colorful x-ray of fish specimen

Spooky Science: Bones and Fishes

Halloween with the Bell

Get your scare on with the Bell Museum! We’ve got a variety of both in-museum and virtual activities for you to explore this Halloween! Visit the Touch & See Lab for an up close look at fish specimen under the microscope. Then head over to the Hive for Skeleton Sketching to create your own “x-ray” image. Don’t forget to check out the spooky specimen in the Touch & See discovery wall and test your observation skills on the Bell Museum Spooky Quest!

Don’t want the spooky vibes to end? Check out our virtual offerings below to continue Spooky Science anytime, anywhere!

A close up image of an animal skull
Ready for your closeup?

Visit the Bell in your best costume, snap a picture at the spooky photo wall, and enter for a chance to win a prize! Share with us by sending your photo to bellinfo@umn.edu. We will randomly select winners from submissions. We can’t wait to see what you share!

In-Person Activities

  • Ghost of Cassiopeia

    Minnesota Spooky Skies
    Oct 20–31

    Zombies (satellites) and ghosts (nebulae) and demons (stars), oh my! Join us for this planetarium show to learn what spooky specters are hiding in our night sky at 1:30pm each day and all day October 30-31.

  • Journey through the Bell!

    Bell Museum Spooky Quest
    Oct 20–31

    Join the Bell Museum Spooky Quest during your visit! Journey through the museum on a mysterious mission requiring your best observation skills. Complete each task for a chance to win a prize! 

  • Take a closer look!

    Demos & Activities at the Museum
    Oct 20-31

    Join us for in-museum demos and activities. Check out up close views of shark skin and explore a selection of animal and insect x-rays. You will also have the opportunity to try your hand at creating your very own skeleton sketch! 

Virtual Activities

  • VIDEO: Video: Gyotaku Printing

    Learn how to create your own fish print using the Gyotaku method! This form of printing was originally used by fishermen to document the catch of the day but has since become an art form of its own.

  • VIDEO: Video: Skeleton Sketching

    In this video, learn how to create your own x-ray drawing! Then, head to our new exhibition X-Ray Vision: Fish Inside Out to see x-rays revealing the exquisite—and sometimes spooky—skeletal structure of fish.

The Weird & The Wonderful

You can see many unique items in a display wall in the Touch & See Lab beginning October 20. Here are some highlighted specimens!