you can interact with live reptiles and arthropods from the Zoological Discovery Center of Denver, underwater creatures from the Aquarium Club and all the creepy crawlies from the Entomology Club.

Reach the Chemistry Club at, on their website or on Facebook for more information.

Family-friendly costumes and trick-or-treating buckets are encouraged.  

“This year, we are most excited for all of the kids to learn about science and come explore the chemistry department,” said Hannah Hare, a fourth-year chemistry major and outreach coordinator. “An event of this size shows how much impact we have on our community, and it’s so rewarding to see the happy faces of people of all ages as they discover all the different avenues of science that we offer.”

The Halloween Spooktacular is funded by the department of chemistry and organized and run by student volunteers. Volunteers, dressed in their Halloween best, will help set up booths and assist demonstrations.

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Editor’s Note: The location of the event has been corrected.